This site is devoted to the genealogy of the Tomas (became Thomas
in the U.S.A.) and Svecz (became Swetz in the U.S.A.) families that
emigrated to the USA from Bercsenyifalva (in Ung County), Hungary. The
town was also known as Dubrinics in Czechoslovakia and then still later as
Dubrynyc, now located in western Ukraine northeast of
(informational sites: Welcome
to Uzhgorod and Old Ungvar) in the
Transcarpathian region. The families also had connections to the town
just south of Dubrinics--Zaricovo or Zaricso (Drugethaza in Hungarian, Zarica in Rusyn, now
known as Zariceve in the Ukraine). The Tomas and Svecs family members were Carpatho-Rusyns (also known as
Rusyns or Ruthenians) who emigrated to the Scranton, Pennsylvania area.
Alternative spellings of Tomas include Tomasz, Tamas,
and Tamasz. An alternative spelling of Svecz is Svecs.
Frank Thomas was born as Fedor Tomas in Dubrinics, Hungary on 3/1/1884. He sailed on the S.S. Bremen from
Bremen on 9/12/1903 arriving in New York City on 9/22/03. Frank
married Mary Swetz on 6/1/1907 in Dunmore, PA. Frank was
naturalized as a U.S. citizen on 9/18/1924 in Scranton, PA. Frank
Thomas died at the age of 63 on 12/19/1947 in Moosic, PA. See
Stone. Frank Thomas' parents
were Andrew Tomas and Julia Puthonoski or Podhorycki (Bobinchak
or Babinecz is another related name according to a family story).
Frank Thomas had a sister named Anna who married
Charles Stelicha (Stelika, Stilika). Anna Tomas arrived in
New York City on 9/13/1911 on S.S. Oceania from Trieste enroute to her
cousin Mary Penyak in Scranton, PA. In 1920 and 1930, the Stelicha
family lived on Friend St. in Port Griffith, PA. Charles Stelicha immigrated from a town (that was east of Zaricso) called
Vil'synky (Egreshat in Hungarian).
Mary Swetz was born as Maria Svecz in Dubrinics,
Hungary about 1886. She sailed on the S.S. Slavonia from Fiume on
9/20/1906 arriving in New York City on 10/10/1906 enroute to her
brother-in-law Vasily Rigan at 410 Washington Ave., Scranton, PA.
Mary was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on 6/29/1943 in Scranton, PA.
Mary Thomas died at the age of 86 on 12/8/1974 in Moosic, PA. See
Mary Swetz' parents were George Svecz and Bertha (Borka).
Borka Gerzanich sailed on the S.S. Switzerland from Antwerp on 5/14/1896 arriving
in Philadelphia on 5/28/1896 enroute to brother-in-law Vasil Rigjan in
Scranton PA. Borka had been in Scranton previously in 1891-1892.
Borka Gerzanich, age 28, was traveling with Fedor Gerzanich, age 39, (Gerzanics,
Gerzanic, Gerzanicz) who is believed to be her second husband.
Borka ran a boarding house in the lower part of Dunmore (in a section
known as the Patch) until Fedor died walking along a railroad track (in
a town starting with the name Green in the Carolinas). Borka then
returned to Dubrinics before 1906 where she remained.
Mary Swetz' siblings included brothers Michael and
Charles and sisters Bertha and Anna.
Surnames of descendants' of Frank and Mary
Thomas include Akerbloom, Conner, Fischer,
Heading, Healey, Kolojeski, Moody, Mizwinski,
Nazdrowicz and Thomas.
Michael Swetz (Mary Swetz' brother) was
born as Mihaly Svecz in Dubrinics, Hungary in 1887. Michael
married Mary Fedelesh about 1912. Michael Swetz died at the age of
55 on 9/19/1942 in Binghamton, NY. See
Mary Swetz was born as Maria Fedelesh
in Zaricovo, Hungary on 8/12/1892. She sailed on the S.S.
Acquitania from Cherbourg on 11/5/1921 arriving in New York City on
11/11/1921 enroute to her husband Michael in Plainsville, PA. Mary
Swetz died at the age of 99 on 11/25/1991 in Binghamton, NY. See
Stone. Mary Swetz' parents
were Ira Fedelesh and Mary Hapac. Mary Swetz had
four brothers and two sisters.