Research 2012-2015 POST 9 Essen City Archives Part 1

As Ben attempted to find an American Hutop, he did some research on my father’s side of the family.  As a result. that took him back to the –at name. He wrote

…I visited the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp. Later the same day I checked the Ellis   Island website. There I found the link to Essen. Therefore, I contacted the city archive. I    hoped to find new information on HUTOP, but unfortunately it was very limited.

But he attached what he did find:

  • 2 birth civil registrations of two of my three aunts that no one on this side of the ocean had ever seen! I had written about the family’s five years in Essen from 1900 to 1905. Because I had the birthdates from the people themselves, family stories, and American records, I did not feel the need to do any research in Essen. Now I learned the middle name of my eldest aunt! I distinctly remember asking, “What is Aunt Emma’s middle name?” No one knew. Here it appeared on the birth record in Essen! I doubted whether I could have contacted the archives who as I later learned read English but respond in German. Google Translate may not have been what it is today.

Essen City Directories gave me the names of other –at family members that I had not known were ever in Essen and enabled me to connect that family to my family.

In 2010 I had written:

Although it is tempting to think of Johann Wilhelm Spurgat as the older brother of            Adolph Spurgat , the lack of information about his age prevents the inclusion of these records in the  Johann Spurgat family.

After receiving the above information, I wrote in 2015:

New information from the City Archives of Essen, Germany, and the International Tracing  Service confirmed that this Johann Wilhelm Spurgat is the older brother of Adolph Spurgat and a new separate appendix for the Johann Wilhelm Spurgat family followed. The International  Tracing Service is explained in a future post.

In 2015 I also wrote:

This new information provides a more definitive answer as to why Adolf and Pauline Spurgat went to Essen, Germany. His older brother, Johann Spurgat, had already been there for almost two years before they arrived! The 1901 address suggests that by 17 November 1900, the   birth date of Emma Martha Spurgat, Johann and Adolf were probably living next door to each  other, and certainly were by 1901. And by 1902 Adam Spurgat was living with Johann… and by  1905 Josef Spurgat, younger half-brother of Adolf, was also living with him in Essen. The Spurgat    family was part of the typical chain migration and cluster immigration so common to immigrants. They followed one another and they lived near each other—at least for five years.

  • A 1926 Naturalization record of Auguste Spurgat gave a great deal of information about her father, the above Johann Wilhelm Spurgat.
  •  1906 death record of Johann Spurgat

From these four records—2 births, 1 death, and 1 naturalization record– and transcribed information from the Essen City Directories, I made additions to the 2015 Addendum:

Chapter 7 From Wylkowiszki to New York

Chapter 9 Children of Adolph Spurgat and Pauline Hutop

And created a brand new appendix:

Appendix C1 The Johann Wilhelm Spurgat Family

The next post will provide more information about working with the Essen Archives.

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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