Category Archives: Kharucha Vel’ka

Six immigrant ancestors and the fault lines of World War I

To the day they died, I’m sure my immigrant ancestors remembered where they were when they learned of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, one hundred years ago. That calculated act of terrorism plunged the countries of their … Continue reading

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Alex Kowal’s first day in America

One hundred years ago today, my grandfather Alexey (Alex) Kowal stepped onto American soil for the first time. He didn’t come through Ellis Island, like his future wife Katarzyna Bosakowska and so many millions of other immigrants from that same … Continue reading

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Goodbye to all that

One hundred years ago today, my grandfather Alexej (Alex) Kowal arrived at the dock in Libau, a port city in present day Latvia. There, he waited with 130 fellow Ukrainians who had all been recruited by the Canada Pacific Railway … Continue reading

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New details on Alex Kowal’s journey to America

In a recent post, I recounted the story of my grandfather Alex Kowal’s journey to America, which I pieced together from travel and immigration documents. Since then, I have learned some interesting new information about the friends who traveled with … Continue reading

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Maps of old home towns

I’ve been searching the web for vintage maps of my grandparents’ home towns – Zalozce, Austria (now Zaliztsi, Ukraine), where my grandmother Katarzyna Bosakowska grew up, and Kharucha Vel’ka, Ukraine, where my grandfather Alex Kowal grew up. The latter seemed … Continue reading

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Identifying my eight great-grandparents

When I started my little family history project two months ago, I could only name two great-grandparents. Now I can finally identify all eight. The last holdout was a great-grandmother on my father’s side, the mother of my grandfather Alex … Continue reading

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My grandfather’s journey to America finally comes into focus

For two months, I searched for evidence of my grandfather Alex Kowal’s arrival in America. Census records helped me zero in on 1912 or 1913. Recalling that my grandfather told me he spent time in Canada before coming to the … Continue reading

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