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I’m at the point of my research where I am now attempting to search records in Eastern Europe. I have already found records pertaining to my father’s time spent in Germany during WWII. I know that he was forcibly taken from his home to Germany in 1942. I know that he married my mother in 1945 in Sulingen Germany. I have the passenger list showing him and his family arriving into the Port of New York in 1950.

Now I’m trying to locate church records for my grandfather, Michael. Thanks to a couple of people on Galicia Family History Group I was directed to another site called State Archives in Przemysl where I was told records from my father’s church in Lutowiska were stored and scanned. At this point I am just searching for anyone with the surname of Iwaniw. The difficulty is that the handwriting is a very elaborate cursive and some of the writing is very faint. Lastly, none of these records are indexed.

This is one of those family research tasks that are very labor intensive and tedious. I usually only spend about an hour doing this and/or tend to take a lot of breaks. Another problem is that I have no way of knowing if the records are complete.

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As I posted before, I have limited amounts of records to research in the United States.  I am the first generation of my family to be born in the US so my research takes me immediately to Eastern Europe for both my parents.  

With the help of other Ukrainian family researchers from a maillist I belong to, I was able to locate some records to help me with my family research.  It was suggested that instead of focusing on the specific surname at FamilySearch.org, that I instead search out my father’s home village.  When I did that I came up with a lot of records regarding Lutowiska.  These records were microfilmed by the LDS but haven’t been transcribed or indexed.  This makes it a major challenge.

What I will end up having to do is to visually scan each frame of the microfilm looking for the relevant information.  To add to the difficulty is the fact that there is no table of content and everything is written in cursive.  Just one set of birth, marriage, baptismal, and death records is 879 individual frames.  When I did a quick perusal of random pages, they didn’t seem to be in any alphabetic order but were in date sequence.  That doesn’t help if you don’t know the specific date of an event.  Another issue is the date ranges of the records that are available (i.e. 1864-1879) which then precludes me from searching for events that happened outside of that range.  And lastly, there is a disclaimer with the records that some records were not able to be scanned because the pages were too damaged to scan or too faded/illegible to scan.

But this will be a long and tedious undertaking and hopefully will pay off by finding the records I need.  I have found an online tool, Evernote, that is of great help in saving whatever information and resources I do locate so that I can go back to them at a later date.

Lutowiska
Lutowiska
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