About

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.

5 Responses to About

  1. Karl Klein says:

    I am told my family came from the Szury area of Suwalki. The family name is Klimach. Have you encountered this name?

  2. Bron says:

    Hi Karl, I am familiar with the Klimach surname from around Suwalki. Do you know the names of the family members who lived in Szury? You might like to contact me on bronklimach(at)gmail.com
    Bronwyn.

  3. Robert Schaefer says:

    I’m trying to find family information on my paternal grandmother, Augusta Schaefer (Dukstein). Her parents were Joseph Friedrich Dukstein and Johanna Emilie Scharfetter. I have a copy of her Confirmation Certificate, 06 Jul 1902, from the Evangelical Lutheran church in Wischtiten, Lithuania (sp?). Verbal history has the Scharfetters departing Saltzburg for Prussia in the late 1700s due to religious reasons.
    Any information will be appreciated, Bob

  4. Rick Egtvedt says:

    I am trying to connect my fathers maternal line back to their homeland. The only information my grandmother (born in the US) could provide was that they came to the US from Kovno (currently: Kaunis). Working through census information I’ve found her birthplace given as “Verbollon” and also as either “Wablen” or “Warbalen” in the New York City arrival log from the steamer Konigin Luise which had sailed out of Bremen. Are there other likely options or could Virbalis/Wirballin be a good place to start searching? If so, how might I access records for Helene Knopp in this area?

    Family legend as that Helen specifically decided to take a later sailing date because it would be a German Ship.

    Rick Egtvedt

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