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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.

The Peoples of East Prussia

Early East Prussian Peoples The province most family researchers know as East Prussia was the originally a duchy and a kingdom. In the 19th century the original land that was Prussia became a province known as East Prussia. The first … Continue reading

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2019 Post 1 East Prussia

INTRODUCTION: This series of posts presents one researcher’s study of East Prussia specifically for those researching ancestors in what is now Lithuania and whose origins probably lie in East Prussia. At least one family story suggests that movement in the … Continue reading

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Bilder Post 5 A Few Images

In addition to the four images below, many chapters feature parishioners and exterior and interior views of the remaining churches on interest of individual researchers. Translation: The defeated Napoleonic Army on their retreat from Russia to France, marched through Wilna. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bilder Post 3 Continuation of Keeping Track of the Lithuanian of the Past

Similar people like the merchants were: Zacharias Schneider Jakob Schneider The Goldsmith’s wife Judita Luxian, born Gebel Hans Müller Gerge Neumann Friedrich Meinhardt The Goldsmith apprentice Hans Rentel with his sister Elisabeth, the widow of Goldsmith Falten Heine Dietrich Witt … Continue reading

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History of the Protestant German Settlement in Lithuania Post 2

Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen by Hermann Jaekel Introduction The second and third posts have been translated for their historical intent. This rare information indicates that Germans had settled in Lithuania’s two largest cities, Kovno and … Continue reading

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Bilder Post 4 Final Post from Keeping Track of the Lithuanians from the Past

One sees that it was a commanding number of Germans who, about the middle of the 17th century, lived in Wilna and there held citizenship rights (meant they could vote, hold offices—an important right and had to be earned. That … Continue reading

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