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18-2 March 2013


Just a reminder that ZVA annual dues of $10 are based on the calendar year. Please check your dues status on the web site. Go to Your Profile in the user menu and look at the last item in the column on the right side of the page where it says “Dues paid to the end of: ____” If you have not paid for 2013, please remit your dues using one of the options described on the Membership page. From September on, I will credit new members for the following year. I will downgrade unrenewed members on the web site in April of each year to give you plenty of grace. We are continually adding new content to the Members Only parts of the site. If you are not connected to the Internet, just drop me a line at the address below and I will update you on your dues status. Thanks for contributing to our common cause.



We have recently translated several articles from German and posted them on our web site. Here are the latest additions.

An in depth analysis of the original settlement records for Saar and Boglar by Anton Taffermer. In the Mani Menu click on Schildgebirge > Articles >Boglar & Saar

An article from the AKdFF newsletter regarding the settlement of the Saar and Boglar areas. In the Main Menu click on Schildgebirge > Articles > Settlers on Esterházy Family Lands

An article from the AKdFF newsletter regarding the origins of some of the settlers of the Saar and Boglar areas. In the Main Menu click on Schildgebirge > Articles > Settlers from the Black Forest

An article from the AKdFF newsletter regarding the origins of some of the settlers of Karlsdorf. In the Main Menu click on Banat > Genealogy > Settlement of Karlsdorf

An article from the AKdFF newsletter regarding the origins of the Schultz family, some of who later settled in North Dakota. In the Main Menu click on Banat > Genealogy > Schultz family of Setschan

I previously reported that we had acquired the book Stadte und Dorfer for our library and that we would be translating some articles for inclusion on our site. Remember that this book contains histories for all the villages in the Roma nian Banat that had a significant German community. We are translating several of these village histories either because the villages were near Zichydorf, with resultant family ties, or they had something to do with the origins of Zichydorf’s early settlers or were themselves founded by Zichydorfers (Bethausen). So far, I have posted the entries for Triebswetter, Sackelhausen, Ostern, Offsenitza, Moritzfeld, Morawitza, Lenauheim, Hatzfeld, and Grabatz. Still to come in the next several days: Dolatz, Deutsch Stamora, Bogarosch, Blumenthal, and Bethausen. In the Main Menu click on Banat > History > Romanian Banat Villages



Ed Loos, brother of member Lawrence Loos. Adam Sartschev, born in Ernsthausen, interned to Rudolfsgnad, and escaped to Austria.



If your family origins in North America go back to Reigna, you may be interested in this site:


The DVHH has a page on its site that links to a Hungarian history book on Google Books. You click on the chapter title on the DVHH page and jump directly to that chapter. The book has a comprehensive and in-depth history. It is fairly easy to zero in on particular time periods using the chapter titles. The page that comes up is scanned OCR text that sometimes contains spelling errors or incomprehensible nonsense phrases, but you can click on “Page images” in the top right corner of the text box, to see the original scanned image without electronic errors. Go to


The DVHH also has a new map that shows the post WWII forced relocation of Eurpean peoples, primarily Germans. Using arrows and numbers it gives an excellent graphical representation of the millions of people forced to move after the war. Go to



I am contemplating another Banat group tour for 2014. Although the dates are not yet set in stone, it will probably be from June 1 to 22. If you think you might be interested, please email me at the address below so I can put you on the contact list. There is no financial commitment until I ask for a small deposit in the fall to see who is really serious. The balance will be due early in 2014. As a rough estimate, expect to spend about $5,000. About 1/3 will be for air fare, 1/3 for hotels and meals that you will pay yourself while on the trip, and 1/3 for the bus charter and other expenses of the tour. You can check out our past tours at




At our spring meeting we will have the pleasure of a visit from Ray Borschowa of Mt. Angel Oregon. Ray will give a talk about understanding and using the land records for Georgshausen. We have similar records available for other villages, including Zichydorf. We will also conduct our annual election. For reasons that would take too long to explain, we have two options for the meeting, depending on how many people plan to attend. If the turnout is not too large, the meeting will be at my home on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 pm. If the planned attendance is too large for that venue, it will be on Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm in the usual location, Access Communications, 2250 Park St. (north door by the ball diamonds). If you plan to attend, please send me an email. I will do a head count and advise everyone who contacts me about the date and place. Please contact me about your intentions, mark your calendar, and bring along a Zichydorf friend.


Zichydorf Village Association News

edited by: Glenn Schwartz

2274 Baldwin Bay, Regina, SK, S4V 1H2