Pa­tience a pri­or­ity for time travel in hunt through history for fam­ily

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - FRONT PAGE - By Alan Small

THE prom­ise of bet­ter days liv­ing in free­dom brought a flood of Eastern Euro­pean im­mi­grants to Man­i­toba at the turn of the 20th cen­tury. Just over a cen­tury later, grand­chil­dren and great­grand­chil­dren are us­ing his­tor­i­cal re­search to track their an­ces­tors’ paths from vil­lages in Ukraine, Poland and other coun­tries across the At­lantic to Canada and, even­tu­ally, south­ern Man­i­toba.

Help­ing them in that quest is the East Euro­pean Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety, which is hold­ing a seminar on Satur­day at the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints (45 Dal­housie Dr.) to help peo­ple break through brick walls that have pre­vented many fam­ily-tree searches from bear­ing fruit.

De­ter­mined hun­ters re­quire the his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge of Pierre Ber­ton and the in­ves­tiga­tive tech­niques of a cold­case po­lice de­tec­tive. And even a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of another lan­guage can be par­tic­u­larly help­ful when pan­ning for gold in dusty, long-for­got­ten file cab­i­nets hold­ing for­eign-lan­guage doc­u­ments.

“You’ve got to be per­sis­tent and you’ve got to have pa­tience,” says Marni Do­molewski, pres­i­dent of the Win­nipeg-

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