We are probably related.
I was wrong when I said Gavril (Gabriel) was my great-grandfather. He must have been my great uncle. I have a picture of my grandfather's gravestone in the cemetery in Cochrane, and the name is Anton. So we may have the same grandfather.
I was just so excited to find so much information about Gabriel, that I suppose I latched on to it, and wrote that post. I thought Anton was Gabriel's son, but he can't be because when I checked the year of Anton's birth in the picture, it is too close to Gabriel's. They must have been brothers. I can't find any records of Anton coming to Canada, or what he did before he came to Canada. I know that Alexander Kolomeitz left from the same area of Russia that Gabriel was stationed in the war. Alexander went to Australia. Whether the two were related, I can't say, but the two of them were in the same part of Russia around the same time, and both left to go elsewhere. And I don't know where Anton was at this time.
But I don't want to cause any trouble for anyone. So if it will cause trouble, then just ignore my posts. I realize there were some secrets, and that things were much different back when my mother left town and moved to Toronto to have me.
Still, I would like to know more about my family history. I would like to know about the french-canadian part. What was my grandmother's maiden name? Then I can try to trace that name back in history. My children and grandchildren would like to know more about their heritage. I'm not interested in invading the current family, just going back in the history.
I'm guessing that the French-Canadian must go back as much as 200 years or so in Canada, because I don't think there were as many French immigrants after 1759. Also, if that is the case, it wouldn't surprise me to find that there is some first nations heritage mixed in there somewhere in the last 200 years. There may not be, but the possibility exists.
I can't race my father's heritage at all, because I think only my mother knows who he was. All I know is that he had a Finnish mother and English father, and came from a larger town to the south, where the family was in the lumber or timber business.(Timmins?)
So all I have is this very small link to my heritage.
I've had a good life, and my mother did what she thought was the right thing in the circumstances. I was raised by a good family, and grew up with great friends, so I don't have any bitterness at all toward her. I hear that her life improved afterwards too, so it was the right thing for both of us. I don't want to jeopardize any of that. I just want to trace backwards as far as I can.
I mean, I wouldn't mind corresponding with SOMEBODY in the family, but that's not my main focus. I would like to hear stories about my mother, and her family, who wouldn't? But that is not my main purpose here. My purpose is to give my kids a sense of heritage, and ethnic background, to learn about.
I mean even a recipe for grandmother's perogies or something.