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 west 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 Vilkaviskis” 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.