Danube Swabian

 

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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
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Choose an ancestor
- Identify a question (Born? Married? Died? Parents? etc.)
- Who? Where? When?

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


[Handmade scrapbook by Eve Brown,
Image contributed by Jody McKim Pharr, the lucky recipient!]

- 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.

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, ]

Resources for the Danube Swabian Family Researcher

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

Village Reference Book: 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. 

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.

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

Affiliate Programs

External Links


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.

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"


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/research/surname_changes.htm

Totenbuch der Donauschwaben (Death Roll) -

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.  Online Search Surname or Village: English | Deutsch

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). 


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]

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

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

Recommended External Links

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