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Prince Albert Branch
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Box 1464 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan S6V 5T1


In this archive Jan~Feb~Mar~Apr 2003
Volume 20 Number 1 of 3

Ukrainian Research
Branch Member Surname List

Current issue



The year 2005 will mark our province’s 100th anniversary and our own branch’s 25th. The provincial theme is "Walk in our Ancestors’ Footsteps" and project ideas are welcome.

Ukrainian Research

Walter Rusel, president and founder of the Ukrainian Genealogical and Historical Society of Canada presented a lecture at our November meeting. Walter's interest in genealogy was sparked when he joined the Mormon church. He strongly urges all to join area ethnic research groups; to share and organize their knowledge as there is a synergy that occurs. His society has a mobile library in a trailer that resides in Blaine Lake when not on the road to festivals and events.

His humorous beginning stressed the problem of place name. As an immigrant walks off the ship, the question "Where are you from?" can have many different answers. Is the immigrant Austrian, Russian, Polish or Galician? Each has their own culture, language and religion.

The first leg of their journey was usually by train to Hamburg. Hamburg required all visitors staying more than 3 days to register with the police so the Hamburg records can be a source of direct or indirect information. Conditions on the ships or cattle boats were crowded and unpleasant. Genealogical information can be found in the shipping list, land locations and naturalization. Naturalization papers are especially valuable as they have full name, address, trade or occupation, place and date of birth, citizenship, marital status, parents, age, height and complexion. Attractive and colorful Homestead Records in Manitoba were recalled as official documents but not all of them were returned.

The immigrant then most likely moved to the west to take advantage of free land in Vegreville, Battleford, Prince Albert, Fish Creek, Yorkton, Dauphin, Shoal Lake, Interlake, Whitemouth or Stuartburn. Under the Sifton government, $10 saw good land with chernozemec, Ukranian for "black soil". Ukrainians homesteaded between 1891 and 1917 along the Yellowhead highway-- from south-east Manitoba through Saskatchewan to north-west Alberta.

The first housing was a hole in the ground with a slanted popular lean-to with the next step being a log cabin with a straw thatched roof. They did not attach an animal shelter to the house. It would have a stove (pich) for baking delicious bread and a holy wall facing east. Walter lamented that photographers don't always identify the people in their pictures.

Ukraine can be researched with the aid of German maps and Jewish gazetteers, Western Ukraine has 102 map plates. The Latter Day Saints have information of the village name if its code number is less than 4250. Forthcoming there will be 880 microfilms with information on births, marriages and deaths from 1607 to 1945. Microfilming the information is slow as there isn't always a direct correlation between the archive that gets the funding and the department assigned to do the work.

Several Canadian authors have documented Ukrainian settlements in Western Canada and havedocumetned lists of families, homestead sites, complimentary to local hisroty books published from the 75th anniversary of Canadian Febderation (1980).

Our future goal for 2005 should be to record the contribution pioneers made to this great country CANADA and their progeny.


Branch Members Surname List

The following list of surnames is from some of our members. Contact information follows.

Eugene DINSMARE (St. Mary's, Ontario)
William DUNLOP (Seaforth, Ontario)
Elizabeth FOSTER (Granton, Ontario)
GRUMMETT (Sheffield, Ontario)
Thomas Godfry JONES (Nassagawega, Ontario and Guelph, Ontario)
Elizabeth LANG (Seaforth, Ontario)
Art Jones
Box 175, Shellbrook, SK, S0J 2E0

FERGUSON ( Ontario and Belfast, Ireland)
LIPSEY (St. Thomas, Ontario, and Tyrone County, Ireland)
MEEK ( Ontario)
MUNRO (Scotland)
SMITH (St. Thomas, Ontario and Argyleshire, Scotland)
WYATT (St. Thomas, Ontario and Devonshire, England)
M. Sorsdahl (msorsdahl@yahoo.ca)
Box 177, Birch Hills, SK, S0J 0G0

BERASKIN (Portage La Prairie, Manitoba)
ELIOFF (Hamilton, Ontario)
SAFRUK (Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and Westbank, British Columbia)
WERBICKI or WEBISKI (St. Louis, Missouri, and Portage La Prairie, Manitoba)
Vickie LaRose (vplarose@sk.sympatico.ca)
RR#5, Site 16, Box 11, Prince Albert, SK, S6V 5R3

MAVES (Pembroke, Ontario)
RYAN (Pembroke, Ontario)
GUENTER, GUNTER, GUENTHER especially Johann Friederich(Pembroke, Ontario and Germany)
ZIEBARTH (Pembroke, Ontario)
N. Carswell (anaaa.carswell@sk.sympatico.ca)
Box 23, Site 9, RR#1, Shellbrook, SK, S0J 2E0

BALABERDA (Canada and USA)
CHEW (Canada)
JOELS (England)
REVITT (England)
ROBERTS (England)
Dorothy Revitt (dorothyrevitt@sk.sympatico.ca)
Box 1192, Prince Albert, SK, S6V 5S7







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