Slovakia Genealogy Research Strategies

Home Strategy Place Names Churches Census History Culture
Toolbox Contents & Search Places Maps FHL Resources Military Correspondence

Many Things Rusyn - Links

North East Slovakia, along with the bordering regions of Poland and Ukraine, contain the largest concentration of ethnic Rusyns (Ruthenian) in Europe.  Centered around the Carpathian Mountains, the Rusyns have their own culture, customs and language.  The language takes pieces from several bordering ethno-linguistic regions.  So much so, that an individual trained in Slovak could not understand spoken Rusyn.

Should your family come from this region, take time to investigate their ethnicity.  Not all citizens of Slovakia are Slovak.  Ethnic Hungarian, Roma minorities are also found.  Ethnic Rusyns were traditionally associated with the Greek Catholic tradition, so when you see Greek Catholic, it is also reasonable to assume Rusyn ethnicity.  Janos Bogardi has reproduced a demographic map illustrating the ration of Greek Catholics found in the region.

One should also be cautious when reading ethnic statistics.  Over the years, governments have forcefully legislated ethnicities while eliminating others. During the 1800's in Hungary, a strong policy of "Magyarization" was instituted, which meant that everyone was to become Magyar.  In fact, many ethnicities were not even allowed for on census and other documents.  In Post World War II Ukraine, Rusyn ethnicity was legislatively erased, making all these individuals Ukrainian.  It has only been in the past decade that these minorities, Rusyn included, have become officially sanctioned once more.

Specific Definitions

Researching the People from No Mans Land, The Carpatho Rusyns of Austria-Hungary, Thomas Peters, 1996

What is a Rusyn, Richard D. Custer

Ruthenians - Catholic Encyclopedia, Andrew Shipman, 1912

General Information

Rusyn Names

Carpatho-Rusyn Knowledge Base

Carpatho-Rusyn Society

Rusyn International Media Center

Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogy (rusyn.com)

Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogy Research Pages (iarelative)

Rusyns in Pannonia (Vojvodinia), Yugoslavia

Lemko.org - Rusyns in Poland

Rusyn Museum in Mucsony

Museum of Ukrainian-Ruthenian Culture in Svidnik

Carpatho-Rusyn Traditions

THE RUSYNS - AN EAST SLAVIC PEOPLE, Istvan Udvari

Rusnaci - A good start, but needs a lot of work

World Academy of Rusyn Culture

Geographically Related Resources

FEDERATION OF EAST EUROPEAN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES - contains well-known "Map Room"

The Carpathian Connection

Brama - Ukraine Resources

 Links to off-site webs will open in a new window.  Please disable your pop-up stopper. 

Last Update: 27 April 2013                                                    Copyright 2003-2013, Bill Tarkulich