In any genealogy research one thing is always consistent. Waiting, We do spend a lot of time waiting. When I posted previously that I had received some documentation about my parents while they were living in Ulm, Germany and that information stated that the labor camp they were interred at was not in Ulm, I ended up e-mailing a couple of other people to see if they could give me information about the labor camps around the Sulmingen area of Germany.
Well, that is the point at which I find myself…waiting. Waiting to hear back about my inquiry. Waiting because I don’t know if they have put my inquiry in their queue for researching or did they just discard and ignore it. Will I hear back from them in the next few days, next few weeks, next few months, or longer? The worse part of waiting is not knowing.
I also submitted a research request to the International Tracing Service for my father and a Micola Iwaniw. I included Micola because my father had a brother by that name and according to information from my father he was born in 1910, just like the Micola shown in the ITS records. Could this be the long lost brother that my father said they lost touch with during the war? Because there was little detail from the online record I had to request the hardcopy in order to see what other information can be found there. Again, waiting.
In doing my family research I have had to rely on verbal information I have received from my parents. One of the things that I was told was that my parents came from Ulm, Germany to America. I presumed that they were interred in the labor camp there during WWII. I presumed that there time in Germany was spent in Ulm, that they met there, got married there, and my sister was born there.
Again, verbal information. I decided to search and find any and all documents pertaining to my parents time in Ulm, Germany. To that end I made contact with someone working a the city archives in Ulm, the deputy director Ulrich Seemüller. I gave him as much information as I knew but he wasn’t able to locate any information. He e-mailed me back asking for the name of the companies that my parents worked at while in the forced labor camp. That information I didn’t have. I replied that all I knew was that my father said that he was a cobbler (shoemaker) while in Germany.
So I was pleasantly surprised when Mr. Seemüller sent me another e-mail providing me with documentation of useful information. What his information provided was that 1. yes, my sister was born in Ulm, Germany, but 2. while my parents were living in Ulm, Germany at that time, they were married in Sulmingen, Germany. Wow. I didn’t know that. Now, I get to update the information I know and have a whole new locale to search.
My next step will be to contact Mr. Werneke in Germany pertaining to this new information that I got. Mr. Werneke has done extensive research on labor camps in Germany. Hopefully, he can help me research those in the Sulmingen/Maselheim region.
Finally! My genealogy research websites are back and running on Rootsweb. The owners of Rootsweb.com (Ancestry.com) decided some time ago to shut down the hosted websites, mailing lists, and other features for security reasons. I don’t profess to know the details but I lost my bet. I bet that this was Ancestry’s way of shutting down the free genealogical services site in order to drive everyone toward Ancestry’s fee-driven services.
I was wrong. A few months ago the mailists were brought back. This gave them an opportunity to clean up quite a few under-used and obsolete maillists. That was fine because I had a few that were essentially inactive. The one that I was happy to see back as active was the Ukr-Gensearch list.
Additionally, I was happy to see that the different family research pages came back. Most notably, The Iwaniw Surname Research page. It’s been quite a while since that site has been updated and I have a lot of work to do on it. Pretty much needs to be redesigned because the information is outdated. One of the items on my list to do is to secure that information for individuals. I have already secured the family tree website but if you want access to the individual details you need to e-mail me to request the passcode for access.