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Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 14:55:04 -0500 (EST)
From: Nell Nussbaum nellandhenri$$$

> My father was Humeniuk. My mother Michalkiw. Father came to Canada
some time in the 1900's. Mother came in 1926. They came from a village
called Lashkiw near Lvov. Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Russia?
I know they were Ukrainian despite the change of borders.
> I would be pleased to hear from anyone knowing of any relatives I may
have in this area. Any help would be appreciated.
> Anastasia (Nell)

Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 13:23:28 -0600
From: Lisa Orth eorth$$$
> Looking to see if anyone has info on my grandmother's family...Garbera.
There were: Katherine, Ivan, Antonina, Anastasia, Thecla (Tillie), all
sisters and 1 brother. My great grandmother was Julia (last name begins
with an H {I think}... and my great grandfather was Gregory Garbera.
They lived in Galicia in the Ukraine. Katherine, Anastasia & Tecla
migrated to America early 1900's.
> My grandfather was Nicholas Sidorovich and he lived in Pinsk. I
understand he had many brothers but I know nothing about his family!
> Thanks.

Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 13:22:32 -0500
From: hschwart$$$

> To Whom it May Concern,
> I am currently working on my family background, and I know that tehy came
from Lvov. It was about in the 1800's. Is there any way that you know that
I can get any information?
> Thank You.
> P.S. I like your web page.

> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 13:59:21 -0600
From: Sherry Mehalick mehalick$$$

> I recently recieved a birth certificate for Frank Mihalec (my husband's
Grandfather). Frank was born in Hazleton PA, USA in 1911 to Frank
Mihalec and Sojia Patykuta both born in Zagagogow Galicyja. The family
believes Frank came to america through ellis island in 1900-1910? The
older members of the family will not talk of thier backgrounds, so I am
kind of stuck. Please help. I am also sesrching for FRANC - DUDEK
believed to be from Mielec Poland? I do know that the younger Frank
Mihalec changed the spelling of his last name at least twice. Birth
Certificate - Frank Mihalec, Social Security application - Frank
Mehallick, and Death Certificate - Frank Mehalick. Thanks, Sherry N.
Mehalick mehalick$$$

Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 11:19:43 EST
> Mon nom est René Lesage.
La mère de mon épouse, Magdalena Hnyda est née à Kolbaïowice, près de Rudki,
à 40 km SW de Lvov. Elle est fille de Fedor Hnyda et de Maria Makar. Je
recherche en conséquence toutes informations sur ses origines généalogiques
et tous renseignements sur le village dont elle est originaire. Je serai très
heureux si je pouvais trouver un correspondant qui puisse m'éclairer. Merci

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 00:56:56 +1100
From: Luke euroboy$$$
> I was born in Ukraine and lived there for a decade - then my family
moved to Australia and now were in Melbourne. In comparisson between
Melbourne and a great city such as Lviv. I have to admit the
architecture there is very beautifull, it's both old yet stylish,
european yet feels very much like home - well perhaps because it is - to
me anyway - just like many others. The atmosphere created in Lviv is a
very friendly and social one - everyone on the street always carries a
smile and willing to help you out. Melbourne on the other hand uses more
i guess plain/futuristic designess in their architecture and that's why
it creates a totally different feel to it - it's still a very nice city
but it could never be as butifull and stylish as Lviv.

Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 01:49:29 -0500 (EST)
> my grandfather came to usa on 2/17/1911 he was 18 years old, name was
jan merensky. My grandmothers name was anelia lobas probably 18 years
old when she entered usa. They lived in new york for many years. My
grandfathers immigration papers state he came from Austria/Galicia .he
entered the usa on the ss president lincoln. My grandmother had a sister
, i have a mailed envelope dated i think 1918. her name looks like julia
kolinost, koszalin , ul lv nalka mpodych, my grandparents spoke
polish. I would appreciate if anyone knew or is
related to them. thankyou!!!

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 02:44:18 EST
From: Roadrat723$$$
> My grandfather, Stephan Huniak, came to the United States around 1932 at age
20, just as the Communists initiated the purge/famine that resulted in the
deaths of 11 million Ukrainians (he died in 1977, having said very little
about his family & Ukraine, apparently out of anguish). I am told his father,
Nicholas, was sent to die in Siberia. His mother was consigned to poverty
after their farm was seized by the government. Before this happened, the
Huniak family was apparently able to migrate to the United States on a
regular basis during the winters (for temporary work?). My grandfather was
thus able to gain citizenship - he was born in Pheonixville, Pennsylvania in
1912 during one such trip. Everything else about this family is a mystery.

Date: Sat, 6 Nov 1999 20:58:46 -0500
From: Jan Ciuciura jan$$$
> My grand parents emigrated to Canada in 1912 from a small village
called Wooschi Zeloni in western Ukraine. I would like to find more family
members (Ciuciura) . Is there a Ukrainian or Polish telephone or e-mail
directory that I can access from the Web.
> Jan Ciuciura

Date: Sat, 06 Nov 1999 11:11:14 -0600
From: Earl Hauser phs-cgy$$$
Subject: Galicia - Lemberg and area
> Well... I had no idea that this place existed at the beginning of 1999.
I was born in western Canada and paid very little attention to European
history. I had no idea from where my family had come from other than
Germany in the middle of Europe. The conflict in Kosovo and the news
reports on CNN sparked an interest in my own unknown European roots. I
relocated a Family Tree book from an one hundred year anniversary of the
Hauser families immigration to Canada in 1893 and on a enclosed map were
places like Lemberg, Drohobycz, Neudorf and Eassendorf highlighted.
With the help of a regular atlas I located this part of the world and
being a novice with genealogy have wasted hours trying to find the ship
they came over on. In the process I have also chanced upon web pages
like this one, this AM I downloaded some pictures of Lviv (Lemberg) and
can hardly believe my eyes. Its like you all are walking around in a museum, I just can't believe the history and the architecture, just
incredible. The cobble stone streets must be hard on cars? I now live
in Calgary, AB., about the same population but the oldest building in
the city is only about 100 years old. The towns Neudorf and Lemberg are
also in Saskatchewan, Canada. It was about five miles out of Neudorf,
SK., where Heinrick and Juliana Hauser homesteaded and raised their
family, my sons Pat and Bob are now the fifth generation and there are
now hundreds of us, about 30% in the US and 70% in Canada. Back to my
roots search. The Hauser's were Lutheran and I think they emmigrated to
Galicia in the late 1700's or early 1800's from Palintine. Other names
are: Father's side - Hauser/(Julianna)Rathberger. Mother's side -
Molder/Ritter, but I don't know from where in Germany they came, yet.
If there are any clues to help with this search, please contact.
> Earl S. Hauser

Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 15:36:01 -0400
From: Ann Arbor Builders betsy$$$
> Just a note to say that my family and I just returned from Lviv. It is
far more beautiful that we ever expected! The people are warm and
friendly - and the art, architecture and culture a true jewel! The
purpose of our visit was to take my 87-year-old father-in-law "home."
He was born in a village outside Lviv in 1912 and had not returned since
1939. His only living relative, a cousin, still lives in the village.
Without running water, she prepared one of the most delicious meals I
have ever had. The emotional experience of connecting to family was
overwhelming for us all. While in Lviv, we stayed at The Grand Hotel
which I would definitely recommend to anyone travelling to the city.
Betsy deParry

Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 17:27:05 +0200
From: Tzur Israel tzurisrl$$$
> I am looking for the family of my father "Zeisel"
As far as I know he lived in LWOW.
The direct family included:
Parents - Israel and Goldi
Sister/Brothers - Rachel, Abraham, Moshe, Jeshua and Eliahu.
Please send any information applicable
Israel grandson

Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 18:40:41 -0400
From: Robert Klaiber rklaiber$$$
> If anyone knows the name and address of the place in Lvov that keeps
vital records (birth, marriage, death, etc.), I would appreciate an
e-mail, in English. It may have such names as "Municipal Archives",
"Archives of Lvov Province", "Bureau of Vital Records", etc. Thanks!

Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999 18:39:04 +0200
From: Angelo Fanton tsunami$$$
> My name is Olga Malezt, and i have been living in Rome for two years.
Please say hello to all my friends and to my family that lives Struiska.

Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 16:10:43 EDT
From: Brundagelaw$$$
> Please add me to your guest list. Your site is great

Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 20:59:48 +0100
From: Michael King Butnben$$$
> Hello, my name is Lynn and I am coming to Lvov to work from October 1999
until March 2000. I am coming from Scotland and any information I have
found on Lvov has been limited - thank you for putting this page together
- I have enjoyed reading it very much. I can be contacted via e-mail if
you have further updated information. My e-mail address is
> thanks again
> Lynn

Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 16:54:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: firstamend$$$
> Perused the Web Site and want to learn of infants and toddlers who may
have hidden in Lviv, Lvov, Lemberg, Lwow during the Nazi occupation. I
was born in the city in 1940 and seek truth. EE

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 08:53:19 -0700
From: Yitzchak Kedem s_ykedem$$$
> I have just found your interesting Guest Book and I am writing to you
> My parents arrived in the USA at the turn of the century from Zborov
(and or Pamuren),
which are between Lvov and Ternopol.
I am planning to visit the above towns this coming Spring - and I
request that this
letter be published, so that I can go more prepared.
> I will appreciate any information regarding the two towns mentioned:
pesent condition,
transportation, condition of old Jewish cemeteries, hotel accomodations,
Any such information will, be greatly appreciated.
> My name: Yitzchak Kedem
Email adderess: s_ykedem$$$
> Thank you and with best regards.

Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 23:07:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: janet hirschhorn janethirschhorn$$$
> looking for any Hirschhorn's during the austrian-hungarian empire.My
husbands family came to America from L'vov between 1910-1943.Any one
with any clues please contact! thank you

Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 09:06:53 +0100
From: John Chudley johnchudley$$$
> I am researching for a novel about a scottish nanny employed by an
aristocratic Polish family between 1887 and 1939 based on archive
material of what I believe is a true story. One of their homes was a
large estate near Lvov and close to a river. The house was very large
and the estate included a stud for Lippinzaner horses. Is there any
chance of identifying the house and the family and are any members or
servants of the family still alive?
Unfortunately the material I have does not identify the family but I
believe they were related to both Radziwill and Konopka families.

Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 00:59:03 -0500
From: bbrehm$$$
> Half of my family came from the L'vov area between 1900-1911, a few at a
time. Kamen Kashirsk was the largest city near their villages of Borke,
Boroda and Kotoschowa. My grandfather was Feodor Swereduk and his forever
bride was Lisavetta Malenchuk. Her sister Anastasia Malenchuk married Mr.
> Other relatives nieces and nephews came over and settled near their home in
the Chicago suburbs. Other surnames include Mundy, Duda and Milansky.
> Feodor Swereduk had two other brothers who emigrated: Andron and Andrej.
One went to Canada. One went back home to the Ukraine, homesick. Our
Canadian cousin Mary visited the family in the Ukraine about ten years ago.
She loved her trip and spoke highly of our relatives.
> I would love to hear from relatives!
> Barbara Brehm

From: Mike Jossel mjossel$$$
Date: Saturday, July 17, 1999 7:31 PM
> My paternal grandfather, Mordke Josselovitz (or Joselovitz, or
Yosselovitz, or Yoselovitz) was born in Kareljice, Poland July 4, 1891
and emigrated to America July 11, 1905 at the age of 14. I am trying to
find Kareljice or the present day city so I can begin doing a search for
mjossel$$$ (Mike Jossel, Vacaville, CA, USA)

From: Dan Spott dspott$$$
Date: Monday, July 12, 1999 7:40 PM
> Enjoy your site. Very good.
looking for relations

From: M Surma eagle7312$$$
Date: Sunday, July 11, 1999 12:36 PM
> Your site is excellent!
I would appreciate any information from your readers about the following
families currently living in the former Galician village of Stara Sil
near the current Polish/Ukrainian border in Ukraine:
Many of their ancestors immigrated to the US in the earlier 1900's. I am
looking for any familiy members still in the Ukraine or who may have
immigrated to Canada or else where.Thank you in advance for your help.
> Mike Surma

Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 10:00:11 -0500
From: Dick Sydor ppolski$$$
> I am doing family research on my Fathers' immigration to the US in 1913,
He was born in the Village of Tullyholovy near Lviv in 1891. They tell
me the Sydor as a masculine name appears as Sydko, Sydorko and feminine
name as Skydora or Sydorka, Isydora or Dorka.
> I understand from another research person there are a lot of Sydors in
the Lviv phone book in 1998. We know that there were two Sydors who
lived and owned property in Tulyholovy in 1786 (Yevstakhyi) Sydor and
(Franko) Sydor. In Sept. 20, 1838 a Rozalia Sydor was born to Jan Sydor
the son of Ivan Sydor and Ignata Spiwak, The neighboring village of
Zahoriv is also mentioned as the god prents were Matthew Gurazdowski and
Teklia Jedrzycha both farmers from there.
I have a lot of information on my father from the time he left the port
of Antwerp to date but nothing about the Village, his family, or the
political situation at that time which prompted him to leave home in
around 1911. Anyone with any input on these matters, please E Mail me.
Thanks Much, Dick Sydor

Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 09:12:06 -0700
From: "R. Edward Gray, Jr." edw.gray$$$
> Hi.... I'm looking for information on:
> All families were from Poland/Ukraine under various foreign rulers.
> Thank you.

Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 08:42:00 -0400 (EDT)
From: myzen$$$
> Help...what nationality is Vetsikoski ? I
know my great grandfather came from
? Dembietz ? in Galacia and was
eventually naturalized in PA, USA. He
married Mary Vetsikoski...this is not a
polish it ukranine?
any info greatly appreiated.

Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 07:59:47 -0400
From: A P Lloyd malloyd$$$
> I am looking for anyone who knew the Schwartz family in Khodorov or the
Roth family in Khodorov or Knihynicze, both towns near L'vov; they lived
there before WWI and from 1918 to 1920.
> Marcia

Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 21:07:18 -0400
From: J.E. Zatylny jez$$$
> Hello,
Your guest page is very interesting and informative. Do keep up the good
I am interested in locating the Village where my Grandfather Michael John
Zatylny left with his wife Maria(nee Shewchuk) and daughter Martha for
Canada on March 01,1901 through the Port of Hamburg. They left in a group
of 15 adults and 13 children from a Village of Betkiwci I also understand
that there maybe variations on this spelling as follows: Bitkiwci,
Byt'kiv ,Betkivci ,Byckiwci, or Bychkivtsi. In 1901 I believe that
this village was in Poland .It is now in Western Ukraine. My great
Grandmother left for Canada in 1897 or 1898 with her daughter Katryina
and Katryina's husband Sobko Cischinski It would be logical to assume
that they also came from the same general area. My grandfather's
mother's first husband Michael Zatylny died as did her second husband
Steve Kuzyk in Poland (or Ukraine)
Would appreciate any information on the Location of the Village and if
possible any individuals named Zatylny living in either Poland or the
> Thank you in advance ; Joseph jez$$$

Date: Fri, 09 Jul 1999 22:07:34 -0400
From: genetrkr$$$
> Hello!! You have a wonderful site! We have something in common, we
were both born in 1967! My Father is from Lvov, as is his family, My
Grandmother and Uncle still live there, they never left. My father died
in 1990 and until 1 week ago I had no contact with my Ukrainian Family
when we rediscoverd one another. I visited my aunt and cousins who live
in Ohio. I want to learn to speak Ukrainian because I want to go to
Lviv and visit meet and speak with my Grandmother before it is too late,
If you or anyone knows of a good book or software that I can use to
learn the language please email me!!! Thank You So Much!

Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 13:21:16 EDT
From: MDing88835$$$
> Looking for any information on family DINGOTT or DIENGOTT
Mickey Dingott
Scottsdale Arizona

Date: Mon, 05 Jul 1999 12:53:07 -0300
From: Ing. Nestor O. Mospan migfsrl$$$
> Mi nombre es Nestor Osvaldo Mospan, vivo en la ciudad de Quilmes en la
Republica Argentina. Estoy buscando los origenes de mi familia, que segun
me ha contado mi padre, son de la ciudad de LVOV.
El unico dato que tengo es que mi abuelo era originario de la ciudad o de
sus alrededores. Agradecere cualquier dato que me puedan dar.
> Saludos
Nestor Osvaldo Mospan
> My name is Nestor Osvaldo Mospan, I live in the city of Quilmes in the
República Argentina. I am looking for the origins of my family, that as my
father has counted me, they are of the city of LVOV.
The only fact that I have is that my grandfather was native of the city or
of his surroundings. I will thank any fact that they can give me.
> Regards
Nestor Osvaldo Mospan

Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 19:12:06 PDT
From: Alex Komarovsky alexkomarovsky$$$
> Thanks for the memories!
It's been a great experience to visit your site and relive the good old
times all over again (it's been almost 20 years since I'd left Lvov).
> Keep up the good work!
> Alex Komarovsky,
New York USA

Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 16:34:47 -0500
From: First Care Medical Services 1stcare$$$
> I am looking for information about the town of Sambor in the province of
Galacia. I am also looking for information about my family--Andrysyczak.
Is this name at all familiar to you?
> I am going to Hutori Ukraine on a mission trip to our sister church in
July and will be visiting Sambor for a few days. Any suggestions?
> I would appreciate any help you could provide.
> Gratefully,
Joanne Sandwick
Rt 1, Box 128
Fosston, MN 56542

Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 20:30:39 -0700
From: Corner Homes cornerhomes$$$
> Hi! Great website! My name is Eleanor Fedrid Corner and I am working on a
book about my mother who went to schools for the deaf in Lvov from 1934
to 1940. The first school she went to was housed in a yeshiva and her
teacher was Rebeka Tomacz. Does anyone have any information about this
school or know of anyone who might be able to direct me to resources?
> Thanks, very much.

Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 15:44:54 +1000
From: Wholistic Rehabilitation wholistic$$$
> I am hoping that someone can help me find film footage of the Janowska
camp and/or the Lvov Ghetto. Or altertanely if someone can please refer me to another source which may assist in these findings. I am working on a documentary about a Holocaust survivor who who lived in the Lvov Ghetto and was also in the Janowska camp. My email address is: wholistic$$$

Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 03:53:33 -0700
From: Dan Tkachenko tkachenk$$$
> Hello Nik!
I visited your Lviv page and found some songs of Garik Krichevsky. I was
wondering if anyone knows where I could get those songs in MP3 format.
Quality of real player is very low and if I burn the CD everyone would
By the way I am from Lviv too.
Dan Tkachenko

Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 12:30:06 -0800
From: Don Gillespie Jr. donjr$$$
> Hi! My name is Kelley and I am looking for ANY information
on my great-grandfather Xavier Holdener. He came over from Oberiberg,
Switzerland and went through Ellis Island ending up in Canada. It would be
great to get some info on him and his siblings.
If you have any information, please e-mail me at: jagger$$$
Thank you.

Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 00:05:06 +0100
From: jasiek jasiek$$$
> Klaniam sie i pozdrowienia sle.
Moja cala rodzina jest ze Lwowa.
(ale ja jestem wyjatkiem, bo urodzilem sie juz w innym miescie, kiedy
bolszewicy zabrali nasze polskie ziemie)
Rodzina przyjechala w wagonach bydlecych, bo tak NKWD "transportowalo"
tych, co postanowili opuscic "ich wszelakie dobrocie" ze strzalami w tyl
glowy wlacznie, jak to sie stalo z moimi przodkami (moja prababcia i
> jasiek z toronto
pozdrowienia sle.

Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 14:46:48 EST
From: Lalex3094$$$
> As far as I know, both of my parents, Bernard Gems and Mania (nee Greenberg)
came from Lemberg. I would like very much to find out more about their
families. My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Hochberg. My grandfather
was Adolf (Abraham) Greenberg. I would like to receive any information anyone
has about them.

Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 21:29:30 -0700
From: Richard Mikolajewski richard02$$$

Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 19:09:52, -0500
> Thank you for your informative web site. I am interested in
learning where I might be able to find any records of my grandparents.
They were born in Lemberg around 1877-1881, the surname is
FEDERBUSH. I read that there is a Jewish center in Lviv and was
hoping they might have information. My grandfather came to the USA
in 1906 and my grandmother came soon thereafter in 1908..Where can I
find records of births, marriages etc? Thank you.
If you have any info plese e-mail me at :
> ndean$$$
> Nancy Dean

Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 00:33:34 +0000
From: Michael michel8$$$
> Hi!
I'm Michael. I lived in Lvov for fisrt 15
years of my life. Since 1990 i'm living in Israel.
While living in Lvov I studied in school # 16
on Nekrasov st. near Lenin st (then).
I'd like to get some mail from anybody, who studied there.
It'll be really nice to talk with someone, espesially with someone
who studied with me.

Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 17:50:09 +0100
From: Isabel Okulik isabelokulik$$$
> I am glad to see something about Lviv and a people from Lviv. I speak
russian, ukraine, some english. I would like to contact people from Lviv
and know some directions of chat rooms in Ukraine, if it is possible.
> Yours faithfully
> isabel

Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 23:53:31 -0800
From: Jaroslav Chorny jchorny$$$
> Please, please, please!!!
> Can you send me a map of city Lviv.
> Thank you in advance. Jaroslav Chorny.

Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 17:03:03 EST
From: DPODU$$$
> My name is Nathan lemberg and i am searching for lost parts of my family.
Please send me any info you have on other people with the last name lemberg.
I think that my great grandfather came from this town. I am not sure of his
name but he had a son who he named Irving who married mildred if that helps.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 1999 9:07 pm
From: JMutt6$$$
> I am just starting to research my father's side of my family tree. I learned
recently that my great grandfather, Benjamin Wilke came to the U.S. through
Ellis Island from Lvov. I don't know if this name was altered or changed, but
if anyone knows anything I would greatly appreciate any leads. Thank you for
any information.
> Peter Wilke

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 17:19:32 -0700
From: Zach Stewart stew6019$$$
> My name is Julie Woloszyn. I'm trying to find out who and where my
ancesters came from. My deceased grandfather, Brunislaw? Woloszyn, was
born in Lwow on June 16, 1923. He was taken to Berlin by the nazis and
put in a POW camp. There he met my grandmother, Katia, from Belorus who
was also in the POW camp. My great-grandfather's name was Leon Woloszyn.
He was married to a woman named Maria. She and my granfather's sisters
were sent to Siberia by the Russians. I have a picture of Leon Woloszyn
and three other men, in Austrian military uniforms playing a card game.
He was Polish though. I was told he died from lead poisoning and that he
worked for the Polish government. I know that there is a Mount Woloszyn
and perhaps a forest by the same name. If you or anyone else has any
information I would greatly appreciate it.
You can email me at tobornot2b4u$$$