Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 - March 2014, I provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I was an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. In recent months I was director of this FHC. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Friday, August 13, 2010

Last Night at the FHC Yesterday we were babysitting grandchildren, one of whom made pancakes for us in the morning and muffins in the afternoon! Then it was time to rush home, have an early supper and then drive to Edmonton for my shift at the FHC. A patron brought along a friend who was looking for information on her grandparents who came to Canada from Poland/Ukraine in 1939. She had their names and a possible spelling of the village they came from. She said that three members of the family survived the sinking of the SS Athenia by a German submarine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Athenia I started by searching the FLC Catalog for the name of the place, but found nothing. Then I tried theFS wiki, and found information on Ukraine but nothing I could relate directly to the patron's needs. Next I tried the Shtetl Finder at http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/ShtetlFinder.html to see if I could find the place. I found 8 possibilities, but the patron felt that the place she was looking for was SW of Kiev, but probably closer than any of the places listed. She took notes on some of the places for later review. We did some Google searches, which brought up no information on the grandparents or their home village. I suggested that we next check the message boards. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ led to postings by a cousin of my patron, which in turn led to this article that included a photo of the family members who died during rescue efforts. (see below) It is quite a story! http://www.ahoy.tk-jk.net/macslog/Familyofsevenonlythreesur.html Subsequent searches found the address and telephone number of the cousin who had posted the information. Our patron will contact her cousin for further information.

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