Dorothea Zering, my great-grandmother, mother of Pauline Hutop Spurgat, was born here.

I really wanted know its location. On the 1932 online map, it is southeast of Masskwietyszki/Masikvietiskis.

I compared its location on the 1932 Polish map to the online Lithuania map and determined that this village does not exist.

Vilius could not locate it on his map or his GPS, and so we concluded that “it just is not there anymore.”

The name means by the forest or by the woods. There were several “Poszyle Pasiliai”
in the area but none were close enough to indicate this specific place. Had we driven on that specific road, I am sure we would have found only fields and tress.

On the mapywig website, look for Active Index on the left hand side. Click on WIG 1:1000000. A grid will come up. Scroll to the right until you find the Vilkaviskis grid. When you click on the 600 dpi, and then the + button to zoom, you will find an easy to see enlargement of the whole Vilkaviskis area.

I am trying to find Poszyle/Pasiliai on WWII German maps and Soviet maps to see if I can determine when it ceased to exist.

This post ends a description of each ancestral site we visited. The next several posts will include additional information of interest to those pursuing German Lutheran ancestors in the former Suwalki Province.

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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