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Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 09:30:55 EST
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 68B
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(issued biweekly by
November 15, 1999
This third section of the 3 section newsletter contains an article concerning
the OZ Free Burgenland Listing Service, Burgenland Newspapers, How to Make
Member Changes, BB Members Visit, Archiv Verlag Caution, Village of Burg and
URL and Member Changes.
FREE SERVICE FOR BB MEMBERS WHO WISH TO FIND THEIR RELATIVES IN BURGENLAND.
NOW ALSO ON-LINE! (from Albert Schuch)
Your query will be printed free of charge by the "Oberwarter Zeitung" (OZ),
Burgenland's oldest newspaper (founded in 1879 by Ludwig Schodisch). The OZ
is published weekly with 24 pages per issue and is mainly read in Southern
Burgenland, to a lesser extent also in Northern Burgenland and Eastern Styria.
Send your query to BB Burgenland Editor Albert Schuch <>,
who will translate & edit it and forward it to the OZ. You should include the
most important information on your emigrated ancestors (date and place of
birth, names of parents, year of emigration, place of settlement in the US,
etc.) as well as your postal address.
Twenty-three queries have been printed since we started this cooperation. We
have now arranged with the OZ that all queries are also made available from
the OZ-homepage. See <http://www.bnet.at/oz> and click on "Verwandtensuche",
or go directly to <http://www.bnet.at/oz/verwandt.htm>
The on-line queries are as printed in the OZ, but they can be updated with
new information or removed at any time per your request. Postal mail
addresses are not published on the homepage, as they are only necessary for
the readers of the printed edition. The "Verwandtensuche" (= search for
relatives) page is edited and maintained exclusively by Albert Schuch.
NEWSPAPERS IN BURGENLAND (from Albert Schuch)
Burgenland has no daily newspaper, only four weeklies. Three of them are
published in German language, one in Croatian.
(1) "Burgenlndische Freiheit" (BF), owned by the Socialist Party (SP) of
Burgenland, which can somehow be compared with the Democratic Party of the
US. Largest circulation. Homepage <http://www.bnet.at/bf>
(2) "Burgenlndische Volkszeitung" (BVZ), owned by the Conservative Party
(VP) of Burgenland, which can be compared with the Republican Party. Second
largest circulation. No homepage.
(3) "Oberwarter Zeitung" (OZ), owned by Dr. Wolfgang Steflitsch, attorney at
law in Oberwart, and his family. Founded 1879. Smallest circulation of the
German newspapers (7000). Homepage <http://www.bnet.at/oz>
(4) "Hrvatske Novine", published by the Hrvatsko Stamparsko Drustvo (Croatian
Press Society). Their homepage <http://www.hrvatskenovine.at> features some
articles in both Croatian and German. Circulation: 3400.
Apart from these, there are some commercial papers financed by advertisments,
mailed (usually bi-weekly) to every household in a certain area. One of these
is the "Bezirksrundschau Oberwart" (BRO). Homepage
<http://www.bnet.co.at/bro>. Distributed in districts Oberwart, Gssing and
A similar publication for Eastern Styria is the "Sd-Ost-Bildpost"
<http://www.bildpost.at>, which is also distributed in Southern Burgenland
(same districts as BRO). There are others.
A good source for on-line Burgenland news is also provided by the ORF
(Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) at <http://burgenland.orf.at/>
HOW TO MAKE CHANGES & KEEP YOUR EDITOR HAPPY (G. Berghold)
I enjoy researching Burgenland family history and helping others. I don't
enjoy maintaining membership lists or responding to undeliverable mail
notices. Poor address protocol is most annoying. Following are some
suggestions for keeping internet volunteers happy:
Try to use a simple email address format; save the complex ones for
passwords-the more complex your address, the more exposure to error. The use
of a complex address is not appreciated by recipients who deal with large
If you wish to use an inpenetrable address for some purpose, most servers
allow extra addresses. Use a separate penetrable one for the BB. The best
address for us is first initial of first name followed by last name or just
last name if it's not common, but any addresses that key entry easily are
Check your address before sending it-one wrong letter is all it takes to
cause a delivery problem and send me back to my files.
Always NOTIFY us of change a few days before the next newsletter is due
for distribution (15th and last of the month).
When sending family surname and village changes send them in the format
shown in our invitation. Otherwise your editor must reformat it.
Don't supply more than one address. It doubles our work.
If you don't use a first initial- last name address, ALWAYS include your
full name on email. I'd rather not search the membership list for your name
if I don't have to. I want to correspond with people-not coded addresses.
SOME BB MEMBERS VISIT
Many people travel in the Fall. I was pleased to be visited recently by
members Bob Gibiser and wife from Center Valley,PA. They were on their way
home from visiting family down south. We spent a pleasant morning talking
about mutual friends and relatives. Next day Joe Tanzos (Nazareth, PA) and
wife visited on their way to Florida to visit Joe's 91 year old immigrant
father. We met for breakfast at the local Denny's restaurant. Joe's father
came to the US before WWI. Joe showed me a KuK Infantry Regiment pass book
from Szombathely and an early Dept. of Labor citizenship document as well as
some other immigrant papers. Joe's wife is an Oswald whose family came from
Gssing. To top it all, I had a long phone call from home page editor Hap
Anderson and heard about all of the BB interest in Minnesota. We also
discussed future BB operations, so you now know that I don't make make all of
the BB decisions by myself.
ARCHIV VERLAG CAUTION
In the last newsletter Bob Unger wrote: << In the surface mail I received a
letter from the Archiv Verlag of Vienna, which included an 1803 map of
Burgenland - great. They also offered a set of books detailing the history
of Burgenland from the time of the Romans up to the present, in the form of
words and pictures. Did you receive that communication? The set of books
are available for only S 128 plus postage. They claim that this is a limited
edition of only 1,000 copies. Sounds Great for only S 128 which equates to
128/13 = $9.85. >>
Albert Schuch now writes: this is a series consisting of 30 parts! The first
part costs S 128, all others (sent monthly) cost S 178 each. So the total
cost is S 5290 = $ 406.92 !! Add to this 30 times the postage, which will
certainly be no less than S 50 each time. Makes an additional sum of S
1500, probably more. And they do not send books, only sheets that have to be
filed. Due to the unusual perforation you need special files: You can buy
them from the Archiv Verlag, of course, and the total will rise once more.
Small wonder they apparently still have not sold their 1000 copies. This is a
nice product of high quality, but it is also shamelessly overpriced.
Ed. Note: Sounds like a typical US Encyclopedia Publisher ploy-first edition
for pennies-total package BIG BUCKS!
VILLAGE OF BURG (Albert Schuch)
(Ed. Note-There must be hundreds of towns ending in "burg" in the United
States and elsewhere. We have Pittsburg(h), Harrisburg, Bloomsburg,
Cannonsburg, Chambersburg, Fredericksburg, Freemansburg and Millersburg just
to name a few in Pennsylvania. In German, "burg" means castle or fortified
place and many of the previously mentioned were just that during colonial
days, sites of forts or blockhouses, providing havens from Indian raids or
guarding strategic geography. "Burg" (pronounced "boourg") should not to be
confused with "berg" (pronounced "beargh") which means mountain or hill. Lots
of towns with that ending also, either situated on a hill or near one. Now in
the "Burg"enland we have the village of Burg.)
BURG (village in Oberwart district, Southern Burgenland)
[Source: Dr. Josef Loibersbeck's series "Um den Eisenberg", published in
"Volk und Heimat" 2-7/1967; summarized and translated by Albert Schuch 10 Nov
Burg is a village close to the Hungarian border, the Pinka river is joined by
the Tauchen river here, and the Eisenberg, a hill covered with vineyards
which produce some of Austria's best red wines, adds to the beauty of the
Small wonder that people have already settled here thousands of years ago. Of
course the Romans have been here too - lots of archeological findings have
been unearthed. The German village name "Burg" translates to "castle", the
Hungarian "Ovar" to "old castle". And a large castle must have been there
indeed, but today nothing is left of it.
The oldest document mentioning the village Burg dates from 1244. The
Hungarian King Bela IV handed it over to the family of CSEM, who rebuilt the
destroyed castle. They called themselves OVARI in later years, and Burg
became the center of a small domain. In 1455 King Ladislaus V gave the domain
Burg to the powerful warlord Andreas BAUMKIRCHER, who annexed it to his
domain Schlaining. In 1517 the castle already was destroyed.
The village suffered in 1532 during the Turkish siege of Gns (Kszeg). The
Urbarium of 1539 counts 8 half farms and one deserted farm. The owners of the
half farms were Georg SZANKO, Matthias KISS, Simon KISS, Jakob KISS, Gregor
MIHALKO, Georg LIENDL, Hanns SCHWIERER and Michael SAUER. The deserted farm
had been owned by one Nikolaus KORNFEIND. Two mills also belonged to the
village, one operated by Hanns MUHR, the other by Sebastian MLLER.
In 1544 the BATTHYNY family purchased the second half of the domains
Schlaining and Rechnitz. They already owned the first half since 1527. So
from 1544 onwards Burg was owned by the Counts Batthyny. Like most villages
of our region, Burg suffered during the Bocskay uprising (1605-1606), so in
1609 it consisted of only about 6 farms.
Lutheran priests are known to have served here 1618-19 (Johann STURM),
1623-24 (Johann SUMMERAUER), 1649-52 (Martin SCHNAB), 1659 (Andreas BINDER).
Lutheran ecclesiastical life came to an end ca. 1670. Most inhabitants
probably remained hostile towards Catholicism, and so in 1697 the vicarage is
reported to be in a bad condition. The church (St Andrew) is described as a
small church built by the "old catholics" (ca. 15th century). In 1713
Archdean Scacchi reports that the church is empty and in an appalling
In 1720 42 farmers lived in Burg. Baptism records of Hannersdorf parish start
in 1721. In the years 1721-1730 they mention the following surnames for Burg:
MUHR, BESENHOFER, GUTTMANN, DORNER, SCHMIED, SCHLGL, STEIRER, WACHHALTER,
FORBERGER, SIMON, PFANDBAUER, WENDL, KOLLER, GABRIEL, DUNKL, MEISTER,
STREMPFL, KREN, MAYER, DANKL, FELDHOFNER, ZOGMANN, TEUSCHLER, PFEFFER, WAMPL,
HORVATH, POMPER, WEBER, PILLER, HUBER, PRANGL, JUGOWITSCH, HAISANI,
LUTTENBERGER, WAGNER, DEUTSCH, KLEPITSCH, EBERHART and GREITNER.
In 1749 an Urbarium was compiled for one half of the village (owned by the
so- called younger line of the Batthyny). The following farmers are listed:
7 MUHR; 6 STEURER; 4 GUTTMANN; 3 TASCHLER; 2 DORNER, SCHMIED; 1 MEIER,
WOLLHALTER (WACHHALTER), SCHLEGL, KOLLER, BESENHOFER, AUGUSTIN, HORVATH,
POMPER, STREMPFEL, WAMPEL (WAMSMACHER), FELDHOFER, FASZBERGER and GREUTER.
Sllner names are: WAMPEL, POMPER, GUTTMANN, MUHR, PFEFFER, SCHMIED and
According to the church records of Hannersdorf, members of the following
families were buried as "acatholic" (Lutheran) in the years 1723-1750:
GREITNER, WACHOLDER, LUTTENBERGER, SCHMIED, STEIRER, MUHR, POMPER, GUTTMANN,
DANKL, WAMPL, HUBER, SIMON, ZOGMANN, STREMPFL, VORWGER, TEUSCHLER, DORNER,
MEISTER, PFANDBAUER and MLLNER.
Teachers: Josef PETZ (ca. 1815-1828), Andreas PETRIKOWITSCH (until 1833),
Matthias DECKER (1833-37; from Rust; was 58 y in 1836); Andreas DECKER,
probably son of Matthias (1837-1867); Franz KAPPS (1874); Johann REINDL
(1876); Julius GRAF (1880-1921; born 11th April 1858 in Olbendorf; married
twice, 10 children).
In 1863 Burg was inhabited by 61 farmers and 19 lodgers ("Sllner"). Farmer
names: 11 MUHR; 6 DORNER, BESENHOFER; 5 GUTTMANN, WACHHALTER; 4 STEIRER; 3
PILLER, FALLNBERGER, SCHMIDT, SCHLGL; 2 PRANGL, GRANTNER, POMPER, PFEIFFER;
1 KORNFEIND, WOPPEL, TASCHLER and MARTON. Sllner names: 4 MUHR; 3 GUTTMANN;
2 VORBERGER, SCHMIDT; 1 UNGER, BESENHOFER, DORNER, SCHLGL, KORNFEIND,
WINDISCH, STEIRER and HOSTRITSCH.
More teachers: Adolf BURGER (1921-22; from Vienna); Josef RICHTER (1922-27;
from Trnitz); Emmerich PAWETITSCH (1927-38; from Gns); Josef HASSLER
(1938-41; from Hannersdorf); Alois NHRER (1941-44;45-46; from St. Georgen);
Julius HASLER (1946-48); Franz REICHER (1948-54; from Kleinpetersdorf); Josef
HANEL (1945-55; from Neumarkt bei Schlaining); Stefan DEUTSCH (1955-?).
Statistical data: 1833: 80 houses, 485 inhabitants; 1900: 92 houses, 542 inh.
(8 Hungarians, 538 Germans, 3 Croats; 542 Catholics, 4 Lutherans, 3 Jewish);
1923: 447 inh.; 1951: 95 houses, 403 inh., all German and Catholic.
[Note: In 1971 Burg became a part of the community Hannersdorf.]
BURGENLAND BUNCH INTERNET LINKS - ADDITIONS, REVISIONS 11/15/99
(from Internet/URL Editor Anna Tanczos Kresh)
AUSTRIAN, AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN INTERNET LINKS
o Austria: Castles and Palaces
<http://austria-tourism.at/route/facts2.html#0> - links to the castles and
palaces of the Austrian provinces, including Burgenland
o AUSTRIA ALBUMS <http://www.aeiou.at/aeiou> - Encyclopedia of Austria;
Musik-Kolleg Online; Music, Picture, Video, Stamp, Photo, Sigmund Freud, and
Designer Albums; plus other sources of information on Austrian art and
culture (Albert Schuch)
AUSTRIA ALBUMS provides the following resources:
- Encyclopedia of Austria: 13,000 keywords and 2000 pictures relating to
Austria. Browse through information about history, geography, politics, the
economy, people, arts and music, or search by key word. (in German/some in
- Music Album: History of Music with audio samples. Music from Austria from
its beginnings until today with comments, pictures and sounds. (in German
and English); Musik-Kolleg Online: Works of famous Austrian composers
presented according to the principle "seeing - understanding - hearing -
experiencing". (in German and English)
- Picture Album: A collection of pictures presenting 1000 years of
Austria's history, art and culture, arranged according to various subjects.
- Video Album: Video clips from the ORF [Austrian TV] Archive and scenes
from historic films from the Austrian film archives. (in German and English)
- Stamp Album: All Austrian special-issue stamps from 1986 to 1996. (in
German and English)
- Photo Album: More than 1500 pictures from the most beautiful places in
Austria. (in German and English)
- Sigmund Freud Album: Biography and history of the work of the famous
Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. (in German and English)
- Designer Album: 500 Austrian contemporary designers and their works. (in
- plus links to other sources of information on Austrian art and culture
BURGENLAND INTERNET LINKS
o Burgenland Bunch Archive Searches
<http://www.rootsweb.com/~autwgw/bbnlarch.htm> - Roots Web BB newsletter
archives index and threaded search facility
GENEALOGY RESEARCH LINKS (OTHER)
o Genealogy Bulletin <http://www.GenealogyBulletin.com> - Heritage Quest's
free internet newsletter; various books and publications for sale at their
PASSENGER SHIP INTERNET LINKS
o German Ports <http://www.ancestry.com/magazine/articles/gerports.htm> -
Article on German ports of Hanover and Bremen; links to some LDS passenger
list microfilms <Lea Buzby>
URL CHANGES (revised links/descriptions)
o Weather Burgenland
provides a 3-day weather forecast (with min-max) for Eisenstadt, Neusiedl am
See and Kleinzicken (change in address)
o HKDC - Die Burgenlndischen Kroaten <http://members.aon.at/~tgartner/> -
hrvatski kulturni i dokumentarni centar (Croatian Cultural and Documentary
Center), an association aimed at maintaining and continuing the
Burgenland-Croatian language and culture (change in address)
o African-American genealogy <http://www.afrigeneas.com/>- Afrigeneas;
mailing list; information about African-ancestored families and pointers to
genealogical sources worldwide (change in address)
o Northampton County 1890 Census
<http://www.enter.net/~ritar/communities.html> - reconstructed 1890 Census
listing all the communities of Northampton County, PA (formerly only
Bethlehem, PA and several surrounding boroughs; now complete)
o SSDI at UFT <http://www.uftree.com/UFT/Nav/familytracersearch.html> -
Ultimate Family Tree; another location for retrieval of U.S. Social Security
Death Index data (change in address)
o USIGS - U.S. Internet Genealogical Society <http://www.usigs.org/index.htm>
- check their Storage section: Virtual Library, Military Collection,
Genealogy Tips, etc. (change in description)
URLS DROPPED - LINKS BROKEN/CHANGED - INFORM URL EDITOR IF YOU KNOW ALTERNATE
o Austria Online <http://www.austriaonline.at/> - This company is an Internet
Access Provider in Austria; no information of special interest to BB members
o Austrian "Bundeskanzleramt" (Federal Chancellery)
<http://www.austria.gv.at/> - The links to the "Aussenministerium" (State
Department) and to the Austrian Press and Information Service should provide
sufficient "official" information on Austria.
o StyriaGenWeb <http://www.rootsweb.com/~autste/> - This non-Burgenland link
is available from the WorldGenWeb Internet Links
o The Shop <http://www.user.xpoint.at/essmann> - This company sells copies of
old photos at a VERY HIGH price. No need to advertise it.
o BNET <http://www.bnet.at/> - Company has been taken over; new homepage
doesn't appear to include the old links
o Burgenland schools <http://www.bmuvie.gv.at/psin/s-bgld.htm> - provides a
list of Burgenland schools with e-mail connections; some have homepages (link
o Stegersbach im Burgenland <http://tk151013.univie.teleweb.at/stegersb.htm>
- Information on Stegersbach - "sister city" of Northampton, PA (link broken)
o Deutsche Telekom AG <http://www02.teleauskunft.de/cgi-bin/tron.cgi>- German
online telephone (and CD) book with Yellow Pages (link broken)
o Morning Call Obituaries <http://www.ancestry.com/ancestry/search/3477.htm>
- searchable database of Allentown, PA Morning Call newspaper obituaries for
first half of 1998 - from Ancestry.com (dropped; wider search is available
from Morning Call Newspapers main site)
o Consumer Information Center
service provided by U.S. General Services Administration; write for Birth,
Death, Marriage, and Divorce records (dropped; same as Where to Write for
Vital Records link)
Ruth M Barthel, (); Menasha, Wisconsin. PAHR-SCHRANZ
Holzschlag. SCHMIDT-LUTTENBURGER, Welgersdorf (district of Oberwart).
Settled in Chicago
Patricia H. Bunjes; (); San Marcos, CA. GULLI (GILLY),
KREMSNER, KOELLER (KLLER), HERTZOG, REICH, TEPLER, KELLER. Urbersdorf, Gaas,
Gssing. Settled in northern NJ, Allentown & Coplay, PA, NYC.
Jessica Egyhazi; (), St.Paul, MN. PRIX (BRIX ), Illmitz
settled in St.Paul, MN. ZINIEL, Halbturn, settled St. Anthony (near Mandan)
ND.BRIGL (PRIGL), Frauenkirchen to St. Anthony, EGYHAZI, Pali(?), Sopron
Megye to St. Paul, MN.
John P. Miksits, (); Bakersfield, CA. MIKSITS & SZERNSITS,
Rehgraben; YANDRISEVITS, Kroatisch Tschantschendorf. Settled Allentown, PA.
Thomas Wurm; (); West Grove, PA. WURM, BAUER, HAFNER,
HANZL, JANTRISIT (JANDRASITS), EBERHARDT. Brunnergraben, Gamischdorf,
Rauchwart. Frank Wurm Jr. and his wife Mary Hanzl(my great grandparents)
immigrated to the US in 1903 and 1904. They first settled in Egypt. PA.
Helga Yautz, (), Bayonne, NJ. WAGNER, Punitz; SVETITS,
Steinfurt.Laura Yoho; (); Naperville, IL. Grandparents Karl
and Pauline HALWAX (PANNY). Karl Halwax was born in 1903 in Kotezicken.
Pauline Panny was born in 1905 in Tudersdorf, house #2. They came to the US
in 1922 and 1923 and settled in Chicago. Grandmother's name changed to BANNY.
BURGENLAND BUNCH STAFF
Co-ordinator & Editor Newsletter> (Gerald J.
Berghold; Winchester, VA )
Burgenland Editor> (Albert Schuch; Vienna
& Kleinpetersdorf, Austria)
Home Page Editor> (Hap Anderson)
Internet/URL Editor> (Anna Tanczos Kresh;
Austro/Hungarian Research>(Fritz Knigshofer)
Burgenland Lake Corner Research> (Dale Knebel)
Chicago Burgenland Enclave> (Tom Glatz)
Croatian Burgenland> (Frank Teklits)
Home Page village lists> (Bill Rudy)
Judaic Burgenland> (Maureen Tighe-Brown)
Western Hungary-Bakony Region> (Ernest Chrisbacher)
Western US BB Members-Research> (Bob Unger)
WorldGenWeb -Austria, RootsWeb Liason-Burgenland > (Charles
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