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    Anonymous

    Would anyone mind helping me? My paternal family is apparently Belarusian (according to my grandmother) but I have family in Lithuania and Latvia as well as Minsk. This would mean that they could have been Polish, but they all spoke Russian and not a lick of Polish. Any ideas on what ethnicity they were?

    #437136

    Anonymous

    Hi Bernhard. :) What religion did your ancestors practice? How have your family members self-identified? Just because a person speaks a certain language does not indicate ethnicity.

    #437141

    Anonymous

    @Karpivna Hey, well my grandmother and uncle also state that my grandfather and his family were Polish, my dad says that they were Belarusian and my grandfather proclaimed himself a Lithuanian. They were Christian, but I’m not sure whether they were Catholic or not. This is were the confusion arises from <span>:expressionless:</span>
    I believe that they are a mix of Baltic, Polish and Russian people, but I’m probably mistaken.

    #437142

    Anonymous
    #437146

    Anonymous

    Also, forgot to add, the Soviets often attacked my family, one of my uncles got shot in the leg by a Soviet soldier during the war (not only was he badly injured, he was 7/8 years old). 

    #437148

    Anonymous

    @”Bernhard ” The Soviets targeted your family? Do you know why? That’s awful to shoot a child. :(  There are two villages named Dobrovlyany in Grodno? Do you know which one belonged to your grandfather?

    #437149

    Anonymous

    Yes, the one in region Lwie, near Subotniki.

    #437158

    Anonymous

    Bump

    #437160

    Anonymous

    Thanks for that little edit Mod, actually relevant to my question (not). They weren’t Polish, if it was that simple I wouldn’t ask random peeps on the inter webs.

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