Category Archives: Wainer

The 1940 census is here

The 1940 census has come out. It’s has not all been scanned electronically yet and it will be quite some time until you can search by name. However, if you know what state, county, city and enumeration district to look in and you happen to be looking in a state that has been scanned, you can get cool stuff like this:

Wainer in 1940 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls. Maine, Somerset, Fairfield, Enumeration district 13-19A. Page 24.

There’s a bunch on interesting information here. One of the more interesting things is that the person labeled “Olga” is really my Aunt Alice. Her parents and her siblings called her Olga for much of her life. The original Olga died as an infant and when Alice was born, even though they gave her the name Alice on her birth certificate, called her Olga.

It’s also interesting to me that all the guys that were old enough worked in the pulp mill.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Wynohradnyk - Otafczyuk wedding Photo

Wynohradnyk - Otafczyuk wedding Photo

Photos say a lot and some affect you more than others. This is  wedding photo of my grandfather and Grandfather: Basil Wynohradnyk and Annie Ostafyczuk. It  is almost 100 years old as they were married in Boston, Mass on 8 Feb 1914. I met my grandfather once, when I was an infant, and have no memory of ever seeing him. Annie died in the 1940′s,  I never met her.

I spent a lot of time looking at this photo. They aren’t smiling. Smiling in photos is a relatively modern thing, if you look at a lot of old photos; no one ever smiles. There’s more though: They are SERIOUS. Take a look.

Here are two people who left their family and homes in  Eastern Europe while in their early 20′s, crossed the Atlantic, and came to the US to start a new life. They met and married in Massachusetts and eventually move to Maine.

Every time I look at this picture I think about what the future holds for them and the fact that they have no idea what’s coming. Two World Wars will break out and be fought in their homeland. They will have 8 children, 7 who survive until adult hood. Their sons will fight in World War II. Annie will not survive to see the end of 1945.

I think about the photos of my children that are in plain view around my house, and imagine what their wedding photo’s will look like and wonder what the future will hold for them.

A New England Marriage made in Austria

My Grandparents Basyl Wynohradnyk and Annie Ostafyczuk were both born in the late 1800′s in Sniatyn, Austria-Hungary. They both immigrated to the US on separate ships and eventually met and married in Boston. In a previous post I outlined the information found on their marriage certificate. At the time I was unable to find an image of the record.

The LDS had a new family search site that, unlike their previous one, has selected images.

Here, in two pages, is the marriage of Basyl Wynohradnyk and Annie Ostafyczuk:

Wynohradnyk & Ostafyczuk Marriage pg 1

Wynohradnyk & Ostafyczuk Marriage pg 2

Wynohradnyk & Ostafyczuk Marriage pg 2

Retrieved from
Record Number:2473 Film Number:2409948 Digital Folder Number:4329373 Image Number:01125, 01126 Number of Images:2


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