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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.

2019 Post 3 The Old and the New

The idea for the revision of this post came about in July 2019 as I was “mining” the Germans from KreisWilkowischken/Vilkaviskis Lithuania Facebook Group. As I sought new topics for future posts, I considered a description of finding some long-sought … Continue reading

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Post 2 Research Experience with Germans from Kreis Wilkowischken/Vilkaviskis, Lithuania

The sources for records in my 2010 family history book were microfilmed Family History Library records from AGAD (Archives in Warsaw) and the Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius, all of which are now digitized (or planned to be) on … Continue reading

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Post 1 Germans from Kreis Wilkowischken/Vilkaviskis Lithuania Facebook Group The East Prussian Series on Political History has concluded. I interrupt this series to bring you three posts about my recent researh. The East Prussian series will continue in November with posts … Continue reading

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2019 Post PH 4 1815 to Present East Prussia after Napoleon

East Prussia after Napoleon: 1815 to Present The capital of East Prussia remained in Konigsberg in the Konigsberg Administrative District. The northeastern border with Lithuania, known as Memelland, remained in East Prussia until 1923. Memelland lay north of the Nemanus … Continue reading

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2019 Post PH 3 1803–1807 Napoleonic Era to Congress of Vienna 1815

1803 to 1807: Lands Prussia Lost Napoleon Bonaparte started his campaign to rule Europe and continued his conquest eastward toward Prussia. In 1806 the Napoleonic army defeated Prussia. Prussia lost areas to the west, south, and north.  In 1807 Prussia … Continue reading

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Post PH 2 The Rise of Prussia 1772 to 1803

The First Partition of Poland Prussia acquired the first of many additional lands. In 1772, the First Partition of Poland, Prussia acquired the part of Poland that became the province of West Prussia. Following the establishment of two administrative districts … Continue reading

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THE RISE OF PRUSSIA to 1772: Changing Borders I

Post PH 1 Political History The political history of Prussia is divided into the next four posts with an emphasis on how this history probably affected those Germans who lived in Suwalki Province in the Russian Empire. Post PH 1: … Continue reading

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