Re: FEDUSKA/FEDUCSKA, NICK
Nelyki is a poor transliteration (sounds like) of the actual village name.
I agree w/Mark and am pretty sure the village you're looking for is WELYKIE.From 1919-1939 this village was indeed in Poland.Prior to that, from late 18th century to 1919 this was Halychyna/Galicia>administered by ethnic Poles for the AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE. (You might find some records that would read that Mykolaj was born in Austria.)
Kordyban Web Site - History of Galicia
Today selo/village Velyke is in the Starosambirskij Raion/District> Lvivska Oblast/Region>
Ukraine. You probably still have surviving family there???
Welykie/VELYKE was/is a hamlet w/less than 500 people residing there. The name Velyke means SOMETHING LARGE in Ukrainian. You come from ancestors w/a wonderful sense of humor.
Velyke (coordinates 49.33-22.45) is appx 2 miles SW of Dobromil.
The way I came to this conclusion, was when examining Ellis Island Manifests, I came across a Stefan & Michal Feduska, coming from Welykie, which in handwritten form could easily be mistaken for Nelykie. Stefan & Michal were brothers and Michal joined Stefan in Leedsdale PA.They were Ruthenian/Ukrainian.Later there is a Iwan Fedussko, coming from Welykie, joining up w/brother, Michal, in Leetsdale.
All the Fedusko variant surnames are the same clan.
Most likely Stefan & Michal were Boyko.The Boyko were/are a micro-ethnic Ruthenian group that lived in that very area of Halychyna/Galicia. Informally they were called lowlanders.They lived mostly in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains.
Ukrainian Tribal Divisions and Ethnographic Groups
Nick was more likely Mykolaj than Nikolaj Feduska. Nikolaj is a given name from Eastern Ukraine, while Mykolaj is a Western Ukrainian/Ruthenian given name, both of which are Nicholas in English.
As per Ellis Island 1912, there is also a Mykolaj FADUSKO (3 yrs old), arriving in NY w/Mother Pasia/Tasia?>probably Anastasia (37 yrs old) & w/Brother, Wladymir (9yrs old).Their were joining father/husband Wasko>probably originally Iwasko/Iwan>maybe later anglicized to John, who was residing in Leetsdale PA.They were from Welikie, Galicia and Pasia was leaving a brother Michal Fadusko behind in village.Anastasia lists her family as Ruthenian/Ukrainian. This Mykolaj became a citizen 12/11/40.
Mykolaj was born in a tiny village, Welikie, in appx 1909???At the time, Dobromil was both the Administrative and Judicial/Tax District for this village.The Roman Catholic Church was in Dobromil and the Greek Catholic Church was in MICHOWA.
It is the Church records from Michowa that will help you definitively ascertain which Mykolaj was your own.
AND YES, YOU CAN OBTAIN RECORDS FROM UKRAINE.