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Mappy Monday: Podhajce and Nowosiolka, Ukraine

A Genealogy.com Ukraine message board poster presented this map. It’s a compilation of incredibly detailed maps of a large portion of Europe from around 1900.

You can find Danylo’s Novosilka in the southeast, near Lwow (Lviv) and Ivano-Frankivsk. This map uses Polish place names, so Novosilka is “Nowosiolka”.

It’s a good idea to gain an understanding of the geography of the area your ancestor hails from. In my case, I noticed several other Ukrainian families and people on both the Canadian census and the SS Cassandra passenger manifest. 28/50 of the people listed on the same census sheet in Brokenhead as – and therefore neighbours of – Danylo and family were also Ruthenians from Galicia (the other 22 were Polish from Galicia!)

On the same ship as Danylo, travelled 7 other Ruthenian Galicians, including one “Anna Kit”, who I first suspected could maybe be Danylo’s future wife Anna. Anna Kit left behind her mother, named “Maria Podhaja” in Siolka, Galicia (Podhaja = Podhajce??). There are a few others from Siolka as well, and if you notice on the map… Siolka is very close to Nowosiolka, as is the village of Podhajce (Pidhaitsi). It’s not hard to imagine that maybe Danylo travelled with friends, or even relatives, to a new country, so some of his fellow passengers could turn out to be relevant to my research later on!

No concrete evidence of such as of yet, of course, but good all-around knowledge that could be useful later on!!

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Mappy Monday: RM Of Brokenhead, Manitoba

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.