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    • #4541
      Doug Reckmann

      Welcome to the upgrade of Bukovina-Gen: The Bukovina Forum, graciously hosted by the Bukovina Society of the Americas. I’m one of the moderators – former Owner/Moderator of Bukovina-Gen – Beverly Muntain.

      If you have any questions or are unable to figure out how to use the forum, let us know at forum-moderator@bukovinasociety.org. If necessary, I’ll try to get a ‘how to use the forum’ manual up this weekend.

      If you have any suggestions about what you’d like to see here, contact us at that same e-mail address, and we’ll see what we can do.

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      2. Please fill in your User Profile. At least, enter your full name and country. This way, we know you’re not a robot.
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      4. Be nice!

      If you would like to use this Welcome post as a place to introduce yourselves and the surnames you’re researching, please feel free to leave a reply.


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      Hi I am Joy Shreyer and my husbands grandfather and grandmother were both born in Sereth Bukovina and imigrated to Canada around 1910.  My husbands father was also born in Sereth before they immigrated when he was only 13.  The grandfathers name was Josef Schreyer/Shreier and his grandmother, who was of Polish descent was Klementina Klementowski. Klementina’s father was Josef Klementowski and his mother was Dorothea Ehreinrich.  We would be delighted if we could make contact with any family members who might still be in Sereth.  Joseph  was born in Sereth in 1857 and Klementina born there in 1863.  Both died in Canada.  Joseph in 1931 in Radway Alberta Canada and Klementina in 1947 in Nanimo British Columbia Canada.

    • #4864


      I was a member of the Yahoo group.  Thanks to everyone responsible for setting up this group.

      My Maternal Great Grandparents – Ewanowich, Bodnaruk, Tkachuk came from Serautii de Jos, which I believe is now part of Chernivtsi.  The other three were all from Galicia.

      It has been a while since I have worked on this branch of the family.  I am hoping to devote more time to it this year I am hoping to go to the Ukraine this summer.





    • #5360

      Hi everyone,

      My family lived in Bukovina for a short time in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s.  I’ll create another post with my family information on it in case anybody recognizes the names.

      The family names I am researching are Schmidt, Presser, Wild, Appel, Mueller and Klein.

      Chris Kullman

    • #5381


      The name Schmidt is pretty common, “Presser”, is probably “Prosser,” a fairly common Bohemian German name that shows up in Bukovina. Appel is found around Radautz, apparently coming from the Palatinate. Wild, Klein, and Müller are also pretty common. Müller is also a common Bohemian German name.

      You are a member of  the BSA, so login and then go to the Genealogy section, and create an account there and start looking for names.

      Doug Reckmann

      BSA IT Volunteer



    • #5894

      Hello Fellow Members

      Recently, I began the deep dive into the history of my family and wound up smack in the middle of Bukovina (well..almost). I’m finding that not all information I see is accurate and given the triangle rule of three sources to find accuracy is a rule I tend to live by. But Ancestry is quite different. Sometime 3 sources are almost the same yet very inaccurate. Then I found the Bukovina Society where I was able to verify, from other members who share a branch of my Family tree, and saw (hopefully) accurate information of certain relatives. The wealth of information here is helpful indeed. So much so, I’ve planned a trip to the Ukraine in Jan of 2021 in hopes of filling many blanks and correcting ones that are currently occupied. My adventure will begin in Odessa and my travels will take me to Cherimisti, Sereth, Tereblechie and others places that come from the visit of those mentioned. With todays technology, I’ll return home with good photo’s.  Cheers

      Bob Manz

    • #5928

      Hello everyone,

      My name is Christopher Worrall and I have discovered the Bukovina region in researching the family history of my wife Nathalie Zabizewski.

      Nathalie’s grandfather, John Zabizewski, was an ethnic Pole, who came to Canada from Bukovina with his parents, August and Mary Stefanyszyn, when he was young.

      August Zabizewski had two siblings who also came to Canada named Casimir and Adela.

      Casimir is the only one who married in Canada and on his marriage record his place of birth is given as “Voloeau” or “Volocau”, while his wife, Ellen or Helena Dembski, also an ethnic Pole from Bukovina, has “Coushenara” given as a birthplace.

      Casimir’s marriage record is also invaluable as it contains the names of his parents : ‘John’ Zabizewski and Cecilia Paszkiewicz.

      Adela married a German from Molodia named Anton Baumgarten. They moved to Bayard, Saskatchewan, which was one of many German Bukowinan settlements in that province.

      We think that “Volocau” is Voloka (Woloka in German, Voloca in Romanian) and that “Coushenara” is Velykyi Kuchuriv (Kuczurmare).

      We have also discovered through DNA testing many matches with the name “Hennick” who also have roots in Bukovina.

      Through research we have discovered that the Hennick line to which my wife is related anglicized the spelling of it’s name from Hönig to Hennick.

      Just recently, we learnt how the Zabizewski and Hönig families are related. Thomas Hönig was the 1st cousin of August, Adela and Casimir. Cecilia Paszkiewicz had a sister named Marya Paszkiewicz who married a man named Michael Hönig.

      By knowing that the Hennick name was originally Hönig, we were able to discover a set of DNA matches in the States who had a documented Hönig line that lived in Bukovina until WWII, arriving in the States in the 50s.

      The family in the States has also identified its Hönig line as being from Voloka as well.

      This seems to confirm our research that the Zabizewski family was based in Voloka, Bukovina.

      What I know about Voloka is that it was overwhelmingly populated by Romanians and still is today even being part of Ukrainian Northern Bukovina.

      There was apparently not a Catholic Church in Voloka and the small Polish population would go to Chruch in Kuczurmare.

      Anyhow, nice to meet everyone.

      – Christopher

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