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Genealogists with Over 60 Years Combined Experience

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Steven M. Osifchin


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Joy E. Kovalycsik


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Our Faith

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

 

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.

Prešov

 

Carpatho-Rusyn Heritage

The Slovak Catholic Church

 

Prominent Carpatho-Rusyns

Bishop Gregory Tarkovič

Bishop Joseph Gaganec

 

 

   

 

Updates

 
 
   

 

Čirč

 
 

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Circ & Orlov Folk Singers performing at a competition in Raslavice

 

Village History

Courtesy of Eric Kuns

 

Village Photos

Courtesy of Eric Kuns & Tom Kovalak

 

Eternal Memory - Vechnaya Pamyat

 

The Kovalak Family - A Pictorial History

by, Tom Kovalak

 

The Search For Ancestors From Austro-Hungary

by, Eric Kuns

 

Village History

 

Čirč is a village in north eastern Slovakia. Historically, it has been almost exclusively inhabited by ethnic Rusyns, or "Little Russians." In Hungarian, the village was known as Csircs or Csercs. In 1773, Čirč was named Cziroz. By 1787, the town boasted 69 houses and 537 inhabitants. At the beginning of the 19th Century, the villages of Budzova and Garancova also belonged to Čirč. Jan Vrabel III, an inhabitant of Čirč and cousin of Eric Kuns, says that the town was once two portions to the north and the south, eventually combining in the middle in its current configuration. In 1828, 124 houses and 891 people are counted in Čirč. Throughout the Hungarian domination as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Čirč was part of the Hungarian Administrative District - Saris. In 1920, the town was given its current name - Čirč.

 

Sometime after the fall of the Hungarian monarchy, Čirč was designated as part of the Sabinov district in the Presov region until 1960. Afterwards, Čirč became a part of the Stara Lubovna district in the Eastern Slovakia region.

 

Past occupations of the inhabitants of Čirč were cattle and sheep breeding, and seasonal jobs in the forests, including charcoal manufacture. In addition, Čirč was a center of fur production for the surrounding area. During the first half of the 20th Century, cloth and linen weaving were still prominent.

 

Currently, many Čirč residents work in Kosice, Presov, Lipany, and other towns and villages. The cemetery, to the north and east of town, has only readable headstones for the last two or three generations. The older portion to the south once had only wooden markers, now eroded beyond reading.