Contact Jane Moore to request information from any of the following books.

    Dreyer, David, and Josette S. Hatter.  From the Banat to North Dakota: A History of the German-Hungarian Pioneers in Western North Dakota.  Fargo: Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University, 2006.

230 pages written in English.  Includes information on the first North Dakota settlers from Deutschbentschek.  Detailed accounts of the Johann Braun & Anna Mayer family, the Stefan Kilzer & Margareth Kirchner family, and the Johann Schmidt & Julia Kilzer family.

Available at 37 libraries throughout the world (Canada, France, UK, USA). Also available for purchase.
    Handl, Adam.  Deutschbentschek: ein Dorf im Banat. Heilbronn: Selbstverlag, 1985.

396 pages written in German.  Includes names and some photos of villagers serving in the various armies over time and those deported to the Soviet camps in 1945.  Also includes names and addresses of former Deutschbentschekers living in West Germany, East Germany, Austria, America, England, Australia, Canada, and Uruguay as of 1985.  The last half of the book is a history of Deutschbentschek by house number, including the names, births, deaths, and marriages of the individuals who lived in each house from ca. 1885-1985.

Available at 2 libraries in Europe (Germany, Romania); occasionally, used copies surface for purchase.

    Handl, Adam.  Deutschbentschek: Schule und Kirche.  Heilbronn: Eigenverlag, 1981.

115 pages written in German.  A history of the Deutschbentschek church and school, including some teacher biographies, a few class photos (1918-1973), building photos and diagrams, school attendance records, and a census of the 1940 village residents.

Available at 3 libraries in Germany; occasionally, used copies surface for purchase.


Schneider, Franz.  Familienbuch der katholischen Pfarrgemeinde Deutschbentschek im Banat und ihrer Filialen Rumänischbentschek, Janowa, Herneakowa, Nadasch und Stantschowa: 1793/1794 - 1852..., Band I.  Friedrichsdorf: Zentralstelle für Personen- und Familiengeschichte, 2003.

Schneider, Franz.  Familienbuch der katholischen Pfarrgemeinde Deutschbentschek im Banat und ihrer Filialen Rumänischbentschek, Janowa, Herneakowa, Nadasch und Stantschowa: 1852-2011, Band II.  Frankfurt am Main: Zentralstelle für Personen- und Familiengeschichte, 2013.

Volume I (1793-1852) is 360 pages, and Volume II (1852-2011) is 815 pages.  Both are written in German.  Includes details on the families living in Deutschbentschek from approximately 1793-2011 and limited information on the families living in the neighboring villages of Rumänischbentschek, Janova, Herneakowa, Nadasch, and Stantschowa.  Usually included are birth, death, & marriage dates and locations; children; godparents & witnesses; and the relationships between families.  Sometimes included are occupations and migration notes.  Though in German, because of the way the books are organized, it is relatively easy for non-German speakers to glean information about the families they are researching.

 Map after Schneider 2003
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Available at the Family History Library (here called v. 246 & v. 734) in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; 4 other libraries in the United States; and 2 libraries in Germany.
To purchase, contact Wilhelm Kuhn (HOG Deutschbentschek Chairman) for current availability.




  Weresch, Hans.  Deutschbentschek: ein Dorf im rumänischen Banat Heimatbuch.   Freiburg: H. Weresch, 1979.

340 pages written in German.  Includes detailed descriptions of the geography, history, livelihood, church, school, and customs of Deutschbentschek from its founding.  Also includes some photos; diagrams; tables; and lists of World I, World War II, & USSR labor camp casualties.

Available at 14 libraries throughout the world (Germany, USA); occasionally, used copies surface for purchase.

  Church Records: The Family History Library's microfilm copy of the original 1799-1852 Deutschbentschek Catholic Church records is available online here. (Create a free FamilySearch account to view the microfilm online.)

The records can also be viewed on the computers at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and at Family History Centers and FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries throughout the world. (International Film 858446)

Included are baptismal, marriage, and death names and dates; witnesses or godparents; residences; and sometimes occupations.  The table format facilitates understanding the Latin, German, or Hungarian entries. 

  HOG Deutschbentschek: Located in Germany, HOG Deutschbentschek is an association of the people who left Deutschbentschek to live in various places throughout Germany.  HOG is short for Heimatortsgemeinschaft, which translates roughly as "homeland place community."   Through meetings, newsletters, and other activities, a HOG attempts to keep people from a particular village—and their descendants—connected.  It is not a genealogical society and cannot provide information on ancestors, but it may be able to help locate a living relative who resides in Germany today.  


HOG Deutschbentschek
Wilhelm Kuhn, Chairman
Eichbergstraße 24A
D 79117 Freiburg

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  Internet Resources:  

  General Donauschwaben InformationMany articles, maps, and links of general interest found at the Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands (DVHH) site. (in English)
Maps - Austria-Hungary
Maps - Banat
Research aids including Donauschwaben glossary and key to symbols and abbreviations
    Immigration Information.
    David Dreyer's Ships List 1896-1938 includes USA immigration information on over 43,000 individuals who came from Banat villages (in English, last updated 2019)
"Data extracted from passenger arrival manifests & border crossing records for the ports of Baltimore, Ellis Island, Galveston, Philadelphia, Canadian ports; and Bremen departure records."
The powerful search options allow you to search by name, village, etc. (Scroll down the page to "How to use this database.")
    Ellis Island / Port of New York Ship Manifest Search made available by the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. (in English)
Search options include passenger name, gender, birth year, arrival date, village of origin, ship name, and ethnicity. 
    Military Information.  These sites include maps, history, terminology, individuals who served, and illustrations of dress & regalia.
Austro-Hungarian Land Forces 1848-1918 by Glenn Jewison & Jörg C. Steiner (in English)
Banaters in Austrian Military Records by David Dreyer (mid-19th century; in English)

  Social Media.  Browse or search archived discussions; join to ask questions or provide information. (in English)











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Nearby Villages

  There were many intermarriages between the people of the following villages and the people of Deutschbentschek.  It may be worthwhile to include these villages in your research.   
      Blumenthal (Masloc)

 Map from Banat Maps
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Bruckenau (Pischia)
Charlottenburg (Charlotenburg)
Guttenbrunn (Zãbrani) scroll down
Jahrmarkt (Giarmata)
Janowa (Ianova) scroll down
Königshof (Remetea Micã) scroll down
Kreuzstätten (Cruceni)
Nadasch (Nadãs)
Orzidorf (Ortisoara)
Schöndorf (Frumuseni)
Segenthau (Sagu)

Originating Villages

  As noted in History, the first Swabian settlers to Bentschek relocated from Franzdorf and Zichydorf, two villages 100 km to the south.  
      Franzdorf (Vãliug) scroll down

 Map from Banat Maps
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Zichydorf (Plandiste)

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