Conclusion to the –at Ancestors

The –at ancestors and those they married were peasants who lived in close proximity in villages and on manor farms. Their jobs were those of skilled (blacksmiths and farmers) and unskilled (homeworkers and servants) workers. Their meager living conditions can only be imagined. They were born, married, had children (many of whom died as did their mothers), eked out a living, and died. In between their labors they served as witnesses for each others’ important events in their lives. They survived as a German “evangelische” minority in a world of Poles, Russians, Jews, and Rutheniens, and worshipped according to the Augsburg Confession of the Lutheran Church. Somehow, these Spurgats had a desire to lead a better life and armed with the stories of others who had already emigrated, they sought ways to immigrate.

Originally posted September 18, 2013


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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