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North Dakota

Title: The Banat German Hungarians who came to Southwestern North Dakota: Wiver Sach (Women’s Stuff) Volumes 1-4

Author: Theresa K. Bogner Montee-Nelson

Year: 1998

Media Type: Book

Lending Status: Borrow

How Acquired: ZVA purchase for SGS

Review/Description: After almost two years trying to locate this book, I finally obtained a copy for our library. It seemed a safe bet that a good local history of North American Banaters would be a useful research aid for finding relatives, even if there were no direct connections to Zichydorf. Unfortunately, this book is not a good local history. It is a disorganized hodge-podge of lists, newspaper clippings, book excerpts, and pictures in four volumes totalling more than 1,000 pages that is part family album, part local history. It deals with Banaters around Dickinson, North Dakota, with special emphasis on the towns of Lefor and Gladstone. While poorly executed, it is not totally without value. There are many familiar names and many settlers came from towns near Zichydorf. I even found one Zichydorfer, John Roeslein, in two separate copies of the same list in volumes 3 and 4. Undoubtedly, some of our members will find connections, but it will be hard work.