My Paternal Family:
THis is a photo of my great-grandfather Antin Dmytrasz (his father Martin Dmytrasz apparently came from Hungary to Ukraine)
This is another photo of Antin Dmytrasz with his family. His wife (my great-grandmother) was Polish and I believe that her maiden name was Maria Uchmanovich. They had three children - in this photo, you can see my grandfathers two sisters (Veronika and Stanislava) and his brother-in-law.
This is another photo of my great-grandmother Maria Uchmanovich
These three photos are of my grandmother Anastasia Dmytrasz (her maiden name was Riznyk). My grandothers family was also from the Tyrnopil area of Ukraine! I wish I had some photos of her parents, so I could see what my great-grandparents looked like!
I am lucky enough to have some photos of my grandmothers parents - Maxsym and Maria Bazarnyk (my great-grandmothers maiden name was Novocad). Here is an even earlier photo:
Here is a photo of grandmother Olga (Olya in Ukrainian) Duma:
My grandfather was Nicholas Krushelnycky and his childhood was quite sad - he was orphaned at just a few months old and lost his only brother during the first world war - I really wish I had more photos from his side of the family, but here is a photo of him that I really like - he looks so distinguished:
I admire the stories and the history that I know about my grandparents and great-grandparents - I really wish I knew more. I also wish I knew who I look the most like - learning where I come from is so important and has always interested me. Every Friday I get excited to watch 'Who Do You Think You Are' - seeing people discover the stories of their ancestors past is such a life-altering experience for many. I enjoy seeing people finally undestand "thats where I get my strength from" or "thats where the sense of humour comes from" etc - I hope to get an opportunity to discover more about my family. I cherish my Ukrainian upbringing and traditions, yet I am equally proud to have family with Polish and Hungarian roots - I've always been told that I have more of a Meditteranean look, so who knows, perhaps there is some other influence that I don't know about - but I'd 'love' to find out!!! I've included a photo collage of my photo next to the faces of my ancestors and would love to hear your opinions - who do you think I look like the most in my family???