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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.

2020 POST 3 RMR An Example of a Certificate of Appearance for an Execution of Military Duty

As of 1 January 1874, all 32 year old males were subject to military service.  Each October the recruits were drafted. Their terms of service varied from three to five years. Deferments could be made for only sons and sole … Continue reading

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POST 2: Another Approach

More than a decade later, Owen, the genealogist, offered this informative source: A white paper by Tomas Balkelis Opening Gates to the West: Lithuanian and Jewish Migrations from the Lithuanian Provinces, 1867-1914 provided the following information: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/c40e/4abd3b6ff99bf4341e48fd591a079b156d0f.pdf In 1874, the Russian … Continue reading

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Russian Military Records: A New Series Post 1

POST 1: Introduction to Russian Military Records POST 2: Another Approach POST 3a: An Example of a Certificate of Appearance for an Execution of Military Duty POST 3b: An Example of a Military Service Record POST 4: An Example of … Continue reading

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German Census Records 1816 -1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource

By Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G. One of the German genealogical myths is that there is no national German Census helpful to genealogists as there is in the U. S. Dr.  Roger Minert’s 20?? Publication corrected this assumption. Dr. Minert … Continue reading

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Year 8 Anniversary Post

GOALS FOR YEAR 8: PARTIALLY MET: Post the middle and end of each month. 24 posts in Year 8 but not posted middle and end of each month.  MET: East Prussia — Migrations, Political History, Historical Fiction and Non -Fiction, … Continue reading

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POST 12: East Prussian Articles from the Germanic Genealogy Journal, St. Paul, MN (Available online with GGS membership)

EAST PRUSSIA Genealogical Guide to East and West Prussia (Ost- und Westpreussen): Records, Sources, Publications & Events. Edward R. Brandt and Adalbert Goertz. 5:1:24 GGS Acquires Large Prussian Collection: Part I. Ed Brandt. 2:3:5 GGS Acquires Large Prussian Collection: Part … Continue reading

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POST 11: East Prussian Resources 

Most of these have been published in individual posts, but are listed here comprehensively.  BOOKS: Brandt, Edward R., Mary Bellingham, Kent Cutcomp, Kermit Frye, and Patricia A. Lowe. Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns. St. Paul, … Continue reading

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POST 10: A TALE OF TWO BROWSERS 

Auf den Spuren Ihrer Ahnen means On the Trail of Your Ancestors. The url is http://www.ahnen-gesucht.de/ostpreussen. This is an image of the home page. Along the left you find a list of kreise and another window of what’s new. On … Continue reading

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POST 9 Original Surname Sort

NEXT STEPS My original search on Ancestry.com produced 242 results and 23 locations. Where in East Prussia were they? First, I numbered my entries so I could try to put together families by locations and dates. Some of the locations … Continue reading

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POST R7: Additional Secondary Sources

VFFOW The Index Quassowski The second secondary source is The Index Quassowski published in Hamburg, Germany, after the death of Quassowski in 1968. From 1977 to 1993 the Association for Family Research in East Prussia and West Prussia published his … Continue reading

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