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05 Eastern European Ancestors - Orthodox Church in Hartshorne

John and Maira Senick's 2013 first ever visit to his great grandfather's ancestral village of Dlugie, located in Southeast Poland. The village is no longer inhabited due to the forced deportation of its residents after WWII, known as Operation Vistula.

John's great grandfather, John Senick (originally Iwan Ksenycz) immigrated to the USA in 1898 and settled in Haileyville, Oklahoma to work in the coal mines. "Lemkovyna" refers to a small geographic area combining parts of Southeast Poland, Northeast Slovakia and Western Ukraine on either side of the Carpathian Mountains. It is the original homeland for the Lemko (also know as Rusyn) people, an ethnic group who have populated this region since the 14th century.

This visit was greatly assisted by tour-guides Halina and Andryj Malecki, as well as the last know survivor from Dlugie, Dymytrij Sabatowycz who describes the former inhabitants and landmarks of the village in the video. Additional videos from this trip are available on Youtube.com, search for the name Ivan Ksenycz.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_lDGpzRn-I
THE LEMKO RUSYNS: THEIR PAST AND PRESENT
Chapters xiv (p264) and xv (p276)- The man farthest down; a record of observation and study in Europe (1912) by Booker T Washington
 
STS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Russian Orthodox church, originally called "Saints Cyril and Methodius Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church," was first built in Hartshorne in 1897
SS Cyril and Methodius Hartshorne Metrical Book.pdf

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