Fifth Anniversary

I interrupt this series to write the Fifth Anniversary blog! It is hard to believe that this blog has been running on a fairly regular basis for five years. The last post was Number 200! So it seems appropriate that this Fifth Anniversary Post must be the beginning of a new three digit number.

Let’s do the checklist first: Did I do what I said I would do?


  1. Another long series of posts, based on my research, is continuing. Now you know what I was doing when I wasn’t writing posts. I hope they help you.
  2. You may expect to be interrupted by other subjects as they arise after a topical break in a series.
  3. This blog is for researchers, not to post information about my family unless its intent is to illustrate a point.
  4. Categories and tags are completed through 2016.
  5. By far the most gratifying part has to be the researchers whom I’ve helped.
  • 2017 began on January 1 with two comments from researchers, one from a new follower, but whom I could connect to two existing researchers. Yeah!
  • The other was from a seasoned researcher who reported this:  Another family discovered me through your website since you had linked to my website. Their 15 year old son was doing…ancestry research for his 80 year old grandmother. I knew about this family, but I thought I had lost their trail because their Johanna had two daughters whose names changed through marriage. One of these is this grandmother. I had a very nice phone conversation with her today. She was astonished by my findings and had not realized how large and vast our tribe was. She is my second cousin on my paternal grandmother’s side and my fourth cousin on my side. It doesn’t get much better than that!
  • A comment in February resulted in another family connection for me. Now I have another young man, this one in Germany, with whom I am corresponding. Yeah!
  1. The very best part is when the researchers keep me in the loop and the allow me to write up “our” mutual research.
  2. Connecting families: The comments researchers have made are so generous. Thank you. They keep me going! I am thrilled that you read my blog and tell me your stories.
  3. I have added more links and media.


  1. The ever elusive map is an ongoing project meant to inspire others to do likewise.
  2. Report on two conferences Feefhs in Salt Lake, UT the week of July 16 to 21 and the new International German Genealogical Partnership July 28-30 in Minneapolis, MN, with special attention to East Prussia.
  3. The most gratifying goal would be to work with more researchers to help them to tell other researchers about our mutual research.
  4. An update on the Autosomal DNA I have become involved in.
  5. Continued research with the Lithuanian Historical Archives in Vilnius (which from January to July 2017 is not accessible because of a move to another location).
  6. Updates on my research as goals are completed, one of which will be a look at EWZ records.

Thank you, East Prussian/Suwalki Researchers!

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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