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Baltic Linguistic Branches in the 11th Century from Lithuanians in Canada by Pr. Gaida. S. Kairys, J. Kardelis, J Puzinas, A. Rinkūnas, J. Sungaila.

Available at the Family History Library. https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/98162?availability=Family%20History%20Library The Contents of this 1967 book introduces various topics of Lithuanian settlement in Canada—immigration, religion, education, the arts, communication, social and charitable organizations, politics, sports, professionals, and business and industry. At first glance … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name Revisited: (German Family Names of Prussian Origin) by Max Mechow

The first ten posts on this blog discussed -at surnames in East Prussia and Lithuania.  See https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/whats-in-a-name-5/ and the following nine posts. In May 2016 I revisited this subject in the post below and the one which follows  it. https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/addendum-post-3-ethnicities-of-a-name-prusi-and-maps/Continue reading

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Various Spellings of First Names

Because of the complicated history of Suwalki Province, the first names on the records of the family I researched varied according to the governmental jurisdiction they were living under at that time. Some examples from the records are listed below.[1] … Continue reading

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Theories about the Origin of the Name

Early in my research I spent a lot of time pondering the origin of my family name—Spurgat. Here is a summary of four theories: Several scholars have studied German surnames and published their results. George F. Jones in German-American Names … Continue reading

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A Bit of History

A Bit of History  Because of the numerous governments that ruled the lands in which these people with –at names lived, historians, when writing about this area, have written about it from the viewpoint of the nation which they represent. … Continue reading

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Onomastics or onomatology is the study of proper names of all kinds and the origins of names.[i] Those who specialize in onomastics concentrate on understanding the origins of names. The knowledge of several languages is essential to onomastics. The following … Continue reading

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