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


































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


Cancer Funds for my Mother (Click title to be directed to Gofundme)

Chris Voag is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of his mother Donna a granddaughter of Michael & Anna Sokol Osifchin, Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from Udol, Slovakia and Michael and Maria Youpa Chanda from Maly Lipnik, Slovakia.





“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“Be yourself – not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.” – Hildegard Von Bingen

“No one man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne





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