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Re: Byrczek - Mykytenko - Horodysche , Ukraine
Posted by: Hania (ID *****7112) Date: August 09, 2013 at 09:24:28
In Reply to: Re: Byrczek - Mykytenko - Horodysche , Ukraine by Carole Joy Anderson of 12152

Hello Carole.

The name Horodysche is spelled only one way in Ukrainian = Городище. The word means settlement w/ramparts.
Since Pani Paraska has been back to visit w/family and the place of birth was flooded and has been a lake for the last 50 yrs, it makes no sense to complete search for existing places w/name Horodysce in Zhytomir and Vynnytska regions.

The 1897 Czarist Russian Census was based on governates (called gubernias at the time): Vohlyn, Podolia, Kiev, Ekaterinoslav, Poltava, Crimea, Kharkov, Kherson and Chernigov. In 1840 the Czarist govt had proclaimed the non-Russian-Orthodox Religions in these regions as illegal. By 1897 Serfdom was officially eliminated and the idea was to get a handle on ethnic demographics for the purposes of russifying the 17 million+ Ukrainian peasants living in Czarist Russia. Unless you know the name of district and region of Pani Paraska's birthplace, your task is an exercise in futility.

Since she has traveled to Ukraine in the last 22 yrs (since independence) , there has to be some record in Australia. Upon independence one had to have a passport and visa in order to travel there.
She immigrated to Australia as a post WW2 DP (Displaced Person), which also means she was an Ostarbeiter (Forced Laborer) in Germany or German Territory. For Australian Immigration, one had to qualify under the work to pay for fare program that Australia had at the time. She filled out a personal questionnaire (MIGRANT SELECTION RECORD), which is in the Australian Archives. /collection/explore/migration/index.aspx

Another resource you could use is the Bad Arolsen Archives in Germany. Germans kept accurate records for everyone who set foot on their turf during the war. Those records should be helpful in ascertaining Pani Paraska's place of origin and her history in Germany during and post WW2. All that has to be provided is her full name and exact birth date. With your help, she can request all copies of her German records. This can be done online, and turn around time can be as little as 3 days or as much as 6 mos+. Inquiry is free and her reason for the inquiry is simply at 90 yrs old to leave her descendants a legacy. Upon access, click on to INQUIRIES BY FAMILY.

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