Eidschun Family History

Bob Eidschun was the first fellow researcher I “met” almost twenty years ago after being given his name by an officer of Feefhs (See October 24, 2014 post) at the very first Feefhs conference I attended in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1996. It seems as if we had both used the sources to research our German Lutheran ancestors from the Vilkavisks area.
In 1998 he published The Eidschun Family History. We found some mutual topics of interest with the Raudonat name and the village of GIze/Gizai. He graciously gave me permission to use a few of his photographs in my book.
As an adventuresome traveler, he has been to Lithuania several times over the years, most recently in August 2013.

If I have a question that needs a very specific answer, I ask Bob. His wealth of information is evident in the several websites he maintains. He never ceases to amaze me with all he knows and has done.

With his permission, this blog links to some of his websites.
I certainly enjoyed reading about his trip to Lithuania in 2000 on one of my research trips to Salt Lake.
Although the database is available only to FHL patrons, you can read the description at https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1109569?availability=Family%20History%20Library

The Eidschun Family History is also available at

You can also order it on microfilm at

A copy of the book is also available at

Many thanks to Bob for his insight over the years.

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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