In the last few days I have been busy updating my family research files and reviewing my information from previous research efforts.  I’ve also spent time locating new sources of information and updating my current list of genealogy web sites.  I’m still in the process of reviewing/perusing Cyndi’s List for new sources that may be of help to me.

As I stated here before, I am the first generation of my core family to be born in the US so that means that no documentation pertaining to my ancestors exist anywhere in the US.  I have had to conduct my research on a more global level.  That activity kept me busy most of the time.

My research in that area was twofold.  One, I wanted to locate information about the Archives in Ukraine and the process on acquiring documentation on my ancestors.  I had limited success in this area.  I located the website for the Archives of Ukraine and subsequently the web site for the regional State Archives of Lviv.  My father was born in the village of Lutowiska, which now located in present day Poland.  My father was born in the village when it was still part of Ukraine, prior to the end of WWII.  In 1951 there was an exchange of territories between Poland and the then USSR.  It was at this time that my father’s family was moved from their village to Eastern Ukraine.  I don’t know if the records were moved with the families, destroyed, or moved to Moscow.  This may be a long and drawn out effort.

Second, while looking through my research notes I couldn’t locate the information on the ship that transported my father, mother, and sister to New York.  I couldn’t retrace my steps because the name of the ship had slipped out of my memory (I finally remembered the name as the Blanchford).  I needed the name of the ship in order to research which port my family left Europe from.  The natural presumption would be Hamburg, but actually they sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany.
This all leads to my being able to provide as much information as possible in order to acquire the proper documents to help me research my family.

Another task on my to-do list is to write to the Social Security Administration and request a copy of my father’s SS-5 (his application for a Social Security number) which will give me the names of his father and mother.  This can then be used to confirm and validate the information that I have.

So, if anyone has any information or directions to help me with my research I would appreciate hearing from you.  Use the Contact link at the top of this page.

After a long absense I am back to my quest to research my family history.  I have a little bit of work to do on the family tree website but essentially the info there is pretty much up to date.  I have not uncovered any new genealogical information on my family tree members.  But that isn’t surprising seeing that I am first generation born in the US.  That means that I immediately have to go outside the US to try to locate records pertaining to my family genealogy.  This presents a problem because I have not been successful in contacting anyone at the Archives in Lviv to find out how I even begin, what the steps are to request information, what are the payment rates for service and method of payment.

But as the old saying goes, every journey starts with the first step.  And to this end I am stepping back and regrouping in order to review my research and dtermine the best method to proceed.  If anyone has successfully made contact and acquired documentation from the Archives at Lviv, send me an e-mail and let me know how you were able to accomplish that.

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