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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 25A dtd 25 Dec 1997 (edited)
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 12:43:17 EDT
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 25A
(issued biweekly by )
December 25, 1997
(all rights reserved)
In purging my email files I found a number of pre 1997 transmissions to
fellow Burgenland researchers. Since this was before the birth of the
newsletter, not many have seen them. They are reproduced here (updated).
Attached is a list of books and sources which will help in persuing
Burgenland Genealogy. Many are in German or Hungarian. I don't own all of
them. Some are hard to find. If you know of any not on this list, please send
me the data. I'm particularly interested in any references to the Bocksy
(Hungarian) Rebellion (1601-5) and the aftermath of the seige of Vienna
(1683) when our villages were burned and population carried off. Hungarian
publications (H) which are printed in Hungarian have had their titles
translated to English. German (G) sources are shown as printed (umlaut
omitted in some cases), followed by English translations.
o Part I History
-BEGEGNUNG MIT DEM BURGENLAND, Das Grenzland in der Literatur, Belvedere
Verlag, Wien 1971(G); "Meeting the Burgenland, The Border Lands in
-DAS BUCH VOM BURGENLAND, Fritsch & Zachs, Belvedere Verlag, Wien,1983(G)
-DIE GUSSINGER, Josef Naray, Druckzentrum Sud, Gssing, 1993(G)
-HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE FORTRESS GUSSING, Steven Vasy, Privately Printed,
1959 (G-Private English Translation)
-HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE, Freeman & Bury, Ares. Reprint, 1974
-HISTORY OF THE HABSBURG EMPIRE 1526-1918, Kann, Campus,1980
-HUNGARY, Hastings House, Budapest 1965
-NORICUM, Geza Alfoldy, Routledge and Keegan Paul, London 1974
-PENGUIN ATLASES OF ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL-MODERN HISTORY, McEvedy, Penquin Books
-STADTERHEBUNG GUSSING 1973, Festschrift, Leykam AG, Graz(G); "Gussing
-THE BOOK OF AUSTRIA, Ernst Marboe, Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei, Vienna
-THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF HABSBURG, Crankshaw, Penguin Books, 1983
-THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ROMAN PANNONIA, Lengyel & Radan, U.P. of KY, 1980
-THE SPIRIT OF HUNGARY, Stephen Sisa, Rakoczi Foudation, P.O. Box 110025,
Cleveland, Ohio 44111. EXCELLENT HUNGARIAN HISTORY-(very slanted).
-GESCHICHTE DES BURGENLANDES, Lehrbuch fu"r die Oberstufe, Floiger, Gruber,
Huber; 1996, Druck Ed. Hlzel, Ges.m.b.h., Wien (G). Upper school "History of
the Burgenland" textbook. A fine inclusive text.
o Part II Family Towns & Villages
-BAEDEKER'S AUSTRIA, 1900 & SOUTHERN GERMANY & AUSTRIA, 1883
-BURGENLAND CASTLES, A Brief Description With Genealogical Emphasis, edited
by G. Berghold. Available through downloading from BB archives as Newsletter
-BILDER-CHRONIK DER STADT GUSSING, Hajszanyi, Doncsecs, Druck, Pinkafeld,
1990(G); "Picture History of the City of Gssing".
-BURGENLAND IN ALTEN ANSICHTEN, Guglia & Schlag, Oesterreichischer
Bundesverlag, Wien 1986(G); "Old Views of the Burgenland".
-BURGENLAND, GESCHICHTE, KULTUR UND WIRTSCHAFT IN BIOGRAPHIEN, Otto Maier,
Ed. Roetzer, Eisenstadt 1993(G); "History, Culture, Industry in Biography".
-BURGENLAND, Zeitreise In Einem Ungewo"nlichen Land, G. Unger, Edition Tusch,
1994 (G). "A journey in time in an unusal land." Many fine pictures.
-BURGENLAND VILLAGE GAZETEER, (A four part email series, 27 pages, over 317
villages, extracted from various sources and edited by Albert Schuch.
Contains village names (German, Hungarian and Croatian, in alphabetic order
north to south, showing districts, locations of churches and civil offices.
Available free of charge to BB members as email.
-BURGENLAND VILLAGE INFORMATION, a continuing series of extracts from various
sources including early Urbars, church "Matriken", "Visitations", and modern
sources. Various authors. Edited and translated by Albert Schuch and Gerry
Berghold. See BB Archives catalog.
-HISTORY OF VAS COUNTY, Sziklay & Borovszky, Budapest, 1898(H). LDS film.
-ORTS LEXICON VON UNGARN (VAS MEGYE), J. Dvorzsak, Budapest 1877(H);
"Locality Encyclopedia of Hungary". LDS has microfiche.
-TOPOGRAPHICAL LEXICON OF THE COMMUNITIES OF HUNGARY COMPILED IN 1773,
Delegation of the Peace of Hungary, Budapest, 1920(H). LDS microfiche.
o Part III Germanic Names
-A DICTIONARY OF SURNAMES, Hanks & Hodges, Oxford Press, 1992.
-DIE DEUTSCHEN FAMILIENNAMEN, Heintze-Cascordi, 1925 (G). G.Family Names.
-GERMAN AMERICAN NAMES, G. F. Jones, Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1990
-GERMAN-ENGLISH GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY, Ernest Thode,Genealogical Publishing
Co., Baltimore 1992
-REGISTER NEUHOCHDEUTSCHER FAMILIENNAMEN (Altdeutschen Namenbuch), Ernst
Forstemann.(G) (Index of Modern High German Surnames).
o Part IV The "Auswanderung" (Migration to the United States)
-COMING TO AMERICA, R. Daniels, Harper Perennial, New York
-CROSSINGS-The Great Transatlantic Migrations 1870-1914, Nugent, Ind. U.P.
-DIE AMERIKA-WANDERUNG DER BURGENLANDER, Dr. Walter Dujmovits, Desch Drexler,
Pinkafeld, 1992(G); "The American Migration of the Burgenlanders". Order from
Burgenlandisches Gemeinschaft (address elsewhere)
-ELLIS ISLAND-A PICTORIAL HISTORY, Benton, Facts on File, 1985
-FORGOTTEN DOORS-Other Ports of Entry-Stolarik, Balch Istitute Press, 1988
-HARVARD ENCYCL. OF AMERICAN ETHNIC GROUPS, Ternstrom, Harvard Univ. P.
-NACH AMERIKA, Burgenlandische Landesausstellung Burg Gussing, Roetzer Druck,
Eisenstadt, 1992(G); "To America". VERY GOOOD. ORDER FROM BG.
-NEW YORK PORT OF ENTRY PASSENGER LISTS, American Genealogical Lending
Library, Bountiful, Utah, 1990
-THE HABSBURG MONARCHY AS A CUSTOMS UNION, Kommos, Princeton, 1985
o Part V Berghold-Neubauer Genealogy (Substitute your own family data)
-ARCHIVES OF THE EVANGELISCHE PFARRGEMEINDE A. B. ELTENDORF, MARTIN LUTHER
KIRCHE 1770-1993(G); "Lutheran Congregation - Eltendorf". Source, not book.
-CHRONIK-ARCHIVES OF THE GEMEINDE AMT, ELTENDORF, BURGENLAND (G); "Historical
Archives - Civil Office, Eltendorf". Source , not book.
-CHRONIK-ARCHIVES OF THE GEMEINDE AMT, HEILIGENKREUZ, BURGENLAND(G) Source,
-HUNGARIAN CENSUS OF 1828, Ungarisches Staatsarchiv, Archivum Palatinale
Landeskonskription 1828, Hungaria ComitatusCastriferrei(Vas County)(H)-LDS
-SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX (1988 EDITION)-CD ROM
-U. S. CENSUS OF 1910 & 1920, Lehigh & Northampton Counties. LDS Microfilm.
-REGIONAL MICROFILM FROM THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY, Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), Salt Lake City, Utah: The film was
made in the early 1960's from copies of church records in the Hungarian State
archives in Budapest. Most church records cover the period 1825-1895. The
civil records cover the period 1896-1921.
Three new books recently published are excellent in that they include a brief
history of villages, family names, pictures of old and new businesses,
churches, etc. They are the first three of a series which will cover the
entire Burgenland. They are in German, glossy paper, hardbound, forward by
Dr. Walter Dujmovits, and expensive at about $40 plus postage (about $5).
They can be ordered from the "Burgenlndische Gemeinschaft, Hauptplatz 7,
A-7540 Gssing, Austria". You can write in English. I'd suggest sending them
a check for $60, ordering the book(s) and a membership ($15/yr) and asking
them to bill you the difference. Membership entitles you to six issues of
their newsletter which is full of local news and information (in German). The
Austrian schilling is now worth about 10 cents. You can also order the books
"Der Bezirk Jennersdorf im Wandel der Zeit" (The District of Jennersdorf
Through the Ages)-Kirsner & Peternell, Eigenverlag, Kapellenweg 14, A-8502
Includes Deutsch Kaltenbrunn, Eltendorf, Heiligenkreuz, Mogersdorf,
"Der Bezirk Gssing im Wandel der Zeit"-(same as above)
Includes Bildein, Eberau, Grossmrbisch, Kukmirn, Stegersbach, Moschendorf,
"Der Bezirk Oberwart im Wandel der Zeit"-(same as above)
Includes Oberwart, Tatzmannsdorf, Grosspetersdorf, Neustift, Riedlingsdorf,
Having scanned numerous south Burgenland, Austro-Hungarian church records,
there's no doubt in my mind that our Burgenland families all originally came
from somewhere else. The German ones came from somewhere in pre 1861 Germanic
Regions (Holy Roman Empire) and the Croatians from Croatia. Since the Germans
started migrating to the Burgenland as early as the 9th Century, they're the
tough ones-they came anytime over a 1000 year period. The Croatians; however,
came with the aristocratic Batthyanys when Franz Batthyany received the south
Burgenland from Hungarian King (Lajos) Ludwig II in 1524 for his help against
the Turks. The Batthyanys were Bans (Dukes) of Croatia. Just recently, in a
short historical description of the village of Stinatz (Gemeinde
Stegersbach), I find that the Batthyanys were from "Stenicnjak" in Croatia
just south of Zagreb (Karlovac). Any of you with Burgenland Croatian names in
your trees (endings "its", "ich", "itz") or the names "Horvath (z)" or Wukitz
(Vukits), Wukitovits, may want to see if there are any records in the LDS
files for this place in Croatia (former Yugoslavia). It may also be in the
new Slovenia (not Slovakia).
Some other useful information. Balthasar Batthyany became a Lutheran in 1569,
but reverted to Catholicism in 1630. Under canon law of the period, "he who
rules decides religion". This may help in the "what church?" question for our
Some other aristocratic family names in the south Burgenland were Zrinyi,
Strattmann, von Ellerbach, Erddy, and Draskovitch. Some have genealogies and
looking at some of them may help our search. They sold land to their peasants
and freemen ("jobbagy") following the Revolution of 1848. This is confirmed
by the LDS microfilm of Burgenland tax records.
In reviewing the history of south Burgenland villages, I can't help but
notice how many were burned (including Gssing) around 1605 during the Bocsky
(Stephan) rebellion. This was one of the early Hungarian-Hapsburg conflicts
about which not much has been written in English. A number of villages were
also burned during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Thus the
scarcity of material pre 1828.
Much of the above comes from the recently published "Der Bezirk Gssing im
Wandel der Zeit" (The District of Gssing Through the Ages), 1995, Kirsner &
Peternell. It's in German, village by village, glossy paper, with color
illustrations (see book listings).
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