Rick Dondo's Family Tree

What's New (past 30 days)


Tree:  

2022/12/01

Your host has undertaken a task that will see the more than 11,000 place names mentioned in the stories of the people on these family trees geocoded. That will associate GPS coordinates with each place and result in the site displaying maps on many pages presented to you. One of the very interesting features is a "Heat Map", which allows one to visualize and analyze geographical relationships among the places that predominate in a given story.

The overall view for your host's main tree is available here, for you to explore.

At this time, more than 9,600 places have been successfully geocoded. For the next several weeks, your host will be endeavouring to ensure that all the places named are enabled with this feature. That work will include identifying place names that are poorly or inaccurately expressed and correcting them.


2022/11/29

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This is the thirty-sixth full refresh of this site which uses a specialized website building application and it is based on data taken from your host's Ancestry tree on 2022/11/28 starting at 13:40 CDT. As will be the case for the foreseeable future, that data was massaged considerably to ensure that more information pertaining to sources and citations is available to demonstrate why I believe what I have published.

Think I'm wrong? Bring your evidence and we will discuss your suggestions!

This update includes some changes and additions to the information pertaining to various families that were already on my tree.

This update also reflects changes to a variety of profiles on my tree that really centre around six on-going activities:

- capture of current events observed by your host
- extension of the heritage my tree records for selected people based on expressed interest
- rendering visible more details from certain sources to enhance the understanding of why my tree reflects certain events and people
- rendering visible more of the citations my tree holds to support the events it reports
- adding more entries in the "Media" section, especially links to the "local history books" that are part of the University of Manitoba's Digital Collection and pertinent to the families on the tree
- an on-going low-level effort to "normalize" place names for events that happened prior to Canadian Confederation in places that were NOT to become Manitoba

As has been noted here and as described in more detail below, I undertook a set of special research projects related to my goal of identifying ancestors for three of my four Ukrainian / Polish / Galician great-grandparents.

I also conducted a manual update process that improved the information pertaining to dozens of burials. The results can now be seen in the lists of burials found in the "Cemeteries" section of this site.

As has been for some time and will continue to be the case: My work to catalogue graves and other final dispositions represents my contribution to bringing closure to as many people as possible by ensuring access to the virtual versions of the tributes made to those who have gone ahead. In my opinion, these efforts may assist many in planning visits to the physical locations in which the physical tributes persist. I expect to continuously improve this asset as I uncover misalignments between the best definitions of those places and many profiles on my tree. Correcting them will always improve the records offered here, and to Ancestry offering me new information about the affected people and their families. The tree is better for it. I invite you to browse the available list of cemetery definitions.

My work includes an interest in making available to all, selected information from my Ancestry tree that can be readily accessed via free and public resources. This is especially true of the links to memorials on the Find a Grave service, but extends to some of the Government of Canada resources organized by its "Library and Archives" department, in particular, and other departments. I invite all visitors to seek out and read carefully the descriptions of those resources here. These are wonderful places to start your OWN research!

Also -- Still the case and expected to be this way for a long time:

Many of the records (items) specifically cited, regrettably, are stored in databases as part of the Ancestry service; to view them, an active Ancestry account is required. However, with the most recent changes, much more of the "descriptive" information about them is now available on this site.


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My Main Tree:

My research continues and new information and connections are revealed on nearly a daily basis. For the foreseeable future, as was the case for the past many months, I plan to continue to update this site on an irregular basis; one that I expect to be no less than once a month.

The site allows anyone to see all of the information I have recorded about deceased people. Without an account and specific privileges assigned to it, access to information about living people other than their name on this tree is restricted. Even with such privileges, at your host's discretion, they may give you access to only information about people with whom you share direct ancestors. In the event you want to see more, please get in touch.

The main tree now contains (versus 2022/11/21):

- Information about 20,721 people in 7,604 families (versus 20,704 people in 7,593 families)
- Of those people, 2,212 are known or believed to be alive (versus 2,215)
(*** Per our data protection policy... Your access to details about these people is most likely limited ***)
- 6,469 unique surnames (versus 6,456)
- information about events that happened in 11,620 different places (versus 11,630)
- 57,829 "Notes" that help tell people's stories (versus 58,095)
- 298,977 citations to support the facts and events I am reporting (versus 296,414)
- an inventory of graves located in 727 cemeteries around the world (versus 727)
- a collection of 311 "Media" items (essentially bookmarks!) that provide deeper background material about the history surrounding the lives profiled on my tree (versus 223)

You can check much of this out with other details on the Statistics page.

This is all based on my main Ancestry tree, which, at the time, contained:

- 20,721 people  (versus 20,704)
- 17,375 photos  (versus 17,333)
-  1,230 stories (versus  1,225)
- 48,906 records (versus 48,803)

And at this time, there are 58,669 unprocessed "Hints" about 11,674 of the above people that have yet to be processed (versus 58,462 and 11,609).


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Quests:

As has been noted in some interim updates to the "What's New?" section here, I have recently been conducting some special research into families with names similar to those of my great-grandparents Russin, Burdij, and Shmigelski. While those results have not (yet!) led to any breakthroughs that reveal to me any previously unknown family connections between myself and these families who had a presence in Manitoba in the early decades of the 20th century, I have learned a bit more about the lives of t eearly colonialists in the region.

I have added links to the header / banner on this site to the additional "trees" that resulted from that work on Ancestry which can now also be inspected here. You can see the same results by following these links:



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I invite everyone to explore the features of this site. From the Home Page, access to them begins at the top of the page with the links to the four sets of great-grandparents who are the "roots" of my quest and at the bottom of the page, where various features are identified and links are available. Alternately. you can use the Search (basic and advanced) functions to see pieces of information about the people and places of most interest to you.

Watch this space for more news as I find more to tell you and the site is updated.

Photos

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Western Canada Pictorial Index
Western Canada Pictorial Index
The WCPI consists of reproductions of more than 70,000 images related to the history of Western Canada, gathered over nearly three decades. It began as a centennial project in 1970 under the direction of local journalist Eric Wells and Thora Cooke. Wells and Cooke appealed to archives, museums and the public to provide pictures of the province’s… 
  30 Nov 2022
Obituaries, etc - The Moose Jaw Times
Obituaries, etc - The Moose Jaw Times
Blog started to enter Births, Marriages and Deaths found while doing research for people in "The Moose Jaw Times".

Moose Jaw Newspaper microfilm starting in 1889.

In 1889 Moose Jaw was in the NWT and the newspaper was "The Times" Later it became "Moose Jaw Times Herald"

Saskatchewan Assiniboia 
  30 Nov 2022

Documents

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Winnipeg Free Press Passages
Winnipeg Free Press Passages
The online versions of obituaries, death notices, and memorial published in the WFP for people who lived and died in the area of Greater Winnipeg and further afield in Manitoba 
  30 Nov 2022
Search: (Selected) Births, Marriages and Deaths recorded in Canada
Search: (Selected) Births, Marriages and Deaths recorded in Canada
This database only includes references from the collections described in "The records".

Family events such as births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials are key elements of genealogy and family history research. These events are recorded in church records and in other official documents. Library and Archives Canada holds a small collection… 
  30 Nov 2022
Search Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery’s burial index
Search Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery’s burial index
A full and up-to-date catalogue of the over 147,000 (2022) graves in this large and rambling cemetery 
  30 Nov 2022
Remembering: Obituaries, death notices, sympathy announcements, and memoria published for people who lived and died in many areas around Canada
Remembering: Obituaries, death notices, sympathy announcements, and memoria published for people who lived and died in many areas around Canada
Powered by Remembering.ca, this service host the online versions of obituaries published in a variety of local newspapers from across Canada owned and operated by Postmedia 
  30 Nov 2022
Ottawa Region Cemeteries
Ottawa Region Cemeteries
Thanks to the great work of Cliff Seibel, Ottawa Branch Cemeteries Coordinator, we proudly present an interactive map of cemeteries in eastern Ontario. You may need to click on the Map Legend (top left of map) and select the county/counties of interest. 
  30 Nov 2022
Months in Ukrainian
Months in Ukrainian
Months in Ukrainian, from the team that offers Ukrainian lessons 
  30 Nov 2022
Months in Polish
Months in Polish
Months in Polish, from the team at Transparent Language 
  30 Nov 2022
Map of Canada by Dioceses
Map of Canada by Dioceses
Showing Indian Boarding Schools also Missions to Indian and Eskimo. (19--)
Residential 
  30 Nov 2022
Manitoba Historical Society - Rural Municipalities of Southern Manitoba
Manitoba Historical Society - Rural Municipalities of Southern Manitoba
Manitoba’s Municipal History: Rural Municipalities and Local Government Districts; Click the map for information about a particular rural municipality. 
  30 Nov 2022
Manitoba Historical Society - Digital History Books
Manitoba Historical Society - Digital History Books
The books were published by the Manitoba Historical Society, its affiliates, supporters, and donors, or are in the public domain. They are made available here as a free, public service. All are in Adobe PDF format, for which you will require Acrobat Reader, a free download from the Adobe web site. 
  30 Nov 2022

Histories

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Vital Statistics in Newfoundland and Labrador
Vital Statistics in Newfoundland and Labrador
Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

You may use this secure, quick and convenient service to complete and submit online orders for birth, marriage and death certificates (see list of who can apply online) opens new window for events that have been registered in Newfoundland and Labrador. You must pay the required feesopens new window… 
  30 Nov 2022
Up to Now - A Story of Dufferin and Carman
Up to Now - A Story of Dufferin and Carman
A book published for the centenary of the RM of Dufferin and the town of Carman as both a chronicle of events along major theme lines and as a collection of family stories during its first one hundred years of history. It contains many stories which name the townspeople involved, providing much colour and detail about the lives lived in the area.… 
  30 Nov 2022
Ukrainian Catholic Churches of Winnipeg Archeparchy
Ukrainian Catholic Churches of Winnipeg Archeparchy
One book of Volume IV - History of Ukrainian Catholic Churches in Canada 
  30 Nov 2022
TUGG - Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group
TUGG - Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group
TUGG operates out of the St Vladimir Institute, which is located at 620 Spadina Avenue, in Toronto.

TUGG provides lectures, guidance, assistance and instructions to its members. It undertakes research in the fields of Ukrainian genealogy and upon completion of such research, makes it known to the participants.

TUGG is a non-profit cultural… 
  30 Nov 2022
Treasures of time II - The Rural Municipality of Cartier 1985 - 2014
Treasures of time II - The Rural Municipality of Cartier 1985 - 2014
A book published as an update to the 1984 volume for the same community, as both a chronicle of events along major theme lines and as a collection of family stories during its first one hundred years of history. It contains many stories which name the townspeople involved, providing much colour and detail about the lives lived in the area.… 
  30 Nov 2022
Treasures of Time - The Rural Municipality of Cartier (1914 - 1984)
Treasures of Time - The Rural Municipality of Cartier (1914 - 1984)
A book published for the seventieth anniversary of the Rural Municipality of Cartier as both a chronicle of events along major theme lines and as a collection of family stories during its first one hundred years of history. It contains many stories which name the townspeople involved, providing much colour and detail about the lives lived in the… 
  30 Nov 2022
Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine
Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine
A book published for the centenary of the MB region in and around Treherne as both a chronicle of events along major theme lines and as a collection of family stories during its first one hundred years of history. It contains many stories which name the townspeople involved, providing much colour and detail about the lives lived in the area.… 
  30 Nov 2022
Those were the days - A Pictorial History of Winnipeg Beach
Those were the days - A Pictorial History of Winnipeg Beach
A retrospective and pictorial look at what Winnipeg Beach was, what it is today (2014), and what has survived from (its) glorious youth 
  30 Nov 2022
They Stopped at a Good Place; History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson, and Tyndall area of Manitoba: 1875 - 1981
They Stopped at a Good Place; History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson, and Tyndall area of Manitoba: 1875 - 1981
A book published for the centenary of the subject as both a chronicle of events along major theme lines and as a collection of family stories during its first one hundred years of history. It contains many stories which name the townspeople involved, providing much colour and detail about the lives lived in the area. Dedicated to the pioneers. 
  30 Nov 2022
They Came for the Future
They Came for the Future
A book published to capture the past of the life in the Teulon, RM of Rockwood, MB, CANADA area, as both a chronicle of events along major theme lines and as a collection of family stories during its first one hundred years of history. It contains many stories which name the townspeople involved, providing much colour and detail about the lives… 
  30 Nov 2022

Videos

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Who Were the Canadian War Brides?
Who Were the Canadian War Brides?
From April of 1942 to March of 1948, more than 45,000 women left behind the lives they knew to start a new life in post-war Canada. But who were they? 
  30 Nov 2022
Reflections of the Past 1974 Ukrainian Pioneers Manitoba, Canada movie
Reflections of the Past 1974 Ukrainian Pioneers Manitoba, Canada movie
This film, rarely seen in years, examines the history of Ukrainian pioneers in western Canada, namely Manitoba. Slavko Nowytski interviewed pioneers and researched the past in this informative and educational film. 
  30 Nov 2022

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Location   Tree | Branch   Last Modified 
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Nelson, Theodore K "Ted" 
b. 31 Dec 1929  St James, Manitoba, Canada  Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I402153929944 
TBD-Lowry, Margaret 
b. Abt. 1925   Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I402039157094 
Sawczuk "Sawchuk" "Sowchuke", Piotr "Peter" 
b. 1884  Galicia, Austrian Empire  Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I402344030368 
de Rocquigny, Bertrand 
   Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I402327671857 
Bellon, Josephine Victoria 
b. 24 May 1911  Rathwell, RM of Grey, Manitoba, Canada  Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I400015113954 
Rebiffe, Germaine Marie Yvonne 
b. 3 Mar 1919  Saint-Claude, RM of Grey, Manitoba, CANADA  Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I402214805258 
Vandel, Robert Joseph 
b. 5 Nov 1924  Manitoba, Canada  Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I402211900785 
Lecunff, Vincent Louis Marie 
b. 1899  Port Neuf, Guern, Morbihan, Bretagne, France  Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I402332742924 
Adolphe, Marie Lea "Alice" 
b. 16 May 1898  RM of Tache, Manitoba, Canada  Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022
I402123732707 
Robitaille, Hubert 
b. 1936  Notre-Dames-de-Lourdes, RM Lorne, Manitoba, Canada  Rick Dondo's Family 2 Dec 2022