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    I am looking for the Fedyna and Kasha families. My grandfather Teodor Fedyna came to America from Nowoszyce in 1902. I found a LDS record that says he was born in Dublany in 1874. Teodor reported his nationality as Galicia Austrian. Teodor's death certificate shows that his father's name was John, and his mother's maiden name was Anna Diaeznicki (spelling questionable).

    My grandmother, Marya Kasha Fedyna came to America in 1905, reporting her last residence as Nowoszyce also. Mary reported herself to to Ruthenian, also born in 1874.
    Mary's death certificate shows her father's name was Benj Kasha and her mother's was Catherine Martyn. Both are questionable, as the information came from a neighbor, and Catherine Martyn is the name of her daughter!

    The only other information I have of Teodor is anecdotal. He told family members that he was in the military and rode a horse. He said he had some who shined his boots.

    I would love to be able to find birth, marriage, and military records of my grandparents. And also, my great-grandparents!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • #2
    Hello efc.

    Today there are 4 Fedyna still living in Novoshychi and another 9/10 in Dublyany.

    In Ukraine there are appx 4,600 individuals carrying the Fedyna surname.

    Some villagers have migrated to the larger cities for economic reasons and there are appx 35+ Fedyna living in Lviv today.

    The Kasha surname is more limted. There are appx 300+ individuals carrying that surname in Ukraine, of which only two live in Lviv.

    There were quite a few emigrants from Novoshychi in appx 1900-1906. There had been some major flooding of the immedate area and all the food growing in the fields kept rotting. The village faced major famine for several yrs.

    You should be able to track your family thru LDS Films back to 18th century.

    This immediate area has some ancient settlements, for example, Novoshychi , a hamlet size village was founded in 1300. Today it still exists w/ a population of appx 430 souls.

    Many villages in Sambir and Drohobych districts were/ are Bojko. This is a micro-ethnic Ruthenian/Ukrainian group.

    Your Grandafther was conscripted into the Austro-Hungarian military when he was 17 yrs. old. I doubt he was an officer. He may have had 3 yrs of education. You will probably be able to determine his miltary division and where he served , but individual records for foot soldiers are, for your purposes, pretty much non-existent. If there is an individual record, it is probably in a family attic in Chester

    Did you know that Grandfather had $5.00 in his pocket upon arrival in America?

    I need to organize the info that I found. Might take another day or so. Be patient.
    Last edited by Hannia; 6th March 2010, 08:53.

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    Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp


    • #3
      Fedyna/Kasha Families

      Hannia, I am amazed by your kindness! Wow! Looking up so much information for a total stranger! I am anxiously awaiting the further information you have access to. Thank you!


      • #4
        Metrical books, 1776-1920

        Greek Catholic Church. Dublany (Łaka) (Main Author)

        Microreproduction of original manuscripts at the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in L′viv.
        Greek Catholic Church records (births, marriages, deaths) for Dublany (Łaka), Galizien, Austria; later Dublany (Sambor), Lwów, Poland; now Dubli︠a︡ny, Sambir, L′viv, Ukraine. Text in Latin with some headings in Russian.
        Record group 201, series 4A, files 1780-1784, 6562-6563, 6565-6566, 6568-6569.
        For some years the records of this locality are mixed with the records of other localities.

        Austria, Galizien, Dublany (Łąka) - Church records
        Poland, Lwów, Dublany (Sambor) - Church records
        , צ, ¦, - Φ
        Ukraine, L′viv, Sambir, Dubli︠a︡ny - Church records

        Manuscript (On Film)


        Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1998-2003

        on 4 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

        Film Notes
        Note - Location [Film]
        Volume 201-4A/1780 Births, marriages, deaths 1776-1800 (includes other localities) - FHL INTL Film [ 2125349 Item 4 ]
        Volume 201-4A/1781 Births, marriages, deaths 1801-1820 -- Births 1815-1850 (includes birth index 1815-1850) (includes other localities) - FHL INTL Film [ 2125349 Item 5 ]
        Volume 201-4A/1782 Births, marriages, deaths 1821-1836 (includes other localities) - FHL INTL Film [ 2125349 Item 6 ]
        Volume 201-4A/1783 Births, marriages, deaths 1837-1838 (includes other localities) - FHL INTL Film [ 2125349 Item 7 ]
        Volume 201-4A/1783 (cont.) Deaths 1838 -- Births, marriages, deaths 1839-1843 (includes other localities) - FHL INTL Film [ 2125350 Item 1 ]
        Volume 201-4A/1784 Births, marriages, deaths 1844-1851 (includes other localities) - FHL INTL Film [ 2125350 Item 2 ]
        Volume 201-4A/6562 Deaths 1920-1926 -- Births 1790-1865 -- Marriages 1795-1874 (some years missing) - FHL INTL Film [ 2377754 Item 5 ]
        Volume 201-4A/6562 (cont.) Deaths 1787-1920 (some years missing) - FHL INTL Film [ 2377755 Item 1 ]
        Volume 201-4A/6563 Births 1832-1860 -- Deaths 1831-1877 - FHL INTL Film [ 2377755 Item 2 ]
        Volume 201-4A/6565 Births 1844-1868 - FHL INTL Film [ 2377755 Item 4 ]
        Volume 201-4A/6566 Deaths 1844-1904 - FHL INTL Film [ 2377755 Item 5 ]
        Volume 201-4A/6568 Births 1865-1879 - FHL INTL Film [ 2377755 Item 7 ]
        Volume 201-4A/6569 Births 1868-1894 - FHL INTL Film [ 2377755 Item 8 ]

        æ, !

        Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp


        • #5
          Fedyna/Kasha Families

          Would these be the records I could access through the Church of the Latter Day Saints?

          Question: Could you please tell me what is the source of the information that says Fedyna might be a Boyko name? This is fascinating! I have heard that Fedyna might be Lemko. I don't know anything about either, and will have to do my homework.

          Again, thank you!


          • #6
            Teodore Fedyna/Fedena () was very likely called Fedko or Fedor by family and wife, Marya Kasha.

            dob 1874 in Selo/village Dublyany

            There is some indication that Fedko and Marya married late in a time frame when villagers married quite young. Don't be surprised to find that this may have been a second marriage for both??? Their first spouses may have died ??? In 1895, just in Dublyany alone, 40 families died of starvation.

            OR it could also be that they just married late.


            From late 18th century to 1919 wies/village Dublyany was a large village with both a Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic Church. The filial Jewish Kahal was in Sambor. Sambor was the POWIAT (administrative district-county) and Laka was the GMINA (judicial/tax district)> Lemberg (Lwow) region > Historic Galicia (Halyczyna) Province, administered by ethnic Poles for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During the Interwar Period (1919-1938) the region came under Reconstituted Poland's domain. Technically Poland had not existed as a geopolitical entity for the previous 125 yrs. Post WW2 this region became a part of SSR Ukraine, under Soviet domain, until 1991 when Ukraine became independent.

            Today selo/village Dublyany ( ( in Ukrainian), first documented in 1432, still exists with a population of 2100+. To the west of the village, there is a very unique preserve of woodland. There are 300 and 400 yr old oaks still thriving among the many 100 yr young oaks. The international scientific community considers this a one of a kind.


            In Ukrainian DUB means OAK. The village name means DWELLERS AMONG OAKS.

            In Dublyany the first parish church was built in 1507. That was only 15 yrs after Columbus discovered America. In 1624 the church was burned during a Tartar attack on the village. Then a simple one was built again and then in 1860 the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord was constructed.. It remains an architectural landmark to this day.

            This is where Grandfather Fedko (Teodore) was baptised within 10 days of his birth. In this time frame the METRYKA (Baptismal certificate) served as the birth certificate.


            I provided you with info on LDS Film for Dublyany. If you have never researched these films before I encourage you to try your hand at it. Start by locating your nearest LDS Family Center. Order the film you would like to tackle. Rental is nominal. Bring a notebook, pens and a magnifying glass.

   - Family History Centers

            There is an exc HOW-TO tutorial on following: New Page 1

            I would start w/grandfather's Metryka and a Matrimonial Certification.

            If you find that it is too difficult , consider hiring a local in Ukraine, who will do the work for less than the archives normally charges. We have members here that could help you with that, if you like. After you are done with your family tree, consider contacting surviving family that may still be in the village. The researcher in Ukraine can also help you w/that. Also consider grabbing one of the kids in your family, and making a trip to Ukraine. Take a cotton bag with you. Bring some home soil back to your Immigrant/Ancestor's grave. There is a Ukrainian adage that says that for a Ukrainian soul eternal sleep is sweeter, when there is home soil for a pillow

            Following is nothing more than a form of encouragement. These are Feduna still residing in Dublyany.

            0 1980-06-18 7 0 23
            Olga, daughter of Petro
            0 1984-10-23 29 0 74
            Olga, daughter of Bohdan
            0 1982-02-24 29 0 74
            Chrystyna, daughter of Bohdan
            0 1927-05-16 29 0 73
            Marya, daughter of Ivan
            0 1961-11-01 29 0 74
            Marya, daughter pf Myhajlo
            0 1938-03-22 0 0
            Mykola, son of Lyukyan
            0 1973-05-29 26 0 0
            Roman,son of Mykola
            0 1959-01-07 29 0 74
            Bohdan, son of Ivan
            0 1922-08-05 29 0 73
            Ivan, son of Myhajlo

            Marya Kasha is next and I haven't forgotten that I still need to get you Austro-Hungarian Military link.
            ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________
            Last edited by Hannia; 10th March 2010, 14:35.

            æ, !

            Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp


            • #7
              My GUESS is based on the locations where Bojko were once clustered in Ukraine and still live there today.

              The Boyko'Boiko/Bojko are a distinctive group of Ukrainian Carpathian highlanders. The Boykos inhabited the central and the western half of the Carpathians in Ukraine. They can be found in the Dolyna and in part of the Rozhniativ districts > Ivano-Frankivska region, in Skoliv, in Turkiv and in parts of the Drohobych, Sambir and Starosambiri districts > Lviv region, and parts of the Mizhhirya district>Zakarpatska regiion.

              Boykos identify themselves as part of the Ukrainian ethnos, although genetically the experts say they are distinct from other Ukrainians.

              They are musical and artistic people.

              The Boyko language is based on the Ruthenian language, much influenced by the Old Church Slavonic language used for liturgy. The name, Bojko/Boyjo, is thought by some to have originated as result of their distinct speech patterns.

              Most Boykos belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, with a minority belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.


              As you progress in your research, you will determine if your Grandparents were indeed Bojko or not.
              Last edited by Hannia; 10th March 2010, 06:18.

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              Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp


              • #8
                by: Karen Hobbs (Bukowina Society)

                Austrian military records held by the Kriegsarchiv in Vienna contain information about the soldiers who served in the Imperial army before 1868 and in the armies of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy after 1868. There are a lot of records of various kinds but the ones that are of most use to genealogists are the officer's "Qualifications Tabellen," the regimental musterlists, "Standestabellen," "Kirchenbucher," "Grundbuchblatter," and regimental histories.

                The officer's "Qualifications Tabellen" are voluminous records of each officer's personal information, his various assignments, notes about how well he performed his duty and recommendations regarding promotion. Regimental musterlists are lists of names of common soldiers who are on active duty at a given time. The lists usually do not give additional information about the individual soldiers named. "Standestabellen" are regimental monthly reports. They list the regimental staff by name and rank. They divide the regiment into battalions and each battalion is further divided into companies. Each company will list soldiers on active duty and whether they are present. Those not present are listed under such additional headings as "deserted," "in hospital," assigned to "special duty detachment," "in prison," "on leave," etc. Monthly reports usually give the home town of each active-duty soldier and the name of his wife if he is married.

                "Kirchenbücher" are military church records. They record marriages, births, baptisms and deaths of active duty soldiers and - if they are married - of their family members.

                "Grundbuchblatter" are the personal records of individual soldiers. They tell where he came from, give a physical description of the soldier and have brief notations about when he mustered in and out, and where he served while on active duty and his status at the time he mustered out (discharged with certificate or in the reserve).

                (Every year or so hand-written copies were made of the hand-written military records kept by the various Austrian regiments. The originals would be updated from time to time while the copies were not. A "Grundbuchblatter" that does not show both the date mustered in and the date mustered out is probably an incomplete copy. The more-complete record maybe found with a second search.) Regimental histories list such things as who commanded the regiment over time, where it was recruited and where it was stationed from year to year, in which campaigns the regiment participated and who received medals. The Imperial Austrian army had as many as 500,000 soldiers on active duty during wartime and because the rules for conscription exempted just about anyone who was in the upper classes, had an education, an "essential" profession or trade or enough property, the majority of the common soldiers were from the lower classes or peasant population. (As late as 1890 Bohemian soldiers were still almost 20% illiterate.) Since many of those who went to America were from that same group, it is often worthwhile to search for military records when trying to document an ancestor's hometown, date of birth, or other information that is difficult to find elsewhere.

                The Kriegsarchiv will do a general search for given records but they must know the regiment number and the approximate dates of service. Microfilmed military records (several thousand films) at LDS Family History Centers are also identified by year and by regiment. Most peasants served in the infantry. The infantry included Jäger battalions, Landwehr battalions, and regular infantry regiments. Each category of infantry kept its own muster lists and rolls and each one was recruited from a fixed geographical district. When there is at least a vague idea of which political district might have been an ancestor's home, it is usually possible to find the right regiment or infantry unit. But the age when men were eligible for the draft and how long they had to serve is equally important in order to determine if the possibility that an ancestor served in the army. The age for conscription gives the first year a man might have served and the active-duty portion of the service obligation tells the last year. Because common soldiers generally could not marry, the service obligation also affected the age when a man might marry. The later a man married, the greater the possibility that he served in the army. Typically, if a man arrived in America after age 28 and if his marriage did not take place until he was 28 years old there is a good chance that he served in the Austrian army. Married men were ineligible for the draft. During wartime it was not uncommon for young men who faced induction to contract a quick marriage to avoid service. Often the newlyweds would have to live with parents and be virtual hired hands in the household because the young husband was not yet able to provide for a wife.

                Exemption was also given to men who were disabled or who had poor vision or were otherwise unable to handle a rifle. There were some men who actually mutilated themselves, cutting off their "trigger fingers" in order to make themselves ineligible. Sometimes this did not work and these men still had to serve in the transportation corps. Volunteering for service was attractive because it was one way to shorten the service obligation. Before 1868 certain volunteers only had to sign up for one or two years and at the end of that time their military obligation was fulfilled -- before 1868 such volunteers could not be recalled to active duty again. Volunteers were free to marry and to emigrate as soon as their one or two years of service was over. Ancestors who served as volunteers might enter the army at an earlier age than if they were drafted or they might enter it a year or two after they were eligible for conscription but had not been selected. Many who volunteered would do so out of patriotism during mobilization for war so it is helpful to know which wars were fought during the period a given ancestor was eligible to volunteer. The Austrian army always recruited volunteers but when there were not enough of them they had to fill out the ranks by conscription. Generally, local authorities received quotas to fill and they could do that any way they wished before 1868. For many villages it was an opportunity to empty the jails and poor houses and to get rid of any undesirables, mental defectives, or anyone else who was considered a burden on the community. But they also used a lottery. Under the rules for the lottery, all eligible men of conscription age received a number and those whose numbers were drawn had to report for induction. Wealthy men could purchase an exemption from the authorities. Others whose lottery numbers were "unlucky" would buy a "lucky" number paying the "lucky" man to report in their place. Impoverished peasants could provide a windfall of from $600 to $1200 for their families in this manner. There were other exemptions from conscription which were based on the young man's status in his family (an only son) or in the community (a priest) which changed from time to time. Until 1848, noble lords might choose to ignore exemptions if they wanted to punish someone -- they could force a man who might otherwise be exempt from the draft into the army as punishment for shirking, unpaid, debts, rents or taxes, or for other real or trumped-up transgressions.

                The eligible age for conscription and the service obligation changed several times during the 19th century. At the beginning of the century soldiers faced a lifetime obligation which meant that once they finished active duty they could be recalled into the army at any time. The lifetime service obligation was the most oppressive of all the conscription rules. It caused many young men to abandon their homes and flee to foreign lands or to big cities where they would be unknown and could avoid recruiters and conscription officials. One devise used to make the lifetime obligation less oppressive was the "indefinite furlough" during peacetime. Under this rule a man could be inducted, serve for a training period of about 18 months to two years and then he was put on "indefinite furlough" without pay. This allowed him to return to his home to make a living. If war broke out, he would be recalled. Furloughed men were not carried on regimental muster rolls. The rolls listed only the men on active duty at any one time. Disability of one kind or another that showed up after a soldier was inducted might lead to his early release. Most men who were mustered out for sickness or disability would receive a discharge certificate and the notation "discharged with certificate" would appear on his "Grundbuchblatter."

                æ, !

                Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp


                • #9
                  Most of the registration sheets of draftees from Galicia (Southern Poland, Western Ukraine) has been destroyed (Centralne Archivwum Wojskowe, PL-00910 Warszawa-Rembertów)
                  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________

                  To determine Austro-Hugarian Military Division.
                  Austrian Military Recruitment in Galicia

                  Austro-Hungarian Recruitment Map (Lviv was technically called LEMBERG at the time)
                  Your Grandfather would have been recruited out of SAMBOR (click NE corner of map).

                  Lemko, member here, has been chasing muster rolls for as long as I can remember, Unfortunatly it has been w/o much succcess. He is probably the one to offer you the best advice. He comes by frequently.
                  Last edited by Hannia; 10th March 2010, 15:11.

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                  Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp


                  • #10
                    Fedyna/Kasha Families

                    I made my very frist trip to an LDS center today. I ordered one of the microfilms on the list you posted for me.

                    I am so very grateful for your help!

                    Take care, my friend!


                    • #11

                      You have plenty to get you started and don't forget to review the Halgal Tutorial.

                      You are now officially a Genealogy Propeller Head !

                      æ, !

                      Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp


                      • #12
                        Fedyna/Kasha Families

                        Hannia, I keep referring back to your posts for more information. You gave me so much to think about and to research! Could you please tell me why my grandfather Teodor Fedyna, would have been called Fedko or Fedor?


                        • #13
                          Theodore was his formal name (baptismal) name, while Fedko or Fedir was his Ukrainian name. That is what his family and wife would have called him. You would have addressed him as Deedo (Grandfather) Fedko.

                          The explanation is technical. The TH sound does not exist in the highly phonetic Ukrainian language. What you hear is what you write. The TH comes out like an PH or F sound and is written as a , equivalent to letter F.

                          Keep in mind that the metrykal (church vital records) data you will be examining will for a large part be in Latin. You should have no trouble recognizing pertinent surnames. The real old, old records will be in Old Church Slavonic.

                          æ, !

                          Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp


                          • #14
                            Hi Hannia!
                            I want to let you know that I have been doing research at the LDS center and found the birth record of GF Theodore Fedyna! I also found birth records of five siblings. I only knew of two.I I found records for other Fedynas, and people who intermarried with them, including Proc, Bereznicki, Dmytryk, as well. I also found death record of his parents, Joannes and Anna. As you mentioned, there were many deaths in Dublany in that time period. The Fedyna family who lived in their house after they died lost four children between 1895 and 1901. Still no clue if they were Boyko, or not. I would like to find Marya Kasha. LDS International Genealogical Index shows she was born in 1974 in Novosyzy. Any help with that would be greatly appreciated!


                            • #15
                              Wow, you are making impressive progress. Good job !!!

                              Re Marya Kasha:

                              This is all I could find, which is 20 yrs shy of when she was born.

                              Metrical books, 1786-1851

                              Greek Catholic Church. Nowoszyce (Łąka) (Main Author)

                              Microreproduction of original manuscripts at the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in L′viv.
                              Greek Catholic Church records (births, marriages, deaths) for Nowoszyce (Łąka), Galizien, Austria; later Nowoszyce (Sambor), Lwów, Poland; now Novoshychi, Drohobych, L′viv, Ukraine. Text in Latin.
                              Record group 201, series 4A, files 4158-4161.
                              For some years the records of this locality are mixed with the records of other localities.

                              Austria, Galizien, Nowoszyce (Łąka) - Church records
                              Poland, Lwów, Nowoszyce (Sambor) - Church records
                              , צ, , ަ - Φ
                              Ukraine, L′viv, Drohobych, Novoshychi - Church records

                              Manuscript (On Film)


                              Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2002

                              on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

                              Film Notes
                              Note - Location [Film]
                              Volume 201-4A/4158 Marriages, deaths 1786-1841 - VAULT INTL Film [ 2343839 Item 2 ]
                              Volume 201-4A/4159 Births 1786-1841 (p. 84-148) - VAULT INTL Film [ 2343839 Item 3 ]
                              Volume 201-4A/4160 Births 1841 -- Births, marriages, deaths 1843-1844 (p. 1-25; includes other localities) - VAULT INTL Film [ 2343839 Item 4 ]
                              Volume 201-4A/4161 Marriages 1845 -- Births, marriages, deaths 1846-1851 (includes other localities) - VAULT INTL Film [ 2343839 Item 5 ]
                              Consider hiring IreneLviv to fill in this gap for you. She has access to Lviv Archives. Her work is exc and her rates are very fair. She could just fill in the gap (Marya and her siblings + parents' marriage) and then you do the rest. In order to contact her, click on to her name in any of the posts and leave a message for her in Private Message Box.
                              Last edited by Hannia; 25th May 2010, 19:56.

                              æ, !

                              Hannia - Hania - Mighthelp