Category Archives: Interviews

Research 2012-2015: Essen Archives: PART III

2015: I decided that I should contact the Essen Archives myself to see if they could send me the civil birth registration record of the third aunt who had been born in Essen in 1904. I also asked them for … Continue reading

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Experiences at the Feefhs Conference

Presentations: I was scheduled to give two presentations: Skillbuilders: More Brick Walls in Genealogical Research: Two of the examples were the same as last year, but three were added as a result of research I have done in the last … Continue reading

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Personal Recollections of Wylkowiszki

One family member and her two young sons, the eldest born in 1900 and the younger, born in 1906, remained in Wylkowiszki until 1908. Their father had left for the United States in May 1907. The oldest son born in … Continue reading

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Eidschun Family History

Bob Eidschun was the first fellow researcher I “met” almost twenty years ago after being given his name by an officer of Feefhs (See October 24, 2014 post) at the very first Feefhs conference I attended in Bloomington, Minnesota in … Continue reading

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Hirsch Family History

One of the first three researchers who contacted me through this blog is Al Hirsch. Born in Lithuania during WWII, his family came to the United States after the war. In the last few years he has amassed an amazing … Continue reading

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Coming of Age in War-Torn Lithuania and Germany by George P. Blum

This book had been recommended to me by two readers of my blog, both of whom have been mentioned in previous posts. As with most of my book selections, a recommendation by one reader puts it on my reading list. … Continue reading

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Experiences at the Feefhs Conference

Presentations: I was scheduled to give three presentations: Two were in a “Beyond the Basics” strand: Brick Walls in Genealogical Research Writing and Publishing Family History in the 21st Century As part of the Onsite/Travel Research I was to give … Continue reading

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The East Prussian Lutheran Liturgical Tradition and Its Lithuanian Expression from the Reformation to the Agendas of the Donelaitis Era

This, the second of the books purchased from Darius Petkunas, is half in English and half in Lithuanian. The first 237 pages in English explain the history of the East Prussian liturgical agendas. The last half presents the contents of … Continue reading

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The Repression of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lithuania during the Stalinist Era by Darius Petkūnas

My meeting with Dr. Darius Petkunas was described in my post of September 27, 2013, where I referred to an eight page hand written document from May 1992 which listed the status of each Lutheran church in Lithuania compiled by … Continue reading

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Marijampole

Marijampole is the city where records of the Hutop family were recorded. My grandmother,Pauline Hutop married Adolph Spurgat. Our family history tour guide had arranged a “discussion with the pastor or church community “at the Marijampole Lutheran Church.” Pastor Vaidas … Continue reading

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