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 Pretty much needs to be redesigned because the information is outdated.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.
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.
Welcome to the new Iwaniw.net web site. I decided to turn this into a blog site so that I could post information about what was going on in the family and to detail my genealogy activities. I’ve decided to concentrate on keeping the main online family tree web site updated in one location. Instead of trying to maintain a different number of sites, I decided to keep only one updated. I will be working on all of the other ones to have them point to the one site. It gets confusing, but I’ll work it out.