In any genealogy research one thing is always consistent. Waiting, We do spend a lot of time waiting. When I posted previously that I had received some documentation about my parents while they were living in Ulm, Germany and that information stated that the labor camp they were interred at was not in Ulm, I ended up e-mailing a couple of other people to see if they could give me information about the labor camps around the Sulmingen area of Germany.
Well, that is the point at which I find myself…waiting. Waiting to hear back about my inquiry. Waiting because I don’t know if they have put my inquiry in their queue for researching or did they just discard and ignore it. Will I hear back from them in the next few days, next few weeks, next few months, or longer? The worse part of waiting is not knowing.
I also submitted a research request to the International Tracing Service for my father and a Micola Iwaniw. I included Micola because my father had a brother by that name and according to information from my father he was born in 1910, just like the Micola shown in the ITS records. Could this be the long lost brother that my father said they lost touch with during the war? Because there was little detail from the online record I had to request the hardcopy in order to see what other information can be found there. Again, waiting.
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.