Germans From Lithuania: A Basic Overview for Beginners

Germans From Lithuania: A Basic Overview for Beginners

If you’ve discovered you have German ancestors who lived in Lithuania, you may be overwhelmed trying to understand who they were and what they were doing in Lithuania. This post tries to provide a basic overview of the Deutsche aus Litauen and what you need to know before you start your research.

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History of the Luki [Liukių] Mansion by Ugnė Ražinskaitė - English Translation

History of the Luki [Liukių] Mansion by Ugnė Ražinskaitė - English Translation

The tiny village of Luki (Lithuania Liukių) lies just north of Wischtiten (Lithuanian Vistytis) and due to its size, its history is foggy. Lithuanian writer Ugnė Ražinskaitė has written a short history of this village and it’s presented here in an English translation.

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Understanding Experience: Notes from Hermann´s "Lithuanian Germans During WWII"

Understanding Experience: Notes from Hermann´s "Lithuanian Germans During WWII"

Arthur Hermann’s “Litauendeutsche Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs” provides a useful overview of the experience and attitude of German Lithuanians (Prussian-Lithuanians) during WWII. Here I bullet-point my own takeaways and notes from his paper published in the Annaberger Annalen

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Discovering A Lost Brother

Discovering A Lost Brother

Everyone’s family tree holds a surprise or two (or three.) Oftentimes, these surprises are either welcomed (hurray, you’ve got royal blood!) or embarrassing (your ancestors owned slaves in the south!) Either way, these surprises add depth, color, and conversation to your family history, and almost always become an important part of the story telling process.

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