The EWZ research required a prior request for film stored at the Granite Mountain, a procedure that has recently disappeared in the age of digitization. By hiring a NARA II researcher near College Park, Maryland, I was able to compare that collection with the FHL collection. The photographs of the people are quite poignant. A volunteer at the FHL offered to photoshop several of the files saved in a .png or .tif format, certainly a lucky break for me!
I used my tablet to take images of each record and printed copies as well. Details will be the subject of a separate post.

FHL Films for Kybarti and Vistytis:
Locating a confirmation record and a marriage record of Emma Rabenstein and Johann Hutop was a great find, especially considering that that we had not known the exact relationship of Johann Hutop to our family until we received the records from NARA II just weeks earlier. Yeah! The confirmation record was a bonus! Good research techniques made this a speedy discovery. Another yeah!
A brief look at the film about a late 18th century Lithuanian congregation in Kreis Stalluponen convinced me that I did not have to spend a great deal of time on this. For only a few minutes, my curiosity overtook my logic to stick to my tasks at hand.
I was not able to complete the carefully laid out plan to continue my East Prussian research plan to re-examine Ber/Berz and Gudat/Guddat marriage records in Kreis Stalluponen. A future post will explain why this fell to the bottom of the list as other priorities came up.


I perused the two books on Lithuanians in Canada. I especially liked Lithuanian DPs Immigration to Canada after the Second Word War and have ordered it on Interlibrary Loan.

I also copied the remaining Landsmen and Alt Preussische articles for future posts.


The most incredible breakthrough ever will be detailed in a future post. It involved working with another researcher, newspaperarchives.com, and stunning results, too detailed not to be a separate post.

For the very first time, I met another Suwalki Province researcher at Feefhs, the first in 15 conferences. I also learned that Suwalki Province was not only divided between Lithuania and Poland but also a small part of Belarus, south of Lithuania. A researcher relayed his experience to me of getting help from two Polish men to gain access to his village in Belarus. I have to redraw my map!


I was scheduled to make three one-hour presentations at the Feefhs conference–
• International Tracing Service Records




• Germans in Lithuania: Migrations and History, the subject of recent, current, and future posts.

• Results of Creating an Ethnic and Geographical Genealogical Blog, this blog, including a live demonstration of posting the title, text, media, and a link to the July 15 blog, actually posted live during the conference on Friday afternoon, July 21. Dear Readers, you were part of this presentation along with some of your comments.

The first and third presentations had good attendance, with the second one having a very limited audience—a young woman who does Armenian research and a young Lithuanian woman, a professional genealogist in Salt Lake. It was a topic I wanted to do and do not regret the time I spent organizing it. The posts I am making now on the end of the German era in Lithuania enabled me to tell the complete story. As readers of this blog, you have the opportunity to learn the story yourselves.



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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