Danube Swabian

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"Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors!

Researching Your Donauschwaben Family Tree

Organize what you already know about your family
- Place this information on a Pedigree Chart and family group sheet
- Start with yourself and work back in time

Decide what you want to learn or obtain about your family
Choose an ancestor
- Identify a question (Born? Married? Died? Parents? etc.)
- Who? Where? When?

Select records to search
Where to search (Home, National Archives, LDS Family History Center,
  County Courthouse, State Archives/Health Department, etc.)
- Vital Records (Birth, marriage & death records), & Census

- Deeds, wills, naturalization, ship passenger list, passports, obituaries,
  church/cemetery records, headstones.
- Heimat, Familien & Ortssippenbuchen (family town books)
- Church records of Austria Hungary (1826-1895 available from LDS)
- Deutsch Ungarischer Familien Kalender (German Hungarian Family Calendar magazines).

Obtain & search these records
- Transcribe the information & Photocopy the information
Evaluate this information & copy new information onto your pedigree charts/family group sheets
Pedigree Chart.
- Share this information with family members to preserve it. Consider obtaining a Genealogy program.

Danube Swabian Resources

Subscribe to DVHH-L email list where you can share your known family information and ask for help with your brick walls. You many even connect with a cousin on the mail list!

Below are an assortment of resources & explanations helpful specifically to the Donauschwaben researcher:

Village Reference Books: Published resources relating to a village & its families (for research & lookups):

Village Family Books, known as Ortssippenbuch, Familienbuch or Ortsfamilienbuch:  Ort means place; Sippe means kinship or tribe; Buch means book. Should list all of the families of that particular village with their genealogical data in alphabetical order. All genealogical connections known to the author should be given.

Guidelines for the compilation of these books

Ortsnamenbuch Guide - Image

Heimatbuch: Tells the history of the village and only a few of them provide all of the names of inhabitants in former times.

Bildband: Mostly pictures but may contain village information. 

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Genealogy Director
Tom Myers
Tom's Bio

Genealogy Assistant & Librarian
Loretta Alfano
Loretta's Bio

Genealogical Aids (Research Terms, Translations, Symbols & Abbreviations and more)

General Volunteer Look-up Request - This section is for non-region specific lookups.

What's a Lookup? & Manners for Requesting Lookups - Please read prior to requesting a lookup.

Writing a Successful Mail List Posting "Mail List Inquiries & Roll Call Postings"

Emigrant Reference Books

Alsace-Lorraine / Elsaß-Lothringen

Austria-Hungary - including a collection of Maps & Atlases

Emigration & Immigration Records

Census Records

Surname changes in Hungary 1800-1893

Totenbuch der Donauschwaben (Death Roll)

Guidelines for the compilation & layout of Family Books

Emigration & Immigration

For the Donauschwaben researcher, both "emigrate" and "immigrate" apply to both movements of our ancestors.  It just depends on how you are discussing the process.  Even though our ancestors left one place within the Austro-Hungarian Empire, they were still emigrating from their native homeland, to a new home in the Banat or Batschka.  On their arrival, they were immigrating to a new place.  These two words are often used interchangeably, but they have different meanings:

Emigrate - to leave one country or region to settle in another.  Example: they emigrated from Lorraine and immigrated to the Banat.

List of Emigrant Reference Books

Immigrate - Enter and settle in a land to which one is not a native. Exp: They emigrated from the Batschka and immigrated to the US.

Immigration & Passenger Records

Einwanderungszentralstelle (EWZ) Anträge: records of ethnic Germans applying for German citizenship during 1939-1945

Ausland Institut Index Cards: Index card compilations by the Ausland Institut in Germany in the 1930's are also available on numerous microfilm rolls from the FHL. Some examples:

  • Ansiedlerorte (settlements) Batschka-Ungarn circa 1686-1830: Films 1326491, 1326493

  • Emigrants to Hungary: 1750-1945: Films: 1552795

  • German Emigrants to Hungary and Russia: 1755-1805: Films 1340060, 1340061

  • Kartei der Auswanderer in den Ostgebieten (Archive of Settlements in the East): 1750-1943: Films 539248

US Citizens & Immigration Services - The official INS provides instructions on "How to Make a FOIA or PA Request"

Great Resources for Donauschwaben Research

Surname changes in Hungary 1800-1893 -

KlimoTheca digital library has now made the pages of Zoltán Szentiványi's Hungarian surname change book available online.  More info: www.dvhh.org/genealogy/surname_changes.htm

Totenbuch der Donauschwaben (The Book of the Dead of the Danube Swabians) - The genocide of the Germans in Yugoslavia between 1944 and 1948 ... The Danube-Swabian Association (DAG) has published this documentation on the Internet making it accessible to all interested persons, particularly to our young generation.  The following file versions are available:

The German-Hungarian (Donauschwaben) Family Calendar Magazine

Subscriber List for Mercer County, NJ (Deutsch-Ungarischer Familien Kalender, National Weeklies, Inc., Winona, MN, 1936 & 1942 Issues) Transcribed by Dennis J. Bauer, 23 February 1999 - There are 2 sections listed: Trenton, Roebling and other Mercer Co towns. [USGENWEB ARCHIVES]

Deutsch-Ungarisher Familien Kalenders -

Peter Schmidt subscription lists for the years 1932 though 1940, 1942, 1947 and 1948 are currently available on this web site and linked to the City Index and the Direct Links. Dave Dreyer's Extraction Database included.

Austrian State Archives -

Österreichisches Staatsarchiv (Kriegsarchiv) - Under the Bundesarchivgesetz 1999 (sec. 4,1) the Austrian State Archives are obliged to keep a “register of archives” available on the Internet “to improve possibilities for use”.  The Register of Archives is an overview of the Austrian Bundesarchive (federal archives), Landesarchive (archives of the provinces or Länder), Kommunalarchive (archives of cities or communities) and private archives, their holdings and conditions of use. Contacts are listed under the relevant entries.

Austrian National Library - Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, Prisoner of War / Forced Labor

Application Form for archival information, archival copies of the newsletter on the fact of abduction for forced labor during the Great Patriotic War. Site is in Russian www.statearchive.ru/401 but click here for the Google Translation of Link (Russian to English).

National archives of Hungary (in Hungarian)

Institute for Historical Family Research genealogy in the lands of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.

To find military records for the Austro-Hungarian Army, one first needs to determine where and how to look for them since they were kept at different locations during various periods of time. The records were also kept differently for the various states within the Empire. Consequently, it can be a little confusing if one does not understand a bit about the history of the Austrian Empire and the subsequent Austro-Hungarian Empire. Excerpts from: Austro-Hungarian Army Records by Carl Kotlarchik (great site!), including the following points: A Guide for Locating Military Records for the Various Regions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by Carl Kotlarchik

Determining the time period for searching military records - The three major time periods to consider are:
1. Pre-1867 - Records centrally maintained at the Vienna War Archives. These records include soldiers from the entire Empire including individuals from Austria, the Czech regions, Galicia, and all of Hungary.
2. 1867 to 1918 - Records maintained by Austria and by Hungary separately. Austria kept the records for the regions they directly administered, including Galicia and the Czech regions of Bohemia and Moravia. Hungary kept those for everyone in their kingdom, which included the Slovaks and other slavs within their borders. By treaty, these records were to be sent to the successor countries but there is a lot of conflicting information as to what has happened to these records (see section below on Czech Military Records).
3. Post-1918 - Records maintained by the states of Czechoslovakia (1st and 2nd Republic) and Slovakia (1st Republic) as well as the other successor nations of Poland, Yugoslavia, Romania, the Ukraine, and various countries formed after Yugoslavia was broken up.

Census Records

Ungarische Urbarialtabellen von 1768 (Land Census) & 1768 Urberi Tabellak

Hungarian Property Tax 1828 Land Census

The Hungarian Property Tax 1828 Land Census Germans & Hungarians Extractions by Martha Remer Connor (contact information, updated 03 Nov 2012)

Hungarian Names of Villages & Cities & LDS / Family History Center Microfilm Numbers: Temes County | Torontál County | Bács-Bodrog

1891 Taxable Census of Hungary: More information about the craftsmen and shopkeepers included in this census, including surnames - available at Radix.


Genealogical Aids

Inserting German characters on a PC: - Hold down the "Alt" key & punch in numbers on the numeric keypad on the right: 
ä = 132 | Ä= 142 | ö= 148 | Ö=153 | ü=129 | Ü=154 | ß=225

Excerpts from Correspondence With Pastor Ronald Lommel, the Lutheran Parish Nieder-Gemünden, Hesse by Henry Fischer

Alte Deutsche Handschrift ~ Old German Handwriting

First (Given) Names Cross Reference Lookup in Various Languages

German Verbs

Hungarian-English Research Terms & Phrases

Hungarian Baptism - Marriage - Death Records "Page Headings" translated to English

Genealogy Symbols & Abbreviations [used in church records]

Common Latin in your daily genealogical research

Romanian Occupation - English Translations

Genealogy Relationship Chart

Genealogical Codicil to My Last Will and Testament

Foreign Words Used by Donauschwaben

Genealogy Symbols & Abbreviations

Creating a Name Authority File for Family History Research [A short essay on "how to decide on the correct notation of names in family trees by Dolores Jungheim Barber]

Danube Swabian Glossary (Commonly used word & terms among DS researchers)

Recommended External Links

Reference Information: Researching Your Donauschwaben Family Tree [Where do I start? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1993, #2(32916)]. [Submitted by Dennis Bauer / Vereinigung der Donauschwaben e. V. Trenton, NJ Courtesy of www.trentondonauschwaben.com. Published at DVHH.org 12 Nov 2007 by Jody McKim Pharr, ]

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