Remembering Our
Danube Swabian Ancestors

Donauschwaben Villages

"Helping Hands"

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.
In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead


Dennis J. Bauer
Pennsylvania, USA

Batschka Settlement Area Coordinator

DVHH Board of Directors
& Vice President 2020-Present

Donauschwaben Obituaries Coordinator

DVHH Public Relations

Membership Committee



"Donauschwaben Related Biography"

"Dennis Jacob Bauer was born in Trenton, NJ in the late 1940s and is a lifelong resident of Bucks County, PA. He is married and has two children and four grandchildren. He earned a B.S. degree in Biology and a M.S. degree in Environmental Health and retired from the Bucks County Department of Health after 41 years of service. He also served six years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He has taught genealogy part-time for over 35 years and lectures on genealogical topics and writes genealogical articles for various newsletters.

He has been a member of the Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands since its inception in 2003 and serves presently as a Board member, Vice President, Batschka Settlement Area Coordinator and the Obituary Coordinator.

His paternal grandfather, Jacob Bauer, was born in Palanka, Bacs Bodrog (Batschka), Austria-Hungary. He was the son of Christian Bauer and Elisabeth Bohnert. His paternal grandmother, Theresa Helleis, was from the nearby town of Batsch, Bacs Bodrog, Austria-Hungary. She was the daughter of Lorenz Helleis and Barbara Blank. Both grandparents came to America with their parents prior to World War I (1901 and 1913 respectively) and settled in Trenton, NJ. They later relocated to Falls Township, Bucks County, PA with their families. Since childhood, Dennis has had a great interest in his ancestry.

Dennis is a longtime member and Vice President of Cultural Affairs of the Vereinigung der Donauschwaben, e.V. of Trenton, NJ ( He also serves as club genealogist and newsletter editor as well. In addition, he is a member of the Donauschwaben of Philadelphia, PA, the Arbeitskreis donauschwäbischer Familienforscher (AKdFF), the Association of Professional Genealogists, the German Genealogical Group, the Bucks County Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, the PA Genealogical Society and the Historical Society of Schuylkill County (his mother’s Irish, German and Welsh ancestry).

He has written two Donauschwaben books to date, A Collection of Genealogical Information of Palankaer-Americans and Related Family Members 1895-2008 and From Batsch to Trenton – The Trip to America in 1913 by the Lorenz Helleis Family. Copies of both books have been donated to various genealogical libraries, including the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, UT, the Backa Palanka, Serbia history library and the AKdFF library in Singelfingen, Germany.

As editor of the Trenton Donauschwaben newsletter, the Trentoner Donauschwaben Nachrichten, Dennis includes Donauschwaben related articles about their history, genealogy and culture in each issue and continually promotes the DVHH and its great resources."

Dennis and cousin, Hans Martini, have developed two power point presentations entitled “A Brief History of the Donauschwaben” and “The History of the Donauschwaben in Mercer County, NJ”. These have been shown to numerous groups and associations. He also lectures on various genealogical topics and writes genealogical articles for several newsletters and web sites.
     He has written two family history books to date, The Hinkel Family from Hesse, Germany to Schuylkill County, PA and From Batsch to Trenton – The Trip to America in 1913 by the Lorenz Helleis Family.

     In 2008 Dennis completed 25 years of research and published A Collection of Genealogical Information of Palankaer-Americans and Related Family Members - 1895 to 2008.  This work includes a brief history of Backa Palanka and the Donauschwaben. The book is dedicated to the memory of fellow researcher and Palankaer Peter Kiss and features over 500 Palanka related obituary abstracts, ship passenger lists, U.S. draft registrations and Palankaer-American addresses.

Contact Dennis at his email address if you are interested in obtaining a copy of any of these books ( 

Dennis Bauer, September, 2020

[Published at 30 Sep 2020 by Jody McKim Pharr]

Last updated: 19 Jul 2021