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"Us & Ours" The Genealogy Research of Erin Nikitchyuk

Updated November 13, 2006

Erin Kathleen (Pflaum) Nikitchyuk

23 Bennetts Bridge Road

Sandy Hook, CT 06482


Welcome to the Family Tree Maker homepage version of "Us & Ours"! A more complete homepage can be referenced at (lost access to update it years ago!).

I am currently researching lines from Ireland, Germany, and the former Soviet Union. Please e-mail me at if you are researching any of the same surnames! I love to share information!

From Ireland, my main maternal lines are MURPHY and CALNAN/CALLANAN, BRADLEY and ENGLISH; and from my paternal lines BLAKE, OTTERSON, and PALMER. The Callanans & Murphys ended up in South Boston; the Bradleys & Englishes ended up in Western Mass; and Palmer came from Northern Ireland through the midwest, eventually settling in Pittsburgh, PA area. As for points of origination, I know the Callanans came from the Old Head of Kinsale region of Co. Cork; The English/Sullivans came from Co. Kerry on the Dingle Peninsula through Connecticut; and the Palmers came from the North of Ireland. Some related Irish surnames include: Sullivan, Lawton, Rawley/Raleigh, O'Halloran, Brosnahan/Bresnahan, McArdle, Cuddihy, Fitzgerald, Crowley, Doyle, Leary, Leahy.

Please note, if you are researching Callanan (or variations) you need to see my "one name study" page dedicated to all Callanans and variations (Calnan, Callinan, Culinan, Cullinane, etc..) at (also sadly out of date).

From Germany my main paternal lines are PFLAUM, ZINK, BECKER and OEHMLER. The Pflaums came from Bavaria to Dayton, OH where my branch left to settle in Pittsburgh; The Zinks hail from Baden City, immigrated through Pittsburgh, and ended up in Wapakoneta OH and other Miami Valley locations; The Beckers came to Pittsburgh from Alsace Lorraine; and I know nothing of the origin of the Oehmlers who settled in Pittsburgh. Related surnames include: Kuhn, Wahrer, Manger, Moran, Naylor, Braun, Berg, Bush, Metzger, Duell, Weimert, Kimball, Moyer, Werner, Nelson, Fleishmann, Schaeffer, and Henry.

I am particularly interested in being in contact with any Pflaum to exchange information and research tips. My family oral history says two brothers came from Bavaria together and I have only been able to prove one.

The former Soviet Union contingent is mostly from the Ukraine. Main surnames include NIKITCHYUK, ZHURBENKO, PISANYI/AYA, ZALIUBOVSKI/AYA, and CHUPRINA. Zhurbenko originates in the Kursk region of Russia; the Nikitchyuks come from Western Ukraine/Poland. Many of the current day relatives live in the Crimean region of the Ukraine. My husband, Andrei, is first generation American. We were lucky enough to visit his grandmother in Pochtovaya Ukraine and have her provide genealogical information as I have no idea how one would research in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

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