Second Anniversary

At the end of the first year of the blog I wrote about the progress of Year 1 and plans for Year 2.
How did I do? A check list reveals:

No further contacts from Lutherans online at

Additional information from the chapters of my book that I believe will be helpful to other researchers.

A few more links on the website.

Book recommendations and there will be more.

Information from “Our Trip of a Lifetime” with more to come.

DNA results will be in a future post. An article about my DNA search was the feature article in the Winter 2013 issue of the Germanic Genealogy Journal.

Connections with other researchers continue. As of now, I believe that there have been three contacts from Lithuania, and one each from Canada, New York, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, and a few others from places unknown. Almost each time, one researcher lists a name I recognize from another researcher or another name that I know. My efforts are working! The contact in Michigan was especially pleasing as it was from a researcher whose great-grandparents lived next door to my grandmother. This family was also a Spurgat family and listed in my book. Nice to make your acquaintance! Every e-mail receives an answer.

Year 3

Additional information from the chapters of my book that I believe will be helpful to other researchers.

Blog Posts will include more web links.

More books.

Information on German genealogical journals.


A custom map showing locations of villages

Invitation to other researchers to add their family information to a custom US map showing where their ancestral immigrants settled in the US.

If you have other ideas, please let me know.

Hopes for Year 3 and 4

Names of villages in East Prussia that show origins of German Lutheran Families in Suwalki Province.

Thanks for reading the blog and contacting me.







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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1 Response to Second Anniversary

  1. leo v. holzman says:

    excellent work in progress.makes me want to learn more about my great grandfather toefil holzman.

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