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My Rusyn and Trentini Ancestors

Updated June 9, 2010

Basically, I am just trying to find out as much as I can about my ancestors and relatives.

Surnames I am researching (with a variety of spellings) include Kosut, Stefko, Ivanco, Sepelya, Haraszim, Vatatsin and others with origins in the Carpatho-Rusyn town of Világ, Hungary, now Svetlice, Slovakia. Also Saibanti, Amistadi, Negri, Vecchietti, Bortolotti and others, from communities such as Bolognano, Massone, Drena and San Giorgio near Arco, Trento, Italy. See also my Surname List, below, for a complete list.

Items I am working on now or intend to work on in the future include:

1) Finding out when & where my great-grandfather Feodor Kosut died. Previously I was only able to narrow this down to a 22-year period between 1897 and 1919. But thanks to recent work by a genealogist I hired, we believe we can narrow it down to a 5-year period between 1899, when he bought some land, and 1904, when this land was inherited by his sons. He had relatives in Pennsylvania, in the Berwick area and also in the Pittsburgh area, and also in New York, in Binghamton.

2) I would like to find some "lost" family connections:
- Some relatives believe we are related to a Malfer family with roots in the Arco area of northern Italy. Amazingly, the Malfers have found me, thanks to this website. However, we don't know HOW we are related, or if we are indeed really related.
- I have been told by 2 sources that there are Kosut descendants in America who now go by the name of Kossert, but I have been unable to find any.
- We have lost track of the descendants of Michael and Mary Basher of Berwick, PA. We believe someone moved to North Carolina. If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you! UPDATE! Looks like they found me! I look forward to hearing their story!

Think we might be related? Just want to compare note on doing family trees involving northern Italian or Rusyn/Slovak roots? E-mail me!


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GEDCOM Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later)

  • Expanded Family Tree (833 KB)
    This expanded family tree includes the brothers and sisters of my ancestors, and some of their descendants.

Family Photos

  • Svetlice Cemetery & Church (132 KB)
    Cemetery where my Rusyn ancestors are buried, with St. Dmitriy Greek Catholic church in the background.
  • View of Svetlice, 1992 (136 KB)
    View looking down on Svetlice from St. Dmitriy the Great Martyr Greek Catholic Church. Photo taken by John Zgibor on a trip in 1992, used with his permission.
  • Emigration Route from Slovakia (264 KB)
    This is the route taken by Helen Stefko Kosutova as she traveled across Europe on her journey to America in 1921, as determined by stamps on her passport. Traveling with her were her 3-year-old son, and her mother-in-law Susanna Kosutova.
  • Saibanti family, Bolognano, Italy, early 1920s? (85 KB)
    Angelo Saibanti and his wife Anastasia Vecchietti Saibanti. Their children Giuseppe, Luigi, Gioacchino, Elisabetta, and Domenica. Missing from the photo are Angelina Bianca Saibanti Amistadi (USA) and Teresina Saibanti Matteotti (Canada).
  • Amistadi family, Massone, Italy, early 1920s? (85 KB)
    I believe this is the family of my great-grandparents, Carlo Luigi Amistadi, and Gioconda Carlotta Negri, and all of their children except for my grandfather, Carlo Giovanni Angelo Amistadi, who had already come to America.
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