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.
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.
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.