Around 1900, a number of brotherhoods were organized by Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants to the United States. For a number of reasons, these brotherhoods often identified themselves as being "Russian" or "Ukrainian" even though there were few real Russians or Ukrainians among them — they were all primarily Rusyns from the Carpathian region in Eastern Europe. These brotherhoods introduced newcomers to American society and provided insurance for those killed or disabled in work accidents. The brotherhoods provided low-cost mortgages and shelters for the homeless, aged and unwell. And they also tried to preserve Slavic religious and cultural traditions. They documented such activities in annual yearbooks or almanacs called "Kalendars". This site presents searchable, full-text content from many Kalendars issued by the Russian Brotherhood Organization (RBO), the Russian Orthodox Catholic Mutual Aid Society (ROCMAS), the United Russian Orthodox Brotherhood of America (UROBA), the Lemko Association and the Ukrainian National Association (UNA). These almanacs are a rich source of historical and genealogical material. The many ads (объявления) are likely to be of particular interest to English readers.
For those interested in more background information, there is a short history of this site.
The publisher of this site would like to make as much content from these almanacs accessible on the internet as possible. So, if anyone has an almanac not now included in this presentation, please make contact.
This site contains thousands of pages of text so it is advisable to search efficiently for particular information.