Please welcome Barbara Proko to the group.
I would like to invite some of the earlier members who have not yet done so,
to put a little bit about themselves out to the group just so we can get to
know each other. (It just might get you some surprising information or
ideas as well!)
> From: "Barbara Proko" <bjproko@...>
> Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 16:11:25 -0700
> To: swisniowski@...
> Subject: Re: Kresy-Siberia group
> Hi Stefan,
> All my grandparents (Polish Catholics) came from Western Belarus--small
> villages near Radun and Scucin. They emigrated to the US prior to World War
> I and all settled in Worcester, Massachusetts.
> I've learned recently that several members of their families in Belarus were
> deported to Siberia and Kazahkstan, either during or after World War II.
> This whole deportation issue is a new topic to me. I have only the barest
> details about who was deported, to where, and what became of them. My family
> doesn't really know.
> In the course of my genealogy research over the past 5 years, I've been
> actively involved in identifying and locating cousins in Belarus that my
> family in the US had lost contact with decades ago. I just got back from a
> 2-week trip to Belarus, where I met several cousins, including some whom I
> literally didn't even know existed.
> I hope to broaden this circle and reconnect more of our family by learning
> whatever I can about the members whose lives were changed by deportation.
> I heard about this group through one of my other listservs, but can't recall
> whether it was Polish Genius or another one.
> Barbara Proko
> (originally Prokopowicz)