From the Metrical Book, opening page:
In the name of the Most Holy and Indivisible Trinity!
This register was begun by me, the undersigned, who, by order and mandate of the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Lord Bishop of Eperies [ = Presov] of Catholics of the Greek Rite, John Valyi, of the Diocese of Eperies [ = Presov] in the County of Saros in Hungary, have been sent hither, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a Greek Catholic curate. I arrived at my destination on the 28th of November 1889. I found a Greek Catholic church of wooden construction, but no register, nor was there a parish house. My faithful, who had already been living here for some 11 years, mostly in Minneapolis and the surrounding area, [their children before my coming - these words are crossed out] solemnised their marriages and took care to have their children baptised in Catholic churches of the Latin Rite and were buried by Catholic priests of the Latin Rite - German, Polish and Irish. The names of these faithful, as many as were made known to me, in no particular order, appear on the last pages of this register, and if necessary they may be sought here. This register was set in order by me on the aforementioned day, the 28th day of November 1889. Minneapolis.
Alexis George Toth, priest of the Greek Catholic Diocese of Eperies [ = Presov], County of Saros, Hungary, Europe; assessor of the Consistory of the Holy See; emeritus professor of the Diocesan Seminary of Sacred Theology in Eperies [ = Presov].
The record of births begins on page 2, through page [...]
" " " of marriages " " 269 through 532
" " " of deaths " " 533 through 790.
From page 790 and on the following pages are registered all those who have also been registered in [... ] churches of the Latin Rite, German, Polish and Irish.
This is the mark or official seal of the Minneapolis parish.
Theology in Eperies [ = Presov].
- translation by AM and GC