Julie’s photo encouraged her to investigate her Romanian roots. While the photo seems like a simple group portrait, the story represented in the image is anything but ordinary.
Julie’s grandmother’s name appeared on her son Rudolph’s birth record as Julia Magierka. The record was marked that the baby was “illegitimate.” Julie’s Dad always used the spelling of Magerka for his surname, without the i in the surname used by his mother.
Julia Magierka met John Turansky/Turiansky supposedly when he was a prisoner of war during World War I, and she was a translator. The couple married and had a daughter. John immigrated to Canada first, then about a year later, Julia and Rudolph’s half-sister, Anne, followed.
Rudolph didn’t immigrate to Canada for another decade. Family story-tellers used to have a lot of theories about the fact that Jullia left him alone. Perhaps he lived with the family depicted in this photo.
Julie is hoping that further research will reveal the names of the other people in this people. All she knows at this point is that there is definitely more to this photo story.
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