In trying to pinpoint the exact location my great great grandfather Danylo Koszlak lived (at least in the beginning of his time in Canada) I turned to the 1916 Canadian Census. Daniel Koslak, wife Annie and sons Michael and Peter/Patrick lived in Manitoba – Section 12, Township 14, Range 8, Meridian E.
To me, that’s just a bunch of letters and numbers. The Rural Municipality of Brokenhead is a large district surrounding a separately governed city of Beausejour. I had been told Danylo lived in “Brokenhead”, but that could be anywhere in the municipality!
Luckily, the Government of Canada’s website has an online, searchable database of Land Grants of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and a tiny portion of British Columbia. Unfortunately, no records of Koszlaks (in any form of it’s spelling!) turned up. But, you can search by those crazy numbers and letters I talked about above as well. Again, no information regarding the ownership of this land, or any surnames attached to it are available, but there is a map!
Section 12, Township 14, Range 8, Meridian E refers to an area north of the town of Beausejour, right on the Brokenhead River. It contains the villages of Brokenhead and Ladywood.
What I can glean from this, is that I can say that Danylo Koszlak and family, at least at one point in 1916, lived in or near the actual village of Brokenhead, and not just the larger, surrounding municipality. This strengthens my beliefs that they attended Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic church (pictured HERE).
- (click to enlarge) Brokenhead on the top right corner. Winnipeg on the bottom left.