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