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I believe that in this field the best thing we can do as Genealogists, is share our knowledge and resources with others who are interested in learning. These tips and resources are here for you to utalize and share!
For the benefit of all, I have transcribed the birth index from the Wischtiten/Vistytis Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1844 - 1885.
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
Gerhard Neubacher’s “One Family - Seven States” gives a useful overview of Prussian-Lithuanian citizenship from 1732 until after WWII.
A brief review of the EWZ records and the G/E cards
I created PDF templates to help those who want to transcribe and/or translate their ancestors EWZ cards
Using maps to locate your ancestor's village in Prussia and Lithuania can provide important information about their life and where to find records that may exist.
When your ancestors came here from the ‘old country’ they likely did so on a boat--and before boarding and departing the ship, they would have been recorded on a ship manifest.
Dr. Hermann Gollub has remained one of the most important researchers and archivist of Salzburger Genealogy amongst any researcher familiar with the group. Born in 1888, he was responsible for the all-important 1934 book Stammbuch der ostpreußischen Salzburger which literally translates to ‘The Studbook of the East Prussian Salzburger.’ Gollub’s book lists thousands of names of those who came to East Prussia from Salzburg in 1731/32.
Here are some groups that have helped me in my Saleker research in Prussia and Lithuania
Any Genealogist or family historian will tell you that church records are amongst the most important repositories of information when conducting research. And they’re right. Before many state governments required vital records to be recorded at their own governmental institutions, it was the duty of religious organizations to record births, deaths, marriages, and the like for their citizens and parishioners. Having these records will advance your research significantly, and often hold the information you need to overcome brick walls.