Monthly Archives: December 2013

Wylkowiszki/ Vilkaviskis

At last I saw the welcome sign to Vilkaviskis, so familiar to me through the visits of others. Although we had driven around Wylkowiszki/Vilkaviskis and through it before, we had not stopped. Even though it was the major town of … Continue reading

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Olwita/Alvitis

Olwita/Alvitis was cited as the location in the microfilmed index of the birth record of Wilhelm Gustave Spurgat in 1875. Purwiniszki was one the localities in the rural township of Olwita. See previous post about the importance of Purwiniszki. Olwita/Alvitis … Continue reading

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Gutkaimas/Gudkaimas

Great-grandson of August Spurgat, who now lives in Germany had written: Gutkaimas/Gudkaimas is close to Kibarty/Kybartai, Lithuania. In the 1930s the August Spurgat family (younger half-brother of Adolph and younger brother of Josof Spurgat) went to the property of Karolis … Continue reading

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Kibarty/Kybarti: The Lithuanian-Russian Border

Unexpectedly, our local guide took us to the border. I had seen pictures of the Lithuanian-Russian border at Kybarti, and Chernyshevskoye, Kalinigrad Oblast, so I knew what to expect, but somehow just being there was jolting. On our return trip … Continue reading

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