Korale/Karaliai

The earliest recorded Spurgat records, two births, were recorded here: Frydryk in 1849, son of Andrzej Spurgat (born circa 1818) and Rozalia Kuczynska, the father of Johann Spurgat, and grandfather of Adolph. Ludwik Spurgat born in 1852/53 is the son of Andrzej Spurgat (born 1802) and Karolina Walat. Whether this Andrzej was directly connected to our Spurgat families is undetermined.

We proceeded towards Korale/Karaliai northeast of Wylkowiszki/Vilkavisksis. On the way we passed through a village, unrelated to the Spurgats, but with the name of Volkiskziai. Vilius said it indicated that it was a place where Germans had settled. Perhaps, he thought, Korale/Karaliai and Volkiskziai had been one village and they were now two. At this point we were only 5 to 6 kilometers from the Dydwize/ Didvyziai Manor, so once again it was evident that the Spurgats had lived close together.

Korale/Karaliai was another village but one of well-kept, “wealthy” houses. Some of them, our guide  exclaimed, were “super-duper, like in America, shiny exposing wealth, even gold in color.” This was a stark contrast from the surroundings of 1849, more than 160 years ago when the first Spurgats recorded in the Civil Registers, lived in this place.

This unique road sign is common all through Lithuanian whenever leaving a location. Vokiskeliai means German people, so the village just passed was most likely settled by Germans.

This unique road sign is common all through Lithuania whenever leaving a location. Vokiskeliai means German people, so the village just passed was most likely settled by Germans.

A well to do home in Karaliai

 

 

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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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