[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Ukranian immigrants calling themselves Russian
FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca
Mon Dec 21 19:03:36 PST 2009
You have already received some advice pinpointing the locations. There
is no issue regarding Ukraine vs. Russia as this region was under
Russian rule prior to WW I and under Soviet rule after.
This region is not generally covered by our Society but there are
probably readers on this list who can point you to more fruitful
resources. For example, someone else has done some research on another
branch of this family with the listing at
http://www.ahsgr.org/gedlist/Geor-Getz.htm . You could try writing to
AHSGR to see if they would give you the name of that researcher.
Though that info is with AHSGR, the region is covered in more detail by
GRHS - see http://www.grhs.org .
Though the name may sound Slavic, it could still very well be German.
Many Slavic sounding surnames - such as Girschewski, Kowalski, etc. -
are used by Germans. Some are derivations like Gershewski from Gersch
while others are translations like Kowalski from Schmidt.
Was the family Catholic? I do not see the name in Lutheran records from
Jan Hemmings wrote:
> I may be totally looking the wrong place by asking your group, but I am
> looking for information for my stepfather, Alfred Gerlinsky, whose
> grandfather, Jacob Gerlinsky (or then sonetimes, Gerlinski), immigrated to
> Canda, to Saskatchewan. He arrived in Montreal in 1904, and settled in
> Saskatchewan by 1905, with his wife Barbara and several children, Matilda,
> Martin, Valentin....
> Jacob said in the census that they were all born in
> Russia, but Alfred says, Ekatarinslav, Mariopol. All I can find is Mariupol
> in the Ukraine, and of course, Gerlinsky is a Slavic name. Is there any way
> of finding anything more about this family before they went to Canada?
> Jan Hemmings
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