Solowij (coordinates 51.26-24.47) and Datyn (coordinates 51.31-24.46) are two villages, that although only 9 kilometers/6 miles apart from one another, are in two different districts of the Vohlynska Oblast/Region. The Turyn River runs right pass both places. Solowij is in the STAROVYZHIVSKIJ raion/district and Datyn is in the RATNIVSKIJ Raion.
JewishGen ShtetlSeeker - Town Search http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm
From late 18th century to 1919, this region was called Vohlynskaya Gubernia and belonged to Russia. Note that the Turyn River flows right pass Kovel as well. Your ancestral villages do not show up on this map, but it is an interesting map to look at.
Notes on Guberniya District Maps http://www.angelfire.com/or/yizkor/gubmaps.html
Appx 1919-1939 this region fell under Polish domain. Technically Mary was born in Poland, while the others were born in Czarist Russia. The key to archival research will be ethnicity and religion.
<Ms. West, who grew up in Edmonton and Calgary, traveled to Ukraine in order to research the costumes, as well as the history and culture of the various Ukrainian dances the group performs.
Her family, the Waschuks, originally emigrated from Datyn, northwest of Kovel in Volyn, western Ukraine, in the early 1900s.>
Why not contact her?
Ukrainian Hopak a favorite in repertoire of BYU folk dance ensemble (02/24/02) http://www.ukrweekly.com/Archiveemail@example.com
Ukrainian daily newspaper "The Day" http://www.day.kiev.ua/DIGEST/2002/30/economy/ec2.htm