I am a mixed breed. My paternal lineage is Danish. However, my maternal lineage is not Danish. My mother became a naturalized American citizen after having emigrated to the United States. Before being allowed into the United States, she, her older sister, and her mother (my grandmother) had to wait in Havana, Cuba where they lived for seven years. My mother was born in Podolia Guberniya.
Okay, I know, you’re saying “Huh, What’s that? Where’s that?”
My mother used to tell me that she was born in Russia. Not necessarily so, though, according to the genealogical research that my brother Jan and my son Adam have been doing on my family for years.
Back in 2002, Adam received an e-mail from a long-lost distant cousin that none of my present immediate family members even knew existed. Whatever. According to this source, Podolia Guberniya is in Ukraine, not ‘The Ukraine’ and not Russia.
The Free Dictionary Encyclopedia has a brief article about Podolia. Another interesting article I found about Podolia Guberniya is in pdf format from the archives of the Routes to Roots Foundation. Some interesting information about Ukraine may be found by going to the website of CIA – World Factbook – Ukraine.
I find all that to be some interesting geography and history information. Another day, I will share similar information from my paternal side of the family about Denmark.