The Importance of Another Adolf Spurgat in Essen
At the Foundation of Eastern European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) conference in August 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, I had the honor of an hour long one-to-one meeting with Dr. Diane Afoumado, Chief of the ITS Research Branch, to discuss the possibility of searching for the Spurgat name in their many databases.
A brief analysis of the holdings of the ITS suggests that at the time of WWII most of the people named Spurgat from the former Suwalki Province may have ended up in Soviet camps. If so, the International Tracing Service will not be able to supply any information about them. However, there were multiple entries for the Spurgat name from Wylkowiszki and the nearby area.
Because Dr. Alfoumado and the author started at the beginning of the alphabet with first names, one matching Spurgat data card was especially surprising. It read: Adolf Spurgat, born in Wilkowischen, Lithuania, son of Johann Spurgat! This Adolf Spurgat was born 1894 and died in 1944 in Essen, Germany. The location was also surprising! Eventually, the author was able to connect this Johann Spurgat and Adolf Spurgat with the Johann and Adolph Spurgat family.
Death Record of Adolf Spurgat from the International Tracing Service
In August 2015 in Salt Lake at the FEEFHS conference Dr. Diane Afoumado had Ina Nanazelskis, Program Coordinator, Oral History, interview me about how one Spurgat record Dr. Afoumado had given me in August 2014 led to research I never expected to do. Basically, I was able to tie Adolf Spurgat who died in Essen in 1944 to my Spurgat family. From Benjamin Hutop’s research with the city of Essen Archives I learned there were more Spurgats in Essen than anyone ever knew: Adolph’s older brother Johann, wife Maria, son Adolf born in Russia, and four more children born in Essen at the same time the Adolf Spurgat family was there.
This singular record also led me to https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/research-2012-2015-essen-archives-part-iv/