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From: GBerghold@aol.com
Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 123 dtd Nov. 30, 2003
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 07:37:17 EST

THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 123 
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Issued monthly by Gberghold@AOL.com)
November 30, 2003
(c) 2003 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)


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This first section of our 4-section newsletter includes:

1. Digital Parish Records of Klingenbach-Fritz. Königshofer
2. New Member Seeks 18th Honved Data
3. Walachia Not Part Of Burgenland Research Area
4. Radio Burgenland?-Bob Strauch & Frieda Eberhardt

1. DIGITAL PARISH RECORDS OF KLINGENBACH (from Fritz Königshofer)

Fritz writes: Gerry and other colleagues on the staff of the BB,

BB member Norman Gludovatz has informed me that during his recent trip to 
Burgenland he was able to digitally photograph three old matrikel books of the 
Roman-catholic parish of Klingenbach.  Since he used a tripod, the copies 
apparently are of superb quality.  The Diocesan
Archive allowed his filming of these 
records.

 Norman's effort continues a trend that strarted with Frank's (and John 
Lavendoski's) filming of the oldest records of Szentpéterfa, and continued with 
Klaus Gerger's immense work of capturing
the entire set of original matrikels of 
Güssing and Heiligenkreuz.

We are all aware of the question mark that would hang over the possibility of 
the BB passing these digitized records to LDS, especially as far as films 
made at the Diocesan Archive in Eisenstadt are concerned. However, I wonder 
whether there would be any similar
concern, if the BB were to manage to offer these 
records for on-line access via the BB web site? What would the web site 
experts among our staff
have to say about this avenue?  Is it feasible?  Digitized 
records would, of course, require a lot of server space.  We might also have 
to check with the Diocesan Archive about permission to allow public access to 
the records, so that future imaging of further parish records would not be 
denied by the archive. I have to say, I was very excited about the news from 
Norman, as
it might indicate a thrust that would incredibly enhance the value of 
the BB resources for visitors of our web site (including all of us).

Charles Wardell replies: Assuming that permission is granted and legal 
questions are solved ; some technical considerations .....

a) Just to remind you that BB has UNLIMITED webspace (without ads) on the 
Burgenland WorldGenWeb Account at Rootsweb .......

b) The storage of the digital images is probably not the main issue. The 
(old)
problem is that one has to be able to FIND the right image once they've
been 
stored.

c) On CD-ROM or DVD one could browse through various digital images (scans or 
photos). Via the Internet (even with a high bandwidth connection) that 
wouldn't really work (yet).

d) To make the data useful via the Internet it would have to be (at least 
partially) transcribed and indexed in some way or another.

Fritz responds:  My central concern is that through the private initiative of 
some BB members, there is a potentially immensely valuable collection of 
original matrikels of the Burgenland and bordering areas slowly becoming
a reality 
in form of digital images. Well, it's not really available yet, but it's 
there to think about making it more accessible.

Perhaps, we need someone working under the BB umbrella, who could make copies 
of the CDs available for people who need them.  It is also evident for me 
that we should not skirt the issue on how to make the job of copying the CDs 
attractive to the person or institution doing the work of making the copies and 
packing/mailing them.

Likewise, as you rightly say, access to the records via the Internet might 
need an investment in indexing which makes it difficult to conceive a free 
access service to these records. However, I for one rather have
these records made 
available (the Archive and Churches permitting) for a nominal fee that defrays 
the cost of making them available, than to give up on the idea altogether.


Frank Teklits adds:  I'll "tip my hat" to any & all of the clerics / lay 
personnel involved in their permitting the filming of the Klingenbach church 
records. John was fortunate in getting permission of the parish priest to take 
photographs of the Szentpeterfa, Hungary church records.
However, when his Bishop 
heard about donating the records to the LDS, he called the pastor & told him 
that he wasn't happy about the photographing of the church records. As a 
result, I sincerely doubt that the pastor will allow any more filming to occur.

One of the developing  issues concerning the total digitization process, is 
the fact that there are no standards to go by, which is typical when "new 
ground" is being broken. Digital cameras fortunately
provide the capability to save 
digital photographs in a variety of formats. The digitizing of the data 
process however, has no known standards, & any & all of us doing it are using 
whatever program we either have, or are most conversant with. All of the approx 
20,000 digital date records that were donated to the LDS are done using 
Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program.
Until some set of standards are set, it is not 
clear how one could request a programmer to code a program enabling on-line 
search, sorting, etc of these records that would encompass most of the church 
records that have been digitized to date.

After all of the preliminary effort was completed prior to sending the 
Szentpeterfa, & St. Kathrein digitized data & images to the LDS, I received a 
"permission to duplicate" from the LDS granting them an ok to own such records, 
granting them the right to reproduce, display, or distribute such copies in 
whatever format they desire. Subsequent to my signing such "permission to 
duplicate", the LDS only
"accepted" the donation of the digitized data records. For your 
information, the LDS has microfilmed the records that I have donated to them, 
& they are available for viewing, using microfilm # 1224600, items 8 to 11. 
This is not the case with the digitized images; the LDS subsequently sought, or 
is still seeking, official approval from the Hungarian authorities to use, or 
perhaps, photograph them using professional personnel, & associated 
equipment.

>From a memory storage viewpoint, storing of the 20,000 digital records is not 
a major concern, as all of the Szentpeterfa & St. Kathrein data records 
require
less than 20 Mbyte storage capacity. Storage of the digitized church record

images is another matter. A "top of the head" estimate to store the digital 
images for the 20,000 date records is somewhere between 1.5 - 2.0 Gbytes.

To say the least, for the above permission to be granted, this effort will 
require the services of an individual with the patience of Job, wisdom of 
Solomon, & the diplomatic skills of Dr. Kissinger. This is not to say
however, that 
an effort to provide on-line access to church records should be discouraged. 
I'm in full agreement with the intent, but am not sufficiently skilled to see 
through the maze of non-standardized
digitized church records, & legal requirements for such to occur. Hopefully, 
while some of the above is occurring, I'll be able to continue the digitizing 
of the Szentpeterfa church records to fulfill a self set goal of digitizing 
all of the birth, marriage, & death records of my Dad's parish from the 1681 - 
to 1933.

(ED. Note: A BB dream is to someday have many of the Burgenland church 
records digitized and on-line. A start has been made, albeit there are many 
obstacles to be overcome, photo copying is just the start.)


2. NEW MEMBER SEEKS 18TH HONVED DATA

MPS6261 writes: My grandfather, Josef (Joseph) Schock, served in the 18th 
Honved in WWI. He was born in what was then, Nagyszentmihaly, now 
Grosspetersdorf, Burgenland. I stumbled across your site
while doing a search for "Honved". 
Joseph immigrated to Northampton, PA in 1922. Northampton has a large 
population of Austro-Hungarians. The
Catholic parish in Northampton is Our Lady of 
Hungary. My grandparents however were Evangelische (Lutheran). 

My grandfather considered himself to be "German", not Hungarian, and German 
was the language in their home. I have been to Grosspetersdorf and there is a 
huge monument at the entrance to the town cemetery listing the dead and missing 
form both WWI &II. My grandfather's brother, Fritz, disappeared in Wehrmacht 
service in Russia during WWII.

I have a few letters that my grandparents received from family in Austria 
during and right after WWII. Most are written in the old-fashioned European 
script and even a friend
of mine from Germany can NOT decipher them. I do have a 
photo of my grandfather in his uniform taken in Szombathely in 1916. I've been 
there also. I would appreciate any information on the 18th Honved. My 
grandfather suffered
from frostbite on his foot all his life after the war. I do not 
know where the 18th fought during the war. I would also be interested in any 
suggestions on how to find out any info on Fritz. All that any of the family in 
Grosspetersdorf could tell me was that he went to Russia and never came home. 
They are very reluctant to talk about WWII. 

There is also a huge obelisk in the back of the cemetery placed there by the 
Russian regiment that occupied Grosspetersdorf after WWII. According to one of 
the relatives there, these troops beat my maternal great grandfather with 
their rifle butts as they confiscated his home, and he died a couple months 
later.
I look forward to hearing from you and sharing anything I can that I know

about Burgenland. Mark Schock

Our reply accompanied our Invitation Letter. Search our newsletter archives 
for at least two articles mentioning the 18th Honved. The ethnic makeup of 
Burgenland has generally been 84% German speakers, 14% Croatian and 2%
Hungarian 
and others. Read our archives re the historical movement of these ethnic groups 
into the Burgenland. We'd like to have your data in the form mentioned in the 
invitation letter attached. Our web site pages can tell you how to find 
family data. Hope to hear from you. (Mark has subsequently joined the BB.)


3. WALACHIA NOT PART OF BURGENLAND RESEARCH AREA

Correspondent writes:  I am Nancy Lee Wallage-Burdette (from) Mesa, Arizona.  
There are a few Wallage's that are doing Family History.   I am excited to 
find your site. I found a John Wallage who was born in Istria in 1855, migrated 
to the United States in 1898, Naturalized in 1903 (?) Census is hard to read. 
It reads: Person born: Istria,  Mothers tongue:  Slovene, Fathers place of 
Birth: Istria.

Is there anything you can tell me that Walach, Walachia and Wallage are 
connected???  We have been doing family history for some years.,
and hit a dead end 
in Page Co, Virginia in 1830 where  my G-Grandfather David Franklin Wallage 
was born.   We can't find his parents or a connection.  One of our cousins had 
traveled abroad some years ago.   He asked someone about Prince Vlad Dracula 
of Wallachia, and they told him we were definitely related to the Prince (the 
impaler). I have trouble believing this as there is no documentation.   I saw a 
History Channel program on Prince Vlad Dracula this last week, and it said 
his bloodline ended  in  1700-1800. Do you know anything about this subject and 
the Wallage/Walach/Wallachia families, possibly being the same blood line?    
I know I am asking a lot.  One half of nothing is nothing, so I am asking all 
I can.:):):)

We also know there are Wallage's in:  England, Netherlands, Australia, 
Germany and Canada- immigrated from England), and U.S.
Thank you for your time and 
appreciate any information you can give myself and cousins.  We are grateful 
for any morsel. My e-mail:  azancy@aol.com

Our reply: Walachia is a former principality between the Danube River and the 
Transylvanian Alps. It is now part of Romania. It was for a brief time part 
of the Austrian Empire. Whether your name stems from this or not, I don't know. 
Most of the inhabitants were Slavs, some Hungarians and remnants of earlier 
Romanians.

You also mention Istria on the Adriatic clear across Hungary, now mostly part 
of Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. It too was an Austrian crown land. My advice 
would be for you to start with what you know to be factual data about your 
ancestors and work back from there. You must find birth, marriage and death 
records to link the generations. We are exclusively
a Burgenland group and can't 
help with family history beyond its borders. I am sending you our invitation 
letter even though you do not qualify for membership (no  origin in Burgenland) 
so you can find other sources of data. See our URL list on our homepage for a 
start.  (A thank you was received.)


4. RADIO BURGENLAND? (from Bob Strauch & Frieda Eberhardt)

Member Joe Tretter writes: Would you please help me if you can? I would like 
to receive radio Burgenland, however it always seems to drift. What are the 
best connections to use?
                
Bob Strauch responds: To be honest, I virtually never listen to Radio 
Burgenland anymore. Every once in a great while I remember to turn into their 
Croatian programs on Sundays at 12:30 PM
EST. If I listen to internet radio, it's 
usually Radio Steiermark, which has folk music starting at 2 PM EST (everyday 
except Sunday); Radio Eviva, an all-folk music station from Switzerland, or 
Bayern 1 from Munich, which has folk music from 1-2 PM EST (every day except 
Saturday). I get to the stations
thru www.mikesradioworld.com. If those links are 
faulty, I try the radio stations' homepages. I notice that Radio Bgld. was 
dropped from the list
on www.mikesradioworld.com. I would try thru their homepage 
burgenland.orf.at.
 
Frieda and Dennis Eberhardt are regular listeners of Radio Bgld. Let's ask 
them for their input.
  
 The Eberhadts respond:
 Ditto re Radio Burgenland.  We haven't listened to it for almost a year 
because they
play more American pop music than anything.  We also connected thru 
Mike's Radio World and put a shortcut on our desktop.  We have been listening 
to www.radioherz.com for a long time.  Our computer is off the kitchen so from 
6 A.M. until I go to work, that's what I listen to.  It comes from Toronto, 
Canada and the music is beautiful - all our kind of songs. I recall when we did 
listen to Radio Burgenland, we had the same problem with drifting in and out.  
It was very annoying and I don't know what caused that.
 
 Bob once more: Thanks for your input. Radio Bgld has a folk music program on 
Sundays mornings at 9 AM (3 AM our time!). After that a Frühschoppen concert. 
The Croatian program is a mix of folk (tamburitza, etc) and folk-style pop.

Newsletter continues as n. 123A

From: GBerghold@aol.com
Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 123A dtd Nov. 30, 2003
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 07:37:49 EST

THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 123A
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Issued monthly by Gberghold@AOL.com)
November 30, 2003
(c) 2003 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)

BURGENLAND BUNCH INTERNET LINKS - ADDITIONS, REVISIONS 10/17/2003
HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE HOMEPAGE (from Internet/URL Editor Anna Tanczos Kresh)

This second section of our 4-section newsletter includes:

1. A New Member's Lament-Gerstl Name, Village of Limbach  (introducing the 
possibility scenario)
2. You Will Be Removed From The Newsletter Distribution List
3. Member Update & Offer To Help-Geosits & Szt. Peterfa
4. New Member Sends Much Data-Pelzmann, Bocksdorf

1. A NEW MEMBER'S LAMENT-GERSTL NAME, VILLAGE OF LIMBACH  (INTRODUCING THE 
POSSIBILITY SCENARIO)

(ED. Note: I include this exchange because it is a typical example of the 
many requests I receive. Unfortunately not too many turn out this well. This 
article also includes comments concerning nefarious genealogies available for 
sale, the problem of name changes due to diacritical marks and phonetic
spellings 
and the difficulty in finding small villages. It also suggests how to proceed 
when you are sure you have found your ancestor's village of origin and the 
help that the BB can provide. It introduces a procedure that I have found most 
helpful in my own family history searches -I call it the "possibility scenario")

In a message dated 11/16/03, mitchja@earthlink.net writes:

If only I had found your website sooner. I have just been scammed by MPNS 
,whoever they might be. I foolishly ordered the Gestl family yearbook. It's a 
pile of junk. I am not interested in Gestl jokes and recipes.
We know nothing of 
my father Frank Gestl, nor his parents, brothers etc. I thought this book 
might give us some information. I not only ordered
one but I ordered three for my 
sisters as well. I'm too old to have fallen for this. Thanks for listening, 
and please send me info about your group and how to join.
Thanks, Anita Mitchell

My reply: You will find that no one can give you a family history-you must do 
it yourself. Firms who tell you that you are in their book are often merely 
copying internet  telephone books, etc. See our newsletter archives for an 
article concerning these "genealogy" scams.
The only way to produce your genealogy 
is for you (or a close relative) to link each generation via birth, marriage 
and death records. We can't do that for you but we can help with Burgenland 
material. We are not a commercial group (1100 members) and we sell nothing. See 
Invitation Letter below for information. If you are not a descendant of 
immigrants from the Province of
Burgenland in Austria  (see definition of where this 
is if you are not sure)- don't bother to join, we can't help you.

You will find that our website has some general family history information 
and some "how to?" articles. Feel free to use them as well as our URL list of 
other helpful internet sites. 

I will provide some help. Gestl is a Germanic name. It stems from Gast, 
Gastmann-meaning
stranger or guest. If you think yours came from Austria-see the 
Austrian
on-line phone book for possible villages or towns, which may still have

families with those names. Since you are only one generation removed you can 
well have some Gestl cousins. I assume your father was an immigrant? If not, 
check the US census of where he was raised. May provide a clue as to origin. 
Germanic names are found every where as there was considerable migration all 
over Europe as well as overseas. I'd also search the Ellis Island records for 
possible help with village/town of origin. Check our surname list to see if we 
have any members searching that name. A quick check of the seven district towns 
in Burgenland did not reveal any Gestls, but there are over 400 other villages 
in Burgenland. Your scam purchase at least brought you a little 
knowledge-education is always expensive.

Anita responds: I appreciate very much all the info you sent me. I will take 
advantage of the website. Thank you so much. As far as I know, my father was 
born in Limbach, district of Gussing. Would that be in the province of 
Burgenland?
  
To which I reply: No apology necessary-we all can become frustrated in this 
business. Oh my yes-Limbach is in Burgenland-welcome Landsmann! Limbach is in 
the district of Güssing-in the southern Burgenland of Austria and inhabitants 
used the churches at Kukmirn-there are two-RC and Lutheran (Evangelical). I 
have a lot of information about Limbach (much from a German history of
Kukmirn). 

Church and civil records for Kukmirn 1828-1921 are available from the LDS at 
any of their family history centers. I find no Gestl's at Limbach now but 
that's no criteria, your father's name may also have been spelled
differently. See 
further along for name changes and other spellings. Much emigration wiped out 
the male lines in many villages-as an example-there are no longer any 
Bergholds at Poppendorf where my grandfather and many
generations of Bergholds were 
born, lived and died. The men all emigrated (but there are some in a nearby 
village)!

Kukmirn churches were used by the following additional villages: all near 
Limbach-Neusiedl bei Güssing, Eisenhüttl, Olbendorf, Rehgraben, Tobaj-also 
Eltendorf. Again I find no Gestls. 

Limbach is now administered (civil administration) from Kukmirn along with 
Neusiedl and Eisenhüttl. There is now a Lutheran prayer house (Bethaus) in 
Limbach which leads me to believe your father
was baptized Lutheran. In 1993, my 
wife and I had a drink in a Gasthaus in Limbach-now known for its sporting 
facilities-tennis-bike riding, hunting.
A little place not over 150 houses-maybe 
less, very rural and attractive. There is an RC chapel, Volks School, Vol. Fire 
House, Singing Society, Theater group and Gasthaus. 

Very early history-as early as 1635-even much older (13th century) known as 
Limpok. German migration (from Bavaria, Styria, Lower Austria etc. perhaps took 
place about 1600). A land inventory (urbar) from 1748 lists 100 houses as 
Hofs or small farm holdings (strips behind the houses). A Göstel family is 
mentioned as living in one of the houses. My source (book Marktgemeinde 
Kukmirn-1982) suggests this name
may also be spelled Kessl or Göschl. There are still 
Göschl's in some of the surrounding villages. Don't let all of these spellings 
confuse you-very common especially among umlauted names (the marks over the 
vowels). Three languages were used-German, Hungarian and Latin-sometimes even 
Croatian and spelling was at the whim of the writer.

I feel your father's name may have been changed from Göstel to Gestl-when the 
immigration people didn't know what to do with the umlaut=ö. It was common to 
change an "ö" to an "oe" and then the "o" was dropped. There is also a Gästl 
family mentioned and a Gästel. Phonetic name changes are common-spell them 
like they souund! The urbar records are from the Batthyany family aristocratic 
holdings-they had the Herrschaft (domain) of Güssing beginning 1524 and owned 
all of the Kukmirn-Limbach land until 1848-62. 

The first immigrants to the US from Limbach were a Karl Krenn and Karl Reichl 
in 1888. In 1927 9 people emigrated-we don't know their names-could your 
father be one of
them? Check the Ellis Island records under various spellings of 
the name. Most immigrants went to Allentown, PA area-some to New York (13) and 
some to Philadelphia (10). There was later migration to Canada and even South 
America.

The Limbach War Memorial for 1914-18 shows Franz Gestl (house number 48) and 
Rudolf Gestl (house number 107)  as having died in the war. Could one be your 
grandfather?

All in all-a most interesting study. We now know various spellings of the 
name.
There is no doubt as to Limbach being the village of origin. I suggest
you 
now look first to the Ellis Island internet records under various spellings of 
the name to find date of arrival, place of origin and maybe original 
spelling. Then scan the LDS church records for a baptism record of
your father or try 
writing the church in Kukmirn. You must find out if RC or Lutheran. Maybe you 
already know. That record will supply parents and you can go back from there. 
Also check our map site and house number list and house owners in Limbach from 
the 1800's.

Why not join us by sending your data as per the Invitation Letter I sent 
previously. Good luck in your search. Search our archives
for anything further re 
Limbach. I intend to use our correspondence in my next newsletter (Nov. 
30)-you'll get a copy if you join. I'll be happy to answer any other questions.

Possibility scenario to be investigated from above data:

Gestls came to Limbach before 1748 (similar names first mentioned in urbar)

Gestl brothers or cousins died in WWI-left one or more children.

Frank Gestl was son of  deceased Franz Gestl from house number 48 (similarity 
of given names) or a member of  a Göstel family and changed his name. I would 
lean toward the former while feeling that the Gestl name was originally 
Göstel when first arriving in Limbach.

Frank Gestl may have migrated to US in 1927. 

Note: An assumption  scenario such as this provides a framework upon which 
research can be based. A little data combined with some logical assumptions can 
lead the way to later proof.


2. YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE NEWSLETTER DISTRIBUTION LIST

Every month, I can spend time reading and deleting messages telling me that 
newsletters can't be delivered for one reason or another. Most result from 
inattention on the part of recipients or failure
to advise us of address changes. 
This causes me to sometimes wonder why I ever started this business. At no 
cost to members, we set up an organization, conduct research for others, answer 
hundreds of queries and spend most mornings writing or editing newsletters. 
Some members then thank us by not telling
us about address changes and causing us 
more work. We had to take steps to reduce this work load. If four newsletters 
are undeliverable, you will be removed from the distribution list and I won't 
be too quick to set you up again if this happens. Now I find that it is 
possible that a server failure
can cause non-delivery. See below-if this happens to 
you, let me know, BUT ADVISE US OF ADDRESS CHANGES & DON'T LET YOUR MAIL PILE 
UP TO MAXIMIM LIMITS ALLOWED BY YOUR SERVER.

Member writes: Say, I had a DNS outage--and whenever that happens, it takes 
48-72 hours for the internet to reconverge. (He has received the following 
message from our auto-remover.)

-----Original Message-----
From: BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L-request@rootsweb.com

To: cglenn@bedfordhouse.net
Subject: You have been removed from the list. Your mail address 
cglenn@bedfordhouse.net
has been removed from the BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L@rootsweb.com 
mailinglist.
It generated an excessive amount of bounced mails. Before sending in 
another subscription request to
BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L-request@rootsweb.com again, please ensure that this 
problem has been resolved.    When in doubt, ask your system administrator or 
send mail to "postmaster".

The last one of those bounced mails has been quoted below:
>From MAILER-DAEMON Sun Nov  2 13:46:27 2003
>Received: from mail.rootsweb.com (mail.rootsweb.com [192.168.16.34])
>    for <BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L-request@lists5.rootsweb.com>; Sun, 2 Nov 
2003
>   ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
>cglenn@bedfordhouse.net
>Message could not be delivered for 2 days
>Message will be deleted from queue


Our reply to cglenn@bedfordhouse.net: We're set up to auto-remove distribution
 addresses after four delivery failures. This is necessary since with 1100 
members we have to process 30 to 40 non-deliveries every issue. Your situation 
is a new one for me. Most involve people who don't bother to advise us of email 
address changes or who don't read their mail-allowing it to pile up until 
their server cuts them off. In your case, since it's beyond your control, I'll 
set you up again. I'm not so kind for the other types. Can you explain what a 
DNS outage is? I'm not an Internet expert.
Gerry Berghold


3. MEMBER UPDATE & OFFER TO HELP-GEOSITS -SZT. PETERFA( from Steve Geosits)

Steve Geosits writes: Please update my membership profile as follows:

Steve Geosits (sgeosits@att.net) New York, NY.  GEOSITS, FILIPOVITS, 
SZTUBITS, SZABARA (Harmish, Austria); JURASITS, NEMETH, SKRAPITS, HAKLITS,  
FILIPOVITS,
MILISITS, HARANGOZO, PAUKOVITS, BARILOVITS, HABETLER, KAPITAR, GRABARITS,

TEMMEL (Szentpeterfa, Hungary).  I am currently correlating all Szentpeterfa 
house names, house numbers and their associated family genealogies.  Contact me 
if you are interested in finding out the house/clan names of your ancestors.


4. NEW MEMBER SENDS MUCH DATA-PELZMANN-BOCKSDORF

Keeping to my habit of reporting new members who send us more than the 
required data, I've included the following:

Robert Frank Pelzmann, Jr., Agoura Hills, CA. robertp366@earthlink.net; 
PELZMANN (Bocksdorf)
MARINITS (Stegersbach)

Grandfather Frank Pelzmann settled in New York City, later in Medford 
Station, Long Island, New York, USA around 1920-22;  Frank was an Engineer
for New 
York Central Railroad, and Long Island Railroad.

According to an unverified family story, Frank (born about 1898, died  about 
1975) was one of several  children, living in Bocksdorf, Burgenland, and left 
the family at age 11 or 12 to work as a fireboy on the Austrian National 
Railroad.  He emigrated to the USA in 1920 or so. Frank's wife
Rosa Marinits (sp?), 
whose family was from Stegersbach, emigrated to New York City,  died in 
childbirth about 1925. Rosa's sisters (?), Anna and Hanna, lived in Medford 
Village, Long  Island, New York.  Anna and Hanna
helped Frank raise his children 
after Rosa's death. Anna and Robert visited
Bocksdorf and Stegersbach about 1930.

Frank's children: Gertrude Pelzmann (died 1997), married Eddie Devlin, lived 
in New York City; Gerturde worked for Montifiore Hospital; Eddie retired from 
NYC Police department and Robert Frank Pelzmann (born approx 1925), married 
Gennie Helen Andrukiewicz (died in
1997) in 1945, lives in Fairfield, CA. Robert 
(Sr.) joined the (then) Army Air Corps in 1943, retired from the US Air Force 
as Lt. Col. in 1965.  Robert flew transports in the Berlin Air lift.

Gertrude's three daughters, Joanne, Suzie, Ellen, live in NYC. Robert's 
children, Cinthia Louise married Gary Lozanno, lives in Vallejo, CA; and Robert 
Frank Jr., lives in Agoura Hills, CA. Robert Jr. received a Ph. D. in Physics 
from Stanford University in 1974.

Cynthia's Children, Jeffery, still living in Vallejo, CA; and Anna, living in 
Sunnyvale, CA.

Robert Jr.'s children, Christopher, lives in Los Angeles, California; and 
Sophia, living in Atherton, CA.  Sophia recently graduated from Stanford 
University. Thanks for the opportunity to find more about my family history.

Newsletter continues as no. 123B.

From: GBerghold@aol.com
Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 123B dtd Nov. 30, 2003
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 07:39:02 EST

THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 123B
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Issued monthly by Gberghold@AOL.com)
November 30, 2003
(c) 2003 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)


This third section of our 4-section newsletter includes:

1. DNA Continues To Tantalize Us Re Origin Of Burgenlanders-Helena Clan, 
Steve Geosits
2. Al Meixner  Advises Of Ethnic Music
3. Viennese Orphans In The Burgenland-Fritz Königshofer
4. Burgenland Fruit Varieties


1. DNA CONTINUES TO TANTALIZE US RE ORIGIN OF BURGENLANDERS (from Steve 
Geosits)

In a message dated 11/6/03, sgeosits@att.net writes:

I came upon the Oxford Ancestors website, and noted that you posed a question 
in July, 2003 concerning your own mDNA analysis.  I don't know who else in 
the BB has taken the plunge and had their mDNA analyzed, but I have.  My  
maternal mDNA indicates a single mutation at 16121C-T in the Helena clan
.  Although 
my  Burgenland ancestry is predominantly Croatian, followed by Hungarian and 
Austrian (in that order), I've determined from genealogical research on my own 
family line that my mDNA was inherited from an Anna Harangozo who was born in 
Szt Peterfa in 1805, and Harangozo is a Hungarian surname.  What nationality 
is your oldest maternal surname?  With all of the different cultural groups 
intermixing, I suspect that Burgenlanders may have a diverse number of mDNA 
mutations. It would be interesting to know the distribution of the various mDNA 
mutations in Burgenland, and for me, Szentpeterfa in particular.

My reply: I have two mutations CTCATGCTTA at 16192C-T and CACATAAAGC at 
16311T-C. While in the clan of Helena, which would link me
to Europe west of the 
Alps (one of the German tribes) with subsequent migration to the Burgenland. 
I've traced my family history to Graz, Styria region (Paternal) about 1650 and 
probably Swabia or Franconia (Maternal) about the same. My oldest direct links 
are in Burgenland in the district of Güssing in the village of Rosenberg 
(Rosahegy) now part of Güssing. They are all German.
Oldest with 2 or more daughters 
is Margita Paar, born Krottendorf abt 1795-. She would be German-married 
Sammerl-other females in clan Majer(in), Batka. Last could be Hungarian, but I 
feel German.


I do have one Hungarian g-grandmother, name Tarafas who was born in Pinka 
Mindszent 1846-1889 (Vas Megye) just across
the border from Moschendorf, but this 
is the mother of my maternal grandfather.  Oldest Hungarian female linked to 
her was Anna Pal 1699-1750, died Pinka Mindszent.

We Burgenland descendants shouldn't have too great a mix or mutations as both 
of our DNA's seem to prove. Just three basic possibilities-German 
(84%)-Croatian (14%-this would be
yours) and Hungarian, etc. (2%). Most of these married 
in their own culture, even after emigrating to the US, although my 
g-grandfather did
marry an Hungarian. My Berghold clan also married into a Croatian 
family, Schaukowitch in the area around Heiligenkreuz. 

I feel our mutations may have occurred much earlier than this. Since 
Croatians
came to Burgenland about 1524 and Germans (later generations) about 1600-I'd

say the mutations may have taken place in Croatia (for Croatians) and in 
Swabia. Franconia, Lower Austria, Styria for Germans. Nationality of the
mutations 
is anybody's guess given the many tribal migrations and wars that took place 
in these regions.  You may well be correct in your Hungarian link given the 
interaction of Hungarians (Magyars) and Croatians over the many centuries of 
Croatian presence in the Balkans. Isn't it  possible; however,
that it could have 
occurred during the Croatian migration to the Balkans? Lots of 
possibilities-see our translation of Croatian history
in our newsletter archives (Teklits). 
It may even be an Asiatic mutation from some place like Iran or the Crimea. 
How about a Hun or Mongol gene? Same for mine-heh-heh. I always told my 
grandmother that one of her ancestors got caught by a Turk-then I'd get the wet 
dishcloth in the face!

I'll admit that I'm a little confused as to the number of generations 
required for a mutation-is one sufficient
or perhaps a dozen or what? Is there a 
definitive answer? I will publish this exchange in the next newsletter if you'd 
like to add anything further.

Steve responds: 
Thanks for your reply and detailed information of your genealogical 
background.  You make a good point
concerning my own Hungarian link, and of course 
there are very, many possibilities concerning various migrations of  Croatians, 
Germans, etc. to Burgenland.
Tracing our genealogies back several  hundred years 
pales in comparison to the 10,000 year time scales we are  dealing with when 
interpreting mDNA results.  So, even though my oldest  maternal ancestor was 
Hungarian, her own mother could have just as easily  been Croatian or Austrian. 
 So, at best mDNA points to our past, but routes  taken on our way back to 
that time fades with time.

It has been established that mDNA mutations occur about once every 10,000 
years.  At the present
time, it does not appear as though any single mDNA cluster 
can be traced back to any particular group in Europe since even 10,000 years 
may predate distinct ethnic groupings.  So far, the research seems to indicate 
a mix of clusters for any given European group.

Bryan Sykes, a professor of genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine 
at Oxford University has done extensive work in this area. By way of example, 
the research that he has completed on the Basque population in Spain indicates 
that they contain six of the seven possible mDNA clusters that are common 
throughout Europe.  This is true even though the Basques have been a relatively 
isolated ethnic group and have a language which is distinctive and not 
Indo-European.
 Now, since the Basques themselves contain such a large mix of mDNA 
cluster
types, it seems to me unlikely that non-isolated populations such as those

in Burgenland can be traced back to any particular cluster.

So I think it is probably coincidental that we both have mDNA from the Helena 
cluster since 47% of all Europeans do as well.  What we can say is that 
Helena was one of the most successful of all the seven maternal clans that 
populated Europe and that your maternal ancestors and mine converge on
Helena about 
20,000 years ago.  So Gerry, if we assume 25 years per generation, then that 
would mean that we are related as 800th cousins ... roughly <grins>. All the 
best, Steve Geosits

ED. Note: So we have at least two Burgenland descendants from the Helena 
Clan, each with mutations. I would guess, based on what I
know of European history 
that most Burgenland descendants with Germanic backgrounds are related to the 
Helena Clan-but I'm surprised that Steve with a Croatian background is also 
related. Of course we don't have a large enough sample to draw any conclusions. 
If any other BB members have had their DNA analyzed, please send me the 
results (clan name and number of mutations). I would expect that both Croatian 
(Slavic) and Hungarian (Magyar)- backgrounds
would differ as Clan names, possibly  
Katrine or Xenia . The origin of these racial groups is still cloudy and we 
may find that DNA analysis may cast some light, the Croatians being from 
north-eastern Europe-north western
Asia on the fringes of the Xenia Clan and perhaps 
the Magyars as well. If any Hungarians read this article and have had DNA 
analysis, please contact me concerning your Clan name. 


2. AL MEIXNER ADVISES OF ETHNIC MUSIC

(ED Note: The Meixners are one of the few groups who promote Burgenland type 
music. Al has been a BB member for some time and I am always happy to hear 
from him and pass on
his information. If you enjoy this type of ethnic music (and 
most of us do) see his website. New Braunfels by the way is a Germanic enclav
e in Texas-while I don't know of any Burgenland presence, it is possible. 
Advise us if you know of any.)

Al writes-Hello Friends, Just a short note to let you know that we're back 
from another successful Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas. The Al Meixner Trio 
was honored to have been on the same entertainment line-up with the Fabulous 
Dujka Brothers,
the Super Sauerkrauts of Gary Trumet, the Incomparable Alpenfest 
of Mike Barker and our newest musical friends - The Internationals from 
northern
California. Primo accordionist Robert Atwood, Master Yodeler Kevin Hatcher

and trumpet prodigy Matthew Barker all gave stellar performances. All of the 
New Braunfels area bands did a great job of rounding out the entertainment at 
all three venues. Hope we get to do it again next year.

If any of you find yourselves in eastern PA between Thanksgiving and 
Christmas - check out our schedule at the trio section of our website
- try to make 
one of the performances of "Weihnachtszeit" by Alex & myself at the Bethlehem, 
PA Christkindlmarkt. It's an authentic European-style Christmas marketplace and 
Christmas cultural & entertainment fest. We're really looking forward to it. 
Here's a link to the Christkindlmarkt website 
http://www.christkindlmarkt.org/03/03Home.asp

Our 2003 #4 catalog is now online. We have a nice selection of Holiday music 
and some great "new items." Do have a great Holiday Season and remember to 
keep Love, Peace, Music and Christ in your Christmas.   musically yours, AL 
MEIXNER & the Al Meixner Family. Our Website  www.almeixner.com 
 


3. VIENNESE ORPHANS IN THE BURGENLAND (from Fritz Königshofer)

(ED. Note: some time ago when I was scanning Burgenland church death records 
of southern Burgenland, I found a number of entries reporting deaths of young 
children. They all included the fact that they were born in Vienna and they 
all had a cryptic number as part of their record. They died at various village 
locations and their death was reported by local villagers. Often, there would 
be notes in Hungarian or German, the drift of which indicated that they were 
orphans under the care of locals. We have mentioned these
before, but it is very 
possible that our members may find such an orphan in their family history. 

A message about these orphans appeared on the Burgenland query board and 
received the following answer from Fritz Königshofer:

Information Concerning Viennese Orphans:
Since after the uprising of 1848, and even more so after the Compromise with 
Hungary in 1867, Vienna started to thrive as the capital of the Austrian 
Empire, I assume that many people flocked to Vienna from all parts of the dual 
Monarchy in the pursuit of work. There were many
single young women among them who 
tried to get jobs as chamber maids, nurses, cooks, maids for everything 
(Mädchen für Alles, often abbreviated
MfA), etc. It must have happened frequently 
that these women bore children out of wedlock. Add to that the children born to 
prostitutes who also congregated in the metropolis of Vienna, hailing from 
all parts of Empire and Kingdom.

Perhaps there were too many babies and children to take care of by the 
"Niederösterreichische Findlinganstalt"
(Foundlings Institute of Lower Austria). 
Therefore, apparently, an attempt
was started to place these children with foster 
families in rural areas of the Monarchy. While they were called foundlings 
and orphans, the mothers were often known, but not able to care for the 
children, and there must
have been too many of these babies to find adoptive parents 
for them.

Children were placed with people ostensibly willing to take them into foster 
care, in Bohemia, the Hungarian counties of Pozsony and Nyitra, and possibly 
other regions. From about the 1870/1880s onwards, children were apparently also 
placed in Western Vas county, mostly the upper Raab and the Lafnitz valley, 
from Jennersdorf to Felsõ Rönök. The conditions may have differed over the 
years, and may have differed between regions, but families received about 6 
florins per
month per child, and the children had to be returned to the institute in

Vienna after reaching age 6 to 12.

The unfortunate fact was that very few people with food on the plate took 
these children into foster care. Mostly, the volunteers were people or families 
with no money to feed themselves, and no land or milk-producing livestock. 
Almost a trade developed, where some shrewd (though irresponsible) people 
collected orphans in Vienna, took the advance payment for the foster care
for one 
year, then traveled with the children to their rural home areas
where they placed 
the poor children with unsuited foster families or persons, taking a cut on 
the advance money received for the foster care.

When one reads the death records of that time (till the early 20th century) 
of the Raab valley in former Vas county, one can easily get dispirited by the 
many deaths reported among the foster children, usually mostly born in Vienna, 
but some in Graz too. In many parishes, these deaths outnumbered deaths in the 
local population (children to adults) by 2 to 1.

The cruelty and abuse did, however, not go unnoticed. Local people with a 
heart complained to newspapers about the institute in Vienna and the local 
abusers who essentially starved their children to death.
The institute in Vienna 
itself was aware of the problems, and at least at times, tried to address them. 
Despite the bad odds, some of the children managed to survive their ordeals and 
stay with sometimes loving foster families or return to Vienna and Graz to 
start an apprenticeship.

Most of the information I just conveyed, I owe to Albert Schuch, who serves 
as the Austrian editor of the Burgenland Bunch (BB) Newsletter. You can find a 
few articles on the Vienna orphans in BB newsletters 58B of May 31, 1999, and 
91A of December 31, 2000. Go to http://www.rootsweb.com/~autbur/burgenland.htm 
to find these articles in the archives of the BB. 


4. BURGENLAND FRUIT VARIEITIES

In a message dated 10/21/03, sherwindu@comcast.net writes:

I am a member of a backyard fruit growing society, Midwest Fruit Explorers, 
and recently we acquired a pear called a King Karl.  I have been trying to 
trace the origins of this pear.  Can you help me? Sherwin Dubren

Reply: Hello, you pose an interesting question. Unfortunately while I know 
something about apples grown in Austria, I don't have any information about 
pears, although I know they use the Williams pear for a white fruit brandy-the 
Hungarians also make a pear brandy, which is not
as sweet  and stronger than the 
Austrian variety-I don't know which they use. 

They (the Austrians) have 74 varieties of apple listed in a book I have 
("Rund um den Apffelbaum"-Around the Apple
Tree by Gerger/Holler) and they end the 
list with usw. (und so weiter-and so forth) so there can be more. A very few 
are named for royalty or aristocracy-Kronprinz Rudolf, Frieherr von Berlepsch, 
Kaiser Alexander, Königenapfel. You can see from this that at least one refers 
to what is probably the Russian Czar (Alexander). I feel your pear likewise 
could have been named for the King of some other country. The only Austrian 
King (Emperor) with the name Karl was the last one (Charles I)-I doubt if the 
pear was named after him. Many
other Karl's (Germanic Charles)-even Charlemagne. 
Could even be an Hungarian king. I would opt for the ruler of one of the 
smaller kingdoms which
made up the Holy Roman Empire-incorporated into Germany in 
1867. Just a guess.  Let me know if you find an answer. I'll publish your 
question in the next BB newsletter and let you know if I get an answer. 

Newsletter continues as no. 123C.

From: GBerghold@aol.com
Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 123C dtd Nov. 30, 2003
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 07:39:54 EST

THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 123C 
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Issued monthly by Gberghold@AOL.com)
November 30, 2003
(c) 2003 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)

THANKSGIVING IS BEHIND US. THIS YEAR I GAVE THANKS FOR MY IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS 
WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO BORN IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY.  I AM ALSO 
THANKFUL FOR OUR MANY ETHNIC TIES WITH THE "HEIMAT." I LOOK FORWARD TO
THE CHRISTMAS 
SEASON, REFLECTING ON THE MANY WAYS WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF THE CHRIST CHILD 
AND RECALLING THE PLEASANT FAMILY GATHERINGS OF CHRISTMAS PAST.


This fourth section of our 4-section newsletter includes:
1. Translation Help
2. A Bilingual Xmas Poem-Hannes Graf
3. First Immigrant From Oslip-Bruce Klemens
4. Post Those Requests For Family History Contacts
5. LDS To Digitize Microfilm Records?-Anna Kresh
6. Please Read The Fine Print-Your BB Email Address Is On Line!


1.  TRANSLATION HELP (from the Burgenland Query Board)

We often get pleas for help in translation. I've had requests to translate 
books and magazine articles, which I have neither the skill nor time to do. I 
have only a working knowledge of German and no Hungarian although I can use a 
large Hungarian dictionary. While the BB has some members who are fluent in 
these languages, it is too much to ask for a lot of translation. If you need a 
book or lengthy article translated we must point you to a commercial translator 
or to computer translation software. We limit our translations to "official" BB 
requirements or short "phrase" or "word" translations. 

If you have a short phrase or troublesome word like those appearing on church 
or civil records, you might try placing them on our Burgenland Query Board 
http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=locali
ties.ceeurope.austria.Prov.burgenland&m=1695.1.1

The following recently appeared on that board and was answered by our board 
stalwarts Herb Rehling and Fritz Königshofer. The exchange follows:
Query: Could someone help  translate this for me? "Lt. Dienstbotenbuch ist 
die Mutter, Helena Weger, rom.kath., ledig, dienstmagd, zutandig nach 
Hof/Niederosterreich." I get that part of it is saying that
Helena Weger is the Mother, 
and that she was born in Hof, Austria right? Please help! Thank you! 

Herb Rehling replies:
"As specified in the 'servant log', the mother, Helena Weger, Rom Cath, 
single, servant, is registered in Hof / Niederoesterreich".

Legend:
Hof is a (little) town in Niederoesterreich (Lower Austria, Austrian province 
around Vienna), very probably Hof am Leithagebirge (see 
http://de.dir.yahoo.com/Staedte_und_Laender/Laender/Oesterreich/Bundeslaender/Niederoesterreich/Stae
dte_und_Gemeinden/)
 

Fritz Königshofer replies: More particularly, the word "zuständig" means that 
Helene Weger had home rights on Hof in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich). This 
describes the old citizen rights system in Middle Europe, where citizenship 
(home rights) extended down to the village level. Helene most likely inherited 
her Zuständigkeit from her father (or mother if born out of wedlock), or 
acquired
the right herself , which is much less likely. Therefore, there is a high

likelihood (though no certainty) that Helene had been born in Hof in Lower 
Austria. I would agree with Herbert that the Hof of her was likely the one near 
the old Hungarian/Austrian border in the Leitha mountains. 


2.  A BILINGUAL XMAS POEM (from Hannes Graf)

(ED Note: Those of us who have studied a little German-or English as our 
Austrian friends might do-soon find we can converse a little bit and by
putting in 
a few foreign words and ignoring syntax and grammar, we can make ourselves 
understood. This is exactly what our immigrant ancestors did-many
spoke this way 
for the rest of their lives. Few had the time or opportunity to become fluent 
in their new language. The fact that they had smatterings of Hungarian or 
Croatian as well, makes me wonder how they managed to do even that. I think we 
enjoy having our Austrian friends use a little English and they in turn like to 
see us use a little German. The number who have perfect command of both 
languages is rare and involves much study. We can't all
do that. Unfortunately many 
on both sides of the pond are sometimes too proud to use their limited 
knowledge of a language. I know that we would
hear from many more German speakers if 
they weren't too concerned about using poor English-they think we might laugh 
at them-likewise they would hear from more of us if we weren't so concerned 
about using poor German-I remember attending a German church service in 
Eltendorf when my immediate neighbors
smiled at my pronounciations.  I'm sure God 
understood.  

Last year Hannes Graf sent me a bi-lingual Xmas ditty which I thoroughly 
enjoyed-I think you will too.
You might even find that you know more German than 
you realized. It reminds me of some of the Pennsylvania Dutch (Palatinate) I 
heard while growing up in Allentown, PA. It is also a little like the Hianzen 
dialect our Burgenland friends are keeping alive. Nothing is more complex than 
trying to rhyme in two or more languages.)

Hannes wrote: I know, I am 14 days too late for this, but I hope you enjoy it 
also, as I do.

 Little Christmas Gedicht (poem)

When the last Kalendersheets
flattern through the winterstreets
and Dezemberwind is blowing
then ist everybody knowing
that it is not allzuweit
she does come the Weihnachtszeit.


All the Menschen, Leute, people
flippen out of ihr warm Stüble
run to Kaufhof, Aldi, Mess
make Konsum and business,
kaufen this und jene things
and the churchturmglocke rings.


Manche holen sich a Tännchen
when this brennt they cry "Attention".
Rufen for the Feuerwehr
"Please come quick to löschen her!"
Goes the Tännchen off in Rauch
they are standing on the Schlauch.


In the kitchen of the house
mother makes the Christmasschmaus.
She is working, schufts and bakes
the hit is now her Joghurtkeks
and the Opa says als Tester
"We are killed bis to Silvester".


Then he fills the last Glas wine-
yes this is the christmastime!
Day by day does so vergang
and the holy night does come
you can think, you can remember
this is immer in Dezember.


Then the childrenlein are coming
candle-Wachs is abwärts running.
Bing of Crosby Christmas sings
while the Towerglocke rings
and the angels look so fine
well this is the Weihnachtstime.

Baby-eyes are kugelrund
the family feels kerngesund
when unterm Weihnachtsbaum they're hocking
then nothing can them ever shocking.
They are happy, are so fine
this happens in the christmastime.


The animals all in the house
the Hund, the Katz, the bird, the Maus,
are turning round the Weihnachtsstress,
enjoy this as never nie
well they find Kitekat and Chappi
in the Geschenkkarton of Papi.


The family behins to sing
and wieder does a Glöckchen ring.
Zum Song vom grünen Tannenbaum
the Tränen rennen down and down.
bis our mother plötzlich flennt
"The christmas-Gans im Ofen brennt!"


Her nose indeed is very fine
ENDE OF THE WEIHNACHTSTIME


3.  FIRST IMMIGRANT FROM OSLIP (DISTRICT OF EISENSTADT)-(from Bruce Klemens)
Regarding the first immigrant from Oslip to America:  I have in my possession 
the big Oslip history book (mentioned in BB last year).  It lists Franz 
Kutassy, the parish priest, as leaving Oslip for America in 1848 "for political 
reasons."  (The second immigrants were Paul and Anna Schumich in 1856.)  Of 
course 1848 was a year of great political unrest throughout much of Europe.

I then checked a document I have about the parish of Oslip.  It indeed 
verifies that Franz
Kutassy was the priest in Oslip from 1842-1848.  It says he was 
born 17 July 1801 and in 1824 was "Kaplan" (curate) in the Diocese of Zagreb, 
Croatia.  (Remember Oslip was primarily Croatian.)  In 1835 he was a priest in 
Markt St. Martin before he came to Oslip in 1842.  And it says he was in 
America in 1848 and more specifically Evansville in 1854.  Evansville is in 
Southern Indiana, right across the river from Kentucky.  

I tried an Internet search to find out exactly what the political reasons 
were to force him to leave Oslip and what happened to him.  Burgenlaender.com 
verifies
he was the first Oslip immigrant and says he had to flee the country and

that his destination in America was Tennessee.  It doesn't say anything else. 
Further searching shows that his name is listed several times in A History of 
the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Vincennes, published in 1884.  
Vincennes, IN is about 50 miles north of Evansville.  More searching reveals
there is 
apparently a folder of news clippings about him at Notre Dame University in 
South Bend, Indiana.  Unfortunately none of these documents are
online.  Kutassy 
sounds like he had an interesting life...I'd love to know more about him.


4.  POST THOSE REQUESTS FOR FAMILY HISTORY CONTACTS (suggested by Bruce 
Klemens)

(ED. Note: email has been edited-names have been removed.) Bruce writes: I 
thought you'd find this interesting about the power of the Internet.  About six 
months ago one of my relatives joined the BB.  She got into genealogy because 
of one of her kid's school projects, and now she's hooked.  Besides posting on 
BB, she posted on Rootsweb.  A while later she got an email from a person in 
Burgenland, also into genealogy, who by sheer chance saw her Rootsweb posting. 
 He couldn't figure out why the names that this person in America was looking 
for were the same he was looking for.  So he asked his mother who clued him 
in that almost a century ago several of his great-grandmother's siblings came 
to America and that their descendents still lived.  Judging from the enthusiasm 
in his emails, this person seems beside himself with delight and excitement 
to find out he has living, breathing relatives in America just as interested in 
genealogy as he is.

We have been exchanging emails and electronic images, re-establishing the 
cross-Atlantic family connection that existed when his grandmother and 
great-grandmother were still alive.  And a very weird
thing has happened:  I have sent 
him old photos of our mutual relatives that he has never seen, and he has sent 
me old photos taken in America that I have never seen.  I can only assume that 
when the original trans-Atlantic connection still existed these photos 
(mostly pre-WWII) were exchanged.
Our contact was amazed when I sent him a photo of my grandfather, with his 
parents and several brothers.   He had never seen a photo of his 
great-great-grandparents ANYWHERE and
here, some guy in America has a copy.  He literally 
wrote "I can't believe
it!!!"  At his request, I had to rescan the photo in high 
resolution mode so he could print it out and hang it on his wall.

I'm sure at times running the BB can be a thankless job, but I thank you from 
the bottom of my heart for all that you do.  As you can see from the above, 
genealogy can go far beyond mere paper family trees and into re-establishing 
family ties. 


5.  LDS TO DIGITIZE MICROFILMRECORDS? (from Anna Kresh)

Anna writes: BB Staff, For those of you who have made use of the LDS 
microfilm rentals, you may be interested in an article in the latest issue of 
Eastman's online
genealogy newsletter. It is a very informative report on the future 
of LDS microfilming and digital imaging.

See: http://www.eogn.com/newsletter/
Click on "End of microfilm" link.

(ED. Note: When I first read Anna's email I got the wrong impression that 
microfilm
would no longer be available to genealogists. Upon reading the Eastman

newsletter I find that the LDS is considering giving up microfilm as a storage 
medium but replacing it with digitized records. This could well mean that 
sometime in the future, LDS records may be available on-line. Given the large 
amount of microfilm in storage, it can well be many years before this happens. 
Don't fret-the LDS is not discontinuing microfilm availability at their family 
history centers.


6.  PLEASE READ THE FINE PRINT-YOUR BB EMAIL ADDRESS IS ON LINE!

We go to an inordinate amount of trouble to bring you Burgenland family 
history contacts. We make it easy for you to find data and for others
to find you. 
We also warn you that putting your data online WILL EXPOSE YOU TO SPAM. Now I 
hear from some members who tell us they saw their email address on one of our 
websites and they are upset. "PLEASE REMOVE MY ADDRESS IMMEDIATELY-YOU HAVE 
MADE IT AVAILABLE TO SPAMMERS" they write. We'll honor such requests, but the 
entire thrust of the Burgenland Bunch is to provide contact between people who 
are researching the same family history.  I know no way to do this short of 
providing a contact address available to others. With 1100 members, I have no 
interest in being a forwarding point middle-man or operating some sort of an 
anti-SPAM filter; I have enough to do to provide the BB service.
It would be of no 
value to retain your family history data without a point of contact. As I see 
it you have the following choices:

1. use your delete button or server SPAM filter
2. establish an email address exclusively for family history contact purposes
3. cancel your BB membership.

END OF NEWSLETTER

BURGENLAND BUNCH STAFF (USA residents unless designated otherwise)
Coordinator & Editor Newsletter, Gberghold@AOL.com (Gerald Berghold)
Burgenland Editor, albert.schuch@gmx.at (Albert Schuch; Austria)
Home Page Editor, hapander@spacestar.net (Hap Anderson)
Internet/URL Editor, ARKRESH@AOL.com (Anna Tanczos Kresh)

Contributing Editors:
Austro/Hungarian Research, fritzkoe@mindspring.com (Fritz Königshofer)
Burgenland Co-Editor, klaus.gerger@usa.net (Klaus Gerger, Austria)
Burgenland Lake Corner Research, dkneb@tnics.com (Dale Knebel)
Chicago Burgenland Enclave, tglatz@aol.com (Tom Glatz)
Croatian Burgenland, fteklits@comcast.net, (Frank Teklits)
Home Page village lists, ardsleyut@mstar2.net, (Bill Rudy) 
Home Page surname lists, steichen@triad.rr.com (Tom Steichen)
Home Page membership list, burgenland-bunch@chello.at , (Hannes Graf, 
Austria)
Judaic Burgenland, 71431.1612@compuserve.com (Maureen Tighe-Brown)
Lehigh Valley Burgenland Enclave, strauchfam@enter.net (Robert Strauch)
Szt. Gotthard  & Jennersdorf Districts, Burgenlaenderin@aol.com (Margaret 
Kaiser)
Western US BB Members-Research, rfunger@cox.net (Bob Unger)
WorldGenWeb -Austria, RootsWeb Liason-Burgenland,  cwardell@aon.at (Charles 
Wardell, Austria)

BB ARCHIVES (can be reached via Home Page hyperlinks) or a simple search 
facility (enter date or number of newsletter desired) at:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~autbur/bbnlarchx.htm

BURGENLAND HOME PAGE (WEB SITE)
http://www.spacestar.com/users/hapander/burgen.html
http://go.to/burgenland-bunch (also provides access to Burgenländische 
Gemeinschaft web site.)

WORLDGEN WEB BURGENLAND QUERY BOARD
http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=rw&;
p=localities.ceeurope.austria.Prov.burgenland

The BB is in contact with the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft, Hauptplatz 7, 
A-7540 Güssing, Burgenland, Austria. Burgenl.gem@bnet.at

Burgenland Bunch Newsletter distributed courtesy of (c) 1999 RootsWeb.com, 
Inc. P.O. Box 6798, Frazier Park, CA 93222-6798 

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