[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Zhitomir Kelms

Sigrid Pohl Perry perry1121 at aol.com
Thu Aug 1 14:27:21 PDT 2013


Since both Ludwig Kelm and Emilie Ziebart are common names, though not 
necessarily combined with the birth date range you have, you might push 
a little on the Georg and Gottlieb Kelm who lived in the Neepawa region 
as well. Look at the 1916 Canada census for each of these Kelms. Where 
were they? What are their wives' names? Look for ship manifests. Look at 
neighbors who homestead nearby and also come from Volhynia about the 
same time. Often relatives or neighbors over there traveled to the New 
World together. Look for births and marriages of Gottlieb and Georg Kelm 
in Volhynia. Do the same wives' names show up? Look for births if they 
immigrated with children. If they are related to Ludwig, some of this 
other information might provide you with new clues.

Good luck.
Sigrid Pohl Perry

On 8/1/2013 12:57 PM, Kris Kelm wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've given this a crack in the past and I've been able to get a little
> further in my research, but I'm desperate for a little guidance and
> assistance. So, my questions, in a few parts (with four part harmony):
> Background: According to the 1940 national registration, my ggf is from
> Zhitomir, as well as his parents. My ggm was born in Volyn, and her parents
> are from "Poland". He served in the Russian military around 1904-1907, and
> immigrated to Canada 1913, settling in the Neepawa area of Manitoba with
> his wife and one child (born before immigration, 1 year old). He had a
> brother in the area that he had stayed with briefly, according to his
> homestead application documents, as well as the registration. I have
> discovered a George Kelm in the Neepawa area in the 30s. There was also a
> Gottlieb.
> Ggf: Ludwig Kelm, born circa 1882-1885.
> Ggm: Emelia Ziebart, born circa 1892
> Questions:
> Can anyone help me get past this block, find ggf or ggm parents, confirm
> date of birth, ascertain the brother's name, etc? I am striking out.
> Does anyone know of a reliable researcher that I could be put in touch with
> to help me on the Ukraine side?
> Are Russian military service records available for that time, and what
> kinds of information might they contain?
> Was land registered in some fashion at that time, or census info taken?
> They were a farming family...
> Thank you to those who have helped me in the past, and in advance to those
> I hope can help me again.
> Kris
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