Ukraine Visit 2013

From 2 June 2013 to 22 June 2013 I fulfilled one of my fervent genealogical wishes: I visited Ukraine and my family (Garber, Morris/Mazewitsky, Myers/Malzmann, Liebross and Wenkert) shtetlach. This was a trip long time in planning and helped, immeasurably, by the advice of several fellow Jewish Genealogists (Pamela Weisberger, Ron Doctor, Marla Osborn and Janette Silverman) as well as my on-site guide/genealogist/translator Alex Dunai and his associates. I also was encouraged by Hale (Nubby) Alpern's generous support. 

Special thanks to my best traveling companion, my daughter Katherine, who put up with long (read: boring) stays in the archives and (seemingly) constant changes in plans. Love you!

Ukraine 2013: Mapping the Journey - 26 May 2013

Lviv arrival, 3 June 2013

Yaremche and Carpathian Mountains, 4 June 2013

Skole, 5 June 21013

Jewish Land Records in the Central State Archives in Lviv, 6 June 2013

Lviv Archival Records: Ett in Uzciezcko

Kolomyya, 8 June 2013

Torskie, 9 June 2013

Ustechko and Tovste, 9 June 2013

Zaleszczyki, 10 June 2013

Leaving Galicia - Entering the Russian Empire, 11 June 2013

Ukrainian Pet Cows and other oddities, 12-13 June 2013


  1. It is interesting to read your blog as I get ready to do my trip to the Ukraine with my daughter. We will be in Dnepropetrovsk/Ekatrinislav where my family emigrated from. We also intend to spend a couple of days in Kiev.

    Carol Deyong

    1. Good luck with your trip, Carol. To my mind, planning is critical, but so is leaving enough time to be able to change plans on the fly. Accept the concept of adventure and you'll have a great time.


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