Bill's Genealogy Blog

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

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
In 2010-2018 Iserved in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

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. 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 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. 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! 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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