About this blog …

Welcome to My Meandering Roots, a family history blog about … well, my meandering roots! My mother’s family came to Canada from France in the 1600s and my father’s family arrived in the early 1900s from Galicia – a former Crownland of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – in what is now western Ukraine.

Join me as I chronicle the lives and times of my ancestors. My initial focus will be on my Ukrainian and Polish ancestry though I do intend to document my French ancestry as well.

If you’ve happened across this page and you aren’t family, thanks for stopping by! I hope you are able to find inspiration for your own genealogical research. The quest for one’s heritage may seem impossible at times, particularly when exploring eastern European roots, but it most certainly is rewarding.

Initially, I only expect to post about once every week or two but that may change as the mood strikes!

About me …

My name is Chris Bukoski (née Winowich) and I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I’m a government employee by day and an amateur genealogist by night … or on the weekend … or, really, anytime I’m not working.

My interest in genealogy began in the early 1990s but it wasn’t until the late 1990s when Family Tree Maker came co-packaged with Quick Tax that the genealogy bug bit me – and hard! Soon after, I joined the East European Genealogical Society (EEGS) and, in 2001, I joined the Executive as Recording Secretary. Over the past 15 years, I’ve also served as Publications Chair, President, and am currently the Membership Chair and Past President.

My most exciting genealogical experience to date was a trip to Ukraine in 2011 to my dad’s parents’ ancestral villages. I found family still living in both villages including a second cousin!

I’ve always wanted to write something. In my teens, I wrote poetry that no one saw. In my late twenties and early thirties, I thought that something might be a math text book (seriously!) but that changed after teaching college students math in their first semester.

As a member of the EEGS, I’ve submitted articles for publication in their quarterly journal, East European Genealogist (see list below). My next writing opportunity is this blog, which will ultimately provide content for a family history book.

Authored articles published in the East European Genealogist:

  • Canadian National Railway Immigrant Records, Pre-1937 (Vol. 24, No. 1 – Fall 2015)
  • Immigration Lists from the Edmonton Immigration Hall (Vol. 20, No. 4 – Summer 2012)
  • Immigration Lists from the Winnipeg Immigration Hall (Vol. 20, No. 3 – Spring 2012)
  • Adventures in Ukraine: A Success Story (Vol. 20, No. 1 – Fall 2011)
  • Two Recent East European Genealogical Conferences: A Report to EEGS (Vol. 10, No. 1 – Fall 2001

Co-authored article published in the East European Genealogist:

  • Sources to Determine the Ancestral Village Name (Vol. 18, No. 3 – Spring 2010)

If you’ve read all the way to this point, a great many thanks!


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