?????????? /Samoylenko from???????/Lokhvytsia (county seat - 13,000 population) > Poltavska oblast. Lokhvytsia is an ancient historical town dating back to Kyivan Rus Period 10/11th century. There were/are 6 different Orthodox churches and one synagogue there. It is highly likely that your paternal family comes w/Cossack heritage. At one point this town served as a treasury for Hetman Ivan Mazepa.
Today there are appx 25,000 Samoylenko living in Ukraine, of which 126 are currently living in Poltava, the regional capital.
And yes, there are still Samoylenko living in Lokhvytsia.
Social Security shows Father (Serhij) born in 1935, which would lead me to believe that he was very likely one of the 536 taken as a OSTARBEITER (Forced Laborer) during the Nazi occupation of Poltava regionbetween 12/9/1941-1943. _____________________________________________________
Immigrants frequently referred to their district centers as places of origin for geographic referrence, because their own villages were small.This information will have to be qualified bymaking an inquiry at Bad Arolsen Archives. There are appx 5 miles of documents re DP (Displaced Persons) located at this archives.
These archives will provide you w/details of his exact experience in Germany and other personal details such as EXACT PLACE OF BIRTH. Inquiry by immediate family is available for free. All you need to provide is his full name and any other spelling variants and his exact birth date or as exact as you have it.
Do not provide more info than that !!! You want the archivist to do some digging for you.Your inquiry can be done by e-mail. The archives have upgraded their service and response can be received via e-mail as well. Response can take as little as three days or as much as three months.