Landsmen Updated Post 2

Vol. 25 Double Issue (January 2017) Special Section on Kalwaria: Part II (Note: Both articles are listed as Part II)

The Editor reviews the information from Part I (Vol. 23, Nos. 1-2, November 2013.)
Another Historical Re-Cap of the Augustow District in the former Suwalki Gubernia is given. Each time the information, based on a particular author’s area of emphasis is given, new descriptions are presented. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth existed from 1569 to 1795. Of particular interest are the comments about the southern towns which are today in Poland. Next, the towns and counties under Prussian Rule (1797-1807) are listed. The Lomza district emerged during the Napoleonic Era (1808-1814). The inception of the new Augustow Province comprised the Suwalki-Lomza Gubernia. In 1866 these two gubernias were divided into districts or powiats. In 1918 when Lithuania became independent, it acquired the Suwalki Districts, including Wolkowiszki (Vilkaviskis) and four others—Wladyslawow, Kalwarja, Mariampol, and northern Sejny. More changes came with the new Polish independent nation and further changes at the time o f WWII. All of these the researcher must understand to access of records of interest.

Vol. 25 Double Issue (January 2017) Networking: Three Articles of Interest from Our Members: Update on the Suwalki-Lomza DNA Project by Rachel Unkefer
A very comprehensive summary of the history of DNA testing for genealogical purpose is presented at the beginning of the article. Especially helpful is the discussion of the three types of popular testing: surname, haplogroup, and geographic. Advantages of each approach are presented. A description of the ongoing Suwalki-Lomza Jewish DNA project suggests for readers of this blog the establishment of a Suwalki Evangelische DNA group or a Gumbinnen Administrative District DNA project, of if there were enough interest, a Kreis Stalluponen, Pilkallen, Gumbinnen, Ragnit, etc. DNA project. The common “biological code” is yet to be discovered. All forms, Y-DNA and MtDNA should be collected, but autosomal DNA of the oldest living people remains a high priority as 50% of DNA is lost with each generation.
Is there a reader who would be willing to head this project?

Vol. 25 Double Issue (January 2017) Short Takes: More on Napoleon.
See the previous post for “London the Baker and London the Congressman. “

Landsmen Updated Post 1

Vol. 25 Double Issue (January 2017) Editor’s Corner
The editor announced plans were underway to implement “a strictly internet concept of operation” to improve the Suwalki-Lomza website on JewishGen and very tentatively to have a Members Only component. At the time of publication, January 2017, Vol. 25 Nos 3-4 was scheduled to be published during the summer of 2017 or to continue publishing the journal through Vol. 26 (2018). As of the writing of this post in January 2019, no information on the website finalized these plans. In other words, this post may or may not be the last one from the published Landsmen. If the publication goes online, a blog post will provide the link.

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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