I found my great great uncle, Jacob Hirsch (brother of my great great grandmother Lucia Hirsch) on the 1901 Manitoba census (Lisgar). I'm hoping this will lead to more information about Lucia, and some of what is stated on the census leads to a few questions. Jacob's first language is listed as German, his wife's (Paulina) Russian. They are both listed as being born in 'Russia', though I know Lucia was born in Odessa and I feel pretty confident that Jacob was too. Their eldest daughter appears to have been born there as well, though their younger children were apparently born in Manitoba. The daughter, Maria, is also listed as speaking German. Was this common? Were there many Germans living in Ukraine at the end of the 19th century who spoke mainly German? Were they mainly Catholic or Jewish, or pretty evenly split?