Monthly Archives: June 2013

Breaking News – 1921 Census of Canada

Breaking News – 1921 Census of Canada Elizabeth Lapointe posted the following in her Genealogy Canada blog: “A reliable source from the LAC has just phoned me to ask that I inform my readers, genealogists, and others interested in their Canadian families, that the 1921 Canadian Census has already been digitized, and has been ready for release since last Wednesday, 12 June, but it is being held back by the federal government before it is released. “So if you want the census released NOW, it has been suggested that you write the Heritage Minister, The Honourable James Moore, and ask that the 1921 Canadian Census be released now.” Details, including contact information for Heritage Minister Moore, may be found in Elizabeth’s blog at

The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2013 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at


Describing an Ancestral Village Using Gazetteers–Part 1

By Jim Onyschuk

I had never heard the term “Gazetteer” until I started my genealogical pursuits. I read that if you wanted to find the records of your ancestor’s village, you needed to consult a gazetteer. For example, suppose the village you were searching was called Biala. You would soon discover that there were a lot of Bialas in Ukraine.

According to the “Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia,” there are seven Bialas listed. Your task would now be to determine which Biala was that of your ancestry. To pinpoint your Biala, you would need to know some towns that were nearby, to locate the correct Biala. You ask your surviving Ukrainian aunt if she remembers some Continue reading

1897 Letter Praising the Galician Settlers

What follows is a letter to the “Manitoba Morning Free Press” from an employer praising the Galician settlers. This is an open letter to Clifford Sifton, Minister of the Interior

Tuesday, August 3, l897


A good deal has been said throwing doubt upon the value of the Galician immigrants who have come into Manitoba this season. Undesirable indivi­duals are inevitable in any large body of immigrants but from the testimony given below there is every reason to anticipate that these will prove an industrious and Continue reading

Library and Archives Canada to Start Charging Fees?

LACAn internal document from Library and Archives Canada suggests the department is considering a paywall to help pay for digitizing its content, but that plan has been delayed until at least the fall. Part of a plan posted on an archivist’s Tumblr blog involves a 10-year agreement with non-profit group
“The agreement … provides for 10 years of exclusive rights for Canadiana to monetize the collections in exchange for making them accessible online,” the document said.
Details may be found in an article on the CBC News web site at Do you have comments, questions, or corrections to this article? If so, please post your words at

Library and Archives Canada’s Secret Book Deal Generates Angry Responses
LACControversy continues to swirl around Library and Archives Canada. The latest scandal is a secret deal negotiated with, a private high-tech consortium, to give away millions of publicly-owned books and documents to Continue reading

The Mystery of my Grandparent’s Death

By Jim Onyschuk

At a recent meeting the Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group, the speaker, Dr. Romana Bahry, who spoke on “Sources for the Genealogy of Dr. Kindraczuk, Galician Scientist and Pharmacist” pointed out that the 1918 Spanish Flu, which ravaged Russia and Galicia was significantly different from other influenzas. The unusual feature of this pandemic was that it mostly killed young healthy adults. The data showed that 99% of pandemic influenza deaths occurring in people under 65, and more than half in young adults 20 to 40 years old.This is noteworthy, since influenza is normally most Continue reading

The Juggler’s Children

TUGG participant, Jason Crowtz, forwarded this announcement which should interest those contemplating doing a DNA roots search. “The author of The Juggler’s Children, a book about a Toronto writer’s search for her roots using genealogy and DNA, is speaking at the Revue Cinema this Wednesday June 12 at 7 p.m. The Revue Cinema is located at 400 Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto.
Seeing as the talk will go into detail about using DNA research in genealogical inquires, it could be of interest to the TUGG membership. Details below…,-june-12,-7-pm

Meet The Juggler’s Children Author: Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Interested in genealogy? Don’t miss this event. Continue reading

Ukrainian Settlement in Toronto, 1903-14

By Zoriana Sokolsky

 The arrival in Toronto of twenty-three-year-old Panteleymon (Peter) Ostapowich with his two friends, Wasyi Neterpka and Joseph Strachalsky, on April 15, 1903, marked the beginning of the Ukrainian settlement here. Born in East Galicia (West Ukraine), they first immigrated to the eastern United States and then from the coal mines of Pennsylvania came on to Toronto in search of work, as many other Ukrainians were later to do. Walking along the commercial streets of Spadina and Queen and wondering what to do next, they were overheard by a Galician Jew who was distributing bread from his horse-drawn carriage. The good man brought them to his bakery on York Street and   after feeding them and giving each a loaf of bread took them to his friend’s house at 49 Continue reading

More on 1921 Census Delay

The release of the 1921 Canada census has been delayed.  Taken on 1 June 1921, the census technically should have been released on 1 June 2013 to all Canadians (92 years later according to Canadian law).  Instead, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced the census will be released “in the next few weeks”.  No other details have been provided by LAC.

    The 1921 Canada census consists of 197,500 images of approximately 8.8 million people (8,788,483 individuals to be exact).

The Canada 1921 census asks many detailed questions that will be of interest to genealogists. Continue reading

Sources and Resources

On Tuesday June 11 Dr. Romana Bahry will speak at our final meeting before the summer break. She will speak on Sources for the Genealogy of Dr. Kindraczuk, Galician Scientist and Pharmacist.” Dr. Bahry will cover the locations of Horodenka, Lviv, Vienna and Lancut, where her research took her.

Time: From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: St. Vladimir Institute
620 Spadina Ave.
Toronto Contact: (905) 841-6707

Meetings are usually held every second Tuesday of the month (excepting July and August) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.  However there may variations on this day due to the availability of a speaker or facility. There is parking at the rear of the building accessible via a laneway running south off Harbord Street. There is also metered parking on Spadina Avenue


Manitoba Morning Free Press Friday, July 23, 1897

The letter of Dr. Joseph Oleskiw, published in another column places the situation of the immigrants from Galicia to this country in a serious light. Surely Dr. Oleskow is not in a position to be mistaken when he describes those who have come, as a class, as in a state of utmost po­verty, dirty and destitute. Some, it is well known, are not without means. Winnipeg merchants may have sold greater or smaller quantities of goods; but they have not said much about it, the volume of trade has not been perceptibly affected. To dealers in one of two small Continue reading