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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 78A dtd 15 April 2000
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2000 08:57:19 EDT

(issued biweekly by
April 15, 2000

This second section of the 3 section newsletter contains Advance Notice of BB
Mid-West Picnic, data concerning the Artinger Family, More on Croatian
Nobility and an Ethnic Music Update.

"TWIN CITIES BB PICNIC 2000". (Susan Peters & Hap Anderson)
Just a little early notice on this year's picnic. Hap Anderson has made the
reservations for this year. The picnic will be Sunday, August 13th, 10:00 -
3:00. It will be at the same place, Wabun Park, in Minneapolis. More
details coming later. We're really looking forward to seeing everyone again
and some new "relatives", too! Hoping the new year is being good to you,
Susan and Hap.

Member Den Ardinger () contacted me recently to discuss a
recent contact I had received. I had copied him on my reply. We have a common
interest in the Artinger line from southern Burgenland in that one of my main
Sorger lines married an Artinger. Den had also written a nice synopsis of
what he had found concerning this family (taken from various sources
including our newsletters). I'm including our correspondence here as well as
his synopsis to provide an example of what all BB members might consider
doing for their descendents.

In a message dated 4/2/00 11:18:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Bob Zins writes:

<< My g g g g grandfather was Christian Ardinger (Artinger) he was probably
not an immigrant, but he was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Probably
born in Shippensburg, Penn.; perhaps the son of Peter Artinger. I am
reasonably sure that the family originate in Austria. I am looking for the
origin of the Artinger name. Robert R. Zins, Newport News, VA 23606 >>

My reply: Artinger is undoubtedly a Germanic name. It is not common and G. F.
Jones in "German American Names" does not list it. "inger" = person from
place. "Art" or "Ard" does not ring a bell. Could be a minor geographic area
or a water course. "T" and "D" often interchange in German.

Now I have Artingers in my tree as early as 1727 in the Burgenland of Austria
in the village of Inzenhoff (Hungarian name was Borosgodor)along the
Hungarian border. I am also aware of some Artinger immigration to Allentown,
PA around 1910-20.

Most known Burgenland emigration to America occurred 1850-1920 (greatest
number after 1890). Almost none before that time although I do know of one
member of Rawls' Regt. of Hessian troops who deserted and settled in North
Carolina (name Shinpaugh). He was born in northern Burgenland.

The German presence in the Burgenland starts in the 11th Century but most
families of today trace their origins to migration from the north following
the Turkish wars (the period 1520-1770), so it's possible that your ancestor
was from this region.

Early Austrian emigration from Salzburg to Georgia and North Carolina took
place after 1731 when the archbishop expelled some 20M Protestants. First
ship arrived in America in 1734.
I find no Art(d)inger in my short lists of these immigrants.

One guess is that your ancestors could well be Palatinate immigrants, the
so-called Penna.-Dutch, many of whom arrived after 1730, although a few
hundred came through New York even earlier (1702). They settled the east
coast of PA and migrated through Lancaster County and west even down into
the Shenandoah Valley. I'd try Palatinate sources (use internet search)
although Yoder -"PA German Immigrants 1709-1786" does not list an Artinger or
Ardinger. I'd also try the online Austrian phone directory http://www.etb.at/
to see where today's Austrian Artingers are located. I know there is one in

Most people with a Germanic name ending in "inger" are from the Duchy of
Wurtemberg (today Baden-Wurtemberg-Stuttgart)so that's another place to look.

You might want to contact our member:

Dennis B. Ardinger; (); Bridgeville, PA. ARTINGER (spelling
changed in US to ARDINGER) , ZWICKL (CWIKL various spellings); Heiligenkreuz
im Lafnitzal, Felso Ronok, Sandorhegy (Tschanigraben). Settled in McKees
Rocks, Allegheny County, PA.

I doubt if we can help you but if you can indeed link to a Burgenland
village, please get back to me. I'd love to find a southern Burgenland area
immigrant this early. Gerry Berghold, editor BB Newsletter.

Den Ardinger then writes: Thanks for this input. In fact, I was going to
write you on this very subject! I've had contact with Bob Zins many times
over the past few years and we've exchanged info on our lines.
Coincidentally, his Ardinger line settled here in Allegheny County, PA too!
His line is from the McKeesport, Allegheny County area and mine is from the
other side of the county in McKees Rocks, Allegheny County. In the county
court house in Pittsburgh,
he and I have worked to identify the various lines...those that are his and
those that are ours.

There appear to be three lines...his line...which spells the name Ardinger
too...descends from Rev War veteran Christian Ardinger in Maryland.

My line in McKees Rocks...which was Artinger from Burgenland.

And the third line which I'm 99% sure in connected to mine. I think this
line goes back and connects with you too. I'm working on that one. I can
connect my line from Heiligenkreuz im Lafnitzal to a couple of other villages
in the area (i.e. Felso-Ronok and Also-Ronok). I'm keeping a running tally
and updating my descendants list of Johann Artinger from Sandorhegy which now
sits at 182.

What I wanted to ask you about is the origin of the Artinger name in the
Burgenland area. They show up in the Sandorhegy area about 1789. I see that
you have found earlier traces of them going back to 1727 in Inzenhoff which
is still the local area.

My question is, "Is this the earliest trace (1727) you have found for an
Artinger family?"

The reason I'm asking is that I'm writing an introduction to my descendants
list right now and I'm trying to lay a foundation for others to identify the
origin of the surname in Austria. To show you where I'm at, I'll attach the
two pages that I've written on the Artinger origins. Would you
kindly read it over and let me know if it sounds correct as far as you know?

Over the past four years or so, I've been in contact with Othmar Artinger in
Graz. We think we are related but he isn't sure but we seem to both come
from the Heiligenkreuz area. When I asked him for his understanding of the
Artinger name, he said he had questioned it many times also. He thought the
name came from "Artig" which means "well behaved" and the "er" ending meaning
someone who had those traits or came from a place with those traits. He said
he always kidded his children that that is what it meant.

On another occasion, back in 1977, I had a discussion with the UN Ambassador
to Surinam on the name. He thought it came from words meaning "all things"
or a person who was a "jack of all trades". I've never found the name in a
surname book.

I've had several contacts from distant cousins who read my piece on the
Artinger Voyage to America in BB Newsletter 75. It has really helped me.
I've been able to extend my lines and fill in some details too. Thanks a lot
for printing it. As I update my lists on the Artinger line, I'll send you a
copy. As I said above, I'm fairly sure we are distant cousins.

On a side line, Bob Zins is an old army officer too. When he served in
Vietnam as a captain, he was Bob Hope's bodyguard when he did his Christmas
tours for the troops. He sent me a photo of him and Bob Hope
together....here's a text file of the two pages I've written on the Artinger
origin in Europe. Thanks.

* * * * * * * *
Origin of the Artinger Family in Europe

The origin of our branch of the Artinger family can be traced back two
centuries to what is today the southern portion of the Province of
Burgenland, Austria. Burgenland, which means "castle country", lies in the
extreme south east of Austria on the border with Hungary and Yugoslavia.
Burgenland, Austria was formed after World War I from parts of the Hungarian
counties (a county is called a "Megye") of Vas, Sopron and Moson. Most of
Burgenland was formed from Vas Megye. This reorganization of the borders in
the region was all part of the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

At least two towns have specifically been identified as being the home to our
family. One is Heiligenkreuz im Lafnitzal. This town is located in the
Lafnitz river valley on the Hungarian border. It is the main east-west
international border crossing between Austria and Hungary in southern
Burgenland. The second town is Sandorhegy that is now called Tschanigraben.
Both of these towns were within Vas County, Hungary at the time our family
lived there. They are only a few miles apart. Heiligenkreuz im Lafnitztal,
called Rabakeresztur in Hungarian, is in the Burgenland District of
Jennersdorf. Tschanigraben is in the Burgenland District of Gussing.

There are also Artinger families in other nearby towns that I am now trying
to connect with. Especially the Artinger line in Felso-Ronok, Vas County,
Hungary. Our branch of the Artinger family was Roman Catholic and Catholics
went to church in both Heiligenkreuz and Felso-Ronok. Today, Heiligenkreuz
is an international border crossing between Austria and Hungary and
Felso-Ronok is the first Hungarian village from the border crossing. I feel
fairly certain that the two Artinger lines tie together. There are a number
of Artinger families from Felso-Ronok, Vas County, Hungary that emigrated to
Pennsylvania at the same time our line did. Additionally, I have found a
number of clues showing circumstantial evidence that the two Artinger lines
unite into a common line in Austria.

Germanic Nationality

The Artinger line is of Germanic nationality and our ancestors probably
migrated east through Austria over a period of hundreds of years during the
middle ages or possibly even earlier. The Germanic influence in Burgenland
began as far back as the 1100's when Germans first started to settle there.
Additionally, there was a migration of Germanic peoples into the Burgenland
region in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was during the later part of this
period that the first references to the Artinger family begin appearing in
historic records. The population of the Burgenland area is about 85 percent
German with the remaining 15 percent being Croatian and Hungarian along with
a small percentage of Jews, Turks and Gypsies.

There were many small villages scattered about Vas County, Hungary in the
late 1700s. The earliest reference that I have found that the Artinger
family was in the area at that time comes from the "Father Gratian Anton
Leser, O. F. M. (1873-1949) village series" which records the earliest
village history including the family surnames. Among the earliest surnames
recorded in Tschanigraben (Sandorhegy) in 1789-1802 is the name of Artinger.
Tschanigraben was a very small village and had only 151 inhabitants in 1812.
By 1929 it had grown to only 189.

Tschanigraben was part of Inzenhof until about 1800. Its name is spelled in
various ways in church records including the following: 1736 Schonagraben,
1765 Chanigram, 1789-1802 Sandorhegy gewohnlich (usually called) Sconagraben,
then Tsonagraben, Csanagraben and Tsanagraben. The village is very rarely
mentioned before 1789 so it is probable that the earliest families came from
elsewhere prior to that time. The earliest surnames of Tschanigraben
1789-1802 included: Neubauer, Artinger, Stuiber, Krobath, Svetalics, Koppel
(Keppel), Pamer, Bruner, Jost, Mulzet, Nikles, Mehlmauer, Falusi, Takerer,
Konrath (Konrad), and Zimitz.

The Migration

Due to a number of economic reasons, there was a mass migration between
1880-1914 from the Burgenland region to the United States. This migration is
called the "Auswanderung" in Austria and during this time many tens of
thousands of people went "nach Amerika" (to America). It was during this
migration that most of our branch of the Artinger family emigrated.

During this mass migration from the Burgenland area a century ago, many
thousands left the region together. It was common to travel in small groups
with family and neighbors traveling together as part of a common support
system. Thousands came to Pennsylvania and most settled either around
Allentown or Pittsburgh. The heavy industries of Pennsylvania with its
factories, mines, railroads and steel mills demanded a continuous stream of
cheap immigrant labor and eastern Europe provided millions of young men for
the work.

Our branch of the Artinger family settled in McKees Rocks along the Ohio
River just west of Pittsburgh. My grandfather, Albert Herman Ardinger, was
born there in 1902, the year after my great grandparents arrived in Allegheny
County. He was the only child of Alois Artinger and Mary Zwickle not born in
Heiligenkreuz. My father, Albert Herman Ardinger, Jr., was born in the same
house on Bouquet Street in McKees Rocks in 1923.

It will be interesting to see where the family will be two centuries from
today. Migrations of people are common in history and it is unlikely the
population will remain stationary for long. As you study the attached
listing of the descendants of Johann and Theresa Artinger, you will see
that they are already scattered across the entire United States. Having
spanned an ocean and two continents, it is not likely that they will stop
anytime soon.

Note: The story of the migration of Alois Artinger's family from Europe to
America is covered in my 1999 manuscript titled, "The 1901 Voyage of the
Artinger Family from Europe to America".

For anyone interested in learning more about the life and times of our
ancestors in Burgenland, Austria, I highly recommend reading some of the
newsletters published on the internet by "The Burgenland Bunch Genealogy
Group". This is the best resource I have found so far for explaining the
confusing border and language changes in this area of Europe. This website
contains a wealth of information concerning the history, geography, religion,
nationalities and emigration of families living in the Burgenland region.
The website can be found at


I must remind our members that our notion of nobility is based on the English
or European concept which is exemplified by the current English aristocracy
who were granted (and still have) certain rights and privileges by a reigning
monarch and passed entailed property and titles via primogeniture. This is
not the concept which developed and prevailed in Hungary. Here the main
concept while still one of birth (or royal grant) was more one of freedom
from taxation and "robot" labor, ability to own property and limited service
to the crown and populace. Entire villages would be ennobled because of some
deed pleasing to the crown, but no property was included in the grant. The
grant applied to the entire family not merely the eldest. As a Hungarian
"noble", it was very possible to be much worse off financially than your
neighbor who rented his plot from the local "Herrschaft" and performed robot
labor. See previous articles for more on this subject. For our purposes,
linkage to nobility can result in the availability of more family records. If
you find the term "nobilus" or its equivalent in any church or civil record
concerning your family, you may wish to explore this issue further. Most of
these "nobilus" entries will be among Croatians (many ennobled when they
agreed to serve as border guards or effectively resisted the Turks) and
Hungarians (all families who could prove descent from the original Magyar
tribes claimed noble status) and date from the 16th to 18th centuries. There
are very few among those of German descent. The "Princes of the Empire" (i.e.
Esterhazy), nobility created or enfiefed (granted Herrschafts, i.e.
Batthyany) by the Austrian and Hungarian crown and Electors of the Holy Roman
Empire are a different case entirely. Fritz Königshofer pursues documents of
noble status for Frank Teklits in Vas Megye.

Fritz writes to Frank Teklits: Please keep in mind that in the earliest
complete census of Vas nobility which I have seen as extracted by Dr. Kálmán
Horváth, covering the census of 1726/27, the János Teklics in
Rechnitz/Rohonc, as well as György and Miklós Teklich listed in Szent
Péterfa, all claimed the 1601 nobility act as their proof. This means, if
you can trace your line to one of these three Teklits living in 1726/27, you
already have a claim as good as theirs was, for the further connection to
Lukacs Teklits.

As to the 1845 list, from the details you state you clearly have the same
list as I. Nevertheless, as they are already made I'll send you the
hardcopies just in case.

He also writes: This is the further information I found on Teklits in the
books by Kálmán Horváth about the nobility censuses held in Vas county. I
hope that you still have my previous messages when I gave you the entries
from a number of early censuses....Firstly, the transcription I had given you
where I had been uncertain about the year was definitely from the 1754/55
census of nobility, and not from 1774. Therefore, you can now clearly place
these Teklics [sic] entries.

In today's visit to the Széchényi Library, I found two nobility census
listings I had not paid attention to before. They were also excerpted by Dr.
Kálman Horváth and described by him in four small volumes called "Vas
vármegye nemesi összeírásai" published 1941/42 in Szombathely.

The first set of entries seems to define the results of the nobility census
of 1781/82. I will give you now a full transcription of what this census
says for Szent Péterfa, including a translation (though I warn you, my Latin
is very rusty). The list has only Teklics names, no others, and on apparent
purpose it listed only males:

"Nicolai Condam Teklics Filius Georgius, habet filium Josephum. Alterius
Nicolai condam Teklics Filius Adamus, habet filios Franciscum, et Joannem.
Joannis condam Teklics Filii Georgius habet filium Georgium Paulus sine
filiis. Alterius Tert

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