I too saw the same three brothers, but they were heading for Boston, Mass. 1/26/1909. They were emigrating from what is Drahanivka > Ternopil today. Their father was Wasyl. Based on following records, I eliminated them.
George's Draft Registration Card :
Name: George Sawczyszyn
Birth Date: 1 Apr 1884
Birth Place: Sredniawcas, Poland (I am 99% sure that this was Srednia Wies, which means Middle Village in Polish. Technically in 1884 there was no such geopolitical entity as Poland. This region was part of the Austro- Hungarian Empire from late 18th century to 1919, when Poland was reconstituted.)
Residence: Monongalia, West Virginia
Philadelphia Marriage Records show him marrying Marya Woyciek (other transliteration variants: Wojcik /Wujcik) in 1917. License # 3737536
George's death certificate lists Hnatko (Hnat) as father.
If I remember correctly, his mother's name was Marya Kulikowska???
I did examine Neckar Passenger Lists. I found no Sawczyszyn (or transliteration variants of same surname)in Feb 2,1910 manifest. There was a Jan Buryk, an ethnic Pole, same age as George, emigrating from Hoczew/Haczew > Galicia***. PHYSICAL DISCRIPTION HAS HIS HGT AS 5-3??? (George and Jan might have been friends or family??? George could have been traveling under Jan's name. This kind of thing did happen from time to time. See following)
***My guess is that George was Lemko, micro-ethnic Ruthenian/Ukrainian group, from Srednia Wies / Seredne Selo in Lesko /Lisko. It was hamlet size. His father was Ignacz (Hnat). Srednia wies > Lisko powiat/county > Lisko gmina/tax district. Filial Greek Catholic Church in Bereska and filial RC Church in Hoczew. This is Podkarpackie wojiwodstwo/region > SE POLAND TODAY. (FYI Hoczew had both an RC and GC Church of its own.)
Make sure to have sound on upon accessing site.http://lemko.org/
By 1947 Polish Communist govt and Stalin had managed to resettle all ethnic minorities from their individual turfs. Lemko, considered Ukrainian minority, were initially resettled to SSR Ukraine and then in 1947 to fallow lands in Communist Poland, formerly inhabited by Prussian/German Colonist descendants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Vistula
Additionally, make sure to explore following links, exc resources for anyone researching their Galician Roots: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GaliciaPoland-Ukraine/http://www.halgal.com/
1787 Cadastral Records for Bereska/Berezka.
BERESKA [Ru] BEREZKA [Polish]
Lesko District, present day SE Poland
Lemko Surnames found in 1787 Austrian Cadastral Records
Balon / Bawon
Bal / Bal'
Bednarz / Bodnar (2 families)
Burdziak / Burdzjak
Butkiewicz / Butkevych
Walach / Valakh (2 families)
Wowk / Vovk
Woroblyk / Worobwyk / Voroblyk (2 families)
Wrobel / Vrobel'
Hawrylyk / Havrylyk
Horbowy / Horbovyj
Derewenko / Derevenko
Dzwonik / Dzvonyk
Doskocz / Doszkocz / Doskoch
Duda (3 families)
Dziak / Dzjak
Karasz / Karash
Kaczmarski / Kachmars'kyj
Kozubski / Kozubs'kyj
Krajowski / Krajovs'kyj
Mielnik / Mel'nyk
Michalow / Mykhaliv
Mospak (2 families)
Pencik / Pentsyk (2 families)
Petrowski / Petrovs'kyj
Podczaszy / Pidchashyj ( 2 families)
Popowyczek / Popovychok (2 families)
Puszyk / Pushyk
Roman (2 families)
Sawka / Sauka / Savka
Swiec / Svits (2 families)
Syreczko / Syrechko
Folwarski / Fol'vars'kyj
Homyk / Homik / Khomyk
Zubak / Chubak
Szpak / Szpiak / Shpak (2 families)
Jadzyn / Jadzyn
Church was "Saint Nicholas the Miracle Worker erected in 1783 [now destroyed]
Bereska was a large village with more than 1500 inhabitants. During the 1944-1947 expulsions, more than 250 were killed including Rev. Oleksa Bilyk (1892-1944), his wife and son Mychalyo. The Poles killed Rev. Bilyk by driving a wooden wedge into his head. The church was burned to the ground in the 1980's.
A masonry church - "Transfiguration of Our Lord" also existed and was erected in 1868, renovated in 1920 and also destroyed.
In 1785 the village lands comprised 12.03 sq.km. There were 360 Greek Catholics 90 Roman Catholics and 30 Jews
1840 - 512 Greek Catholics
1859 - 526 Greek Catholics
1879 - 618 Greek Catholics
1899 - 845 Greek Catholics
1926 - 900 Greek Catholics
1936 - 1007 Greek Catholics
1938 saw 436 Roman Catholics and 63 Jews
The village was not incorporated into the Lemko Apostolic Administration in 1934
LDS microfilm not yet available.