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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.

POST 6 Secondary Sources VFFOW (Print and Online Index) AND BOOKS

VFFOW The Index Quassowski The first 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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POST R5 Online and Print Gazetteers

Print and online gazetteers provide the correct spelling! PRINT: Parish Registers East Prussia Part III by Kevan Hansen features the Gumbinnen Administrative District. https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Prussia-Regierungsbezirk-Gumbinnen-Registers/dp/1628590203 There are reviews on other websites. See also https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/east-prussian-gazetteers-part-i/ The Atlantic Bridge Volume 8 Prussia: Brandenberg, … Continue reading

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POST R4 Print and Online Maps

PRINT Parish Registers East Prussia Part III Good maps of each kreis are a necessity to learn the exact location of each parish. Kevan Hansen’s Parish Registers East Prussia Part III features the Gumbinnen Administrative District. https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Prussia-Regierungsbezirk-Gumbinnen-Registers/dp/1628590203 This link to … Continue reading

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POST R3 Research Strategy: Simultaneous Use of Secondary and Primary Sources

Without a specific location, parish, or kreis to search in, one must use secondary sources. I used them to prepare myself for East Prussian research, especially in the Gumbinnen Administrative District, and most especially in certain kreise in the northeastern … Continue reading

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Post R2 Personal Research Strategy

Finding the records of East Prussian origins of German ancestors is not easy because Many non-German and German groups settled here. Various jurisdictions existed in this area over the centuries. A wide mixture of migration patterns of Germans eastward and … Continue reading

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2019 Post R1 Administrative Divisions of East Prussia

East Prussia: 1807-1818-1923 This is the shape of East Prussia that most family historians are familiar with. The above map and others below are from Lands of the German Empire. These borders were stable until after WWI when the northeast … Continue reading

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Post HF NF 1: East Prussia in Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction

East Prussia from the Novelist’s Point of View Description of East Prussia in February 1804 Michael Gregorio’s Intent of Criminal Reason The setting is French-occupied East Prussia during the winter of 1804. The 19th century brings out the clash of … Continue reading

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