Welcome to the new Iwaniw.net web site. I decided to turn this into a blog site so that I could post information about what was going on in the family and to detail my genealogy activities. I’ve decided to concentrate on keeping the online family tree web site updated in one location. Instead of trying to maintain a different number of sites, I decided to keep only one updated. I will be working on all of the other ones to have them point to the one site. :-) It gets confusing, but I’ll work it out.

I just found out that my godfather, Tymko Szorobura, passed away a few days ago.

February 25, 2012 Tymko Szorobura, 89, of Westvale, died Saturday, February 25, 2012 at University Hospital at Community General Hospital. Mr. Szorobura was born in Kavchyj Kut, Stryj, Ukraine and had lived in the Syracuse area for over 60 years. He retired from Inland Fisher Guide Division of General Motors in 1987 where he worked as a machine operator for 25 years. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church and a member of the church choir. He also was a member of the Ukrainian National Home, Ukrainian Congress Committee,
the Organization for the Defense of Four Freedoms of Ukraine, SURMA Male Choir, the Ukrainian Youth Association, was the head of the Parents Committee and a member of U.A.W. Local 854. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Mary Szkoruta Szorobura; his son and daughter-in-law, Bohdan and Mary Szorobura of Troy, Ohio; his daughter and son-in-law, Marta and Orest Sporniak of Toronto, Canada; three grandsons, Matthew Szorobura and Daniel and Alexander Sporniak; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Anna and Wolodymyr Rak of NYC; several nieces and nephews in Toronto, Canada and Ukraine. Funeral services will be conducted Friday 9:30 a.m. from the Macko-Vassallo Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 1609 W. Genesee St.. The Panakhyda services will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church Roof Repair Fund. MACKO-VASSALLO FUNERAL HOME

On October 1st, my father passed away at the age of 93.  With his passing it was the end of a generation of my family.  A few months prior, my aunt met with a tragic end.  At that time, my father would be the last one from that generation left.

Theodor Iwaniw – October 1, 2011

Theodor Iwaniw, 93, of Liverpool, died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mr. Iwaniw was born in Ukraine and had lived in the Syracuse and Liverpool areas for 61 years. He retired in 1980 from R.E. Dietz Co. where he worked as a die setter for 18 years. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. He was a member of the Ukrainian National Home, the Ukrainian Congress Committee, the Organization for the Defense of the Four Freedoms of Ukraine, Ukrainian Youth Organization (CYM) and the Ukrainian National Aid Association. He was predeceased by his wife, Natalia, who died in 2009. Survivors: his daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Andre Revutsky of Auburn, NY; his son and daughter-in-law, Taras and Linda Iwaniw of Sicklerville, NJ; four grandchildren, Natalia Meyer, Theodore Revutsky, Christa and Alex Iwaniw; three great-grandchildren, Alexandre and Michael Meyer and Haydan Iwaniw; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Monday 9:30 a.m. from the Macko-Vassallo Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 1609 W. Genesee St.. The Panakhyda Services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. MACKO-VASSALLO FUNERAL HOME

I’ve been busy lately with trying to get all of the documentations and information together in one spot. Additionally, I’ve been trying to go through some old boxes that have been stored here at the house along with some old photo albums. The photo albums were a great find for me because there were some old photos that I forgot that I had. Since the my mother had passed away a couple of years ago I figured that any of the old photos that she had were gone.  There may be other ones that I no longer have access to, but I have a very pleasant task of looking over the ones that I do have and getting them scanned onto CD’s.  I can then make them available to my own children.

I haven’t decided on where to display the photos.  I have a couple of choices:

  1. Upload them to the Family Tree site at TribalPages.com
  2. Or, create a separate Gallery Page at this domain.

I guess this will give me something to think about.  But, I haven’t had too much of a chance to devote to the family research, what with the business and everything I last was able to send out a letter to the archivist at the Archives in Lvov and asked about the process and costs in obtaining documents pertaining to my family.

Other things that I have been doing is searching and connecting with others with the surname of IWANIW on Facebook.  I was pleasantly surprised to find so many people all over the world named Iwaniw.  I also started a group on Facebook called The Iwaniw Exchange.  I’m also interested in connecting with anyone else who is conducting family research into their Iwaniw roots so that we can exchange tips, resources, and general information.  I little motivation for me would be great, too. :-)

I have received some e-mails form other family researchers, both Iwaniw Family and Non-Iwaniw Family researchers, asking what happened to the web blog these past couple of months. Well, it was a series of calamities that brought this site and all of the others that we have on the host service.  First of all, this site was hacked.  Secondly, in the process of trying to clean up the hacked mess, thre host service ended up deleting ALL of the files in all of the domain directories that we maintained there.  Wow!

When I attempted to get them to reload from their backup sets, I was told that they couldn’t locate them.  Wow…double. 

Because we maintain over a dozen domain on this service, both personal and business, I had to -

  1. Locate the backups for those that I completed backups.
  2. Review the files and make whatever updates I could to those files.
  3. Re-upload those files back up to the service’s server.

This was all time-consuming and my time was limited so I had to prioritize which sites were worked on first.  Needless to say, I focused on those sites that we needed to conduct our business with.  After then others were done, I was finally able to get to this site.  I still have to work on the Genealogy Path site, the Winslow Genealogical & Historical Society, and the Ukrainian  Genealogical Society’s web sites.

I want to thank everyone for their patience.

One of the challenges in genealogy research is when one focuses on one member of the family tree in order to locate more information about them. One of mine is Wasyl Iwaniw. He is my father’s older brother and I think he was named after my great-grandfather. So, in essence, I am researching my family tree that contains at least 2 KNOWN (at least to me) Wasyl Iwaniw’s. One was my great-grandfather whose DOB is not known; and the other is my uncle who I have determined the DOB being around 1903.

Now, I was contacted on Facebook by someone whose adopted brother was an Iwaniw and she was interested in learning if amybe there was a family connection. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate a direct connection to my own family tree, but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t some type of indirect connection. I am still in the process of locating a connection between my family tree and other Iwaniw family group out of Wilkes-Barre PA (the majority of the members of this family now live in Virginia). I was also able to connect with another family group in Australia who may have a direct connection to my own grandfather, Michael Iwaniw.

So, now I have another person in Australia who, while trying to research her adopted brother’s Iwaniw family, came across another Wasyl Iwaniw who emigrated to Australia in 1949. I thought that maybe I may have found my long-lost uncle. But, alas, the DOB’s don’t match up. This Wasyl Iwaniw from Australia (who I will call The Younger Wasyl) has a DOB of 1924. 21 years after my Uncle Wasyl’s (who I will call The Older Wasyl) was born. The one promising aspect of The Younger Wasyl’s lineage is that he stated on his immigration papers that he place of birth was….Lutowiska, Poland. Hmmm, guess where my father and his family are from? You got it! Lutowiska, Poland!

This is definitely going to be worth pursuing. I’ve requested additional records from the Australian body responsible for them. I have some documents for Wasyl Iwaniw but the key bits of information are lacking. I know that The Younger Wasyl embarked to Australia from Naples, Italy. I also know that he stated that his last permanent residence was the British Zone in Germany (my parents came from the US Zone in Germany). That he travelled to Australia on the USAT General M.B. Stewart. That he arrived in Adelaide on July 20, 1949. That he was married but I have no records showing any information about his wife.

As I get more information, I will try to detail it here.

It is with a heavy heart that I am posting the following obituary for my departed mother…

March 9, 2009 Natalia Iwaniw (nee:Tyzbir), 84, of Liverpool, died Monday, March 9, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mrs. Iwaniw was born in Lysiatychi, Ukraine and had lived in the Syracuse and Liverpool areas for 59 years. She retired in 1986 from Syracuse University where she worked in housekeeping for 30 years. She was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church.Survivors: her husband of 64 years, Theodor; her daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Andre Revutsky of Auburn, NY; her son and daughter-in-law, Taras and Linda Iwaniw of Sicklerville, NJ; four grandchildren, Natalia Meyer, Theodore Revutsky and Christa and Alex Iwaniw; three great-grandchildren, Alexander and Michael Meyer and Haydan Christopher; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, 9:30 a.m. from Macko-Vassallo Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 1609 W. Genesee St. The Panakhyda service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. MACKO-VASSALLO FUNERAL HOME Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits

Well, I thought I might start posting on the new family blog site. Unfortunately, I haven’t had an opportunity to get any info together to post about my family research activity. BUT…I do have a couple fo groups on Facebook that pertain to the Iwaniw Surname. One is called The Iwaniw Connection and this was created some time ago; it is open for anyone interested in researching the Iwaniw surname to join. The other group I created was The Iwaniw Exchange and you can only join by invitation only (you have to have the surname of Iwaniw to be invited).

I’ve also created a a group for Iwaniw Genealogy and Tyzbir Genealogy, which are groups whose purpose is for collaborative efforts.

That’s pretty much all I have at this time.

Terry
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