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A maillist member posted an announcement about records being released to Ancestry.com from Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service). I have accessed this site previously and I had believed I had found one of my father’s brothers. The info I found was transcribed information and I was interested in finding the original record in case there was more detailed information. I sent an e-mail asking for the record and with the current release it seems I may have received it.

The transcribed information showed that he was born 11 Dec 1910. The information I have on my Uncle Mykola was that he was born in 1910. The transcribed information doesn’t give much information as to where he was born. The latest data dump give more details. It states that he was born 11 Dec 1910 and this matches the transcribed data. The record shows:

Name:Mikola Iwaniw
Gender:männlich (Male)
Nationality:Polen
Record Type:Residence
Birth Date:12 Nov 1910
Birth Place:Lutowyska Kr. Lisko
Residence Place:Marburg Marburg an der Lahn
Notes:Lists of foreigners extracted out of files of social securities and employment agencies
Reference Number:02010101 oS

The birthplace matches my father’s village where he was born. And it states hen resided in Marburg Marburg an der Lahn, which is the same information found in the transcribed record. I need to do more research on the All Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947 list from Arolson Archives. The data found on Ancestry is not found on Arolson.

On the same list that I found my Uncle Mykola I also found my Uncle Wasyl (my father’s oldest brother). The record shows:

Name:Rasil Iwaniw
Gender:männlich (Male)
Nationality:Polen
Residence Age:39
Record Type:Residence
Birth Date:20 Apr 1903
Sojourn Start Date:11 Jan 1943
Residence Place:Steinberg Burglengenfeld
Sojourn End Date:16 Jan 1943
Notes:Foreigners who were living in the location during the war – permanently or temporarily
Reference Number:02010101 oS

Now, it lists the first name as Rasil. But I’ve never heard of anyone from that region of Galacia being named Rasil and when I look at the typewritten record, the first letter seems smudged/distorted and someone indexing the record could mistaken the smudged/distorted W for an R.

I should also note that the All Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947 list contains a list of 80 different Iwaniw records. The All Africa, Asia and Europe, Passenger Lists of Displaced Persons, 1946-1971 list has 111 different records of Iwaniws.

I’ve had a couple of people ask me how and why I got started in researching my family history.  I had to think back but essentially I was curious to know if one of my uncles, who was never heard from after WWII, was still living somewhere in the world or possibly I could connect with a descendant of his.  My uncles name was Wasyl Iwaniw and he was born in 1903.  The only picture I have is the scanned photo below.

I just started asking my father questions about him.  When I got the required equipment I borrowed the hardcopy photo from my parents and scanned the picture.  

I knew about my father’s other siblings and I met my dad’s other brother, Ivan, when he came to visit us from Ukraine.  My Uncle Ivan was born 1908 and had 5 children.  I also got some family information from him when he was visiting.  But his visit was prior to my interest in the family history so I didn’t get the details that would be of use to me later on.  Unfortunately, my Uncle Ivan passed away in 1981.  

My father had another brother whose whereabouts are unknown also.  His name was Mychola Iwaniw and he was born in 1910.  He was also never heard from after WWII.  

The last sibling of my father’s that I knew about and living in Ukraine was his sister, Marika Iwaniw who was born in 1905 and had 3 children.  My Aunt Marika passed away in 1992.  She was the last of my father’s siblings.

Because I am the first generation that was born in the US my information is limited to what I was able to get from my father.  I have very little documentation and what documents my parents did have have been sequestered by my sister.  I have an extremely low probability of getting my hands on them so I have to use other methods to try to acquire the documentation I need.