Schelmu/ Szelwy/Big Selviai (Mazieji)

Berta Spurgat, daughter of August Spurgat, was born on January 15, 1908, in Schelmu. Vilius thought, “Most probably Schelmu is the same as Selviai. Now there are 2 villages of Selviai: Didieji Selviai (Big Selviai) and Mazieji Selviai (Little Selviai).”  I agreed with him as I noted its proximity to Iskarty/Iskarti where the August Spurgat family may have been living at this time. (Four reasons:  1) Iskarty/Iskarti  is close to Didwize/Didvyziai where August was born. 2) The family was living there until the late 1920s according to the great grandson of August. 3) Anna Raudonat, mother of Berta Spurgat, was born in “Szelwy community Wolkowyszki” on January 1908. 4) Big Selviai is also in the correct place when I compare locations on the 1932 Polish map and the online Lithuania map.

The fact that Szelwy/Big Selviai (Mazieji) is close to Wylkowiszki/Vilkaviskis made me realize that trains must have been rather common for there to be this fine railroad station far removed from the center of town. Its construction date is unknown.

Our guide was most certain that this was the correct location of Schelmu, the name by which it was known by in the early 20th century.

Our guide was most certain that this was the correct location of Schelmu, the name by which it was known by in the early 20th century.

The presence of such a fine structure just north of Vilkaviskis helped me realize the importance of the railroad through this area.

The presence of such a fine structure just north of Vilkaviskis helped me realize the importance of the railroad through this area.

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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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