I am researching German ancestors who came to US in late 1800's from several towns/villages in Northeast Poland & present-day Lithuania. Specific locations of interest are Suwalki, Kybarty, and Kaunas (formerly Kovno). I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has done research in these communities. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (please remove number from e-mail address before sending). Thanks!
Lots of Lutheran records for Suwalki have been microfilmed and are available through the LDS. I have copies of about 20 years worth pre1850. If your info goes back into that time frame, I can do a look up for you. These records are in Polish paragraph form. Records after 1867 are in Russian Cyrillic.
I'm trying to find my grandmothers family. Her marriage certificate indicates that she was born in Suwalki - maiden name Surko - around Dec 1887. Her father Adolph Surko was born in 1858 and her mother Augusta Fleckner was born in 1855. I'm assuming they were both from Suwalki as well.
I check the LDS records occasionally and though I was only seeing catholic parish records. Could you give me the LDS microfilm IDs so I can request the records.
Hi - is one of your Hausrath's first name Augusta? I have an Augusta Hausrath who married into my Lawson family and according to what I have found so far, they did come from Suwalki, although I've been unable to narrow it down to a village.
I also am searching in this area Suwalki Kress and Gumbinnen East Prussia; Gryzbina, Poland; Prussia, Gribina, Germany, Gribina, Gridino and Golbne Russia
My g-grandfather was August Gutzat (b. 1896) who lists his birth place as Russia.
His mother was Anna Obereiner (b. 1867) who lists her birth as Wiesgory Bialystok Poland Gryzbina, Poland; Gumbinnen East Prussia, Gryzbina, Poland, Prussia, Gribina, Germany, Gribina, Gridino
His father was also August Gutzat (b.1860)
Anna's parents are George (Jerzy) Obereiner (OBEREJNER) and Augusta Rejterew (the male is Rejeter).
George was also married to Wilhelmina Felgendreher (abt 1890)
I welcome any and all dialogue. These people are impossible to trace to Germany/Poland/Russia
I am most interested in these queries as I have researched German Lutherans from Vilkaviskis, Lithuania, and recently completed a 600 page fully cited family history titled The Three Spurgat families from Wylkowiszki (Polish spelling.) The -at at the end of the surname is most interesting as I have had experts help me with the name. The Spurgats, the only families inthe US with that name, came from 1905 to 1908 first to New Jersey, then Brooklyn, and then in 1910 two families came to Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am interested in corresponding with other researchers from this ethnic and religious group. I am familiar with all three places you list. They have a most amazing story. I would be glad to answer any questions I could. email@example.com
You might be interested in my blog, G-Glisp, Genealogy for German Lutherans from Suwalki Province. There are several postings at this time and I plan to keep added one a week from this point on. firstname.lastname@example.org