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26-2 October 2021

Membership Renewal

ZVA keeps the memory of Zichydorf and its people alive on its web site through your generosity. It also provides information on many associated villages. Please help us keep the site alive by paying our annual membership fee of a paltry $10.

Membership is based on the calendar year. Please check your dues status on the web site. Log in and go to “Your Profile” in the user menu and scroll down to “Dues paid to the end of: ____” If you have not yet paid for 2022, please remit your dues using one of the options described on the Membership page. I will downgrade unrenewed members on the web site in April of each year to give you plenty of grace. From September on, I will credit new members for the following year. If you are not connected to the Internet, send your dues to the address at the bottom of this letter and I will update you. Thanks for contributing to our common cause.


During the summer I was quite hopeful that we would finally be able to physically meet again in the fall. However, the local number of active cases, the number in hospital and the number in ICU are at all-time highs, so we have postponed once again. Hopefully things will have subsided by spring.

Zichydorf Familienbuch

I had a recent query about updating and correcting the information in the Familienbuch. I emailed Helmut Kaiser about this and other aspects of his site. Here is a summary of his reply.

When he receives additions and corrections for Zichydorf, he will update both websites ( and Since every update is a lot of work, he will only do it once or twice a year. If people have additions or corrections, they should send them to him at

Due to European privacy rules, he can only show people on the Internet who were born 100 years ago or have been dead for 30 years. He will only accept data that can be verified through a reputable source. Word of mouth is not sufficient to overturn what is written in the church registers.

North Dakota Banaters

David Preston, Administrator of the Banat email list, posted the following information.

Dave Dreyer has released a major update to his North Dakota Family Register PDF file (Last updated in October 2018). It now consists of 572 pages, including maps, reference resources used and links from the Table of Contents to specific sections of the work. Also updated are the hyperlinks to third-party resources and references. The German-Hungarian Place Name Equivalence Table alone is worth a look for every researcher, unless you have an old Ortssippenbuch from the 1980s. 🙂

Go to: and click on the PDF icon. You can read it in your web browser or download the file. Of course, you can also use the PDF Search feature to find specific surnames or other data.

Once again, Dave Dreyer has invested decades of work and data extraction from a plethora of sources to make this a very compelling reference work. 

XII Deutsch Banater Grenz Regiment

More from David Preston about Dave Dreyer research:

Dave Dreyer’s VII Grenzland Introduction is a multi-year labor to assemble and transcribe the records of the VII Grenz Banater Regiment, which guarded the Banat Military Frontier. While Dave chose to describe this work as an introduction, his opus consists of 145 pages, with footnotes, definitions of the abbreviations used in the records and examples of the records and maps which augment the reader’s journey exploring these extractions.

The reader can traverse the work on-line in a web browser, or the file can be downloaded as a PDF. There are links in the Table of Contents to each Section, so the reader can jump to that portion of the work. The reader can jump back to the Table of Contents by clicking on the footer of any page. and the Database of the records: 

NOTE: You probably noticed that the title of this item says XII regiment while the text and link say VII regiment. XII is correct in Dave’s research and the PDF document. I have notified David Preston of the error in his message, but the link continues using VII. It may be corrected some time in the future requiring you to edit the link.

Online Church Books for Hatzfeld and Deutsch Zerne at

Katholische Kirche Hatzfeld (Banat), Kirchenbuch, 1766-1851


Deutsch-Zerne, Római Katólikus Egyház, Németcsernya, Anyakönyvek, 1808-1864


Eastern European Gravestone Pictures

There is a pretty good collection of Vojvodina and Romania Cemeteries in Find a Grave:

You can find gravestone pictures for a few Banat places at Compgen (Verein für Computergenealogie). Although it is mainly focused on Germany, there are also some Eastern Europe cemeteries. You will find Lazarfeld, Setschan, Rudolfsgnad, Temesvar, and Budapest. The non-Germany overview page is at Then select “Rumänien”, “Serbien” or “Ungarn”.

Billiongraves also has some:

There are a very few on geneanet:

Online Familienbucher published the following info in an email. The HOG-Großscham-Perkos Working Group has compiled several Banat Familienbucher on its website. The site is in German, but you can easily read it with a translation program. Some FBs are complete, but others are still in progress with only partial information posted. In some cases, the partial information will be sufficient to find the people in the original church records available from the ZVA website.

All the PDF files have been indexed. So, for example, from the Table of Contents there are embedded links that jump to that Section of the FB. You can easily return to the Table of Contents by clicking on the header or footer of any page.

The Acrobat Search function is particularly good for finding family information. However, with such large files, searching for common names such as “Johann” will take some time… So be prepared! Also, setting the page size to 75-100%, has proven its worth. These PDFs are for ‘big screen’ use.

We highly recommend perusing the entire website. It is very well organised and contains much more information about the whole area, the culture, and traditions. As they say on their “Wir” (We) page “…Have fun browsing and do not forget, we are grateful for suggestions and contributions. Please contact us.” email:

The direct link to their Genealogy downloads page is HOG-Großscham. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to find the links to the PDF files. If you have any questions about the Genealogy page, please contact us via email:

ZVA web site

The platform on which we are running our web site is no longer meeting our needs. We will be moving to WordPress in the near future. The move should be seamless for users. Stand by for further information.

Zichydorf Village Association Newsletter

edited by: Glenn Schwartz 

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