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Galicia Genealogy Guestbook. Year 2002

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From: "sy pearlman" sypearlman$$$
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 11:01 AM
Subject: driving in ukraine

I am planning a long driving trip through the Ukraine and Moldova, from Lviv to Cernovcy to Kamenec Podolski to Kishinov to Odessa to Yalta to Kiev and into Belarus. What are the roads like? Is it possible to get diesel fuel easily? Which towns and cities should I visit? Which places should I avoid? Are there any reasons I should not make this driving trip?
Thanks, Sy Pearlman
From: Utilisateur1 jean-claude.talon$$$
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 4:39 AM
Subject: tracing ancestors

my name is pauline and i'm looking for informations about my mother's grandfather to make her a surprise. i just know his name was wojciekowski and that he was born the 26th june of 1889 in bratkowice in Poland. if someone has informations to give , i would be very happy. thanks and congratulations for this site.
From: vivienvoss vivienvoss$$$
Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2002 10:45 AM
Subject: tracing ancestors

My name is Steven Kowalczuk and I am looking for relatives of my father Czeslaw Kowalczuk who migrated to Sydney, Australia on 27 April 1950 from Germany, Czeslaw was taken to Germany to work from Lvov in Poland by the Nazi's. His mother was Anna and father Ulrich and they lived about 1 km from the airport, his father worked on the railway. He had two brothers, one who died in a camp in Germany towards the end of WWII. The other brother died as a young boy. He had a sister Catherina (or Katherine) who was 11 years old and was married in Poland when Czeslaw went to Germany. His younger sister Elrica (or Erika) was also in Germany. Czeslaw was in a camp in Germany named after Kaiser Wilhelm and came to Australia on the US Ship General Stuart (or Stewart). I am trying to trace my relatives in Lvov, can anyone help me. Many thanks
Steven Kowalczuk
From: "Lucy Gold" lg36$$$
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 7:26 AM

My greatgrandfather Samuel Gold was born in Lvov about 1845. He moved to Vienna about 1860. His mother's maiden name was Kaufmann. Any information would be appreciated.
Lucy Gold
From: Karl Heinz Maffei
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 2:02 PM
Subject: I am looking for informations

My name is Philipp and i´m looking for informations about my family. (familyname: WIEZNIAK )
thanks for help
From: Manny mandy$$$
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 1:02 AM
Subject: i would like to enter your lvov guest book

hello, my name is emanuel buchatsky [MANNY] and am hoping to get some information on my family who lived in lvov or lemberg as it was known pre war we lived in liburmisky st dont know if spelling is right any info would be appreceiated any mail will be answered.thank you your book is realy great . regards manny.
From: Clynka$$$
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 6:13 AM
Subject: Re: Researcher/Translator/Interpreter/Guide
It was through your webpages and your guestbook that I really got going with my search for ancestors and my decision to visit Ukraine and this wonderful city of Lviv
I had gained a taste for what was to come from your site but never in my wildest dreams could ever I have imagined that it would inspire me and make me fall in love with it as I have done. I now refer to Lviv as 'My beloved Lviv'. I have more relatives to meet, and Irene (Irina) continues to work away finding out more and more for me.
I was extremely lucky to have come across Irene (Irina) (originally through a message I answered from your guestbook and directed to someone else) and because of the immense help she has given me I am eager to put as much work as possible her way. The pay she receives for various translations she does in Lviv is so small and no recompense for her brilliant command of English and her meticulous attention to detail.
I wondered why no-one had posted a message since February - now I know. Your site really is the best I have come across re Lviv and I often revisit it for a 'Quick Fix' reminder of the beauties of Lviv. It really is a gem and I feel privileged and fortunate to have been there.
Much of the Ukrainian countryside is like England - the people are much nicer!!!

May I recommend to any of your readers a lady living in Lviv, by the name of Irene Golovachova, who would be willing to undertake any research into ancestors/living relatives in Ukraine. This lady is highly educated (Engineer), has a superior command of England (probably better than many English people as she reads copiously both English and American Literature) and has a personality and work ethos highly suited to such research - i.e. she never gives up and keeps on and on 'digging' until she obtains results. Her superior intellect ensures she leaves no stone unturned and she is always one step ahead of the rest. This lady has proved her worth to me in many ways. She has found relatives living all over Ukraine that I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined I would be fortunate to have - she organised my trip to Lviv in the most meticulous detail - I saw Lviv through the eyes of a local and she spent a great deal of time with newly-discovered relatives in their villages preparing for my visits. Apart from the visits to relatives, we also had a lot of fun and many laughs, as her sense of humour is second to none (and sometimes in Ukraine you certainly need it!). I enjoyed her company immensely and am planning another trip as soon as time allows. I now consider her to be a friend. She arranged everything and made sure I enjoyed a wonderful holidayas well as a trip to meet my relatives. From the moment I stepped onto Ukrainian soil I felt totally at home. She is totally honest, hard working and dedicated to any task she takes on, is a more than competent translator/interpreter (can translate everything from technical documents to old Archive documents) and is 120%+ reliable. It is a daunting prospect engaging a total stranger to carry out work of such a personal and emotive nature, but I can assure you that this lady will fulfil your requests efficiently, courteously and at a very reasonable cost. Also for any women travellers it is a bonus to have another woman along. Her e-mail is Ireneg2002$$$ Should you wish any further information please do get in touch with me. Clyna Herchs

Best regards Clyna
From: Manny mandy$$$
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 1:08 AM
Subject: lwow or lemberg

my name is emanuel buchatsky,i have just started on computer and was trying to find connections to my mothers family in lwow or lemberg as it was known when we lived there. I was born there in 1920,we migrated to australia in 1925 my mothers maiden name was baum her fathers first name was oscar mothers first name was miriam her mothers maiden name was greimingeren we lived in the street called lubumirsky i am not sure if that is the right spelling If you could help me with any information I would be very address on email mandy$$$ I live on the sunshine coast at tewantin in queensland australia thanking you
From: Peter Finkle peterfinkle$$$
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 5:18 PM
Subject: Samuel Finkle or Finkel - born in Lemberg 1880

Thank you for the interesting site. I am starting some delving on the Finkle links. I will understand if you just pull bits from what has ended up as a long message. While I am a 'Finkle' it has been suggested the name may originally been Finkel. The Lwow/Lemberg link is definite. My Grandfather, Samuel, was born in Lemberg in or about 1880. He had brothers and sisters who I understand may have migrated to the UK and the US. I believe one sister may have been called Rachel or Rushel who married a Mr Weitman in Lemberg. Samuel left Lemberg as a young man and I understand went to England [staying with or visiting some of his siblings - one nephew may have been called Harry] and probably learned his trade, as a French Polisher, in England . The 'hard data' I have is that 'Samuel Lionel Finkle' arrived in NZ in 1908 on the ship 'Devon' from Liverpool [England] and that he was naturalised in 1924. Whether 'Samuel' or 'Lionel' were his original names I am not sure. There is a references to 'Szmuel' and 'Lieb' in one old piece of a letter [1920's I think] received from Rushel Weitman urging her 'brudder' to write. He [Samuel] appears to have cut himself off from his family. My father suggested he had no strong religious beliefs. I have assumed a Jewish linkage from the info I have. I have more information of his life in NZ where he married and had 4 children [S3,D1]. Samuel died in 1939. My father Mervyn Samuel Motti Finkle was born in Aug 1915 and died in Jan 1987. I only became aware of the Motti name when his death certificate was prepared. Another brother Cecil Finkle had a second name of SELBY. There is a Finkle Street in the Yorkshire town of Selby - I wonder if there is any linkage. Maybe Sam lived there en route to NZ? The name goes on but not the Motti. My son is Samuel. I would be most interested to hear from anyone who believes there may be a link to the Finkle/Lwow/UK/NZ/ connection.
From: bilyk$$$
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2002 2:45 PM
Subject: Contact

Dear Mr. Babin, My name is Alfred Bilyk and I carry the name of my grandfather who Governed Lwow from 1937 to 1939. My father, is alive here in Brazil, and fought the 2nd World War as an Officer in the 14th Regiment of the Polish Cavalry. I am 39 years old and have been browsing the web far all information on Alfred Bilyk and was wondering if you would happen to be able to help me in this venture.
Best regards
Alfred Bilyk
From: "Redaktionsbüro Efacts" efacts$$$
Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 3:30 AM,
Subject: Your Lviv website

My name is Frank Lassak, and I am a journalist and book-author, living in Germany. Currently I am writing a novel that deals with the history of a jewish family from Lviv in the 20th century. On this website, I found an interesting photo, showing jewish schoolboys in Lemberg. Could anybody give me any additional information about the picture? Yours sincerely, Frank Lassak Mail: efacts$$$
From: Viktoriya Kartashova viktoriyako$$$
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 5:13 PM
Subject: Lviv community in USA ?

Hi, I would be happy to get a message from other former residents of Lviv living now, like me, in the USA. There is a very nice page where former Odessits correspond with each other, but I failed to find anything like that for Lviv. Thank you for opening this chat. Lena.
From: Magy
Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2002 5:43 AM
Subject: Martin Buber information

Hello -
My name is Magy and I'm an Israeli student trying to find information about Martin Buber who spent his childhood in Lvov (Lemberg) during the Austro - Hungarian regime. He was (is) a very famous Jewish philosopher. If any one has heard about him and about - ESPECIALLY - childhood and how growing up in Lemberg has influenced his older life ,
please write me to: odessa24$$$
From: Richard Knebel
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 9:32 PM
Subject: Groedel Family

I am looking for anyone who knows anything regading family Groedel from Skole, Ukraine. I am the grandson of Baron Richard Groedel and I am Looking for any information regarding my grandfather, grandmother and my mother who was born in Skole. My family had large forest holdings and timber mills in Skole. Anyone with information please contact me on
From: dime dime$$$
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2002 10:22 PM

Hi, Nick!
My name is Dimitri. For 35 years I've lived in Lvov. Since 1999 I live in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks for a good site. One of the best features of it is the guest book. It may help all of us to meet each other. Didn't you think about establishing an International Club of Lvovers (Klub L'vovyan)? It's a good idea to introduce some music, but I think it would be nice if you could place some more "pure" Lvov's songs. I mean some polish songs, like: Tak gdzie jeszcze innej urodzicz sie mogl? - Tylko we Lwowie. Your guest book shows that polaks are frequent visitors of the site. Also it's a pity you don't have "The Rain of Lvov" by Krichevski. Anyway, I'm very happy that I've got a chance to visit your wonderful site. Great thanks to you once again. Good luck!
P.S. To all visitors seeking contacts with their classmates I would recommend this site: There are a lot of us there already.
From: kmoss$$$
Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2002 5:09 AM
Subject: Missing family

My father came from Lvov, at the start of the war his father at the time was a policeman was killed, along with many others, My father Stanislow rudislow Mikula escaped and joined the 2nd corps 8th army, now very old, ill health. Are there any of his relatives alive out there.
From: SteLevey$$$
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 9:36 AM
Subject: Schiller

I have just learned that my grandfather's family came from Lvov. He was Zvi Aron (Harris) Schiller, and his family is believed to have owned a railway siding. He came to Britain around 1890s with his wife Fahla (Krotosky) from Kalisz. She was from a Jewish butcher's family and also related to the Foxes of 20th Century Fox. My grandfather also had a brother Benjamin who died fighting in the Russo-Japanese war, and a sister Rachel who was blind, plus two female cousins whose name was Franks. They came to London them emigrated to Chicago and are believed to have lived on West Congress where there is now a freeway running through it.
Any information would be gratefully appreciated.
From: Kiki Andersson kikisandell$$$
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2002 2:31 AM
Subject: lwow guestbook

A very interesting site, one of the few in english.
Myname is Christel and I live inFinland. I amtrying to trace roots and information about Zdzislaw Jaworski from former Lwow -Sambor area. I do not have birthday or birthplace for him, and that is making this very difficult. Parent name was Jozef? and Valeria Jaworski. Julian Janicki / Sambor was friend to the family. Zdzislaw Jaworski left Poland for Brazil.
Does this say anything to somebody?
Any kind of help would be appriciated.
Best wishes from Christel in Finland
From: "alain londner" alain.londner$$$
Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2002 2:58 PM
Subject: Lvov website

Thanks for your website. I am Alain Londner. I live in Marseille in France. My father was born in 1915 in Burstyn, near Lvov. His name was Ouri Londner, his father's was Eliezer. He was almost the only survivor from his family, dead during the second world war. I would really like to discuss with people who knew my father's family.
Best regards,
Alain Londner
From: Jintymiginty$$$
Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 6:23 AM
Subject: re looking up family tree

sir i am at a loss i am not sure what our name would have been at time my father in law lived in lvov he was born there 1926 left around 1939/40 his father,mother, and brother all died there before 1942 i can find no trace or how to do it his name was bronislaw winnik be grateful for any help thank
you jannette winnik
From: spiku$$$
Sent: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 22:10:44

looking for relatives of Dimitro Zapotoczny - born Hrumno, Ukraine 1888 - came to US 1911 -- married Josephine Gurbada - born 1889 Pozna ?, Poland. My father was Walter Zapotny (changed) living in Detroit.
Also Dimitro Nabuda born 1888 in Galicia, Ukrain married Anna Matz born Galicia, Ukraine in 1886. Mother Mary Nabuda, living in Detroit
we are seeking information on these families
From: victorazula$$$
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 11:22 AM
Subject: Congratulations for the magnificent web site.

Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information about Lviv ! Kindest regards from Pasadena, California.
Victor David Azula.
Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2002 6:58 AM
Subject: Hello from Australia

My name is Jason. I live in Australia. I have never been to Lvov but my father was born there. He now lives in Tasmania, Australia. I would like your help, if possible. My father sends his brother food parcels from Australia to Lvov, which is a very time consuming and expensive. I would like to help as well. Is there a way that both my father and I could electronically cable money to Lvov and have his (our) family pick up groceries of shopping directly from their area? Could I transfer money to a bank account or a store so they could get goods directly. This would give them a better choice save money for us so they could get more goods and it would be quicker and safer. Jason
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:33 AM
Subject: name

Hnatyszyn is a name I found in my mothers posesions it's origins and area of the Ukrain most likely to find relitives.
Carl Addison
From: Taras Ivashchyshyn tarasiv$$$
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 2:15 PM
Subject: Looking for classmates

I was very pleased having found this web site. Thank you, Nick, for such great job. I moved to the States 2 years ago. Though everything is going on pretty good I miss Lvov very much. That is great that people could find a lot of needed information here.
I graduated from Lvov's school N 9 in 1989 and ever since have not seen many classmates some of them have moved to USA as well. Therefore, it would be great to hear from somebody who visits this page sometimes.
Thank you, Nick, again.
Marina Olejnik.
From: Leo Zaitsev beem$$$
To: Nick V Babin
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 6:49 AM

My name is Leo Zaitsev, I was born in Lvov in 1979 and attended School No 17 near Ulitsa Engelsa. I migrated to Australia in 1989 and have been living in Melbourne since. I am trying to locate some my of my school friends. If anyone is aware of a site which holds data concerning the whereabouts of people in Lvov I would really appreciate if you would let me know: beem$$$ If any of you guys actually attended that very same school, I would love to hear from you.
From: Hill, Marianna Marianna.Hill$$$
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 5:37 PM
Subject: Guest book for Lvov

My name is Marianna Kleytman and I was born in Lvov in 1974 and immigrated to Australia in the late 70's. The Kleytman side comes from Odessa/Katovsk/Birzula. I am currently trying to find any other Kleytman/Kleitmans out there who may be related. Please email me on mariannah$$$
From: Anna & Teddy anna_teddy$$$
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 5:35 PM
Subject: hello

Hi I am a Shparberg...well that is my maiden name...My name is Anna Shparberg and am the sister of Vitaly Shparberg who is in the guest book also. I am 28 years of age and live in Sydney Australia...
From: Ean Autin: eautin$$$
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 1:01 PM
Subject: Wonderful web-page

I am an author publishing my first piece of fiction. I've written a book called John's Quest: The Reach to the Wounded Healer. Years ago I visited Kiev. During my stay there I became infatuated with the Ukraine. After much consideration I selected my native Louisiana, moving the story into the Ukraine.
I am looking for information to validate the places and times I've seleted for events. Although the story is a fable, the locations and timing of events bare some truth. I would welcome the opportunity to open a dialogue with you or anyone who might be interested.
My e-mail address is eautin$$$
From: Steve Bashmakov sbashmak$$$
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2002 11:07 PM
Subject: Lvov

I loved your web site. THANK YOU !!! I moved to the States from Lvov 5 years ago, and I miss Lvov a lot. I still have lots of friends there and if you can post this message for people that might need travel information I would love to help.

Steve (Svyatoslav) Bashmakov
From: Druhna$$$
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 1:00 PM
Subject: town of Sambor

I am trying to find out about my father's relatives from Sambor, Poland (at the time) His family name is also Sambor
Thank You......Linda
From: kbstyrna$$$
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2002 4:43 PM
Subject: Friends from Troscianiec Maly

I am looking for my relatives or friends that lived near Lviv. The village is called Trostsyanets Maly located on the 49 parallel. My grandfather was Andrzej Kolodziej his wife Aniela ni Oczos. They had three children; Victoria, Boleslaw and my mother Domicela. They immigrated from Rzeszow in 1921. I am hoping that someone remebers them and makes the most welcome contact with me. Thank you for taking the time to read my message.

From: john jh011b1381$$$
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2002 4:21 AM
Subject: tracing relatives in Lviv

Hi again Nick, thanks to your website I have found out what street in Lviv my father was born, In the year 1910 it was named street-Ulica TETMAJERA nr,3 .but with the changes to street names since then I do not know what it would be called now, I have been looking at maps of that era but I cannot seem to find it. I will be coming to Lviv this year and it would be a dream come true if I could see the house where he was born, or if it is not there any more at least I could see where he was brought up. Hoping someone can help, thanks again Nick,