GenTraveling to the Ukraine


If you want to read a great story of an Arizona family finding their Ukrainian relatives -along with details about their stumbling blocks and their successes along the way, check out Dawn Meyers Dixon’s article in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Family Chronicle magazine! The really great thing is how Dawn gentraveled (along with her 80 year old mother) in 2012 to Holovetsk, Ukraine – their ancestral village!

The article mentions one particularly excellent suggestion regarding researching Eastern European families: when posting queries online, try using the Cyrillic alphabet.  Dawn’s Ukrainian relatives were searching for 2 years and had run across a few of her online queries, but apparently they didn’t translate well, so they never followed up on any of them. What great advice. Making it easy for non-English readers to read and understand our queries will increase our chances that those queries will be successful!y replied to.

Dawn had spent decades searching for her Ukrainian family.  What a REAL DEAL THRILL it must have been to finally make those lost connections with her family!


So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

{photo source: Author Dawn Meyers Dixon’s mother and her only sister who died young. Jan/Feb 2014 Family Chronicle magazine}




3 thoughts on “GenTraveling to the Ukraine

  1. I’ll recommend a novel “Everything is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer about traveling to the Ukraine for genealogy. It was later made into a movie starring Elijah Wood and Eugene Hutz of Gogol’s Bordello. Both are funny and tragic. Check them out.

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      • Thank you so much for posting this. My sister just found it and let me know. It absolutely was a real deal thrill finding our relatives. We have stayed in contact and hope to make the trip again. Best regards, Dawn Meyers Dixon


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