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Subject: BB News No. 138 dtd March 31. 2005
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 07:07:57 EST
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 138
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 10th Year- Issued monthly as email by )
March 31, 2005
(c) 2005 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)
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This first section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:
1. Chicago Viennese Ball-Tom Glatz
2. Ethnic Links-Margaret Kaiser
3. Burgenland Village History- Neuhaus am Klausenbach-Ron Wolf
4. Hungarians Of Louisiana-Margaret Kaiser
5. A Burgenland Record From 1678 & How To Find A Map
6. Güssing Castle Organization Holds Press Conference-Heinz Koller
1. CHICAGO VIENNESE BALL-from Tom Glatz
Tom writes: I thought that I had better send this while it is fresh in my
memory. It isn't a Burgenland event as such but it is attended by Chicago
I had the pleasure of attending the American Friends of Austria Viennese Ball
on Saturday, February 19th. It was held at the Drake Hotel in the Gold Coast
Room. This is a beautiful Chicago Landmark from the 1920's. This year's theme
was "Tales from the Vienna Woods". It is the next best thing to being in
Vienna during the ball season. I had never heard live Viennese music before such as
Stolz, Lehar, Strauss, etc. Music this year, as in the past several years,
was played by the famous Franz Benteler and his Royal Strings. It is a black tie
event. Since many of the people attending are from the various Austrian
organizations, they have the chance to wear their honorary medals, bestowed upon
them by Austrian provinces or by the federal government of Austria. This year's
event was sponsored by the Consul General of Austria in Chicago, Dr. Elisabeth
Kehrer. However since she was not able to attend, her assistant Consul Gernot
Wiedner was present. Consul Kehrer will leave Chicago to become the first and
new Austrian Ambassador of Malta. She will be replaced by Dr. Robert Zischg
who is originally from Tirol. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Zischg at the
ball. He is genuinely interested in the BG and BB as was Dr. Kehrer.
I know you dislike attachments, but I thought it would be nice to send just
one picture from the event. Chicago BG president Karl Billisits and Dr. Zischg
are standing with me. (ED. Note: In the picture Tom and Karl are wearing
their Burgenland Ehrenzeichen medals, awarded for their exemplary service to Land
Burgenland. They were excellent BB representatives. They look most
distinguished. If you've never attended a Viennese Ball you are missing one of life's
finer cultural events. Many Austrian societies throughout the US feature them-my
wife and I've attended those sponsored by the Austrian American Society in
Wilmington, Delaware and enjoyed them immensely-"Wien, Wien Nur Du Allein-sollst
stets die Stadt meiner Träme sein!")
2. ETHNIC LINKS -from Maragaret Kaiser
(ED. Note: As one of our BB staff, Margaret spends a lot of time searching
the net and sharing items of interest to the BB. Some that we consider of
immediate interest get added to the newsletter- a few follow.)
*Subj: BB - 1899 Allentown City Directory
(ED: I've previously mentioned the importance of city directories. I'm happy
to see these added to the net. This site has others in addition to the year
1899. Visit the site address shown below.)
*Subj: New URL - Lehigh Valley (PA) Cemeteries
TITLE: Lehigh Valley Cemeteries
DESCRIPTION: Photo documentation of Cemeteries in the Lehigh Valley area
(Lehigh and Northampton Counties) of Pennsylvania.
* Thought you might be interested in this upcoming tour,
Vienna-Budapest-Paris, The Operetta Extravaganza. Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and Czardas
Princess are woven together into one musical experience. Cast is European,
Budapest Operetta Theater. There are 9 color photos from the show; elaborate
Follow Other Performances and then Operetta links from following site.
Schedule in brief:
May 12, Hagerstown, MD
May 13, NYC
May 15, New Brunswick, NJ
May 16, Pittsburgh, PA
May 17, Toronto, ON
May 18, Kitchener, ON
May 21, Wisconsin Dells, WI
May 22, Chicago, IL
*"Hungarian Minorities and Minority Boundary Maintenance in Burgenland," is a
scholarly essay by Michael Sozan about Hungarians who live in Burgenland as a
result of Trianon. Unterwart, the upper section of Oberwart, and Siget in
der Wart, are neighboring towns and are called the Orseg (the Hungarian language
island in Southern Burgenland). Another Hungarian town in Burgenland is
Mitterpullendorf, which is located 45 kilometers from the Orseg. Michael Sozan's
essay may be read at: http://www.hungarian-history.hu/lib/tria/tria43.htm.
This essay is from a collection published in 1982, called, "Total War and
Peacemaking, A Case Study on Trianon (Vol. VI)."
3. BURGENLAND VILLAGE HISTORY-NEUHAUS AM KLAUSENBACH-from Ron Wolf
Ron writes: Last year I found a relative in the Neuhaus am Klausenbach area.
He is the Burgomeister and a member of the Burgenland Landtag. I wrote to
him a few weeks ago inquiring about a published history of the Gemeinde I saw
mentioned in the BB newsletter. It is called 500 Jahre Marktgemeinde Neuhaus am
Klausenbach 1478-1978. He sent me a copy and said the book is still available
for EUR 5,00 (about $6.60 plus postage) from the Gemeindeamt. If anyone is
interested the address is:
Marktgeimende Neuhaus am Klausenbach
8385 Neuhaus am Klausenbach, Hauptstrasse 25
I visited the area in 2001. When I wrote to get information on lodging, it
took them a couple of days to find an English speaker. So it is best to
communicate in German. Fortunately, I have learned to write a comprehensible letter
in the language. I am also fortunate to have a German son-in-law who makes
any needed corrections.
4. HUNGARIANS OF LOUISIANA-message forwarded from as
sent by "Les Josa" <>Sent: March 14, 2005
Got this email from the Hungarian consulate in New Orleans. I thought it
might be of interest in preserving the history of the Hungarian settlement in
From: HUNGARLA [mailto:]
Hungarians of Louisiana Inc. and the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society
of Albany, Louisiana would like to invite you to a Spring Celebration-a
fundraising for the Hungarian School Museum.
Guest Speaker: Sen. David Vitter, R-LA. SenatorVitter will present the
federal grant to the Hungarian Settlement
School Museum. Stephen J. Gergatz hon. Hungarian consul will discuss the
Museum road show.
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2005, 5:00 PM
Location: American Legion Home, Hwy 43, Springfield, LA /location of the
Hungarian Harvest Dance, South of Albany, LA/
Admission: $5.00 per person includes goulash or chicken paprikas. Palacsinta,
kifli and kalacs will be on sale. Wine auction, music, entertainment and
dance performance by the children's dance troupe.
Info: Juliana Roberson Petho
29447 W. Bates Rd.-Hammond, LA 70403-225 567 6679
Please send your tax deductible donation for the museum. Hungarian Settlement
P.O. Box 1909, Albany, Louisiana 70711
We encourage all members and friends of Hungarla to support this worthy
cause. Stephen and Julianna Gergatz
(ED Note: About the time I think I know all there is to know about
Austro/Hungarian immigration, I find something new. A Hungarian enclave in Louisiana of
all places. We do know that New Orleans was a minor port of entry for
Austro/Hungarian immigrants with many settling in Texas. I wonder if Louisiana has
any Burgenland immigrants?)
5. A BURGENLAND RECORD FROM 1678 & HOW TO FIND A MAP
One of the nice things that can happen after you join the BB is to have some
member find one of your family records and send it to you. Many of us are
always scanning records and sometimes a name that our friends are looking for pops
up. The following is a case in point.
Mike Spahits is one of our charter members. He designed the BB logo and
helped with the graphics for our website.
His is an old Croatian name and goes back to 1526 in southern Burgenland to a
village settled by Croatian settlers. They used the Croatian church at Szt.
Miklos but on occasion used the church at Güssing. I was scanning some old
Güssing records and out popped an early Spahits entry. I just had to forward it to
Mike who has relocated out west from his former home on Staten Island.
My email follows: Hi Mike-I meant to send this with the last email. My cousin
Klaus Gerger copied some of the very early Güssing church records and
downloaded them for me. Lots of my people but I spotted the following baptism-it must
be the earliest Spahist record we'll ever find-we can't link it to what you
have but it will be a good first entry for any family history you wish to give
to that new daughter some day. No doubt these are your ancestors.
14 Feb. 1678 Baptized Georgius Spahist-son of Mathias Spahist and wife
Helena, from Klein Mürbisch.
Why the baptism here? Perhaps Helena was from Güssing-just a short distance
from KM. Also at this time the Güssing church (Maria Heimsuchung) was almost
brand new having been built in 1638.
Mike responds: HOLY COW!!! That is the second best news that I have heard in
a long time! The (new) baby first of course. THANK YOU! You are still my
great hero of Genealogy! Now if I could only find Klein Murbisch on the map.
Mine doesn't show it and I can't find it on-line. Any close up scans that you can
email or links to maps?
To which I respond: Mike I'm surprised-with as much computer expertise as
you have, I was sure you'd be able to navigate our BB homepage. Maybe what
you're telling me is that our website isn't as user friendly as it should be! We're
getting kind of cluttered. Anyhow (to find a map with your village):
*Go to the BB Homepage
*Click on BB Map Site
(on left hand side of page drop down to Güssing (village name)
*Click on small map of District
Klein Mürbisch is just south of Güssing-print the map
*Click on larger scaled map
Look for KMürbisch
On extreme left (west) you'll find the Austrian town of Fürstednfeld (it's in
Styria right on the Burgenland border-this town can be found on most maps of
Austria (if not-it's just north-north east of Graz-the second largest city in
Austria) which is in the south east.
Hope this gives you what you need. You might also use the TIF files available
from the Map Site-I have trouble with them via AOL. Let me know how you make
out. Macht's gute.
6. GÜSSING CASTLE ORGANIZATION HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE-from Heinz & Hildegard
(ED Note: We have previously mentioned the annual plays performed by the
Güssing Burgverien. In 2001, we were guests of BB members Heinz and Hildegard to
one such performance. Residents of Güssing they are very active in the affairs
of the Verein as well as being active members of the Burgenlandische
Gemeinschaft. There is something magic about an historical play performed at night
within the confines of this ancient castle. Even with language difficulty it is an
awesome experience. This year's play will feature events from the life of
Andreas Baumkircher, one of the early aristocrats of southern Burgenland.
Information concerning the play can be found by visiting the website mentioned at the
end of this article. If you plan to be in Austria during the time this play
will be performed, you would do well to consider attending. Following is a
partially translated Invitation to the conference as forwarded by the Kollers.)
7540 Güssing, Bergstraße 13
Invitation to the Press Conference for the Güssing Castle Play 2005
"Ich, Andreas Baumkircher ..."
am Mittwoch, 16. März 2005, 10.00 Uhr, im Foyer des
Stadtmuseums in 2700 Wr. Neustadt, Petersgasse 2a
Organizations represented at the conference:
Der Burgverein Güssing als Veranstalter der BURGSPIELE GÜSSING
gibt sich die Ehre, Sie zu diesem Termin herzlichst einzuladen.
Wir freuen uns, neben der Repräsentanz der Bgld. Landesregierung
und der Stadt Wr. Neustadt (als ehemalige Kaiser-Residenz), auch den
Kommandanten der Theresianischen Militärakademie begrüßen zu dürfen.
Als Gesprächspartner stehen folgende Persönlichkeiten zur Verfügung:
Guest speakers: Landesrätin für Tourismus, Bgld., Mag. Michaela Resetar
Bürgermeisterin Traude Dierdorf (Wr. Neustadt)
Stadtrat Wolfgang Trofer (Wr. Neustadt)
Norbert Koppensteiner, Leiter des Stadtmuseums (Wr. Neustadt)
Generalmajor Mag. Norbert Sinn, Kdt TherMilAk (Wr. Neustadt)
ObstdhmfD DDr. Hermann Prem, Jurist, Historiker (Hartensdorf, Stmk)
Bürgermeister LAbg. Peter Vadasz (Güssing)
Wolfgang Werner, Intendant der Opernfestspiele St. Margareten
Erhard Jungnikl, Regisseur der Burgspiele (Güssing)
Olt Mag. Klaus Stöger, Träger der Titelrolle (Wien-Güssing)
Gabi Leonhard und Anton Beretzki, Hauptdarsteller
Hildegard Koller, Obfrau des Burgvereines Güssing
Die Vertreter der Medien
Musikstück (Gruppe "jazz & more...", Wr. Neustadt)
Begrüßung - Stadtrat Wolfgang Trofer
Statements - Landesrätin Mag. Michaela Resetar
- Bgmst. Traude Dierdorf, Bgmst. Peter Vadasz
- Generalmajor Mag. Norbert Sinn: Militär-historischer Bezug
- ObstdhmfD DDr. Hermann Prem: Regional-historischer Bezug
- Wolfgang Werner: Opernfestspiele im Burgenland
- Erhard Jungnikl: Inszenierung "Ich, Andreas Baumkircher"
- Hildegard Koller: organisatorisch-wirtschaftliche Daten
- Norbert Koppensteiner: "Friedrich III. und der Baumkircher"
Führung durch das Stadtmuseum. Nach der Pressekonferenz laden wir zu einem
Newsletter continues as no. 138A.
Subject: BB News No. 138A dtd March 31, 2005
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 07:09:38 EST
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 138A
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 10th Year-20 Pages/4 Email Sections Issued monthly by )
March 31, 2005
(c) 2005 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)
This second section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:
1. Village Of Langzeil
2. Burgenland Village & Church Histories Response
3. Perusich Inquiry-Unterpullendorf
4. Güssing-Bildein Visit-July 2004
5. Family History & Health Problems
6. Using LDS Family History Centers
1. VILLAGE OF LANGZEIL
Member Gene Traupman sent me a marriage license that contains a village in
Burgenland for which he can find no reference. He asks if I can identify it.
Below is my reply:
Your grandfather Traupman was from Szt Kut (German name today Heiligenbrun)-
county (Megye) of Eisenberg (now Güssing Bezirk). That village is easy and can
be found in Albert's list.
The one you can't find is Langzeil (Langzahl)-an Ortsteile or appendage of
Güssing. An Ortsteile is a small village too small to handle its own
administration so it comes under the jurisdiction of a larger village-they don't have
their own post office or listing in the phone directory. Güssing has another in
Rosenberg. These Ortsteile can be hard to find but they are often mentioned in
early Urbars as well as in Canonical Visitations. Village Chroniks also
mention them. They are not shown in Albert's Village Listings.
No doubt that the village mentioned (Langzeilerin) is Langzeil -nothing else
in the old district of Eisenberg fits. It's on the road to Heiligenkreuz
(R57) about 4 kms sw of Güssing. Parish would have been Güssing.
In the RC canonical visitation of 1757, Lanzeil is also spelled Langessail,
Langeczait, Langeczailen (close to the spelling on the marriage license) ,
Longehait, and Langecsail. It's shown as a "Filialium" of Güssing then worth 15
Dineros income. The Franciscan cloister in Güssing still owns vineyards there.
This "Langzeiler Weingebirge" is important for its many vineyards, it's
mentioned as part of the holdings of the Güssing Herrschaft. In 1750 the following
family names appear-Taschner, Starer, Suhaz, Mayer, Weinzodl or wine
producers -Mayer, Gollis, Pfeiffer, Sorger, Wirth.
Some early Langzeil inhabitants showing their house numbers:
168 Hausmutter Anton
170 Tukovic Franz
174 Zotter Johann
176 Artinger Maria
181 Solderic Alois
190 Batthyany Filip Fürst
208 Hedel Johann
Some Langzeil inhabitants from 1857:
211 Ehs Franz
207 Hedl Johann
206 Folessy Georg
205 Tantsits Josef
204 Klein Georg
203 Klein Johann
200 Solderits Anna
199 Widder Josef
198 Frühwirth Franz
197 Widder Johann
195 Osel Emerich
157 Mayer Michael
193 Jandritsits Alois
192 Eberhard Theresia
180 Koller Franz
186 Schleder Johann Erben
185 Gollisch Johann
187 Schraud Lukas
184 Schramel Josef
183 Grossman Josef
179 Wider Josef
182 Golles / Gölles Johann
171 Soldrits Alois
201 Beudel Josef
202 Koller Josef
196 Kowatsits Michael
191 Batthyany Filip Fürst
189 Liebentritt Michael
188 Mayer Georg
178 Batthyany Filip Fürst
177 Batthyany Filip Fürst
175 Golles / Gölles Johann
173 Sorger Georg
172 Jandritsits Theresia
169 Guttman Josef
166 Leutgelb Josef
212 Solderits Josef
165 Solderits Alois
164 Weinhofer Johann Erben
2. BURGENLAND VILLAGE & CHURCH HISTORIES RESPONSE (from Yvonne R. Lockwood)
Yvonne is Curator of Folklife, Michigan Traditional Arts Program, Michigan
State University and a long time BB member. She writes: Here is a list of
festschrifts and church/village histories in my personal library. This is not by any
means complete for the Croatian villages; there's been much published in the
Boristof- Ivan Karall. Povijest fare i crikve. Veliki Boristof, 1859-1979.
Burgenland Churches- Msgr. Martin Mersic. Baumgarten im Burgenland. Ein
Beitrag zur Orts-
und Kirchengeschichte des Burgenlandes, 1963. (Father Mersic was priest here)
Frankanau- Mag. Anton Kolic. 100 ljet crikva Frakanava. Crtice iz povijesti
crikve i fare, 1877-1977. Frakanava, 1977.
Frankanau- Franjo Horvat. Iz proslosti Frakanave, 1157-1957. 1958.
Grosswarasdorf- Ognjogasno drustvo Veliki Boristof/Freiwillige Feuerwehr
Grosswarasdorf, July 1982.
Hornstein- Hornstein 1271-1971. Ein Gang durch die Geschichte. Hornstein,
Klingenbach- 700 Jahre Klingenbach 1276-1976. Festschrift. Eisenstadt (n.d.)
Klingenbach- 700 Jahre St. Jakobskirche und Pfarre Klingenbach. Wien, 1976.
Lutzmannsburg- Harald Prickler. Festschrift. 750 Jahre Weinbaugemeinde
Lutzmannsburg. Ein Beitrag zur Mittelburgenlandischen Weinbaugeschichte. 1968
(Harald's natal village)
Neudorf- Peter Huisza. 900 ljet Novo Selo (Neudorf). Graz, 1974.
Oberpullendorf- Mein Heimatbezirk Oberpullendorf. Heimatkundlicher
Oberpullendorf, Graz-Wien, 1966.
Raiding- 750 Jahre Raiding - Unterfrauenhaid - Lackendorf. Festschrift,
Siegendorf- Siegendorf im Burgenland. Festschrift 1975. Eisenstadt
Stinatz- Marktgemeinde Stinatz. n.d. But includes a reprint of Leo Stubits
Hochzeit, 1977. So, Marktgemeinde is sometime after that.
Unterpullendorf- Csenar Aladar. 750 ljet Dolnja Pulja, Mucindrof-Pervane.
A film was made about Grosswarasdorf/Veliki Boristof: Povijest Velikoga
Boristofa. If you go to the website for the Burgenland Croatian Center
(www.HrvatskiCentar.at) you might find more information there (and for more books as
I believe there should be village histories for Filez (Nikitsch), Mjenovo
(Kroatisch Minihof, and Veliki Boristof (Grosswarasdorf) published in the last
(ED Note: You will have to search for these. An inquiry to the Civil Office
(Gemeindeamt) in the respective villages may provide information as to
availability. They'll be in German or Croatian. Don't ask us where they may be found
or if they are still available-we don't know.)
3. PERUSICH INQUIRY-UNTERPULLENDORF (from Yvonne R. Lockwood )
For the inquiry you received regarding Perusich (name) in Grosswarasdorf.
Family with that name reside in Dolnja Pulja (Unterpullendorf). Contacting Jelka
Perusich () in Unterpullendorf would be the most expedient way to
reach them. All the houses have house names, usually named after the
founders. I made a map of all the houses and house names when I lived and did research
in V.B., but I can't put my hands on it right now.
4. GÜSSING-BILDEIN VISIT-JULY 2004
(ED Note-In purging my files I found this unpublished trip report. It brings
us up to date regarding what you can expect if you visit southern Burgenland
in the near future. My apologies to the author for not publishing it sooner.)
Lillian Mittl writes (editor's additions in parens): Returned from a trip to
Gussing and Bildein last week. Your recommendations were extremely helpful.
They still have copies of both books you mentioned (Nach Amerika and Die
Amerika-Wanderung der Burgenlander) about the migration to America in Gussing. We
toured the emigration museum in Gussing, since the woman who supplied the books
(BG office) contacted someone who gave us a private tour. We then went on to
Bildein. We stopped at Eberau first and were able to obtain a copy of my
father's birth certificate, using your hint about where the Bildein records are. It
was in Hungarian. When he came to the US, he came with an Austrian passport
(probably after 1921). We found some relatives we didn't know existed in
Bildein and the home where my father was born and lived until a teenager. Bildein
has had some changes in the last 3-4 years with the addition of a new
"Gasthaus" and convenience store complex behind the church. They also built a museum
in the triangle south of the church, dedicated to a history of the town. They
also published a comprehensive history of the town. Our relative gave us a
We found my grandfather's grave in the cemetery south of the town. According
to a woman who was tending the gravesites north of the church, both
cemeteries (north of the church, and south of the town) had the oldest graves turned
over. When a person died, they just planted him wherever they wanted. Since
space is at a premium, by agreement they turn over the oldest graves for reuse.
Most of the graves now are of fairly recent origin. In visiting the area, a
good place to stay in Gussing is a complex known as Activpark (a recent
addition to the area hotels). It is a sport hotel/motel which is very reasonable
and has very good dining facilities and a health complex. Thanks again for all
your helpful information. Lillian Mittl, DDS.
5. FAMILY HISTORY & HEALTH PROBLEMS
Bob Unger sent me an article some time ago from Time Magazine, the November
22, 2004 issue. The article, entitled The New Family Tree, was on page 100.
The U.S. Surgeon General suggests that families should record health history.
While health problems seem to run in the family, few people bother to record
them. The Surgeon General suggests that learning about you family's health
history may provide a longer future. I have had a few queries concerning this
The article stated that because family health history is a powerful screening
tool, the Surgeon General has created software to help make it fun and easy
for anyone to create a portrait of their family's health. This tool, called "My
Family Health Portrait" can be downloaded and installed on your computer at
no cost. hhs.gov/familyhistory
For information on activities of the Office of the Surgeon General, you can
(ED Comment: Health history can be easily gathered for recent generations,
perhaps even the immigrant generation. Prior to that however, we are hampered by
the cryptic or missing causes for death found in old death records. The more
cryptic ones can sometimes be identified by using some genealogy publications
[the BB ran a list of Hungarian reasons for death in newsletter no. 47B, dated
11/30/98-search the archives.] Bear in mind that the definition of health
problems has changed significantly. Infant mortality, plague and poor water and
sanitation and poor nutrition probably accounted for most of the early deaths
in the years before 1900.)
6. USING LDS FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS (suggested by Margaret Kaiser)
(ED Note: Margaret sent the following to a new BB member who didn't know
about those great LDS microfilm records. I've adapted it for general use. Also
read newsletters 18A, 37B, 41A, 47 and 69B, )
These remarks are generic to Burgenland research in any FHC.
1. Finding your nearest FHC
Go to http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp
Fill in the blanks, Country; State. Add County and City if you know them.
Search and a list will be returned.
Phones will usually only be answered during the quoted hours. You might want
to call to verify that the FHC is open when stated. Some FHCs close due to
weather, or have holiday/summer hours.
Ask for an introduction to what is available. Tell the volunteer that you
wish to order Burgenland Church & Civil Record Microfilm. Provide village
(parish) name (use the BB homepage to determine the parish for your village.) You
will be shown how to do this. FHCs rates slightly differ. Most FHC's charge
$3.75 for a 6 week loan per film. Films may be renewed twice at $3.25 each
renewal. With the second renewal the film may be held permanently.
Because FHCs are located within church buildings, there are rules of respect
to follow. Dress appropriately Behavior is quiet "library behavior." It takes
time to study these films, so allow yourself ample time for your visits.
2. Using the Films
The Burgenland area films covering years up to October 1895 are copies of
church parish registers. Those that are post October 1895 are civil
There are variances in the forms used for these registers. Generally, the
pre October 1895 registrations are entries written within a form with several to
many entries on a page (births in birth registers, for example), roughly
these are in date sequential order. Civil registrations (post October 1895) are
somewhat different. Each record was entered on a two sided form. Around
1907-1909, the entries become multi-entries per page.
Earlier records were generally recorded in Latin, later records are in the
vernacular or a multi-language mix. Don't let this frighten you. Because of
the way these are organized, in columns or "fill in the blanks" style, you
simply locate surnames of interest, dates are clear, parents names, etc., are
understandable. You can refer to the following site for translations of column
You might find it helpful to copy these and take them with you as a guide.
You can also print a Hungarian Genealogical Word List (No. 36335) at
ceh.asp&ActiveTab=Place or purchase a printed version at the FHC for about
$2.75. Should you become puzzled, the BB may be able to help. Make a copy of
the page in question and send me an email.
A FHC patron assistant will show you how to make a copies of pages of
interest.There is a reasonable charge per printed page to cover toner and paper
In some FHCs you may be asked if you need help, in others you need to ask for
help. Generally, you will find a sign-in sheet on arrival where you will
sign your name and telephone number each time you visit. You will not be called,
other than notified by phone in most centers when a film you have ordered has
arrived. Identify yourself as a first time visitor and you will be given
introductory information (in your case, where the permanent collection is, and
how to use the microfilm reader/printing equipment).
We were FHC newbies once, and probably had the same questions as you do now,
so feel free to send us your questions.
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