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14-4 December 2009

2010 DUES

Time to pay 2010 dues of $10 if you want to maintain access to all the ZVA pages. I still have many pictures that I intend to post, including cemetery headstones, and I am working on an index to Liz Hugel’s translation of the Zichydorf history. Who knows what other research aids will become available in the future? To check the status of your dues, login to the ZVA page and click on “Your Profile” under “User Menu.” Click on “Membership” for details on how to pay.


Do you have data that would be of interest to other researchers? Databases? Lists? Pictures? Other info? Please contact me at the address below to see if I can post it on the ZVA web site.


2011 is the 100th anniversary of St. Elizabeth Church near Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. This church was founded by a small cluster of pioneers from Zichydorf. Planning is just beginning for a celebration, tentatively scheduled for the July long weekend. Drop me a line if you would like further information.


Offsenitza Familienbuch
Deutsch Zerne pages

Snapshots of a Nightmare: Recollecitons of Aged Danube Swabian Survivors of Post WWII Genocide BY Dr. Brian Landry is a CD version of a Doctor of Philosophy dissertation by the author. His goal is to examine the lifelong after effects of people who were children in the Yugoslavian death camps by interviewing them about their experiences. In his investigation, he describes the background before the war and provides several first person accounts of experiences in the camps before drawing his conclusions.

Deutsch-Ungarischer Kalendar List: 1934 – 1940 – 1952 by David Dreyer & Karen Dalton Preston indexes the people listed in the D-U Kalendar lists for the years 1934, 1940, and 1952. These lists were compiled annually from 1932 to 1954 except for a few war years. They served as a means of keeping track of friends and relatives who had emigrated to North America. Subscribers submitted their names, spouses’ names (usually including maiden names), and their home village names. They then received a printed list of the submissions from all subscribers. This CD indexes the lists of the three chosen years by man’s name, woman’s maiden name, and village.


It has recently come to my attention that people who registered on the ZVA web site from the beginning of September until late November were not properly registered on the site . This apparently is connected to a hacking attempt on the site at the end of August. Fortunately, the site security resisted the attack, but it apparently caused some internal problems with registration.

Registrations during that time were not handled correctly by the site software and thus those people have not been able to access all of the pages to which registration entitles them. To correct the problem, I had to delete those people from the user database and they will have to register again. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but this is the only way I can grant the access to which they are entitled.


Here are some genealogy links from Now and Then the newsletter of the Regina Branch of SGS.

From Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter: Introducing – The Online Database of Genealogy Queries. This link is a brand new social networking website.

Lots of good and useful forms to download at


Phlebotomy Technician Schools > 100 Genealogy Resources to Discover Your Ancestry. List of genealogy websites with a lot of US sites, but still may be very helpful.

Canadian Census for 1851, 1852, 1901, 1906 and 1911 are available on the Automated Genealogy website.




I received this amazing YouTube video from member Jim Griffin. In it a young artist competes in the Ukraine’s Got Talent competition by drawing continuously evolving sand pictures depicting the hardship during and after the Second World War. Her art moved many people to tears and won her the competition.


If anyone is interested in the tour and has not yet contacted me, please do so ASAP. It is filling up nicely, but I may still have room for one or two more. I would like to have a pretty firm list by the end of December.

Zichydorf Village Association News


edited by: Glenn Schwartz

2274 Baldwin Bay, Regina, SK, S4V 1H2