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5-1 April 2000


Most of the work on the park should be done this summer. We hope to dedicate our plaque to Zichydorf pioneers in September. Stand by for more info in the Fall newsletter.


The Family of Nicolas Lang II, 2nd edition, compiled and donated by Joe Lang of Montmartre. I am still adding these records to the Zichydorf database, so it is not yet in the library. Let me know if you are interested in this book and I will contact you when I am finished with it. See review below. Verlorene Heimat Georghausen by Josef Wüst is now in the library. Thanks to Ray Borschowa for obtaining this important resource for us. See review below.

Try this web site:

I reported on this compilation by Dave Dreyer in an earlier newsletter. This new site contains the previous data plus many new additions. Data is compiled from Ship Records in the US Archives.


We will scan as many old Zichydorf and Zichydorfer pictures as we can find and copy them to a CD, creating a permanent digital record of our Zichydorf heritage for future generations! Those who contribute a certain level of content will receive a free CD in return. Those who do not contribute will be able to buy them for a nominal fee. Content will include pictures, family trees in GEDCOM or text format, stories, indices that we have created for the web, etc., etc. The only limits are our imaginations.


The Family of Nicolas Lang II, 2nd edition, compiled by Joe Lang, contains a brief history of the family’s immigration to Canada and an extensive genealogy. The Lang family connects to many other Zichydorf genealogies. Names you may recognize are Frass, Anwender, Rist, Ortman, Roszlein, Niedermayer, Zimmer, Hornsburger, Basch, Flichel, Mayer, and many more. Any Zichydorf researcher would be well advised to review this book. You may find missing links you have been looking for.

Verlorene Heimat Georghausen by Josef Wüst is very similar to the Achtzener Zichydorf book with which most of us are familiar. Georghausen (also known as Velika Greda and Györgyhaza [often pronounced Yurichhaas]) is just a few kilometres from Zichydorf and was founded predominantly by Zichydorfers in 1849. The book contains a history of the village, including a brief history of Zichydorf and a description of the disaster of Word War II. There are also sections on customs, residents listed by house number, a map, pictures, and even recipes. If you haven’t already guessed, this book is in German. Anyone willing to help translate? If enough volunteers will each do a few pages, we will investigate the possibilities.


Congratulations to Elizabeth Hugel who has completed the monumental task of translating and publishing Joahnn Achtzener’s two books about Zichydorf. This is an absolute “must have” for any Zichydorf researcher. It contains the history of the village, many pictures, and a roster of the residents in 1944 with birth dates. Liz has already shipped more than 50 copies. The book costs $32.00 CDN, plus postage. Contact: Elisabeth Hugel, 22 Dalhousie Way, REGINA SK S4V OA2; Phone: (306) 761-0656; email:


Elisabeth Hugel has proposed that we produce a Zichydorf family history book for the 2005 centenary of Saskatchewan as a province. The format would be similar to the community histories that many towns produced in the 1970’s. There may be financial assistance available from various granting agencies. What do you think? We will discuss this at our forthcoming meeting.


John Hugel has not been able to overcome his back trouble and is now scheduled for surgery. This has obviously limited his progress on this project. Good luck John. Hope you are back on your feet soon.


Andrew Roeslein of St. Louis recalls a Zichydorf history by Arnold Lehrer written in the 1920’s. Does anyone else recall this book? Does anyone know where we might acquire a copy? If so, please contact Glenn. If we can find a copy, it would be a great legacy to preserve it in our library collection.


Please amend the email address for John Busch to:

Please add: Wayne Ortman, 300 Gardiner Park Court, Regina, SK, S4V 1R9; Phone: (306) 522-9310; Email:


We welcome all members, dues paying or not, for the knowledge they share with all of us. However, we hope members will voluntarily contribute to the cost of maintaining the group (web site, mailings, etc.). We suggest a one-time donation of $25 CDN to the library fund plus an annual donation of $10 to run the association’s affairs. Canadian members will receive a tax receipt for the library donation from the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. Please consider forwarding your 2000 dues in the near future. If you don’t remember whether you have paid for 2000, please consult the list below. Some of you have made substantial donations not directly attributable to dues. You may not appear on the list, but thank you very much anyway.

Paid for 2000: M. Kainer, S. Gibbard, B. Harle, F. Koenig, J. Mayer, F. Andreas, .J. Shenher, C. Ortman, K. Niedermayer, B. Petz, M. Rist, J. Stoeber, P. Engler, G. Krattenthaler, D. Connelly, A. Ritter, R. Borschowa, J. Busch, J. Lang, A. Niessner, J. Devine, G. Schwartz.


I now have over 11,350 names in my database. Have you sent me your family tree? I may be able to link you with others and save you a lot of work.


Regina Branch will meet at 2pm on Sunday, May 14, at St. Timothy School, 280 Sangster Blvd. Mark your calendar and please join us. Bring some Zichydorf friends.

Zichydorf Village Association News

edited by: Glenn Schwartz

2274 Baldwin Bay, Regina, SK, S4V 1H2