The Baptism of Joannes Bruchalsky


Joannes Bruchalsky, born April 12, 1864 and baptized the same day, son of the legitimate marriage of labourer Joannes Bruchalski and Maria, daughter of Grigorii Baran and Maria Babiak. Delivered by midwife Anna Kajdin. Godparents/Witnesses to the baptism were Onuphries Sulatysky and Irene and Joannes Kowtun, labourer.

The Baptism of Basilius and Maria Koszlak


Basilius and Maria, twin children born March 8, 1861 of the legitimate marriage of labourer Georgius Koszlak and Parasceva, daughter of Danielis Drepko and Maria Duda. Godparents/Witnesses to the baptism were Condratus Salutysky, Elizabetha and Michaelis Jakubowsky, Zacharius Rega, Marta and Teodor Drepko.


Daria Bruchalski, born March 29, 1858  and baptized the next day, daughter of the
legitimate marriage of Joannes Bruchalsky and Maria, daughter of Gregorii Baran and Maria Babiak, rural folk from Novosilka. Delivered by midwife Maria Patamar.
Godparents/witnesses to the baptism were Joannes Lahoda and Anna and Elias Chawawko, rural folk from Novosilka.

The Baptism of Magdalena Koszlak

Great news for anyone researching Ukrainian genealogy!
Metrical records have been digitized and are available everywhere for browsing online at (Prior to now, this was possible only from computers within FamilySearch Centres).
I’ve begun browsing through for siblings of my Ukrainian 3x great grandparents Prokop Koszlak, Krystyna Fink, Dmytro Bruchanski and Nastia Rozdobudko. The records are detailed enough to mention parents, mothers maiden names, grandparents, and sometimes even grandmother’s maiden names!


Magdalena Koszlak, born August 1, 1852 and baptized the same day. Delivered by midwife Maria Patamar. Daughter of the legitimate marriage of labourer Georgius Koszlak and Parasceva, the daughter of Danielis Drepko and Maria Duda. Godparents/witnesses to the baptism were Condratus Sulatyski, farmers Elisabetha and Michaelis Jakubowsky.

The Baptism of Dmytro Brucha(n/l)ski

Born November 7 (delivered by Maria Patamar) and baptized November 7, 1864. Demetrius (Dmytro), first born child of Joannes Bruchalski and his wife Maria nee Baran, daughter of Gregorius Baran and Maria (maiden name unknown). Godaprents and Teodorus Hatuszka and Marta Pinska (?).

This Dmytro is very likely my 3x great grandfather. I believe he is the father of my ancestor Anna Bruchanska, despite the slight spelling difference in the surname. I did not find any Bruchanski’s in Novosilka’s church books, only Bruchalskis, and spelling errors upon immigration are more often the case than not with Ukrainians coming to Canada in the early 1900’s.

That being said, Bruchanski and Bruchalski are a pretty different phonetically, which is why I will not say that I am 100% sure at this time!

The Baptism of Prokop Koszlak

I finally made it to a Family History centre to do some research on my Ukrainian family, and was rewarded with some of the first progress I’ve made on that side in years. So far I had only been able to locate Canadian records for my furthest back Ukrainian ancestors – Danylo Koszlak and Anna Bruchanski. Their Manitoban marriage record had provided a brief glimpse at their parents – recorded as couples Prokop Koszlak and wife Krystina Fink, and Dmytro Bruchanski and wife Nastia Rozdobudko. Since Danylo and Anna were born circa 1890, I had assumed their parents would have been born around 1860 in Novosilka, Ternopil oblast.

Normally I would have tried to start with Danylo and Anna’s baptismal records in Ukraine to verify their parentage, then located their parent’s marriage records. But the metrical (church) books for Novosilka are only available from 1864 and back in time, so my only hope was to scan through the baptisms, hoping for Prokops, Krystinas, Dmytros and Nastias of the right age and surname to be my ancestors. Luckily, Novosilka was not a huge place.

I believe I found my 3x great grandfather Prokop Koszlak’s baptismal record, a little further back than I’d expected, though It makes sense since Danylo had older siblings. Here it is; his baptism from the Greek Catholic church in Novosilka circa 1848, written in Latin:

Born on the 22nd of July (delivered by Maria Kuczynska) and baptized (by Hippolytus Janowicz) on the 22nd of July to the family living at house #279 in Leczowka (Novosilka). Prokop, son of Georgius Koszlak and his wife Praxeda nee Drebko, daughter of Danielis Drebko and his wife Maria nee Duda. Godparents are Constantinus Halka and Tatianna Sztogryn.

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