Family Tree – Ancestor Locations, Mom’s family

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was mark on one map as many of the important locations in my Family History as I can find.

I’ve always been told that my background is Polish, Ukrainian, German, Russian and a little bit of Gypsy.  I always joked that all my ancestors probably lived within 10 miles of each other but that the borders kept moving.  Turns out it’s not as much of a joke as I thought.  The distance might have been a little more than 10 miles, but borders certainly did move around and a village that used to be in one country could suddenly find itself in another country.

So, to get things started, here is a list of some of my ancestor’s and the locations associated with them from various sources.

From “Norquay Nostalgia” I have the following about my Great Grandfather on my mother’s father’s side:

In 1901 Mike Grywacheski set sail from Tekliwka, “Selo” in Western Ukraine for the United States, as a very young man of only 20 years of age.

The same year (1903) he met Dora Ladoniewsky who had arrived in the United States from Tomorin in Poland about the same time as Mike

From a chain of emails that Nick Ladanowski shared, I also have the following information about Tekliwka:

Teklivka (historical Ukrainian place name) (Teklowka in Polishspelling) exists today, but it is a very, very small place.
On current maps of Ukraine, the village spelling is Tekliuvka.
Shtetlseeker has Tekiyevka as another spelling (that’s probably Soviet-era spelling).
Tekliuvka is in Ukraine’s Ternopil oblast/Zalishchky raion.
Here is a map: http://maps.google.com/maps?z=9&q=48.7667,25.8000+(Teklyuvka)
Old A-H map: http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/200e/43-49.jpg
Tekliuvka is a very small place.

Here it is located on Google maps, zoomed out from the link mentioned above. I haven’t had any luck finding it on the Old A-H map, or matching anything on that second map to Google maps yet.

As for Tomarin Poland, I didn’t have any luck finding that, but I do have a couple options listed in the notes, not sure where I got them from:

Tomaryny, Poland Page
Other names: Thomareinen
Latitude 53.7333 Longitude 20.2333 Altitude (feet) 390

Tamarino, Ukraine
Latitude 47.0167 Longitude 33.0000 Altitude (feet) 78
Tamarino Alternative Name: Tamarino
Name Type: Native Area / State: N/A
Coordinates & Location type:
Area Type: Populated place
Location Type: Populated Place
Latitude: 47.01667 Longitude: 33 (Decimal degrees)
Latitude (DMS): 47° 1′ 0 N Longitude (DMS): 33° 0′ 0 E
(Degrees, minutes and seconds)

I found Tomaryny Poland, which seems to be the most likely candidate:

I didn’t find Tamarino Ukranine, but at the coordinates given, I did find Tamaryne. I think this is less likely, but certainly possible. I’ll have to do a little more digging

On my Mother’s Mother’s side, I have a great deal of information back to my 3rd great grandfather.  The “”Treasured Lozinski Memories” book, subtitled “From the Valley of the Dniester to the Assiniboine” by Larry Lozinski has a great chapter with several good maps and a “History of Galicia”.

The main location from there is the village of Gleboczek (Polish) or Hlubochok (Ukrainian)

The author’s grandparents, on both sides of the family, came to Canada from the Galician village of Gleboczek (or as they said in Ukrainian, Hlubochok), which was located about ten kilometres northwest of the regional centre (Poviat or Rayon, meaning region) of Borszczow (Borschiew), which is about half way between the Zbruch and Seret Rivers about 40 km north of where the Seret River dumps into the Dniester River in the province (Oblast) of Ternopil’ It is quite likely that they travelled by horsedrawn cart from the village to the nearest railway station, most likely at Borschiew, 10 km to the south east or to Ozeryany, 8 km to the north, to take the train, which would whisk them away from their homeland for ever.

I  matched this up on Google Maps using the information above, and the map from the book below, it and it turns out to be quite close to Tekliuvka mentioned above and shown as a star below.

 

Family Tree

I’ve played around with Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.ca on and off for a few years and am thinking of trying to publish some of the information to this website.

I’ve been looking at a plugin called “RootsPersona” that looks promising.

First I’ll have to make a long overdue backup of this site, then I’ll create a small test GEDCOM file that goes back a couple generations and includes some living and deceased family members. I want to set the import to have deceased members visible to the public but living members either only visible to me (if possible) or else not included at all.

I’ll do a post on how it all goes.

The Basement is Back

The Basement is back! By that I mean both the actual basement in my house and this blog. This blog got the name “Brent’s Basement” because most of what I post about is either Roleplaying Games, Miniatures Games, Board games or model building.

Almost all of those activities either take place in the basement of my house, or the materials required for them are stored in my basement.

As I’ve mentioned in a couple of places, my basement flooded back in July 2016.
Fortunately most of our stuff is either stored on bookshelves, cabinets or in plastic bins. So, other than the carpeting and the drywall, we didn’t lose much.
The physical bookshelves did soak up water, so they were also lost, but the items on the shelves were fine.

Unfortunately, it did mean the floors and walls needed to be redone, so everything that was in the basement got boxed up and put into storage.
That happened fairly quickly. And then things stalled. It took several months for the insurance company to approve all the estimates for getting the flooring, carpeting and walls redone. Once they finally did do the approvals, the actual repairs went reasonably quickly and our contents were finally returned.

Except, everything had been packed into boxes, but because a lot of the boxes contained books and games, they only filled them a third to half full. So when they came back they literally filled the basement from wall to wall, with just barely enough room to walk from room to room.

This was the bottom of the stairs

Then moved into the Media Room

Then into Michelle’s studio, which had the most available space:

Into the Library and my main hobby room:

And the hallway and pantry area leading from the stairs past the laundry area and into the Library.  Had barely enough room to get the freezer and refrigerator opened:

This was a fairly typical box and how it was packed:

And, another example:

I ended up stacking as many boxes as high as I could on one side of the room to free up some wall space on the other side, then unpacking and stacking the contents on the floor as high as I could again without the whole thing falling over:

Eventually the new Billy Bookcases arrived, I had some family members come over for a building bee and with some shuffling of boxes and some fancy maneuvering, the bookcases got built and things started getting put back into place

 

It took a long time to get things unpacked, then reorganized, new bookcases built and filled, but that process is now 95% finished and I’m at the point that I can start working on projects again.
Now I just need to decide if I want to paint some Character miniatures, some Starship miniatures, or build a few Starship models. And do some posting about it in this blog along the way.

Battlestar Galactica Character Miniatures (part 6) – Crooked Dice Game Design Studio

The last miniature company that I ordered from was Crooked Dice Game Design Studio.
More Cylons!  This time called “Argonauts” and mostly found under the “Villains and Monsters” section.
They don’t have anything that really looks like Viper Pilots, but they have a ton of other very nice minis for all sorts of shows including “Planet of the Apes”, “Space 1999”, and even a “Mork” mini. I had to order some of the Simians along with my Argonauts and I’m sure I’ll be ordering more from them in the future.

These came in a padded envelope and in zip lock bags inside. I’ll have to snap a few better pictures of the actual minis when I get mine out of temporary storage.

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Battlestar Galactica Character Miniatures (part 5) – Nexus Miniatures

The fifth stop on my tour of miniature companies was Nexus Miniatures.
I finally found some great miniatures for Cylons, and as a bonus, some really good Viper Pilots as well. At the time there was an “Ancient Enemies” Deal on, which isn’t available at the time of this posting but the individual figures are, at least for the Viper Pilots, called “Dino-Rangers” on the site. Right now there only seems to be one Cylon, referred to as “Caprican Legion” on the site. I wasn’t able to locate the Caprican Legion/Cylon figures that came with “Ancient Enemies” deal.
I emailed the owner to see if that is just an oversight in the store or if they have been discontinued. He let me know that the molds are being retooled so they are temporarily out of stock, but will be returning. Once they are back, I’ll update this post with the additional information on them.

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This one was actually a fight to get, the package was shipped three times and lost three times.  The customer service from Nexus Miniatures was great, he eventually went down in person to talk to the new Postmaster at his local depot and the Main Sorting office.  Apparently there were a lot of mistakes that had affected a lot of people.  The Royal Mail covered all the losses including the shipping costs, and Nexus gave me a nice discount voucher and free shipping for a future order.  The package was sent for the fourth time and arrived safe and sound and in a reasonable amount of time.

I have placed a new order for several pre-order products that look really nice, but I’ll cover them in a future post.

The minis arrived in a regular sort of mailing box, there wasn’t any extra padding inside the box itself, but the minis and stands were packed in nice and tight and were quite secure.  I had ordered two sets for the deal, so they were sufficient to fill the box.

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The Viper pilots,err, Dino-Rangers are available as a set or individually. It would be nice to see some female Dino-Rangers, but there aren’t any available yet.

 

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Major Caprican, Supreme Commander of the Legion I don’t have this one yet, but he’s on pre-order

Battlestar Galactica Character Miniatures (part 4) – Tin-Soldier.com

The fourth company I ordered miniatures from was Tin-Soldier.com.  At this point I was looking more for something I could use as Cylons rather than humans.  I had ordered some Star Wars Super Battle Droids which I thought would work okay for the Re-imagined Cylons in a pinch, but wasn’t really happy with them.  I did find and ordered some interesting miniatures from Tin-Soldier, but still not a great match for Cylons.

The mini’s came packed reasonably well, not as much protection as some of the other companies, but they arrived intact so that’s all that really mattered.  Also, everything came labeled as “Reviresco” rather than “Tin-Soldier”.  A little bit of Googling came up with: “Reviresco Products is owned by head designer John McEwan. It was formerly known as McEwan Miniatures until a name change around 1990 to Reviresco (the latin motto for Clan MacEwan). Reviresco’s current in-production figures can be found at Tin Soldier.”

Everything I ordered is found under the “Starguard” section of the website.

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The pictures of the miniatures on the website aren’t great but I’ll include them anyway.  I took some photos of them when I opened them up and included those as well.  The Valkyrie Fembots might make an interesting variation on Cylons that could freak out the players in my game :).  They might also be a good test for some “Plate Mail Metal” color primer I’ve been eyeing.  The other figures might make decent BSG characters in a pinch, but I think some of the other miniatures are better, especially some of the later finds that I’ve ordered but haven’t arrived yet.

 

 

 

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Fabian Viper Squad img_1749_sm I think I’ll use these guys as painting practice for viper pilots to see if I get the colors the way I like

 

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Rep- Com Combat Detachment img_1747_sm More dudes for painting practice, maybe I’ll do them as Marines or something

 

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Imperial Terran Scythe img_1751_sm I don’t actually remember why I ordered this one, just liked the look I guess

 

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Ralnai Fleet Tug img_1753_sm I figured this might make a good Millennium Falcon

Battlestar Galactica Character Miniatures (part 3) – Reaper Miniatures

The third stop on my quest for Battlestar Galactica characters was Reaper Miniatures which has a huge selection of miniatures for all genres.

I accidentally ordered one miniature on it’s own instead of adding them all to my cart and then placing the order.  I found out their site is a little odd when it comes to trying to cancel or change an order.  To quote a section from their FAQ:  “In short, if you don’t catch us before 5PM CST, M-F, it’s unlikely you’ll catch us in time. On the weekends, we’ll be unable to catch these requests at all.”

The good news is this is because they are very quick on the shipping.  Anything you order one day is usually on the truck being sent for delivery the next morning.

The packaging was decent as well, no snacks but some sample paint and dice.  No bubble wrap in the packages, but it wasn’t needed as each miniature is on it’s own card.

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Here’s the list of miniatures that I ordered, with links to the page on the Reaper Website:

50149 – Natalia, Female Secret Agent. This is the one I ended up with two of, one will make a good test for my rusty painting skills.

 

 

 

80025 – Bonnie.  This one is plastic and mine has a very sharp lean where her foot attaches to the base. I think heating it with a hair dryer then bending it will fix the problem but I haven’t tried it yet. It looks very similiar to the Veronica Blaze mini so it will be interesting to see how they compare once they are painted.

 

50032 – Jake Ryan, Hero Explorer. Something about this one just screamed “Starbuck!” to me.

 

50178 – Andre Durand, Time Chaser. Okay, this guy’s not really going to fit in to Battlestar Galactica, but I just really liked the mini.

 

50197 – Alien Overlord Boss. You might be able to get away with using this one as the Imperious Leader, but he really does scream “Mars Attacks!”

Battlestar Galactica Character Miniatures (part 2) – Heresy Miniatures

The second stop on my quest for Battlestar Galactica character miniatures was Heresy Miniatures

The miniatures came in a nice little box with additional bubble wrap inside and more snacks!

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These are multi-part miniatures which will require a little assembly, gluing on weapons for the most part.

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I ordered the Ship Crew Deal, which has five crew members and a set of guns to arm them with.


 

This fellow could pass as a Viper Pilot with no problem, they even got the paint job on the website fairly close to what you would want.


 

This fellow has a rather odd looking helmet, but should be able to pass as a crewman of some sort. Engineers are always a little odd anyway.


 

Funky shades on this one, but the jacket and such are reasonably close.


 

Another security officer with huge boots.


 

I’m not really sure why this one landed in the Crew Deal.  He might not fit as well as an Original Series character, but might be good as a marine or something in the newer version of Galactica.


 

I also ordered the Inspectors Deal Pack, they could be used as Bridge Officers or the Internal Security guys from the Original Series that the Viper Pilots loved to hate.

 


 

Last up was Captain Nathan, okay, he’s not going to make a great BSG character, but if need a captain for a small independent trading/smuggling ship…

Battlestar Galactica Character Miniatures (part 1) – Hasslefree Miniatures

I’ve been looking for some character miniatures for Battlestar Galactica for quite some time now.  Nobody is specifically licensed to  sell them, but I’ve ordered some from several different companies which I think will work quite well. Some are obviously designed to resemble BSG characters, others just happen to look close enough to use.

I’m going to do an initial list of what I ordered from each company, just as much so I can keep track of which miniatures came from where as anything else.  I’ll do another set of posts when I start to get them painted.

The first company I ordered from is Hasslefree Miniatures , the miniatures came in a well padded envelope, with additional bubble wrap around the miniatures and a couple of bonus items thrown in. The company is in the UK, but the miniatures arrived in a reasonable amount of time, comparable to ones I ordered from companies in the US.  These miniatures would be best used to represent characters from the new version of Battlestar Galactica.  They also have some miniatures that would be great for Star Wars and even some for Star Trek.

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Here is a shot of the actual items I received, I included a couple of non-BSG type characters as well, just because they were too good to pass up.

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Here are some shots of the miniatures from the companies website, with links to the pages below.

 

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HFSF117 Colonel Michaels

 

HFSF119 Maxine
I didn’t actually order this particular miniature, but it was in the box as an extra. The one I got isn’t this green color, not really sure I’ll have any use for it but might be interesting to try and fit a character like this into a BSG story somehow.

 

HFSFMP04 Retro Sci-Fi Girls (3)   These ones may or may not be good for Battlestar Galactica, but they would definitely work for Original series Star Trek

 

 

Five Elements Anthology

This was a fun read, several authors that all have to incorporate the same five elements into a story, and at a price of $1.25, it’s a pretty good deal.

I thought all the stories were quite well done, some interesting little twists in a couple of them.
 
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