Monthly Archives: July 2013

Brief History of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church
Українська Греко-Католицька Церква

Ukraine has a long Christian tradition, dating from the 10th century. Today there are more than 22,000 religious communities in Ukraine from approximately 80 different Christian denominations, as well as other religions. But the atheist policy of the Soviets has left its mark: many Ukrainians today are unchurched because of the great spiritual void which the Bolshevik regime left in Eastern Europe.

The Conversion of Ukraine and Tensions Between East and West

In 988 Prince Volodymyr the Great established Christianity in its Byzantine-Slavic rite as the national religion of his country, Kyivan-Rus. This happened before the Great Church Schism of 1054 divided Christian East from West. The Kyivan Church inherited the traditions of the Byzantine East and was part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Yet this Church also remained in full communion with the Latin West and its patriarch, the Pope of Rome. Continue reading

Persistence Finally Pays Off

The Mystery of Mary Boyachuk’s Birth Records: Persistence Finally Pays Off
By Jim Onyschuk

The birth date of Mary Dutka (nee Boyachuk) has been a source of some confusion. Starting with the Certificate of Birth for Helena Dutka, my mother, her mother’s maiden name is listed as Maria Bujachok and her Birth Place is listed as Storo Siolo, Austria, Galicia.

Mary was supposedly born on January 14, 1898. Later, that same year her father Yendruch/Andrew Bujaczek and mother Paraska came to Canada, sailing from Hamburg, May 21, 1898 and arriving at Halifax on June 3, 1898. He was 28 at Continue reading

Petition to Release the 1921 Canadian Census NOW

Petition to Release the 1921 Canadian Census NOW

1921-censusI have written several times about all the recent problems with the 1921 Canadian census. The time period for keeping it hidden has expired and the Canadian citizens expected those records to be released to the public before now. (You can see my earlier articles by starting at http://goo.gl/3kpRg.)  The records reportedly have already been released Statistics Canada to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) for scanning and releasing to the public. However, there is no announced plan as to when the records will become available to the public, if ever.

To protest this action, Bill Robinson has created an online petition addressed to Continue reading

Analyzing Using Discrepancy Charts

By Jim Onyschuk

Dealing with discrepancies and inconsistencies are a matter of course when doing genealogical research. Discrepancy Charts are logs which record the existence of contradictory information about the same individual. They are a useful way of keeping track of particular problems that need to be solved. A Discrepancy Chart helps you organize conflicting dates or places for a specific event in a person’s life.

Genealogical data will fall into the following categories:

  • Totally consistent, where every document provides the same date and place for each event, and there is no conflict between sources
  • There is some conflict, but the data is consistent enough that different researchers can reach the same conclusion
  • Completely inconsistent and inconclusive Continue reading

Transfering Your Data from PAF and Other Programs to a New Program


A newsletter reader obviously read the recent article of Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Is Discontinued at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2013/06/personal-ancestral-file-paf-is-discontinued.html and was worried about transferring her data to a new program. She wrote:

Do any of the new programs allow me to transfer my data direct from PAF or do I have to type all the data I already have to a new program?

I thought I would answer here in the newsletter in case anyone else has the same question.

In short, you do not have to re-type all your data on the keyboard. All of today’s Continue reading