Donna, if you're talking about 1878, then the Gerak family did not live in Romania!They lived in AUSTRIA, and to be precise, in what was until 1918 the Austrian province of BUKOVINA, the provincial capital of which was the city of CZERNOWITZ.
Bukovina's population was very mixed: Romanians, Ukrainians, Germans, and Jews, with smaller numbers of Poles, Hungarians, and Russians.All of these nationalities, with the exception of Hungarians, were represented in the city of Czernowitz.What was the Gerak family?
Following World War I and the break-up of the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire, Bukovina became part of Romania.That's why, if you're talking about 1878, they did not live in Romania.
Following World War II, Bukovina was divided, the southern portion remaining part of Romania, the northern portion, including the city of Czernowitz, becoming part of the Soviet Union, to be precise part of the then Soviet Ukraine, and remaining part of Ukraine today.
You can't confuse the small Austria and the small Hungary of today with the vast pre-1919 Austria and the vast pre-1919 Hungary.Here is the link to a map of the pre-1919 Austro-Hungarian Empire, so that you know what it looked like and so that you can see where Bukovina fit into pre-1919 Austria: