My maternal ancestors, Burba and Jurgielewicz, were very difficult to trace. They emigrated to the US in the early 20th century from the Suwalki region which was part of the Russian Empire. To pinpoint their ancestors and ancestral village I had 440 Mormon Church (LDS) birth, death and marriage Church records of Burbas translated or extracted from Russian/Polish into English. All of the Burba individuals lived in villages within ten miles of the Roman Catholic Parish Church at Kopciowo (today’s Kapciamiestis Lithuania.). Some of these Burbas immigrated to the Schuylkill County, Shenandoah PA area around the turn of the 20th century.
I also had translated or extracted, 225 Jurgielewicz files from the parish church of Wizajny (today’s Wizajny Poland) 50 miles to the north-west. All of the Jurgielewiczes lived within ten miles of the Wizajny parish church. Some of them immigrated to NY NY, Massachusetts or Pittsburgh PA.
If you are descended from a Burba or a Jurgielewicz who came to America from Suwalki Russia around the turn of the 20th century, the files below may be of help to you in tracking your ancestors. The Burbas named in the files lived, for the most part, within the orange area on the map below. The Jurgielewiczes lived, for the most part, within the blue area.