Welcome to G-GLISP Genealogy for German Lutherans in Suwalki Province

I have always been intrigued by the –at ending in my maiden name—Spurgat. Who were these brave immigrants who came from eastern Europe to the America of paved gold streets? How desperate were they to leave the rule of the Czar and carve out a new life for their descendants? Where did they end up?

I studied these and other questions for 16 years before publishing a family history book.

I want this blog to be a “home” for researchers who share the same genetic heritage of these hard to research families.

In weekly posts I hope to provide helpful information, answer your questions, and share insights.

If your ancestors were German Lutherans from Suwalki Province, the northern half and south east quarter of what is now in Lithuania and the southwest corner of what is now in Poland, this blog may help you.

And we mustn’t forget those East Prussian roots and what we can share about them as well.

There are other researchers who have posted queries about their ancestors with the same /–at/ last name with origins from East Prussia and Suwalki Province. Consider this a place to pose your questions and see if researchers can answer them.

The picture above is titled “Leaving Vilkiviskis” and was taken by a family member who thought, perhaps, that the rainbow was a symbol of good fortune for my family.

Next week,  my first post will be about the research I’ve done into the surnames which end in –at.

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About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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4 Responses to Welcome to G-GLISP Genealogy for German Lutherans in Suwalki Province

  1. Anthony Gagliani says:

    Have you ever come across the following name in association with
    Suwalki: Akrat, Akret, Akred?

  2. Judy Reilly says:

    Your history of the Suwalki area was so complete and informative. My grandparents and family were from Suwalki and Mariampole areas. My ggrandmother was a Dumschat, so the information on the spelling and also the German Lutheran churches was great. I hope to someday go there. I made copies of your info. I have hit a road block and would have to go there for further genealogy. I remember my grandmother telling me she hid from the Russian soldiers in cornfields. Thank you. Very interesting.

  3. Merry says:

    Family Genealogy from Suwalki and Prussia. Josef Naujokaitis & Jurgis Matulaitis 1852, Immigration record said Jurgis was from “Ekakow? Could that have been “Eitkunai”? Thank you so much for your history on this location. I have been researching this area for many years. Our family was German & Lithuanian. My niece had her DNA done by Ancestry.com. She was told not Lith. or German but Polish. Do they consider where the majority of her DNA is now concentrated such as Suwalki, POLAND her Ancestry? How can they determine this when this area changed from German-Lithuanian-Polish-Russian. My Ciezki ancestors were German. They were from Moschiska near Debowo that is now Poland. My family thought they were Polish. My research showed the village was settled by Germans and the land was offered to them by the Czar for development of this area. When they came to the US they spoke German & attended German churches. Researching genealogy from this area is a MAJOR hunting expedition. “Happy Hunting”

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