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From: "Hannes Graf" <>
Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER] BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER BB News No 181 dtdNovember 30, 2008
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 20:04:02 +0100


THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS - No. 181
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
November 30, 2008
(c) 2008 - The Burgenland Bunch - all rights reserved

Our 13th Year, Editor: Johannes Graf burgenland.bunch(at)chello.at and
Copyeditor Maureen Tighe-Brown

The Burgenland Bunch Newsletter, founded by Gerry Berghold (who retired in
Summer, 2008, and died in August, 2008), is issued monthly as email and
available online at
http://www.the-burgenland-bunch.org

Current Status Of The BB:
* Members: 1672 * Surname Entries: 5456 * Query Board Entries: 3990
* Newsletters Archived: 180 * Number of Staff Members: 14

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This first section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:

1. Newsletter 182 Christmas-Special
2. The Upper Midwest Module.. Up and Running (by Frank Paukowits)
3. SURPRISE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOG ALERT (by Margaret Kaiser)
4. BAD TATZMANNSDORF THUMBNAIL RESPONSE - Part II
5. Lehigh Valley Ethnic Events Dec. 2008 (courtesy of Bob Strauch)
6. BURGENLAND EMIGRANT OBITUARIES (courtesy of Bob Strauch)
7. New database for Burgenland Jewish Victims

1. Newsletter 182 online Christmas-Special

As we did last year, we will make a Christmas-special with some greetings,
pictures, poems or whatever we get.
http://www.the-burgenland-bunch.org/Newsletter/HolidayNL07.htm

Every Member is invited, to send what s/he wants to tell every other member.

If You send something, please write at the subject line:

BB-NL-Christmas-special from .....Your name.....

The deadline for this Special is December 18.


2. The Upper Midwest Module.. Up and Running (by Frank Paukowits)

A new BH&R module for deceased Burgenland immigrants to the upper mid-west
(Minnesota, Wisconsin and South and North Dakotas) was launched in
November.
The BH&R site, which you can now easily get to from one of the links near
the top of the BB homepage, contains the most comprehensive information on
deceased Burgenland immigrants that you will find anywhere.
It's a work in progress. BB members are encouraged to submit information
on their deceased ancestors and friends to enhance the new module's content.
Take a look at the information that is presented and send along your
information as a way to memorialize the people who have brought such
joy and memories
to all of us. Pictures are welcomed too. There is a section on the site that is
specifically devoted to pictures of deceased immigrants, which adds a
personal touch to the information that is provided.


3. SURPRISE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOG ALERT (by Margaret Kaiser)

Additional microfilmed records have been added to the Family History Library
Catalog. These are civil vital records for Felsörönök, Rabafüzes,
Raba(Vas)szentmihaly, and Szentgotthard. The added time frames for these
civil record collections range from about 1910 to 1975. Refer to the
Family History Catalog at www.familysearch.org to check for any
updates in your ancestral towns collections.


4. BAD TATZMANNSDORF THUMBNAIL RESPONSE - Part II

Editor: In the June 2008 BB Newsletter (#175A) we ran an article about new
Village History Thumbnails. Frank Toussaint found the thumbnail on Bad
Tatzmannsdorf to be of interest and chose to respond. We published that
conversation in last month's newsletter (#180) ...and also modified the Bad
Tatzmannsdorf thumbnail based on the information learned through that
exchange (thanks, Frank!).

Much as the article in Newsletter #175A begot that of the one in Newsletter
#180, we have a follow-up this month that shows the spirit of free exchange
that the Burgenland Bunch tries to foster. The small staff of the BB knows
much about the Burgenland, but it is you, the membership, that is the true
storehouse of knowledge and it is you that makes membership valuable to
other members. Keep up the good work!

Linda Pipher wrote (in part): I just finished reading the BB newsletter and
am wondering if the Marie Rehling, who came over on "La Champagne" in 1902,
might be my Uncle Carl Brenner's aunt. I had guessed that she was born ca.
1876. She came to Phila., PA, and married Frank Eigenbauer. There were also
some Eigenbauers in Chicago. My Uncle Carl Brenner was born in house #47 in
Bad Tatzmannsdorf in 1891. He came to this country on Jan. 2, 1907, aboard
the "Francesca" from Trieste, going to his uncle, Josef Eigenbauer, in
Philadelphia. Gerry Berghold once said that he didn't know of any Austrians
who went through the port of Trieste, but apparently there was at least one.
Marie T. Rehling had an older sister, Anna (born ca.1871), who never
married. She lived with Frank and Marie Eigenbauer when I knew them.
Anyway, just wondering if you would happen to know if the Marie
Rehling you listed
is the same woman that I knew as a child. Thank you,

Frank Toussaint replied (in part): I am delighted to hear from you! Attached
to this email is a page of the ship's manifest for the S.S. La Champagne
arriving at the port of New York on October 5th, 1902. If you are unfamiliar
with computers you need to know that this image of the ship's manifest can
be blown up to a legible size. If the computer you are using is set up such
that this type of image opens in Internet Explorer then the way to expand
the image is to move the cursor off of the image then back onto the image.
An orange button will appear, after about one second, in the lower right
corner of the image. Click on this button to blow the image up to full
size. On line 22 of the ship's manifest is the Marie Rehling in question. She is
headed to Philadelphia and is sponsored by her brother, Josef, who lives at
number 536 6th street. She is traveling with a Marie Piller (line 23) who
is bound for the same address. Hoping you find this useful, yours truly.

Linda replied in turn: Frank, I didn't expect a reply so soon, or I would
have checked back last night... and now I see that you also sent a link to
Bad Tatzmannsdorf this morning! Thank you for your time and effort! I just
looked up Marie/Maria Rehling on the Ellis Island website and, of the 8 or
so listed, the one you mentioned and sent me info on still seems to be the
most likely candidate. I think I also found her sister Anna coming over in
1905 at the age of 34, only she was going to her cousin, Josef Rehling, at
3005 Elisabeth St. in Chicago. When I knew them, Anna had either Alzheimer's
or senile dementia and she was living here in Philadelphia with her sister.
I believe I figured out their birth years based on newspaper obituaries that
my mother had cut out and saved. That should still be here somewhere in one
of the many boxes of file folders that I have collected. Luckily, I have
most of the information in my Family Tree Maker program. Again, thank you
so much for your help!

Judy Woods also wrote (to the Newsletter mailer address): Thank you for
writing more on Bad Tatzmannsdorf this seems to be the only place that I
can learn about "B T." for I can't find too much in books at the library.
I really got excited with this month's newsletter. To see my REHLING
family from B T who immigrated to Chicago, They were siblings, Tobias, Franz,
Samuel, Gustav and Maria REHLING. You made my day. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Tom Steichen replied: Hi Judy, Our newsletter mailing list is a send-only
list, so normally we do not reply to mail received there but, as I was
deleting the spam it receives, I noted your message in the list. The Bad
Tatz newsletter article already prompted a genial genealogical exchange
between Linda Pipher and Frank, and it appears you may fit in there too, so
I've pulled your text (below) and copied them on this reply. If you haven't
talked family with them, you might want to do so. Thanks for the kind words
on the newsletter (I blind-copied our editor on this message too).

(Editorial note: We do not encourage replies to the Newsletter remailer
address, . Rather, please write
directly to the Newsletter Editor at or
. Messages sent as replies go the newsletter
remailer address are at great risk of being ignored and eventually
discarded automatically.)

Frank Toussaint also replied: If you wish to learn about Bad Tatzmannsdorf
you may be interested in the following websites:
http://www.austria-sites.com/austria-4u/orte/bgld/b/bad_tatzmannsdorf.htm
and http://www.kuo-bt.at/.

Linda Pipher also replied (in part): Hi Judy, When Tom Steichen sent me this
note, my first thought was -- well, I don't know ANYTHING about the Rehling
family. In fact, I was trying to find out something about two Rehling
sisters, Anna (b.ca.1871) and Marie (b.ca.1876), whom I knew as a child in
Philadelphia. Frank Toussaint sent me info from the Ellis Island website
about Marie, which reminded me that I probably hadn't looked there. I went
to the website and found other Maries, but this one's age is only a year off
from what I was expecting. I also found an Anna Rehling that, agewise, seems
to be the correct one, but she was going to her cousin, Josef Rehling, at
3005 Elisabeth Street in Chicago. I checked the rest of the ship's manifest
and found that two other people were also going to that address. Here's
where there might be a connection to you. I reread Tom's note and saw that
one of your relatives was named Tobias -- a rather uncommon name. The Ellis
Island info shows that Tobias Rehling (age 24, a carpenter) and another
Anna Rehling (age 21, a maid servant) were siblings of this Josef. "My" Anna
Rehling was 34, unmarried, and a housekeeper/servant. They all arrived on
May 20,1905. You can check this out yourself at the Ellis Island website,
but I think you have to register to view the ship's manifest -- but it's
free. To enlarge the page to readable size, just click on the picture of a
magnifying glass. Hope this helps. Also, please let me know if you can
confirm that my Rehlings are part of your family. Good luck!

(Editorial note: At this time, we do not know whether the above exchange
will truly help any of the participants learn more about their families;
however, despite Linda Pipher's initial claim, "well, I don't know ANYTHING
about the Rehling family", it seems clear that each writer had information
of interest to the others. We encourage you to seek out other members who
share your names or villages. Perhaps you will receive much from your
efforts; even better, you may have much to give!)


5. Lehigh Valley Ethnic Events Dec. 2008 (courtesy of Bob Strauch)

Dec. 13: Christmas Bazaar and Food Sale @ St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox
Church in Bethlehem.

Dec. 13: Christmas Concert and Dance @ Coplay Sängerbund in Coplay.
Entertainment by the Coplay Sängerbund
Mixed Chorus and the Joe Weber Orchestra.

Dec. 13: Annual Lehigh Sängerbund Christmas Concert @ Egner Memorial
Chapel, Muhlenberg College in Allentown, 2:00 PM.
Free will offering. Followed by reception with coffee and pastries in
Seeger's Union Building.

Dec. 14: Russian Orthodox Christmas Concert @ St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox
Church in Bethlehem.

Dec. 20: Ethnic Food and Bread Sale @ Ss. Peter and Paul Polish Catholic
Church in Allentown.

http://www.the-burgenland-bunch.org/Events/2008/LVEE.htm


6. BURGENLAND EMIGRANT OBITUARIES (courtesy of Bob Strauch)

Irma Trabel

Irma I. Trabel, 93, of Fountain Hill, died Monday, October 13, 2008, in her
home. She was the wife of the late Philip M. Trabel, who died in 1973. Born
in Güssing, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and
Julia (Spitzer) Janders. Irma was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church,
Bethlehem. She was a wonderful mother who devoted her life to taking care
of her family. She also enjoyed gardening. Survivors: Sons, Philip E. and
William K., with whom she resided; nieces, nephews.

Edward Frisch

Edward Frisch, 77, of Allentown died Monday October 27, 2008 at his
residence. He was the husband of Helene (Remsing) Frisch, having celebrated
their 50th anniversary on April 19, 2008. Born in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch),
Hungary, he was a son of the late Johanna Frisch. Edward was a welder for
the Follett Corp. of Forks Twp., for 37 years before retiring in 1996. He
was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church of Allentown.
Survivors: Wife; Daughters, Annette H. wife of Robert J. Monberger Sr. of
Bethlehem Twp. and Monica wife of Paul D. Wasser of Northampton;
grandchildren, Jessica Monberger, Robert J. Monberger Jr. and Stephanie
Schwerer.

Martha Pollinger

Martha Pollinger, 85, of Allentown, passed away on October 27 in ManorCare,
Bethlehem. Born in Steingraben, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter
of the late Joseph and Theresa (Draxler) Klobosits. Martha was the wife of the
late Stanley Pollinger, who passed away on September 30, 1999. She was a
member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown, where she was
a member of its Frauenverein. Survivors: Daughter, Jane, wife of Michael
Tiuchty, of Northampton; sons, Robert Pollinger, husband of Deborah
Pollinger, of San Diego, Calif., Bruce Pollinger, husband of Traci
Pollinger, of Carlsbad, Calif.; grandchildren, Chad, Tricia, Justin,
Joshua, Heather, Thomas, Tyler; great-grandchildren, Joey, Jacob.


7. New database for Burgenland Jewish Victims

Exiled, Remembrance and Memory

http://www.vertrieben.at/

Database for Jewish Victims of the National Socialism from Burgenland

In 1938, the estimated 3,900 Jews living in the Burgenland were
expelled or deported by the Nazis. About 30% of them were murdered in
the concentration- and extermination camps. In this database you find
the names of the victims of the Shoah.

The database is available in English and German!


Newsletter continues as number 181A.


From: "Hannes Graf" <>
Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER] BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER BB News No 181A dtdNovember 30, 2008
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 20:04:46 +0100


THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS - No. 181A
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
November 30, 2008
(c) 2008 - The Burgenland Bunch - all rights reserved

The second section of this 2-section newsletter includes:

1. GERRY BERGHOLD HOMILY
2. HISTORICAL BB NEWSLETTER ARTICLES - STARTING THE SEARCH IN THE "HEIMAT"


1. GERRY BERGHOLD HOMILY (Editor Tom Steichen)

Editor: Gerry Berghold, BB Founder and long-time newsletter editor,
prepared a homily in early 2005 (shortly after his cancer diagnosis)
that was to be
read at the memorial service after his death. In it, he requested that it be
shared with his "Internet correspondents." Although it has taken some time
to track down a written copy of the homily, we have done so and now will
honor his request. Here are his words:

HOMILY - IN MEMORIUM - GERALD J. BERGHOLD
(I would like this to be read at my memorial service by a friend or by one
of my descendants)

Having been notified that I had a life threatening illness, I've prepared a
brief sketch of my life. I hope it will be read at my memorial service and
be of some comfort to my friends and relatives. I would also like it to be
shared with my Internet correspondents. It includes those thoughts and
events which have been most meaningful to me and may well explain how I
became the person you all knew.

I was born Sept. 22, 1930 in Allentown, PA, the second son of Julius
Berghold and Frida Sorger, first generation children of Austro-Hungarian
immigrants. I was fortunate in being raised in a multi-generational family,
among grandparents, parents and a doting uncle. (I lost my father to divorce
but gained a fine stepfather in Harry B. Carpenter.) There was a lot of
love, discipline, respect, adherence to principles and Christian work
ethics. From an early age, I was instructed to do good and to make the right
decisions. The first decision was made for me, baptism in St. Peter's
Lutheran church in Allentown, PA. Much later in life I was to discover that
the Berghold clan had an unbroken tradition of the Lutheran faith extending
as far back as the days of Martin Luther. They were refugees from
counter-Reformation Catholicism in the province of Styria in Austria and
migrated to sanctuary in western Hungary in the mid-1600's. This knowledge
was most comforting in that it gave me deep roots, in what was to become,
for my generation, a generally rootless society.

I graduated from Allentown High School, class of 1948, with honors. I served
as editor-in-chief of my junior and senior high school newspapers, both of
which received scholastic press association awards for excellence during my
tenure. This bit of early writing and recognition caused me to enjoy writing
in one form or another for the rest of my life. The next four years were
spent in military service. I became an airman in the US Air Force, 97th Bomb
Wing, Strategic Air Command, where I rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. I
worked first as an armament technician, later as base supply inspector.
While in service during the Korean War I saw no combat, serving at bases in
Colorado and Texas and two former RAF bomber bases in East Anglia, England.
Upon discharge, I entered Lehigh University under the GI Bill, receiving as
BS degree in Accounting with the class of 1957. With family responsibilities
and a simultaneous job in an iron works, my extra curricular university
activity was limited to serving as corresponding secretary of the Lehigh
Town Council and Alpha Lambda Omega social group. I also worked part time in
a department store and graded examination papers for various professors.
For me, a university degree was the beginning, not the end, of a life of study,
pursued relentlessly. At my death, my library contained some four thousand
well-used volumes. I am afraid that my educational attainments secretly led
me to feel superior to those who were not so fortunate - probably my most
major failing. Such pride was a sin but it was also a virtue, leading me
relentlessly toward personal attainments and self-justification. On
occasion, this made me testy, overbearing and acerbic, even among those I
loved or admired - I must apologize for these actions.

In 1952, I met my wife Molly Ann Beck of Fountain Hill, PA while working at
Hess Brothers Department Store, Allentown. I introduced myself on an
escalator while we were returning to our stations from a sales meeting. A
lovely courtship followed. In 1954, we were married in the chapel of Lehigh
University and moved to an apartment in Allentown. We eventually had three
fine children, daughters Jan and Kim and son Chris, all of whom have made
me very proud. Our daughters married fine husbands and in turn presented us
with six wonderful grandchildren who in turn provided three
great-grandchildren. Molly and I were lovers, partners and companions for
more than 51 years, and a better spouse would be difficult to imagine. My
soundest and most important decision was to marry Molly. We have shared so
many mutual experience, interests and activities that we have become one.

The DuPont Company of Wilmington, DE (E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc.)
recruited me directly from Lehigh and I spent the next 30 years in various
managerial positions in their Finance Department, mostly involved with
producing their 60,000-employee salaried payroll and overseeing the finance
and accounting of employee benefit plans. I like to think that my work there
still casts a long shadow. During this period, I developed a passionate
interest in the Civil War and spent much time as a member of the Delaware
Blues of the North South Skirmish Association, receiving many medals and
awards for shooting ability as well as participating in historical
re-enactments. I held various leadership positions in these organizations.
Membership led to camping and a shooting cabin at Fort Shenandoah,
Gainesboro, VA, which became a leisure time Mecca for our family. I also
became an ardent collector of old firearms and other antiques.

Limited time and effort was spent as a director of a historical preservation
group, member of the local PTA, Republican Party representative and
membership in various civic associations and other grass roots
organizations, in which I was often called upon to serve as treasurer.
During our stay in Delaware, we were active members of three Lutheran
churches as we changed residence. Molly was a faithful member of their
choirs while I was active only in stewardship and ushering duty.

Retiring early in 1985, Molly and I relocated to Winchester, VA, beginning
an idyllic period of what truly became "golden years" of gardening, leisure
study, reading, writing, travel, collecting and church activity. Our home,
located just outside the historic district next to one of the last
agricultural zoned areas, was more country than town. Quiet and peaceful
with fine neighbors, we enjoyed God's gifts of ease and plenty. Central
European history became a passion and led to my founding a family history
website organization called the Burgenland Bunch, which now comprises over
1200 members worldwide. This involved a study of German, Latin and
Hungarian. In 2001, the Legislature of the Province of Burgenland, Austria,
awarded me their Gold Medal of Honor - the "Ehrenzeichen" - for my efforts
in promoting Burgenland ethnicity via this medium. I treasure this award -
an award far beyond the imagination of my Burgenland immigrant
grandparents.
I was also made an "honor member" - Ehrenmitglied - of the international
Burgenländische Gemeinschaft society of Austrian Burgenland inhabitants,
immigrants and descendants.

We traveled to southern Austria for those awards, but made many other
European trips, both on our own and as members of tour groups. Part of these
travels involved 5 weeks hunting ancestors and descendants in Austria (we
were successful) and three weeks showing two of our children the home of
their ancestors, as well as traveling across Europe by riverboat - North Sea
to Black Sea - on three separate occasions. We have been fortunate in
having been able to see so much of the world and experience most of Europe.

In Winchester, we joined Bethel Lutheran Church in 1986. It was my privilege
to serve this congregation as treasurer, council member and on various
committees involved with planning and financial affairs. Friendships and
social events experienced here became a memorable part of our lives. Outings
and meetings of the Jolly Crowd (retirement group) were most enjoyable. I
have been associated with many fine men and Pastors Christianson and Woolly
are in the forefront. Our church is a monument to their efforts.

Other retirement activity with civic groups was limited to the Winchester
Glasshoppers, a club of glass and china collectors and enthusiasts in which
I served briefly as a director. I became their unofficial historian, writing
newsletter trip reports about their various outings and events. Molly and I
also presented a series of programs concerning our collections. Their
monthly meetings, annual glass show and collecting trips were eagerly
anticipated. I treasured the friendships developed there. With age, my
hearing (never too good) deteriorated to the extent that I no longer felt
comfortable serving on committees or as an organization leader. A few years
ago, I retired from such active participation. While I felt I had served my
time, it was always with a feeling of guilt that I refused requests,
particularly those involving the church.

The activities previously mentioned led to a fair amount of written
material, some of which has been published in various obscure publications
both here and in Europe. On a few occasions, I received moderate
compensation and recognition. Newsletters, which I have either written or
edited for the Burgenland Bunch, are available on the Internet. I have had
the assistance of ten sub-editors and their help has been invaluable. Even
though they reside in many states as well as in Europe, our combined efforts
have resulted in a massive amount of ethnic data. This now comprises the
largest English language library and depository of Burgenland family history
(over 2500 pages) available anywhere. While under copyright, it is freely
available to interested parties. I have also written and privately published
genealogical histories of the Berghold and Beck families, copies of which
are available in various libraries. Molly and I also jointly wrote and
edited the 175th Year History of Bethel Lutheran Church. My Email
correspondence has been astronomical, averaging twenty to thirty per day,
most of which received replies.

In September 2003, shortly after my 73rd birthday, I was informed that I had
an incurable cancer of the prostate. It was time to put my house in order
and contemplate the hereafter, as we must all do eventually.

Thus, my life of limited importance came to an end. I hope it has made a
difference and that I have left something of value for future generations.
I have tried to be a good man, first and foremost a good Christian, as well
as a good father, husband and citizen. With my capabilities, and recognizing
the many temptations of the flesh, I have always tried to hurt no one, help
those I could and share God's gifts with those in need. I like to think that
I am one of those as mentioned in the second verse from Ecclesiasticus
44:13-14 of the Apochcrypha:

"And there are some who have no memorial, who have perished as though they
had not lived; they have become as though they had not been born, and so
have their children after them. But these were men of mercy, whose righteous
deeds have not been forgotten; their posterity will continue forever, and
their glory will not be blotted out. Their bodies were buried in peace, and
their names live to all generations."

My major regret is that I did not do more good, although I know God has
forgiven me my sins of commission and omission. I deeply regret having to
leave behind those who are near and dear, but with a firm belief in the
resurrection and the hereafter, I do not say goodbye, I say
"Aufwiedersehen" - till we meet again. Thank you for sharing my life, may
God bless and keep you.

Gerry Berghold
1/5/05


2. HISTORICAL BB NEWSLETTER ARTICLES - STARTING THE SEARCH IN THE "HEIMAT"

Editor: This is part of our monthly series designed to recycle interesting
articles from the BB Newsletters of 10 years ago.

THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS No.47
November 30, 1998

STEP ONE - STARTING THE SEARCH IN THE "HEIMAT" - by G. Berghold

I'm fortunate in being a Burgenland researcher who can remember talking to
his immigrant grandparents. I'd sit at the kitchen table, taking notes and
asking my Mühl-Sorger grandmother questions while she cooked some toothsome
Burgenland specialty for me. I'd ask, "Mom tell me about where you were
born, etc." "What do you know about Pop's people" (Alois Sorger, deceased)?
"What village did the Bergholds come from (there was an early
Sorger-Berghold divorce)?" As a result, I thought my research start would be
easy. How wrong I was! Mom told me she was born in Kleinmürbisch to
Mühl-Pöltl (from Rosenberg) parents, moved to Güssing following the death
of her father and emigrated with twin sister and mother in 1907, following her
brother Josef. Names were then changed to Muehl and Poeltl in US. Her
family had been small farmers and artisans, her father was a carpenter, one
grandfather was a school teacher and an uncle was a game keeper on the
Draskovitch estate from which he sometimes brought them rabbits and wood.
The Bergholds were from Poppendorf, had a Gasthaus and were Lutherans
(which information I ignored as of little value much to my later chagrin).

Armed with all this good data and learning about LDS microfilm records, I
started looking for Burgenland family. Weeks went by. No church in
Kleinmürbisch or Rosenberg (no Rosenberg). Looked in Güssing records, lots
of Sorger-Pöltls from a place called Rosahegy. Took a while to find that was
the Hungarian name for Rosenberg. No grandmother baptism found. Maybe she
wasn't baptized, highly unlikely. Looked around various villages. No luck.
Finally, months later, found a reference to Szt. Miklos (now part of
Güssing), site of a church that inhabitants of Kleinmürbisch attended before
the parish was incorporated with Güssing (1890's). There she was, her sister
and brother and her parents' marriage as well! The start of one family thread.
Likewise no church records for Poppendorf. Tried St. Gotthard. Found
two Bergholds from a place called Mühlgraben. Spent weeks tracking those
Bergholds. No links to mine. Tried Heiligenkreuz, lots of early Bergholds,
but no link to mine. What was going on? Finally found a Berghold marriage
witness from Patafalva (Hungarian for Poppendorf) who was listed as a
Lutheran! Something clicked! Checked Lutheran churches, found that
Poppendorf Lutherans went to church in Eltendorf (Ókörtvélyes), a couple of
kms down the road. Checked Eltendorf records, there were my Bergholds, back
to 1770! Another family thread.

These are the beginner's main problems. (1) Changes in the spelling of
names, (2) German-Hungarian names of villages and (3) location of church
attended (also location of civil records post 1896). Before you order LDS
Burgenland microfilm you must know this information! If you're not
absolutely certain, dig deeper. The BB can invariably provide the answers.
A large percentage of the many queries I've received deal with these three
problems. Some are easy, but changes in names, parishes and political
status can create a maze. (Ed. note: Gerry concluded with a member query that
incorporated all three; we do not show it here. However, we will note that
the BB Village pages and/or Maps pages provide answers to problems 2 and 3
and the Village Histories pages often list the associated LDS films.)


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