The daughter of Johann Spurgat and Anna Ber (Berz), Anna Spurgat, was born here in 1873. It is interesting that this birth was recorded in a place several miles away from Didwize and the other nearby locations associated with this Spurgat family.

Earlier Vilius had reported that “Nowadays called Kisiniskiai, it is on the map and very close (almost part) of Wylkowiszki/Vilkaviskis town.” Kisieniszki/Kisiniskiai is in the western part of Wylkowiszki/Vilkaviskis. Because it is now a part of the Wylkowiszki/Vilkaviskis, it was hard to identify it as a separate community. Formerly, it was part of the community Olwita/Alvitis which we had just passed through. We elected not to take the time to drive the streets of Kisieniszki/Kisiniskai because we thought that there would be few if any remnants of the agricultural lifestyle of earlier times, especially if most of Wylkowiszki/Vilkaviskis had been destroyed in 1944 at the time of the German retreat and Soviet invasion.

 The area is easily identified on Internet maps.

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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