A recent message from Janie makes me think of something to do with
researching Polish locations for tracing family. While I was in
Canada recently, I got more information from my mother about Siberia
and the army. They were from near Nowogrodek, but in September 1939,
my grandfather and her 2 brothers went to Warsaw, where they had
family. My mother and grandmother did not manage to reach them
because of the new Soviet-German "border" that had been set up. In
June of 1940, my grandmother went to Wolyn and bribed a civil servant
to get a paper saying they were refugees from Warsaw in early
September, 1939. This way they would be eligible for repartriation to
Warsaw, since the Germans had set up a commission for this. However,
all those who had registered to return were deported by the Russians
in the deportation of June 29, 1940.
All this is to say that where people were registered was not
necessarily where they were living.