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  • Homeland Visits

  • 1980
    Dymitr Szach


  • 2001
    Maryann Dubowchik Bacsik/
    Mary Yurkosky Dubowchik


  • 2001
    William Morrison


  • 2003-2004 Andrew J. Smith

  • 2004
    Carol Morrison


  • My background

    I am 67 years of age and have always known that I was of Polish descent because my father and his parents, as well as my mother's parents, were born in Poland. But I knew little else about my ancestors or my Polish heritage. With a name like Smith, I was somewhat confused about my heritage, to say the least.

    I had been researching my family history for about six years at the time I joined the C-RS tour in 2003. I knew almost nothing about my Polish roots at the beginning of my family search because my parents had passed away many years earlier and while I was growing up they never talked about our family history. But around the time the tour was announced I had already come to realize that I was also part Lemko through my mother's Kiehart family line (Kichard in Poland). That was a shock to me. I was raised a strict Roman Catholic in a very small northeastern PA community, suspicious of and avoiding anything of the Orthodox Church, only to learn after all those years what Walt Kelly's cartoon character Pogo once said, "....they is us....". But I was excited about this new heritage of mine and the Lemko Tour was happening at an opportune time for me to investigate it further and first hand. So I joined the tour to learn more about that heritage and to see the area where my Lemko ancestors once lived. Today, with a new understanding of my ancestry, I'm happy to acknowledge that I too am Lemko.

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