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Check out the Porac surname list with old country spellings for a research tip on finding family on the net.

Stefan Hanuscin has made the photo to left of the crest of the village of Porac available to everyone. You can click on the photo for a larger version of the photo. If you are interested, we will be making color prints of the crest set in a hand made wooden picture frame from the Carpathian Mountains. The framed prints will be ready in October. The cost will be under $10.00 with postage. If you would like one, leave email to porac@iarelative.com with your name and address.

An English translation of the transcript of a radio show with Dr. Stefan Hanuscin that was broadcasted by Presov Rusyn-Ukrainian Radio on 10. October 1999. The name of the program on which Dr. Hanuscin appeared is "Lively Words".

Dr. Charles Stanislaw died as the result of an automobile accident October 16, 1999 in Macedonia. Charles was in Macedonia acting as a consultant and volunteer under the auspices of ACDI-VOCA, a govt. agency. With great interest in his Carpatho-Rusyn ancestry, Dr. Stanislaw helped establish a website for Porac, Slovakia, the birthplace of his parents, and was presented the city's flag by the Mayor of Porac. In collaboration with Dr. Jan Babik of Kosice, Slovakia, he was writing a history of Porac.

Post your surnames and villages of interest on the internet along with your email contact information. Send email to porac@iarelative.com to add your surnames to this page along with email contact information. There is no charge and the only restriction is that the names must be from Porac, Slovakia and related areas or a Slovak or Carpatho-Rusyn surname. For Czech, Bohemian, and Moravian surnames we suggest Czeching Out Our Ancestors. For other Slovak and Rusyn names and villages visit Searching in Slovakia.

If you have an updated e-mail address, please send us the updated address so we can revise your posting.

Stefan Hanuscin has just made available the Hanuscin Family of Porac No. 18.

The 1831 Census of Koterbach is now on line.

If you have questions about towns and researching in Slovakia, stop by at our Eastern Slovakia Genealogical Research Question and Answer Forum and post your question. To find out what information has been added to our site stop by our What's New page on a regular basis for the latest changes and additions.

The Slovak newspaper of SME published an article on the Porac Page on 21 August 1998. We have an English translation.

We have an old photograph that may have been taken in Porac, circa 1900, Please take a look and see if you can recognize anyone in the photo. Be sure to take a look at the Porac related links at the bottom of this page.

The Spring 1999 issue of Slovakia Quarterly has an article on Porac by Josh Husband.

Stephen Hanuscin of Bardejov has put together an English translation of the History of Porac. He has also sent a page from the Porac section of the 1869 Census of Hungary.

A Satellite View of Porac, Slovakia

Take an Interior and Exterior Tour of a modern mountain cabin in Porac dolina complete with scenic views.

Researching: KRAYNAK, KRAJNAK, KRISPINSKY
These are the names I am researching that came to Youngstown and Campbell Ohio in the early 1900's.
email: Larry - Ljkray1812@aol.com - Posted 30 December 2000

Researching: KRAYNAK, MATISCIK, KRISPINSKY, KLIMKO
Researching the above names from the Youngstown and Campbell Ohio area.
email: - Ljkray1812@aol.com - Posted 08 October 2000

Researching: KLUCSARIK, OLSAVKY, OLSAVSKY, SCHIRILLA, SIRILA MIDLIK
I am researching the names Klucsarik, Olsavsky, Schrilla, and Mimlik, these are all in the church records from Porac. I am having a hard time figuring out the church records.
email: - k3132@aol.com - Posted 25 May 2000

Researching: BAKOS
My name is Jan Bakos, my parents and grandparents lived in Porac. I now live in Bratislava.
email: - Jan.Bakos@slovnaft.sk - Posted 05 May 2000

Researching: CSIPKAR, TARAJOS
I have reason to believe that my Grandparents were members of St. Demetrius in late 1800's. If you have any birth or marriage records of this surname please e-mail me. My Grandmother's name was Anita or Elizabeth Tarajos and my grandfathers name was Paul Csipkar. Thank you.
email: Frank Csipkar - chipster@localnet.com - Posted 13 January 2000

Researching: POLKABLA, SOROKA
Looking for the Polkabla or Soroka surname.
email: - TBardash@aol.com - Posted 05 January 2000

Researching: POLKABLA, BASZISZTA, BASISTA, CZEBULYA, CEBULA, GYURSSA, HANUSCIN, KALAFUT, HAMRAK, SZTUPAK, VARMEGA, VOLCSKO, VOLTSKO, VOLSKO, VANSUCH, VANSZACS
Most of my ancestors are from Porac, Slovakia. I am researching the Polkabla family. The Polkabla's came to the U.S. in 1915. Settled in Dawson, Fayette Co., PA. Birth records state that their children were born in Raineytown (town next to Dawson). What was the name of the Coal Mining Company in Dawson? The other relatives I am researching are Basziszta, Basista, Czebulya, Cebula, Gyurssa, Hanuscin, Kalafut, Hamrak, Sztupak, Varmega, Volcsko, Voltsko, Volsko, Vansuch, and Vanszacs.
email: Debbie Cavalier - debcav1@aol.com - Updated 27 December 1999

Researching: KRAYNAK, TOMAN, KRISPINSKY, KLIMKO
I am researching family surnames Kraynak (Krajnak), Toman, Krispinsky and Klimko from Korterbach (now Rudnany), in the Odorin, Slovakia area. These relatives all came to the Campbell and Youngstown, Ohio area in the early 1900's. The names I'm particularly interested in are Daniel Krajnak and his wife Anna Toman Matiscik Kraynak. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
email: Larry Kraynak - Ljkray1812@aol.com - Posted 01 December 1999

Researching: KALAFUT
My great-grandfather was Dmitri Kalafut and reportedly came from Porac. He may have imigrated to the United States with my great grandmother, Mary, but I'm not certain. I am interested in any information on my great grandparents or the name Kalafut.
email: - awrew@aol.com - Posted 08 October 1999

Researching: FIFFIK, FIFICK, MROSKO, VANSUCH, HANUSCHAK
I am trying to find any information on Macej Fifik (Fiffik), who married Helena Mrosko in Proac, Slovakia about 1920. They settled in Uniontown, PA and later moved to Ohio.
email: - Albet196@aol.com - Posted 23 September 1999

Researching: FIFFICK
I am doing reasearch on my family name Fiffick.
email: Joe Fiffick - jfiffick@calcompserv.com - Posted 15 September 1999

Researching: LISKA, MACALA
I search my family in US, Canada or Australia. My grandparents live in Porac. My grandfather Demeter Liska was born 2.10.1908 in Porac and grandmother Helena Liska (Macala) was born 1.3.1912 in Porac. Thank you!
email: - d.liska@pobox.sk - Posted 15 September 1999

Researching: POCSATKO
I have a portrait of a Pocsatko gentleman from Kassau (Kocise), who was born in 1797 and died in 1836. I do not know his name or his relationship to Anna Pocsatko, from Porac. How could I find out? I know he was related to Eugene Pocsatko, my husband's grandfather. Could you help me?
email: Tatiana Pocsatko - pocsatko@email.msn.com - Posted 03 September 1999

Researching: MIDLIK
I understand my Husband's family Originaly came from Porac. I am wondering if any family still could be in the area. I have found Porac on my computer and it looks like a lovely town. I would appreciate any information I could get.
email: - nancy@yahoo.com - Posted 27 August 1999

Researching: BIGOS, MACALA
Dobry Den! Potrebovala by som vasu pomoc. Treba mi najst e-mail, alebo adresu jedneho cloveka ktory byva v Levoci. Vola sa Vladimir Bigos. Keby ste prosim Vas mohli, tak mi pomozte najst tohto cloveka e-mail, alebo adresu. Poznate Mariu Macalovu? Ja ju poznam. Porac sa mi hrozne paci, ale ja uz totiz na Slovensku nebyvam, a hrozne by som potrebovala tu e-mail. Tak prosim Vas, aspon mi odpiste. Velmi pekne Vam dakujem! Dovidenia.
email: Dominique Richards - loona_bailando@yahoo.com - Posted 27 August 1999

Researching: POCSATKO
I would like to know something about Anna Pocsatko, who married Georgius Sztanislav in 1860. Georgius was son of Josephus Sztanislav and Helena Gabor. Anna Pocsatko was born circa 1839. Who were her parents? Did she have brothers and sisters? How could I know about them? My husband is a Pocsatko. Besides his nephew and niece and our two kids we did not know about any other relatives until yesterday, when I found out that there are 12 other Pocsatko members. Maybe you could tell us something about Anna's family. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
email: Tatiana Pocsatko - pocsatko@email.msn.com - Posted 24 August 1999

Researching: HANUSCIN, HOZA, KLUCHAR, HRUBY, HRUBI
I am searching for information about the Hanuscins from Porac and the Hozas from Spisska Nova Vess. My great grandmother was Zuzanna Hoza Kluchar she and her husband came to the US during WWII. My Great granfather was John Hanuscin. He came from Porac during WWII. His wife's maiden name was Hruby or Hrubi. Any information on any of these names would be greatly appreciated.
email: Carrie Hanuscin - icrhinos@aol.com - Posted 20 August 1999

Researching: KRAJNAK, KRAYNAK, MATISCIK
Looking for information about my grandparents, Daniel Krajnak (Kraynak) and Anna Tomin Matiscik Kraynak, believed to be from Kortorba (Koterbach), Czechoslovakia (Slovakia).
email: - Ljkray1812@aol.com - Posted 16 August 1999

Researching: MIDLIK, FERENCE, KALNA, LISKA
I am looking for any information on the Midlik & Ference families from Porac. My grandfather was Andrew Midlik of Allison, Pennsylvania. His parents were Demetrius & Frances Midlik. He had one brother Mike Midlik and three sisters, Mary Midlik Kalna, Helen Midlik Liska & Frances Midlik. My grandmother was Mary Ference Midlik. Her parents were Andrew & Mary Ference. She had three brothers, John Ference, Dan Ference & Alec Ference. I am trying to find out who Demetrius & Frances Midlik & Andrew & Mary Ference parents were. Any information would be helpful.
email: Karen - swartzk@iu1.k12.pa.us - Posted 15 August 1999

Researching: VANSUCH
My surname is Vansuch and the village of interest is Porac, Slovakia.
email: Robert Vansuch - RVansuch@AOL.com - Posted 11 August 1999

Researching: KOLESAR, STANISLAV
My wife is the former Debra Ann Kolesar. Debbi's father's name is Edward Coleman Kolesar, from Uniontown, PA. Ed's father's name was Joseph Kolesar, and his grandfather's name was George Kolesar. In searching through your Stanislav family tree, I have found a connection with my wife's family. John Stanislav, b. 1869 in Koterbach, married Mary Kolesar, b. 1866 (I assume in Koterbach). Mary Kolesar is the above-mentioned George Kolesar's sister. I know that George Kolesar was born around 1860 (probably in Koterbach) and married a Katherine (last name unknown, also presumably from Koterbach). They immigrated to Uniontown, PA, and had 8 children: Joseph, Nick, Mike, John, Steve, Margaret, Mary, and Katherine. Could you please see if any of your immigration records or Koterbach census records mention George Kolesar and his wife Katherine? I would be ever grateful for any additional knowledge about the Kolesar family from Koterbach.
email: Robert Anschuetz - anschuer@orlando.veridian.com - Posted 10 July 1999

Researching: VOYTILLA, VOJTILA, POPOVITCH
We are researching the family surnames Voytilla or Vojtila and Popovitch We would like to know of any people with the name of Voytilla or Vojtila and Popovitch in Slovakia. We understand that they may be in the area of Porac and Kosice, but there may be other locations. Any information would be helpful for our research.
email: - VOYT@aol.com - Posted 22 June 1999

Researching: BARBUSCSAK, BARBUSCAK, MROSKO, STUPAK, VANSCACS
Researching Barbuscsak, Barbuscak, Mrosko, Stupak, Vanscacs families of the Porac area. My grandfather, George Barbuscak, was born in Porac in April, 1889. His parents were Stephan Barbuscsak and Catharina Vanscacs. My grandmother was Maria Mrosko, born in April, 1894. Her parents were Stefan Mrosko and Maria Stupak. I will be traveling to Porac and wish I could learn more about the families they left behind when they moved to Wilpen, PA (near Ligonier, PA). My grandparents moved to Lorain, Ohio in about 1927. I appreciate any information regarding relatives living in the area of Porac as well as information about the families in America.
email: Judith Schalders - jschalders@hotmail.com - Posted 14 June 1999

Researching: PATCHAN, PACHAN, DURSA
Searching for information on the Patchan (Pachan) and Dursa Families of Porac, Slovakia
email: Scott C. Patchan - 23rdohio@msn.com - Posted 03 April 1999

Researching: BODNOVICS, DUBOSS
Today I received a certified copy of my grandfather's birth certificate from the Slovak Embassy in Washington, D.C. I had hoped his parents' birth years were printed on it, but they were not. I wrote to you last year, and you wrote back with some helpful information. The surname I am researching is Tomas or Thomas Bodnovics, my great- grandfather. He was married to Catharina Duboss. My deceased grandfather is Andreas Bodnovics, and was born in Porac. If you can tell me if my great-grandfather Tomas or Thomas Bodnovics is listed in the Porac Parish, this will help me in my research. Thank you for your time.
email: Joanne Fulton - Jffulton8@aol.com - Posted 03 April 1999

Researching: OLSAVSKY, BUNJAK
I am trying to find out what village my grandfather came from. his name was Michael Olsavsky. His fathers name was John and his mother was Anna Bunjak. If any one has information please let me know it is most appreciated Thank you.
email: Josef L. Olsavsky - joesplacetwo@webtv.net - Posted 18 February 1999

Researching: KROPINAK, ZEMAN, SEAMAN, PITRIK, PETRASS, PETRACS, MNICH, PERHACS, SADVAN, PATZUNYA, PISKO, SENDA, HAUS, MOSKALUK, LUPIENIAK, MOXON, MOXIN, MAXIM
All of these names except Moskaluk and Lupieniak are associated with the villages of Porac, Slovinky, and Helcmanovce in eastern Slovakia. Lupieniak comes from the village of Medyka in southeast Poland right on the border with the Ukraine, and Moskaluk from Hastow Tlumach in the Ukraine. In Porac, My great grandfather Michael Szeman married Maria Pitrik in Slovakia somewhere around 1885. A baby girl (Maria) was born and shortly after my great grandmother died. Within a year Michael married Margaret Moxon (we think that was her name) . The family of 3 eventually ended up in Lethbridge Alberta Canada but we think they may have stayed for a time in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Members of the Moxin family lived in Liberty (Vanderbilt and Dawson), Pennsylvania, and some members of the next generation then moved to Cleveland, Detroit, and Fairmount, West Virginia. Stephen Pisko and Anna Senda, both from Helcmanovce, married in about 1905 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada but I do not know when or how they came to Canada. The remaining names are great great great grandparents. That is all the limited information I have and since both Michael and Maria are such common names I am having great difficult in searching out these families. Any help would be most appreciated
email: Pat Moskaluk - moskaluk@canuck.com - Updated 03 January 1998

Researching: ONTKO, ONDKO
I am currently working with 2 families with connections to Porac. I am doing Ontko genealogy and am currently constructing all Ontko family trees and establishing their connections to Slovakia. The names appear in the Porac records as Ondko as they seem to do in Greek Catholic records. I see a few familiar names in your database but will have to take a closer look at them. I enjoyed your information and pictures. I would be interested any input you might have on the Ondko names if you have anything. The families in question came to Cleveland, OH and Youngstown, OH areas and most likely are cousins as far as I can see. Two Andrews born the same year and married three times each with the third marriage on the same day. I am finding the Porac records to be less informative than other records I have looked at. Also may eventually end up with some ties to Koterbachy. Name sounds familiar. Well, I'll close and look forward to further information on your page about Porac.
email: Samuel Ontko - smontko@aol.com - Posted 02 January 1999

Researching: PACAN, HANUSCAN, BAKOS
Looking for relatives with following names: Pacan, Hanuscan from Porac, and Bakos.
email: Robert Lunifeld - robert.lunifeld@intel.com - Posted 18 November 1998

Researching: GALAYDA, GALAJDA
Need any info you may have on the Galayda/Galajda family connection from Porac, Slovakia.
email: JoAnn - jshir@pacbell.net - Posted 10 November 1998

Researching: ONTKO, ONTTKO, BARBUSHOK, VRABEC, GELETYJ, GLADY
I am interested in finding any relatives of my mother or father. My father, Joseph Ontko, (Onttko) was born on March 5, 1898, in the village of Porac, Slovakia. His mother was the 2nd or 3rd wife of his father. My mother was born in Pennsylvania, but both her parents were born in Slovakia. Her maiden name was Barbushok, first name Mary. Thanks for any help in finding some of my relatives.
I am also looking for Vrabec and Geletyj (Glady) from Humenne. email: Marie Glady - vamomg@aol.com - Posted 16 October 1998

Researching: BODNOVICH, SIRILLA
I am searching for information on my family whose surname is Bodnovich. My grandfather's name was Andrew Bodnovich and he lived in Leisenring, PA from 1912 to 1918. Then he moved to Allison PA until his death in 1956. He was married to Sophia Sirilla and had 9 children. he and his wife were from the Porac area of eastern Slovakia. Please contact me with any information.
email: Brenda Collins - becandco@webtv.net - Posted 14 October 1998

Researching: PURDA, VRABEL, VRABELY
Searching for information on the Purda family from Porac. Grandfather Andrew Purda b. Nov. 30, 1879 in Porac was married to a Mary Vrabel (Vrabely?) b. Aug. 3, 1883 also in Porac. They had one child named Mary while still living in Porac. They then migrated to western Pennsylvania where they had eight additional children. Andrew Purda had three brothers John, Matthew and ????. Mary Vabel (Vrabely?) had four sisters and three brothers Julia, Katherine, Helen, Anna, George, John, and Steven.
email: - kmarrone@mail.mia.bellsouth.net - Posted 11 October 1998

Researching: POLKABLA, KINIK, BORETSKY, KANUK
Looking for Polkabla and Kinik from Porac, Slovakia in the late 1800's. Also Boretsky and Kanuk from (phonetically, spelling unknown) Kosas and Zozchariche. If you have any information on the above names it would be welcome.
email: Monique Polk - polkmobill@msn.com - Posted 09 August 1998

Researching: PURDA, VRABEL, VRABELY
Searching for info on the Purda and Vrabel (Vrabely) families migrating from Porac, Slovakia to western Pennsylvania. The families were members of Saint Demetrius Greek Catholic Church in Porac and Carpatho-Rusyn. Thanks for any help.
email: - kmarrone@bellsouth.net - Posted 05 August 1998

Researching: DUKE, DUCH
I am a high school student working on a geneology project. I am researching my great-grandfather Stephen Duke who immigrated to Uniontown PA in the late 1800's. He came with his sister Mary and parents. Stephen would have been born around 1892-1894 I assume. His fathers name was Stephen M. Duch (his name was changed to Duke when he immigrated). I think they were from a small village in Slovakia, Porac. They were Roman Catholic I would like to know his mother's name and any other information (dates etc.) about the family that I can find out. Any help you could give me on where to look, sources, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
email: Antonia - begonia123@juno.com - Posted 09 July 1998

Researching: FIFFICK, FIFICK, VANSUCH, VANSAC, MROSKO
My great grandmother's maiden name was Fiffick (Fifick). She was born in Hungary about 1869. The area at the time is present day Porac, Slovakia. I know this because my grandmother who was born in Manallen, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, was raised in Porac. This is where she met my grandfather and where my father was born. My grand motherís maiden name was Vansuch. On her birth certificate from Pennsylvania they list her fathers name as Wausech (Vansac). I don't know how their name was changed but I do know they are buried in St. Nicholas Byzantine Cemetery in Campbell, Ohio. My grandfather and grandmother are also buried there. My grandmother's married name was Mrosko.
email: Rich Mrosko - SMTDCR@aol.com - Posted 19 June 1998

Researching: ONTKO, ONTTKO, BARBUSHOK
I am interested in finding any relatives of my mother or father. My father, Joseph Ontko, (Onttko) was born on March 5, 1898, in the village of Porac, Slovakia. His mother was the 2nd or 3rd wife of his father. My mother was born in Pennsylvania, but both her parents were born in Slovakia. Her maiden name was Barbushok, first name Mary. Thanks for any help in finding some of my relatives.
email: Marie Glady - vamomg@aol.com - Posted 28 May 1998

Researching: STANISLAV, STANISLAW, JUREK, PUYDA, PUJDA, MAXSIM, MAXIM, MOXIN
Grandmother, Catherine Stanislav, was born 16 November 1875, the daughter of Joannes Stanislav, born circa 1850, and Maria Jurek, born circa 1854. Michael Stanislav and Josef Fiffick were witnesses at the wedding of Joannes and Maria. The family lived at Koterbach #45 at the time of her birth. Koterbach is now known as Rudnany. Catherine was baptised at Saint Demetrius Greek Catholic Church in Porac, Slovakia on 21 November 1875. Joannes died on 28 March 1880 at age 30 and Maria married Michael Maxim, born circa 1860, brother of Joseph Maxim, shown at the left in a circa 1920 photo, and son of Joannes Maxim, on 08 October 1883. Witnesses for the marriage of Michael and Maria were Peter Krajnak and and Joseph Vansuch. Both marriages took place in Porac, Slovakia at Saint Demetrius Greek Catholic Church. Catherine married at age 17 in Brockport, Pennsylvania, so the family must have arrived in America prior to 1892. I am also looking for additional family information and information on the Puyda or Pujda family.
email: Gloria Sholes - gsholes@penn.com - Posted 29 April 1998

Researching: BODNOVICH, BARBUS, KORNICK, VRABEL, VRABELY, LESNIAK, POLKABLA, SIRILLA
Andrew Bodnovich - B: 12/13/1890 D: 8/29/1956 Sophie Sirilla Bodnovich - B: 3/3/1892 (wife of Andrew) D: 10/1979 Anna Barbus - Sister of Sophie Bodnovich, no birthdate available And the following names: Barbus, Kornick, Vrabel, Lesniak, and Polkabla. Andrew and Sophie Bodnovich settled in Allison, Pennsylvania (Fayette County) along with other families from Porac.
email: Joanne - Jffulton8@aol.com - Posted 13 March 1998

Researching: BELLEJ, BELEJ
While searching the net we encountered the Belej name on family connections in Porac. The name Bellej came up as a godparent to the relatives identified. Could anyone provide me with any information on the name Bellej?
email: - mbellej@sdgconnect.com - Posted 01 March 1998

Researching: BELLEJ, BELEJ, KOPCAK, KOPCHAK
Anna Kopcak married a man named Belej. We are trying to track down this branch of the family. Anna Kopcak was from the village of Porac, Slovakia and there were also members of the Belej family living there too in the late 1800's.
email: Greg Kopchak - greg@iarelative.com - Posted 01 March 1998

Researching: BELEJ, BARAN
Searching for information about family names Belej and Baran. The Belej family came from Porac, (Austria-Hungary at that time -- the beginning of the century, now eastern Slovak Republic) and the Barans, from what my father told me, came from Ozorviche and Kereshtur. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
email: - 71614.3336@compuserve.com - Posted 28 February 1998

Researching: HANUSCIN
My name is Steve, my father comes from Porac. I live in Bardejov.
email: Stefan Hanuscin - shanuscin@hotmail.com - Posted 22 January 1998

Researching: BILPUCH, BILUCH, BILKO
I am doing some research into my mom's side of my family who descended from Porac. My grandfather was born in the states in 1903, but returned to Porac for 1910 - 1924, and then came back to the states where he settled down in western PA and started his family. I'd like a copy of his father's birth certificate if it can be found. My grandfather's name was John Bilko, but the original family name is Bilpuch. My grandfather's father's name was George Bilpuch, and I have documents that indicate that he was born in 1861. I'm not 100% sure that he was born in Porac though. I saw on your web pages that there is a name "Biluch" from the church register. My grandfather's name is consistently spelled "Bilpuch" on the documents that we have, but I wonder if the other spelling is prevalent (Yes, you will find variations including Bilpuch).
email: Randy Tidd - randy@blacksmith.com - Posted 13 January 1998

Researching: MROSKO, VANSACOVA, VANSUCH, WAUSECH, FIFICK
My Father was born in Porac, in 1926. He is Byzantine Catholic and would have attended St. Demetrius Church. His fathers name was Jan (John) Mrosko and his mothers' name was Katarina Vansacova (Catherine Vansuch).They first settled in Fayette County and later moved to Youngstown, Ohio. My grandmother was born in Fayette County, Pa in 1908. On her birth certificate her last name is listed as Wausech ( Vansac) According to her birth certificate her parents were born in Hungary. Her father was born in 1866 if his age is correct on the birth certificate of my grandmother. Her mothers' name was Mary Fifick and she was born in 1869. I believe this area of Slovakia may have been part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire and this may account for the country of birth on my grandmothers birth certificate. I also know my Dads' brother Nicholas was born in Porac in 1927. I don't know where my grandparents were married, I do believe it was in Czechoslovakia because my grandfather wasn't naturalized until 1939 and this was in Fayette County Pennsylvania. My grandparents and my grandmothers parents are buried in St. Nicholas Byzantine Cemetary in Campbell, Ohio. If you have any information on births, marriages and deaths on these surnames I would appreciate the assist.
email: Rich Mrosko - SMTDCR@aol.com - Posted 23 November 1997

Researching: HANUSCIN, LISKA, LISKOVA
Let me first say how ecstatic I am that such a web page exists for the access of my possible family history. I couldn't believe that pictures of the village where my father was born and of the church where he and my ancestors worshipped existed anywhere. My family has long heard of a place, Porac, when speaking of the old country, but this web page has brought images to light. I, as would my family, appreciate any information on the Hanuscin family, as well as the Liska or Liskova family (the maiden name of my father's mother).
email: Jay Hanuscin - JHanus5005@aol.com - Posted 10 November 1997

Researching: MROSKO, HOLECKO
Please supply any information on the Mrosko and Holecko Families. Mrosko Grandfather born in Zorach, Spiska Zupa, Father born in Porac, Slovakia. Holecko Grandfather born Teplicka. Any information would be appreciated.
email: - SMTDCR@aol.com - Posted 16 September 1997

Researching: DUBROSKY, DOLNY, SHEDLOCK
Searching the names of Dubrosky, Dolny and Shedlock from Spis region specifically villages of Porac and Olcnava just east of Spisska Nova ves. Any information would be appreciated. Dakujem.
email: W.Barry DuBrosky - SargJOTC@aol.com - Posted 09 August 1997

Researching: SEVACHKO, SEVASKO, VRABEL
Researching the Sevachko, Sevasko, and Vrabel names from Porac, Slovakia. If you have ancestors from Porac, you are almost guaranteed to find a cousin in the 1929 Sevachko-Walkosak wedding photo.
email: Sharon A. Reinard - FWUZ28A@prodigy.com - Posted 05 February 1997

Researching: JANOS, JANOSZ, JANOSIK, JANOSCHICK, DANKO, VOYTASOVA, KRAKOVSKA, BASCOVA, FABIAN, LIBA, VANSZACS, SZTUPAK, FIFFIK, LISSKA, ONDKO, MACSUSS, LIBA, ADZIMA, ELIAS
Researching Janos (Janosz, Janosik, Janoschik), Danko, Voytasova, Krakovska and Bascova from the Spisske Vlachy area in and around the village of Kolinovce. Fabian, Liba, Vanszacs, Sztupak, Fiffik, Lisska, Ondko and Macsuss all from the village of Porac. Many family members attended the Greek catholic Church of Saint Demetrius in Porac. Liba and Adzima from the town of Klenov. The Elias family from the town of Rudnany, formerly known as Koterbach. Anyone having information on any of these Eastern Slovakian and Rusyn families please let me know. Thank you.
email: Larry Oberlin - obieone@akron.infi.net - Posted 27 January 1997

Researching: MIHALKO, POLKABLA
I'm interested in finding out any information anyone may have regarding my grandmother's family who came from Porac. I am look for information on Matthew Mihalko and his wife Sophia Polkabla Mihalko. Their daughter, Ella (aka Helen) was my grandmother. She was born circa 14 November 1881 in Porac. I am interested also in finding information on the entire Mihalko family. Thank you.
email: Marilyn Klein - KLEINM@clpgh.org - Posted 16 January 1997

Researching: BAKOSS, BUCCOS, BAKOS, DORAS, DURICA, DURIS
The Bakoss family was from Porac. They were my great-grandparents (paternal). John Buccos (aka Bakos aka Bakoss) was born in Porac 05 March 1851 and died 07 March 1892. He married Katherin Doras (aka Durica aka Duris) born 01 April 1854 and died 04 August 1904. They married 07 May 1871 in Porac. They immigrated in 1880 to Pennsylvania through Castle Gardens, New York. I have more information on descendants. The name was changed to Buccos upon immigration to The United States.
email: Gretchen Dziadosz - Gretchen@concentric.net - Posted 14 January 1997

Researching: VOJTILA, VOYTILLA, HANUSCIN, HANUSCHIN
John Vojtila was born circa 1856 in Porac, Slovakia. Sophia Hanuscin was also born in Porac, Slovakia, circa 1857. Their families were members of Saint Demetrius Greek Catholic Church in Porac. They immigrated to Minnesota for a while and the ended up in Canada, a destination for many familes from Porac. Steve Voytilla sent me an email, but I lost his email address. Can you please write me again.
email: Bill Litchy - wlitchy@bigfoot.com - Updated 28 December 1996

Researching: PURDA, ONDKO, CZEBULA, MROSKO
Looking for information on the Purda, Ondko, Czebula, and Mrosko families from Porac, Slovakia
email: Jim Husband - husband@galacticis.com - Posted 22 December 1996

Researching: PURDA, ONDKO, CEBULYA
Searching for information on the surnames: Purda, Ondko, and Cebulya from the village of Porac, south-east of Spisska Nova Ves just past Koterbach (Rudnany). Members of the family attended St. Demetrius Greek Catholic Church in Porac where family records are found going back to the 18th century.
email: - husband@galacticis.com - Posted 07 December 1996

Researching: KOLESAR, SHOLTICE
My father's grandfather and my grandmother wer named Kolesar. He was born I had thought in Salzburg Austria but seems more likely to be Porac area. His name was John Kolesar. He married a woman whose name we thought was Anna Sholtice but I think that is wrong. She died early in life which has added to the confusion. I have quizzed my great aunt, his daughter, but she said he never ever told them anything beyond the above. He would have been born in the 1800s since he had lived in Minnesota with his family prior tomoving to Canada around 1904 from Minnesota. I am working on a family history for the various branches of my parent's families and would appreciate whatever light you could shed on the Kolesar family.
email: Marsha Ivall - harbourl@baynet.net - Posted 08 November 1996

Researching: EKONIAK, KONAK, IKANAK, NOVOTNY, HANUSCHAK, HANUSCAK, HANUSCIN, PEKAR, DILL, DILJ, KOLESAR
We are looking to share information on the Ekoniak (Kohak, Ikanak) family from the Spis region; The Novotny family from Spisska Nova Ves; the Hanuschak (Hanuscak, Hanuscin) family from Porac; the Pekar family from Kelca, Zemplin Zupa; the Dill (Dilj) family from the Zemplin area; and the Kolesar family from the Spis region, possibly Porac. The Dill family ended up in the Hazleton, Pennsylvania area, all the rest ended up in the Youngstown, Ohio area although my grandfather Mike Pekar who changed his name to Baker, has family in Minnesota through his brother Joseph who settled in Minneapolis.
email: Loretta Ekoniak - MEkoniak01@sceinet.com - Posted 09 August 1996

A NOTE: The Novotny family listed above owned Novotny's Market in Lansingville, and Jan Novotny was one of the sponsors of the Lansingville pages in the 1922 Census of Slovaks of Mahoning County, Ohio.

Researching: BARBUSH, SHIRILLA, VOYTILLA, MROSKO, CEBULA, CEBULYA
Researching the Barbush, Shirilla, Voytilla, Mrosko, and Cebula/Cebulya familes of Porac, Slovakia. For more information on these families, stop in at Olivia's Family Page.
email: Paul Lizanich paul01@voyager.net - Posted 22 July 1996

Researching: MACALA
Macala family from Porac, Slovakia, to America in the 1930's.
email: - mac13mac@aol.com - posted 19 May 1996

Researching: BELEJ, BELLEY, BELEY
Anna Kopcsak, born 23 January 1873 in Porac, Slovakia, the daughter of Mattias and Anna Kovaly Kopcsak, married a man named Belej. Looking for information on him and their possible children.
email: Greg Kopchak - greg@iarelative.com - posted 13 May 1996

Researching: VOJTILA, VOYTILLA, HANUSCIN, HANUSCHIN
John Vojtila was born circa 1856 in Porac, Slovakia. Sophia Hanuscin was also born in Porac, Slovakia, circa 1857. Their families were members of Saint Demetrius Greek Catholic Church in Porac. They immigrated to Minnesota for a while and the ended up in Canada, a destination for many familes from Porac.
email: Bill Litchy - wlitchy@bigfoot.com - posted 05 May 1996

Researching: PETRUNA, RENCKO, BENCKO, BAKOS, GRISAK, WROBEL
From Nizne-Slovinky also known as Slovinky, Slovakia, about 5 km. SE of Porac
email: Marc E. Petrunia - MEPETRUN@ACS.UCALGARY.CA - updated 23 April 1996

Researching: KOPCSAK, KOPCHAK, KOPCAK, STANISLAV, STANISLAW, SZTANISLAV, VARMEGA, CELPEJ, MACALA, CEBULYA, GALAJDA, SMIK, SANDOR, FIFFIK, BAKOSS, HVARIM, POTSATKO, HALCSIN
Porac, Koterbach, Odorin, Hutta, and Markusovce in eastern Slovakia southeast of Spisska Nova Ves.
Greg Kopchak email: Greg@iarelative.com - updated 25 February 1996

Saint Demetrius Church

Porac, Slovakia

Koterbach, Slovakia

Slovinky, Slovakia

Stanislav Family

Kopchak / Macala Family

Olivia's Family Tree Page

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