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 Pretty much needs to be redesigned because the information is outdated.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.
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.
Previously I posted my discovery of my family’s information on the passenger list of the Blatchford that brought them to America from Germany. As I stated before, hearsay is good but documentation is gold. I also had come across church records from my father’s village in present day Poland before and still need to visually scan those microfilmed records.
Well, now I’ve found out about a web site that has digitized the records and lists from Displaced Person Camps in Germany from after World War II. The web site is called International Tracing Service and pertains to the people who were in Nazi concentration camps, labor camps, and ghettos. My parents met while they were interned in a labor camp in Ulm, Germany. I’m hoping to find some information about my family on this site. Otherwise, I’d have to write to someone in Germany to see if I could locate any records. To that point, I heard from someone on another genealogy group that suggested that I check out another person’s web site, Olga Kaczmar’s genealogy site. I was informed that Olga’s site had a lot of information on gathering information from Germany. I’ve added that to my To-Do list.
The Service is still adding to their digitized collection so if I don’t find anything now I’ll have to come back. I use Evernote to keep track of these web sites and articles that I find useful and may want to refer back to in the future. And when I get a chance, I’ll update the links found on the right sidebar.