Category Archives: Family History Tour

A private tour of ancestral villages conducted by a professional guide who specializes in finding historical locations, persons, and resources pertinent to one’s families.

Poszyle/Pasiliai

Dorothea Zering, my great-grandmother, mother of Pauline Hutop Spurgat, was born here. I really wanted know its location. On the 1932 online map, it is southeast of Masskwietyszki/Masikvietiskis. I compared its location on the 1932 Polish map to the online … Continue reading

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Masskwietyszki/Masikvietiskis

This was the home of Minna Keller, wife of Mathäus Spurgat. Their oldest daughter, Heinrette, was born here in 1862. She married August Grigoschat, immigrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and lived the rest of her life there. We drove quite … Continue reading

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Korale/Karaliai

The earliest recorded Spurgat records, two births, were recorded here: Frydryk in 1849, son of Andrzej Spurgat (born circa 1818) and Rozalia Kuczynska, the father of Johann Spurgat, and grandfather of Adolph. Ludwik Spurgat born in 1852/53 is the son … Continue reading

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Gudele/Gudeliai

Two young daughters of Mathäus Spurgat and Minna Keller lived and died here: Augusta Spurgat was born in 1872 and died here in 1873; Emilia was born in 1867 and died in 1873.   With our last few hours approaching, … Continue reading

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Gize/Gizai

Home of Pauline Hutop, wife of Adolf Spurgat Our first trip to Gize/Gizai was Saturday evening. We noted the large Catholic Church. PUr guide went into the local grocery store, came out, and announced that the owner’s son was the … Continue reading

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Sudava: Home of Our Local Guide

We arrived at our guide’s home and were heartily welcomed as her neighbors were leaving with fresh berries they had just picked. We saw the small, probably Soviet-built house, neat garden, lawn, and TV dish. We entered the back door … Continue reading

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Marijampole Evangelical Lutheran Church

We walked with our guide to the church just two short blocks north of the hotel. The streets were “all torn up” so walking was really easier than driving there.  A few people, mostly older women, sat in the pews. … Continue reading

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