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A maillist member posted an announcement about records being released to Ancestry.com from Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service). I have accessed this site previously and I had believed I had found one of my father’s brothers. The info I found was transcribed information and I was interested in finding the original record in case there was more detailed information. I sent an e-mail asking for the record and with the current release it seems I may have received it.

The transcribed information showed that he was born 11 Dec 1910. The information I have on my Uncle Mykola was that he was born in 1910. The transcribed information doesn’t give much information as to where he was born. The latest data dump give more details. It states that he was born 11 Dec 1910 and this matches the transcribed data. The record shows:

Name:Mikola Iwaniw
Gender:männlich (Male)
Nationality:Polen
Record Type:Residence
Birth Date:12 Nov 1910
Birth Place:Lutowyska Kr. Lisko
Residence Place:Marburg Marburg an der Lahn
Notes:Lists of foreigners extracted out of files of social securities and employment agencies
Reference Number:02010101 oS

The birthplace matches my father’s village where he was born. And it states hen resided in Marburg Marburg an der Lahn, which is the same information found in the transcribed record. I need to do more research on the All Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947 list from Arolson Archives. The data found on Ancestry is not found on Arolson.

On the same list that I found my Uncle Mykola I also found my Uncle Wasyl (my father’s oldest brother). The record shows:

Name:Rasil Iwaniw
Gender:männlich (Male)
Nationality:Polen
Residence Age:39
Record Type:Residence
Birth Date:20 Apr 1903
Sojourn Start Date:11 Jan 1943
Residence Place:Steinberg Burglengenfeld
Sojourn End Date:16 Jan 1943
Notes:Foreigners who were living in the location during the war – permanently or temporarily
Reference Number:02010101 oS

Now, it lists the first name as Rasil. But I’ve never heard of anyone from that region of Galacia being named Rasil and when I look at the typewritten record, the first letter seems smudged/distorted and someone indexing the record could mistaken the smudged/distorted W for an R.

I should also note that the All Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947 list contains a list of 80 different Iwaniw records. The All Africa, Asia and Europe, Passenger Lists of Displaced Persons, 1946-1971 list has 111 different records of Iwaniws.

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Back last September I wrote about getting some verified information that did not support what I was told verbally or contained additional details.  Although I’m still waiting to get a response from my request to the International Tracing Service about details of my parents’ time in the labor camp in Germany, I was finally able to verify a few details about my grandparents.


First of all, I found out my paternal grandmother’s name along with my exact spelling of my maternal grandmother’s last name.  In both cases it was not what I was told.  They did provide the information for official purposes.  It seems that verbally these sources were reluctant to divulge the information or were very ambiguous when divulging it.  I can’t figure out why and this is another example of why you need to verify and document any information that you receive verbally.

With this new, updated information I can now move forward with my family research. Additionally, I was able to update my genealogical files and the online family tree information.

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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

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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

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