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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. 

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