7th Anniversary Post

GOALS for Year 7:

GOAL PARTIALLY MET: Almost but not quite, but there have been 24 posts in the last 12 months.
Try to continue to post in the middle and end of each month. The delay in recent months has been due to a move after 38 years and related issues and the necessity of putting my own genealogical research on the back burner of my life. Hopefully, it will start to burn bright again. Please note new email address whjch will appear soon in the comment section.
GOAL MET: Categories are updated through February 2019.
Encourage everyone to keep reading of the blog by checking the Categories and Tags list which has been updated through February 2019. 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.
GOAL MET: 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.
GOAL MET: Posts about all three conferences were included.
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.
GOAL MET: Continue the EWZ series with explanatory steps.
GOAL MET: Share books of interest.
GOAL MET: Include results of FHL microfilm/digitized records.
GOAL MET: Discuss “Lithuanian” DNA and the results of another DNA “cousin.”
STEPS TAKEN TOWARD GOAL: Provide an update on the future availability of records.
Major series include posts about Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen (History of the Protestant German Settlement in Lithuania) by Hermann Jaekel.

GOALS FOR YEAR 8:
Post the middle and end of each month.

East Prussia –Migrations, Political History, Historical Fiction and Non -Fiction, and Research

Answer comments as quickly as possible.
Respond to specific questions from researchers by sending them unpublished posts.
Report on conferences (if attended) with one or more posts.
Possible report on research which reveals result of translations of four family letters and resulting EWZ research which led to a very personal connection. Oh, my!
Write one or more posts in collaboration with another researcher.
Support new young researchers including the Facebook group, Lietuvos Liuteronų Genealogija. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LiuteronuGenealogija/. It is amazing to see the variety of information available online.
Support https://www.owenthegenealogist.com/. Owen, the genealogist, gave me the Facebook group link. His work is exemplary! It is exciting to connect with new, young researchers!
Also, Owen has started a Facebook group Germans from Kreis Wilkowischken/Vilkaviškis Lithuania https://www.facebook.com/groups/614853642302441/

Your comments provide the encouragement I need to reach the ten-year anniversary!
If you have made a comment that I have not responded to, please send another comment so we can communicate further by e-mail with a new address associated with the account.

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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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