Tracking Carpatho-Rusyn ancestors

Did your immigrant ancestor come from Eastern Europe? Perhaps he or she came from the Carpathian mountain region of southeastern Poland, northern Slovakia, and western Ukraine. One distinct ethnic group of immigrants that came to the U.S. from this region is the Carpatho-Rusyns. They populated specific towns and bore distinct surnames, by which they can be identified today.

Barbara Popovich, co-president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society Cleveland Chapter, will speak at the Ohio Genealogical Society Cuyahoga West Chapter’s next meeting on Wednesday, May 17, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Barbara will share her knowledge of when and where the Carpatho-Rusyns immigrants settled and about the Rusyn cultural heritage that their descendants are preserving, here in Cleveland. Program begins at 7 p.m., with social time from 6:30-7. The general public is invited to attend, free of charge.

Additionally, Cuyahoga West Chapter members will offer assistance to those in need of help with their family history research from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 3 and June 7, in the Porter Library computer lab. If you have recorded data to a pedigree and/or family group chart for the family you wish to research, please bring those charts.

For more information about these programs or how to become a member of Cuyahoga West Chapter, OGS, visit or email   

Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.02.2017