After I studied the articles by Obee, Blodgett, and Stroud listed in the first post, I composed a list of comments, questions and hypotheses into three goals.
Goal 1: After I was introduced to the International Tracing Service Records, I developed a case study of the Albert and Anna Spurgat family, relationship unknown.
Albert and Anna Spurgat
Albert and Anna Spurgat had been the subject of a case study in 2013 and 2014 when I was introduced to the ITS collection.
1. Would Anna and Albert Spurgat have had EWZ files? If so, why weren’t they in the ITS records?
Albert and Anna Spurgat left Lithuania in March or May 1939. The EWZ program did not begin until after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in September 1939, and processing began a month later in October.
Naturalization application papers are part of the EWZ collection (EWZ 53, Antrage).
Anna Spurgat was trying to prove she was not a German citizen, yet she was declared a naturalized German citizen so there must have been some papers. Where were they?
There would be probably be nothing on the children because they were under 15.
Later some of these things turned out to be wrong. See below.
Goal 2: Benjamin Hutop and I have been doing research on this family since August 2014.
We were especially interested in a man called Emil Hutop.
Emil and Johann Hutop
1. Emil Hutop’s Health Card and citizenship papers are part of his ITS/EWZ file which included the ever-important case number aka, control number.
2. The Stammblätter (NARA II EWZ 58) contains the family forms. (Obee, page 56.)
This must be the part of Emil Hutop’s ITS/EWZ file. Both NARA II and FHL have this collection. Using the Family Search catalogue, I recorded the film number for the six-digit case number I had for Emil Hutop from the 750 microfilms in the FHL Stamblätter collection.
And I began to wonder,” What might I find on records like these on others?
Goal 3: Spurgats
1. The Antrage collection, EWZ53, included 73,00 files from the Baltics on 507 microfilms available at NARA II only, not FHL. (Obee, page 55.)
Therefore, there should be information on the families of August and Ludwig Spurgat who stayed there and any other Spurgats in East Prussia.
2. Would EWZ files have generations of data on Spurgats?
That turned out to be a resounding yes. See Post forthcoming 8.
3. The E/G Kartei file (NARA II EWZ 57) is a basic card index composed of immigrant records in phonetic order on 964 microfilms at NARA II and FHL. (Obee, page 55.)
4. Dead people were sometimes registered.
Would I find records on three Spurgats who disappeared or died between 1940 and 1944, according to a member of the Spurgat family who stayed in Lithuania? See forthcoming Post 8.