[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Researching Gusa and Brutke family from Rovno Russia

Loretta Houben dragonfly3 at telus.net
Wed Jul 4 14:51:32 PDT 2012

Hello, everyone;


I am new to this list. This is my first email to the group. My name is
Loretta (Williams) Houben. I am a mixture of many parts!

My mother's maiden name is Brutke, and her mother's maiden name is Gusa. I'm
on the hunt for any information on my ancestors.

It's amazing what is online now! I am thrilled as I've found a few things in
my search which began 2 weeks ago.


I found this link: http://www.odessa3.org/collections.html  online in my
search for any clues to my great grandparents, August and Pauline (Hein)
Gusa. I also found your list that I'm sending this to, and have contacted
Jerry Frank who has been helpful with advice.


>From the above link I clicked on this one:

>From there I looked under "Ships Arrivals" and clicked on:
http://www.odessa3.org/collections/ships/link/ffurt1.txt and here I had

I found the Gusa family, but their names aren't spelled this way at all!

It's spelled "Gubsowski" on this list, and I was astounded. 


Do any of you have any clue as to why it would be spelled like that? I had
heard that my great grandparents did change their surname to Gusa when they
arrived here, but I was lead to believe it was spelled "Gusowski" (without
the b) according to an aunt of mine who did extensive research. She compiled
many forms, certificates and documents, so that I knew the name of the ship
and the dates my ancestors sailed.


Another strange thing is that the residence on the link states my great
grandparents came from "Tomasnaw, Russia". 

I've never heard of this place. What is the current name for it?

In my files I have them living in Rovno Ob, Russia. 


Thank you for any help. I am rather new to this, and my desire is to find
out the names of Pauline (Hein) Gusa's parents, and go back as far as I can.

No one in the family has yet been successful at this, as I understand the
records are lost or missing.

I would also like to find out the names of August Gusa's parents etc. 


So I thank you in advance for any help you can offer me.



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