Re: Josef Banik - Chelm (Russia and Germany)
My GrGrandfather Josef Banik came over from Chelm, according to my Banik genealogy source, Nancy Wade.
I use the location close to the Ukraine border, which was then Russian territory taken from the Poles. It had a rail line. My two GrUncles (Wladislaf and Bronislaf)Banik were born in Russia. Nacy said Josef spoke 5 languages and was a sugar beet merchant.