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.

Pustopedzie/Pustapeziai

Two other Spurgat families lived here: Matylda Spurgat, born in 1878, August Spurgat born in 1879, and his brother Otto Spurgat born in 1880. We traveled directly from Pilviskis/Pilviskiai. A large sign announced that the 10th anniversary celebration of the … Continue reading

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Pilviskis/Pilviskiai Old German Cemetery

We wound our way to the cemetery where a few surprises awaited us. First, the bumper guard from Vilius’ car came off as he backed from the cemetery onto the road to park the car. Next, as we wound our … Continue reading

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Pilviskis/Pilviskiai

 Home of Wilhelmine Kaptain, wife of William Gustave Spurgat.  In 1987 August Spurgat, son of William Gustave Spurgat, (This is a different August Spurgat than the one in Gutkaimas/Gudkaimas) said in an interview: Grandfather’s name was Zier. They really had … Continue reading

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Old German Cemetery of Osprutai Village

Our guide reported that there are a number of Lutheran cemeteries in the area. “Last year I was in the cemetery of Garswinie/Garsviniai but there are also cemeteries in Opsrutai, Pilviskiai, Virbalis, etc.“ He also commented that in “searching for … Continue reading

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Oszurty/Opsrutai

Two women who married into the Spurgat families were born here: Karolina Raudonat, 2nd wife of Johann Spurgat in 1847 and Wilhelmina Kaptain, wife of William Spurgat, 20 March/1 April 1877. We continued on the highway toward Pilviskis/Pilviskiai and turned … Continue reading

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Schelmu/ Szelwy/Big Selviai (Mazieji)

Berta Spurgat, daughter of August Spurgat, was born on January 15, 1908, in Schelmu. Vilius thought, “Most probably Schelmu is the same as Selviai. Now there are 2 villages of Selviai: Didieji Selviai (Big Selviai) and Mazieji Selviai (Little Selviai).” … Continue reading

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Kisieniszki/Kisiniskai

The daughter of Johann Spurgat and Anna Ber (Berz), Anna Spurgat, was born here in 1873. It is interesting that this birth was recorded in a place several miles away from Didwize and the other nearby locations associated with this … Continue reading

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