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Subject: BB News No. 151 dtd. May 31, 2006
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 07:36:58 EDT
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 151
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 11th Year- Issued monthly as email by )
May 31, 2006
(c) 2006 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)
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This first section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:
1. Update Of Honoree Website & Call For Help
2. Village Of Hannersdorf & Hanners Name-Salzburg Emigration
3. Village Of Frauenkirchen & Stifter Name
4. BB Member's Web Pages-Hadl Family
5. Recent Obituaries Concerning Burgenland Ethnic Families
6. Croatian Origins In The Eisenstadt (Oslip) Area
7. St. Janos Name Index
1. UPDATE OF HONOREE WEBSITE & CALL FOR HELP
Frank Paukowits writes: I just wanted to bring you up to date on what we have
been doing to expand our website. The major thrust recently has been to
significantly increase the number of honorees on our Lehigh-Valley Remembrance
List. With the invaluable help of Bob Strauch ( BB Lehigh Valley Editor) and
Margaret Kaiser ( BB Editor for the Szt. Gotthard and Jennersdorf Disticts ), in
a short period of a few months we have been able to put together a list of
over 500 names of Burgenländers who settled in the Lehigh Valley area. Our goal
for the year is to identify 1,000 honorees from this area, an achievable
target. The best way to do this is to visit the cemeteries where these Burgenländers
are buried, and copy information from the gravestones. I thought your idea of
getting a group of BB members together on a specific weekend to make these
visits made a lot of sense. Not only would it be an effective way to get
information for the site, but it would enable some of our members from the Lehigh
Valley area to meet and work with others from the BB on a project involving their
heritage. The weekend of June 25 and 26 seems to work the best for us. The
Coplay Sängerbund is hosting a Stiftungsfest on Sunday, and I thought it would
be a wonderful way to cap off the weekend. Our plan is to do cemetery visits on
Saturday, and maybe some on Sunday and then attend the Stiftungsfest, which
begins at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday.
We could use all the help we can get. It would be great if we could get a
large group of BB Members to participate. I know that many of our members live in
the Lehigh Valley Area. If any are interested in spending a few hours on this
project that weekend, they can e-mail me at , and I'll
provide them with the details.
2. VILLAGE OF HANNERSDORF & HANNERS NAME-SALZBURG EMIGRATION
A correspondent writes: My name is Michael Hanners, McKinney, Texas. I am
interested in the Hanners name. Hannersdorf is the only place which seems to bear
my name. My family settled very early in Georgia and I have been unsuccessful
in tracing lineage across the Atlantic. Any help would be greatly
Reply, unless you have other data, I seriously doubt that your name bears any
relationship to Hannersdorf, Burgenland, Austria. I have no record of any
direct emigration from Burgenland to Georgia. Hanner is a Germanic name which
stems from Haehn (Hähn), Haehner, Haehnert, Haginher (one in charge of an
enclosure). The addition of the "s" is of local derivation. There was post
Reformation emigration to Georgia by Protestant people from Salzburg-you might be able
to link to them or some other direct Germanic movement or a post immigration
move from elsewhere in the US. Your best bet would be to start linking to your
direct family, starting with grandparents and going back from there. There are
no Hanners in today's Hannersdorf and I doubt if there ever were any.
Hannersdorf (864 inhabitants) is in the district of Oberwart in middle Burgenland,
was called Hammersdorf until 1924, was called Samfalva, Hungary pre 1921 when
the Burgenland was created as the ninth state (province) of Austria by the post
WWI Treaty of Trianon. Today it includes the villages of Burg and Woppendorf
as part of a market community. It was first mentioned in the year 1406 as
"Samfolua" (Hungarian.) Its German name Hannersdorf is thought to come from
"Heinrichsdorf." The village was mostly destroyed by Turkish invasion in 1522 and
rebuilt. Emigration to the Americas was mostly prior to WWI, in 1902 a Ringhofer
family went to Chicago.
Second Reply, Further to my most recent email, I checked my book concerning
the Salzburger emigration. I refer you to "The Salzburger Saga-Religious Exiles
and Other Germans Along the Savannah" by George Fenwick Jones, published by
Georgia University Press 1984. You should find a copy in any large Georgia
In 1731, the archbishop of Salzburg (Austria) expelled 20,000 Protestants
(mostly Lutherans) who refused to convert to Catholicism (Austria adopted
Catholicism as the monarchial and aristocratic religion during the counter
Reformation after most Austrians and southern Germans had become Lutherans during the
Reformation.) Three hundred of these forced emigrants accepted the invitation of
the Georgia Trustees to settle in their new colony. The first transport
arrived in 1734, three more came in the next 7 years. They named their new
settlement Ebenezer. They were then joined by Swiss, Palatines (so-called Penna.
Dutch) and Württembergers. In the published version of the Ebenezer Church Records
Hammer, An (Anna)Ros 1717 (birth date) Saxon
Hammer, Elis (Elisabeth) 1743, Saxon
Hammer, Pet (Peter) Saxon from Chemnitz
I think you would do well to investigate any and all available literature
concerning the Salzburger settlement area in Georgia. You might even find a
reference to your family name being changed from Hammer to Hanners. Most south
German and Salzburg names ended in "er".
The Ebenezer, Georgia area included Abercorn, Goshen, Bethany, Purysburg,
Halifax, Savannah, Acton and Vernonburg. You may have ancestors from those
areas-if so, it would be one clue that you are a descendant of the Salzburger
migration. This of course would also link you to a European origin in the Salzburg
or southern German (Rhine Hesse, Salzburg, Austria, Franconia, Swabia,
Bavaria) area. There is other literature and I believe the LDS (Mormon Church) can
provide some microfilm available at any of their family history centers.
3. VILLAGE OF FRAUENKIRCHEN & STIFTER NAME
Correspondent writes: I was browsing the net and have just begun to look up
some family material. I am a new genealogy society member. I know very little
about my father's family.
My father's name was Stephen (Stefan) Stifter, b. June 13, 1906 in
Frauenkirchen Burgenland and died March 23, 1958 in Kelowna, B.C. Canada He emigrated
to Canada in 1929.
His father's name was Michael Stifter, b.1871 Frauenkirchen, died 1943,
buried in Frauenkirchen and one of 7 siblings (apparently) I do not know what their
names were nor have any other information. His mother's name was Anna Kaiser,
b. 1880 in Hungary, died in 1947 and is also buried in Frauenkirchen. She
was also one of 7 children - one of whom apparently died in infancy. I know
nothing of her siblings.
Michael and Anna had 8 children - besides my father, there was Michael Jr. b.
March 16, 1903; Josef, b March 16, 1904; then my father was next; Therese b.
Feb. 23, 1908; Mathias b. April 1909; Paul b. January 25, 1914; Katherine b.
October 29, 1916 and Maria b. September 11, 1922.
As far as I know, Maria is still alive. We have communicated with Paul's son
Herbert who teaches English at a high school in Gattendorf. My sister and I
had visited Herbert's family around 1988 and have since not communicated very
much. We learned all the above at that time, but due to time restraints and
the language barrier, we were very fortunate to learn that much. Anyway, if you
could direct me to any clues to find out more, I would certainly appreciate
it. I have some publications about Adalbert Stifter b. 1805 and wish to know if
and how we could be related. My name now is Elizabeth (Elsie) St Amand (nee
Reply: As you are new to genealogy as well as Burgenland research, let me
state that you must start with what you know and can prove and go from there
linking generation by generation with birth (baptism) and marriage and death
records. Fortunately the Burgenland church records from 1828-1921 are available as
microfilm from the Mormon Church (LDS) and in this way one can trace family if
one knows the place of origin as you do. Frauenkirchen in the Burgenland
district of Neusiedell am See in northern Burgenland (Hungarian
name-Boldogasszony) is its own RC parish and has a very large and significant church, a
basilica-therefore I would direct you to the LDS in order to search these records if
your family is RC. In 1883 there was a large Jewish population of 629 people
so Frauenkirchen had its own synogogue as well-I do not know the location of
those records although many have been preserved. There were only 9 Lutherans so
I doubt if you need search for Lutheran records. Pre-1921 Civil Records
(dating from 1896) are probably located in Moson. You will have to acquire a certain
skill in reading German, Latin and Hungarian church records, which is not all
that difficult but you will have to persevere. These church records all
follow the usual Christian church English format. Our newsletter archives will tell
you how to do that -search our index. You should also search our website for
more concerning Frauenkirchen (surname list-village list-householders in 1858,
From the above you can see that it would be futile to jump from what you know
today to a link to the author Adelbert Stifter. Stifter is not an uncommon
name in northern Burgenland-there are still two in Frauenkirchen today. You
might try the online Austrian phonebook for the location of others. The only way
to prove a family link is to connect the records. I seriously doubt a link
since Adelbert was born in Bohemia and spent much of his later life in Vienna. I
am not aware of any connections to Frauenkirchen. Then again your family may
have links to Bohemia (todays' Czech Republic) once part of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire. See our Invitation Letter for how to connect with us and find our
4. BB MEMBERS' WEBPAGES-HADL FAMILY (suggested by Anna Kresh)
One of the prime objects of the BB is to link descendants of Burgenland area
immigrants. In addition to listing data in our membership, surname and village
web pages, we encourage members to build there own web pages where they can
list and share genealogical family detail too voluminous for our website. URL
editor Anna Kresh lists available web pages which can then be reached by
hyperlink. Following is a recent addition:
A BB member writes: Let me introduce myself: My name is William A Hadl, and
I am a BB member, was born in Nazareth, Pa, and my father Frank Hadl
immigrated from Urbersdorf. I now live in Colorado Springs, Co. I have been doing
research on four BB families: HADL, LOHR, JAUTZ and WUNDERLER.
I have these families in a genealogy web page, including photos and some
family stories, and believe it might be helpful to some one else in their family
research if they had access to it via the 'Burgenland Bunch Members' Home
Pages. I want to contribute to the BB in a way, and for now this may be it!
Having spent may hours building my web page I appreciate your contribution to
BB and as a member I want to thank you.
My web page URL is: freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~myhadlfamily
5. RECENT OBITUARIES CONCERNING BURGENLAND ETHNIC FAMILIES (from Bob Strauch)
Emilia "Millie" Artinger, 80, of S. Whitehall Township, passed away April 26,
2006 in Allentown. She was the wife of the late Frank L. Artinger (1924 -
1976.) Born in Jakobshof, Hungary, she was the daughter of the late Johann
Schuster and Maria (Santa) Kovacs. There is a cousin in Unterradling.
Anna Santa, 84, of Allentown, passed away on May 19. She was born in
Jakobshof, Hungary to the late Franz and Juliana (Simitz) Santa and was predeceased by
her husband, Karl Santa Sr.
6. CROATIAN ORIGINS IN THE EISENSTADT (OSLIP) AREA
Of the three major ethnic groups in the Burgenland, the origins of the Croats
are the easiest to trace. Not only have they been well researched in recent
years but they arrived fairly late (16th century) and over a relatively short
period (most Croat migration occurred between 1500-1600.) Migration was
primarily caused by Turkish incursions into Croatia with the Croatians fleeing as
refugees. We are fortunate in having BB editor Frank Teklits' English translation
of Johann Dobravich's "People on the Border-On the History of the Burgenland
Croats" (see serialized version in the BB newsletter archives.) In newsletter
151A, which follows, the question is asked; "What was the origin of the Oslip
Croatians?" Dobravich supplies the following answer:
"The Croatian historiographer Mate Ujevic in page 7 of his treatise
"Gradiscanski Hrvati" Zagreb 1934: From 1522 until 1526, the inhabitants of the
Croatian coastal area moved from the precincts of Zengg (Senj) and from the mountain
valleys of Lika, Gacka, Krbava into the county of Odenburg." (Queen Maria,
widow of Hungarian Ludwig II addressed this in an extant order dated September 7,
The origin of the Croats in the two present districts (Eisenstadt and
Neusiedel am See) of the northern sector differs from that of the Croats in the
southern sector (districts of Güssing and Jennersdorf) who in 1524 were brought by
Military Governor Franz Batthyany from his Croatian holdings southeast of
Zagreb (Varasdin) to his recently acquired domain of Güssing. Urbars detailing
the villages of origin of specific family names have been translated into German
(one source is Robert Hajszan's "Die Kroaten der Herrschaft Güssing.") and
may be found in the Burgenland state library but there are as yet no English
translations. Origin of Croatians in other Burgenland districts will be found in
"People on the Border" and it is my understanding that there have been other
German translation of Latin and Hungarian Urbars. A fertile field for some
7. ST. JANOS NAME INDEX
Howard Heck writes: My search of the Church records in St. Andra and in St.
Johann, in Moson County, was very difficult because of my limited knowledge of
German and Latin. The proper names were especially difficult because the
penmanship of most of the priests was poor. While reviewing the LDS FHL roll
number 630788, I came across an index of baptisms at the Catholic Church in
St.Johann (Szentjanos, Moson) from 1827 to 1847. The names are in alphabetical
order and are very easy to read. The index contains hundreds of names that are
found in many villages in Burgenland. It can be used to find the accurate
spelling of names. (ED. Note: Spelling will vary depending on language used.)
Newsletter continues as number 151A.
Subject: BB News No. 151A dtd. May 31, 2006
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 07:38:16 EDT
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 151A
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 11th Year- Issued monthly as email by )
May 31, 2006
(c) 2006 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)
This second section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:
1. Burgenland Trip Report-Village Of Oslip
2. 31st Annual Hungarian Festival-New Brunswick, NJ
1. BURGENLAND TRIP REPORT-VILLAGE OF OSLIP & VICINITY
Trip to Burgenland by Robert F. Tratz of Boise, Idaho:
My son Stephen and I flew from the Pacific Northwest arriving in Munich on
the morning of Friday, March 31, 2006. At the Munich airport we had arranged a
pickup through Auto Europe by Peugeot Europe to buy a car (a Peugeot 407 with
automatic drive). The advantage of the Peugeot Europe purchase and buy back
was that we had total insurance coverage and could go to Hungary if we wished
and to the Czech Republic as we had planned. After obtaining the car, we drove
to the suburban commuter train station in Hallbergmoos where we picked up my
youngest son Nicholas. He had spent the previous year studying Spanish at the
University of Salamanca in Spain. As the day was still young and I was still
feeling fresh I drove the autobahn to St. Valentin, Austria. We intended to go
to Mauthausen concentration camp that afternoon, but frequent thunderstorms
made us decide to hunker down for the evening at Pension Remserhof, a nice place
at Rems, Austria, just outside St.Valentin.
The next morning we took the autobahn directly to Burgenland. As we
approached Burgenland the weather became mostly sunny with a temperature in the mid
50's. The sun on the numerous vineyards in Burgenland added to our good
spirits. We stopped at the town of Grosshöflein (aka Nagy Höflein) surrounded by
vineyards with a background of the Leithagebirge (Leitha Mountains). The
Grosshöflein Catholic parish priest, Fr. Hans Haider, was expecting us per my e-mail.
He spoke some English, but my knowledge of German was helpful. Fr. Haider
brought out the church books from the 1700's and early 1800's (I was surprised
that they were not at the Diocesan Archives, but I had already been informed of
that fact by the Diocese). Fr. Haider was very helpful in
deciphering/interpreting records. He found the 28 February 1817 baptism of Barbara KERN, the
spouse of my GGGrandfather George ZEMLYAK/ZEMLOCK. The baptismal record showed
she was the daughter of Mathias KERN, from the village of Zemendorf, and
Elisabeth LANG from Grosshöflein. He also found the 14 February 1814 marriage in
Grosshöflein of 38 year old Mathias KERN of Zemendorf (son of Eva--last name
obcure) with 19 year old Elisabeth LANG, the daughter of Anton LANG and Anna (last
name obscure). Fr. Haider speculated that Elisabeth was an only daughter and
Mathias had come to live in Grosshöflein after the marriage. Fr. Haider was
very friendly, gladly made copies of the two records for us, refused any
donation and gave us a thorough tour of his church:
He explained that part of the church was Romanesque and dated back to the
1200's, the main part was Gothic, and there were "newer" Baroque elements,
especially the altar which had the Virgin Mary as its centerpiece. He also showed
us the baptismal font at the front side in which he said my GGGrandmother
Barbara KERN would have been baptized. The church seems to have a good attendance;
a large addition to the left of the altar was constructed in 1986-89. Fr.
Haider said that he had been the pastor there for over 30 years. After some
picture taking of Grosshöflein, we drove to Eisenstadt, capital of Burgenland,
which struck us as being very prosperous.
Next on the agenda was our ZEMLYAK (believed to be the Hungarian spelling of
the original Croatian ZEMLJAK) ancestral home, in the village of Oslip, about
5 kilometers east of Eisenstadt. (A history of Oslip is in Burgenland Bunch
Newsletter 35A dtd. May 1998). (The town of Oslip in 2000 produced a
beautiful, huge coffee table history book of Oslip, during its 700th anniversary).
Using mapquest.com maps generated before leaving home, we drove straight to the
Remushof Jagschitz (Pension) run by Dorothea and Franz Jagschitz. (They
operate a very modern bed & breakfast plus winery on a very quiet side street.) As
we arrived, Franz was completing an addition to his wine cellar. Friendly
Mrs. Jagschitz showed us to our room on the second floor of the winery
building--Great food odors as you ascended the staircase! The Pension had a lower
"Kuchen" room which was used as a breakfast and wine tasting room. Across the
street are many old storage outbuildings dating from the 1800's, though most of the
town is now quite modern. Wine-making (excellent quality wines to which I can
attest) has contributed greatly to the prosperity of the area.
That afternoon ww took pictures of surrounding wine making villages and saw
the Neusiedler See, the large shallow marsh/lake area that borders Hungary to
the east and south. We drove to an overlook point at the quarry east of St.
Margarethen. The quarry, dating back to Roman times, contains a huge
amphitheater where Passion plays are conducted in the summer. We also stopped and took
pictures in two neighboring villages, Trausdorf an der Wulka and Siegendorf im
Burgenland, which harbor Zemlyak families (and many others of Croatian
descent). They were not at work--it was Saturday and Klothilde Zemlyak had already
closed her bakery in Trausdorf for the day. It was too late to look them up at
home, so we returned to Oslip from Siegendorf to find dinner.
We strolled the streets of Oslip and enjoyed the pleasant evening while
looking for a place to eat. As we passed by the Catholic Church, we heard loud
singing in Croatian from the evening Mass. We checked the graveyard by the
church but the older graves have been recycled as they normally do in Europe. We
noted several family names on the WWI and WWII Denkmal (memorial).
It is pretty quiet in Oslip on a Saturday evening in the springtime. The two
main area restaurants are closed at that time of the year. Not until summer
music performances get underway is there much activity. With only 1300 souls,
there isn't a lot of action. One cafe/bar had some cars in front, but did
not serve meals, so we drove to Eisenstadt for a pizza dinner. (We had excellent
Austrian cooking the previous evening, so we didn't miss any great local
Sunday, April 2 was a gorgeous, sunny day with highs in the upper 60's. We
attended Mass at the church in Oslip. Fr. Franz Borenitsch, religious assistant
for the Croatian Culture Association (HKD) and for the Institute of the
Burgenland Croats (ZIGH), was the Mass celebrant. The startup was stirring and
marvelous with hearty, melodic singing in Croatian by the entire congregation that
crowded the church. The language of the Mass was mostly Croatian with some
German (same in the nearby parishes at Trausdorf and Siegendorf). Many young
people gave readings--mostly in Croatian. It was a moving experience listening to
what I decided were old songs that my own Zemlyak ancestors probably sang
before emigrating to America in 1857.
After Mass we visited with two Zemlyak/Zemlyak families, including Paul and
Agnes Zemljak, in the church yard (one Zemljak family was adopted by the
Pillers and had the last name Piller). As they had no English, I could only
communicate with them to a limited degree with my rusty German and with the help of a
daughter who knew some English. I gave them some postcards from Idaho as a
remembrance of our visit. Shortly afterward, my sons and I went to the Robert
Zemlyak, Sr. home on the south side of Oslip. (Robert Jr. had been expecting us
per e-mails sent a couple weeks earlier). Robert Zemlyak, Sr., age 68, also
did not speak any English, so again, my college German came in very handy. His
wife Anna greeted us warmly and invited us for lunch. Their son Robert Jr.
lives behind their home (and speaks good English). He soon came with his wife
Sabine and daughter Nicole. We viewed old pre-war family photographs. (Robert
Sr. had lost his Father at the Russian front when he was only 7). They showed us
an extensive family tree (went back to about 1800) that a cousin had
developed (I was given a copy later).
The midday meal was tasty: ham, wienerschnitzel, rice, potatoes, pumpkin
salad, excellent sauerkraut and wine from their own winery (with the Zemlyak
label, of course). I would have loved to get a bottle of Zemlyak wine for my
Mother (maiden name Zemlock) in Colorado, but the Zemlyaks were so generous that I
did not want to impose. While in conversation among themselves, the Zemlyaks
seemed more comfortable in Croatian than German, but they said that only about
half of the young people know Croatian now, because the television bombards
them with German. (They speak the Croatian of the 1600's (when the
Zemlyaks/Zemljaks migrated to Oslip from Croatia) rather than the Croatian that is spoken
in Croatia today.) Robert Jr. and family think that the Zemlyaks came from
eastern Croatia. (Anna Odorfer of Eisenstadt believes that most of the
Croatians in the area came from southern Croatia or Dalmatia.) Are there any
definitive records? (ED. Note:Yes, there has been research and there are German
translations of aristocratic Urbars-which list family names and Croatian villages of
origin. See the Teklits English translation of "People on the Border-History
of Burgenland Croats"-available from the BB archives.)
We visited Robert Jr.'s large and modern home where he showed us his party
room, and work room, with motorcycles (some from the 1950's) that he is
restoring. In a land where gas costs over $6 a gallon, I was surprised to see that he
had a large SUV in his garage. They make frequent skiing trips to the
Schneeberg (which is visible from Oslip). A wide screen TV and computer room were
also present. He is obviously doing well working for the gas company.
At Robert Sr.'s home, we saw some old grain harvesting tools now used as
decorations and took pictures. Robert Jr. showed us his fruit trees. When he
showed us his tamburitza (like a guitar) and mentioned that he sang to its
accompaniment, my son Nick asked him to play. He did so--most enjoyable! He
mentioned that he had toured several cities in the United States and Toronto with a
folk group from Oslip. He gave us a CD of old folk songs from the 1800's and
earlier found in Oslip in old books and papers. A group (of which Robert was
once a member) made the CD in 1997. These songs from a village of only 1300
won't make the top 40, but I love the tamburitza accompaniment. The CD and the
pictures of the people we met are the best trip mementos!
We saw the courtyard of the Cselley Storchmuhle (Stork Mill) where private
dinners are sometimes catered. We were told of the prevalence of storks in the
area as they head for the Neusiedler See. We drove to the outskirts of Oslip
to Cselley Muhle, a restaurant and musical venue for mostly rock groups during
the summer. We then went to Eisenstadt for a tour of the Esterhazy Palace,
formerly the home of the Hungarian noble family that controlled the area. The
Esterhazy Palace is a very large and beautiful building which has many
impressive rooms that rival the elegance of the Habsburg buildings in Vienna. (ED.
Note-the Princes Esterhazy were among the richest aristocrats in Europe).
Especially impressive is a very large meeting room/concert room called the Haydn
I had a wine tasting/meeting scheduled at our Pension with Anna Odorfer, who
wrote a history of Oslip a number of years ago--(see Newsletter 35A). The
history was translated and added to by Bruce Klemens of the Burgenland Bunch.
Anna had recommended the Jagschitz Pension to us as well. Dorothea Jagschitz
allowed us to sample five or six of their 19 varieties of wine. Naturally, we
later purchased a bottle. (I wish I could have brought more home). I had a
very enjoyable visit getting to know Anna and husband Fredi Odorfer. During the
wine sampling, we visited with Gerhard Lang of Rust, Burgenland, a contributor
to the Burgenland Bunch. We discussed some aspects of Burgenland culture,
language, and genealogy. He encouraged me to contribute a summary of my trip to
the Burgenland Bunch. As Anna Odorfer was leaving, she mentioned that she
thought she knew the location of the ancestral Zemlyak home in Oslip.
Unfortunately, the next morning Dorothea Jagschitz left to take her children to school
before we could get the location and she did not return before we left to go to
the Diocesan Archives in Eisenstadt. An important picture opportunity
Monday, April 3, I spent 4 hours at the Diocesan Archives getting more family
history back to almost 1750, from the older church records deposited there.
Dr. Zelfel, the chief archivist was very helpful in retrieving the records and
assisting me. Incidentally, I discovered here that our Pension hosts, the
Jagschitzes, are distantly related; one (a JAICSICH, a spelling variant) married
a Zemlyak ancestor in the late 1700's.
As my boys were anxious to see Vienna, we had to leave. I did not get to see
all of the people with whom I wished to be acquainted or do all of the things
that I wanted. Perhaps, another time when I retire? In closing, I would
especially like to thank Bruce Klemens of the Burgenland Bunch for introducing me
to the BB 8 years ago and for connecting me with Anna Odorfer. She made many
suggestions and arrangements for accommodations and research that contributed
greatly to our visit.
2. 31ST ANNUAL HUNGARIAN FESTIVAL-NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (from Margaret Kaiser)
Sponsored by the Hungarian Civic Association. Saturday, June 3, 2006, 11 AM -
8 PM. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
Festival Mall area along Somerset Street from Division to Bethany Streets.
Festivities begin with parade to ceremonies at HAAC on Somerset Street.
Folk dance performances and cultural programs every hour. Antique car show
and display on Somerset Street between Louis and Bethany Street. Hungarian
food, vendors with Hungarian products, exhibits, music, folk art and crafts, games
for children, museum gift shop, folk dancing, fencing demonstration, twilight
concert in the Museum courtyard. For further information call 732 846-5777.
END OF NEWSLETTER
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We can also be reached from: http://go.to/burgenland-bunch (this address
also provides access to Burgenländische Gemeinschaft web site)
Use our website to access our membership, village and surname lists,
archives, internet links, maps, instructions, ethnic song book, frequently asked
questions and other information.
WORLDGEN WEB BURGENLAND QUERY BOARD: http://bb-board.at.tt
BB NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES INDEX and threaded search facility (enter number of
newsletter) available from: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index (also reached
via Home Page hyperlinks.)
Burgenland Bunch Newsletter (c) 1997 archived courtesy of RootsWeb.com, Inc.
P.O. Box 6798, Frazier Park, CA 93222-6798. Newsletter published monthly by
G. J. Berghold, Winchester, VA. Newsletter and List Rights Reserved.
Permission to Copy Granted; You Must Provide Credit and Mention Source.