- The parishes to whose metrical records I am still trying to arrange research access are:
- Hazleton - St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic;
- Saint Clair - St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic;
- Philadelphia - Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic;
- Philadelphia - St. Michael Russian Orthodox;
- Philadelphia - St. Andrew Russian Orthodox;
- Chester - Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic;
- Chester - St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox;
- Bethlehem - St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox;
- Reading - St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox;
- Central City - St. Mary Russian Orthodox;
- Boswell - Ss. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox;
- Pine Hill - Ss. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox;
- Jerome - St. Mary Russian Orthodox;
- McKeesport - St. Mary Russian Orthodox;
- West Brownsville - Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox.
- There are five more parish cemeteries, and a few other smaller cemeteries, I plan to photograph:
- McKeesport - St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic;
- Duquesne - St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox;
- Duquesne - Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic;
- Pittsburgh - St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic;
- Black Lick - St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox;
- I anticipate a return trip to four archives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey I’ve previously visited.
- There are several county courthouses from which I hope to get copies of church and organization/lodge charters.
- There are additional naturalization application documents I plan to obtain online.
- There are a few extant photographs in various people’s possession I hope to scan.
- There are a few individuals with whom I hope to conduct an oral history interview.
- Now having access to newspapers.com, I am gathering miscellaneous secular press coverage of Carpatho-Rusyn community activities and significant events.
- The largest task will be reviewing additional Rusyn/Ukrainian/Russian immigrant newspapers on microfilm or in hard copy. It’s very fortunate that the complete run of Svoboda is now available online.
Anticipating that the above tasks and the writing itself may take several more years, I want to start now to search for several individuals who will be key to producing the best book possible.
- Cartographer: to prepare maps of Pennsylvania, especially very localized maps showing the main settlement and associated locales with important geographic and transportation features, as well as homeland maps showing the villages/village clusters represented in a given community.
- Graphic designer / page layout & publishing specialist: to design the basic page format and then to lay out the text and images to create proofs; to prepare additional non-photo images where needed.
Several individuals have already graciously volunteered their time and talents to assist me when the time comes:
- Two professional writers/editors have volunteered to read and review the manuscript.
- Two individuals, one a subject matter expert and another an American of Pennsylvania Carpatho-Rusyn heritage, have volunteered to read and react to the manuscript.
- A photographer/photo editing specialist has volunteered to prepare photographs for publication.
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And of course, how to pay for all this? I hope to write at least one set of grant applications to assist with the production and publication, but I also hope to find additional funding to assist me to complete the research and writing.
In September 2015 I received a Seton Shields Genealogy Grant, administered by renowned professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak. The grant funding supported a week-long research trip to several archives and libraries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to gather some additional materials for the book. Many thanks to Megan and her excellent grant program!
If you can assist with further funding in some way, please contact me at rusynsofpa (at) gmail (dot) com.
As things progress and the above-mentioned tasks are completed, this post will be updated.
(Last update: 3/2/17)
Original material is © by the author, Richard D. Custer; all rights reserved.