I checked my Galizien (Austrian Empire) records to see if your Hofferts stopped in Galizien on their way to Odessa as my ancestors did but I got no hits.
I then checked the "Our Roots" website at http://ourroots.ca/index.aspx
. It is a great free archive Canadian local histories. Here is what I found:http://ourroots.ca/toc.aspx?id=8645& ... 023fa74c18
This is the book "History of Odessa : to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the advent of Odessa's first settlers, and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Holy Family Parish, Odessa, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1901-1954". If you look at page 11 of that book you will see a "Melchior Hoffert 60 with two children" was one of the original settlers of that town in 1903. Also, On page 23, there is a mention of a "Steve Hoffert, Livery" business in town. Could this be the "Odessa" your grandmother was referring to? If so then the "Holy Family Parish" church: should have records of births, deaths and marriages. You can contact them directly at "Holy Family Church, 2nd Ave, Odessa, SK" as I did with my Gauer's at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winnipeg. Local parish records are a great resource for information about families.
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