Welcome! - Vitajte!


The Carpathian Connection is committed to collecting, preserving and disseminating the history of "Our People" for future generations.






About Us


The Staff

Genealogists with Over 60 Years Combined Experience

Publisher & Managing Editor

Steven M. Osifchin


Joy E. Kovalycsik

Technical Support

Divan Zedwet






What's New



Carpatho-Rusyn Villages



Our Faith

St. Michael's Hungarian Byzantine Catholic Church

Perth Amboy, NJ

Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church

Pittsburgh, PA

Greek Catholic Church in Slovakia - Archeparchy of Presov

Bishop Gregory Tarkovič

Bishop Joseph Gaganec


Saint John’s Greek Catholic Cathedral, Presov


Byzantine Catholic Epharchy of Parma, Ohio -

Apostolic Administrator/Bishop Milan Lach


St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Cathedral

Past & Present -

A Beloved Centuries Old Tradition

Stations of the Cross


Pioneer Greek Catholic Priestly Families-

Reverend Father Emil A. Kubek


St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church

Houston, Texas


Saint Mary’s Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church

Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia

Byzantine (Greek) Catholic Societies



The Slovak Republic -

Blessed Titus Zeman, S.D.B.




Carpatho-Rusyn Heritage

The Slovak Catholic Church


Prominent Carpatho-Rusyns

Michael George Stroka

Bishop Gregory Tarkovič

Bishop Joseph Gaganec


































Our Vision


The creation and administration of this web page will be for the exclusive purpose of historical education and genealogical research related to those individuals who were from the former Carpathian territories and were of Carpatho-Rusyn heritage.


Since the inception of our site in 1998 we have continued to expand into a valuable tool for Carpatho-Rusyn research. We could not have accomplished this without the support of our dedicated readers. At this time we would like to thank everyone who shared their essays, photographs, and historical documentation. Please assist TCC to keep the memory of “Our People” alive by contributing to our site.  


As always TCC will remain a free and independent web-site for anyone interested in researching their Carpatho-Rusyn ancestry.


Please Note that The Carpathian Connection is NOT associated with C-RS Connection an affiliate of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society



Note: Our Gallery Page is Now Available for Mobile Devices!








Items & Sites of Interest


Slovaks elect the first female president in 2019







Original Fine Art by Grace Keown


Grace Keown is the granddaughter of Michael & Anna Sokol Osifchin, Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from Udol, Slovakia. Grace has created art in some form or media for most of her life. Her personal journey and exploration of various techniques have taken her into relationships with watercolor, pastel, scratchboard, acrylic, oil, pen and ink, printmaking, photography, jewelry-making, stenciling and primitive rug-hooking.



Lemko Roots

A Village Cluster "The immigrants still live; they live within us."






There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. – Helen Keller


American Humane Society



SPCA International


Vechnaya Pamyat - Eternal Memory


“Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation” 
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet