INTRODUCTION: I had set up a meeting with Dave Obee, former President of Feefhs, and exemplary Canadian researcher, before the Feefhs conference. I had brought all the ITS papers and some EWZ duplicates of Emil and Johann Hutop, especially the papers that said that Emil was going to Belgium and later ones that stated that he was going to Canada in 1948.
Dave is the author of Destination Canada, the best-known book on the subject. Many immigrants did not have papers. Specific sources are cited in the book.
The Canadian National Archives is in Ottawa. Its collection deals with general ancestry.
Records of the Department of Immigration are on microfilm C10448 and are sorted by category. The record group is 76. It contains administrative lists by a variety of topics. It may contain a list of immigrants who may or may not be listed by Lithuanians.
QUESTIONS RELATED TO ITS Record 79198007 1 and 2 and subsequent EWZ duplicate records, especially EWZ 57 Gesundheitskartei Health Card (sometimes called the Health Summary Record)
This document was very familiar to Dave. He has seen consistency and inconsistency in these documents.
There is also a reference to which people listed may be dead.
The names of the parents, Johann (no birthdate given) and Luise Biegel/Riegel with a 24.12.(18) 66 birthdate, are written in the upper right hand corner. Without the birthdate of the father Johann we could not be certain this was our Johann (Ferdinand) Hutop, but having the mother’s names and her birthdate was helpful.
I explained that Alwine and Helena were Emil’s children and that these two names had been crossed out.
He explained that Elizabeth Neumann and Johann were listed as siblings of Emil Hutop.
The German words below the triangle indicate how many in a family group. Although the German words refer to a stove, its earlier meaning has to do with how many people are in a family group.
He listed the Canadian cities most likely to have become homes for post WWII Lithuanian displaced persons: Toronto, Winnipeg. Montreal, and Edmonton.
After an examination of this record Dave did the following research:
Dave first went to newspaperarchives.com to find an obituary. His search terms were “Hutop obituary.”
He found the name Emil Hutop in a somewhat garbled obituary of the Winnipeg, Manitoba Free Press.
He explained that this was often true of the OCR process to highlight terms.
His second search term was “Emil Hutop” and the words “brothers Emil and Johann Hutop of Germany” came up in a similar garbled fashion.
We realized that they had to be brothers of someone in Winnipeg.
The July 30, 1983, obituary came up, page 62, and revealed the obituary of Elizabeth Martha Neumann who had been born in Lithuania. A complete listing of survivors included her two daughters Meta and Paul Matviecikas of Woodlands and Hilda and Herbert Dorsch of Winnipeg, along with the names of all the grandchildren and their spouses, including three great grandchildren. The next sentence “brothers Emil and Johann Hutop of Germany” revealed that the Elizabeth Neumann of the ITS/EWZ G Health Summary Record indeed was an older Hutop sibling, born in 1900. The same obituary appears in the August 2, 1983, page 48,
There were several reasons why the researchers missed an important clue on Emil Hutop’s EWZ Health Summary Record.
The lack of prior experience with this kind of a record
In the space where the siblings should have been written, the names of the two daughters had been written in and then crossed out and the unknown name “Elizabeth Neumann” and “Johann” below it.
The uncertainty of the relationship between Johann and Emil
The inclusion of a name the researchers had never heard before—Elizabeth Neumann
A misinterpretation by another researcher (who believed that this chart explained a dominant and recessive gene) familiar with genetics but unfamiliar with a document like this
In all the paper and online articles about the EWZ records I had studied, I never found an explanation of this EWZ Health Summary Record—what the squares, triangles, and circles meant.
It would take a close examination of the three EWZ Health Summary Records of Emil Hutop, Johann Hutop, and Elizabeth Neumann to understand the importance of this Health Summary Record. That analysis may be the subject of a future post in 2019.
So that is the story behind my September 29, 2017, post which ended “I have a whole new family to trace in Winnipeg, Manitoba!”