Monthly Archives: May 2016

Savchenko free, Russians furious and confused  

Nadiya Savchenko showing middle finger in a Russian court during her last speech on 9 March 2016. Photo: YouTube screenshot

Nadiya Savchenko showing middle finger in a Russian court during her last speech on 9 March 2016. Photo: YouTube screenshot 

As Nadiya Savchenko gloriously returned to Ukraine, Russians witnessed yet another new turn of Kiselyov-style discrepancy. Once labeled as a murderer and convicted by a fabricated case, Savchenko was now pardoned by Vladimir Putin and safely returned home. This new episode leaves many Russians furious, insulted, and confused. Continue reading

Anna of Kyiv, the French Queen from Kyivan Rus

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Anna of Kyiv, the queen of France, a daughter of Yaroslav the Wise of Kyivan Rus. Monument in Senlis, France (Image: panoramio)Anna of Kyiv, the queen of France, a daughter of Yaroslav the Wise of Kyivan Rus. Monument in Senlis, France (Image: panoramio) 

Article by: Anastasiia Chornohorska, Alya Shandra

Portrait of Anna of Kyiv

On 19 May 1051, Anna, the youngest daughter of Kyivan Rus Prince Yaroslav the Wise, ascended to the French throne as the wife of King Henry I Capet in the Cathedral of Reims. As traditional Days of Anna of Kyiv take place in Sanslis, an abbey 40 km from Paris, we revisit the story of the earliest dynastic connection between France and Ukraine.

Her father Yaroslav, was nicknamed “the father-in-law of Europe.” Yaroslav himself marriedIngigerd Olofsdotter, the daughter of the Swedish King; his sister Maria married the Continue reading

Secret ancestral codes: 12 main symbols in Ukrainian embroidery

 From Euromaidan Press.com

Treti Pivni Master Workshop

Treti Pivni Master Workshop 

2016/05/19 • CULTURE, UKRAINE

How very colourful and varied the contemporary vyshyvanka! It can be one colour or many-coloured, richly or delicately patterned, embroidered with flowers or geometric forms… But, do we actually know what these intricate patterns adorning our clothes mean, how ancient their origins are, what they symbolize and why they are the way they are?

What are those mysterious sacred geometrical designs hidden in our grandmother’s treasure chest? They are not just circles, lozenges, branches and spirals. These figures were created centuries ago and represent many unique symbols. This was at a time when our ancestors had a close magical connection with the world of Nature: plants, animals, fields and heavenly bodies. They drew their destiny using symbols of the Sun, Earth,Universe and Family, reproducing them on fabrics, creating mysterious ancestral symbols as amulets, as a kind of family code. Continue reading

Scan and Annotate with the new Evernote for Android

 

evernoteI consider Evernote to be one of the most essential tools for genealogists as well as for almost everyone else who owns a computer. See https://goo.gl/EN9h9ffor my past articles about Evernote. The more I use it, the more valuable Evernote becomes. I now have more than 4,000 notes in Evernote covering a wide variety of genealogy and non-genealogy topics alike. I love having everything at my fingertips on my cell phone, tablet, and desktop computers. I refer to Evernote many times every day. It is the equivalent of having a filing cabinet with me at all times.

One thing disturbs me, however. Evernote produced a wonderful app called Scannable for Apple iOSthat allows the Evernote user to capture paper documents quickly and to easily transform that paper into high-quality scans ready to save or share. Continue reading

“If not for the war”: 12 photo reports about maternal love and heroism

Uliana Vinyarska and son Volodymyr Vinyarsky, wounded at Starobilsk, Luhansk Oblast on June 4, 2014Uliana Vinyarska and son Volodymyr Vinyarsky, wounded at Starobilsk, Luhansk Oblast on June 4, 2014  

2016/05/13 • STORIES FROM THE FRONT, UKRAINE, VOLUNTEERS, WAR IN THE DONBAS

For Mother’s Day, volunteers have created an amazingly eloquent portrait gallery of Ukrainian heroes and their mothers who bravely surrendered their sons to the war and lived through hell.

The photos appear on the Facebook page of the Photo Projects Volunteer Community.

 “Not every man is capable of heroic deeds, and not every mother is capable of accepting and understanding such a sacrifice. We admire these people and want to understand. How did they do it ??? How did they live through this horror and not lose the ability to laugh so loudly and sincerely?” say the project managers. Continue reading