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The family tree and me and what i know and what i see...

My family roots are from Jawirnik - a town that vanished along with the Austrian Hungarian Empire, but still lives in on the hearts and souls of those that call themselves Lemkos, that would be the Ukrainians Lemkos from Galicia (Halychyna) of the Carpathian Mountains.
We are proud people, who have found ourselves scared throughout the world, in several continents and several countries—Ukraine, Poland, United States, Canada, Australia, England, and even Syria. A family that has always traveled to far away lands, but a family that has always remained knowing where they are from. My maternal grandmother was born in Philadelphia in 1897; but returned with her family to Jawirnik (Polish spelling, Jawornik) when the Austrian Hungarian Empire had died. My father’s uncle, he came here via Ellis Island and settled in Upstate New York in a little town of Auburn, where he and other built a church, St. Peter and Paul’s and then raised their families in the best of Ukrainian tradition. My aunt then found her way to Auburn from a German work camp, while cousins moved on to Australia. Other uncles settled in Chicago, and others in Mikolayiv, Ukraine, and others in Koszalin and Wegorzewo, Poland. From Sydney, Australia, to Sudbury, Canada, to Passaic, New Jersey the family has only grown—but it amazes me how we all keep in touch. Thank god for the internet—and this new global village. 

Wedding Day Olga Szara Theadore Michael Michael J and Marika
Madga and Michal's Wedding Portrait John Latanyshyn Mr. & Mrs. Ivan & Anna Szaryj Reflecting on the Past
Final Resting Place brother Michael John Michal Khalupa Cute as Punch Ala
Marijka in the middle Olha Szaryj Marijka with cousins The Babiak Family
Back in the USA The Szaryj Sisters The Hawuczyk Family - circa 1957 Mr. and Mrs. Michal and Olha Khalupa
Maria, Olha, Tekla Marijka's Passport Photo Anastazia Khalupa The Lyko Family  circa 1968
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan and Tekla Lyko Anastazia Szaryj Khalupa cute baby Anastazia Szaryj Khalupa's Grave
The Mazury Cruiser Christening 1961 The Khalupa Family Ivan Szaryj and grand-daughters Ania and Magda
Vladimir Szaryj Mr and Mrs. Riczard and Teresa Jadziewicz The Lyko Family Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Maria Hawuczyk
Motorcycling in Wegorzewo Anna Babiak Szaryj and Tekla Szaryj Lyko Mr and Mrs Michal and Olha Khalupa and daughter Anna Babiak Szaryj
Mr. and Mrs. Michal and Anastazia Khalupa Michal Khalupa and Anastazia Szaryj Michal and Marijka Khalupa Ivan Khalupa
Olha Szaryj Khalupa The Jadziewicz Family Michal Mychaylo Chalupa Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Szaryj, their children and Grandma Szaryj
Anna Babiak Szaryj's Grave Teodor Khalupa Babiak Holy Communion circa 1935 Jawirnik
Michal Khalupa Anastazia Khalupa Original Jawirnik Ukrainian Church Grandfathers - 807
Anna Babiak Szaryj Ukrainian Boys - 1001 Father and Son - 1284 Anna Babiak Szaryj