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Birth in Lviv in 1926: Polish or Ukrainian nationality?


KathrynK 1 | -
16 Feb 2010 #1
Hello everyone!

Just a quick question that I'm hoping someone can help me answer: my boyfriend's grandmother was born in Lviv in July 1926. Was Lviv a part of Poland or Ukraine in 1926?

If Poland, would she still be considered a Polish citizen? And by that, I mean, would she be able to claim Polish citizenship by her birth?
z_darius 14 | 3,969
16 Feb 2010 #2
There was no Ukraine as an independent state in 1926 so there was no Ukrainian citizenship. Lviv (or Lwow as it was then called) is in Ukraine which then was part of the Polish State.
Mykhaylo UA - | 56
25 Dec 2012 #3
would she be able to claim Polish citizenship by her birth?

Also, she or he can apply for Ukrainian residency and have the right to obtain it (according to the Ukrainian Law, if not changed very recently). At that time (1926) a part of the Western Ukraine with Lviv was under Poland and the main part was the Ukrainian Socialist Republic, a part of the USSR.
janmas 1 | 3
6 Jan 2019 #4
Hi.....I am trying to get some information on this situation. If a baby was born around 1916 in the town of Lvov (Lwow) would the birth certificate be from Polish records? Also, would there have been any advantage of saying you were born there when possibly not? Are there present day records of births in Lvov? Thank you for any advice or direction in this matter as it's such a tangled mess to sort through.
Ironside 48 | 9,844
6 Jan 2019 #5
Well 1916 it was the WWI. Those territories have seen some fighting between Russia and Austria - Hungary.
The birth certificate if survived would be stated according to religion. If a person in question was a Catholic you should look into records of the Catholic church from those territories', if not you should look accordingly.

By the way a city of Lwow.

would there have been any advantage of saying you were born there when possibly not?

Not in Poland. You're the only person who can answer that.
Ziemowit 12 | 3,582
6 Jan 2019 #6
If a baby was born around 1916 in the town of Lvov (Lwow) would the birth certificate be from Polish records?

This is an interesting question. As a rule records should be kept in the place where they were created, so the place where you should search is today's town of Lviv (Ukraine).

I have no idea under whose control Lvov (Lemberg) was in 1916; the Polish state did not exist at the time, so a possible answer is it was under Austrian control or under the tsarist Russia's control as at one time during the WW1 the Russian army advanced deep into the Austrian territory of Eastern Galicia and occupied Lvov.
reneeradar
26 Aug 2019 #7
My grandmother was born near Lvov (definitely a city with a gorgeous train station) in 1900 and was considered Austrian. My mother was born in the early 1930's (had to escape with parents to avoid relocation to Siberia) and was considered Polish.
Miloslaw 6 | 2,391
26 Aug 2019 #8
and was considered Polish.

This is a question of race and nationality.
If your grandmother spoke Polish and had Polish parents.She was Polish.
But as Poland didn't exist at the time, she could not have Polish nationality.
Does that make her any less Polish?
I don't think so.
TheOther 5 | 3,831
26 Aug 2019 #9
question of race

Ethnicity
Miloslaw 6 | 2,391
26 Aug 2019 #10
What is the difference?
TheOther 5 | 3,831
26 Aug 2019 #11
diffen.com/difference/Ethnicity_vs_Race
Lyzko 23 | 6,651
26 Aug 2019 #12
Before it was L'viv, of course, it was Lwow, and before that, Lemberg under the Hapsburgs:-)
kaprys 2 | 1,880
27 Aug 2019 #13
And before Lemberg it was Lwów and before that ..

As for being born in Austria, it's because it must have been before 1918 so under the Austrian partition (Habsburgs or whatever), then it was Polish until the difficult times of WW2.
Lyzko 23 | 6,651
27 Aug 2019 #14
Thanks for the explanation.


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