BC: Resource | Wekluk Family Genealogical History Book og 1853-1992 Authors- Mitchell and Mary Wasulko
FC: Ukrainian Immigration | Laura Beers American History 10-31-2012
1: This is a true story about a Ukrainian Family
2: Life in Ukraine | For centuries the family, it's founding fathers were sons of peasant descent generation to generation. This status was inherited. The country of Poland was a country of peasants and serfs. The family was born in the Ukraine during the time of political and military turmoil. Under the Castle System of government they were born at a social order that was fixed forever at birth. They were illiterate and had no hope for their futures to be better than their ancestors.
3: The father decided after the death of his wife giving birth to a child, to leave his roots and his family. He went to seek liberty, freedom, and equality his family could never have in Ukraine. | They had a very hard existence being servants to others.
5: The family came from Southwestern part near what was known as, Stryy. There were many stories told when the families would congregate in America. The aspects of Ukrainian past and how the Catholic church dominated their spiritual lives with complete obedience. The Cossack's with their actions would rape the town, and their compulsory servitude to the Polish Barons was never ending. They paid a bounty to the local government just for their existence.
6: With his passport to America, the father arrived in the U.S. Like many immigrants upon arrival he was met by labor brokers who offered him a job in mining. He located in the city of, Hazelton, PA. Here he met a women, married, had more children.
7: Through his hard work in the Pennsylvania coal mines, he fulfilled his obligation by migrating his family of 4 daughters and 1 son from the Ukraine. His family settled in Northeastern Pennsylvania. | In 1910, his youngest daughter from Ukraine married.
8: Many family members coming from the Ukraine worked in the hard coal mines. The work was extremely dangerous. They didn't complain but were grateful for their liberty and equality.