Time Capsule Blog

Dear Friends,

What you are going to read about is encoded in your genes if your ancestors were Ukrainian, Ruthenian, Hutsul, Lemko, Boiko, Volhynian, Galician and more.

The goals we’ve set by this project are drawing the portrait of our ancestors, exploring their real everyday life and learning about their mentality to understand ourselves better. To achieve them we will focus on ethnography, microhistory and personality rather than global historical events. We will try to offer interesting stories illustrating a certain facet of culture of our ancestors, be it traditional architecture or clothes, cuisine or beliefs, lifecycle or everyday activities, leisure in 19th - early 20th century and much more.

We are not looking at exploring each of the topics out and away but we do hope that our sketches will help us understand our background.  

Please, use the tag cloud to find the topics you are interested in and remember to follow Andriy Dorosh on FB to receive notifications on new publications.

If at some point you realize that you want to explore and experience it all by yourself, we invite you to take our Ukraine tour and touch the soil of your ancestors.


Train to Canada

- I am going to Canada, I said to my wife. - Where is that Canada? - Thank God, she does not know! I thought. - It is close. Just about 6 hours by train from here.


Who Created the World? A Boiko Legend

I imagine a baba telling this legend to her grandson in a Boiko village a hundred years ago. It was so easy to believe in every detail because you did have the blacksmith, who hammered iron in your village.


Emigration Documents

Let us take a look at what our ancestors had to accomplish prior to leaving. This must have seemed to them to be an overwhelming task. Yet, they all did it, because they wanted to improve the lives of their families.


The Exotic Medicine of Our Ancestors

Applications of pig manure are used in case of diphtheria. A sore throat is cured with slices of pork fat that are wrapped around the neck. A boiled magpie egg is eaten to cure asthma.


Galician Tragedy in 1889

If your ancestors left Galicia in 1890 or shortly afterwards, you will know the possible reason for their emigration. If they stayed and emigrated later, you will understand what they had to go through.