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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER] BB News No. 160 dtd. Feb. 28, 2007
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 19:54:39 EST


THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 160
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 12th Year- Issued monthly as email by )
February 28, 2007
(c) 2007 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved


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This first section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:

1. Old Posting Brings Genealogical Dividend (Tom Steichen)
2. Religious Roots & Family History
3. Village Of Gols, Burgenland Has New Bürgermeister
4. New Al Meixner Ethnic Music Catalog Released
5. BB 2007 Annual Mid-West Picnic Date Set
6. BB Success Stories
7. Fasching 2007
8. Recent Obituary


1. OLD POSTING BRINGS GENEALOGICAL DIVIDEND (from Tom Steichen)

I noted in newsletter 159 that you invested two articles (Check Your Spam
Filter Or Play Spam Bingo? Solve Computer-Internet Relations Or Do Family
History?) gently venting on the issues surrounding use of the Internet and the
resulting risk of Spam email. Unfortunately, Spam is the price we must pay for the
benefits that result from the wonderfully empowering tool that the Internet is.
Personally, because my name and email address is on literally hundreds of web
pages, both genealogical and not, and because I have kept the same email
address for many years, I receive Spam. sometimes lots of Spam. However, between
my Spam filter (or, as I prefer to call it, my "bit-bucket") and use of my
Delete button, it usually only takes me a few seconds to place the Spam where it
so richly deserves to be: gone! Like you, I have been active in online
genealogy for many years, so my email address is on many genealogical pages (including
the Burgenland Bunch pages, its archived newsletters, my own personal pages,
Rootsweb pages, and many more). In addition, I am professionally active as a
statistician, so my email address is on work-related sites as well.

Now here is the important point: none of these sites would have much value to
me if other people could not contact me when they see my contributions to
these sites! That means my address must be visible and it must not change! For
that reason, I have had the same email address for at least six years... and I
plan to keep it unchanged for many more!

Sometimes one forgets how valuable an unchanged, public email address is;
well this past month, I was again reminded of its value. I received a
two-sentence email from a Mike "xxx" I had never heard of before. The message simply
said, "I have a little info on Wink in Stearns Co. I'll wait to hear from you to
be sure this email is current."

Wink is one of my great-eight family names (though not from the Burgenland)
and Stearns County, Minnesota is where those great eight all came together.
Further, Wink was the family name I have had the most trouble tracking down. They
had moved back and forth between parts of central Minnesota and east-central
Wisconsin and changed their claimed European homeland in every census!
Regardless, though I eventually tracked them to the Württemberg region of Germany, I
found that they were vagabonds there too, so it was very difficult to expand
that part of the tree.

As you might expect, I immediately replied to Mike and found out he was
replying to a message I posted over seven years ago! All he had to share was a
handwritten note one of his ancestors had written. It listed the names of a few
Wink "cousins" that he had never heard of before; he thought maybe I'd have a
use for it. Mike scanned and emailed the small scrap of paper that same day
(another of the benefits of the Internet world) and I immediately recognized more
of my family names. Messages started flying. hey Mike, what family names are
you interested in? (names given) Oh ya? I have the Kugler name too. Do you
suppose we are related? Do you have any pictures of your Kugler? Sure (emailed
pictures go back and forth). Wow, your g-g-grandmother Franciska and my
g-g-grandmother Marie look like twins (though they were a few years apart in age)!
Maybe we ought to look into this.

I go online, explore a Mormon database (undoable without the Internet) and
find a marriage record in a nearby German town that might be for the parents of
my g-g-grandmother (it lists the parents of the bride and groom too). Mike
goes to a Family History Center, pulls microfilm for the German town where my
g-g-grandmother was born (he didn't know where his own g-g-grandmother came
from), immediately finds my g-g-grandmother and, a few minutes later, finds his
g-g-grandmother. All the dates match with what we previously knew and the full
parental names match with the marriage record I had found online! Eureka!

Suddenly I had acquired a new cousin, verification for things I thought I
knew, and two more generations! Mike gained even more. Plus, our vague knowledge
of family movement in the US matched, so we both gained there. I gained all of
this in less than a month without leaving my keyboard! Truly, the hassles of
a little Spam are nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to this!

PS. As an added bonus, I learned that Mike lives about 35 minutes from my
Mother in central Minnesota. I'll be visiting him on my next trip home!


2.RELIGIOUS ROOTS & FAMILY HISTORY

For most of us, there will be little evidence of our passing. A few census
notations, or tax lists, entries in some city or phone directories, perhaps a
memorial at some school or college and finally a brief inscription on some
tombstone or urn niche is all most of us can expect. Given a few generations even
some of that will disappear. Families of faith; however, leave excellent church
records, that while subject to deterioration or loss, can last for hundreds
of years. Church records of baptism, marriage and death are generally
available. In fact, for Burgenland family history purposes, these records are most
significant even if earlier ones may have been burned to heat Turkish coffee.

I tend to call these records "religious roots" and be they Catholic,
Protestant, Hebrew or whatever, without them family history would be a much more
difficult endeavor. I recently wrote an article for my church newsletter, an
adaptation follows. It stresses the importance of religious roots, even beyond their
effect on family history.

Religious Roots In A Rootless World
(by Gerry Berghold)

Post WWII generations, including the baby-boomers, have relocated further and
more often than probably any other generation since the great westward or
European migrations of the 19th century. In doing so, these generations lost
their roots, that multi-generational family grouping of ancestors, grandparents,
parents, siblings and children. Family homes, churches, schools, and cemetery
plots became only places of memory. The reasons for our relocation today are
mostly economic with the hope that relocation may provide success and a good
quality of life. In a burgeoning society, people go where work is available and
opportunity flourishes. Not much different than the reasons for the Burgenland
Auswanderung. Of course modern transportation now makes visits home easy and a
family greeting can be a cell phone call or email away. However, neighbors
and co-workers are often strangers and cultural and regional differences
abound. Many of those who relocate usually acquire a feeling of having lost their
roots. Our Burgenland ancestors quickly joined churches and enclaves of their
"landsmen" or compatriots. A factor that always helps is finding a church of the
family faith. Those who find such can revel in the liturgy of their origin.

I was born to first generation parents of Germanic Burgenland immigrants from
the Austro/Hungarian Empire, who migrated to America at the beginning of the
last century. My wife was born to later generation descendants of immigrants
from the Palatinate of Germany who settled in eastern Pennsylvania in the 18th
century. Both families were still Lutherans and we were baptized as such. As
we in turn relocated, we found and joined other Lutheran congregations and we
began leaving family records as our family grew.

It wasn't until we began a search for family history that we found how deep
our Lutheran roots really were. We found that the Bergholds were Lutherans for
many generations and we traced them as such in church records here and abroad
back to the 17th century. We found their records in St. Peters German Lutheran
Church in Allentown, PA and the Martin Luther Kirche of Eltendorf,
Burgenland, Austria among others. We also discovered that my wife's ancestors were
Lutherans from before the time of their migration to America. We found their early
records in rural Keller's Union Church (Lutheran & Reformed) in Bucks County,
PA and in a Lutheran Church in Sinsheim, Bavaria. We even found a
g-g-grandfather who was a Lutheran pastor at various churches in eastern Pennsylvania.

Finding these religious roots was a revelation of utmost importance. We had
deep roots, defying time and distance, and as we attended services, we linked
to our ancestors. We are not alone; we are part of a long line of Lutheran
ancestors. Need you have such deep religious family roots? I think not, for you
can establish new and meaningful roots no matter where, how or if you worship.
Family history wise; however, without religious affiliation, you will leave
little in the way of records.


3. VILLAGE OF GOLS, BURGENLAND HAS NEW BUERGERMEISTER

Member Gary Portsche writes: Just received information that my 4th cousin,
Johann (Hans) Schrammel was appointed Burgermeister of Gols, Burgenland. He is
also the Direktor or Principal of the local high school. All details are at
http://www.burgenlandfamilies.com/
Gary L. Portsche, Olathe, Kansas


4. NEW AL MEIXNER ETHNIC MUSIC CATALOG RELEASED

Al Meixner writes: Hello Friends, The 2007 #1 Al Meixner Music Catalog /
Newsletter is now in effect & online.
Polkas, Button Box Music, International Music etc. Check it out at Al
Meixner Mail Order Music at www.almeixner.com

(ED. Note: You can some hear some authentic Burgenland music at the BB
"Songbook" available from the BB homepage. If you are looking for some Burgenland
music tapes or CD's, visit Meixner's website.)


5. BB 2007 ANNUAL MID-WEST PICNIC DATE SET

Dean Wagner writes: The date for the Burgenland Bunch Picnic is set. I
recently reserved the picnic shelter at Trapp Farm Park in Eagan, Minnesota for
10AM - 4PM on Sunday, August 5, 2007. The cost was $128 (plus a deposit of
$150). Last year's attendance was just about perfect to cover the costs. The
shelter rental also comes with free use of a picnic kit that includes horseshoes,
volleyball, and a tug of war rope.


6. BB SUCCESS STORIES

In the BB's earlier days, members would share their stories of success
achieved via BB web pages, which we would then publish. As membership grew, we heard
from fewer members percentage-wise but even they were too many to share with
the membership. In case you wonder if the membership is active and if active
having any success, read below. I feel these are the tip of the iceberg.

* Marsha Jenakovich, Burgenländer/Gradisce Croat writes: I wanted to take the
time to thank you personally for the Burgenland Bunch, and all of your hard
work on behalf of Burgenländers everywhere. You (and the other BB members)
have given me something my family had somehow lost along the way-a real
understanding of our ethnic heritage. No matter how many times I insisted, "no, I'm
not Polish, I'm Austrian," even I could never explain the Slavic name and German
cultural/linguistic heritage. I don't know if anyone in the family
understood it either-if they did, they didn't explain it to me!

Other than my immediate/extended family from Pennsylvania, I had never before
seen my family's name in print. As far as we knew, we were the only family
with this name (we joked that it was mangled at Ellis Island). Yet there it
was, unmistakably, in the Burgenland Bunch newsletter-and the Güssing Urbariam
of 1576! Now, as I spend many splendid hours in the dark, reviewing microfilm
records in my local LDS Family History Center that trace my family through
Hungary and Austria, I often find myself whispering a quiet thanking you for
setting me on this path.

But now it's time to say it more directly. Thank you, Gerry, from the bottom
of my heart. Thank you for your dedication and generosity and the wonderful
legacy you have created for all of us. What a wonderful gift.

* Pam Kramer writes: I came across your website while researching my
ancestry. Once, confirmed they were indeed from the Burgenland area, I posted an
inquiry on your website. And, to be honest, not expecting a reply. Within a week
and a half I received an e-mail from someone who had seen my post on the
site. We corresponded a few times and found we both lived in the same city
(Fargo, ND) Out of curiosity, I looked in the local phone book to see where she
lived, and found out we were also neighbors, living about a block and a half from
each other. She had also turned to the phone book, but I am unlisted. We
have continued to correspond by e-mail and have also met in person.

The best part is that we have found that we share ancestors. My great
grandmother and her great grandfather were brother and sister. So in part, your
website has helped us find each other. We are now able to share information on
our families and because we share the same interest in genealogy, we can work
together and have twice the fun.
I needed to share our story with you~ and Thank you for the Burgenland Bunch
website.

7. FASCHING 2007

I can't ignore Fasching with its fastnacht treats. Lehigh Valley Editor Bob
Strauch writes:

"We made it thru the ice and snow last Thursday afternoon to the Farmers Mkt
to get some Paczki from the Polish stand (they bring them from a Polish Bakery
in NYC - these were filled with prune lekvar). And yesterday my folks got
some plain fastnachts (taste like they have potato in them) from Ahart's
supermarket - which are surprisingly good." (Bob also teased us with a picture of a
bakery cart full of fastnachts.)

To which I responded: I went to Martin's supermarket yesterday-they also had
some Paczki-filled with Bavarian creme, good but I would have preferred plain.
Anyway-I got some! Powdered sugar all over the computer keyboard!

8. RECENT OBITUARY

Alfred "Fred" Berner Sr., 74, of Catasauqua, died Feb. 23. He was married to
Eleanor E. (Kuchera) Berner. Born in St. Nikolaus bei Güssing, Burgenland,
Austria, he was the son of Franz and Agnes (Traupmann) Berner.

Newsletter continues as number 160A.






From:
Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER] BB News No. 160A dtd. Feb. 28, 2007
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 19:55:01 EST


THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 160A
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 12th Year- Issued monthly as email by )
February 28, 2007
(c) 2007 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)


~BURGENLAND GOVERNMENT DELEGATION TO VISIT IN APRIL-SEE BELOW.~

~BURGENLAND 2007 TOUR OFFER AT ARTICLE ONE-SECTION 1- NEWSLETTER NO. 159.
CONTACT: ~


This second section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:

1. Burgenland Government Delegation To Visit In April
2. Work For Burgenland Immigrants- The Allentown Silk Industry
3. Toronto, Canada & Hungarian Cuisine
4. Some Burgenland Jewish Links
5. The Swamp Of German Ancestry

1. BURGENLAND GOVERNMENT DELEGATION TO VISIT IN APRIL

A Burgenland Government Delegation (may include governor and vice-governor),
accompanied by Dr. Walter Dujmovits, president of the BG, will visit the US
and Canada April 13-24. Below is their itinerary.

Delegation Program:
Friday, 13. April, Arrival in New York
Saturday, 14. April, Meeting with locals
Sunday, 15. April, Holy Mass celebraating the 70th anniversary of
der
"Brüderschaft der Burgenländer in New York"
Monday, 16. April, Contacts with officials

Tuesday, 17. April, Arrival in Allentown, Meeting with locals
Wednesday, 18. April, Journey thru Lehigh Valley (Coplay, Nazareth, u.a.)
Heimat dinner at Northampton
"Liederkranz"
Thursday, 19, April Reception at the Coplay "Sängerbund"

Friday, 20. April Arrival in Chicago
Saturday, 21. April Meeting with locals, Heimat dinner
Sunday, 22. April Arrival in Toronto, "Fest" dinner
Monday, 23. April Meeting with locals
Tuesday, 24. April Flight home fromToronto
Wednesday, 25. April Arrival in Vienna

Disbursed as we are throughout North America and elsewhere, it is not
possible for the BB to arrange a general meeting with the delegation. However, we do
plan to have members of our staff, who reside on the east coast, meet with
them in the Lehigh Valley. Two Delegation events, open to BB members, are
scheduled there. Both will be attended by BB staff members, who will formally greet
the Delegation and distribute special BB Invitation Letters. BB members,
residing in the Lehigh Valley or close by, may also attend these events and meet
the Delegation and our BB staff members. The events open to the BB are:

Wednesday, 18. April, Heimat dinner-dance and reception at Northampton
"Liederkranz"
Thursday, 19. April, Informal Reception at the Coplay "Sängerbund"

BB Representatives will try to reserve tables for BB members at both of those
events. For further details as they become available, or to express your
interest in attending any of these public functions, contact Bob Strauch at
or Anna Kresh at .

Tom Glatz, BB staff member from Chicago and vice-president of the Chicago BG
has reported that special meetings and a dinner are being arranged for the
Delegation visit to Chicago. We have not heard from the Toronto ethnic
organization. If interested in attending any of these events, please contact your local
BG organizations.

The March issue of the BB newsletter will bring you any last minute changes
or additions to the Delegation itinerary.


3. WORK FOR BURGENLAND IMMIGRANTS-THE ALLENTOWN SILK INDUSTRY

The following query from the RootsWeb Burgenland Board caught my interest:

Correspondent writes: "Both my mother's family and my father's mother's
family all came from Burgenland to Allentown between 1903-1907. Nearly all of them
ended up in the silk mills. As I have done research I see that many other
Burgenlanders ended up in the silk mills as well. I know it was a good work
opportunity since the silk mill owners in Paterson, NJ began building mills in
Allentown to break the 1913 Socialist movement in their mills there, but with
virtually no main industry in Burgenland at the time, how did so many find success
in the silk industry?"

To which I respond: One of the main "pull" factors that brought Burgenland
immigrants to the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania was the demand for labor. Of
particular importance was the fact that much of this demand was for unskilled
(and therefore cheap) labor that could be trained. One industry in dire need of
labor was the newly formed silk industry that began in Allentown in the summer
of 1880. Few Burgenland immigrants, coming from a mainly rural background, had
any particular skill, although some had been apprenticed in the building,
garment, blacksmith and similar trades. Lack of a skill was especially true of
female workers, although there was a tobacco product mill in southern
Burgenland.(Szt Gotthard) that employed women. Many of these found pre-marriage work in
the Allentown cigar factories.

In 1881, the large Adelaide Silk Mill opened in Allentown. Its success paved
the way for more, the number growing to over 100 between 1890 and 1930. In
1928, the peak year, there 143 mills in the Lehigh Valley. By 1928, silk and
textile production was the 2nd largest industry in Lehigh County. The weaving of
silk led to other industries, dye works, loom parts, spindles, shuttles,
quills, shipping etc. By the early 1930's, the silk industry declined worldwide and
synthetics took the place of silk. By 1941, 85% of the production involved
rayon and acetate. The last silk mill (Catoir Silk Mill) in Allentown closed in
1989.

Immigrants, both men and women, were hired and informally apprenticed to
previously trained workers. It was necessary for the apprentice to subsidize his
trainer. As they gained experience they were absorbed in production and took
part in training others. Some became weavers, loom fixers, or foremen, the top
jobs. Others had lesser skilled jobs such as quillers and helpers, lower paid
jobs. A quiller earned 12 cents an hour while warpers and weavers earned as
much as $30 a week. Until the 1930's, the usual work week was ten hours a day
Monday to Friday and four hours on Saturday. Piecework was the norm between
1920-1940. There was major labor unrest in the 1930's, one of the factors that
helped lead to the eventual decline of the mills. By the end of the 1950's, the
weaving mills were mostly gone, torn down or converted to other production, but
as far as Burgenland immigrants were concerned, they had served their purpose
and their descendants had been absorbed into the other industries of
mainstream America.

The proximity of fabric mills attracted the garment industry and countless
immigrant women worked sewing garments often on a piece-work basis. There were
three weaving mills and two garment mills within walking distance of my
maternal grandparent's home, one at each end of the 600 block of Jordan Street (Royal
& Sondra Factories.) I often sat on the front porch and watched the employees
go to and from work. These Burgenland immigrants were mainly blue collar
workforce, but their descendants are now found throughout American industry at all
levels of employment. My uncle would say "do well in school or you'll end up
in the mill like me!" Not as bad as it sounds, he worked as an experienced
loom fixer, whose expertise was in great demand. He retired before his mill went
out of business. For immigrants, meaningful work was one of the promises of
America.

(ED. Note: Some of the above will be found in "The Silk Industry In The
Lehigh Valley", a Lehigh County Historical Society Publication, Allentown, PA,
published in 1993. It contains lists of the mills, dates of operation and
illustrations. While it is silent concerning Burgenland immigrants per se, their
involvement in silk and allied mill production is well known family history. A
dozen of my family members and many neighbors worked in the mills at one time or
another. )


3. TORONTO, CANADA & HUNGARIAN CUISINE (courtesy Margaret Kaiser)

Toronto is one of those large ethnic melting pots where immigrants can be
found from most any country or region. Restaurants, both large and small catering
to every group can be found. In addition food stores and malls offering
ethnic foods have proliferated. I visited one a few years ago and was amazed at
what was offered. I was told that a favorite Toronto pastime is sampling ethnic
food.

With the establishment of American immigration laws in the 1920's, Canada
became a substitute goal for Burgenland area immigrants. Toronto , easily reached
via the St. Lawrence seaway became one of the main destinations. Many
Burgenland immigrants followed following WWII. Then in 1956, as a result of the
Hungarian revolt against Russian occupation, a second surge of Hungarian refugees
also migrated to Canada. Toronto was againa favorite goal inasmuch as there
were established Hungarian colonies in the city. It is now one of the major
ethnic Burgenland enclaves and supports a very active group of Burgenländische
Gemeinschaft members.

BB editor Margaret Kaiser recently sent me the following:

Thought you might be interested in this article from the Toronto Star. Please
visit link: http://www.thestar.com/article/181674

"The 37,000 refugees who arrived from Hungary 50 years ago brought schnitzel
to Bloor St., but hurry, there's not much left writes Judy Stoffman, STAFF
Reporter, in the Feb 15, 2007 edition."

(snip)
"The stretch of Bloor St. running west from Spadina Ave. was once fondly
dubbed the "Goulash Archipelago." If you were to go back 30 or 40 years, you'd
find a dozen Hungarian restaurants offering cabbage rolls, schnitzel, and wooden
plates stacked with enough sausages and roast pork to sustain a Transylvanian
village. Today the street's spicy Hungarian flavour is growing ever fainter,
as the once flourishing community dies off or disperses throughout the city."
(snip)

See the Toronto Star website for the entire article.


4. SOME BURGENLAND JEWISH LINKS (courtesy Margaret Kaiser)

-----Original Message-----From: To:

Subject: [austriaczech] Remembering with Gratitude: Dr Kurt Schubert. Visit
our website: http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/
Prof. Kurt Schubert died in Vienna on Sunday 4 February, 2007, aged 84. He
was a great protagonist of Christian-Jewish dialogue and Austrian Independence
He established the Judaic Studies Dept at Vienna University [now entitled
Institut fur Judaistik] and in 1972 founded the Jewish Museum in Eisenstadt [ref 1]
- a town usually associated with Joseph Haydn and the Esterhazy family
estates. In terms of Jewish genealogy, the ancient Eisenstadt community with its
Esterhazy Schutzjuden plays a rather special role as a melting pot of expelled
Moravian, Viennese and Hungarian Jews. The Jewish community was founded in 1378
[ref 2 and 3].

References:

1. Jewish Museum Eisenstadt: http://www.ojm.at/ with photograph of Prof
Schubert on the Home Page
2.http://www.bh.org.il/swj/general.php?places=26&language=1
3. Jewish cemetery Eisenstadt:
http://www.jewishgen.org/cemetery/w-europe/austria.html
4 History of the Burgenland Jews {in German}
http://www.judentum.at/s1/judentum-net/austria/aktuell/burgen.htm

In terms of Jewish genealogy, Eisenstadt is de-facto covered by our own SIG,
but effectively, there is a big overlap with the Hungarian-SIG:
http://www.jewishgen.org/Hungary/ It is hard to draw a dividing line. Also
googling: Burgenland genealogy, brings up many individual sites dealing with
this unique area.
Address your messages for this list to: < >
Remember to register or update your family names and towns on
the JewishGen Family Finder: http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/
This Special Interest Group () is hosted by
JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy Visit our home page at
http://www.jewishgen.org

5. THE SWAMP OF GERMAN ANCESTRY

A major reason for establishing the Burgenlnd Bunch was the fact that I never
could find much about the Burgenland. What little there was, was well hidden
in German Genealogy. Now some 12 years later I find that I'm coming full
circle and we're receiving queries from people seeking true German roots. What this
should tell us is that you don't research by language or ethnic similarities
alone-you must research a bit of History and Geography with the most important
data being place of origin. If you can't find that, you will not find
anything., but to find place of origin, you must have a nodding acquaintance with
history, geography and migration patterns, German genealogy can otherwise be a
swamp full of red herrings. The following is a case in point:

Correspondent writes: Would there be any way to research the surname,
Glassmyer ( Glassmeyer, Glassmeier, Glasmeyer) from Germany. I don't know where the
name or the ancestors originated, but they came to the USA in the 1700's,
before the American Revolution; and the maiden (nee) name of William Glassmeyer's
wife was Katherine Wagner, whose family was also here from the early 1700's.

My reply: Our research is limited to the province (state) of Burgenland in
Austria. It is one of the nine Austrian provinces. We can't help with Germany.
The name Glassmeier translates to "manager-glass factory"-possible.

Pre Revolution immigrants from Germany to the Americas are fairly rare-about
1732, some came through the port of NY. There were a few earlier ones starting
in the late 1600's. Others settled in Germantown outside Philadelphia. Most
Germans (they came from the Germanic states of the Holy Roman Empire since
Germany wasn't formed until 1868) came to the Americas after the Revolution
although many of the Hessian mercenaries in the British Army deserted and did not
return to Europe. These men came from Rhine-Hesse (they were also recruited from
other Germanic states). By far the greatest Germanic immigration came after
the Revolution from the Palatinate and are today referred to incorrectly as
Penna-Dutch (Penna. Deutsch) Over 30K came through the port of Philadelphia from
the Rhineland (1730-1830) and settled in Bucks, Berks and Lancaster Counties
in Penna. Many later migrated to the Shenandoah Valley and further west.

To find your link at this juncture will not be easy. You'd do best to contact
a German or Penna. German (Palatinate) website. Check our URL link list for
some possibilities.


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