The C-RS Connection is a monthly e-newsletter providing information about upcoming events, membership announcements, new member introductions, volunteer profiles and more! 

C-RS Connection 

October 2020



Dear Friends, 

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES) at the University of Pittsburgh will hold its annual East European Festival from Saturday, October 17 to Saturday, October 24, 2020. The festival has grown every year. It brings together cultural organizations, businesses, academics, students and a truly multigenerational audience.

For safety’s sake, for the first time, the festival will be held virtually.

This year, the Carpatho-Rusyn Society has been invited to participate. Please join us on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., via Zoom. Alexis McCormick and Dean Poloka will be our featured speakers. The topic is: “Carpatho-Rusyns in Pittsburgh: Past and Present”.

REEES is an interdisciplinary academic center focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. The Center is not only active in the international aspects of teaching and research, it also nurtures partnership with the local ethnic communities. The Center offers joint activities with the many local ethnic organizations ranging from annual cultural heritage festivals and student programs to professional development and technical support.

Pittsburgh is an ideal location for this program. In the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, one of every four people is either an immigrant or the child of one; of those, one in three have roots in Central or Eastern Europe. This rich heritage provides for regular contacts with those regions’ histories, cultures and languages.

If you would like to discover more about your family’s and neighbors’ backgrounds, this will be an excellent opportunity. Please join us at the festival on October 20th to learn what it has always meant to be Rusyn.

To join our presentation via Zoom you must register. Here is the login information:


Take care and stay safe,

Maryann Sivak, C-RS National President


Welcome to our newest C-RS members. The following list of names reflects new members who have joined (or have been reinstated) since September 15, 2020. Please review the list - you just might find someone you know. 

  • Melissa Anderson - Austin, TX
  • Jennifer Attana - McCormick, SC
  • Dolores Fidishun - Warrington, PA
  • Stephen G Haycox - Dearborn, MI
  • Charlene Kanaskie - Bethlehem, PA
  • Jason Kerlek - Bristow, VA
  • Andy Mikulak - San Diego, CA
  • Jeffrey Paison - New York, NY
  • Michelle Rogers , Tampa FL
  • Jason Rohal, Cleveland OH
  • Corie Shutack - Washington, DC
  • Anthony Tabb - Columbia, MD

Again, we welcome these new members and look forward to a lasting relationship.  We hope they become involved by bringing their talents and skills to the C-RS. 


A few months ago, a team of individuals with vast expertise in genealogy research gathered to discuss what they could do to assist our members. As committee chair, let me begin by introducing these exceptionally knowledgeable individuals: Thomas Peters, Bill Tarkulich, Maryann Bacsik, Mary Osborne, Chris Black, Karen Rosneck, Barbara Popovich, Pollly Walker, and John Hudanish.

In each edition of the Connection you will find updates about what the committee is doing. To begin, the genealogy page has a new inviting look. Our Rusyn Bear relaxes by our Rusyn tree welcoming all to come forward! What you can expect to see on this page is a toolbox of resources that would delight any serious researcher. It’s a click to the Forum where researchers will help you tear down that brick wall. Many other ideas are in the works. See what you think!

To satisfy those with a thirst to learn about their ancestry, other important happenings are underway. Coming soon is Thomas Peters’ presentation, “Rusyn Immigrants: Are you hiding from me?” Set aside Monday, November 16, from 6-7:30PM for his thought-provoking zoom program. More information to follow! In the upcoming winter edition of the NRT, Bill Tarkulich follows with a must read article, “Hungary publishes online the 1921 Transcarpathian Census document.” This is a very important (and often unknown) document for researchers. You may very well find your family's name appears on the village census, which is truly a thrilling experience!

Expect to see a “Rusyn Then and Now” article in each edition of the Connection.


Do you have questions about where your Baba came from? Where to find records in Europe? Or stateside information about your family here in America? Where to begin? Where to find resources?

Let us be one of those resources! A team of genealogy research experts can be found at the C-RS genealogy forum. 

To access the Forum:

  • From the C-RS website. home page, scroll down to the “Genealogy” icon (link) and click.
  • You will be directed to the “Genealogy” page, please read the terms & conditions.
  • Scroll down to the “Join Genealogy Discussion Form” button at the bottom of the page and click.
  • You will be asked to log in with your email address and password, the discussion form and the recent forum update page will appear.
  • You have the option to either reply to an existing topic or create a new topic. 
    • For new topics click on the “Topic” button and enter the subject and topic content (body). Note: To prevent spam you will be asked “I’m not a robot”, respond accordingly.
    • To reply to an existing post, click on the topic title from the list, and then click on the “Reply” button to enter your response.
  • Then click the “Post” button.

Attachments can be included as part of the reply or topic, i.e. pictures and/or documents. To insert an attachment:

  • Click on the “Choose files” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Select the file(s) to be attached. Up to 20 files can be uploaded. Each file should be less than 20 MB.
  • When complete, click on the “Post” button
C-RS Genealogy Forum


The Who are the Rusyns? DVD was released in 2019 for the 25th Anniversary of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society.

It is professionally presented by John Righetti explaining the complicated history of the Rusyn people. This “hard copy” should be in every Rusyn home simply because it will be referred to often and hopefully shared with others. One realizes how close the Rusyns were to becoming extinct and gives great hope for the future as we are now recognized as an ethnic minority by many countries.

The DVD can be purchased for $25, which includes postage and handling. Please include the name and address of the recipient and mail your check made payable to Carpatho-Rusyn Society to Bonnie Burke, 1101 Tanner Crossing Lane, Indian Land, SC 29707. 

Orders will be processed immediately upon receipt.


The C-RS Annual Membership Meeting will be held online on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be on Zoom and, possibly, other platforms. To join, you will have to register via email. Please email us at: to reserve your place.

Please include your name, home address, phone number and email. You will then receive a confirmation email that your annual meeting attendance request has been received. Login information will be sent to you prior to the meeting. Please be aware that the Annual Meeting is open to C-RS members only.


The Southeastern States Branch has been significantly growing. Therefore, it has become necessary to divide the Southeastern Branch into the Georgia Branch, Florida Branch and Carolinas (N&S) Branch on our website. If you have any friends or relatives who might be interested, please let them know. Have them visit our website under "Chapters" and they just need to click “join email list.” Contact Bonnie at for additional information.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 2:00 PM Pacific

Sauerkraut Workshop (Virtual)

Cabbage was a mainstay in our ancestors’ diets. Sauerkraut was a pantry staple. Both find their way into so many Carpatho-Rusyn recipes. Together digitally, each in our own kitchen, we will make sauerkraut from scratch.

On that day you will need: an earthenware crock, a weight, cabbage(s), salt, and other ingredients depending on a favorite recipe. More details in the near future.


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The Carpatho-Rusyn Society (C-RS) is a national 501(C)(3) organization founded in Pittsburgh, PA in 1994. As stated in our mission statement, the C-RS is dedicated to manifesting Carpatho-Rusyn culture in the United States and supporting Rusyn culture in the homeland in east central Europe. Information about joining C-RS and a membership application may be obtained on the C-RS membership website at