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While researching my family history I have been trying to locate whatever information I can about the village my father was born in, Lutowiska.  Presently, the village is located in Poland but when my father was born it was part of Ukraine.

As a member of a genealogy group on Facebook called Galacia Family History Group I came across a post that detailed another person’s villages detailes (i.e. admin area, judicial district, and the name of each religious parish/congregation).  There’s an old saying “Ask and you shall receive”.  Well, I asked the poster where they found such detail for the villages of Galacia.  I received a reply directing me to the website Gesher Galacia.  There I found not one Lutowiska but 2 of them (see below).

Another set of information added to my research foundation.  I  can now give additional criteria to my searches regarding Lutowiska.  To the best of my ability I have determined that my father’s village would be the first Lutowiska listed because the Judicial District is Lutowiska and when I check the maps on Google, my father’s village points to that location.

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. 🙂

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.