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From: "Richard & Deborah Owens" <>
Subject: Re: [BANAT-L] AKdFF membership
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 11:23:40 -0400
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Dear Scott and Dave,
I have enjoyed this discussion very much. My son is studying German and I'm
going to start my daughter in it too (we homeschool) so I was wondering if
you, Dave, can give us the address for signing up to the German Banat List .
Dave, you mentioned that the North American Listers are more chatty than our
German cousins. Do the folks there avoid it because it is annoying or is
it unmannerly in Europe? I would love to connect with family in Europe. I
think we in the US and Canada feel like a big family , at least I do. I am
related to a number of folks on the List and I enjoy seeing everyone's
thoughts and what they have found. Pbear, in another message on this topic,
said that his folks avoided discussing the Banat. I found this to be the
case in my family. Based on names and cities, I believe that a fair number
of my relatives died in the camps during the ethnic cleansing after WWII.
I am sure that my people did not mention this because it was just so

Best Regards,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Dreyer" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 1:07 AM
Subject: Re: [BANAT-L] AKdFF membership

> Scott;
> Please see below;
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Scott Aaron" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2005 5:29 PM
> Subject: Re: [BANAT-L] AKdFF membership
> Hi Dave,
> This touches on something I've been curious about for
> awhile. Do the Banat researchers in Germany seem to
> greatly outnumber those in the U.S. and Canada?
> I would guess there are around 700 AKdFF members, the great bulk of them
> living in Germany.
> Are many/most of them also BANAT-L members as well,
> Very few of them are Banat List members. Of course, here there is a
> language problem on the other end. Younger or professional German
> Banaters almost always are English proficient or at least have reading
> ability. The older Banaters language abilities tend to cover, Romanian,
> Hungarian, Serbian and sometimes Latin.
> Most Banaters have an interest in America and Americans and I often hear
> from the family history researchers there about an great uncle, a
> grandfather or great grandfather who had spend some time in America. This
> is reasonable since about 20% of preWWI Banaters left for America.
> As you may know there is a German Banater list and it's character is very
> different from the Banat List. It is much less chatty than the American
> group and is devoted totally to family history matters with no attention
> to cultural or historical aspects. They all grew up with the culture and
> history so mostly it is not a mystery to them.
> or is
> there a substantial disconnect between the German
> researchers and those in the U.S./Canada and the
> resources they primarily use...(in addition to AKdFF)?
> The resources easily available to the two groups are very different.
> There are relatively few FHCs in Europe. So we have readily available the
> immense resources of the FHL.
> I frequently get requests from German Banaters to check German KBs because
> I can readly get the film from Salt Lake whereas they have to go to the
> archives which holds the records which could be anywhere in Germany. Of
> course, the Banat microfilm is all available from the AKdFF in
> Sindelfingen or the library of the Ifa in Stuttgart by interlibrary loan.
> But all this has little to do with finding data to cover the usual record
> gap. Although one does sometimes hear bad language there when one starts
> discussing the record gap that most of us here face it is much easier to
> find a bridge across the gap among German Banaters. Many German Banaters,
> especially those from Romania have family trees brought with them when
> they came to Germany, or if they had an interest in family history before
> leaving they could get access to records and fill out their family tree
> from local records. If one can find such a relative in Germany an
> American researcher can tie into an established family tree.
> In my own case I found a relative among the German Banaters(in this case
> not through the AKdFF) and somehow she knew the town in Germany where the
> family origionally came from. This fact was not anywhere in the
> literature. With this clue I was able to take the family back to about
> 1600. She had a lot of gaps in her knowledge of the family and how she
> knew this isolated fact is still a mystery to me. Nevertheless it was all
> I needed to know to make extensive progress and I would have never been
> able to do it without her help..
> Much of the discussion on the German AKdFF list centers around the
> migration to Donauschwab areas from Germany. It should make them
> appreciate the problems that North American Schwabs face in working out
> two migrations.
> One find much more discussion of research problems in the Batscha and
> other Donauschwab areas in the AKdFF and on the AkdFF list than on the
> Banat LIST.
> To your point, I always wonder how much info I might
> be missing out on simply because my German language
> skills are basic at best, and I don't communicate
> regularly with the researchers in Germany (outside of
> the occasional "Google Translater-aided" e-mail).
> .
> AKdFF members get a booklet with the names and addresses of all the
> members with the towns and surnames they are interested in. This can be a
> basis of contact if one does not go to AKdFF meeting. Even though a
> German contact does not read English the older ones always have a grandkid
> who is fluent and can translate. In such cases you are likely to get a
> reply in German but with the resources of the Banat LIST I would think you
> can always get a translation from someone on the LIST.
> Of course, there are no guarantees but I would hazzard that once you
> overcome the language problems there are benefits of making personal
> contacts with German Banaters. It might be useful if we heard accounts
> from other List members who have built rewarding relationships with German
> Banaters.
> Hope I have not wandered too much and at least partly answered your
> concerns. There are other aspects of this matter we could discuss but,
> for me, they will have to wait for tomorrow.
> Dave Dreyer
> Scott
> --- Dave Dreyer <> wrote:
>> I would like to reinforce Guenter's comments.
>> For many North American Banat researchers the lack
>> of German language skills
>> is a major obstacle in joining mainstream Banat
>> research. The source
>> materials in this area are all in German as are the
>> experts in Banat
>> research.
>> The German Banaters via the Landmannschaft regard
>> family history research a
>> major part of the effort to document the history of
>> some 7-8 generations of
>> Donauschwabs in Southeastern Europe. We have seen
>> the demise of this
>> community, in the last 50 years under unpleasant
>> circumstances, which
>> includes forced deportation, outright mass killings
>> and starvation. The
>> Donauschwab way of life in SE Europe is gone and
>> never will be reclaimed.
>> Nevertheless the traditions and history of our
>> ancestors in SE Europe, which
>> is our heritage,
>> can be documented so that the footprint of
>> Donauschwabs in SE Europe can
>> never be forgotten or ignored as some peoples and
>> governments in this part
>> of the world would prefer. Banat family history
>> research is part of this
>> documentation program. Joining the AKdFF is a
>> major step in becoming part
>> of this effort which advances the field as well as
>> benefiting the individual
>> researcher through an English version of the AKdFF
>> journal.
>> The AKdFF webpage at is in English.and
>> give clear instructions
>> on how to join the organization. Those Banat LIST
>> subscribers who want to
>> support documentation of their Donauschwab heritage
>> as well as build closer
>> contacts with German Banaters might want to consider
>> AKdFF membership.
>> Dave Dreyer
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "G√ľnter Junkers" <>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2005 1:21 AM
>> Subject: [BANAT-L] Re: Paper on Castor discussions
>> > all members of AKdFF and AKdFF-NA who paid their
>> membership dues receive
>> the
>> > German version and the English translations of the
>> Donauschwaebische
>> > Familienkundliche Forschungsblaetter. Please
>> support this group by
>> becoming
>> > a member and you will get the Forschungsblaetter
>> for free by downloading
>> > from our yahoo-list. Please support us!
>> >
>> > Guenter
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > >
>> > Gail Farmer wrote to Banat-L:
>> >
>> > Would anyone know how I could get a copy of the
>> paper published in the
>> June
>> > 1999 issue of the Donauschwaebische
>> Famileinkundliche Forschungsblaetter,
>> > which was the result of extensive discussions
>> about the Castor, Alberta,
>> > Canada homesteaders?
>> >
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