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.