What started out in August 2014 to be an e-mail attachment to selected supporters of my research efforts resulted in December 2015 in a 200+ page addendum. After 800 pages on these –at families, one must rationally ask, “How much more information can there be?”
The simple answer is, “I don’t know.”
Six additional topics appear on the horizon:
Autosomal DNA: Using DNA from a female descendant of Adolph Spurgat and a male descendant of William Gustave Spurgat started this process to establish baseline data; more descendants on both sides, preferably one from each sibling, increase the likelihood of knowing the relationship between these two Spurgat families who lived near each other. In that generation Adolph’s nine children and William Gustave five sons attended school and church together. Those who lived near each other were friends as well as “cousins” and saw each other fairly regularly throughout their lives. If we are ever to know our “kin”, it is the present oldest generation who could expand this effort. Two first cousins on one side have submitted their DNA, three have refused, and six did not respond to the request.
Hutops in East Prussia: Benjamin Hutop and the author hope to identify earlier generations of Johann Hutop and Wilhelmina Stein, perhaps in East Prussia.
Hutops Post WWII: As previously stated, work continues on the relationship of Emil Hutop born 28 August 1906; his wife Anele Dainauskas born 3 March 1905, and possible whereabouts of his two daughters Albine/Albina born November 1935 and Elena born February 1938.
Spurgats in East Prussia: In her lifetime the author would like to continue her search for the origins of all great-grandparents and 2nd great-grandparents in the most likely places.
Spurgats in Essen: The author has a few records of descendants Johann Spurgat and Maria Matutat who lived in Essen and Duisberg in the 20th century and has been working with a professional German researcher to attain others even though German privacy laws may prevent completion of this effort.
Spurgats in Suwalki Province: In late 2015 a friendly researcher in Vilnius, Lithuania, used Facebook to inform me that he found the 1888 marriage record of an “Andrzej Sporgat” in Keturvalakiai, easily located southeast of Wylkowiszki on an online map. He was the son of Friedrich Sporgat and Kristina Gneszut. This bit of information is exciting because (1) it may establish an 1836 birth of a Spurgat in Suwalki Province and (2) the first name “Andrzej” is also the name of a 2nd great-grandfather born circa 1818 or, at the least, it could be a family name. Furthermore, the author thinks that the last name of the mother might very well be Gneszat, another /-at/ name.
Also the author has secured Spurgat records when Lithuania was independent 1923 to 1939 and still seeks to know what happened to these Spurgat whose records were not available in the ITS databases.
A new series of posts will be introduced next week.