Collaborating with Another Researcher

One of the best parts of continuing this blog is to receive comments from readers. With each comment I try to send a personal email to see if there is anything else I can do to help. Although I know I have missed a few, contacting others remains a high priority.

In March 2017 I received a comment from another researcher, also named Cynthia, whose permission I have to publish this post.  We exchanged several emails. In May and June I was able to provide solid information to further her research.

Research Problem: Find the 3 March 1866 birth record of Berta Balcziunas, born in the parish of Kudirkos Naumiestis/Wladyslawow/Neustadt.

This researcher worked across two continents with archives and a professional researcher, both online and through mail.

Here is a partial list of the resources she consulted, many of them mentioned somewhere in this blog, but not all. Where I was able to help, I have indicated with a reference to G-GLISP.


 Suwalki State Archives, Poland

Lithuanian State Historical Archives, Vilinius

Evangelical Central Archive, Berlin

Leipzig Archives


Vilius Vasekis, Vilnius, Lithuania

Researcher in Goldap, Poland who found my name at (G-GLISP)

German researcher and cousin (G-GLISP)


Ellis Island

Steve Morse—Gold Form for Searching for Ellis Island Passengers in One Step (G-GLISP) (G-GLISP)

Family (G-GLISP)

Map from Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen by Hermann Jaekel (History of the Protestant German Settlement in Lithuania)

FHL Films: (G-GLISP)


I do not know the complete geography and history of all the evangelische parishes in Lithuania, but I do know some and can research others. By going to Family Search, I able to recommend three microfilms that might have the 1866 birth information.

Results from the researcher:

I did not find her birth. However, I did find Kiersztyn marriages which may be helpful to that tree. Kiersztyns married Kilianskis. I did find something much more interesting; an 1873 marriage for a Martin Kilianski to a Helena Kiersztyn. I am in process of having it translated from the Russian. I have a great uncle by this name who came to Detroit, but he married a Lutermoser in Detroit. His younger brother, Friedrich Kilianski married Berta. I have both these brothers’ pictures. This great uncle named a son Martin.

…your suggestions for films led to an exciting discovery; that is, the first time connection between two of my maternal German Lutheran clans: a marriage between a Kilianski and a Kierszytn.  I have continued to pursue the Kiersztyns with help from my Gen group.

This researcher added:

While I have yet to find the birth of great aunt Berta Balczunas and her passenger manifest, I would highly recommend to anyone doing family research to take advantage of those who have decades of research and “tricks” under their belts. G-GLISP is one of those.

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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