Am researching a friend's family background: lived on border of Ukraine and Poland - need help spelling the name first!

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Kutskyj / Kuckji : Am researching for a friend her family background: lived on border of Ukraine and Poland - need help spelling the name first! The famiyl spoke both Polish and Ukrainian. Her father was conscripted in to the German forces, captured by the British, and held in a PoW camp near Bologna. At the end of the war he would have been among those who were forcibly handed over to the Russians and certain death, but a British officer helped him escape to Germany. If anyone knows of a project for this surname or one like it I would be grateful. Ukrainian guess: Куцкїй or Куцький ?
in Genealogy Help by Andrew Dale G2G Crew (840 points)
retagged by Greg Lavoie
For genealogical purposes, it's often more useful to know how it might have been spelled by a priest writing in Latin in that area, since most of the records were kept by the Church.
For research purposes, just start with the way his name was spelled when he died. Did he die in Germany?
What a story. Are you documenting any of this in Wikitree?
When he escaped too Germany,What full name did he go by.Do you have

a full date of his birth,year,day,month./
Knowing his religion will help.Exact date birth.If you know who he married.

Problem with Ukraine and Poland,Who Lithuania belonged too at a certain

period of time.Often you will find more than one person with that name.

It can be frustrating.And Russia has been withholding some records.And

the area or Church,charging for records.

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People back then could not read ,write,or spell,so person writing there record

had too guess,If you give me name and exact date of birth,i may be able too help           One of the other big problems, what country a certain country was in at the tme,Lithuania belonged too Russia,Germany,Austrian Empire,it is truly a mess.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (921k points)
selected by Maggie N.
Wayne, I had grandparents and great Grandparents that lived in Eastern Europe. How do you address this? Do you say that the family was from Lithuania? Russia? or Lithuania/Russia? I never knew how to address this.
Lithuania was in Russia before it got it independance,Europe and Russia

is tough too research.Supposedly Russia reeleased some records.
I believe you have to research what the official name of the country was at the time of the significant dates, i.e., birth, marriage, emigration, death, etc. Sometimes you might start out "Austria-Hungary" and end up "Poland" like I did.

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