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Re: PONTO surname search
Posted by: Dan FORFELLOW (ID *****5722) Date: January 31, 2003 at 09:56:58
In Reply to: Re: PONTO surname search by Dan Ponto of 4366


I have been searching the Chernivits Oblast for some time. I am by no means a professional, just a guy hacking around for the last three years. But I can tell you this.

Chernovits at the turn of the 20th Century part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and went by the spelling of Czernowitz (German spelling). It was part of Bukowina province for a lack of the proper term. I don't remember when it happened, I believe some time after WWI, the area was divided up again and Czernowitz came under Romanian control. They named it Cernauti. Finally, and again I am not 100% sure, but after WWII, Ukraine finally gained control with their creation and the town is now called Chernovitsi, or other various spellings.

In my grandfather's case, he was born in 1905 under Austro-Hungarian rule, but when he left the area in 1929 he was issued a Romanian passport. But he was Ukrainian like most in the region.

If I can help in any other way, let me know. You should post your questions on the Ukraine portion of this website as well. And also try

Good luck, Dan

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