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Familienbuch Ernsthausen – Reservations Now Being Taken

By Hans Repp

Hans Repp has done an outstanding job of preparing and bringing the Family Book Ernsthausen to print. The Family Book covers the time of Ernsthausen's founding in 1822 to the end of the community in 1945. Of course, the time gaps in the available documentation must be taken into consideration, especially since most of the original church registers have been lost or are missing. Until 1828, all records were kept in Sartscha. The records were also incorporated, as were the records for dissolved community Kiss-Maria (recorded in the Pardan records).

After the establishment of their own Parish in 1828, Ernsthausen kept their own church registers. The basis for the processed materials are the duplicate copies of the original entries, which had to be delivered to the Diocese, and can be found today in the Staatsarchiv in Novi Sad. Individual years were not found and a greater time-period between 1868 and 1879 was unfortunately no longer available. Only a minimal part of the original Church books could be located.

The author has, despite the scattered source locations, created a comprehensive work with many references to the original communities. He did this by including and referring to many of the other Banater communities and their records, even partially including them in this book. The lists in the Ernsthausen Heimatbuch von Schag Lisa (Elisabeth Flassak) were also incorporated in the book.

The work consists of a 2 volume set with 1,100 pages.

For the release of this Family Book, we need to estimate the number of orders for this edition. We urgently ask for firm reservations ASAP. We are currently estimating a price of about 65 €, plus shipping and any additional PayPal fees. This price is based on a minimum press run of 100 copies. The price might become more favorable with a larger press run.

We expect to go to print by the end of 2017 and begin shipping in January 2018, after receipt of your payment.

Please submit your reservation with your name, address and telephone number to:
Achim Reiter
Arbeitskreis fuer Veroeffenlichung Banater Familienbuecher (AVBF)
Knappenweg 32, 70569 Stuttgart GERMANY
You may also place your reservation by email: or by FAX 01149-711-2478141

Familienbuch Bakowa

By Reinhold Lovasz

The FB Bakowa consists of a 2 volume set with 2,150 pages covering 7,150 families and the usual registers (Name register, locality register and registers of marriages).

In addition, there is a detailed time table and a very interesting history of the place and a parish history (from previously unpublished sources from the National Archives of Budapest and from the Archives of the Diocese of Temeswar).

For many settlers, the places of origin are also included and - as far as can be explored - data from the different church books from Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, Luxembourg, the Moselle region and Lorraine.

The filials of the Catholic parish of Bakowa (including Busiasch until 1847), Cheveresul Mare, Ficatar, Dragsina, Otvesti, Racovita, Sarbova were also recorded (until about 1890) but they are not included in FB Bakowa, since they would have required at least another two volumes. The information for the filial parishes will appear at a later time, in a CD or DVD edition.

The author's preface was also translated into English, as well as the explanation on the use of the family book and the whole list of used abbreviations.

The concordance of the places is provided in three languages: ​​German, Hungarian and Romanian. The Bakowa Familienbuch also includes a table with the many Pastors (about 79) who have worked there - their life data was supplemented as far as possible by documents from the diocesan archives.

The godparents and the marriages are also given, as are most sources, and in many cases, also the profession.

Orders for the Family Book Bakowa must be placed directly with the author.

Orders by post:  
Reinhold Lovasz
Schwetzingen str. 32
68723 Plankstadt

When ordering, please indicate your full name, as well as the complete postal shipping address.

The two volume set is 105 €, plus shipping costs.

Shipping Costs:
DHL within Germany: 8 €
DHL within the EU: 18 €
DHL to the USA: 39 €

donauschwäbischer Kolonisten
Tiel VIII T-Wa & IX We-Z

By Stefan Stader

Gross Betschkrek im Banat

A Brief Description
In the 1700's, the Austro-Hungarian Empire recruited and sponsored colonists to emigrate to Hungary to settle land that had recently been liberated from Turkish occupation. Many of the colonists came from Lorraine, Alsace & Schwaben and other areas in what is now the western part of Germany.

During these sponsored migrations, the colonists arrived in Vienna to register with the government. Happily, the Austrian bureaucrats kept detailed records of these early settlers. The records include lists of the settlers, including when they arrived in Vienna to register (the Vienna Lists), and records of reimbursements to local residents who housed some settlers until their new homes were ready (Schlafkreuzerrechnungen). These records or lists included the settler's name, and often, also the number of family members traveling with him, age, occupation, and the area or town they were from.

The Vienna Lists and other settler registration lists were organized into the "Quellen zur Deutschen Siedlungsgeschichte in Südosteuropa" [Sources of German Settlement History in Southeast Europe] by Wilhelm, Franz und Josef Kallbrunner, published in 1935. 

More recently, Stefan Stader combined this information with 208 other sources of information on the colonists, such as Heimatbücher and Familienbücher for the villages, and local histories; this is called the "Sammelwerk Donauschwäbischer Kolonisten". Regretably, Stefan Stader died in 2003 before he could complete the task of organizing all of the colonist information. Currently, there are 6 volumes, ending at Sch- surnames. Volume 7 is being completed by the AKdFF and is expected to be available by the end of 2011.

It is an excellent source for locating where in Europe one's ancestors emigrated from and when they arrived in Hungary.

The Stader information and the Vienna Lists are most helpful if you can trace your family line back to an ancestor in the mid-1700's, since that is the period when there was the greatest influx of colonists, and the period when colonists registered with the authorities in Vienna.

These books complete the work started by the late Stefan Stader. For more information on the previous volumes, please refer to this page

Volume VIII (T-Wa)
XXXIV and 675 pages

Volume IX (We-Z)
XXXIV and 815 pages

Price per volume: 43 €
(AkDFF members receive a discount)

Book orders can be emailed to the AKdFF in Germany. Once your order is received, they will email back with an invoice number and the additional shipping costs. All Book orders must be pre-paid. Please reference the invoice number with your payment.

Shipment from Germany for one/two books: 16 €/37 € to the USA, 16 €/38 € to Canada, 5 €/6 € in Germany and 14 €/16 € for the rest of Europe

Postal Address:
AKdFF e. V., Goldmuehlestr. 30, 71065 Sindelfingen, Germany

Office of Arbeitskreis donauschwaebischer Familienforscher eV (AKdFF) Goldmuehlestr. 30, 71065 Sindelfingen, Germany
Office hours: Thursday and Friday 10 am - 4 pm

Tschawosch im Banat

By Philippe Willer

Gross Betschkrek im Banat

The Family Book for the city of Tschawosch im Banat, including the filial parishes of Fodorhausen, Gad, Gier, Rudna, Schurian and Toager is now available.

The work is presented in hard cover A5 format with 964 pages, including the years 1806-1973.

The price is 45.00 €, plus 21.00 € shipping costs to North America.

For orders in North America, please contact:
Karen Dalton Preston:

For orders in the EU, contact:
Address: AVBF, Josef Michels, Spittelbergstraße 11, 78112 St. Georgen., Tel. 07724-7122, email: Josef

Gross Betschkerek im Banat

By Marco Leitl & Rudolph Müller

Gross Betschkrek im Banat

The Family Book for the city of Gross Betschkerek im Banat is now available.

The work is presented as a 2 volume set, with a total of 2,550 pages in DIN A-4 format, which includes over19,000 families. The books document the period between 1753 and 1945.

Gross Betschkerek had an abundance of Donauschwäbian people, including administrative officials of the monarchy. Families from the surrounding villages of Elemer, Etschka, Setschan, Stephansfeld, St. Georgen, Ernsthausen, Rudolfsgnad, Kathreinfeld, Lazarfeld, Klek, Pardan and many more families settled in Gross Betschkerek. Also, the settlement of families from Lorraine, especially in 1785 and 1786, provided enormous growth for the German community.

The family books also include death record information from the city hospitals where individuals who were not residents of Gross Betschkerek came to receive care.

The price is 115.00 €, plus packing and shipping costs.

Ordering & More Information:
Orders can be placed by contacting the author Marco Leitl.

Marco Leitl
Perhamerstr. 64
80687 München

Triebswetter Homeland (Translated)

By Dr. Anton Peter Petri & Dr. Josef Wolf
Translated by Henry A. Fischer


Triebswetter, A Village in the Banat is an English translation of the 1983 original work.

The book was originally published in Germany in 1983 by The Association of Former Residents of Triebswetter. It covers the history of Triebswetter from the time of its founding in 1772 up through the Baragan deportation in the 1950s. It has many tables, name lists of people, the original colonists and where they came from, 115 pictures and two maps in the back.

When writing this book the authors had access to the parish history book, the Historia parochiae, and other parish archived material so it is more detailed than many of the homeland books. Since Triebswetter was primarily settled by French colonists, the situation of the French in the Banat is covered quite well, and it includes the “French Movement” that took place during and after World War II. This book should be of particular interest to those who are descendents of Triebswetter, as well as those who are interested in the history of any of the Banat villages, particularly the French villages in the Banat.

The book is hard cover edition, printed on high quality paper, 486 pages. Printed and bound in Portland, Oregon USA.

The cost is $65 USD, plus shipping. The cost, including shipping is: $70 within the USA, $100 to Canada and $115 to Europe (all figures are in US dollars). Please pay in USD by check, money order, or PayPal. If using PayPal, add three dollars to cover the processing fee. PayPal email address is: All orders must be pre-paid.

All inquiries should be sent directly to Ray Borschowa.

To place your order, send payment to:
Ray Borschowa
1205 Academy St.
Mt Angel, Oregon 97362

Familienbuch Moritzfeld im Banat, 1786-1990

By Anton Neff


The Family Book of Moritzfeld in Banat by Anton Neff has been announced and is expected for delivery in July, 2016.

2-volume set, hardcover

Price is 70 € for the set, plus shipping.

For orders in North America, please contact:
Karen Dalton Preston:

For orders in the EU, contact:
Address: AVBF, Josef Michels, Spittelbergstraße 11, 78112 St. Georgen., Tel. 07724-7122, email: Josef

Familienbuch Gottlob im Banat, 1773-1990

By Nikolas Horn


The Family Book of Gottlob in Banat by Nikolas Horn

3-volume set, hardcover, 2,108 pages

Price is 90 € for the set.
Shipping to North America is 36.50 €.

For orders in North America, please contact:
Karen Dalton Preston:

For orders in the EU, contact:
Address: AVBF, Josef Michels, Spittelbergstraße 11, 78112 St. Georgen., Tel. 07724-7122, email: Josef

Familienbuch Hatzfeld im Banat, 1766-1920

By Helga and Anton Hornung


The Family Book of Hatzfeld in Banat by Helga Hornung and Anton is available.

The Family book of the Catholic parish of Hatzfeld in Banat with filial parishes Klari, Tschene, Ketscha, Deutsch-Zerne and the local manorial domains, 1766-1920, by Helga and Anton Hornung, (published by the AVBF), 6 volumes (Danube Swabian Origins Research Series #198; German Local Kinship Books OFB #00.922), St. Georgen, 2015.

4,408 pages, 1 map, 2 local maps, 18 illustrations, 3 tables, hardcover, thread stitching binding.

Price is 180 € for the set.
Shipping to North America is 50 €.

Orders in the US and Canada will begin shipping after January 1, 2016.

For orders in North America, please contact:
Karen Dalton Preston:

For orders in the EU, contact:
Address: AVBF, Josef Michels, Spittelbergstraße 11, 78112 St. Georgen., Tel. 07724-7122, email: Josef

Read the review of this seminal work by Dr. Hertha Schwarz here.

Familienbuch Bethausen im Banat, 1883-1990

By Josef Michels


Family Book Bethausen im Banat, 1883-1990
By Josef Michels

Also included are the filial parishes of: Balinz, Bara, Bodo, Cladova, Dobresti, Iersnic, Manastiur, Nevrincea, Ohaba Lunga, Remetea Lunga and Zipar

Published by the Association for Publication of Banat family books (AVBF), St. Georgen, 2015

There are 339 pages, A5 format, hardcover, including a local and detail map, with thread-stitched binding.

Price: 30 € plus shipping.

For orders in North America, please contact:
Karen Dalton Preston:

For orders in Europe, please contact:
Josef Michels:

Familienbuch der katholischen Pfarrgemeinde Darowa
Kranichstätten/Banat, 1786-2009

Second Edition
By Martin Mahalek, Nikolaus Reiter, Peter Berwanger


Familienbuch der katholischen Pfarrgemeinde Darowa Kranichstätten/Banat, 1786-2009
by Martin Mahalek, Nikolaus Reiter, Peter Berwanger

Published by the HOG Darowa-Kranichstätten, Second Edition
1,120 pages

This edition includes 20,232 individuals and 6,123 families.
The price is 60 €, plus postage
To order, contact Sigmund Blum by e-mail

Familienbuch Neudorf bei Lippa
im Banat

By Ewald Kollmer

Price is 40 €, plus 20 € for shipments to North America.
Orders must be pre-paid.

To order, contact Ewald Kollmer -

or send the required amount to:
Josef Sutter
Flachsbachweg 46
64285 Darmstadt

im Banat
1836 - 1943
Banatsko Veliko Selo

By Karen Dalton Preston
David Dreyer

The 2 volume set is 1,629 pages and includes over 6,300 families.

This work continues where the first St. Hubert book by Josef Kühn ended. It covers Baptisms from 1836-1943, and Marriages & Deaths from 1854-1943, with some gaps in the available marriage records.

The price is 80 €, plus shipping.
For 85 €, you can get the 2 volume set and a CD of Josef Kühn's St. Hubert Familienbuch (2004), a savings of 17 €.

For orders in North America:
email Karen Preston

For orders in Europe:
Josef Michels
Spittelbergstr. 11, 78112
St. Georgen, Germany
phone: +0049 7724 7122

Volumes 3 and 4 of the Family Books for Triebswetter

By Lothar Renard

The new volumes are a continuation of the Familienbücher Vol. 1 and 2, published in 2005. The new books contain about 1,600 pages. The reader will now have an overview of his family from 1773-1900.

As a supplement, also included is a free DVD with a digitized edition of Vol. 1 and 2 of the Triebswetter Familienbuch, extended with about 120 pages, as well as the entire Kirchenmatrikeln (Triebswetter Church books) in digital form from 1773 to 1900.

The printing of family books costs several thousand Euros, and rely on advance payment of the pre-ordered books since family book authors are not able to do this from their own resources.

Orders are now being accepted, and the author would therefore be grateful if you would pre-pay the amount of:

85 € for shipment to EU addresses;
105 € to addresses in the U.S. and Canada
The price includes shipping and fees (for both)

Either via PayPal to:
or by cash by registered mail to:

Lothar Renard
Gruener Weg 8
53498 Bad Breisig

For orders from Europe, the author will contact the purchaser privately to provide bank information.

Familienbuch Modosch Im Banat
und ihrer Filialen Csavos, Fenj, Gad, Schurjan, Todjer, Oredj und Kaptalan

By Johann Porte & Justine Masching

Vorarbeit für ein Familienbuch der katholischen Pfarrgemeinde

MODOSCH IM BANAT und ihrer Filialen Csavos, Fenj, Gad, Schurjan, Todjer, Oredj und Kaptalan

von Johann Porte und Justine Masching, Wien

Geburten von 1781 - 1854
Heiraten von 1783 - 1829
Sterbefälle von 1780 - 1854

Price: 20 € plus postage

For orders in North America:
email Karen Preston

For orders in Europe:
Josef Michels
Spittelbergstr. 11, 78112
St. Georgen, Germany
phone: +0049 7724 7122

Kolut Heimatbuch

Kolut (Serbian Cyrillic: Колут) is a village in Serbia. It is situated in the Sombor municipality, in the West Bačka District, Vojvodina province (the Batschka).

The book was originally published in 1980, but is now out-of-print. In February of 2010, Mr. Thomas Willand created a PDF file with an image copy of the book "Kolut Volume I" by Anton Reppmann.

The zipped PDF of the book is fully searchable. The file is very large - 108 megabytes. The full book can be downloaded here.

If you wish to read the book on-line, there is a web browser-friendly version here, with a link to the Family Names pages.

You can also download an e-pub version of the book (51 megabytes) here.

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