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Strymba Family Research in Ivano-Frankivsk Province, Ukraine

In 2014, I performed successful genealogy research in Strymba of Nadvirna (Nadworna in Polish) Region of Ivano-Frankivsk (former Stanislawow) Province, Ukraine, locating the sister (!!!!!!!) of a person who was moved to the displaced persons camp after WWII, who later relocated to Australia.  While being lucky enough to find the relatives for my clients, I was left with mixed emotions as I later learned the sister never heard from the Australian family after my visit.  This left me feeling sad.  One of the most rewarding parts of my research is helping to bring families together to reconnect in present day and maintain those relationships moving forward. 

In general, life in small villages in Ukraine, probably as well as anywhere else in the world, is routine.  It is stable and any kind of change is a big event. Life is not easy there, as you can realize when you look at the pictures. When I come to do family research in Ukraine bringing news that somebody abroad is looking for the family it is a huge event, not just for the family but also for the entire village. I bring good news and I feel a responsibility towards the people I find.  My greatest wish is for the majority of the families that I reunite, to keep in touch.

I also remember Strymba well because I met Stepan Gerelyszyn (Gerelyshyn), local painter, church clerk, historian and philosopher.  Born in 1931, Stepan looks like a Carpathian Mountains’ magician. Quite a personality, I must admit!  J I was amazed with his attitude to life. At the time of my visit, Stepan was about to finish writing a book on the history of Strymba. His dream is to publish it before he dies. I sincerely hope he manages to fulfill his dream so that all of his knowledge and records do not get lost because I do not see any other sources on the history of the village, anywhere. Much health and many years of life to you, Stepan!

Hope you enjoy some of the pictures taken in Strymba below.


Andriy Dorosh