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 http://www.ezab.de/familienforschung.html
Vilius Vasekis, Vilnius, Lithuania
Researcher in Goldap, Poland who found my name at kartenmeister.com (G-GLISP)
German researcher and cousin (G-GLISP)
Steve Morse—Gold Form for Searching for Ellis Island Passengers in One Step (G-GLISP)
Family Search.org (G-GLISP)
Map from Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen by Hermann Jaekel (History of the Protestant German Settlement in Lithuania)
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.