Danube Swabian Community
“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

Villages Helping Hands

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors




DVHH, at a glance . . . 2021

"How the DVHH got started"

Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation exempt from federal taxes under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  DVHH, Inc. received its tax exemption under 501(c)(3) from the IRS on October 26, 2007.

"Your donations and membership dues are tax-deductible." 

Our Mission is to collect and provide historical and genealogical information for the former Danube Swabian (DS) villages situated in the six regions which were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918: Banat, Batschka, Slavonia - Syrmia, Swabian Turkey, Hungarian Highlands, and Sathmar.

"Our Motto: Keeping the Danube Swabian legacy alive!"

How to participate, collaborate, communicate & contribute to
"Keeping the Danube Swabian legacy alive"!

1:  VOLUNTEER: Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands (DVHH) consist of all volunteers, whose desire is to help descendants of the German ethnic group "Danube Swabian" discover their ancestral roots, history, environs, culture and lifestyles. Our website is chock-full of data, having been developed using input from this very forum of volunteers to flesh out all the aspects of the Danube Swabian people.  The DVHH Village Coordinators hope to bring you closer to your ancestral village.

Registry of Volunteers & Contributors

2. CONTRIBUTE Web Content:  DVHH.org prides itself on providing excellent, entertaining, informative and unique articles about the Donauschwaben experiences, including recipes!  We are staffed with editors who will help you to present your story in an accurate, well-written and detailed publication, that will speak to our curious audience.  We welcome any submissions for consideration. 

Standard Submission Guidelines & Procedures

3: BECOME A MEMBER: DVHH.org acknowledges and appreciates every person (who we refer to as Members) who financially supports our effort to keep our Donauschwaben history alive for future generations. NOTE: Our website is free.

Worldwide Member List

4:  SUBSCRIBE to DVHH E-MAIL LISTDVHH has a large Donauschwaben email list subscriber base; as of today (21/Sep/15) there are 752 Listers. A great many of our worldwide subscribers are volunteer Lookup Guides assisting researchers with filling in the missing info and adding new branches. Cousin-Connections are made worldwide. Because we are a Roots Web hosted mail list, every message/posting goes into a searchable archive. It is wonderful to simply browse over a decade of posting!  Where  has the time went!

Browse our mail list archives from 2003-2020.

5:  JOIN DVHH FACEBOOK GROUP:  As of today (19/03/2020) there are 2,593 members worldwide. It's fun to check in the group on any given day, there is always an array of topics being talked about and lots of photos posted. Unfortunately Facebook doesn't offer a searchable archive, so we encourage subscribing to the email list to post research inquiries into searchable archives.

Shared Ancestral Images

6: SIGN OUR GUESTBOOK: Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.  We invite you to sign our guestbook and share your surnames and villages of interest. After a period of time, messages will be moved to our
Guestbook Archives (initiated 2005).

Search DVHH.org

UNIFORM TERMINOLOGYFor the sake of consistency, the terms Donauschwaben or Danube Swabian will be used throughout the DVHH web site, publications & associated media outlets.  More info ~DVHH Editorial, 5 Dec 2005, Updated 10 May 2007, Nick Tullius, Sr. Editor.  Est. & published at DVHH.org 2007 by Jody McKim Pharr.





DVHH Administration
Last Updated: 23 Feb 2022

DVHH Board of Directors:

Jody McKim Pharr, Pres.
Dennis Bauer, V. Pres.
Rachel Lanning, Sec.
Norbert Giesse, Treas.
Engel, Roy

A special thank you to our outgoing Administration for their "years" of service:

Rita Tomkins:
DVHH Board of Directors 2017-2021
Membership Newsletter Editor 2014-2021

~ Bev Franks:
Board of Directors 2020-2021

Volunteer Director:
Jody McKim Pharr

Membership Registrar:
Jeff Rau

Membership Newsletter Editor:
Rita Tompkins

Public Relations Staff

Mail List Administrators:
Kelly Dazet
Dan Sedley
Denny Sanders
Roy Engel

Facebook Administrator:
Dan Larson
Noelle Giesse

Guestbook Administrator:
Robert "Bob" Horvath

Guestbook Archivist:
Darlene Demitrie, Windsor


Nick Tullius
Rose Vetter
Rita Tompkins
Dan Larson
Jody McKim Pharr
Dennis Bauer
Beth Tolfree



Submissions Manager & Content Archivist:
Joe Mayte
Submission Information

Publisher & Webmaster
Jody McKim Pharr

Membership Web Editor:
Jeff Rau & Jane Moore

Sathmar Web Editor:
Sarah Coraggio

Editorial Staff:

Rose Vetter
Nick Tullius
Jody McKim Pharr
Rita Tompkins

Content Consultants:

Nick Tullius
Rose Vetter

DVHH Translators:

Nick Tullius
Rose Vetter
Vesna Ibrahimovic

Donau-Schwaben Kalender
Transcription Project

Jody McKim Pharr - Coordinator
Beverley Franks - Photo Editor
George Fuderer - Translator

Cooking Donauschwaben Style!

Anne Dreer, Coordinator
Rose Vetter, Editor

Displaced Persons Camps Coordinators:
Franz Bohn
Anne Dreer

Obituaries Coordinator:
Dennis Bauer

Genealogy Director
Tom Myers
Loretta Alfano

Regional Coordinators:

Nick Tullius, Jody McKim Pharr

Dennis Bauer

Hungarian Highlands:
Lil Vogl
Ernest Chrisbacher

*** Volunteer needed ***

Sarah Coraggio

Swabian Turkey:
Henry Fischer

Eve Brown

Rose Vetter
Anton Laigep



Last Updated: 26 Oct 2020

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Keeping the Danube Swabian legacy alive!