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Coat of arms "Swan"
Swan is the stately bird, on coat of arms is represented with raised wings, inspires, call trust, respect and affection. The swan firmly stands on a crown, is ready to fly in skies. Respectable bird - in a basis of coat of arms, on a red field, and on the crown. It is a mark, that a kind, which belongs to coat of arms, is pure, ancient and well-known. The history as writes V.Lipsky in the book " Praudziwy apowjad pra moj i twoj radawod ", confirms it: coat of arms "Swan" was authorized in Middle Ages, since 1257, on the ground Krakow. Due to act of Gorodelskaja unia, approximately in middle of XV century, coat of arms was transferred on territory of modern Belarus and Lithuania. 219 nobiliary kinds used it. Among them and Matusevich.

Litva and Jemajtia in XVII century
Litva - name of union of tribes, after historical-geographical and ethnographic area on northwest of modern Republic of Belarus and southeast of the Lithuanian Republic. For the first time is mentioned in Kvedlinburg's annals from 1009, in east-slavic annals - from 1040. The Ethymology finally is not clarified. In the late Byelorussian-Lithuanian annals its mythical -legendary explanation is given: from latin words " litus tuba" ("litus " - coast, "tuba" - tube), which ostensibly inhabitants of Rome named earth near Neman, which were moved, according to a legend, here from Italy. The modern researchers link the name "Lithuania" to the Btitleic or Slavic sources Lieta, Lieti (to pour, to leak), to the name of the river Lietovka or Lietava (inflow of Vilia) etc.
Jemajtia - historical-geographical and ethnographic area, which occupies a northwest part of modern Lithuanian Republic. The ethymology occurs from the name of tribe Jemajty (Jmudz) - ethnic grandparents of the modern Lithuanians, living to north and east from lower current of Neman. In XIII-XIV centuries was the object of territorial disputes between Great Princedom Lithuanian and Tevton's order. After the fight near Grunvald (1410) it is finally attached to GEL.

Hedrojtsy
Hedrojtsy is nobiliary surname, its representatives occupied high state, church and military posts in Great Princedom Lithuanian. According to genealogical legend, the Hedrojts's family occurred from prince Hedrus, representative of a Kitowrus's dynasty , which dominated in territory of annalistic Lithuania before Hediminovichi. In historical sources Hedrojtsy for the first time are mentioned in 1399. They had the manor Hedrojtsy near Vilno. In XV century the family has ramified, and in XVI it has included couple of tens of representatives.

The first international meeting of Matuseviches
Date of event: August, 16, 2003
Place of event: the beach of Zaslawl water basin (Minsk area, Republic of Belarus)
Entry list: Alexander (Belarus, Minsk), Alesya (Belarus, Minsk), Aneta (Polaniec, Poland), Natalia (Belarus, Minsk), Radoslaw (Polaniec, Poland), Sergey (Belarus, Minsk), Yury (Belarus, Minsk)













The meeting of Matuseviches and Godziejewskies
Date of event: August, 13, 2004
Place of event: Minsk, Republic of Belarus
Entry list: Gennady Godziejewski (Minsk, Belarus), Leonid Matusiewicz (Minsk, Belarus), Yury Matusevich (Minsk, Belarus), Henryk Matusiewicz (Kamien Pomorski, Poland), Jaroslaw Matusiewicz (London UK)


Matusiewiczes meeting-2006
Date of event: August, 12, 2006
Place of event: Dzerzynsk, Stolbcy, Wolozyn areas, Republic of Belarus
Entry list:Gennady Godziejewski (Minsk, Belarus), Natalia matusevich (Minsk, Belarus), Aliona Matusevich (Minsk, Belarus), Leonid Matusiewicz (Minsk, Belarus), Yury Matusevich (Minsk, Belarus), Henryk Matusiewicz (Kamien Pomorski, Poland), Jaroslaw Matusiewicz (London, UK)



















Dubava-2006
The photos from Jaroslaw Matusieiwicz of cemetery in Dubava: before and after cleaning.
Cemetery in Dubava, is laying around 2 km from village of Tsiskowszczyna, right on 1939 former border between Poland and USSR, approximately 800m from main road. It is very difficult to determine numbers of graves as some back to middle of 1800 are completely destroyed and some are new, erected in last few years. Jaroslaw Matusiewicz speaks: "In our "cleaning operation" approximately half of cemetery was clean from bushes, rotten trees and high grass. We discovered nine Matusewicz graves and several other local families: Sobolewski, Hurski, Borowski, Hrolowicz, Januszkiewicz, Kaczanowicz, Pozniak, Anisowicz.
According to local people from Tsiskowszczyna and Barzdi, Matusewicz families were buried in Dubava and Volma cemetery, which we also visited and discovered two graves.
We would like to come next year in August to Dubava and finish job: clean rest of cemetery, put around some fence and record names from stones. Anyone Matusewicz or not is welcome, for more info please contact Jaro Matusiewicz in UK jaromat@hotmail.com".


Gennady Matusevich's exhibition in a Museum of modern art. Minsk, 06.2008