A Few Questions from the Records

Not all of the following records appear on G-GLISP, but they appear here as examples of inconsistencies that the author has discovered in her research of over 50 records similar to those posted. Hopefully, this information may be of help to other researchers.

 Example 1: The death record of Anna Spurgat registered her death at age 10 on 11/23 January 1884 in Rumaki, near Wylkowiszki. Her mother’s name is recorded correctly as Anna Ber.[i] However, her father’s name is incorrectly written as Mateusz (Mathäus) Spurgat, a rifleman in Rumaki. The author believes that Anna was the daughter of Johann Spurgat and Anna Ber Spurgat as recorded on her birth record[ii] and that the name of “Mateusz (Mathäus) Spurgat Sr., shooter in Rumaki,”[iii] is an error made by the recorder.

 Example 2: The age on the death record of Maciej (Matthias) Spurgat, born 7/19 August 1881, also appears to be an error. At his death on 14 January 1884, he is listed as age 1½ .[iv] With an 1881 birth date, his age should be 2 ½. Additionally, his mother is correctly listed as Karolina Raudonat, but his father is listed as “Mateusz (Mathäus) Spurgat, rifleman in Rumaki,”[v] not Jan (Johann) Spurgat as listed on the birth record, the same error the author believes was written on the death record of Anna Spurgat described above.

Example 3: In Albert Spurgat’s birth in 1884, Johann is listed as a shooter from Zielonka,[vi] thus suggesting that Johann was the rifleman or “shooter.” (In his marriage record Maciej (Matthias) was listed as a farm-hand.) The author believes that these inconsistencies are errors in copying or remembering the first name of the father onto the record.

 Observation: Nevertheless, the author also believes that these birth, marriage, and death registers provide the most complete look available the –at ancestors. The records suggest a typical marriage and birth pattern in this area in the second half of the 19th century. Researchers cannot make the records say what they want them to state. They can only try to present the information from the records as accurately as possible, use them to frame a plausible sequence of events, and explain any inconsistencies.

 [i] Anna Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Death Register, no. 4 (1884). Wojewodzkiw Archiwum Panstwowe, Warsaw, Poland.

[ii] Anna Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych,, 1843-1898, [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 51 (1873).

[iii] Anna Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Death Register, no. 4 (1884).

[iv] Matthias Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Death Register, no. 5 (1884). Wojewodzkiw Archiwum Panstwowe, Warsaw, Poland.

[v] Matthias Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Death Register, no. 5 (1884).

[vi] Albert Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 61 (1884).

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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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