The way I found my wife's relative was:
Rang in advance each of the "Head" of each village in the search
area they are a wealth of knowledge.
Go to the Ukrainian Search Engine "Meta" and type in the names in
If you know anyone there, they can look up the telephone directory
on the web in either Ukrainian or Russian.
It took me 5 years of searching before I found them If you can find someone to help over there, the search is much easier.
While I am here:
let me introduce the new ÑÂ²É ÄÎ ÑÂÎÃÎ Ukrainian Business and
Community Directory www.UkrainianBusinessDirectory.com we are developing. We have some 200 + pages which represents some 2000 web links to all over the Ukrainian world. We still have some 2 year of work to do any help would be appreciated.
If you want to kept informed of the development of this site,
advertise on this site or just have it on your desktop as a point reference, send me your email address at michael@...
After finding both sides of our families, I got a bit emotional and
set up a website of my mother-in-laws destroyed village. See www.jamna.org
Since visiting Ukraine in Aug Sept 2010 I have become more Ukrainian
Further, I found my wife's two cousins in the the city Ivano-Frankivst and village of Prybyliv in Ivano-Frankivst Oblast. This I believe it is the village "next door" to your village of Hostiv.
We have fould all our families. In 2010 we visited 30 direct cousins and uncles in 9 week - wow what a trip. This was very rewarding and very eye-opening.
This year we will be visiting four more. Hopefully that is it. Then we will start touring around Ukraine.
Hope you all have the success we had.