Looking for records from eastern Europe, to determine the origin of Charles Zink (aka Wasyl Zank/Zajac)

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Documentation that I have says he arrived in the United States from Austria under the name "Wasyl Zank" (in the early 1900s). He was born 25 Feb 1890 in Delejow, Austria.  His marriage record says Wasyl Zajac, which is also mentioned in a written biography handed down via a family tree. He married Rose Kalyniuk.

He was later known as Charles, and on his Canadian naturalization papers it says "Charles Zank", which eventually became Zink (not sure how).  

I am unable to find any information about his parents or even his birth town.  It does not appear that Delejow, Austria exists anymore.

Any help is greatly appreciated, including general tips/info about slavic history.



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asked in Genealogy Help by Tannis Mani G2G6 Mach 1 (15.8k points)

2 Answers

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Gesher Galicia's excellent Town Locator (linked here) has an exact match for Delejow.  You can see the associated districts and town names at the locator.

FamilySearch has a collection of Greek Catholic records for many Galician towns.  These require viewing at a local Family History Center.  Unfortunately, they only have records for that village for the year 1853, so that won't help very much.

I am not familiar with researching Roman Catholic records in the region (and I don't think it would apply in this case), but if you want to examine further, then you could check the links available at sites such as halgal.com.

answered by Greg Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (161k points)
Thank you! The Galicia link you provided has some very interesting information about the region!

You're welcome-happy to help.  You may also find this recent discussion helpful as it relates to the region's history and how to incorporate it into location fields.  https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/492037/austrian-habsburg-location-fields-part-i-galicia

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GenWiki has some information about archives and other resources for Galicia, however, it's in German.

There is a website in English of the Galizien German Descendants which has lists of available familybooks for the area and other information.

answered by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (447k points)

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