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Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

Posted: 1003686612000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1077125674000
Surnames: Halkowicz, Wronik, Wranik
This is a new board I created for anyone who's ancestors were Rusyn, Polish, Austro-Hungarian, etc, and who were from Pennsylvania. I have done a lot of reseach in this area and would like to promote discussion, and comonalities, etc.

My ancestors were Nikolaj (Nicholas) and Parascevia (Wronik) Halkowicz, who came from Binczarowa, Poland in 1888, and 1895 to the coal region of Pennsylvania. They lived in Poland, were categorized as Austrian, Polish, Russian, etc. What they really were is Rusyn. They were Greek Orthodox Russians.

Would like to here from more PA Polish folks!

Re: Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

Posted: 1003801891000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1020715312000
Surnames: Warosik, Warsik, Varpness
Does Anyone recognize the surnames of

Warosik or Warsik or Varpness.
please email me at

Andrew Anton Warsik
SEPT 8 1892 - APRIL 18, 1961

He married Thora O. Varpness. She was born November 05, 1899 Cottonwood, Lyon Co., MN. They had their two sons, Andrew Clyde (December 06, 1925) and Robert Eugene (January 29, 1924) both born in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. I assume Thora and Andrew married in MN.

They later moved to Harmarville, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania around the 1920's where Andrew Anton Warsik was an Iron worker building bridges around Pittsburg, PA. He also grew lots of Tomatoes for Heinz Co. They lived along the Allegheny river.

After they retired, they lived in Florida. April 18, 1961Andrew Anton Warsik died & is Buried: Jacksonville Memory Gardens, Orange Park, FL
and Thora died December 30, 1983 & is Bur: Roselawn Cem., Tallahassee, Leon Co., FL

In 1943 Thora worked at Gulf Research & Development Co. P.O. Drawer 2038, Pittsburgh 30, PA.

The Allegheny Valley School District 1942 yearbook shows Robert Eugene Warsik along with 11 other classmates. His senior quote: "Einstein's theories may stump him, but blue print reading doesn't."
Some of his classmates were: 1) Elaine Sweet, 2) Bertha Tady, 3) Paul Timashenka, 4) Joseph Tomiczek, 5) Ann Toth, 5) Lucille Trobian, 6) Irene Tutak, 7) Josephine Valasek, 8) Anna Marie Walters, 9) Robert Weaver, 10) Walter Wenzel

Andrew and Thora's children thought that their father was of Polish ancestry because of his thick accent. His death certificate states his birthplace was Austria and spells his name was Warsik. The name Warsik used to be spelled Warosik before the social security administration altered the spelling of his name because of pronunciation misunderstanding. But, both of his sons spelled their name as Warosik on their social security application records in 1941 so the change in spelling must have occurred after that.

Re: Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

mack repeta (View posts)
Posted: 1003884478000
Classification: Query
you have listed repeta but no information. interested in anything you have tank you

Re: Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

Posted: 1003890366000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1005173325000
Surnames: Halkowicz Repeta Kostelniak/Kostelnik
My Repeta go way far back. My Great-Grandpa, Nikolaj Halkowicz came from Binczarowa, Poland. I was able to trace everyone in his family back to a John Repeta who would have been born about 1720. John was listed as the father of Xenia Repeta, who married a Anthony Huchlak November 11, 1787. Xenia would be my gr-gr-gr-great grandmother.
A Huchlak later married a Kostelniak, who finally married a Halkowicz, which is my mother's maiden name.

Are you confused yet ? It took me a while to figure out all of these connections, but these people never left the village and kept inter-marrying.

Where were yours from?

Re: Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

Posted: 1003890729000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1005173325000
Surnames: Warosik
Your Warosik is definately a Rusyn name. Give me some time, and I bet I can prove it. Your ancestor lived in either Czechoslovakia, or more likely Poland, which was under Austrian rule about the time your ancestors came here. Do you know what churches they belonged to ?

Write to the county courthouse where they were married and their certificate should say what country they were from.

Good luck!

Re: Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

Posted: 1003891320000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1005173325000
I just for the fun of it, typed in your ancestor's name on the Ellis Island records. Although his first name didn't come up, a Michael Warsik did, and he was from Wierchomla, Poland, which is a village about 30 miles from my village of Binczarowa ( I went to and typed it in).

I am not saying 100% that your ancestor is from that village, but the likelyhood is high. Keep digging--you will discover more.

Re: Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

repeta (View posts)
Posted: 1003959892000
Classification: Query
hello Suzanne

well first let me say thanks for answering! i cant go back that far .but its intresting to here . do you have anything else on john like wifes name or any dates.i can only goback to Andrzej who was born july 20 1870 diedjune 221940. we think he came from babice , galicia we know he had a brother name john. he never left poland

thank you for your time!

mack repeta

Re: Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

Posted: 1004056152000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1031007199000
My ancestors were Matej MANYOVSZKY born around 1822 in Vysne, Slovinky, Czechoslovakia. he married Anna KRAJNYAKOVA.

I have found two sons for them John and Vasil. John Married Maria Weselmankova. John and Maria came to america sometime before 1892. to the Gaskill twp. area of Jefferson Co., PA as a coal miner.

Vasil married Katarina Fenderova it is believed that they came to America and then returned to Czechoslovakia.

I don't know much more about my ancestors or really how to go about tracing them back any further.

Stochmal from Austia-Poland

Posted: 1004173939000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Stochmal
My grandmother came to PA from Lezajsk, Poland around December, 1911. I believe she arrived at the Port of Philadephia from Bremen, Germany. Her name was Margaret Stochmalska.

Re: Post your PA Rusyn or Polish ancestors here!

Posted: 1005877552000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1028095081000
Does anyone know of a Baierski family that lived in the Lycoming County area of PA. My gg grandmother was Mary Baierski, she married Edward Nittinger. Her parents were Anthony Baierski and Annie(?), Census records say that they immigrated from Germany, but Baierski is in my opinion is Polish, and my dad who remembers Mary (his g grandmother) said she was definantly Polish.
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