Mailing List Guidelines
Welcome and greetings from The Advisory Group of the Banat Mailing List. Many have found a "cyber family" here that is eager to aid you in your genealogical pursuits. Remember, we were all once beginners and regard no question as being too elementary. However, the archives are easy to search and will usually return a host of answers.
The list, which now has over 600 subscribers, was founded by Bob Madler in February, 1995 to serve as a forum for help and discussion for those interested in Donauschwaben history, customs, and genealogy.
The term Donauschwaben or Danube-Swabians refers to the people who settled
in and around the Danubian (Pannonian) Plain of Eastern Europe following
Austrian conquest over the Ottoman Turks. Beginning in the mid to late
seventeenth century, the Austrian government recruited predominantly
German-speaking settlers from Germany, France, Switzerland, and other
central-european countries to rebuild these areas and further their
interests and influence there. Most of the settlers migrated in groups by
barge down the Donau (Danube) River, embarking from Ulm, Schwaben (Swabia),
Germany; hence the name, Donauschwaben. The two largest settlement areas
were known as Banat and Batschka. After WWI, these areas became part of
Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia.
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