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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 76 dtd 15 Mar 2000
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 09:54:59 EST

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March 15, 2000
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"Heinzenland, Burgenland
Kehrst du wiederum zu uns zurück?"
(Are you returning to us?)- Professor Alfred Walheim, 24 Dec. 1918

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newsletter section "B". This first section of the 3 section newsletter
contains data on the Village of Mischendorf, Burgenland Immigrant Canadian
Settlements (Paradise Hill), New Books by Felix Gundacker, Concept of
Southern Burgenland, Austrian Airlines Special Fares. A New Member Asks Some
Questions and I Found My Grandparents!

VILLAGE OF MISCHENDORF (in Bezirk Oberwart, close to the Pinka river, south
of Grosspetersdorf)

Source: Dr. Josef Loibersbeck: Von Badersdorf bis Oberdorf. In: Volk und
Heimat, #1-#4/1965. Summarized and translated by Albert Schuch Feb 2000.

First mentioned as "Myske" in a document from 1469. Like neighbouring
villages Kohfidisch and Kotezicken probably founded during the time of the
early Arpads (Hungarian kings) by Hungarian border guards. German settlers
probably arrived 1250-1350.

While the descendants of the border guards had noble status, the farmers and
other inhabitants belonged to the domain Rotenturm (Counts Erdödy).
Christoph, Johann, Lukas, Blasius and Valentin SULYOK, descendants of
Valentin SULYOK from Mischendorf, had their noble status confirmed in 1560,
because the earlier document was lost during the Turkish war of 1532.

Documents from 1592 describe Mischendorf as consisting of 13 1/2 inhabited
sessiones and ca. 11 1/2 deserted ones. There were two churches, one of them
in ruins, a cemetery and a mill.

An altar in the old church (replaced in 1831) had carried an inscription
about its donator: "Nobilis Heniaz hoc altare donavit in honorem Domini et
SS. Cosmas et Damiany Martyrorum 1631." The donator, a Vlahi (Croatian)
nobleman named Juan Heniac, is already mentioned in 1613 in the land records
of nearby Kohfidisch. Like the Vlahi leader Kunic who settled in Rumpersdorf,
he probably wanted to thank for the successful emigration from Croatia in
this way.

The Urbarium of 1669 mentions the following inhabitants: the nobles Johann
HENYÁSZ (HENIAC), Johann SULYOK, Michael and Wolf (Farkas) SULYOK; subjects
of Countess Elisabeth Erdödy (nee Batthyany, sister of Count Adam B.): Jergh
HUKESZ, Andreas and Georg KASONIC, Wolf PUFNUSZ, Michael HOLZMANN's widow,
Peter RESETARIC, Matthias HOLZMANN, Matthias SATAKARIC, Adam OSWALD, Hanns
GRAF and Georg SMILIC.
In 1671 Martin WITTMANN, butcher in Jabing and a native of Mischendorf, was
declared a free man by Countess Elisabeth Erdödy.

Urbarium of 1688: the domain officials VRATONIC and RADAKOVIC own larger
portions of land; farmer names: 4 KASENIC; 3 HOLZMANN, GRAF; 2 KNORR, TULCIC;
VUKIC). The mill on the Pinka river was mortgaged to the nobleman GAIGER.

The ecclesiastical inspection of 1697 already reports two churches: a small
and old one (St. Cosmas and Damian) outside the village and a new one (St.
Ladislaus) in the center of the village. Gregor BRATEY from Styria was
priest, he spoke German and Slovenian, was here since about 1685, and the
Croatians (who were clearly the majority of the population) were not happy
with him. Teacher was Johann STUBIC. (1743-46 a Ladislaus STUBIC, probably
his son, was "Ludirektor" (teacher).)

In 1713 Kaspar CRISAY was priest, the church was reported to be in a bad
shape ("desolata"). Georg LADONIC, curator of the parish, had been inactive
for five years, so the miller Sigismund HORVAT was made new curator. He
immediatly bought a book for the baptism records, and hence these records
start in 1715.

The baptism records mention another priest named Leonhard K. HUEBER around
1718, also the names of the noblemen KOFFER and SCHLÖGL, the free man MAGDIC,
and the farmers KNORR, SCHAFFER and JALOSIC. Priests in later years were:
Johann DECRIONIS (1721-36), Georg POPOVIC (1736-49), Hermann MASSNAK
(1749-53), Father Josef from Güssing Abbey (1753-54), Johann KORENIC from
Karlburg (1753-85), Father Wendelin from Güssing Abbey (1786-91), Father
Hippolyth from Güssing Abbey (1791) and Johann IVANCIC from Baumgarten

Documents dating from the years 1714-50 mention the following nobles / free
persons from Mischendorf: Michael KERPIC, Johann KOFFER; Kathaine MOLNÁR
(married to Nikolaus PRANGER, later on with Stefan FARKAS), her son Johann
PRANGER; Margarethe SAZBÓ (married Johann EBERHARDT); Peter EBERHARDT,
several persons named SULYOK, Johann KASZNAR (KASTNER), and a family named

Priests in the 19th century: Johann SCHRAMMEL from Unterbildein (1806-27),
Anton Paul WAHL from Güns (1827-30), Johann PLEYER from Mannersdorf, Alois
HENGGE from Kohfidisch (disappeared under mysterious circumstances in
Budapest in 1887, probably victim of a crime), Alexander SCHAFFER from
Oberwart (1887-88; was priest of Wolfau later, then emigrated to Chicago, in
1927 to Güns/Köszeg), Alois PAUER from Minihof in Sopron Megye (1889-1905).

Teachers/notaries: Johann SCHWARZ (1808), Franz PETZ (1827), Michael POLZER
(1833-35; from Kohfidisch), Josef SCHWARZ (1837), Anton PASSMANN (1845-70).

Nobles and freed men ("Libertini") in 1836: several SULYOK, PLANK; WEBER,

7 nobles in 1856 (6 SULYOK, 1 PLANK); 17 "half nobles": 4 GRAF; 2 EBERHARD,
and BILOVICS; 18 farmers with a 6/8th sessio: 3 GRAF, HALWACHS; 2 KAPONICS,
OSWALD and RADAKOVICS; 2 farmers who are subjects of the parish: Elias HAAS
and Georg FRÜHWIRTH, each one with a 1/4th sessio; 39 Söllner: 6 GRAF; 4

20th century teachers: Johann REITTER from Deutsch-Gerisdorf (1870-1904),
Ludwig MEZRITZKY (1904-45), Peter HALPER, his wife Helene nee LORENZ.

Notaries: Karl LUDWIG, Rudofl SZENTGYÖRGYI, SAWLIK (until 1897), Georg
SAGMEISTER (1897-1925), Leopold FIEDLER (1925-30), Franz HALWACHS (1930-54),
Adalbert GYULAI.

Priests: Josef SANDHOFER from Purbach (1906-14), Karl ECKER from Güns
(1914-21), Franz KNOTZ from Pinkafeld (1921-30), Andreas STROBL (1930-35),
Friedrich EGGER (1935-36), Johann TEMMEL (1936-38), Otto HEISSENBERGER
(1938-1947), Rudolf JIRKU (1947-).

In 1945 the village was shelled and 5 or 6 inhabitants died.

Statistical data: 1832: 60 houses, 386 inhabitants; 1900: 124 houses, 693
inhabitants (12 Hungarians, 676 Germans, 5 Croats; by religion: 678
Catholics, 7 Lutherans, 8 Jews); 1934: 121 houses, 577 inhabitants; 1961: 137
houses, 562 inhabitants.


Dale writes: I recently acquired a history book that details families in a
Canadian settlement that contains Austrians and Hungarians. When my
great-grandfather decided to move from Eden, SD to Oregon in the first decade
of the 1900s, one of his sons decided to take advantage of homesteading in
Saskatchewan. He and other Burgenlanders settled in Paradise Hill, halfway
up the western border of SK. The nearest large community is Lloydminster
which is partly in Saskatchewan and partly in Alberta.

The book was published in 1991 and covers the settlements of Bolney, White
Eagle, River Junction, Butte St. Pierre, Frenchman Butte, Albion, Northbend,
Perch Lake, Sylvan Hill, St. Albert, Paradise Hill, Big Hill, Tangleflags,
Meadow Dew, and Pyramid Hill.

I have gone through it and extracted the names of those who came from our
area of interest. That is the substance of the attachment to this e-mail. If
I didn't state a specific birthplace for the people, it is simply Austria.
Not included on the list are some Slovenians who stated that their area was
part of Austria (Carniola) at the time of their emigration.

The area is very culturally mixed. I recall English, Scots, Irish, German,
Austrian, Hungarian, Yugoslavian, Bohemian, Polish, and French settlers.

If any of the Bunch wants more information on these people and their
families, they can contact me at

There are two other settlements of Burgenlanders, primarily Seewinkel people,
in Saskatchewan. One is the Regina area, and the other is north of Regina
area, at Humboldt.

My great-grandfather Fink was one of 4 brothers who came with their widowed
mother. All homesteaded in South Dakota. Two decided to go on to Canada.
One of the two had already completed a homestead and sold it. The other had
completed a pre-emption and a homestead and sold them. So both had some
start-up money when they reached the Regina area to homestead again.

Paradise Hill Settlers:

Henry and Katherine (Homer) Berlinger, born Burgenland, Austria, married
Eden, SD
Herman Berlinger, born Burgenland, Austria
Joseph Bielecki, born Chwardershoff, Galicia, Austria
Anton Fink, Sr., Neustift, Austria
John Fink, Sr., Wallern, Austria
John Halbauer
Henry Halbauer
Frank Halbauer
Mathias Huber, born Wallern, Austria
Jack Huber
Balt Janisch
Alois and Christina (Kedl) Kedl, born Urbersdorf and Guessing, Austria
Frank and Louise (Rassier) Kirchmeier
Zoltan and Betty Kiss, born Rakamaz and Vencsello, Hungary
Frank and Karoline (Huber) Klein, Frank born Bukovina, Austria; Karoline born
Frank and Maria (Müllner) Kohlhauser, Frank born Lafnitz, Austria; Maria born
Kleinlungits, Austria
Frank Leer
Frank Ottenbreit, born Bukovina, Austria
Johann and Maria Salzl, born Wallern, Austria
Joseph Salzl
Joseph and Elizabeth (Neuberger) Schneider
Karolina Sauer Schweitzer, born Hleboka, Bukovina, Austria
Karl and Theresa (Hodel) Schweitzer, born Hleboka, Bukovina, Austria
John and Maria (Strantz) Weinhandl, born Vienna, Austria
Peter Wolfe, born Mosloch, Hungary
(end of article)


Felix Gundacker, residing in Vienna, is one of the few professional
genealogists who specialize in the areas which constituted the Empire. He has
also written articles for Heritage Quest magazine and has authored numerous
publications. Below is a recent message:

From: (Ing. Felix Gundacker)

I just published a series of NEW BOOKS for genealogical research.

Dictionary of Moravian Parishes in the Czech Republic

Register of vital statistics in the Czech State Archives pertaining to
Moravia - in 2 parts
Register of Jewish vital statistics in Czech State Archives pertaining to
Genealogical Dictionary
Genealogical Dictionary - English version

further publications:
Dictionary of Bohemian Parishes in the Czech Republic
Register of vital statistics in the Czech State Archives pertaining to
Bohemia - in 2 parts
Register of Jewish Vital Statistics in Czech State Archives pertaining to
Gazetteer of the former Galicia Bukowina
Comprehensive Index of Roman Catholic Marriages in Vienna 1542-1860 - in 3
Comprehensive Index of Military Marriages in Vienna 1775-1860

On my site you will find a lot of detailed information and samples

With best regards, Felix Gundacker, professional genealogist for Austria,
Bohemia and Moravia
IHFF Genealogie Gesellschaft mbH
A-1190 WIEN, Pantzergasse 30/8
Tel = +43 1 369 97 29
Fax = +43 1 369 97 30
http://ihff.nwy.at/index.htm/>; in english language
http://ihff.nwy.at/indexa.htm/>; in deutscher Sprache

CONCEPT OF SOUTHERN BURGENLAND (G. Berghold-suggested by Klaus Gerger)

Our personal concept of a geographic entity is often dependent on a
contemporary map. This may be modified by a visit, after which our memory
moves map borders to somewhere consistent with our remembered line of sight.
What all this means is that, to most of us, southern Burgenland stops at the
present Hungarian and Styrian borders. This is not the southern Burgenland as
remembered by our pre 1921 ancestors. They of course knew nothing of the
place that would eventually be called Burgenland and they considered
themselves part of Vas Megye, Hungary. When they thought of their home they
considered it to encompass land and places as far east as Kormend or Vasvar
and as far west as Fürstenfeld. Northern and southern limits included the
regions of Szombathely and Szentgotthard.

When you adjust your vision of the area we now call Burgenland to the above
concept you get a completely different picture of the "Heimat", one that
includes the Hungarian vistas of present day Vas Megye, west of Kormend. To
the present predominantly German and Croatian population mix, you now add a
region which is mostly Hungarian with minor German and Croatian elements. It
appears that the 1918 dismemberment of the Empire on ethnic grounds worked
fairly well, at least in this region.

With the coming of Eurocom and the breakup of the Warsaw Pact, national
borders are becoming very penetrable and some "nations" are viewing their
immediate neighbors as ethnic partners with a common heritage. I see much
mention of the "other side" of the border in local Austrian publications. OZ
(the Oberwart Weekly News) frequently has articles mentioning what is
happening in neighboring Hungary and there are many joint festivities and
ethnic partnerships. Ethnicity in some places is becoming a merging of joint
heritage as opposed to a bone of contention. May it eventually become so

This change in Austrian - Hungarian relations recently came to my attention
in a most striking manner. I received a package from Vienna, sent by my
cousin and BB member Klaus Gerger. It contained a glossy pictorial 56 page
booklet entitled "Körmend und Güssing Umgebung" (surrounding area), published
in Hungary. Kormend is a fairly large Hungarian city just east of the
Heiligenkreuz, Austria border crossing. Güssing is the "Bezirk" or district
"stadt" in southern Burgenland, just nw of that crossing. Captions of the
booklet are written in both German and Hungarian. There is little in the way
of print but the obvious purpose of the booklet is to show how interrelated
the Austrian and Hungarian "Burgenland" really is with the many similar
picturesque things to see. It is like one of our own chamber of commerce
publications. The depth of coverage is striking and can well serve as a guide
to what a visitor might like to see or where to stay or have a meal on both
sides of the border. A few of the captions are detailed below:

Region of Körmend
Schloss (palace) Batthyany, Theatre, City Museum, Schuhmuseum, South door of
the Palace (Batthyany?), Old Rathaus, Heissig Haus, Railroad Station
(note:-Kormend is on the main line Graz to Budapest railroad-next station
west in Austria would be Jennersdorf), Marienstatue in the Hauptplatz,
Catholic Church, Statue of King Bela IV, Church in Körmend, Fussballplatz,
Bridge over the Raab River, St. Nepomuk Hansen Statue, Castle of Pal
Batthyany in Csakanydoroszlo.

Region of Güssing
Burg (Castle) Güssing, Batthyany Museum-Burg Güssing, Batthyany Family Crypt,
Cloister church Güssing, Palace Draskovich, Josef Reichl Museum, St. Jakob
Church, New Schloss Batthyany, "Kastell" Counts Batthyany, Rathaus,
Naturepark, Kastell in Sulz, St. Emmerichs Church in Inzenhoff, Weinmuseum
Moschendorf, Wasserschloss (moated castle) in Eberau.

Many thanks to Klaus Gerger for reminding us that the "Burgenland" of today
does not contain all of the "Burgenland" of our ancestors. We must also look
across the border. I wonder if there will be a Szentgotthard und Jennersdorf
Umgebung booklet?


If your're planning a Burgenland trip, now may be the time to get ready.
Austrian Airlines has announced new direct flights from Washington, DC
(Dulles) and NYC (Kennedy) to Vienna at reduced fares (available through
5/30/00). What better way to start your visit then with a coffee (mit Schlag)
and pastry service to the sound of a Strauss waltz. I've been impressed with
Austrian Airlines on the continent and I'm sure their overseas flights are
just as comfortable.

Bob Unger writes:

Exciting news from Austrian Airlines - see below: Gosh, a round trip to
Vienna from Washington DC for only $330!!!!!! How better can it get!! See
their WEB pages <http://www.austrianair.com/main.html>;.
Washington, DC to Vienna ...$330
Chicago to Vienna ...$330
Atlanta to Vienna ... $448
New York to Vienna ...$368

Another excellent incentive for traveling to Austria now is that the exchange
rate is currently 14.38 shilling/dollar. That is the best it has been for


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<< Hello Fritz, Thank you for the information. I am not that experienced in
using the computer. Plainview is really not that far from where I live. If
I visit the LDS in Plainview what microfilms would I ask for. Better yet, if
I wanted to order the microfilm, how do I go about buying them?...>>

Fritz replies:

Anne, ...I don't think that LDS would send you copies of the microfilms. On
the other hand, I have never asked them this question. (Ed. Note: the LDS
will not sell or send microfilm to individuals-rental only for use at Family
History Centers). I always simply ordered the films for the 6 weeks or so of
loan period (which can be extended), and looked through the films at the LDS
Family History Center where they have film and fiche readers.

The microfilms of the rom.-cath. parish of St. Nikolaus im Burgenland are on
films 700734 (births and marriages 1828-95, deaths 1828-62) and 700735
(deaths 1862-95). The civil registrations for Güssing (1895-1920) are on
films 700420-28, and for Güssing-environs (1907-20) on films 700429-30. As I
mentioned before, we might be competing for the first of the St. Nikolaus
films as I am going to order it right now for another search. LDS has
several loan copies of each film, but it could happen that one of us (or
both) will have to wait a bit....

It is important for you to learn a few Hungarian terms. Güssing was
Németújvár, Grossmürbisch was Alsómedves, Kleinmürbisch was Felsõmedves, and
St. Nikolaus was Várszentmiklós. Albert's village list which you find via the
web site of the Burgenland Bunch, contains all the German names and Hungarian
and Croat equivalents, besides data on the composition of parishes etc.

When you check the microfiche catalogs at LDS, ask for the catalog of the
Salt Lake City Library. You then have two avenues. You can look for
Austria, Burgenland, and then the German names of the towns and villages, or
you can look for Hungary, Vas county, and the Hungarian names. The film
numbers you end up with will be the same.

You can also try the on-line index of the Salt Lake City Library. Go to
http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchcatalog.asp and enter Nemetujvar
(without any accents) or Szentmiklos as the place name, and go from there.
The Hungarian terms keresztelek, hazasultag and halottag mean baptisms,
marriages, and deaths respectively.

In past newsletters of the Burgenland Bunch, you would find articles by Gerry
Berghold explaining how to search old parish and civil records and interpret
them. I cannot tell you the issue numbers as I don't know them from memory,
but you could read the table of contents and/or perform full text searches
for finding the proper articles. You really need to dedicate yourself to this
quest, or else you might easily be frustrated.

I FOUND MY GRANDPARENTS! (from Bob Geshel, )

Hello everyone! Today I found the birthplace and parents of my Grandfather,
Robert Geschl. He was born on 12 July 1863. I found him in the Gaas parish
register. He had a Brother, Nicolous, born 7 december 1861.

He may have also had another Brother, Elias, I have to recheck the microfilm
and be sure! The reason I have to recheck the possible relationship of
Elias, is that I was so excited to find the information that I did, I didn't
do a good job of reading the entire record of following people...duh! (Ed.
Note-we all do this-I've gone back to the records inumerable times-we should
always write it down the first time, but in the pleasure of the find, no one

Robert and Nicolous's parents were Georg and Caroline Geschl. Robert Geschl
and Maria Magdits (my Grandmother) had a girl, Maria, born on 9 April 1893.
She did not accompany them to the US in 1903. Robert and Maria left two sons
behind, Robert and Frank, when they emigrated. The boys followed them in
1910. I have a feeling that either she died (which I haven't checked in that
section of the register), or she chose to stay behind. Maybe she was in love
and chose her man over going to America and being with her Brothers and

Next Saturday, I will again be at the Family History Center...the saga
continues! And for me, the excitement builds! To think how little I knew
just a year ago, and how much I know now, and I have just begun to search!

For those of you I haven't told, I've made reservations to travel to the
Burgenland in June of this year. I am flying to Munich, Germany and meeting
Dieter Göschl, from Freising. He and I are going to drive to Vienna, then on
to the Burgenland. At the latest, we will be in the Burgenland
on 6 June...
(Newsletter continues as no. 76A)

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