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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
  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.

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.

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Welcome to the new 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.