6th Anniversary

Can it be six years already? Over 225 Posts!

GOALS: Did I meet my Year 6 Goals? 6 out of 7!

The map has a few entries of ancestral villages, names, and events: births, confirmations, marriages, and deaths.

Three posts centered on Feefhs in Salt Lake, UT July 16 to 21

One post detailed the International German Genealogical Partnership July 28-30 in Minneapolis, MN, with special attention to East Prussia.

A recent post told about helping a researcher who follows this blog find a record on FHL microfilm. It was not the birth record she sought, but a marriage record that gave her new information about a collateral line.

Three posts in a long series about the results of researching the EWZ records has begun with exciting results.

The Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius became accessible in the fall of 2017. Starting in February, at least one researcher who follows this blog is making progress with the Archives.

There was no specific post on the Autosomal DNA as not all first cousins responded to my request.

GOALS for Year 7:

Continue to post in the middle and end of each month. This change has worked well as it allows me to answer the best I can the comments and to continue my own research (so I have something to write about!).

Encourage everyone to keep reading of the blog by checking the Categories and Tags list which has been updated through January 2018. Several new followers have emerged: some are beginners just learning to use FHL microfilmed/digitized records for Suwalki Province. Many answers to their questions are already posted on the blog. Other followers include those who ask the most astute questions. Those lead me to think carefully before responding and provide ideas for future posts.

If I receive a question about a topic that has not yet been published, but I have a reasonable draft started, I have been known to send that to a researcher rather than make him/her wait for the answer to their question.

Provide a report on conferences attended or expect to attend: Germanic Genealogy Society, National Genealogical Society, and The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe.

Continue the EWZ series with explanatory steps.

Share books of interest.

Include results of FHL microfilm/digitized records.

Discuss “Lithuanian” DNA and the results of another DNA “cousin.”

Provide an update on the future availability of records.

A new Facebook group, Lietuvos Liuteronų Genealogija, specific to this area, has recently started.


Also check out https://www.owenthegenealogist.com/. Owen the genealogist gave me the Facebook group link. It is exciting to connect with new, young researchers!

Thank you for your comments. They provide encouragement to reach the ten-year anniversary!

If a reader has made a comment that I have not responded to, please send another comment so we can communicate further by e-mail.

I am excited to continue!


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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2 Responses to 6th Anniversary

  1. Christine Hotmar says:

    There is a connection between the Pluschkat Family and the Grigoschat Family. Carl Pluschkat immigrated in 1918 at the age of 21 to the US. He was registered as Carl Pluskhat, born on November 9th 1896, in Vilkaviskys/Lithuania. He declared his nearest relative in the US to be his uncle August Grygasgat in Gran Rapids. Later, in1920, he is mentioned as Charlie Pluskhart, nephew of August Grigoschat living with the Grigoschat Family in Gran Rapids.

    • Christine,

      Now I see it. It was last July right at the time I was returning from a presentation and conference in Calgary. You certainly should have had a reply. My apologies.

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