POST 5: EXPERIENCES WITH THE EWZ RECORDS

Introduction 

From information on the 1931 marriage record of Emil Hutop and Anele Dainauskaite from a researcher in Lithuania who sent us a description of this record after discovering this blog, (while he was researching the Dainauskaite family), we knew about the existence of Emil Hutop and wondered if he was related. The location of Hasfortowo/Kunigsski/Pojewon and profession of tischler, (cabinet maker) seemed appropriate, but our ancestor, Johann Ferdinand Hutop, was born in 1846. With an age of 25 in 1931, Emil would have been born circa 1906 when Johann Ferdinand Hutop was 60 years old!
After Benjamin Hutop and I started working together in August 2014, we secured the same marriage from the Lithuanian State Historical Archives (Along with the other 14 records that proved we were related.) and my family history tour guide and researcher in Vilnius.
The 1931 marriage record indicated that this was a mixed marriage, Lutheran and Catholic.

International Tracing Service

A search of the International Tracing Service records at the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum
https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/post-14-2012-2015-research-international-tracing-service/
identified an Emil Hutop as the same man on the 1931 marriage record. We knew he had had two daughters born in 1935 and 1938, worked in various places in Germany during the war, was with his family in Displaced Persons Camps after the war and expressed three outcomes: to be resettled with Johann Hutop, a relative, at Camp Neusadt, (EWZ); to go to Belgium (ITS 1947); or to go to Canada (ITS 1948). This was the first indication that there was a Johann Hutop related to this Emil Hutop!
The inclusion of the EWZ records in the ITS records of Emil Hutop. including the all-important case file number helped me decide it was time to investigate this vast collection.
The April 15 2017, blog
https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/2017-new-series-of-posts-holocaust-museum-post-3-hutop-family/
referenced that Emil Hutop wanted to be re-settled with his relative, Johann Hutop. Although Johann Hutop was new to us, we thought he might a brother or half-brother of Emil.
A page, that we later identified as EWZ 57 “G” (Gesundheits) Health Summary Record, included a photograph, a chart with squares, circles, and triangles and summary of health examinations. But our uncertainly of the identity of Johann Hutop, the crossed out names of Emil’s daughters, the addition of a new name, Elizabeth Neumann, a barely legible Johann, and unfamiliarity with this collection of records, particularly the correct interpretation of the chart with its triangles and squares, left us uncertain. We needed another Health Summary Record correctly filled out so we could compare.

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This record listed Emil’s mother as Luiza but not her birthdate; his father as Johann but no birthdate, exactly the information we needed to prove the relationship!

We also wondered why I did not find Johann Hutop in the ITS records when I found Emil’s in May 2016.
Note: When I do research, I try to write down the next name I found at the end of the surname to determine that I have not missed anyone else with this name. I did this in the case of Hutop and recorded Hutor as the next surname. So I knew I had not missed it.

More Questions

We needed to investigate the EWZ files of Emil Hutop, and hopefully, Johann Hutop to answer this new set of questions:
Were we related to this Hutop family?
Was Emil Hutop the son of “our” Johann Ferdinand Hutop?
Was Johann Hutop a younger of older brother or half-brother of Emil Hutop?
What is the name of Johann Hutop’s mother?
Was the American family story of someone in Lithuania having four wives true? Was this person Johann Ferdinand Hutop?

German Federal Archives

Benjamin Hutop thought that there might be more EWZ records in Emil Hutop’s file. From the German Federal Archives he sent me 11 pages of records. 9 pages turned out to be duplicates of his ITS/EWZ file. Two were new, one on Anele Hutop, his wife, and the other on himself. Both of these turned out to be a type-written one page, EWZ Stamblätt record (NARA II EWZ 58), but we did not know this at the time.
Benjamin’s attempts to get records from the Berlin Document Center on Johann Hutop were unsuccessful until 2020 which made him think that Johann might have been born in 1910, allowing 110 years to pass before birth records became available in Germany.
We were still not sure that Emil and Johann were full brothers.

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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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