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This site is dedicated to open discussion about the former linguistic island known as Gottschee (Kocevje), Slovenia. You will also find information about Gottscheer geneaology, villages, food, and folklore.

All contributions have been made by our loyal group of participants since the site's inception in 1995.

Welcome, and enjoy your visit.

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Join us for Gottscheer Chat every Sunday night at in the Gottscheer Plauderzimmer and the PZ 2 (login required).

Steve Tschern, stevet@haven.ios.com
Searingtown, New York
Steve's home page.

Pat Kump, 104602.3403@compuserve.com
McKees Rocks, PA
Pat's home page.

Tara Pfreundschuh, tara_pfreundshuh@merck.com
Flemington, NJ
Thanks for the nice comments, Tara!
Matthew Wagner, mwagner@ets.org
Hopewell Twp., NJ
Dad's (Mike's) home page.

Bill Buoy, 74645.1004@compuserve.com
Houston, TX
Bill Buoy's home page; Bill is a fellow ham operator and Webscaping classmate.
Mark Connolly, 73742.3712@compuserve.com
Mechanicville, NY
Mark is taking the Webscaping class from the Albany area.
Mimi Kump, c/o stevet@haven.ios.com
Deposit, NY
One of the original "snowbirds" and mother of the author.
Steven Rocco Marongelli, marongel?steve@corp.uic.com
Binghamton, NY
Former co-worker at the Binghamton Ramada Inn.
Jeff Staudacher, cfbt25a@prodigy.com
Bay City, MI
Thanks for stopping by!
John Turney, turney@flash.net
Albuquerque, NM
Family from Gottschee (family name: Konig)
Tommy Lawing, TLAWING@mail.infoave.net
Charlotte, NC
Tommy's home page (fellow Webscaping classmate)
Terry Dillard, 73727.501@compuserve.com
Birmingham, AL
Terry's home page (another Webscaping alumnus)
Alois Staudacher, staudacher.alois@net4you.co.at
Spittal, Carinthia, Austria
Our first visitor from overseas; viel dank fur deinen E-Mail!
Mike Kroeber, pblu41a@prodigy.com
Bayside, NY
Fiance of Chris Tschern. We're looking forward to your wedding too, Mike! (We don't get out much.)
Laurie Kump, kump@okstate.edu
Edmond, OK
Thanks for visiting, Laurie!
David Gibson, david.gibson@infotech.acu.edu
Abilene, TX
Dave's home page; Dave's a friend of Mike Kroeber and will be in for the big wedding!
Kenneth Garth Kump, docsteam@inquo.net
Orem, Utah
Thanks for visiting Ken, look for more family members here on the visitors' page.
Karen & Ken Hansen, hanphoto@sd.znet.com
Oceanside, CA
Old housemates of Mike Kroeber, the groom!
Scott Mathews, mathewssj@bv.com
Olathe, KS
Hi Scott, will E-Mail you the full-size picture of Gottschee (if I can find it).
Hedy Koenig, hans1649@warwick.net
Milford, PA
Thanks for visiting!
Johnnie B. Kump, media.man@juno.com
Titusville, FL
May share the same great-great-grandparents with the author.
Brian M. Jack, bjtoad@gvi.net
Raytown, MO
Grandparents are William F. Kump and Eve J. Kump.
Lee Ray Staudacher, lstaud@worldnet.att.net
Eagle, ID
Lee has heard of (my grandfather) Peter Staudacher. Mathias Staudacher emigrated from Munich.
Jean Murphy, jean@worf.omn.com
Longmont, CO
Jean is looking for someone in Colorado who speaks Slovenian, or someone in Vipava, Slovenia that speaks English; e-mail her if you can help!
Michael & Andrea Buckingham, 103246.3717@compuserve.com
Mt. Lakes, NJ
Was nice seeing you at the wedding, too!
George Pfreundschuh, friendshoe@aol.com
George and Rosemary are the proud parents of John Pfreundschuh.
John Carter Kump ("Jasper"), socajman@aol.com
Laguna Beach, CA
John is the son of J. B. Kump, and would like to hear from any younger Kumps out there.
Jakob Strovs (was Strauss), jakob.strovs@guest.arnes.si
Jakob has some interesting observations about Kocevje which he visited in 1995; see the Gottschee Page for the details.
Scott R. Anderson, scottanderson@seattle-pi.com
Mukilteo, WA
Scott is related to a Montana branch of the Staudacher family, and is the cousin of Lee Ray Staudacher (above).
Jeff Opett, bqaj13a@prodigy.com
Apalachin, NY
Brother-in-law of the author and daddy of Ryan Opett, age 3.
Greg Edquist (Zadravec), quartz@kode.net
Flint, MI
Greg ran across this web page while surfing geneaology sites.
Emmy Tschern, c/o stevet@haven.ios.com
Searingtown, NY
Thanks for your nice comments, we're glad you're enjoying the home page!
Tim Kump, tk222@vistatech.net
North Carolina
Thanks for visiting!
Timo Staudacher, tstaud@xtension.de
Ulm, Germany
Timo's home page, Timo and all of his family live in Ulm; his dad is half-Finnish. Glad you visited!
William Hambelton, BLANK0@aol.com or Will09@IX.netcom.com.
Upper St. Clair, PA
Bill is a co-worker of the author at US Airways and a wicked darts player.
Lance Hayden Kump, lance@shakespearedc.org
Washington, DC
Great-grandfather was Matthias Kump...possibly same as my great-uncle? Check out the family tree.

Lori Kump, lkbegood@aol.com
Madera, CA
Thanks for visiting Lori!

Frank Primc, pk8efp@planet.eon.net
Edmonton, Alberta
Glad you enjoyed your visit to our home page Frank.
Antonio XISTO Arruda, xisto@brnet.com.br
Brasilia, Brazil
Antonio's home page; you are our first visitor from South America.
Clyde Marlatt (Patty DaBelko Kump's cousin), ClydeRM@aol.com
Cortland, OH
Thanks for signing in Clyde, hello to the DaBelko's of Ohio, and good luck on the golf game.
Helga Krisch Dudley, biscuit@cdsnet.net.
Grants Pass, OR
A fellow Gottscheer originally from Graz, Austria by way of Ridgewood, NY. The author went to school with Helga's brother, Albert Krisch.
Edward & Grace Jonke, jonke@jagunet.com
Glen Arm, MD
The Jonkes' home page (nice fish!); thanks for visiting, fellow Gottscheers.
Christine Arundel, Lednura@aol.com
Middle Village, NY
Christine is half Gottscheer (mother's maiden name is Perz) and belongs to "Die Erste Gottscheer Tanzgruppe" (the dance ensemble) in Ridgewood, NY.
John Clayton Kump, jkump@nmu.edu
Marquette, Michigan
One of the many Gottscheers from Michigan...thanks for visiting John.
Christian Matzelle, cmatzelle@aol.com
Glendale, NY
Christian is active with several Gottscheer organizations in New York.
Tom Stalzer, tstalzer@ix.netcom.com
Glendale, NY
Tom is trying to get a home page together devoted to Gottschee.
Gary Verholtz, 105410.472@compuserve.com
La Verne, CA
Gary is looking for information on the Sovenian name Vrhovec from Visnja Gora.
Bob Schleimer, brs11@ix.netcom.com.
Grafton, OH
Bob's home page; Bob is a fellow Gottscheer from the Buckeye State. Thanks for dropping by.
Thomas E. Dikeman, TEDikeman@juno.com.
Bethpage, Long Island NY
Another "landsmann", Tom's grandmother was born in Klindorf, Gottschee in 1897.
Erich Erker, erkerem@uriel.net.
Pyongtaek, S. Korea
Erich is serving in the US Army, his dad is originally from Gottschee.
James R. Hennessey, jrhenne@aol.com.
Maumee, Ohio
Would like to correspond with anyone who's familiar with Riegel, Unterlag, and Otterbach regions of Gottschee.
Renata Lac, renlac@msn.com
Seattle, WA
Parents are Trudy and Tony Lac of Mahopec, NY. Grandparents are Amalia (Jonke) and Franz Jakomini from Stadt Gottschee.
Greg Staudacher, boopski718@aol.com
Wauwatosa, WI
Thanks for your nice comments Greg! Will add some feelers to the "Can you Help" page for you.
Ziga Kump, bibliotek.burgdorf@spectraweb.ch
CH-3400 Burgdorf, Switzerland
Parents from Slovenia, grandfather was Alexander Kump, born ~1895 in Gottschee.
Doug Kump, dkump@sig.net
Gilmer, TX
Thanks for visiting Doug.
Tommy Kump <hkump@nauticom.net>
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair
So I can climb the golden stair!"
(Yes, this was Tommy's actual comment.)
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Sunday, December 22, 1996 at 19:30:19 (EST)
Kate Loschke Pruente <thegenie@sonnet.com>
My grandfather, Louis Loschke, came from Suchen Nesselthal parish and settled in Kansas City. I am now Treasurer of the Gottscheer Research and Genealogy Assoc. and we are looking for anyone with ancestors from Gottschee. Email me!
Sonora, CA, 95370 USA - Wednesday, December 25, 1996 at 14:16:46 (EST)
Rich Jonke <rjonke@asme.org>
My Family is from Gottschee, and we are now working on a family tree. My Grandparents are Johan Jonke (from Staadt, Gottschee) and Josepfa Koenig (from Schalkendorf). My Paternal grandparents are Johan Jonke (from Seele) and Gretrude Kropf (from Klindorf) Maternal Grandparnets Matthias Koenig and Josefa Kropf (both from Schlakendorf).
Mahopac, NY USA - Wednesday, December 25, 1996 at 19:18:37 (EST)
Andreas Kump <brasil66@magnet.at>
Linz, Upper Austria Austria - Friday, December 27, 1996 at 12:41:21 (EST)
Emmy Tschern <aetschern@worldnet.att.net>
It has been a while since we viewed your web page, and we ar doing so now.
Searingtown, New York USA - Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 20:38:27 (EST)
Joe Krocker (Ed Krocker's Favorite Son) <None Yet>
Our ancestors are from the Rotenstein area. We are finding out more details every week!
Tuscarawas, Ohio USA - Tuesday, December 31, 1996 at 20:13:27 (EST)
Teri Stein (Krocker, Kraker) <jstein@tusco.net>
We are looking for any information about Rotenstein and Komutzen in Gottschee. Our Great Grandparents Johann and Helena Kraker were born there. Their parents were Joseph & Gertrud Kraker and Johann & Magdalena Mausser Kraker.
New Philadelphia, Ohio USA - Tuesday, December 31, 1996 at 21:11:35 (EST)
The Kumps of Ithaca <rdkump@aol.com>
(Okay, Bob, now you have to sign in again with a REAL comment! hwk)
USA - Saturday, January 04, 1997 at 10:11:06 (EST)
James Staudacher <james150@juno.com>
1st time visit.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA - Sunday, January 05, 1997 at 15:05:27 (EST)
Robert Kump <kumpb@juno.com>
I am interested in family history. I am originally from
Glendale NY. My mother Frieda Kump (Kropf) came from Moos
not far from Rieg. My father came from Unterburchbarg.
Thanks for neat Web Page. Hope to make future contributions.
Bob Kump
Nipomo, Ca. USA - Tuesday, January 07, 1997 at 11:00:32 (EST)
Gloria Vincenti <GloriaV@aol.com>
HI! Patty & Helmuth!! I LOVE your Homepage! This stuff is great. I'm pretty new at this but I'm learning alot!! I have some ?'s for you about this stuff. Isn't it ironic, we live next door but I'm contacting you this way! I LOVE technology! Thank-you for the Xmas card, The boys are getting big! HAPPY NEW YEAR & talk to you soon!!!!!!
McKees Rocks, Pa USA - Saturday, January 11, 1997 at 11:27:36 (EST)
Bob Schleimer <brs11@ix.netcom.com>
Signed your guestbook at your old page. My URL has changed, so I figured I'd sign in again.
Looking for Gottscheers from Schalkendorf.
Grafton, Ohio USA - Monday, January 13, 1997 at 19:40:02 (EST)
Bob Schleimer
guess your book doesn't automatically show URL so here it is http://pw1.netcom.com/~brs11/Bob.html
USA - Monday, January 13, 1997 at 19:42:28 (EST)
Benny Lee Kumpe <BigBenK@AOL.com>
Just checked in to see if we could be related. My Great Grandfather
spelled his name John Kump. He was originally from somewhere in
Europe,(Austria I Think). He migrated to Arkansas around the
turn of the century.
Brownfield, TX USA - Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at 01:19:53 (EST)
Maximilian M. Mische <rosswings@aol.com>
I am a technical writer in the software industry by profession. Otherwise, I am firmly committed to
capturing the stories of older Gottscheers about their life experience
in Gottschee - before it too late. I am also keenly involved in researching
my family tree and investigating various aspects of Gottsheer culture
and history (lately, this I am poking around in the Auersperg legacy and
in records of others who have visted and written about Gottschee over
the centuries. So you see I am quite involved.

I regularly publish articles in the Gottschee Tree Geneological Newsletter
and have written small book called "Gottschee Journey: Listening to the
Ghosts" available from the Gottscheer Research and Geneology Assn. of
which I am a director.

Cheers and happy hunting, while never forgetting our ancestry!

Oakland, CA USA - Wednesday, January 29, 1997 at 12:31:10 (EST)
Hans Thaler <john-thaler@prodigy.com>
Meine Frau ist in Poellandl geboren, ich bin ein geborener Salzburger.
Wir haben in Cleveland geheirated und leben seit 1979 in Kalifornien.
Wir besuchen die Gottschee sehr oft. Mir gefaellt es sehr gut dort.
Es hat mich gefreut dass ich diese Seite am Internet gefunden habe.
Herzliche Gruesse,
Hans und Maria Thaler (Kramer).
Thousand Oaks, Kalifornien USA - Thursday, January 30, 1997 at 02:24:43 (EST)
Stanley Davis <smdavis@ccia.com>
This is neat. I'll have to do one of my own. See you at work.
Ellwood City, PA USA - Tuesday, February 11, 1997 at 23:26:40 (EST)
Paul Sandor <psandor@singnet.sg.com>
My mom is Sophie Tramposch of Ridgewood New York. I moved with my wife and four kids to Singapore last year. Any other Gottscheers here?

On the family tree in this website, my best friend in this world is Rudy Kren. My Godson is Bryan Kren.
Singapore, Siongapore - Thursday, February 13, 1997 at 12:28:34 (EST)
James R. Hennessy, M.D. <jrhenne@aol.com>
My grandfather Johann Fink was born in #4 Riegel near Altlag in 1880.
His family was in the same house until 1934 when it burned down.

My grandmother Josepha Fink nee Hutter was born in 1878.

I will correspond with anyone willing to discuss issues of genealogy. I have resources that may be helpful.
Maumee, OH USA - Monday, February 17, 1997 at 09:28:57 (EST)
Kathy russell <kathleen.russell@citicorp.com>
My grandparents were born in Gottschee but moved to Ridgewood, NY.
They were John Stalzer and Rose Luscher Stalzer. Their children
were Emily Stalzer Adelmann, Rudolph Stalzer, Paula Stalzer Russell
(Mom) and John Stalzer. I have read a book on Gottschee, published
by the Gottscheer Relief Organization in 1946 which details the
history of the Gottscheers and each individual village. It is in
both English and German. I would be interested in visiting
Gottschee (Kocevje) one day.
New York, N y USA - Tuesday, February 18, 1997 at 10:30:37 (EST)
William Nehrer <nehrer@scz.ssi1.com>
Gottscheer from maternal side: Erna Poglaien (Hoennigmann)

Soquel, CA USA - Monday, February 24, 1997 at 00:48:55 (EST)
Patricia Staudacher O'Neill <ameon@mindspring.com>
Grandparents lived in Glendale, NY --- George and Lena Staudacher
Parents lived in Richmond Hill, NY --- Peter and May Staudacher
Hendersonville, NC USA - Tuesday, February 25, 1997 at 20:56:10 (EST)
Peter Bell Jr
My mom is Gottschee...I'm looking for any information on the Matzelle
family name. I would also love to find some pictures or books about Gottschee and the different villages there. They originally settled in Ridgewood NY. My mom was Miss Gottschee in 1956. I don't have an E-mail address yet so i'll leave my home...
2528 Old Kings Rd
Catskill,NY 12414
If anyone has any info fell free to write......thanks!

Great Site!
Catskill, NY USA - Wednesday, February 26, 1997 at 10:26:25 (EST)
Peter Bell Jr
My mom is Gottschee...I'm looking for any information on the Matzelle
family name. I would also love to find some pictures or books about Gottschee and the different villages there. They originally settled in Ridgewood NY. My mom was Miss Gottschee in 1956. I don't have an E-mail address yet so i'll leave my home...
2528 Old Kings Rd
Catskill,NY 12414
If anyone has any info feel free to write......thanks!

Great Site!
Catskill, NY USA - Wednesday, February 26, 1997 at 10:27:12 (EST)
Karen and Andy Kromer <AKROMER720@AOL.com>
Enjoyed the visit. Dunke

Karens maiden name is Koenig. Her grandparents were originally from Graz.
We are members of The Eouv club in Cleveland Ohio area. This is an
organization to preserve the Gottscheer heritage.
Strongsville, Oh, 44136 USA - Friday, March 07, 1997 at 21:36:04 (EST)
Bob, Jane McCullough & Girls <baxter@fyi.net>
Great job on the site Helmuth! The pictures of the boys and their artworks is superb, although I did have to heist the autumnleaves background (Gregory) for use in one of my projects. This site gets a place in our bookmark list. I'll check back again soon.
Cranberry Township, PA USA - Saturday, March 08, 1997 at 20:26:43 (EST)
rudy holl <rholl1330@msn.com>
i would have liked to have written something in goscheerisch but i can't spell it...pretty tough if you know what i mean....german i can still handle but this language is strange....have not heard it spoken in some time.....rh
oakville, ontario CANADA - Sunday, March 23, 1997 at 22:18:39 (EST)
Paul Staudacher <paul_staudacher@urbanhelp.com>
My Parents - James and Leah Staudacher, Youngstown, Ohio
My Grandparents - Francis and Marie Staudacher, Hubbard, Ohio
Great Grandparents - Casper and ? Staudacher, Hubbard, Ohio formerly Pittsburgh.

James siblings, Paul, Mineral Ridge, Ohio; William(Bill), Niles, Ohio; Mary Jane Schotch, Warren, Ohio
Highland Village, Texas USA - Saturday, March 29, 1997 at 14:11:48 (EST)
Patricia Staudacher <patricia@hrz.uni-bielefeld.de>
Here are some informations about my family-tree:
father:Dr. Bernd Staudacher, born in Dessau, Germany;
grandpa: Wilhelm Josef Staudacher, his sister Anna and his brother Walther, his two sons Jürgen and Dieter
Bielefeld, Germany - Tuesday, April 01, 1997 at 16:58:46 (EST)
Matt Alan Staudacher <mas9@axe.humboldt.edu>

I was searching the internet for other Staudachers and came upon your site. I don't know much about my families history on my father's side. His name is Kenneth and his father was Carl Staudacher. They both lived in Michigan many years. Could we be related?
Thanks for your time,

Matt Staudacher
Arcata , California USA - Sunday, April 06, 1997 at 20:13:59 (EDT)
Mary Kump Byrnes <mkbyrnes@eecs.berkeley.edu>
I'm so excited to find your site! I too am a Kump. My father's
name was Peter Kump (he died 6 years ago on the 6th of April).
His father's name was Ernest Kump. My grandmother's name was
Mary (Petche) Kump. Both of my grandparents came from
Gottscheer. I have been in touch with my mother to tell her
that I have found you on the web. Mom is full of stories about
my dad's family - stories which include names that everyone
else is mentioning here on your site.

If I get any response from this Email of mine, I'll write
back with 'tid-bits' about what my mom can recall. Are all
the rest of the Kumps as eccentric as my family is? Architects
artists, and chefs! Do we have some stories about the family
or what!

My dad's brother's name is Ernest jr. He lives in Switzerland.
My cousin Peter C. Kump lived in NY but recently died. I
have a brother and sister here in Calif. I also have one
cousin here in the state.

Keep in touch. I'd love to find out more about my family.

Mary (Kump) Byrnes
Berkeley, CA USA - Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 14:11:19 (EDT)
George E. Staudacher <gnhstaud@aol.com>
send infor for geneology search.
Grass VAlley , ca.95949 USA - Sunday, April 13, 1997 at 22:56:15 (EDT)
George Staudacher <GnH Staud@aol.com>
I would like to know who was Maria 's father
USA - Sunday, April 13, 1997 at 23:50:05 (EDT)
John W. Krauland <jkrauland@msn.com>
Hello cousin Helmuth
I am a hobby genealogist born and raised in Ridgewood where my sister
still lives. We are distant cousins from a Kump-Nick Roschitsch line that
goes back to Schaeflein and Tschernembl. Also third cousin to Heinrich
Tscherne. Related also to Hermann Rom. We Gottscheers are practically
all related. Will E-mail you shortly to exchange more info. Your readers should
consider subscribing to the Gottschee Tree and joining the GRGA if they have
not already done so.

Hewlett, NY USA - Saturday, April 19, 1997 at 09:50:08 (EDT)
Lee Nelson Kump <lnkump@mwbb.com>
I am the son of Charles Leonard Kump and Barbara Ellen Howard. I understand my father's parents, Frank (born 1885) and Mary Nevak (born 1886) were from Eastern Europe (Hungary, perhaps), and came to the U.S. around 1910.
Richmond, Virginia USA - Thursday, April 24, 1997 at 21:47:37 (EDT)
Arnold Hans Morscher <axm11@po.cwru.edu>
Greeting to Gottscheer's and Morschers around the world.
Rocky River, OH USA - Sunday, April 27, 1997 at 18:20:58 (EDT)
Glen Schauer <Glenschau@aol.com>
I am very happy to find this site. My Father, Victor Schauer, was born in Gottschee and lives now in Cleveland as does his sister Pauline, and brother Alfred. I am interested in learning more about the history and culture of Gottschee.
Weehawken, NJ USA - Sunday, April 27, 1997 at 23:06:21 (EDT)
Frank Stalzer <franzl@bestweb.net>
Looking for Gottscheer souvenirs? E-mail me for information on the original "Gottschee" T-shirts, coffee mugs, license frames and lapel pins. Also, I have a large selection of German and Austrian music on CD's and cassettes.
Cold Spring, NY USA - Tuesday, April 29, 1997 at 01:34:57 (EDT)
Marion Spreitzer Whaley <Lofay@aol.com>
Am researching the Spreitzers from Doblitsch and Tusev Dol, and the Stalzers from Naklo,Austria. The Spreitzer family came to America in 1864 and settled in Glasgow, MO.
San Diego, CA USA - Tuesday, April 29, 1997 at 11:27:06 (EDT)
Zarifa Janez <JanezZ@hotmail.com>
I'm studying in Cyprus For 4 years
Nova Gorica, Slovenija - Wednesday, April 30, 1997 at 12:31:02 (EDT)
Lorraine Prince <lorraine.prince@sap-ag.de>
Hello -
I'm the daughter of Ethel Gertrude Kump, grandaughter of Friederich Kump and Mary Meditz. Each emmigrated separately from Gottschee around 1905 to the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn. His stepbrother's name was Josef. His sisters were Mary and Emily (or Amelia) . He had a cousin also named Friederich, called Fritz.
You may have gotten some of this info from my cousin Maureen Kump Poller.
Collingswood, NJ USA - Saturday, May 03, 1997 at 13:00:32 (EDT)
Bill Peternel <bpetern@concentric.net>
Gotscheer once removed. Both paternal grandparents [Jacob Peternel and Josephine Schauer] left Gotschee in the mid 1890's and settled in Gallup, New Mexico. There was [still is?] a large Gotscheer presence in Gallup.
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 06:59:09 (EDT)
Helmut Mausser <mausserh@colorado.edu>
It's great to see a Gottscheer web site! My father is Ernst Mausser (Ebental) and mother is Stefie Tscherne (Seele). I'll mention this site to all the Gottscheers back home in Kitchener, Ontario.
Boulder, CO USA - Sunday, May 11, 1997 at 19:07:56 (EDT)
Christine Tramposch <envirotech@msn.com>
My father was born in Gottschee. I was always interested in his (and so mine) ancestors. I am amazed how much I can find here!
Litchfield Park, Arizona USA - Monday, May 12, 1997 at 14:47:07 (EDT)
Sonja Kroisenbrunner-Biselli <sbiselli@karmax.com>
I am only one-half Gottscheer - my mother is Annemarie Kroisenbrunner nee Mausser (her parents are Walter Mausser of Ebental and Marie Petsche of Setsch). My father is Austrian from the province Steiermark. Helmut Mausser who signed in just previously is my cousin once removed. For information on the Mausser family tree, don't hesitate to contact me.
Kitchener, Ontario Canada - Monday, May 12, 1997 at 15:46:27 (EDT)
Frank Stonitsch <fstonits@unionky.edu>
Hi! Great to see the Gottscheers on the net! I'm 2nd generation Gottschee from Glendale N.Y. My Grandfather on my fathers side is from Unterdertschau (Ludwig Stonitsch) grandmother from Otterbuch. On my mothers side, her father is from Lichtenbach (John Kump) grandma from Rieg (Anna Kump). I am currently head coach of a college swim team in Kentucky and am finishing my masters degree.
Barbourville, Kentucky USA - Monday, May 12, 1997 at 22:07:47 (EDT)
Rudy Schoenhoeffer <thelrack@golden.net>
Great site!! My mother was a Sigmund from Ebental.
Our Gottscheers around here belong to the Alpen-Klub in Kitchener. Mytwo sons and I belong to the dance groups there. "thelrack" in our e-mail refers to our lederhosen business. I will put this site in my "Favourites" right away!!
Waterloo, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, May 13, 1997 at 14:09:38 (EDT)
Joe Hogler <jhogler@concentric.net>
Great web page--thanks for putting it online!
Does anyone have any information (maps, pictures, stories) about Neulag and Kukendorf they like to share?

Omaha, Nebraska USA - Tuesday, May 13, 1997 at 23:48:34 (EDT)
John Turney <turney@flash.net>
Following the last comment, does anyone have any information (maps, pictures, stories) about Ort they would like to share? And as always Helmuth, the site only gets better with age!!
Albuquerque, NM USA - Wednesday, May 14, 1997 at 12:12:48 (EDT)
Adolph Eppich <aeppich@compserv.senecac.on.ca>
Excited to discover the Gottsheer on the web.

Greetings and best wishes to all my fellow Gottscheer out in cyberspace.

Ebental ischt vor longer zeit a shenes dorfle gebahn.
Markham, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, May 14, 1997 at 17:08:31 (EDT)
Art Hermsdorfer, Jr. <hermsdorfers@sprintmail.com>
I was born in Cleveland, OH 1943--My father had 2 close friends--Rudy and Billy Kump, who were brothers--both excellent accordian players. Any connection with your family?
Memphis, TN USA - Tuesday, May 20, 1997 at 13:20:30 (EDT)
Guenther Roethel <gunnynt@aol.com>
It's good to see so many gottscheers. My parents, Marianne and Herbert,
and brother, Gerhard, still reside in Glendale, NY. Luckily we can
navigate thru the web for them to enjoy this.

Lake Mary, FL USA - Tuesday, May 20, 1997 at 14:25:13 (EDT)
This is great!
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA - Tuesday, May 20, 1997 at 22:48:02 (EDT)
Mary Phoenik <phoenix@fyi.com>
Very impressive! Since I am a new-born to the net, I am very impressed with your page. Bravo. I enjoyed your photos. The kids look great. Say hello to Patty.
Wexford, PA USA - Wednesday, May 21, 1997 at 21:37:38 (EDT)
Dr. Alfred John Schutte' <charlyo@msn.com>
Pleased to access Gottschee information-My family was from Unterlag, Bresowicz, and Unterdeutsche.
Malverne, NY 11565 USA - Thursday, May 22, 1997 at 13:40:03 (EDT)
Loretta V. Bell (Matzelle) <netbell@warwick.net>
If anyone has any information on the Matzelle family history, PLEASE e-mail me. Thanks.
Yulan, NY USA - Friday, May 23, 1997 at 11:46:30 (EDT)
Loretta V. Bell <netbell@warwick.net>
I previously asked if anyone had any information on the Matzelle family. I would also love to hear from anyone who knows my mom and dad...Vera & Peter Bell. My mother (Veronika Matzelle) was Miss Gottschee in 1956...as my brother Pete mentioned in his message. My parents owned the PINE HILL LODGE in Highland Lake, NY from 1961 through 1984.

This is definitely a cool site...it brings back alot of memories and takes me back to my childhood in Ridgewood (i.e., Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, German School, St. Mathias, etc..)!
Yulan, Sullivan County, NY USA - Sunday, May 25, 1997 at 20:58:14 (EDT)
Wendy Jaklitsch <wendy@abscess.com>
Keep up the good work...
Gaithersburg, MD USA - Friday, June 06, 1997 at 00:18:33 (EDT)
Randy <clemina@geocities.com>
nice to see a room that has some nice people.
Visit my place it is also nice
Clemina, B.C. Canada - Friday, June 06, 1997 at 16:04:51 (EDT)
Anita Kump <bruce@kw.igs.net>
Long live Gottschee!
Greetings from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Hope to see you at the annual Gottscheer Treffen in Kitchener
on August 30th 1997.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada - Monday, June 09, 1997 at 20:16:18 (EDT)
Son of Maria Erker (geb.Fink), Neulag, and Edgar J. Erker, Stadt Gottschee.
DESOTO, TEXAS USA - Thursday, June 12, 1997 at 21:17:32 (EDT)
Maryanne Kikel Zielinski <zielim1@pfizer.com>
It's great having a "roots" web page! My parents are Louis Kikel, Altlag, and Mary Koenig, Schalkendorf. I'm very interested in tracking paternal grandparents who died very young, Alois Kikel and Anna Hoegler (I think there are Hoeglers in Cleveland).
Glendale , NY USA - Tuesday, June 17, 1997 at 15:50:27 (EDT)
J. Hinton <jim736@frontiernet.net>
Gottscheer Country Club Walden New York

Dear Friends:
The Gottscheer Country Club, Walden invites you to it's annual picnic on Sunday, July 13th. There will be food, drinks, homemade cake and coffee, also there will be a field Mass. Starting at 10:00 AM.
Live music- The Celebration Band.
Hope to see you.
Secretary, Gottscheer Country Club

For more information E-Mail me
Walden, NY USA - Wednesday, June 18, 1997 at 14:58:08 (EDT)
John Manthey <John1931@aol.com>
I was amazed to find this site. My paternal grandmother was Magdalena Staudacher who was born in Neugereuth and migrated to the United States before the turn of the century. She married and settled in Ridgewood, NY where she and Anton Manthey raised their family of five children. I was also raised in Ridgewood, attending St. Aloysius church. I toured Germany and Austria last summer and met with my father's cousins, Ingrid Staudacher in Berlin and Liselotte Staudacher in Salzburg. I'm pleased to find more Staudachers.
Copiague, New York USA - Thursday, June 19, 1997 at 15:38:27 (EDT)
edward fink <brdbaker@earthlink.net>
My father is named Joseph, born in 1923 in neulag, he has brothers gustaf,herbert,erich,and sister maria This is his first time on the internet! He is amazed!
alameda, ca USA - Monday, June 23, 1997 at 13:19:31 (EDT)
Brigitte Logar Crispino <rcrispino@snet.net>
I'm searching for information regarding my uncle, Franz Logar that was born on June 18, 1890.
Watertown, CT USA - Friday, June 27, 1997 at 21:47:58 (EDT)
Alfred J. Sturm <SturmAJ@aol.com>
Hello. My sister Marian and myself (Alfred) are the children of John Sturm and Maria Sturm geb. Hutter both born in Dorf Mrauen.
We children were raised in Ridgewood, NY and attended St. Matthias School. Its wonderful to see how many Gottscheers are coming together via
E_Mail. Keep up the good work and always remember our heritage.
Sarasota, Florida USA - Tuesday, July 01, 1997 at 04:05:43 (EDT)
Arnold R.M. Rom <armr@gte.net>
Interesting sight. I promise to look in on all you people every now and then.

So long for now.
Bellevue, WA USA - Sunday, July 06, 1997 at 16:55:23 (EDT)
Rose Lazzara <rose.lazzara@tddny.fujitsu.com>
Father Alois Schager, mother Ida Matzelle.
Nanuet, NY USA - Wednesday, July 09, 1997 at 16:42:56 (EDT)
Anne Bridges Gavin <agavin@cats.ucsc.edu>
I was sure happy to find this site. I am a cousin of Mary Kump Byrnes who logged on earlier. My mother was Ramonda Kump Bridges and her father Ernest Joseph Kump, currently of Austria.
Santa Cruz, CA USA - Thursday, July 10, 1997 at 17:23:15 (EDT)
David S Kump <David.Kump@PSS.Boeing.com>
Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Always looking for further history on the Kump family name. I am willing to share what information we have obtained through the years. If anyone has any additional information, I would greatly appreciate it.
Phone# (253)564-5048
University Place, Washington USA - Friday, July 11, 1997 at 21:26:48 (EDT)
Arnold Rom <armrpops@att.net>
I was here before. Just noticed that I left the wrong e-mail address. So now I have corrected this. Really like this Web Site. Hope to hear from other Gottscheers. Was forced to leave Gottschee in 1942 at age 9.
Bellevue, WA USA - Thursday, July 17, 1997 at 03:00:33 (EDT)
Annemarie Lesar Schuler <schulerc@aol.com>
daughter of Louis J. Lesar the barber, sister of Frank Lesar
New Hyde Park, NY USA - Saturday, July 19, 1997 at 21:48:31 (EDT)
Heidi Stimpfel Fahl <schulerc@aol.com>
does anyone know the whereabouts of family of Heinrich Kump originally from Otterbach?
Montgomery , NY USA - Saturday, July 19, 1997 at 21:51:47 (EDT)
Frank Petsche <petsche@ibm.net>
My parents, Erna and Franz, emigrated to Ridgewood after WWII. My sisters Ellen Nick (Tappan NY) and Lori Ann Taylor (Glendale NY) and my brother John (Norwood PA) all grew up on Putnam Ave. BTW I also went to St. Matthias with Helmuth K and Albert Krisch. I just returned from visiting a great friend Frank Samide (Glendale NY) a classmate as well.
Round Rock, TX USA - Sunday, July 20, 1997 at 17:05:33 (EDT)
Richard Voigt <realtorric@aol.com>
My grandmother was Aloisia (Louise)Kraker, born in Altfreisach in 1896, her mother was Maria Kraker, nee KUMP.
Rockville, MD USA - Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at 11:19:55 (EDT)
Elaine Clamser (formerly Kump) <Elaine_Clamser@ces.ncsu.edu>
Interesting site. All my grandparents (John Kump, Pauline
Wittreich, Rudolph Kobetitsch, Teresa Lobe) came from Gottschee
at the beginning of the century, settled in Ridgewood, NY.
Hendersonville, NC USA - Thursday, July 24, 1997 at 14:34:00 (EDT)
Margaret Bridges <mb7g@virginia.edu>
My grandfather is Ernest Joseph Kump, son of Mary Petschi(sp?)
Kump and Ernest Kump, who both emigrated to California around the
turn of the century. This is all very interesting!

Charlottesville, VA, Virginia USA - Friday, July 25, 1997 at 16:14:31 (EDT)
Karin Erickson <karin.erickson@MCI2000.com>
My parents are Rudolph and Ingeborg Weber of Cleveland, OH. I found out about this site from my uncle, Arnold Rom (my mom's brother). It's interesting to see how many names in this visitors log look familiar to me!
Woodbury, MN USA - Sunday, July 27, 1997 at 18:52:21 (EDT)
Barbara Esp <barbaraesp@usa.net>
I just joined the association and I think your page is terrific. I'm researching my great grandparents -- Johann Jaklitsch and Catherine Stark. They arrived from Gottschee 1896/97. They settled in Brooklyn and later in Ridgewood, New York.

Thank you.
Manorville, New York USA - Monday, July 28, 1997 at 21:48:14 (EDT)
JIMMY <jim736@frontiernet.net>
Hi Again I want to welcome everyone

Dear Friends:
The Gottscheer Country Club, Walden,NY invites you to its annual Schlachfest Sunday, September 7th. There will be food, drinks, homemade cake and coffee, starting at 10:00 A.M. Live music by the
The Celebration Band.

Hope to see you.
Gottscheer Country Club

I am the Secretary if I can be of further assistance E-Mail me
Thanks Again JIMMY
Montgomery , New York USA - Saturday, August 02, 1997 at 18:13:57 (EDT)
Kathleen Gliebe <kgliebe@msn.com>
I have a great deal of information on GLIEBE and EPPICH lines going back to the early 1700s.
Richmond, VA USA - Tuesday, August 05, 1997 at 17:50:47 (EDT)
My maternal grandparents are from Lienfeld (Anna Preiditsch) & Hornberg (Josef Wolf). My mother was born in Bresice.
New York, NY USA - Monday, August 11, 1997 at 16:20:12 (EDT)
I live in region where a lot of your grand grand .... parents are born.
STARI TRG OB KOLPI, CRNOMELJ, SLOVENIA - Wednesday, August 13, 1997 at 08:28:25 (EDT)
Greg Kump <kump@pacbell.net>
I'm originally from Elko, Nevada, where most of my family currently resides. Great Grandfather name was Jake Kump who is buried in Utah. You have a real nice web page.
Walnut Creek, California USA - Wednesday, August 13, 1997 at 14:44:33 (EDT)
Frank Roethel <FROETHEL@ix.netcom.com>
I am the greatgrandson of GEORG and MARGARETHE ROTHEL (Graflinden, Gottschee) and the grandson of Franz Rothel (FRANK ROETHEL) and Elizabeth Hutter from Ridgewood, NY.
Selden, New York USA - Friday, August 15, 1997 at 16:58:15 (EDT)
lynn lewis <1940@webtv.>
Princess Ce nedra
hamiton, ohio USA - Tuesday, September 02, 1997 at 21:37:55 (EDT)
Ron Stalzer <ron@futureone.com>
Looking for STALZER's

Tempe, AZ USA - Saturday, September 06, 1997 at 02:52:47 (EDT)

WAINWRIGHT, OHIO USA - Wednesday, September 10, 1997 at 20:07:38 (EDT)
John Majerle <jamajerl@ingr.com>
I ran across your page while looking for spelling variations for my
family name, Majerle. I was wondering if "Maierle" might be derived
from the same name. My family immigrated from the villiage of
Predgrad in the early 1900's. Could we be related to the Franz Maierle
mentioned on the map of Unterbuchberg bei Nesselthal? I can provide
more family history details if anyone thinks they might be able to help me


John Majerle
Huntsville, AL USA - Wednesday, October 01, 1997 at 17:29:10 (EDT)
Robert J. Nick <robert.nick@gepex.ge.com>
Hi. I'm from Glendale/Ridgewood, NY originally. My parents are Irma Poje from Lienfeld and Edward Nick from Buechel. I was active in the German American School Assoc., Blau-Weiss Gottschee soccer as well as the Brooklyn Knaben unnd Maedchen Chor. I'm living in Indiana now but will be moving to Boston soon and was interested in hearing from any other Gottscheers in the Boston area.
Mt. Vernon, Indiana USA - Saturday, October 04, 1997 at 13:56:30 (EDT)
Mona Marie Solar <MMS9111@aol.com>
My grandmother, Bertha Moschner (Kraker), was from Langenton, Gottschee.
She was born on October 5th, 1916 and was the wife of Johann Moschner who was from Pollandl, Gottschee.
They came to the USA in 1952 and have resided in Ridgewood, NY ever since. They have one daughter- Marianne Moschner married to Franc Solar.
Bertha (Kraker) Moschner's parents names were Franz & Rosalia Kraker and were also from Langenton.
Bertha Moschner is now 81 years old and is very healthy and happy and would love to hear from anyone who would like to respond or has any info. on her family. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!!!

Her grandaughter,

Mona Solar
Ridgewood, NY USA - Tuesday, October 14, 1997 at 22:59:53 (EDT)
Bernhard Wenzel-Stonitsch <munich@netrover.com>
Hello Gottscheers!
I stumbled across your website by accident. It's so nice to see you out there still carry the 'alte Heimat' in your hearts.
My family is also from Gottschee. The name is Stonitsch. My grandfather was the jeweler and watchmaker, with the store near the church in Gottschee.
The family is Austrian from Vienna and Villach. The Wenzel family from Lilienfeld. The Wenzel family also had relatives in Mosswald.
Unfortunately most of my family has passed away. My Mother ' Edith' was born in Gottschee in 1914, her brother Erich in 1927. My grandfather Joseph died in 1944.
After WWII my family had lost contact with all relatives. If anyone out there knows anything about my family please write to me snailmail, (My E-mail is unreliable, it loses messages)
I would very much appreciate your help. Thank's Gottscheers. I'll check this page regularly from now on. GLAD I FOUND YOU!
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Sunday, October 19, 1997 at 22:37:15 (EDT)
Helmuth Kump <hkump@nauticom.net>
Gottscheers: kindly read this message about a possible new Gottschee information page. Thanks.
Oakdale, PA USA - Thursday, October 23, 1997 at 08:46:02 (EDT)
John Tschinkel <JTschin413@aol.com>

I was born in Masern, Slovenia in 1931, experienced the resettlement in 1941, lived in annexed Slovenia until we were expelled by Tito in 1945. I came to the US in 1950, was a soldier in the US Army and got several engineering degrees from at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. After a successful career, 27 years as a VP in several engineering firms with world wide connections, I retired in 1996 to write my memoirs on the traumatic events of my childhood. I still speak Gottscheer, Slovene and German fluently. Be glad to answer questions and send information on the 1933-1945 period to those interested. animmigrated in 1950 as a boy of 19.
27 Upland Road , New York,11020 USA - Friday, October 24, 1997 at 19:14:32 (EDT)
John Tschinkel <JTschin413@aol.com>

I was born in Masern, Slovenia in 1931, experienced the resettlement in 1941, lived in annexed Slovenia until we were expelled by Tito in 1945. I came to the US in 1950, was a soldier in the US Army and got several engineering degrees from at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. After a successful career, 27 years as a VP in several engineering firms with world wide connections, I retired in 1996 to write my memoirs on the traumatic events of my childhood. I still speak Gottscheer, Slovene and German fluently. Be glad to answer questions and send information on the 1933-1945 period to those interested.
27 Upland Road , New York,11020 USA - Friday, October 24, 1997 at 19:15:37 (EDT)
Great chat room, I really like it.
USA - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 00:02:59 (EST)
Great chat room, I really like it.
USA - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 00:07:20 (EST)
BRENT <bbecroft@tea.tower.co.nz>
It is a beautiful day here in Auckland at the moment, in fact every day.
Auckland, New Zealand - Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 21:01:36 (EST)
David Staudacher <quiet@igc.org>
Nice site! There are lots of Staudacher's in Michigan. More than anywhere else outside Germany.
Southfield, MI USA - Sunday, November 16, 1997 at 16:51:20 (EST)
Dorothy May Baker <DBaker206@aol.com>
My mother was Esther Daisy Staudacher born to John Mathias Staudacher and Margaret Arquette Staudacher in Choate ,Mi.
Aug.7,1898 she had 3brothers and 2 sisters all moved to a MT homestead in 1910 would love to hear from cusins out there or any one with Genealogy info about theStaudachers Great si
Edmonds, Washington USA - Tuesday, November 18, 1997 at 20:27:37 (EST)
Thomas Matzelle <matzelle@ulb.ac.be>
I was born in Ibbenburen, Germany (1970), I am working now as a physicist at the Free University of Brussels, my fathers name is Walter, my grandfathers name is Franz. Is there anybody having some informations about the history of the family "Matzelle"?
Brussels, Belgium - Wednesday, November 19, 1997 at 06:13:04 (EST)
Peter Matzelle <matzellp@sjumusic>
Liebe Landsleuter........
I am a twenty year old Gottscheer that is proud to say so. The young Gottscheers out there must keep this going by joining clubs and getting involved. Longa laben Gottscheerbascha leiter.....
Glendale, New York USA - Tuesday, November 25, 1997 at 17:26:42 (EST)
John Krauland <lienfeld@worldnet.att.net>
Happy Thanksgiving to all you Gottscheers out there. I have found several relatives on this site including Helmut. My Email address has changed. It is now: lienfeld@worldnet.att.net.
My parents both came from the other side after World War I. The main towns of their ancestors were:
Krauland: Lienfeld, Windischdorf
Rom: Schwarzenbach, Moesel, Lichtenbach
Maurin: Mitterbuchberg, Suchen
Kump: Turn, Tanzbuechel, Warmberg
My wife Dorothy grew up in Gottschee. They had a vineyard in Maierle. Her background is :
Maurin: Unterdeutschau.
Kotze and Fugina: Altenmarkt (Stari Trg), Tscheplach
Prelz: Bresowitz, Preriegel Rodik by Trieste
Rom: Tanzbuechel, Buechel
John and Dorothy Krauland
Hewlett, NY USA - Thursday, November 27, 1997 at 09:00:25 (EST)
Richard & Linda Mezic <RNLMEZIC@AOL.COM>
My mother's maiden name was "Rom"
Glendale, New York USA - Friday, November 28, 1997 at 22:57:23 (EST)
Linda Tscherne <Linda_Tscherne@jpmorgan.com or LTSCHERNE@aol.com>
Great Web Page! HI Helmuth and Bob! We got to have a family reunion one of these days!!!
Middle Village, NY USA - Sunday, November 30, 1997 at 19:38:46 (EST)
Wendy Tyrol <wtyrol@phrusa.org>
Great site! My grandfather, John Kobetitsch (1907-1995) came from Gotschee when he was in his teens and settled in Queens, NY. It's eerie (but in a good way!) to see the names that I heard in his house: Kump, Petschauer, Tromposch...
Boston, MA USA - Wednesday, December 03, 1997 at 11:19:12 (EST)
Karin Rosner <krosner@asan.com>
Proud granddaughter of Josef and Antonia Hutter of Stadt Gottschee.
Bronx, NY USA - Friday, December 05, 1997 at 12:02:34 (EST)
Anita Kump <lkump@nonline.net>
My father is Adolf Kump of Katzendorf Gottschee.
The Kump family sends greetings to all Gottscheers worldwide.
Merry Christmas and all the best in 1998!
Kitchener, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, December 10, 1997 at 18:07:37 (EST)
Die Schlauberger <DieSchlau@aol.com>
Two of our band members are of Gottscheer background and are involved in several Gottscheer organizations in Ridgewood. Great web site.
Ridgewood, NY USA - Thursday, December 11, 1997 at 16:31:39 (EST)
Ken Petschauer <Kencfii@aol.com>
Glendale, NY USA - Monday, December 15, 1997 at 17:33:55 (EST)
Arthur Mausser <TheArtMan7@aol.com>
Ich bin ganz durstig! Kann ich nur ein Glas Puntigammer haben?
Cleveland---->>>>Memphis, OH------>>>>>TN USA - Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at 08:24:07 (EST)
Charles Merkelz (Merkelc on Gottshee records) <merkelz@eden.com>
My father, Franz Merkelc, was born in 1890, Neuberg #8, in parish of Tschermoschnitz. Baptismal record states ANDREAS KUMP, resident, as sponsor. He is not listed in Kump family tree. Perhaps there is a relationship. Other Gottshee names with family ties are Kapsch, Petschauer, Grill. Am attempting geneology research.
San Antonio, Texas USA - Friday, December 19, 1997 at 14:04:19 (EST)
Bernadette & Maria (sisters) <detteberna@worldnet.att.net>
Hope to chat soon.
Glendale, N.Y. USA - Sunday, December 21, 1997 at 18:48:13 (EST)
Koenig, Jerry <koenig@spawar.navy.mil>
Father born in Altlag 1904-1986
Mother (Schober) born in Cleveland, Ohio 1906; parents from Seele
Interested in contacting relatives; obtaining family history.

Charleston, SC USA - Wednesday, December 24, 1997 at 13:59:15 (EST)
John Peitler <Jpeit@aol.com>
would like info for town of eben where my father came from
Middle Village, New York USA - Thursday, December 25, 1997 at 20:03:18 (EST)
Rudy Kikel <RudyK@aol.com>
Son of Rudolf Kikel (from Seele) and Pauline (Staudacher) Kikel (from Mitterdorf); brother to Joan Kikel, the first ŒMiss Gottschee.¹ A 27-poem sequence on three generations of Gottscheers is in my most recent book, ŒPeriod Pieces.¹ E-mail me for more information.
Boston, Mass. USA - Sunday, December 28, 1997 at 00:08:43 (EST)
Carlene Davis Basped <UGFW70A>
I was very surprised to see your site. I've been researching my family and am looking for my KUMP relatives that came here from the Gottschee region.
Carmichael, CA USA - Thursday, January 01, 1998 at 20:28:55 (EST)
Erich Stalzer <bacdock@aol.com>
Love the web site and would always love to hear from any Stalzer's, especially with any history of the Gottschee people........
Agoura, CA USA - Saturday, January 03, 1998 at 20:29:05 (EST)
Arnold Hans Morscher <axm11@po.cwru.edu>
Hi, I am Arnold H. Morscher, son of Arnold Morscher of the
City of Gottschee. My dad's father was Joseph Morscher, who
was married to Paula Morscher (Sturm). Joseph and Paula ran
a meat business in Gottschee.

Rocky River, OH USA - Sunday, January 04, 1998 at 16:02:06 (EST)
Lee Staudacher <lstaud@worldnet.att.net>
My NEW home page! Have visited before - just wanted to add my HOME
page to the LOG! Your site makes mine look very primitive - like the tables = guest BOOK!

I hope to add a FAMILY TREE some time to my HOME page!


Lee Staudacher
Eagle ZIP 83616 (Near Boise, Idaho, Idaho USA - Tuesday, January 06, 1998 at 12:41:19 (EST)
Klaus Reinhard <klaus@mfi.net>
My grandmother came from Gottschee (Mary Dallo) born 1885 fathers name David Dallo mothers name Aloisie Tanke
Ft McCoy , Fl 32134 USA - Wednesday, January 07, 1998 at 06:56:56 (EST)



LAKE WORTH, FL USA - Thursday, January 08, 1998 at 11:54:52 (EST)
Erwin Kump <TScott3641@aol.com>
Erwin Kump, 62, son of Andrew Kump from Poelsch, Gottschee. Displaced from Gottschee in 1940. Emigrated to U.S. in 1952. Would like to hear from other Kumps.
Joliet, Illinois USA - Monday, January 12, 1998 at 21:00:29 (EST)
Erwin Kump <TScott3641@aol.com>
Erwin Kump, 62, son of Andrew Kump from Poelsch, Gottschee. Displaced from Gottschee in 1940. Emigrated to U.S. in 1952. Would like to hear from other Kumps.
Joliet, Illinois USA - Monday, January 12, 1998 at 21:01:05 (EST)
Timothy Scott Kump <TScott3641@aol.com>
Greetings to all the great Kumps of the world!
Joliet, Illinois USA - Monday, January 12, 1998 at 21:09:43 (EST)
Lilly McGowan <McLimarie@aol.com>
Hello to all you Gottscheers! I'm the daughter of Frieda Rom and Alois Samide. Any relatives out there?
Glendale, NY USA - Thursday, January 15, 1998 at 00:26:21 (EST)
Deutschmann, Barry
I am researching the Deutschmann family name. Towns where
we come from in Gottschee are Oberdeutschau, Maierle, and
Suchen bei Nesselthal.
My wife's mother is Erna Krisch from Moos. Have info on
family also.
Snailmail only. 65 Middle Road, Lake George, NY 12845

Lake George, N.Y. USA - Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 20:08:08 (EST)
Daniel Emil Stapel <falconteamyahoo.com>
I am the grandson of mathias Kobetitsch who was born in Thurn,Gottschee,Austria on 10 July 1876. Died 6 April 1949.
I am 48 years old and I am interested in finding information ab
about my decendants. I would appreciate any information you
my have about how I can do this.

Thank you,

Daniel Emil Stapel
Augusta, NJ USA - Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 20:41:24 (EST)
Michael Gerbitz <SNORTSTER@msn.com>

My parents came from Rieg, and I was checking out Gottscheer web sites,just figured I'd say " HI "
Smithtown, NY USA - Tuesday, January 27, 1998 at 17:43:55 (EST)
Avonne Schober <avonnep@worldnet.att.net>
Once Married to a Gotteschee. My daughter will be very interested in this sight since she knows little of her hertiage except from her Grandmother who fled to Austria and in '52 immigrated to the US.
Littleton, CO USA - Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at 17:43:34 (EST)
Koenig, Jerry <koenig@spawar.navy.mil>
Parents and childhood from Cleveland, Ohio
Charleston, SC USA - Friday, January 30, 1998 at 00:45:27 (EST)
Johann Jonke <jrjonke@EUnet.at>
Gruesse alle Gottscheer !
leider spreche ich nur Deutsch
Ich stamme Aus Verdreng


A-9300 St.Veit an der Glan Scheifling 17, Carinthia Austria - Monday, February 02, 1998 at 07:17:49 (EST)
Johann Jonke <jrjonke@EUnet.at>
Ich stamme aus Verdreng

Jonke Vulgo (Schmisch)

Gruesse aus Österreich

A- 9300 St.Veit an der Glan Scheifling 17, Carinthia Austria - Monday, February 09, 1998 at 10:22:19 (EST)
Margit Jury (Windischmann) <mejmgj@aol.com>
Great to see a web site for us Gottscheers, even though I'm only half.

Glendale, New York USA - Monday, February 09, 1998 at 20:40:43 (EST)
Helmuth Kump <hwk@best.com>
This is a test posting.

Margit: the question is, which half?
Oakdale, PA USA - Thursday, February 12, 1998 at 21:40:28 (GMT)
Christa Mary Sidman <Csidman@aol.com>
Love to meet other NYC Gottcheers who know where to look for genealogy info!
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 03:42:43 (GMT)
Frances H. Coody <sooners85@worldnet.att.net>
I'm searching for family history on my grandparents, Jacob Peternel and Josephine Hoferle Schauer. Jacob was originally from around Laibach, Austria, now Ljbyana, Yugoslavia. Josephine was from the Gottschee area, born in Altlag, I believe. Both immigrated separately and met and married in the Territory of New Mexico, town of Gallup. If you have any info, please contact me. Thanks!

Oklahoma City, OK USA - Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 03:43:47 (GMT)
USA - Saturday, February 21, 1998 at 01:15:03 (GMT)
Erika Kump <ekump@batescan.com>
First time visiting your page! Pretty interesting!
I've always found information about my family background interesting, this just makes it a little simpler than asking my father (Herbert Kump - Cambridge, Ont. Canada) 100 questions.
I'll definitely be back!
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 18:46:11 (GMT)
John A. Osanitsch <johno@svn.net>
Good to see someone cares about family history.
Rohnert Park, California USA - Tuesday, February 24, 1998 at 05:13:26 (GMT)
Fran, Jean, Marie, Millie, Virginia, John <puppyjohn@aol.com>
We were bored so we checked you out.
Cortland, Ohio USA - Saturday, February 28, 1998 at 22:42:32 (GMT)
Richard Kump <rlkump@aol.com>
Trying to track family tree. Grandparents Louis and Tille moved to Cincinnati, Ohio from Mankato, MN.
Beavercreek, OH USA - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 04:14:00 (GMT)
Erich Erker <erker@att.co.kr>
Hi Cousin Terri!

Great site. A way to reach back to my Gottscheer heritage.
Camp Humphreys, Korea - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 08:02:29 (GMT)
Anton Eppich <eppich@physics.ucsb.edu>
Great to see and hear from so many Gottscheers. My father is
Adolf Eppich--he was born in Slovenia but emigrated to Cleveland
after the Second World War. I (and my five brothers and sisters)
grew up in Oregon, but I've since moved to UC Santa Barbara for
graduate work. I'd be delighted to hear from any Gottscheers in
southern California.
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Friday, March 06, 1998 at 18:47:47 (GMT)
jan kapsch ferrell <fer953@aol.com>
my grandmother was marie kump kapsch of joliet,IL and plesch her parents: johann kump of neuberg and maria brinskelle of plesch my grandfather's family came from krapflern and skrill#6
lakeville, mn USA - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 22:27:34 (GMT)
Margit Jury (born Windischmann) <mejmgj@freewwweb.com>
Thank you Helmuth for putting together this web site. It's a great way for all of us Gottscheers to stay in touch and not lose our heritage.
Glendale, New York USA - Monday, March 09, 1998 at 03:03:38 (GMT)
Helen Laube <Hel20@Juno.com>
My grandmother was a Bartelme from Oblerschein. My great aunt Sophie married a Kump and they lived in Austria during and after the 2nd world war. My mother said her cousin came for a visit in the late
50's or early 60's from Austria. That is the last connection we had with them.
Salt Point, New York USA - Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 02:59:22 (GMT)
Helen Laube <Hel2@Juno.com>
If anyone sent mail to above address that is a wrong address. I am looking for Bartelmes from Oberloschin Mitterdorf parish. My great aunt stayed in Austria and married a Kump. She died after the second WW in Austria, Her son had come over here for a visit in the late 50s but we never heard anything after that from them. My grandmother was Maria Bartelme, her brothers in Cleveland were John, Frank Louis and Rudolph. She had one brother in NY Joseph. My great grandma was an
Eppich before she married Franz Bartelme. Any info would be appreciated

Salt Point, NY USA - Friday, March 13, 1998 at 18:01:54 (GMT)
Albrecht Hering (Fam. Braune - Rieg) <Brokerwin@aol.com>
Enjoy so much learning some of the history of my mother's family.
Although only "halb Gottscheer" as my Dad from Hannover, Germany,
and born here in America, my heart has a wide place for Gottschee and everything Gottscheer since my first visit in 1960. Bis nachstes mal.....
Plantation - Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA - Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 13:43:26 (GMT)
Holly Leers Droese <hdroese@interlaced.net>
Hi, Family records mainly from Nesselthal & Pollandl. Family names of Koenig & Stalzer & Koestner. With many extended family lines. Glad to hear from anyone. Trying to sort out those Stalzers of Untersteinwand Nesselthal right now so any help would be appreciated.
Austinburg, Ohio USA - Sunday, March 15, 1998 at 15:47:05 (GMT)
I am Marie Dabelkos brother, it was fun to pull and see pictures of her on the net.
Detroit, Michiga USA - Monday, March 16, 1998 at 02:27:57 (GMT)
Michael Richard Samide <Msamide@titan-intl.com>
I just stumbled onto your home page. My grandfather, Michael Samide immigrated from Gottschee in 1907. He lived in New York City where he met my grandmother, Josefa Tschampa who also immigrated from Gottschee. They were married in 1914 and lived at 797 1st Avenue now the site of the U.N. Later her younger sister Pauline joined them in the U.S. and married a Joseph Jakiltsch ( I assume also from Gottschee). I look forward to joining your group with the hope I can better understand my ancestry.
Quincy, Il USA - Monday, March 16, 1998 at 04:46:40 (GMT)
Michael Samide <Msamide@titan-intl.com>
First visit to your site. My grandfather Richard Samide was born in Gottschee in 1893 and immigrated to NYC in 1908. My grandmother Josefa Tschampa was born in Gottschee in 1896 and immigrated to NYC in 1910. They were married in 1915. Look forward to discussing my ancestry. Thank you.
Mike Samide
Quincy, Il 62301 USA - Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at 02:58:24 (GMT)
Albrecht and Edythe Hering (Braune aus Rieg) <brokerwin@aol.com>
Nice Page and always enjoy visiting Landsman. My sister
and I love everthing Gotscherish and enjoy learning about
others. Do you know of our family...Braune aus Rieg. Mr
grandfather Franz ran a local pub there (gasthaus), my
Klara came over in 1926 and married a good north German
from Hanover. Guess I'll have to eventually start a Home
Page also.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Fl USA - Sunday, March 22, 1998 at 23:13:12 (GMT)
Richard Oswald <oswald@tyrol.at>
Hello, I am Richard

My father was born in Gottschee (Buechel) on the 7.10.1937.
At the 60th anniversary, all teh relatives (about 25 people) visited
the birthplace of our father. We were amazed about the beauty of
the landscape. We took many photos and had a unforgettable party.

Schoene Gruesse aus Oesterreich!
P.S.: my e-mail: oswald@tyrol.at

Ellboegen, Tyrol Austria - Wednesday, March 25, 1998 at 20:07:50 (GMT)
Jeffery Hirsch <Jstone5@aol.com>
We have begun looking for more information on the Hirsch family. My paternal great grandfather came to Cleveland from Gottschee in 1895 (or thereabouts). We believe he was born in 1872. His wife, Sophia Rositsch, we believe was from Shoflein (although we also found an address listing something that reads 'Warnberg Gottschee Kranz'). We believe her mothers last name was Jesula. My great-great grandfather's first name was John. It is interesting to read the connections between Cleveland and Brooklyn, NY, which explains a lot of very old pictures which contain people from Brooklyn (unfortunately, they have writings in german). Any help from anyone in narrowing down our 'compass point' involving our ancestry would be greatly appreciated.
Cleveland, Ohio USA - Saturday, March 28, 1998 at 13:46:24 (GMT)
Annette Strantz <strantz@hotmail.com>
Can anyone tell me how to locate people who have lived in Gottschee?
I know my grandparents originated from there - I don't know the city
yet. Names - Zekoll and Vittrich (spelling may be wrong on latter)
I do know the migrated to Ruppertshofen, Germany. Help just tell me
where to start. Unfortunately, my parents have passes and i can't
get much information. Thanks for anything you have to offer.

Chesterfield, Missouri USA - Sunday, March 29, 1998 at 04:36:16 (GMT)
Rick Kump <rlkump@aol.com>
Looking for a Mankato, MN connection to my Cincinnati, Ohio family
Beavercreek, OH USA - Monday, March 30, 1998 at 04:35:39 (GMT)
Robert W. Riemann <riemannb@orca.akctr.noaa.gov>
Just typed in "Gottschee" while in YAHOO. To my surprise
two webb sites poped up. I was born in Untertappelwerch in
'39. Delighted to find the Gottscheer haven't disappeared
from the scene.
Seattle, WA 98116 USA - Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at 16:43:03 (GMT)
betty Mische <bmische@mediarareinc.com>
My husbands father came from Gottschee, I know Trix Wyant
St. Cloud, MINN>My USA - Wednesday, April 01, 1998 at 19:35:02 (GMT)
John Herbst III <jh3rd@webtv.net>
My Grandfather was born in Setsch, Gottschee, Krain, Austria on the 26 of April 1895. I have been researching in Ebental Parish for the past 9 years. It's great to see all the Gottscheers on the list of visitors.

Ogden, Utah USA - Monday, April 06, 1998 at 00:45:31 (GMT)
Christine Kneier <ckt6152aol>
Very enjoyable and informative!! Thanks!
glendale, NY USA - Monday, April 06, 1998 at 04:25:47 (GMT)
Catherine Kump Hayner <channkate@aol.com>
My grandfather was Albert Kump and came to the states from Austria in the 30's. I am cousin to Andreas Kump of Linz, Austria
Castleton, Ny USA - Tuesday, April 07, 1998 at 00:21:42 (GMT)
Daniel William Staudacher <dan.staudacher@vcsi.com>
Father: William John Staudacher of Niles,Ohio
Granfather: Francis A. Staudacher of Hubbard, Ohio
Great-Grandfather: Casper Staudacher of Frankfurt,Germany

Married 14 years to Valerie L. Griffith Staudacher
Daughter: 13 Mindy Marie
Son: 11 David Daniel
Occupation: Senior S/W Development Engr.
Degree: Bachelors of Electrical Engr.
Others Trades: 1) Personal Financial Analyst with Primerica
Financial Services (Travelers Group)
2) Wood Craftsmen and Furniture maker.
Flower Mound, Texas USA - Tuesday, April 07, 1998 at 06:56:57 (GMT)
Frank Lesar <flesar@sisna.com>
I am half Gottscheer (Alois, the barber!, from Mooswald, died 1997), half Austrian (Annaliese Seher from Villach am Woerther See, died 1995). Born in Ridgewood, 1950, went to St. Brigid's, OLMM, Brooklyn Tech, and CCNY. Married and moved to Monroe (Orange County) in 1980. Jennifer (1/4 Gottscheer) born in 1984. Moved to Utah in 1993. Have access to LDS Geneology database in Salt Lake City (Biggest and best in the world!). Will do a little research on your family tree in turn for information. I am looking to hear from Mooswalders, Villacher, old friends from my Ridgewood days, or anyone who knows about any art preserved in Gottschee today that was created by my grandfather, also Alois Lesar (woodworker) , born in 1887, died on Long Island, in 1969-70. Great site. Sei' gesund und Gruess Gott!
Park City, Utah USA - Sunday, April 12, 1998 at 03:32:21 (GMT)
Sophie Sbaschnik <Sbaschnik@aol.com>
It was nice to hear about the old neighborhood. I am glad I found
a Gottscheer Home Page. Talk with you. Best Regards, Sophie

Bergenfield, NJ USA - Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at 20:29:08 (GMT)
Ridy HOEGLER Skyrme <ridy@bluejays.ca>
I was born at #1 Kukendorf,Gottschee, in 1936
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at 21:00:58 (GMT)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <Wyants@mlecmn.net>
Active in the Gottscheer Heritage and Genalogy Assn. Born in the Moschnitze area of Gottschee, Came to Minnesota in 1952. Active in fundraising for restoration and co-editor of the Gottscheer Connection newsletter.

Join us in our work in preserving the history, culture and family records of Gottschee. Become a member of the Gottscheer Heritage and Genealogy Assn. I guarantee - you will enjoy our organization and our goals.
Palisade, Minnesota USA - Thursday, April 16, 1998 at 01:37:36 (GMT)
DANE 9,1310 RIBNICA, SLOVENIJA - Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at 08:31:46 (GMT)
Frieda Clark <friedaclark@msn.com>
Congratulations on your website and the Geneology work! I am a first generation descendent, born after WWII, in a city outsie Gottschee, in Strmo Rebro, Kresko (Gurkfeldt, Slovenia): to Franz Schniderschitz (aus Schlechtbuchel) and Aloisia Kump. We immigrated to Kansas City in 1952 on a slow boat from Bremen to New Orleans.
Thank you, Frieda Clark
Kansas City, Kansas USA - Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at 02:57:32 (GMT)
Arnold Kump <Arn58>
I am the son of Franz and Maria Kump from Lachine. I was also born there in 1937 and lived in Lager Wagna until 1950 when we came to the US. Lived in Ridgewood for many years and then in Connecticut and Indiana before retiring to Florida in 1995 with my wife Ann.

I was made aware of this web page by Tommy Stalzer. This is just great and I hope it gets lots of Gottscheers looking at it and contributing.
Ormond Beach, FL 32176 USA - Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at 03:07:43 (GMT)
Herbert Koenig <koenigh@akos.net>
I was just curious whether any Gottscheers were involved in the Internet.
Port Richey, FL USA - Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 03:12:33 (GMT)
Albrecht Hering (Braune aus Rieg) <brokerwin@aol.com>
Mother is Klara Braune from Rieg. My mother's sister,Tanta
Olga (still living) married Joseph Kump...my Onkel Joe. So,
that puts me on the Kump family tree also! Great job all
around and my congratulations to you all. Albrecht Hering

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Sunny Florida USA - Sunday, April 26, 1998 at 01:56:14 (GMT)
Bernie Schemitsch <bps@northlink.com>
Hi, My parents Anna (Jonke) and John Schemitsch and family emigrated to Glendale, NY in 1950. I was born in Oberfliegendorf, Gottschee.
Best regards to all, Bernie.
Prescott, AZ USA - Sunday, April 26, 1998 at 17:52:32 (GMT)
Evelyn <evwings@gbso.net>
Great stuff!!! You are now linked on my family gate at my web site!!
Hello to PAt and Tom and Jean...
Your cousin, Ev
Crescent City, Fl USA - Monday, April 27, 1998 at 01:44:08 (GMT)
Dolly Dwornick <Genddmi@aol.com>
Finding your website was a very pleasant suprise. I am researching
Poje (Mittergras Krain) and Janes (Suchen, Krain) families. I would
appreciate any connections. Thanks for such a nice visit.
Wyandotte, MI USA - Tuesday, April 28, 1998 at 22:23:41 (GMT)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@mlemn.net>
Enjoyed the photos. Thank you for sharing
Palisade, Minnesota USA - Friday, May 01, 1998 at 01:45:15 (GMT)
John Herbst III <jh3rd@webtv.net>
I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed this sight for the past month. I have learned so much about the Gottscheers and the heritage we each share. I hope everyone will get into the spirit of Gottscheer research and share with all us the unique experiences that they have had as Gottscheer. We all have some of the same basic values and we should be proud of them. We shouldn't waste the opportunity to share our talents with the GHGA. They need our help in supporting the many projects they are undertaking. I'd like to thank the Kumps and Staudachers for the wonderful site and how professional it is. It is a credit to all Gottscheers everywhere. I just want people to know that if they are working in Ebental Parish that I will help them in anyway possible to find there ancestors and willing to do that on my own time and free of charge. I'm hoping to find a way to download the Ebental Parish on to the Gottscheer site so that all will have the opportunity to work in that area. Please help in anyway to promote Gottscheer heritage and to share it with those of us who were not so fortunate to live in Gottscheer communities.
Ogden, Utah - Monday, May 04, 1998 at 02:43:10 (GMT)
Mary Mazzoni <mazz@penn.com>
Okay, so I married an Italian. Enjoyed reading all the visitors names and family lines. I'm new to this genealogy searching, but have found a lot of info and possible contacts right here. Am interested in Samide family lines. I'm originally from Cleveland, Ohio.
Brockway , PA USA - Thursday, May 14, 1998 at 02:54:09 (GMT)
Matthew Richard Kump <mr_blonde_1@hotmail.com>
I am a Kump. My father is Richard Royce Kump. he grew up in Alliance, Ohio, and his's mother is mother is Christine Kump. I am one of Richard's and his wife's (Kathy) 3 kids. I am the oldest and am attending New Mexico State University and will be a Junior next year. If you know my family or grandma, please e-mail me back and let me know. Oh my grandpa Royce Kump (who is no longer with us as of 81') is the dearly departed husband of Christine. Please let me know.

Roswell, NM USA - Wednesday, May 20, 1998 at 02:09:19 (GMT)
Albrecht (Big Al) Hering (Braune aus Rieg) <brokerwin@aol.com>
Always nice to visit your great site. Enjoy it all.
Al Hering
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA - Tuesday, May 26, 1998 at 01:13:35 (GMT)
Alyshia Gardner (Ramor/Shuss) <alyshia.g@usa.net>
Looking for relatives/ info my grandparents names are:
Anna Shuss born 1906 Rodiene, Jugoslavia
Mattius Ramor born 1894 Reichenau, Jugoslavia
My mom is Regina Ramor born 1940 Reichenau
We live in Kamloops BC Canada
Are you Gottscheer in Kamloops
feel free to email me
Kamloops, BC Canada - Tuesday, May 26, 1998 at 08:38:15 (GMT)
Alyshia Gardner <alyshia.g@usa.net>
Hi Maria Kump is my great aunt she lived in Brooklyn NewYork and has two children living there and one in Austria. We also have second cousins in Vancouver Canada named Kump. Is it the same Maria Kump do you know?

Alyshia Gardner
Kamloops, bc canada - Thursday, May 28, 1998 at 02:06:48 (GMT)
Tadej Konte <tilen.konte@guest.arnes.si>
Kocevje is a very beauty city.
KOCEVJE, SLOVENIA SLOVENIA - Friday, May 29, 1998 at 07:52:13 (GMT)
Jim Hinton <Jim736@frontiernet.net>
Dear Friends:
The Gottscheer Country Club, Walden invites you to it's annual picnic on Sunday, July 12th. 1998 Starting at 10:00 AM. There will be food, drinks, homemade cake and coffee, also there will be a field Mass. Live music The Celebration Band. For further information call (914) 778-4831 Or Email Jim736@frontiernet.net
Hope to see you there :-)
Gottscheer Country Club
Montgomery , New York USA - Tuesday, June 02, 1998 at 23:43:37 (GMT)
BOYNTON BEACH , FL USA - Thursday, June 04, 1998 at 01:04:46 (GMT)
Greg Watty <gwatty@uclink4.berkeley.edu>
My grandmother was Sophie Schemitsch,house #4 Neugereuth.Her parents were Gregor Schemitsch and Margaret Osterman (who was from Graflinden, house # 16.).Other family names were Bichal, Verderber,Lorititsch, Vogrin Staudacher,Rositsch.
Albany, California USA - Sunday, June 07, 1998 at 19:46:19 (GMT)
Burkhardt Otterstaedt <Botterstadt@aol.com>
Beste Gruesse an alle, die sich uebers Internet mit der Heimat Gottschee beschaeftigen.
Monroe, NC USA - Wednesday, June 10, 1998 at 14:12:50 (GMT)
ADOLF SCHMUCK <floda@webtv.net>
SPRING VALLEY,, CA. USA - Sunday, June 14, 1998 at 03:10:05 (GMT)
Kim Gallager <MILEKE@bigpond.com.au/>
My grandmother's name is Juliane Kump who married Hans Darowitsch in 1941. My mother Dorothea Gallager (Darovic/Darowitsch) was born in Radece November 25 1945. My uncle, John (Hansi) Darovic was born on August 12 1942. If anyone has any information regarding my family please e-mail me on the above address.
Thank you. Kim Gallager.
Rivervale , Western Australia Australia - Sunday, June 14, 1998 at 09:31:43 (GMT)
Peter Kofler <ppk001@lightspeed.bc.ca>
I enjoyed the site. I'm also interested in genealogical information. My mother, maiden name Annemarie Sigmund, was born in Ebental, Gottschee. Her parents were Leopoldine (Poldi) Mausser and Friedrich (Fred) Sigmund. I was intrigued to discover that you're hoping to download genealogical records from Ebental. I look forward to hearing more on this and hope I can be of some assistance in the future. Take care and hello to all Gottscheers out there!
North Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, June 14, 1998 at 23:07:48 (GMT)
Burkhardt Otterstaedt <Botterstadt@aol.com>
Monroe, NC USA - Monday, June 15, 1998 at 01:14:43 (GMT)
Burkhardt Otterstaedt <Botterstadt@aol.com>
Monroe, NC USA - Monday, June 15, 1998 at 01:15:48 (GMT)
Nadja Kapš(Kapsch) <nadja.kaps@kiss.uni-lj.si>
Im looking for the Family Ian Kapsch Ferrell,Lakeville,Minnesota.Please contact me!!
SLOVENIA SLOVENIA - Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at 22:19:55 (GMT)
doreen cooney <MeLLoCal@aol.com>
looking for kump,sedler,stalzer,schleimer all in my family tree.
lindenhurst, NY USA - Friday, June 19, 1998 at 03:51:39 (GMT)
Robert Staudacher <designer@lswebdesign.com>
I was just surfing and noticed the last name. My grandfather was Norman Staudacher. He grew up in Bay City, Mi and lived in Flint, Mi.
Very nice page. Interesting to come across.
From Staudacher to Staudacher.
Swartz Creek , Mi USA - Wednesday, June 24, 1998 at 22:41:56 (GMT)
GLENDALE, NY USA - Saturday, June 27, 1998 at 13:03:51 (GMT)
Adam Perkins <aperkins@hotmail.com>
I had the great opportunity to work in the same area with Steve at Madge Networks. Although I only knew him for four months, I could tell from the very first moment that Steve was genuine.

My boss matched me up with Steve to gleam information about his job, because the networking area is where I hope to be working in soon. It
struck me as unusual, but after speaking with Steve for a few hours I felt I had known him all along. I will always remember Steve and have nice thoughts about him. He is missed by us all.

Regards, Adam Perkins

San Jose, California USA - Tuesday, June 30, 1998 at 23:19:33 (GMT)
Stephen von Hitritz <svonhitrit@DSCR.DLA.MIL>
Trying to determine where Studeno (Brunnsee) is? Is it in Gottschee?
Quinton, Virginia USA - Saturday, July 11, 1998 at 00:14:28 (GMT)
Karl Hönigmann <106406.1045@compuserve.com>
Very interesting to find a Gottscheer home page!
Best regards from another Gottscheer, born in Altlag.
Karl Hönigmann
Vienna,, Austria Austria - Tuesday, July 14, 1998 at 20:05:20 (GMT)
Frank F. Tellian, MD, BCFE, JD <ftellian@gte.net>
My father came from Weissenstein and my grandmother form Altlag.
Salem, VA USA - Tuesday, July 21, 1998 at 14:40:04 (GMT)
Renate Bell <rbell32@aol.com>
Hi Gottscheers!
This is a great site for everyone. Thanks for making it available.
I'm the youngest daugther of Pete and Vera Bell from the Catskills
of New York. ( Work has taken me further south!!) We had some
great times at my folks lodge during the summers. A special hello to
all of our former guests and friends!
Summerville, South Carolina USA - Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at 22:58:08 (GMT)
Haimo ZEKOLL <Haimo.Zekoll@SOLVAY.com>
It would be nice to find some Zekoll's this way. Thanks for joining me under my e-mail adress.
Bruxelles, Belgium EUROPE - Monday, July 27, 1998 at 06:36:03 (GMT)
Dan Kalschmid <DanKer@Compuserve.com>
Wow - quite an amazing find; I had long believed myself to be the only living person under 35 who'd actually heard of Gottschee. Having exhausted the Anglo-Irish genealogy trail, I hadn't expected there to be any source anywhere in the world on Gottschee. My paternal grandmother, whose maiden name was Kurre, was born there about 1890. Other names that I think appeared in the tree were Tramposch and Rabuse (sp?).
Glendale, NY USA - Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at 19:05:13 (GMT)
Kirk Samida <gofigure@heartland.ab.ca>
Hello there, just researching the Samida family name and came upon the Gottschee pages. Very interesting and done well.
Kirk Samida
Stettler, Alberta Canada - Wednesday, July 29, 1998 at 18:17:03 (GMT)
Marlene Simonetta <marlenesimonetta@yahoo.com>
I believe both my paternal grandparents are from the Gotschee area, the Kinkopf/Luror's from Oberwarmberg and the Schweiger/? from Oberwetzenbach. I also have letters from the 20's and 30's from Gotscheer region from the family of Turk with their address if anyone is interested. They were addressed to Fannie Kinkopf, my great aunt who migrated along with her two sisters.

Also, I am cousin to Verderber's whose name I once saw on the family lists.

I am in posession of 1939 Gotscheer Kalendar but I can't read it. Does anyone have knoweldge of my Schweiger/Kinkopf families?
Cleveland, OH USA - Sunday, August 02, 1998 at 21:29:38 (GMT)
Elfriede Stonitsch <stonitsel@aol.cm>
The Internet will keep the Gottscheer heritage alive. (quote from my husband, Ludwig, after the GHGA annual meeting in Hawley)
Walden, NY USA - Wednesday, August 05, 1998 at 00:09:20 (GMT)
alice kresse <kressea@washpost.com>
My grandfather, Ludwig Kresse, was born in Gottschee in 1900. My grandmother is Sophie Roethel, born in NYC, but her family was from Gottschee also. They met and married in Cleveland Ohio during the '20s. In perusing this guest book, I spotted a few names from my own family tree: Stimpfel and Rom. Does anyone out there have Kresses in their family tree?
Washington, DC USA - Thursday, August 06, 1998 at 15:19:28 (GMT)
Andreas Schweitzer <maurice@talkline.de and aschwei873@aol.com>
A few days ago I found this page and the bulletin board. As my grandparents came from Gottschee to Germany and my mother was born in Nesselthal; I now have the best tool investigating my roots I could ever imagine!

Best regards from Germany to the U.S.

August 5, 1998
Alzey, Germany - Thursday, August 06, 1998 at 20:29:53 (GMT)
Julie Miller <jam72367@yahoo.com>
Hi, Just wanted to check to see if we have any relatives. My mom, Remonda Kump, was born in 1943 in Kansas City, MO. My Grandpa, who just passed away, was Fred Kump. He had quite a few brothers Carl, Joe, Bill, Matt,Johnny and 1 sister Rosie. My great grandfather moved to NY after his first wive died. I will have to ask my mom what his name was. I will get back with better names and dates later. Thanks, Julie Miller
Lawson, MO USA - Friday, August 07, 1998 at 18:53:53 (GMT)
Henry Windischmann <henry.windischmann@sgc.infonet.com>
I would like to know more historical information about our displacement out of Gottschee. I was too young when it occurred.
Northboro, MA USA - Friday, August 07, 1998 at 19:02:34 (GMT)
Jimmy <Jim736@frontiernet.net>
Dear Friends:
The Gottscheer Country Club, Walden invites you to its annual Schlachfest Sunday, September 13th. 1998 There will be food, drinks, homemade cake and coffee, starting at 10:00 A.M. Live music by the
The Celebration Band.

Hope to see you.
Gottscheer Country Club

More Info E-mail Me !
Walden, New york USA - Sunday, August 09, 1998 at 20:45:23 (GMT)
Great site! I am the genealogist in the family and only recently stumbled into the Gottshee story and history. My husband's family is from Cleveland. His father (Gliebe) is the Gottsheer and his mother is Slovenian. The grandfather was Joseph Gliebe married to Sophie Schober. Joseph Gliebe's parents were Mathias (I think) and Magdelena (don't know the maiden name). Unfortunately, in Cleveland, there were two Magdelena Gliebe's (according to the cesus records both were widows of a Mathias). Joseph Gliebe's brother John married Rose Herbst. He had three sisters.Does this ring any bells?
Waynesville, Ohio USA - Monday, August 10, 1998 at 23:58:53 (GMT)
Richard & Annette Sider <Rsider824@aol.com>
My family name is Sidar, Koslarcsh, Unter Skrill,father,s side
mother's side Ostermann, Schemmeisch, Hinterberg
Annettes family Hoegler, Fuchses, Kukendorf, Fathers side
Mothers side Tramposch, Ubrigorsches, Nesseltal
you did a great job on your website. Were you at Lukans with the GHGA we were. Maybe we missed you
Delary Beach , FL USA - Tuesday, August 11, 1998 at 20:52:15 (GMT)
Cindy Stiene <cstiene@traveller.com>
I'm just lurking at the moment! Very nice site! Keep up the good work. I'm just starting to collect info on my husband's family. (A very daunting task since my German is nil.) They are Gottscheer based in NY. I'll be in touch now that I've found you all!

Madison, AL USA - Tuesday, August 18, 1998 at 23:23:33 (GMT)
Thomas Moschner <mosch89@gateway.net>
My father is Roland Moschner and he was born in Pollandl,Yugoslavia and came to this country in 1951. His parents were Joseph and Marie Moschner. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who may have known them. They were both beautiful people and I am fortunate to have had them as my grandparents.
Port Richey, Florida USA - Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 19:16:31 (GMT)
Anton Mavretic, Ph.D. <amavre@rfpower.com>
I was very happy to see that Kocevarji have such nice pages and are active. I would like to add few historical facts about Slovenes.We are decendents of Etruscans and Venetians -pre_Roman culture. When I read the history about Slovenia and that we came from Russia I became very skeptical about how much people really know about this land. It appears that present Slovenia was populated by Slovenes at least about 1,000 years BC. Well preserved golden Pirgy leaf and the writing on Zagreb Mummy show the Slovene language existed in written form at least in 700BC. Ther are three books written on the subject. If interested please contact me.
Please continue the good work.
It is interesting to note that ou rhose in the vilage of Boldraz in Belakrajina where I was born was called "Pri Stalcar-jih" at Stalcer's. Perhaps this name is Kocevar's.

Marlton, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 26, 1998 at 02:54:10 (GMT)
Peggy Kump <pakump@aol.com>
This is an interesting sight.
NY USA - Friday, August 28, 1998 at 14:37:25 (GMT)
frank brenner <fbjr@execpc.com>
i am the grandson of rose and josef turk from grintovitz
brookfield, wi USA - Saturday, August 29, 1998 at 18:36:21 (GMT)
matt dengler <eirebrach2@hotmail.com>
i am descended from bartholomaeus von staudacher who immigrated to the frankenlust area in michigan with his brother georg. would love to hear from anyone who might be related.
gladwin, MI USA - Wednesday, September 02, 1998 at 23:02:55 (GMT)
Art Kresse <akresse@erols.com>
I am a newcomer to the GHGA and have provided the powers that be with my pedigree. I would like to hear from anyone who has some information on the Kresse family or branches.
Potomac, MD USA - Wednesday, September 09, 1998 at 02:30:45 (GMT)
Rosemarie Schager Lazzara <rose.lazzara@tddny.fujitsu.com>
Love browsing the Gottscheer sie.
Nanuet, New York USA - Wednesday, September 09, 1998 at 17:11:59 (GMT)
richard kump <arjon@mwci.net>
none at this time
stockton , il USA - Saturday, September 12, 1998 at 18:38:14 (GMT)
Ken Sterbenz <KSterbenz@msn.com>
Looking for relation. Thanks
Tulsa, OK USA - Monday, September 14, 1998 at 02:28:38 (GMT)
Susan Kresse <103161.1120@compuserve.com>
My brother Art has found this site and shared it with his children and me. I am really interested in Gottscheer history and hope to go there in the future. (I have been to Vienna) My mother Sophie Rothel Kresse is 92 and lives nearby in a retirement home. She is also a Gottscheer. (She was born in NY but raised in Gottshee) We have more info about my father's ancestry much because of our relatives, including a paternal aunt, in Austria. Art is in regular contact with them. Goos luck with all this research and data gathering.
Myrtle Beach, SC USA - Friday, September 18, 1998 at 18:47:10 (GMT)
Henry-Peter Persche <persche@texas.net>
Researching my family history in Gottschee and am looking for connections with the following names: PERSCHE, SCHEMITSCH, WITTINE & PETSCHE.
San Antonio, , Texas USA - Friday, September 18, 1998 at 23:42:48 (GMT)
Tom Hutter <rumcay@webtv.net>
Some of the people that I see leaving messages in the chat area, have already responded with great help in my geneology research of my family. Wishing to thank them all. Looking forward to communicating with them in the future. This area has answered many questions in my search. Best regards, Tom Hutter.....Rumcay@webtv.net
Livingston, NJ USA - Sunday, September 20, 1998 at 19:36:25 (GMT)
Joanne Wittine Razzano <gstjlr@poppa.fab.albany.edu>
I am only beginning my search for the roots of my tree. Any info
about Joseph A. Wittine (b.1888) would be appreciated (brother John,
sisters Emma and Sophie). I do not know if he was from Gottschee for
sure. Joseph settled in Albany, NY; his siblings settled in New York.
His mother's name was Magdalene (sp?); do not know his father's name.
Latham, NY USA - Friday, September 25, 1998 at 19:11:50 (GMT)
Marilyn Petsche McCauley <marilynmcauley@webtv.net>
Hi Neighbor,
i am searching for my fathers birth records from Gottschee:Joseph Petsche 12/20/1916. i'm lost!!
Bellevue , Pa USA - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 00:52:01 (GMT)
Anton Widmer <Michels_toene@hotmail.com>
Great WEB site!!!! It is fantastic to know that there are so many Gottscheer in the world. I was born in Kukendorf in 1939 and am very interested in learning more about the Gottscheer.
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 02:47:50 (GMT)
Robert Maichin <RMaichin@YAHOO.com>
My mother was a ZURL and her albums showed a prosperous family farm in Hasenfeld a village just outside Gottschee. Could your
Lumbermen Zurls be my ancestors?

Thanks for the wonderful photos from WWII - few people had the nerve to take these, even if they could get film. My aunt Paula Reuthel ex zurl was prosperous in america and sent KODAK film to my mother soon after the war & this was when pictures started again - none since 41 !

Thanks gain for the insight - Bob.
SEAFORD, NY USA - Wednesday, September 30, 1998 at 21:28:27 (GMT)
henry windischmann <henrywindischmann@compuserve.com>
I just read the book by E.M. Krauland "Gottschee:The Resettlement Years" and would recommend it to anyone who wants to put the entire exodus from Gottschee into a historical and personal perspective.
Her memories helped fill in some gaps for me that my parents either never shared or, what is probably more true, they did share them but I wasn't listening too attentively as a youngster.

northboro, MA USA - Saturday, October 03, 1998 at 13:39:02 (GMT)
Marlene Schweiger Simonetta <simonettam@stratos.net>
Further to my last message of August 1998, I find that maternal grandmother was Loescher, Ursula. Paternal grandmother may have been Maria Gerbitz. Grandfather Joseph Kinkopf who came to USA in late 1800s and possibly Grandfather Mathias Schweiger or other Schweiger of Oberwetzenbach. Does anyone know Maria Schweiger Stimpfl of Flatbush NY who might be my fathers 1st cousin? Or Rosi Kinkopf of NY State - Maria's sister but I have no address. I just recently discovered we were Gotscheers. This is a wonderful site. Thank you. It is really thrilling to begin to unravel the mystery of your ancestors.
Cleveland, OH USA - Monday, October 05, 1998 at 00:50:16 (GMT)
Carol Horrocks <fhorrocks@mindspring.com>
Wittine Family
Raleigh, NC USA - Thursday, October 08, 1998 at 00:45:46 (GMT)
Tom Hutter <rumcay@webtv.net>
Was just scanning marriage records in Tschermoschnitz Parish. and found a KUMP family living next to my grandparents and great grandparents in Neuberg (23) in 1888....HUTTER....GRILL.....SPRAITZER. The KUMPS were at Neuberg (22).........So, to all you KUMPS out there, HI NEIGHBOR!......Best regards, Tom HUTTER
Livingston, New Jersey USA - Saturday, October 10, 1998 at 17:08:52 (GMT)
Paul F. Jenner <pjenner@ccp.com>
Maternal great-grandfather, John Staudacher, arrived in U.S. in 1869 and settled in Iowa. His wife, Agnes (Loschke) and four kids arrived in U.S. in 1872. John was born at Lichtenbach #2 and Agnes was born at Suchen #2. John's father was Mathias Staudacher, Lichtenvach, and his grandfather was Martin Staudacher, place of birth unknown. Anybody having information concerning Martin Staudacher please contact address above.
St. Joseph, MO USA - Monday, October 12, 1998 at 01:36:30 (GMT)
Burkhardt Otterstaedt <botterstad@aol.com>
I shall visit with you frequently, enjoy your site.
Monroe, NC USA - Monday, October 12, 1998 at 01:56:09 (GMT)
Rita Hauf <rhauf@telecom.dgs.ca.gov>
My grandfather was born in Austria in Podgrad. I have no idea where to begin looking, or whether Podgrad is anywhere near where you are from originally. His name was Anthony Cush, but since he came through Ellis Island it could have been changed from Cus or anything else.
Where do I start?
Thanks, Rita
Carmichael (near Sacramento), California USA - Wednesday, October 14, 1998 at 20:49:29 (GMT)
Dr Gabriela Stieber <gabriela.stieber@aon.at>
I just found your homepage and was very pleased to see the messages of so many Gottscheer from all over the world. I was born in 1952, my mother being from Stockendorf, now Planina. My father was from Carinthia. I am secretary of the Gottscheer Landsmannschaft in Graz. we are planning aor 80th anniversary for 1999.
If anybody out there is interested in our work, please contact me. My email adress is gabriela.stieber@aon.at.
Graz, Styria / Steiermark Austria - Tuesday, October 20, 1998 at 20:11:34 (GMT)
PERZ <Werner.Perz@EVN.at>
Herzliche Grüße an alle Gottscheer!
Ma.Enzersdorf, Austria Austria - Saturday, October 24, 1998 at 07:26:47 (GMT)
Boyan Hutter <BHutter@btinternet.com>
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to enjoy your pictures whic gave me a better idea of what my grandparents birth place must have been like.
London, UK - Sunday, October 25, 1998 at 19:30:16 (GMT)
Walter Weglarz <walter.weglarz@gte.net>
My grandmother was from the village of Gottschee. She was born in 1890 and came to Brooklyn,New York at the turn of the century. She was from a very large family. I have a picture of her with her family that was taken in Gottschee before they left. Any additional information anyone may have would be appreciated.
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 03, 1998 at 03:39:34 (GMT)
Walter Weglarz <walter.weglarz@gte.net>
My grandmothers name was Marie Zurl. She came to Brooklyn, N.Y. at the turn of the century from Gottschee. She was born in 1890, If anyone has any additional information, please e-mail. I have a family pictiure from Gottschee of my grandmother with her family.
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 03, 1998 at 03:48:21 (GMT)
Julia Puttre <w2hje@aol.com>
Hi' I;M NEW AT THIS i was born in Ridgewood N.Y. and am looking for anyone who knowssomething about SEELE Austria my grandmother Julia EPPICH CAME FROM THERE.born in 1883.MY GREAT grandfather john Puttre married a Helena Tscherne born 1828in Hinterberg . It seems like old home week reading about all the Gottschee;s from Ridgewood and going to St Matthias .Well hae a good eveing everyone. Julia
Belleview, Florida USA - Monday, November 09, 1998 at 00:22:59 (GMT)
helga koenig campbell <toymaker@mpinet.net>
so excited to find this had no idea you were available.
orlando, fla USA - Saturday, November 21, 1998 at 04:41:27 (GMT)
Frank Schmidt (Kovacic) <SCHMIDTFR1>
All four of my grandparents were born in Gottschee.
Surnames and villages: Flack (Russbach), Stalzer
(Rossbuchel), Hegenbart (Grafenfeld) and Schmidt
(Grafenfeld). The name Schmidt was taken when my
grandfather entered th U.S. Prior to that his name was
Kovacic or Kovacicec or Kovetiscec.

I was born in Ridgewood N.Y. and was raised in Glendale.

Littleton, Colorado USA - Monday, November 23, 1998 at 01:29:29 (GMT)
Walter Rom <w.rom@popmail.csuohio.edu>
I,m a Gottscheer, born in Untersteiermark. My mother (Wittreich)
is from Hinterbarg. My father was from Moesl. My mother still talks a lot
about Gottschee.
Shaker Heights , Ohio USA - Monday, November 23, 1998 at 08:46:40 (GMT)
carol horrocks <fhorrocks@mindspring.com>
my mother is a gotschee--Anna Wittine Helmhagen
raleigh, nc USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 14:21:01 (GMT)
Robert D. Paar <rdpaar@javanet.com>
Good to see this site! Am the grandson of Jacob Robert Paar, who was born in Gottenitz/Gotenice in 1895, son of Jacob Paar and Helena Woldin. He served in WWI and came to New York in 1925. Made hei family home in Pennsylvania. If anybody has anything at all on Gottenitz,please contact me...the place has been destroyed and replaced by the Slovenian Police Training School.
Robert Paar
Springfield, MA USA - Saturday, November 28, 1998 at 06:08:52 (GMT)
wade grumbach <jg5761@aol.com>
Just happen to stumble across this page. My grandfather was from Gottscheer, Ernest Schutte, who used to live in Fresh meadows, NY, I remember as a kid the picnics at Franklin Square, LI. Lukans Farm in Hawley, PA. And the names, Juran,Kresse, Krish. If anyone remembers any of this drop me a line!!
Ridge, ny USA - Thursday, December 03, 1998 at 00:47:02 (GMT)
Tom Stalzer <tstalzer@ix.netcom.com>
Frank Schmidt, you signed the guestbook but no email address.
Please email me @ the above address.


Glendale, NY USA - Saturday, December 05, 1998 at 01:13:56 (GMT)
Murray Skinner <Mskinny@netcom.ca>
It was a delight to visit your web site!
I have posted a message on your bulletin board.
Even though I have never been to the Gottschee area, i feel that i know it from reading letters that my wife's great grandmother sent & receved from her mother, Maria Meditz in the late 1890's and early 1900's.
I'll be back to visit your site! Thanks again.
Murray Skinner
Pickering, Ontario Canada - Sunday, December 06, 1998 at 05:20:46 (GMT)
Alan Smith <alans@hotmail.com>
Hi Helmuth and Patti,
I am perusing your web page in search of your new address - not new to you maybe, but certainly to us! Just 'passing through' this time, but longer message to follow.
Hartley , Kent UK - Monday, December 07, 1998 at 14:08:02 (GMT)
Murray Skinner <Mskinny@netcom.ca>
Thanks, I'm enjoying your site.
I am a visitor through Holly's site which I'm finding extremely useful in tracking down Gottscheer ancestors of Maria Meditz and George Rabuse.
Pickering, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, December 09, 1998 at 01:38:21 (GMT)
Julia Puttre <w2hje@aol.com>
I love reading all the news and information on the bulletin board and about the Gottschee;s like everyone else when you are young you never listen to the stories, until everyone is gone and it is too late.At least we can leave our children something to remenber us by. Thank You everyone. Julia
Belleview, Florida USA - Saturday, December 12, 1998 at 20:52:34 (GMT)
Mike Schern <mschern@eaznet.com>
I am researching my family history and see that your family married into the Tscherne line. My grandfather was Josef Tscherne, from Eben, Austria (I believe this is now Slovenia, but I am not certain). He was born 5 May 1881. Any relation?
Thatcher, AZ USA - Monday, December 14, 1998 at 04:21:40 (GMT)
Helmuth Herold <helmartinc@aol.com>
Married to Edith Thaler a true Gottscheer Lady (I am from Tirol)
Members of the Alpine Club in Kitchener
Arrived in Canada in 1954
Will visit Gottscheer Treffen in Cleveland in 1999
Kitchener, Ontario Canada - Friday, December 25, 1998 at 16:03:59 (GMT)
GUILLERMO RÜGER STAUDACHER <ruger@highway.com.py>
ASUNCION, CENTRAL PARAGUAY - Saturday, December 26, 1998 at 13:59:03 (GMT)
butrous boutroua galli <chilllybean@earthlink.net >
the internet gives me gas
garbage can behind mcdonalds, sober USA - Sunday, December 27, 1998 at 02:11:52 (GMT)
Tom Marongelli <tomm@swpc.net>
Awsome site.
Clovis, NM USA - Wednesday, December 30, 1998 at 08:18:13 (GMT)
Albertine Tomitz , married McCarthy <RMcca46030@aol.com>
I am first generation in this country. My father Albert Tomitz was from Seele and my mother Maria Rabuse was from Nesselthal. I think that your Web Page is great.
Scottsdale, Arizona USA - Wednesday, December 30, 1998 at 22:44:19 (GMT)
Marilyn Petsche McCauley <mariynmcauley@webtv.net >
I'm looking for information on Alois Hotschewar Or anybody with
the last name Hotschewar.He was my grandfather from Gotschee born late 1800's. email me please.
Pittsburgh, Pa. USA - Friday, January 01, 1999 at 21:31:43 (GMT)
Marilyn McCauley <marilynmcauley@webtv.net>
I made a mistake on my email address on my last post. It is marilynmcauley@webtv.net
Pgh, Pa USA - Friday, January 01, 1999 at 21:34:13 (GMT)
NEIL TRENERRY <TRENERRY@worldnet.att.net>
NEWPORT BEACH, CA USA - Saturday, January 02, 1999 at 07:17:43 (GMT)
Robert E. Dulzer <Robert.Dulzer@Lighting.GE.com>
I visited Mitterdorf in Slovenia in 1994 to see the church my grandmother Sophia Grill Dulzer was baptized in.
I am now attempting to construct our family tree. I also have a web page on the net.
Hudson, OH USA - Saturday, January 02, 1999 at 23:55:12 (GMT)
George and Harriette Staudacher <gnhstaud@snowcrest.com>
Would like to send file for "Family Tree Maker".
We know of Staudachers in Montana, Washington and
Wisconson that we are related to.
There is a large group of Staudachers in Michigan.
Grass Valley, California USA - Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 16:42:15 (GMT)
albert aldridge <albert.aldridge@bt.com>
just popped in out of interest.
my interest being my uncle is karl schemitsch from landskrone
austria,who was born in gottschee and has written 2 or three books on
gotschee ( heimatliebe )
bye for now i will pop by again
gravesend, kent great britain - Saturday, January 16, 1999 at 10:22:38 (GMT)
Jodi McLaughlin <jmclaughlin@pobox.com>
I found this site while beginning my search for great grandmother, Louise Herbst, b. 4 Dec 1880, who I know came from Gottschee. I never imagined there would be so much devoted to this place that I know nothing about! What a surprise. I hope that Iill find some helpful information here!
Fort Salonga, NY USA - Monday, January 18, 1999 at 13:43:26 (GMT)
Loretta Bell <netbell@warwick.net>
Great site. It stirs up so many memories for my parents..
Pete & Vera Bell. My mom (maiden name=Matzelle) was "MISS
GOTTSCHEE" in 1956 and my dad managed the Kolping Soccer
Team when we lived in Ridgewood. We moved upstate and
they ran the PINE HILL LODGE for many years. If anyone
knows my parents, it'd be great if you could respond back
to me at my e-mail address. It's always great to hear from
old friends....Thanks!
Yulan, NY USA - Saturday, January 23, 1999 at 18:42:28 (GMT)
Marilyn Petsche McCauley <marilynmcauley@webtv.net>
I love this site. I check it out for new entries all the time
Bellevue (Pgh.), PA USA - Saturday, January 23, 1999 at 22:10:21 (GMT)
Erika Stalzer White <jeffwhite@mindspring.com>
Just wanted to say hello and thanks. I'm half Gottscheer and grew up in Ridgewood. My father is Karl Stalzer from Buchel, his parents were Rudolf and Margaretha (Rom). I moved up to Rochester four years ago and miss my Gottscheer roots. It's great to hear of familiar people and places.
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, January 30, 1999 at 21:11:34 (GMT)
e <emausser@aol.com>
i am originally from ridgewood, ny, and my father is gottscheer. any help on the mausser family would help. thanks.
USA - Saturday, February 06, 1999 at 00:48:32 (GMT)
stimec urska <urska.stimec@siol.net>
I was just reading "Gottscheer Zeitung" and there I have seen that article about Gottschee to be on a webside on Internet. And I was just courious...
I am happy to see this site and hope to find something interesting and unknown about Gottschee.
Many nice regards,
Urska from Gottschee
klinja vas, KOCEVJE, Slovenia Slovenia - Saturday, February 06, 1999 at 09:18:48 (GMT)
Ludwig Kren <dr.kk@vol.at>
best greetings to all my Gottscheer friends.
Klagenfurt and Graz, Austria Carinthia and Styria - Sunday, February 07, 1999 at 19:36:35 (GMT)
Laurie Giafardino <Mamie1girl@aol.com>
A friend gave me this address, because she used the term Gottscheer in a conversation not long ago, and I recognized it from my childhood. My aunt was always making mention of Gottscheer while explaining some food or music.
My Moms maiden name is Sliber, from Glendale, NY. Her moms maiden name was Kofler, same area.

I am so excited to see both on the Surname list! I am hooked!
Thank you for this great opportunity!
Westchester County, NY USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 15:15:59 (GMT)
Maria Thies <mj4648@earthlink.com>
I am trying to locate my Mother's cousin Erwin Kump. He also had several brother's. I do hope he remembers her from Pollandl.

It was great to read about our Gottschee Heritage I wish my mother new more.

Thank you for your help.

farmingdale, usa USA - Monday, February 15, 1999 at 02:37:45 (GMT)
Anna Mausser - Matzelle <jm4648@earthlink.net>
Erwin Kump

I believe you are my long lost first cousin. Your mother died when you were only 6 years old. Are you brothers in the US?

My sister Maria Mausser still lives in Austria, Barnbach.

Please contact me. Would love to hear from you. There are not too many of us left.

Farmingdale Zip 11735, New York USA - Tuesday, February 16, 1999 at 01:00:31 (GMT)
Anna Mausser - Matzelle <jm4648@earthlink.net>
Erwin Kump

I believe you are my long lost first cousin. Your mother died when you were only 6 years old. Are you brothers in the US?

My sister Maria Mausser still lives in Austria, Barnbach.

Please contact me. Would love to hear from you. There are not too many of us left.

Farmingdale Zip 11735, New York USA - Tuesday, February 16, 1999 at 01:13:45 (GMT)
William E. Mocnik, Jr. <wmocnik@lausd.k12.ca.us>
My Grandparents are from Slovenia. They are John (Johann) Mocnik and Katerina Mocnik (Golob). They moved around Europe and Had their first son John in Germany (I believe) and spoke German within the family. Their second child was Mary. Their third child was William (my dad) and he was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. Their fourth child was Frank. They moved to Pittsburg, Kansas and moved to Uniontown, Pa. around the middle 20's. Both John and Katerina are buried in Uniontown with the surviving members scattered around the country.
Cerritos, California USA - Tuesday, February 16, 1999 at 05:09:30 (GMT)
Gerlinde Erker Mayer <Ladylinlin@aol.com>
I was born in 1952 in Ridgewood, NY. My parents were:
August Erker (born 6/28/14 in Rieg, Gottschee)
Hildegard Schweiger Erker (born 2/24/23 in Wetzenbach, Gottschee). My maternal grandmother was Pauline Bartelme who married Johann Schweiger. They had the following children: Johann,
Hildegard, Pauline, Maria, Erna, Irma) . My father was the youngest of 14 children...his parents were Josef & Magdelena. My father, August, passed away in 1970, my mother still lives in Ridgewood, NY.
Any relatives out there?
Middle Village, NY USA - Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 04:47:54 (GMT)
christian mausser <christian.mausser@xpoint.at>
as a derivative of an gottscheer from altlag (stari log) i was just curious about finding some innovative gottscheer in the web. best wishes and kepp an your good job representing the "gottscheertum" in
the world.
vienna, austria USA - Saturday, February 20, 1999 at 18:09:24 (GMT)
Helga Brown <100611.2412@compuserve.com>
Thank you, I've found your pages very interesting. I will be passing some of the text and images onto my mother, Slawi Oswald, who was born in 1924 and lived in Rieg until she was about 17 years old.

Does anyone remember my mother or her family or have any further information on the village of Rieg please?

Helga Brown
Fulwood, Preston , Lancashire England, UK - Saturday, February 20, 1999 at 23:53:25 (GMT)
Monica Pirwitz Flickner <Monica_Flickner@hotmail.com>
My mother, a Gottscheer, is Berta Matzelle from "Mosche" (Tschermoschnitz) in what is now Slovenia. I grew up in Richmond Hill, NY and spent many wonderful hours at the Gottscheer Klubhaus. I am very much interested in the Gottscheer history. My parents, Henry Pirwitz and Berta Matzelle Pirwitz live here in San Jose, CA as well.
San Jose, CA USA - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 08:14:42 (GMT)
John Stalzer <jbstalzer@hotmail.com>
I am interested in learning about my family tree! OR infomation about gottscheer's in general. My father was born in Gottschevia. My fathers name is also John Stalzer.
Cleveland, OHIO USA - Friday, February 26, 1999 at 19:40:54 (GMT)
Frank J. Eppich <FJEppich@AOL.com>
I would just like to say hello to all my fans back in Ridgewood, Glendale and Middle Village. Hope everyone is doing fine. Drop me a line at the above address.
Belleville, IL USA - Saturday, February 27, 1999 at 03:16:02 (GMT)
maureen <maur448@aol.com>
a very very good friend of mine is Robert Kump originally of Rahway, New Jersey and when I saw this site I just thought maybe there was a connection somewhere down the genetic line.
His father is William. Robert was born in 1953. His father's wife is Lily.
spotswood, nj USA - Monday, March 01, 1999 at 01:21:03 (GMT)
Dorothea Jaklitsch <djaklitsch@aol.com>
My husband's family is from Gottschee. They were refugees in 1944 when he was born. They ended up in Gratz and emigrated to the USA in 1951.
Medina, OH USA - Monday, March 01, 1999 at 20:37:38 (GMT)
Thomas Helmuth <???????>
Hi!! I'm thomas i live in alaska. i am looking for my families history
and coat of arms.
Anchorage, Alaska USA - Monday, March 08, 1999 at 22:57:07 (GMT)
Alan Ernest Petsche <alan@aepetsche.com>
My grandfather, Ernst Petsche, (1898-1966) was born and raised in Gottscheer. He left for the USA in the 1920's after serving in WWI. I don't know what happened to his family after he left. He had a nephew, Viktor Petsche, that we discovered about 10 years ago. Viktor is my father's cousin and lived in Gottscheer from 1932 until about 1941. He is #63 in the Kinderfasching picture on Arnold Rom's web site. Viktor now lives in Austria and visits us in Texas often. I am interested in learning more about my family's Gottscheer history. I visited Kocevje with my father in 1987 and he showed me the house where his father was born and raised.
Arlington, TX USA - Friday, March 12, 1999 at 22:58:08 (GMT)
Terry <shrimpster@hotmail.com>
Hello? Great site! I was wondering if you know what an extended family is? If you know it would great if you would tell me.

Edmonton, Canada - Sunday, March 14, 1999 at 16:40:06 (GMT)
Kathy Kump Milano <quead@bellatlantic.net>
I am looking for more information about my great grandfather from Nesseltal, Gottschee. His name was Heinrich Kump born in 1863 died in 1955. He married Franciska Sedlar in 1895. She was born in 1868 and died in 1944. Any information further back then this would be very helpful. Thank you. Kathy Kump Milano
Waldwick, NJ USA - Monday, March 22, 1999 at 22:35:46 (GMT)
Tammy Lauwers <Tameria@uswest.net>
Just dropping in! Doing some family research on Gottscheers and browsing around!
Tempe, Arizona USA - Monday, March 29, 1999 at 09:26:12 (GMT)
Henry-Peter Persche <persche@texas.net>
My old e-mail address is persche@bellsouth.net. I have a listing in the family research and request you list the new address. Thank you
San Antonio, Texas USA - Friday, April 02, 1999 at 03:12:17 (GMT)
Cecilia Leonardo <cecilia@hvi.net>
My father and I spent some time looking at your wonderful tour of Gottschee. His mother's family emmigrated from Gottschee at the turn of the century. We had a cursory knowledge of the town, and we visited in the 1970's when I was six. Your pictures and commentary made Gottschee come alive for us. We thank you for giving us a chance to share this history. Keep up the good work.
New Paltz, NY USA - Saturday, April 03, 1999 at 03:06:18 (GMT)
Tammy Lauwers <Tameria@uswest.net>
I knew nothing of Gottscheer until I searched for my great-grandparents names-(Fannie) Matzelle and (Mathias) Moschner, together on the internet. This is where it led me. After reading everything I could at this site, I am pretty sure it's where they're from. I am sad that this heritage has somehow been lost in my family. If there are any kin to Matzelle's or Moschner's out there who would like to chat, please do e-mail me. I am starving for information and perhaps connections. They were born between 1875-1885 and immigrated to America right before or at the time of the turn of the century. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Tempe, AZ USA - Monday, April 05, 1999 at 16:17:09 (GMT)
Richard Henry Kump <rubble8899@aol.com>
Both my father's parents are Gottscheer, both from Gutenberg. My grandmother was a Koenig.
Hackensack, New Jersey USA - Tuesday, April 06, 1999 at 04:04:43 (GMT)
sabine and ronald

Hi! We like your homepage very much! It is really great! Greetings from Austria!
dornbirn, europe austria - Tuesday, April 06, 1999 at 19:06:27 (GMT)
Lonnette M. Stonitsch <missmaam@bigfoot.com>
Hello! I've come to your web site from doing a web search on my surname Stonitsch, and have discovered Gottschee. My paternal grandfather Anton Stonitsch married Josephine (Josefa?) Kump in the early 1900s. They had 5 children, Dorothe, Gilbert, Arthur, Herman, and Elmer (my father was Herman), and they settled in the Joliet, IL region, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. I know next to nothing about my grandmother's family, the Kumps, and would love to know more, or certainly any info on the Stonitschs, too. There are a lot of us here in the Chicago area that I can plug you into. Please respond if you think you can assist me.
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, April 07, 1999 at 00:23:50 (GMT)
Walter, Nancy & Joanie Kump <august3@gateway.net>
Hey! Uncle Helmuth...Thanx for putting me on the Internet! - Joanie

It's very informative, I realize I have new relatives. - Walter

Now I know what you've been doing in your spare time. - Nancy
Glendale, NY USA - Thursday, April 08, 1999 at 00:23:04 (GMT)
Mary Ellen Cox <mecox@utkux.utk.edu>
Starting to trace my roots back to Gottscheer, just started by searching the internet.
Maternal Grandfather is Edward Schauer - born 2/21/94 in Oberwarmberg
Maternal Grandmother is Marie Sedler - born 9/8/94 in Reichenau

Knoxville, TN USA - Thursday, April 08, 1999 at 13:59:16 (GMT)
My father is from Unterbuchberg #4. I am double first cousin of Herman.
East Northport, NY USA - Friday, April 09, 1999 at 13:11:21 (GMT)
John Pechonick (Pecovnik) <Jpech@mediaone.net>
My grandparents were from Slovenia (they spoke both Slovenian and German).

Would like to know more about the country! How do Slovenians feel about the war with Serbia ?

Is there a chat room (english) where politics is discussed ?

Thank you

John Pechonick
Neptune Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at 00:48:23 (GMT)
Bernard J. Gestel <gestel@boreal.com>
I was glad to find this Gottschee website. I'm hoping to be able to trace my grandparents John and Anna (German) Gestel who may have come from this area. I'm also interested in any information on the surnames Vardian, Kempe, and Saitz. All of these people immigrated to the copper mining region of Michigan.

Grand Maris, Minnesota USA - Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 22:13:49 (GMT)
Irma Maksche Wittendorfer
Keep up with the good work, thanks
ST.Louis, Missouri USA - Friday, April 23, 1999 at 18:01:35 (GMT)
Irma Maksche Wittendorfer
Keep up with the good work, thanks
ST.Louis, Missouri USA - Friday, April 23, 1999 at 18:01:54 (GMT)
Mausser Frank <wolfgang.siegmund@carinthia.com>
Dear gottscheer friend!
I am very happy to find this beautiful page about our homeland.
Keep up the good work.

Mit lieben Grüßen


A-9210 Pörtschach, Carinthia Austria - Saturday, April 24, 1999 at 19:28:05 (GMT)
Marie Schlindra <mschlindra@mmblaw.com>

San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, May 02, 1999 at 21:26:44 (GMT)
Leopold Matzelle <ny92ga@aol.com>
Found the Gottscheer web site by Accident. keep up the good work.
Stockbridge, GA. USA - Saturday, May 08, 1999 at 03:16:24 (GMT)
John F. Sorli <jfsort@yahoo.com>
Enjoyed your web site! My grandmother Maria Nadler was from Ort #4.
N. Bellmore, New York USA - Thursday, May 20, 1999 at 04:26:40 (GMT)
Ed Rom <hereward@bresnanlink.com>
I am half Gottscheer. The other half is Finnish. I grew up in Ely, MN. Everything about Gottschee etc. is really new to me. It's really strange to see familiar-looking names, except the spelling is German and not Slovenian (e. g. Stalzer instead of Stalcar, or Kromer instead of Kromar). I'm just a little bit overwhelmed to discover all this, and to find out that there are Gottscheers all over the U. S. and beyond. This is very interesting, and I'm going to find out more.
Mankato, MN USA - Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 05:59:17 (GMT)
James W. Petsche <jimmypetch@aol.com>
I was exchanging info with a James. The Melissa virus messed me up and I lost my e-mail address book. James please say hi soon. I have some info for you. -jimmy
Highland Heights, Oh USA - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 00:10:43 (GMT)
jennifer kratochwil <ilxresorts. com>
not quite sure exactly what the site is about, but would like to know more contact me at 3840 north 16th street phx, az 85016
phoenix, arizona USA - Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 22:42:22 (GMT)
Bernie Schemitsch <bps1@goodnet.com>
I've been visiting periodically and always find something of interest.
Keep up the good work. Also please note my new E-mail address as shown above. (My previous (old) E-mail address was bps@northlink.com)
Prescott, AZ USA - Tuesday, June 08, 1999 at 20:48:38 (GMT)
Michael J. Kump <kump.steitz@worldnet.att.net>
My great grandfather, also named Michael (Miha) Kump, was born in 1854. In 1872, he received a Reise-Pass for foreign travel which was issued at Tschernembl (now Crnomelj in Slovenia). He arrived in NYC in May 1873 and made it to Vermillion Minnesota within a couple of years. He died in Northfield Minnesota in the 1930s.
Northfield, MN USA - Sunday, June 13, 1999 at 14:05:08 (GMT)
Josef M. Schmitt <colorbomb@jps.net>
Seek any info ALEXANDER & KLEINER families, 1790 Eisenkappel, Kaernten, Austria. Descent in Austria, Germany & USA.
Oakland, CA USA - Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 21:58:47 (GMT)
Hans R. Schleimer <han530@home.com>
Thanks for keeping our heritage alive!
Colleyville, Tx USA - Friday, June 18, 1999 at 17:10:35 (GMT)
Ann Androsoff <pond@intergate.bc.ca>
Although I was born in Villach in 1948 My Mother was born in Kokendorf
#17 and my father Frank Knapfl was born in Hohenegg. We immigrated
to Canada in June 1949. I have an older sister born in Rahn German
I am impressed with your web site and will visit here often.
Thank You
Surrey, B. C. Canada - Monday, June 21, 1999 at 03:02:53 (GMT)
Peggy Goederer <pearlmaam@aol.com>
My grandmother's maiden name was Josephine Staudacher. Her husband was Joseph Goederer (Goderer w/umlaf bf immigration), and they were from Gottschee. Do I have any relatives out there? Would love to hear from you
Cincinnati, Ohio USA - Monday, June 21, 1999 at 06:14:34 (GMT)
Ann Androsoff <pond@intergate.bc.ca>
Your site was very informative and I really enjoyed it. I am a Gottscee decendant and really found it interesting to view maps and
photos of the area. Thank you
Ann Androsoff
Surrey, , B. C. Canada - Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 03:12:47 (GMT)
John Robert McMains <john@netsco.com>
Thanks for the info. My childrens Opa (my wife's dad) was born in Gottschee in the late thirties (and of course was later moved after the Italians took over control of Gottschee.)

FYI. My wife's name is Christina Melz, Daughter of Raimund Melz Jr., Son of Raimund Melz Sr., Son of Alois Melz.

Alois's children were:
Raimund, Antonia, Stephanie, Therisia, Floriana, Frank, Wilhelm, Alois Jr.
Kindest Regards,
John R. McMains

Raleigh, North Carolina USA - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 14:42:10 (GMT)
William Roessler <wroessle@ix.netcom.com>
My mother is Gottscheerin. She was born in Morobitz to Maria (geb. Kump) and Franz Zurl. Her parents operated Cafe Zurl as well as a side hotel business. Her father was killed in 1941 (or 42) by partisans while they were being expelled from their home. The family settled in Hasenbach (or Hasenfeld), later Klagenfurt and finally to Glendale, NY. Would love to get more information on other Gottscheers living around the SF Bay Area as well as Gottscheer socieities.
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 17:05:49 (GMT)
Jimmy <Jim736@frontiernet.net>
Dear Friends:
The Gottscheer Country Club, Walden invites you to its Annual Picnic Sunday, July 11th, 1999. There will be food, drinks, homemade cake and coffee, starting at 10:00 A.M. There will also be a Field Mass. Live music by the"The Celebration Band."

Hope to see you.
Gottscheer Country Club

More info call (914) 778-2651 10:00 am til 10:00 Pm
Walden, New York USA - Wednesday, July 07, 1999 at 00:38:47 (GMT)
James Warfield <Warbeau@hotmail.com>
Just looking for information on Staudach, Austria. My girlfriends name is Alexandra von Staudach and I would like to take her to the town some day.
West New York, NJ USA - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 15:48:07 (GMT)
John A. Krisha (Krize) <diverjack@worldnet.att.net>
My family on my father's side is from the Semich area of Slovenia. On my mother's side are Staudohers from the Stari trg ob Kolpi. I do research on these and many other slovenian surnames.
Vallejo, CA USA - Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 18:35:22 (GMT)
Just discovered the Gottcheer website! I have been
talking to Gottcheers all over the world, the other day
someone from Slovenia e-mailed me and the next time he
is in my grandfather's village, he will take some pictures
and send them to me. Never would happen before the
internet... From the Surge Family..Any other Surge's out
there, write me please.
LaGrangeville, N.Y. USA - Wednesday, July 21, 1999 at 02:29:21 (GMT)
Barry Deutschmann <jabb@capital.net>
I may have hunted with your Dad and Uncle Franz in the Catskills near Roscoe at my great Uncle's hunting lodge.
Lake George, New York USA - Thursday, July 22, 1999 at 15:11:20 (GMT)
Robert E. Meditz <rmeditz@orioncapital.com>
Very impressive. I shall spend more time later. Thank you!
Wethersfield, CT USA - Thursday, August 19, 1999 at 17:27:10 (GMT)
Richard & Annette Sider <Rsider824@aol.com>
We have Staudachers in our Family Tree.
A George Staudacher was married to an Aunt of Mine Named Lena Sider
The Siders are out of Unter Skril My mother was an Ostermann from Hinterberg
My Wife Nettie is a Hoegler{Kukendorf) and Tramposch(Nesseltal)
George Staudacher was a longtime member of the NY Gottscheer Mannerchor
Delray Beach, FL USA - Saturday, August 21, 1999 at 22:27:50 (GMT)
Renate Eppich <r.eppich@mbox.unicc.org>
Found your site by accident - congratulations
on a job well done.
Athens, Greece - Monday, August 23, 1999 at 13:55:17 (GMT)
John B.Gladitsch <jbglad@pipeline.com>
Thank You Helmuth Kump for providing a Gottscheer meeting place in Cyberspace.
Middle Village, N.Y. USA - Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 04:55:13 (GMT)
Philip Kump <pk4bb@aol.com>
Nice place to meet Gottscheer's and friends!!! Check out my web page of photos of Gotennitz made in 1995!
Ridgewood, NY USA - Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 01:11:15 (GMT)
Philip Kump
Oh...by the way the web page is http://members.aol.com/PK4BB/index.html
USA - Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 01:14:37 (GMT)
Mary Underberg Thurman <marilu1030@aol.com>
Hello. My great-grandparents were Joseph and Maria Peschel from Bistric #1. They came to America in the 1880's and settled in Shelby County, Iowa. Maria's maiden name was Roschitsch. I am researching records from Gottschee, to find out all I can about them. Have not found out anything about Maria yet. Have gotten wonderful help from several people. Thanks. Marilu Great site!
Canon City, Colorado USA - Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 04:47:38 (GMT)
David Hoefferle <hhfinanc@azstarnet.com>
My grandfather, John (Johannes)Hoefferle was born in Pollandl, 7 Feb 1881 (He moved to Park Falls, Wisconsin where he had 12 children, my father, Ferdinand was born May 15, 1918 - child #8).

John's father: Johannes Hoefferle born 22 Dec 1850, in Pollandl. died 1915.
Mother: Agnes Hoefferle

Tucson, Arizona USA - Friday, September 03, 1999 at 05:04:29 (GMT)
David Hoefferle <hhfinanc@azstarnet.com>
(Family Line: Hoefferle, Tscherne, Stritzel, Samida, Streitzer)
Please excuse the double entry. Much of the following information was obtained by Mrs. Kucera (a genealogist my family employed, who also worked in the LDS Family History Center in Salt Lake) who went to Pollandl (now Polanje)in 1980. She obtained pictures of the Hoefferle (now Hefferle) homestead and gravesite. The following is a review of the information she brought to us from the Archives Slovenije.

We do have other Hoefferle (Hofferle, Hoeferle) information, however, the names are not my direct line.

My Father: Ferdinand Hoefferle, born, Park Falls, WI, 15 May 1918
His Father: John (Johannes)Hoefferle, born Pollandl, 7 Feb. 1881
John's Father: Johannes Hoefferle, born Pollandl, 22 Dec. 1850,
died 1915.
John's Mother: Agnes Hoefferle, born Pollandl, 23 Jan. 1849, died,
Ellis Island, Sept. 1931.
John's PaternalGrndFth: Johann Hoeferle, born Pollandl, about 1818,
died, unknown (Father: Joseph Hoeferle, Mother: Maria
John's PaternalGrndMth: Agnes Cerne (Tscherne), born Pollandl, about
1820, died, unknown (Father: Mathias Tscherne,
Mother: Maria Stritzel)
John's MaternalGrndFth: Michael Hoeferle, born unknown.
John's MaternalGrndMth: Ursula Streitzer, born unknown.

Tucson, Arizona USA - Friday, September 03, 1999 at 05:37:18 (GMT)
Arnold R. Nadler <roarn@midwest.net>
My grandparents were both born in Gottschee and came to America about 1889. My grandmother's brother was living in Cleveland,Ohio in a 1900 census. His name was George Oswald. Living with him and his wife and small child were several young men, among them a John Kump born Oct 1873 who was listed as single and a Cabinet maker. Wonder if he fit on your tree. There was also a John Tscherne born 1866, married and listed as a molder. There was also a Josp. Handler age 29, a John Krierche age 38. I don't know if this was my greatuncle's boarding house or he was just letting these people from Gottschee stay there. Just thought this might be of interest to you. Arnold R. Nadler
Benton, Illinois USA - Tuesday, September 07, 1999 at 21:23:17 (GMT)
RICK AGNITSCH <ragnitsch@aitfreight.com>
OLATHE, KANSAS USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 20:32:32 (GMT)
stacey gates <staceyleigh14@yahoo.com>
I'm looking for information on the Staudacher family. My great grandfather was Arthur Staudacher and he was born in Detroit and then lived in Tawas, Michigan. I'm wondering how many generations must I go back to place a Staudacher family member in Germany. Please contact! Thank You!
Beverly Hills, MI USA - Thursday, September 16, 1999 at 21:46:42 (GMT)
Shelley Gates Staudacher <sgates2949@aol.com>
My father is living in East Tawas, Mi. (Birth 1919)
He is real vague on family history. His father was Arthur
Staudacher and possibly his father lived in Mt. Clements, Mi.
My grandfather married a Johanna Curry in Detroit, but formerly of Tawas Mi. Arthur's siblings were Helen, Florence, and Ted?
I had heard that from Germany, The Staudacher's came to Pennsylvania
and then somehow Michigan. My father George Frederick Staudacher had 2 other siblings, Harold( deceased) and Kenneth ( Fla.?)
West Bloomfield, Mi USA - Friday, September 17, 1999 at 15:12:59 (GMT)
Andrew Kobetitsch <drew@reliantdrive.com>
**** Zums - Glendale 43 miles, schnitzel, decision...
Stamford, CT USA - Monday, September 20, 1999 at 02:56:28 (GMT)
Thomas E Kump <klovato368@aol.com>
My father was from Gottschee and emigrated to America in 1958
Phoenix, Az USA - Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 06:08:24 (GMT)
Margaret Jonke <buster34@prodigy.netK>
Love the plauzderzimmer!
KCMOMO, MO USA - Sunday, October 03, 1999 at 01:08:47 (GMT)
Bridget Putre <bornonfarm@aol.com>
I am so exited that there are other people out there which are interrested in their heritage. Makes me very happy..

Denver, Co. USA - Wednesday, October 06, 1999 at 23:28:49 (GMT)
Kathy Rosenkranz <wolfwillowacres@net1fx.com>
Excellent site. I had never even heard of Gottschee before I was directed to your site by another SCHMUCK researcher. I just recently discovered my grandfather, Josef SCHMUCK was from Ribnik. Now, I'm very curious about present day Ribnik. Is it still populated? Does anyone have recent or historic images of the village? I loved the sites with photos linked to the GHGA site.
White City, Saskatchewan Canada - Saturday, October 09, 1999 at 02:19:34 (GMT)
Robert Gottlieb Koenig <rkoenig@kpmg.com>
As Gottscheer-American, I enjoyed looking at your wonderful pictures! Keep up the good work!
Glendale, NY USA - Monday, October 11, 1999 at 00:02:20 (GMT)
Joanie Kump <jstar85@yahoo.com>
I LUV this site!!!!
You NEED a new picture of me!!!
I'll be coming back!!
Hope 2 see you soon!!!
luv ya,
Joanie ;) ô¿ô
p.s- how do you get all those things to work for you?!?!?!?!?!
Glendale,NY.......school in manhattan (upper east side), New York!!!!!!!! USA - Monday, October 11, 1999 at 00:36:03 (GMT)
troy kump <troy_kump@hotmail.com>
My great grandfather is Don Kump
My grandpa is Garth Kump
My dad is Ken Kump
I am Troy Kump
My son is Taylor Kump

I wonder where we are related
provo, utah USA - Tuesday, October 12, 1999 at 17:29:05 (GMT)
Doreen Sandor Girardi <dsgmusic@frontiernet.net>
It has been some time since I have visited this site; now my computer is back up and running and I am glad to be back in the fold. Look forward to some of those Sunday chats.
NY USA - Thursday, October 14, 1999 at 00:33:54 (GMT)
Gerald Rossi <GRossi6403@aol.com>
Mr. Lothar Schadinger, identified as Nr. 20 among his grade school classmates in the Fasching photograph, was a friend of mine. He was director of a couple of travel agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and died of a brain tumor some years ago.
Your site is admirable in every way. I was especially pleased with the section "Saints of Gottschee." Several of them were referred to in some articles that I transcribed for the online edition of the old Catholic Encyclopedia. My work for the encyclopedia can be found through web searches (Google is best) using "gerald rossi" as the search terms. I dedicated my transcription of the article on Cardinal Schwarzenberg to Lothar.
Again, congratulations on the excellent site and be well.

Gerald Rossi

New York, New York USA - Friday, October 15, 1999 at 06:54:18 (GMT)
karen tavarone <ktavaron@cravath.com>
greetings fellow gottscheers!
what a site....
middle village, ny USA - Friday, October 15, 1999 at 17:43:15 (GMT)
William Gregory <wm.gregory@worldnet.att.net>
I am researching my mother-in-law's Gottscheer family. She was Paula Jeschelnig, born in 1906 in Rieg, immigrated in 1926, died in New Jersey in 1978.
Belleair Beach, Florida USA - Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 20:12:40 (GMT)
Donna Lembo <dlembo@mhrd.k12.nj.us>
I grew up in Ridgewood, New York right near the Gotscheer Club. Never did I think that it was my heritage. But after finding out my maternal grandparents names I realized my mother was full Gottschee. I am just trying to find out more history and will probably buy some publications from the Gottscheer Heritage to learn more. I am glad these sites are here because my grandparents surnames were always a puzzle to me. My mother died when I was 3 so I did not learn much about her heritage.
Stanhope, New Jersey USA - Friday, October 22, 1999 at 23:37:58 (GMT)
Carolyn S. Allen Cecil <ccecil @ccaonline.com>
Surnames I am researching are Schemitsch (Schemitz), Shalla, Jakobic and Sigal(Siegal?).
Lincoln, IL USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 01:50:30 (GMT)
Deena (Stampfel) Segot <DD82293@Yahoo.com>
My Grandmother was a Springer and her mother a Kofler. I am very interesested in finding out about the Family history. I have info back to Josef Kofler 1836. I have been unable to find much on the Stampfel side. Joseph Stampfel from glendale NY early 1900's. Any help would be appriciated. thank you
Patchogue, NY USA - Wednesday, November 03, 1999 at 17:39:29 (GMT)
Deena Stampfel <DD82293@yahoo.com>
I am interested in the Stampfel & Springer side of my family. George Springer was born July 3 1895. His wife was Josefa (Sophie) Kofler Born in 1886. They were married in Brooklyn in 1916. They had 3 children Frieda George & Francis
Joseph Stampfel was given his mothers maiden name - he died around 1942. He had 3 children - Joseph? Pauline & ? Can anyone help me?
Patchogue, NY USA - Thursday, November 04, 1999 at 16:13:32 (GMT)
Deena Stampfel <dd82293@aol.com>
I am interested in the Stampfels from Gottschee. They lived in Glendale on Myrtal Ave from 1920/30's. My greatgrandfather married a puttre. I would love any information
Patchogue, NY USA - Thursday, November 04, 1999 at 19:32:37 (GMT)
Brigitte Cusatis nee Wolf <gittic@msn.com>
What a great opportunity to learn a little more about my heritage. I am the daughter of Rudolf(mother's maiden name was Fischer) and Johanna (nee Novak)Wolf. I am the second youngest of six children. I was born in Bruk an de Mur(sp?)near Graz. I was two when the family immigrated to the US in '57. My siblings are all alive and well and have more memories than myself as they were teenagers at that time. My parents were members of the Gotscheer Verein in Milwaukee. They always enjoyed the annual Treffen.
Menomonee Falls, WI USA - Monday, November 08, 1999 at 16:44:20 (GMT)
Albert Hans Wolf <we2wolfs@aol.com>
I am the son of Rudolf and Johanna (Novak)Wolf who lived
in Gottschee for many years and took refuge with our family
in Kapfenberg, Austria. In 1956 we immigrated to Milwaukee,
My brothers and sisters names are Rudi, Anna, Hermine, Brigitte
and Peter Wolf.
I enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures and stories of my
family's homeland. If anybody recognizes our family names and
has pictures or information about my family in Gottschee, please
email me. I would also be interested to know of any Gottscheers
living in the SW Florida area.
My parents were close friends with Franz and Erna Schleimer,
Sofi and Josef Rack and the Kump family in Milwaukee.
My father passed away in 1993 and my mother in 1995. And I wish
they had been able to see these pictures of Gottschee.
I appreciate the time and effort of everybody involved in this
Behut dich Gott. Auf Wiedersehn!
Albert Wolf
North Ft. Myers, FL USA - Monday, November 08, 1999 at 22:46:53 (GMT)
Joan (Kump) Bulthaupt <JoanMarieB@aol.com>
I loved your website. I am a very good friend of your cousin, Erica.
Cranford, NJ USA - Tuesday, November 09, 1999 at 00:45:52 (GMT)
Joan (Kump) Bulthaupt <JoanMarieB@aol.com>
Just wanted to add if anybody is related to my list of relatives below, I'd like to hear from you:
My grandparents all came to NY in the 1920s.
Frank Spreitzer (my mother's father) born of Johann (or john) Spreitzer and Maria Meditz (or Metitz). He had 10 brothers and sisters and the only one I remember is Uncle John. My mother said his brother Richard died young.
Mary Brinskelle (my mother's mother) born of Yohann and Rosalia Wenetitsch. She had 3 brothers who stayed in Austria. One was a tailor.
Karl Kump (my father's father) born of Andy or Audy Kump and Gertrude Eppich.
Mary Schober or Schoeber(my father's mother) born of Alois Schober and Mary Schleimer. I know she had at least 2 sisters, Sophie Krisch and Pauline Stalzer.
My great-grandmothers Rosalia Wenetitsch and Maria Meditz came here, I believe in the 1950s or 1960s, but I'm not sure, I'd have to ask my Mom.
My parents, Frank and Rose are only children and were born here.
When I was younger, my grandparents lived in Glendale and Maspeth, NY.

Cranford, NJ USA - Tuesday, November 09, 1999 at 02:14:02 (GMT)
Paul & Holly Matzelle <hmatzelle@hotmail.com>
My husband's paternal grandfather, John Matzelle, was born in Pollandl in 1884. I'm just starting my research on this part of the family and I'm very glad to have found such a helpful site.
Chambersburg, PA USA - Tuesday, November 09, 1999 at 13:07:12 (GMT)
Barbara Troje <seenmedusa@aol.com>
My Grandfather Ferdinand Troje and Grandmother Fannie Fink were both Gottscheer and left before the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. I have always been curious about this place and the culture and am happy to find a site where I can start to investigate this. thank you very much!
otisco, IN USA - Tuesday, November 09, 1999 at 21:57:35 (GMT)
Mary Thurman <marilu1030@aol.com>
My Peschel ancestors came from Bistriz, and I am accumlating a lot of records from that town. I might be able to help if anyone else has questions from that town. Marilu
Colorado USA - Wednesday, November 10, 1999 at 04:19:59 (GMT)
mike Styduhar (stajduhar) <sty442@hotmail.com>
I am trying to do some research on my last name and have come to realize it is probably a translation of Staudacher. My Grandparents immigrated from former Yugoslavia to Western PA and therefore I thought the name was Croatian or Slovenian in origin. However after seeing Staudacher, staudohar,stauduhar,stajduhar, stajdohar, etc. I am wondering if this is a really common name in Europe. What does it mean? Is it really just a name in reference to a city in Germany or Austria? How did all of the versions come to exist? I am dying of curiosity, so if anyone can shed some light I would sincerely appreciate the info!

Austin (Round Rock) , TX USA - Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 08:55:21 (GMT)
Elaine Tramposch-Haufe <eljoe@worldnet.att.net>
Have been very interested in our Gottscheer history for a long time and actually have a credible family tree for the Tramposch side, prepared mostly by a cousin's husband of mine, with help from several other sources. My mother's maiden name was Verderber, and my mternal grandmother's maiden name was Grill. My paternal grandmother's maiden name was Koestner. I'm really looking forward to trying to join a chat one of these Sunday evenings but I wanted to say HI to my two cousins ,Paul and Doreen Sandor whom I see have been frequent visitors, as well as to all my fellow Gottscheers.
Ridgewood, New York USA - Friday, November 19, 1999 at 06:40:51 (GMT)
Donald Moore <gandalfgreywiz@aol.com>
Good to hear back from you!!! I'll be keeping in touch.
Deposit, NY USA - Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 14:54:36 (GMT)
Anna Wittine Helmhagen <Helmhagen@hotmail.com>

Great site. I am Anna Wittine Helmhagen
I was born in Rieg house #81. I visited
Rieg in September 98 on a tour trip. I
live in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.It is
20 miles south of Daytona Beach.I can be
reached atmy e-mail address, Helmhagen@hotmail.com
Thank you Anna Wittine Helmhagen

New Smyrna Beach, Florida USA - Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 22:09:19 (GMT)
Anna Wittine Helmhagen <Helmhagen@hotmail.com>

Great site. I am Anna Wittine Helmhagen
I was born in Rieg house #81. I visited
Rieg in September 98 on a tour trip. I
live in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It is
20 miles south of Daytona Beach.I can be
reached atmy e-mail address, Helmhagen@hotmail.com
Thank you Anna Wittine Helmhagen

New Smyrna Beach, Florida USA - Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 22:10:19 (GMT)
Anna Wittine Helmhagen <Helmhagen@hotmail.com>

Great site. I am Anna Wittine Helmhagen
I was born in Rieg house #81. I visited
Rieg in September 98 on a tour trip. I
live in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It is
20 miles south of Daytona Beach.I can be
reached at my e-mail address, Helmhagen@hotmail.com
Thank you, Anna Wittine Helmhagen

New Smyrna Beach, Florida USA - Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 22:14:32 (GMT)
Thomas A. Staudacher <tastaudacher@yahoo.com>
Son of John Anthony Staudacher who was born in Pittsburgh, PA 1926. Grandson of Anthony Staudacher who came to the U.S., time unknown and married (unknown first name) Lynch in Pittsburgh. Nephew of William, George, Robert, and Fergus Staudacher, all of whom were born in Pittsbugh, PA. Brother of Michael John Staudacher of Decatur, Texas. Would like any info. on possible family tree going back to Germany. Thanks.
Chandler, Arizona USA - Sunday, December 05, 1999 at 23:39:29 (GMT)
Steve Recher <Recher@aol.com>
Just found out about Gottscheer Sites. Trying to trace some of my ancestory.
Hicksville, ny USA - Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 03:48:49 (GMT)
Michael Hoegler <hoegler@nbs.at>
Just found this site ! My father (Franz Hoegler) born in 1893 lived in Rieg and Stalzern before all of them left (had to leave) Gottschee. Most of them went to Austria. So it is very interesting to see some of the well-known sur-names again here.
Vienna, Austria - Monday, December 13, 1999 at 15:15:37 (GMT)
MELBOURNE, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 23:02:35 (GMT)
Karen Durham (maiden name Jonke) <karend@insync.net>
No comments at this time
Houston, TX USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 18:22:52 (GMT)
Mike Kump <mkump@tamerica.com>
All of my ancestors on both sides of my family are from Slovenia (Kump, Sojda, Kochevar, & Cambic). I was doing a search on the Kump name and found this site, I do not know if I am related to anyone on this site though.
Butte, MT USA - Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 23:48:35 (GMT)
Herman Matthias Petsche <HPet88@aol.com>
Great Website!!
Happy New Year to all!!
Brooklyn, NY USA - Sunday, January 02, 2000 at 21:17:26 (GMT)
Deena Stampfel Segot <dd82293@netzero.net>
I am looking for Springers. George Springer was married to Margarethe Agnitsch. They stayed in Gottschee. Their son was my great grandfather: George Springer (Born 3 Jul 1895) married Josefa Kofler,(Katzendoef #21) 1916 in Brooklyn. His sister was Sophie. I know their were other siblings. Are there any Springers out there who may be related? I would love to hear from you.
Patchogue, NY USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 16:49:13 (GMT)
Deena Stampfel Segot <dd82293@netzero.net>
I am looking for Springers. George Springer was married to Margarethe Agnitsch. They stayed in Gottschee. Their son was my great grandfather: George Springer (Born 3 Jul 1895) married Josefa Kofler,(Katzendoef #21) 1916 in Brooklyn. His sister was Sophie. I know their were other siblings. Are there any Springers out there who may be related? I would love to hear from you.
Patchogue, NY USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 16:54:39 (GMT)
Linda Samide <lawgal100@aol.com>
Hamden, Ct USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 04:22:22 (GMT)
Frank W. Schober <Luvpolka@mindspring.com>
My dad came to the USA at age 5 in 1900 with his parents from
Tschermoschnitz which I understand was Austria, Hungary at the time.
I am 76 years old and would be interested in learning information
about this place and era.
Thanks and God bless, Frank W. Schober
3152 Mulga Loop Road
Birmingham,AL 35224-3003
Birmingham,, Alabama USA - Friday, January 21, 2000 at 23:00:47 (GMT)
anna wittine helmhagen <helmhagen@hotmail.com>
i enjoy your website.
new smyrna beach, florida USA - Monday, January 24, 2000 at 00:38:30 (GMT)
John Brajdich <bradax@mediaone.net>
I never knew there was so much support for would-be genealogists.
Maple Grove, MN USA - Monday, January 24, 2000 at 03:24:20 (GMT)
Jay Kraker <jkraker@kraker.com>
I enjoyed my first visit after coming by from the GHGA pages. I'm just beginning research into Gottschee ancestors. First U.S. immigrants in our family include John Kraker (b. 1872), Francesca Meditz (b. 1872). She arrived from Nesseltal; we're not sure of his birthplace. Gertrude Kump was mother of Francesca (aka Fanny). No additional info available yet on Gertrude.
Houston, Texas USA - Monday, January 24, 2000 at 20:42:10 (GMT)
Valerie Gore <IvyTiara@aol.com>
both my parents are Gottscheer. My Mother is Hilda Krauss (nee) Hilda Kump. Her mother's maiden name was Josepha Koenig. We all grew up in Ridgewood NY.
Port Jefferson, NY USA - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 01:18:12 (GMT)

BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS USA - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 15:48:46 (GMT)
Patty Van Fleet <patty@jayhawk.net>
I have trully enjoyed wandering about your site today. I have just learned that Gottschee is where my great great grandparents lived in Nesseltal #16. So am looking to find out all I can of the history of this area. Your site was more than very helpful.

Thanks for all of your hardwork!

Shawnee, Kansas USA - Monday, January 31, 2000 at 02:13:55 (GMT)
sandy staudacher <sandy@staudacher.com>
if you can help me find any relitives please let me know!
Smiles :) sandy
key west, fl USA - Thursday, February 03, 2000 at 00:21:07 (GMT)
William Morrissey <QMorrissey@aol.com>
Maria Koenig Feb 28, 1885 daughter of Joseph Koenig and Elizabeth
New Boston, New Hampshire USA - Saturday, February 05, 2000 at 20:28:22 (GMT)
Christian Wolf <101.67890@germanynet.de>
Iam very happy, that there are people in the US, who are still interested in the life and the culture of our gottschee ancestors. In Germany today, "Gottschee" is almost unknown. I would be happy to hear from you.
Wuppertal, NRW Germany - Sunday, February 06, 2000 at 16:59:24 (GMT)
Susan Carmichael (Kren) <catchacan@webtv.net>
I truly enjoyed your web site. My Grandfather Alois Kren came from there. He passed away long ago. I know he had a brother Helmut Kren that stayed there while my Grandfather came to the United States. I long to find relitives still there. Thanks once again for the glimps into his childhood.
Newton Falls, Ohio USA - Monday, February 07, 2000 at 05:55:48 (GMT)
Carol Huber <carol.huber@rocketmail.com>
Maternal grandparents were Gottscheers. My grandmother was
Josefa Bukovec and my grandfather's name was John Stalzer.
They immigrated to Chicago in the early 1920s.
Redondo Beach, California USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 00:14:55 (GMT)
Michael Seif <mikeyishome@cs.com>
I am the Grandson of Pauline Kraker - Born Dec 6, 1891 Altfriesach

Pauline was the daughter of Leonard Kraker b. 5/6/1860 in Altfriesach & Maria Teresa (Kump) b. 6/29/1859 in Millerburg.

Leonard was the son of Georg Kraker b. 4/3/1829 in Katzendorf & Margaretha (Stalzer) b. 6/3/1839

Maria Teresa (Kump) Kraker was the daughter of Johann Kump b. 1/4/1819 in Oberdeutschau & Maria (Teutschmann) b. 10/5/1818 in Oberbuchburg.

I am 50 years old, my father George (Kraker) Seif passed in 1963 when I was still too young to understand the pride of my heretige. I have read excerpts from the Gottschee commemerative edition 1947 showing my grandmothers family home in Altfriesach.

Thank You for being here, now I don't feel so lost.
Shirley, NY USA - Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 02:33:19 (GMT)
william w. kren <william767797@cs.com>
just checking on my ancestry from austria and germany.
newton falls, ohio USA - Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 01:48:06 (GMT)
Elfrieda Hutter nee Juran <lukjo@yahoo.com>
I was born in Klagenfurt in 1945. Came to Ridgewood in 1947. My mother's maiden name was Hedwig Goestel (coincidentally her mother's maiden name was Fanny Goestel - so Grandma Fanny always had the Goestel name). Grandma Fanny came to US in 1914 and worked in Brooklyn as an au par girl. She had to return to Gottschee in 1918 because her mother had died leaving a young sister, Louise, and brother, John. She married George Goestel in 1923 and had my mother and survived WWII, coming to US in 1952. Her father had been in US since early 1900's and we believe had another family in St. Mary's, PA . I am interested in finding any other Goestels.
Mineola, Long Island, New York USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at 02:51:15 (GMT)
John Herbst III <gottscheer@yahoo.com>
What a great site! I come here often just to see what's new and to check out the chat room and read and post on the bulletin board. Thanks for all the hard work to put this site together.
Ogden, Utah USA - Monday, March 06, 2000 at 04:41:14 (GMT)
mathias gerold rom <matirom@ig.com.br>
son of merchant mathias rom and hilde rom (geb. jonke) from gottschee city
nephew of joe shemitz (ny.ny.) and hermann petschauer (+)st.stefan /austria
carapicuiba, sao paulo brazil - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 00:48:24 (GMT)
hanna weidgans <miami@westernoverseas.com>
mother: paula nick (nee jaklitsch)
father: gottlieb nick
brothers: bernhard, gottlieb jr in nyc
sisters: hedwig kniesel nyc, bridget kepple calif
pembroke pines, fl USA - Monday, March 20, 2000 at 21:07:30 (GMT)
Margaret Knospler Smith <northchicks@enter.net>
As I just started searching the web for information on the birthplace of my paternal grandmother, Mary Kohl Knospler, born in Rieg, Gottschee and my paternal grandfather, Matthias Knospler, born in Laibach around 1870, I am simply amazed with the information available to the decendants of the "Gottscheers" and so excited to learn about the common link to our heritage. Thanks...
Stewartsville, NJ USA - Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 01:59:12 (GMT)
Gail Trimbath <skinytub@sgi.net>
I have only my Grandfather's name, birth & death dates and that he came from a place in Austria that is now Slovenia. Imagine my surprise to fine your website & the Gottscheers page. So I am looking for the Skerlec family. Valentin was my grandfather, his mother remarried after his father's death to a man named Jaklitsch. I have enjoyed the info on your pages. Thank you for sharing!
Belle Vernon, PA USA - Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 05:20:40 (GMT)
Wilma Lukan Cavanaugh <wmcavanaugh@home.com>
Recently began genealogy research on my father's family. His parents were Johann LUKAN (Wretzen) and Maria SCHMUCK (Ribnik)-Gottschee. Would love to hear from others about this Gottschee ancestry. Excellent site!
Davenport, Iowa USA - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 17:06:32 (GMT)
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. 07450 USA - Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at 07:09:09 (GMT)
Robert Petsche <petsche@telusplanet.net>
I don't know how I did it but I found your site by accident. It was very interesting to read the history starting in 1330. My parents are members of the Gottschee club in Toronto. We use to go to the treffins in Toronto and Kitchener but I stopped when I move to Alberta. I'll be telling them about this site.

R Petsche

Cold Lake, Alberta Canada - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 05:01:38 (GMT)
Donna Pena <dpena63@yahoo.com>
I was browsing the gottschee website for the first time. My great grandparents are from there. The names are Joseph Schaffer and Rosalia Sterbenz. My family is very interested in learning any info on the Sterbenz side. They resided in Cleveland, Ohio around the turn of the century. My grandfather Rudolph Schaffer is their only surviving son, he is still alive at the age of 92.
Vermilion, Ohio USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 18:49:51 (GMT)
LEBANON, NEW JERSEY USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2000 at 22:27:53 (GMT)
E. G. Shutter <elegsh53@hotmail.com>
I am currently researching my Great Grandfather. I am not quite sure if this the correct site, but I am clutching at straws at this point.

His name was COUNT JACQUE ST. KOSLOWSKY VON REICHENAU. Born 1846 in Leghorn, Italy to a Prussian Consul and Italian mother. Educated in Germany and later at Heidelberg University. Entered consular service, one year Franco-Prussian War. Emigrated to U.S. 1874/5.

Do not know what area/region of Prussia his family was from or what the name of his father was. Not even sure if he was a "Count". But do know that when he entered the U.S. he dropped the von Reichenau and went by KOSLOWSKY.

I hope I haven't bothered you by inquiring at the wrong area, but after hitting brick wall after brick wall, one has to try everywhere.
I am on several lists and do regular checks at the local LDS Center.

Any help would be greatly appreciated in trying to locate any information on my elusive Great Grandfather or where to start. My next step is to write to the archives in Leghorn/Livorno, Italy.

Thank you. E. G. Shutter elegsh53@hotmail.com
USA - Thursday, April 06, 2000 at 00:44:08 (GMT)
candy sanders new member <gene_sanders_99@yahoo.com>
looking for my great grandparents john sterbenz & ? and josef schaffer & mary fogrin.what village,any cousins,any information on relatives that remained in austria around 1900.any thing on rosila ((rose) sterbenz, daughter of john ,in paticular.
sandusky , oh USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 16:09:20 (GMT)
Paul F. Jenner <pjenner@ccp.com>
I'm hoping that your correspondents can be of some help. I'm a director of the GOTTSCHEER HERITAGE AND GENEALOGY ASSOCIATION and am working on a booklet that will provide a sketch of the villages of Gottschee along with a listing of house numbers, house names and occupants.

As many of you know the GOTTSCHEER ZEITUNG published a number of the the sketches over the years and have given GHGA permission to use their published material. However, we have sketches for less than half of the villages. This is an appeal to Gottscheers, particularly those who were born in Gottschee to pass on to their descendants a little more of the Gottscheer culture.

Of the 178 or so villages we still need about 100 sketches, particularly those of Altlag, Altlagbuchel, Altsag, Alttabor, Bistritz, Brunnsee, Dranbank, Drandul, Dornachberg (Durnbach), Eben, Feichtbuchel, Gaber, Gatschen, Gehag, Graflinden, Grintowitz, Grodetz, Grossriegel, Gutenber, Handlern, Hohennegg, Hornberg, inlauf, Kaltenbrunn, Karshutte, Kerndorf and Kleinriegel.

We also needKositzen, Krapflern, Kukendorf, Lahin (Lachina), Lacknern, Laubbuchel, Lichtenbach, Merleinsrauth, Mittenwald, Mitterbuchberg, Mittergras, Mrauen, Nesseltal, Neubacher, Neuberg, Neufreisach Neulag, Neuloschin, Niedertiefenbach, Oberbbuchburg, Oberdeutschau, Oberfliegendorf, Oberkatzendorf, Oberloschin, Obermitterdorf, Oberpockstein and Oberwildbach.

Also, Otterbach, Plesch bei Morobitz, Pollandl, Preriegel, Presuln, Prose, Rain, Ramsriegel, Ressen, Ribnig, Rodine, Rossbuchel, Rotenstein, Schlechtbuchel, Schonberg, Setsch, Skrill, Sporeben, Stalldorf, Steinwand, Strassenberg, Suchen bei Nesseltal, Suchenreuter, Taubenbrunn, Thurn Tiefenreuter, Tiefental, Toplitzel
Unterblaschowitz, Unterfliegendorf, Unterskrill, Untersteinwand, Unterwetzenbach, Verderb, Videm, Warmberg, Wertschitz, Wilderzug,, Wildbach, and Wretzen.

For many of the above we have house names, etc. On sketches, to the best of your ability, please locate houses (by number if known, and list occupant and house name on separate page. Also locate, chuirches and any other main buildings. Show roads, streets, etc. and tshow the nearest village to which they may lead. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Sketches or questions may be addressed to: Paul F. Jenner, 4524 Alpha Lane, St. Joseph, MO 64506-1725 or email: pjenner@ccp.com.

St. Joseph, MO USA - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 16:47:54 (GMT)
Fred G. Schmelzer (Kump) <fgschmel@bellsouth.net>
My father, Ferdinand Kump, came to this country through New York City, as Josef Schmelzer in 1925. He was born in Gottschee in 1899 and he left to go to Vienna for ornamental ironwork training when he was a teenager. He was always afraid of being sent back because of illegal entry, but now that he has passed away, I feel free to find out more about my heritage. I enjoyed looking at the pictures by Arnold Rom. Ich kann ein bissle Deutch sprechen aber nicht gut.
Fielen Danke,
Columbia, South Carolina USA - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 22:47:37 (GMT)
Johanna Kump Stasolla <Stasolla@Gateway.net>
My father Ferdinand Kump was born in Lichtenbach in Feb. l902. He was one of nine children.
Bayport, N.Y. USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 03:31:48 (GMT)
Monika Kump <monika_kump@westlb.com>
Hello - I have just recently moved to NY from St. Louis MO. My uncle, Adolph Kump, gave me some information recently on the 54th Gottscheer Volksfest to be held on Long Island in a few weeks. I was wondering if (any of) you have attended and if so, is it something that a fellow Kump would be interested in doing. I haven't met any other Kumps, other than my own family in Missouri, therefore I thought this would be an interesting way to explore our namesake.
New York , NY USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 17:51:38 (GMT)
lisa bruton
ca USA - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 22:42:08 (GMT)
maryfranaces Klupar <mklupar@msn.com>
Looking for Klupar We were situated in Tscherminschitze thx mf
Scottsdale , Az USA - Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 19:21:16 (GMT)
Shelly Tramposh <stramposh@uswest.net>
It's been so exciting to finally find references to Tramposches! I would love to hear from others who are researching our Gotschee ancestors.
Denver, Colorado USA - Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 16:29:14 (GMT)
Andrew & Emma Stritzel <andrewemma@webtv.net>
Die besten Grüsse an alle Gottscheer. Please, do not e- mail us until July3.oo,we will be on our Vacation in Europe. Thanks Andy!
Los Angeles, California USA - Monday, May 15, 2000 at 00:48:07 (GMT)
MaryFrances Klupar <mfklupar@msn.com>
Please not the e-mail address has been modified. mf not m klupar
Scottsdale, Az USA - Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 23:15:20 (GMT)
Tony Sehn <pancette@altavista.com>
I am interested in family history, the family name Ramor or Schuss from the villages of Rodine and Reichenau.
Vancouver, B. C. Canada - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 05:19:39 (GMT)
Charles Frank <CWFrank@aol.com>
My mother was Gottschee. Her maiden name was Gramer. See you all at the picnic this Sunday!

New York, NY USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 22:40:12 (GMT)
Joe & Bertha Mausser nee Stiene <cheimsoth@altavista.com>
Joseph ist von UnterWarmberg und Bertha ist von Reichenau.
Wickliffe, OH USA - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 23:25:20 (GMT)
Ingeborg Rom Weber <omaweber@hotmail.com>
Arnold Rom's Sister
Cleveland, , OH USA - Tuesday, June 06, 2000 at 00:15:22 (GMT)
Carole Kraisner Scheinberg <cscheinberg@hotmail.com>
My paternal grandfather is from Gottscheer. His name is Louis Kraisner, although he may have changed his last name in this country. He moved to Cleveland Ohio.
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, June 06, 2000 at 05:19:40 (GMT)
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Martin Joseph Sweaney <rmktsweaney@aol.com>
I am amazed to have discovered this site. My grandfather, Johann Tramposh, came to Kansas City, MO as an 11-year-old in 1904. His older brothers were Franz and Joseph; his younger brother was Karl (Carl). Their parents were Matthias Tramposh and Magdalena Eisenzopf. They hailed from Hocheneck, now Onek, a few km. south of Gottschee. I know a fair amount of family lore; my mother, born Rita A. Tramposh, is still alive and knows more. My brother, Patrick, has been there. On the wall of my office there hangs a map of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy from 1901; Gottschee marks the southern terminus of the railroad.

Bastrop (Originally Omaha, NE), Texas USA - Friday, June 09, 2000 at 02:45:33 (GMT)
Margaret (Sterbenz) Light <lmlighthouse@juno.com>
I just recently ran across this web site & feel I am in the right area as my greatgrandfater George & greatgrandmother Mary (Kapsch) came from Austria along with their siblings & I found many names that match up with what I have already found regarding the Sterbenz name. My grandfather John's 1st wife was a Kotze & their daughter married a Gregorich. Also the names Huber, Jaklitsch, Jerman, Persche, Peschel, Schmuck, Skof (Skoff here), Spitznagel, Stritzel (Strutzel here) & Verderber are either from the family tree or in a local cemetery
Bettendorf, Iowa USA - Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 21:38:42 (GMT)
Franz Mausser <barbfrran@msn.com>
Recently I stumbled on the Gottscheer website. I was surprised and am delighted that so many Gottscheer show so much interest in Gottschee. I was born in Komutzen in 1936 and remember the UMSIEDLUNG and life in Untersteiermark and the final flight to Austria. Sad chapter in our history. I am trying to get my upsprings interested in Gottschee and this page. Please keep up the good work. Gtateful, Franz Mausser
Barrington, Illinois USA - Friday, June 23, 2000 at 11:45:47 (GMT)
Andrew & Emma Stritzel <andrewemma@webtv.net>
My Wife and myself visited Pøllandl,Krapflern and the City Gottschee early this June,we where disappointed.
Los Angeles, CA. USA - Tuesday, June 27, 2000 at 22:06:16 (GMT)
Martin <fianz@xtra.co.nz>
Greetings from New Zealand !
I sympathise entirely with the plight of the Gottscheedeutsche, expelled from their homes after WWII.
My grandfather was a Kriegsgefaenger (POW) who marched across northern Bohemia through the winter of 1944-45, from Upper Silesia to Bavaria in three months ! He left a diary recording the hospitable population, beautiful buildings and scenic countryside - pretty remarkable observations for a war prisoner !
The expulsions were a mistake, a dreadful one comparable only with Stalins gencidal campaigns against the Caucasian mountain people and the Volgadeutsche.
I pray the future sees some sort of restitution of the Volksdeutsche and a greater recognition of their role in central European history.
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - Friday, June 30, 2000 at 00:31:35 (GMT)
Ron Ruppe <ruppe@ruppe.com>
Very nice site for those seeking information on Gottschee. My father's parents (Peter Ruppe and Louise Schaeger) were from Gottschee and immigrated to Cleveland. Hope to get our family history up on the web as well as you have. Thank you.
La Crescenta , CA USA - Friday, July 07, 2000 at 17:17:30 (GMT)
DEC. 15, 1936
JOLIET, IL. 60433
JOLIET, IL USA - Friday, July 07, 2000 at 20:04:22 (GMT)
barbara <bart_cevarom@lineone.net>
Kaj naj pa sploh napisem, samo tako, da pustim svoj "mark". Lep pozdrav iz Anglije, kjer trenutno lije kot iz ...!
leicester (born in Dragatus-Zapudje(slovenija)), Slovenia, England - Sunday, July 09, 2000 at 22:41:46 (GMT)
Robert Preiditsch <robert.preiditsch@turner.com>
I was born in Kitchener, Ontario, but now live in Atlanta, Georgia. I am 29 years old and have two siblings...John and Susan. My father, Bernhard, emmigrated to Canada in 1933 with his mother Helene Hutter, brother Erwin and sister Gerda. My grandfather, Franz, died during WWII protecting the town of Gottscheer. In 1995, I went to Graz to see the denkmal (memorial) inside the chapel built in honor of the Gottscheer people. I recommend the visit for those

Atlanta, Georgia USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at 19:06:45 (GMT)
Heike Kump <Kump@gmx.de>
Very interesting side!
Munich, Germany - Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 13:54:02 (GMT)
walter weber <www.weberw.tiscalinet.it>
.. my grandfather, josef weber,was born in Gottenitz in 1882, as an illegitimate child. Her mother, my grand-grand mother, had to leave, i presume, the community and emigrated to New York where she died sometime before the first world war. I only got a picture of her in brooklin where, i again, she leaved. I would like to know if she was a member of the gottscheer community in N.Y., if she married in the US,etc. Any information would be welcomed as of the genealogy of her/my family. you may correspond in eng,deutsch,spanish,italian,french or even in russian.
trieste, italy - Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 16:07:10 (GMT)

JOLIET, IL USA - Friday, August 04, 2000 at 18:01:22 (GMT)
Richard Sider <rsider824@juno.com>
Enjoyed your site. Had an uncle George Staudacher that lived in Glendale,NY. He was married to my aunt Lena maiden name, Sider(Zidar).I believe he came from Unterdeutschau.He Had Sons George,Peter,and Joseph and a daughter Lena
Delray Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 02:59:08 (GMT)
Jane (Goederer) Keller <jakell2@attglobal.net>
I have never come across another Goederer. Just curious to see if there are any others out there.

Commack, NY USA - Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 13:08:32 (GMT)
Bernhard Preiditsch <johncp@istar.ca>
Born in Lienfeldt Gottchee 1934 - Parents Franz Preiditsch and Helene Hutter.

Left Austria August 1951 for Canada. Father Died in 1945 in the war. Mother, Brother Erwin born Nov 3, 1935 and Sister Gerda born June 9th 1943 all left together to join family in Canada.
Kitchener, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 19:19:44 (GMT)
Natasa Golob <Natasa.Golob1@guest.arnes.si>
I didn´t know these pages exist on the internet.I´m looking for my
relatives in the U.S.Maybe I´ll find someone.
Kocevje, Slovenia - Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 14:33:31 (GMT)
Alisa Prantner <afrancois71@aol.com>
My grandmother's parents, John Mausser and Rosalia Schmuck lived in Ribnik, leaving in the late 1800's. Eventually settled in Dubuque, Iowa.
IL USA - Tuesday, September 05, 2000 at 02:34:35 (GMT)
Sophia Stalzer-Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
I am looking for fellow passengers who journeyed to the new homeland in April of 1952. We left Bremerhafen on April 16 and arrived in the early morning hours of April 26 in New York Harbor. Travel was aboard the USNS General Muir. I would love to hear from you.
Minnesota` USA - Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 02:40:24 (GMT)
Steven Recher <srecher@optonline.net>
My Grandfathers name was "Staudohar"
Hicksville, NY USA - Friday, September 15, 2000 at 00:47:18 (GMT)
William Harrison Kump <wkump1@yahoo.com>
Just thought i would say hi to all the other Kumps,I did not know there were so many other Kumps
Oberlin, Kansas USA - Friday, September 15, 2000 at 19:47:25 (GMT)
Louis Brinskelle III <lb3@si.rr.com>
My grandfather came from a village called Widerzug. He came to the USA
through Ellis Island in the late teens/early 20's. His mothers maiden name was Rom. My grandmother's name was Marie Petchel before she married my grandfather. They settled in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, and then later on moved to Ridgewood. My six month old son is the fourth to carry my grandfathers name. He is Louis Brinskelle IV. If anyone recognizes any of these names please write to the above e-mail address if you would like to talk. Thanks
Staten Island, NY USA - Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 00:18:57 (GMT)
Kim Robert Hamlin <krhamlin2000@yahoo.com>
Helmuth, Great job on your web site. It brings back the good times.The Fender guitar,Ramada, bowling and the family. krhamlin2000@yahoo.com
windsor, New York 13865 USA - Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 01:47:09 (GMT)
MaryAnn Povtak <katvop@aol.com>
Surnames: Eppich, Hoferle, Kraker, Kikel
We are from Cleveland, Ohio, just getting into
my Mom's side of the family!
Places: Winkel, Langenton, Kletsch
Brunswick, Ohio USA - Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 14:52:16 (GMT)
Stephen F. Kropf <SFK60@Charter.net>
I'm searching for any ancestoral information pertianing to my grandparents Fritz & Paula Kropf from Ridgewood, New York.
Glen Carbon, Illinois USA - Monday, October 02, 2000 at 02:09:05 (GMT)
Richard J. Kump <rickump@home.com>
My brother, Steve sent me your URL, interesting. I have an Uncle Frank Kump in Europe, and one Irvin Kump in US. Not too many in this part of Canada.
Surrey, BC Canada - Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 03:37:36 (GMT)
Lynette Preece <lynette.preece@xtra.co.nz>
Lovely web site.
I am looking for relatives, von Graevenitz.
Tairua, via Coromandel New Zealand - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 04:20:35 (GMT)
vera crane <vera_crane@yahoo.com>
like to have information on harriet henderson that married william (roy?) crane they are my husbands great grandparents we have been searching for something on them for a long time. i'm in hopes someone out there will have something. thanks for your time and effort in helping. vera
brevard, nc USA - Monday, October 09, 2000 at 19:15:22 (GMT)
Susan <sgm1213@aol.com>
Absolutely fantastic!
New York, New York USA - Monday, October 16, 2000 at 11:04:30 (GMT)
tony agnitsch sr. <tagnitsch47.hotmail.com>
I'm looking for family that I may not know.
sparks, nv USA - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 02:26:41 (GMT)
wassmann <wassman@optusnet.com.au>
Toowoomba, QLD Australia - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 10:04:59 (GMT)
Deena Segot <DD82293@netzero.net>
I have a map layout of Hohenegg & Katzendorf house numbers, family names and house names. Email me if you are interested in a copy.
NY USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 00:59:01 (GMT)
Rod Honigman <rahonigman@aol.com>
1st. time visit
Surrey, BC Canada - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 03:36:31 (GMT)
Tiffany McCauley <magootm@hotmail.com>
This was kinda neat Thanks
Kelso, Wa USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 16:14:09 (GMT)
Guy LaChina <guylach@netscape.net>
Seeking people who can help me find out about the village of Lachina in the eastern section of Gottschee. Its families and history. Thank you.
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - Saturday, November 04, 2000 at 13:17:44 (GMT)
John Eppich <john_eppich@hotmail.com>
I was doing some work, and I decided to look up EPPICH on "Infoseek"
and it pointed me here.
This is good, are there any Gotscheer clubs down here?

This is a great site,I can't wait to show my dad, he will definitely get a kick, I was able to find his birth info.

Germantown, Md USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 02:45:41 (GMT)
Jim Heimann <DocH301454@aol.com>
Continue to be amazed by the number of Gottscheers on line. Especially interested in how, why, when and where Gottscheers went after they left Gottschee both before and after World War II. My ancestors came to the United States in the 1920's and settled in Ridgewood, New York. Koenig, Schauer and many other surnames are in my family tree. Would share with anybody who is interested.
Roseland, NJ USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 03:55:23 (GMT)
Gerhard R. Wittreich <gerhard@wittreich.org>
My father is Robert Wittreich from Handlern and my mother is Marie Tschopp from Rieg. It's great to see so much information about my family roots.
Hockessin, DE USA - Tuesday, December 05, 2000 at 03:11:58 (GMT)
Ed Sager <edsager@prodigy.net>
At age 72 am starting a family tree. My mother, Eiisabeth Konig, was born 2/14/1902 in Kletsch, Gottschee to Simon Konig and Aloisia (Samide) Konig. When my mother (and her sister Annie) emigrated to New York, USA in 1921, their home address was Zuchmantel, Fryvaldov.
Her uncle John Gliebe had a successful fishing equipment store at Broad and Myrtle Aves in Ridgewood, NY. My father Bert Sager and mother married in 1926 and settled in Ridgewood, NY, moving in 1941 to Woodhaven, Quenn Co., NY. Any details about the Konig family will be appreciated. My grandfather Simon is said to have been a fruit importer in Gottschee, but moved the family to Zuchmantel when WWII interrupted his supply of fruit.
Berwyn, PA USA - Tuesday, December 05, 2000 at 11:52:31 (GMT)
Ed Sager <edsager@prodigy.net>
Correction of previous post:
Mother's name is Elisabeth Konig. Zuchmantel is probably spelled Zuckmantel. Woodhaven is in Queens County, NY. Grandfather Simon Konig's fruit importing business was advrsely affected by WWI. Sorry.
Berwyn, PA USA - Wednesday, December 06, 2000 at 06:09:55 (GMT)
Adi (Adolf) Putre <aputre@aol.com>
If someone knows where I could purchase copies of the "Gottscheer Jahrhundert Buch" please let me know ...

I was born in Schwarzenbach Gottschee, grew up in Klagenfurt/Kärnten and came to the United States in 1955 with my parents, Johann and Josephine Putre (Maiden Name Wolf)... After ten years in the neighborhoods of Ridgewood and Glendale N.Y. I drifted further and further out into the country and now live in the hills of Vermont on the edge of what is called the Northeast Kingdom ... not unlike the old country of Gottschee ...
Waterbury Ctr, Vermont USA - Friday, December 08, 2000 at 18:14:47 (GMT)
Stefan Riegel <StefRiegel@aol.com>
James Hennessy,
I tried to contact you about Riegel genealogy. But your email address did not work. Please reply.
Germany - Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 10:55:13 (GMT)
Marilyn Linn <mlinn01@sprynet.com>
My greatgrandfather Georg Kump was born Feb. 22, 1830 in Grodetz. His parents were Mathias Kump and Maria Rom. He and his older brother Mathias came to the United States in about 1864.
Wichita, KS USA - Monday, December 11, 2000 at 23:27:44 (GMT)
Michael Gerbitz <snortster@earthlink.net>
updated E-mail address

Smithtown, NY USA - Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 19:07:39 (GMT)
Linda Jonke <chrislindaca@yahoo.com>
I am in the southern ontario area until Jan11/01 and would like to contact any Gottschee in this region conserning any get togethers that may be happening.Thank you.LJ.
Box 155,Tatla Lake., BC Canada USA - Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 17:01:15 (GMT)
Richard Verderber <RichVerd@Juno.com>
This is a tremendous site. I see names that I often heard my mother and father speak about. Brings back many memories of Ridgewood. Mom's maiden name was Josepha (Sophie) Lobe from Kukendorf and pop's name was John from Mitterdorf. I'll be tuning into this site more often.
No. Massapequa, New York USA - Sunday, December 31, 2000 at 04:19:14 (GMT)
Adolf Stritzl <astritzl@comcast.net>
Was born in Lachina by Stockendorf to Franz and Pauline Stritzl
San Diego, , California USA - Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 21:08:40 (GMT)
Erik Krisch <miha.krisch@k2.net>
Folowing father's ancestor's I came to Georg Krisch born in 15 april 1785. My grandfather build 1890 a habitation in Niedertiefenbach and married my grandmother Maria Sterbenz born 12 May 1863, died 13 April 1935.Because of missing marriage books from parish Morobitz I can not find where she was born and who her ancestor were.
Ljubljana(Laibach), Slovenia Slovenia - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 16:17:27 (GMT)
Erik Krisch <miha.krisch@k2.net>
Folowing father's ancestor's I came to Georg Krisch born in 15 april 1785. My grandfather build 1890 a habitation in Niedertiefenbach and married my grandmother Maria Sterbenz born 12 May 1863, died 13 April 1935.Because of missing marriage books from parish Morobitz I can not find where she was born and who her ancestor were.
Ljubljana(Laibach), Slovenia Slovenia - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 16:48:05 (GMT)
Bernie Schemitsch <bschemitsch@hotmail.com>
Just a note to update my E-mail address. I stop by often to view any new additions to this visitors log.
Prescott, AZ USA - Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 20:46:43 (GMT)
gladitsch hans <hans.gladitsch@t-online.de>
Happy new year
munich, germany USA - Tuesday, January 09, 2001 at 16:55:22 (GMT)
Ronald Schuss <dale.schuss@home.com>
Thanks for the great information! Always interested in hearing from Kump's and Schuss' of the Maierle area of what is now Slovenia.
Richmond, BC Canada - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 04:57:50 (GMT)
andrej gazvoda <andrej.gazvoda@stud.fh-regensburg.de>
hello, i´m a 23 old slovin student living in germany. my mother´s family is from gottschee and it´s a pleasure for me to talk with other
people linked anyhow with gottschee about history, the now and future of gottschee...

have a nice day,

regensburg, bavaria germany - Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 16:13:01 (GMT)
Howard Herbert Michitsch <hmichitsch@attcanada.net>
MY father was Herbert Michitsch born 28 Apr 1928 in Hinterberg he came to Canada in 1952.
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 19:35:36 (GMT)
Heidi Boeckl-Murray <hmurray@polaris.edu>
My grandmother is Christina Kump who came to the US in the 1920's. She married John Boeckl in 1936 in Cleveland, ohio.

Christine had 9 siblings and to our knowledge only Andy and Maria came to the US. I'm aerly on in my search and i don;t even know what to ask or request.

Do you think your Kumps could be the same? I'm at work and do not have dates with me but I hope to send additional info your way.

Heidi Murray
Lakewood, Oh USA - Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 19:53:37 (GMT)
Lenore Putinas <lputinas@yahoo.com>
I am interested in knowing more about your group.
Medina, New York, New York USA - Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 15:45:17 (GMT)
John Arthur Poje <THEPOJE@aol.com>
Wow! I was just "surfing" and I put in the "POJE" name in the aol search section and found your site. Hello fellow Gottschers! Talk about your minorities! There are plenty of us!

My father was named John and he was "Pettersch Poje." He has a brother named Frank who is still alive and lives in Middle Village, New York. My mother is still alive and resides in Glendale. Her name is Erna and her maiden name is "Fink." I believe she came from

I just saw a film made in 1936 of the Gottscheer people by a priest from Cleveland and saw my mom at age 20 working in the fields with my grandmother. My grandmother looked just like my mother! It gave me a new perspective on my heritage. I am proud to be a Gottscheer!
Bayside, New York USA - Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 04:08:24 (GMT)
Ann Kaltschitz Monaghan <sammyj@ezaccess.net>
As first generation US born I was looking for information to share with my daughter about Gottschee and found your site to be very interesting.
Hawley, PA USA - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 00:43:39 (GMT)
Bill Kickel <bkickel@gateway.net>
Looking to extend family tree beyond my grandfather Frank Kickel (Kikel), who with his wife, Agnes Mausser came to Cleveland from Hohenberg in 1908.
Willoughby, Ohio (Cleveland), Ohio USA - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 02:52:05 (GMT)
Johanna Stasolla (Kump) <Stasolla@Gateway.net>
My father Ferdinand Kump was a Gottscheer.
Bayport, NY USA - Monday, February 05, 2001 at 14:04:59 (GMT)
Jeff Staudacher <staud@direct.ca>
Interesting site. My family is from Noetsch im Gailtal, Karnten, Oesterreich.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 22:51:17 (GMT)
Robert Herbst <r.herbst@paaltd.com>
This is my first exposure to a Gottscheer website or any recorded history. All the best to your family.
Calgary, Alberta Canada - Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 05:04:10 (GMT)
Jean Stanley <jean.stanley@verizon.net>
My name at birth: Irma Jean Kump, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Kirby Kenneth Kump and Anna Helen (Smith) Kump, April 5, 1945, ninth of eleven children.
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 19:21:26 (GMT)
Paul Brasino <satch_7@msn.com>
Hi to all the Gottscheers out there. I enjoyed going thru all the names tonite....brought back so many memories..My wife is Adeline Jaklitsch and we have been trying to find out more about her mother Gertrude Stonitsch who was married to Johanne Jaklitsch and they lived in Glendale, N.Y. Our relations are: Kren, Rabuse, Staudacher, Kump all from Ridgewood and Glendale..I could go on and on...Happy dreams to you all.. it is now past my bedtime and my Frau is waiting for me..gotte nacht one and all.....Paul Brasino
Bethpage, N.Y. USA - Saturday, March 03, 2001 at 05:46:37 (GMT)
marin schmuck <msmuk@inet.hr>
it's so full of stars!
zagreb, croatia - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 21:42:04 (GMT)
Anna Giannandrea <iatc1@aol.com>
Hi, I have been perusing the Gottschee sites on the internet. It is very heart warming to see so many people keeping up their Gottscheer Heritage. My mom is from Pollandl. Our family immigrated in 1955 settling in Ridgewood, NY. Now I live on Long Island in New York.My maiden name is Matzelle. My dad was Rudolf Heinrich Matzelle. Hope to hear from you soon. Anna
massapequa park, New York USA - Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 15:07:50 (GMT)
Jenny and Miro Podborsek <mamapod@hotmail.com>
Looking for relations of Rosie Schmuck who married Vinco Podborsek in1935
Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA - Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 23:54:05 (GMT)
helga blackwell <Ekuseni@aol.com>
hello this is my first visit to this site. my mother
is from gottschee. her maiden name is anna oswald, from
buchel. her parents were maria and matthias oswald.
the majority of my family live in leibnitz austria,
and one large branch of the family is in britain.
would love to hear from any one who knew any of the oswald's
cambridge, ontario canada - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 05:01:03 (GMT)
James D Gordon Sr. <Srjim1@webtv.net>
Having a Grandfather & Grandmother from Gotscheer Austria I find this Very interesting
Madiera Beach, Fla. USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 14:57:41 (GMT)
Kim <FA2573@aol.com>
Does anyone have any information on the surname LOGAR? I really would appreciate it. Thanks!
Florida USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 11:37:56 (GMT)
I inadvertently hit the Enter key intending to make a new paragraph, but that kicked me out. Sorry again, Arnold. I hope that you got the previous part of my message. I enjoyed reading your account of the war years in Gottschee. It was in a slightly different perspective that I have heard in my other fragmeantary accounts but it helped very much in showing me the total tragic picture. The day after Alfred Jonke's visit to us last fall, we left for a visit to Gottschee and Austria (Adam Barthalt tour). We only were able to spend 2 days in Gottschee but it was very interesting. We also got to the Gedenkstätte. My paternal grandmother and two of my cousins are also memorialized there. Thanks again for the well written article and photos.
USA - Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 21:18:17 (GMT)
Brian Kump <bkump@mris.com>
My first visit to this site
Newville , Pa USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 00:50:58 (GMT)
John Stonitsch <jjstonit@aol.com>
Hold ham license W2KXG. Any more Gottscheer hamsout there?
Glen Cove, New York USA - Monday, April 02, 2001 at 00:15:05 (GMT)
Dieter Röthel <dieter.roethel@chello.at>
My parents were Josef Röthel and Helene Kresse, both born in Gottschee.
Vienna, Austria Austria - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 at 18:34:41 (GMT)
Margaret Jonke Murphy <buster34@prodigy.net>
Just checking in. My father's family came from Kummerdorf in Gottschee. AM interested in Gottscheer culture.
Kansas City, MOP USA - Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 19:45:20 (GMT)
Di <DPI316@Yahoo.com>
I used to go the St. Matthias before I moved to OK. It was great to see how the school is doing and hear about all the news going on. Thank you so much for letting me be able to check back and see how my old school is doing. God Bless ~Di
Broken Arrow, OK USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 03:46:22 (GMT)
Carrie Sterk Fall <dcfall@msn.com>
Interesting site. My g-great grandparents were Josef STERK and Margaretha (Margaret) STERBENZ. Their children were John, Ben, Peter, George, Joseph, Mary and Celia. John (my great-grandfather) married Rose GREGORICH, daughter of Mathias (Matthew) GREGORICH and Mary ROZAC. Would greatly appreciate any additional information you might have. Thanks.
Oxford Junction, Iowa USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 05:22:42 (GMT)

NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA USA - Monday, April 23, 2001 at 05:39:18 (GMT)
Florian John MATOS <FJMWriter@aol.com>
Lived in Ridgewood from May 1941 until February 1959 (from age 10 until age 28)...and now attempting to locate as many of the Class of June 1945, who attended St. Matthias on Catalpa Avenue. I attended from September of 1941 throgh June 1945. If any of you "out there" who post to this site, were IN that class, or know of any friends or relatives who were, please E-Mail me at address given..(and be sure to place "St. Matthias" in the subject line, so I don't "delete" you as spam mail :-) I have a list of all the classmates from that graduating class, so let me hear from you, if you "belonged" ! I know of Pete Marsh, Frank Rush, James Berry, et al...all 50 of those classmates can't all be listed here.
Commack, NY USA - Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 16:03:55 (GMT)
Jeff <n3yea@arrl.net>
Great Website, especially like the USAir links !
Way to go Helmuth !
Beaver Falls, PA USA - Friday, May 04, 2001 at 15:47:01 (GMT)
Kathy Rosenkranz <wolfwillowacres@sk.sympatico.ca>
I always enjoy visiting this website. I wanted to leave my new email address. My grandfather is Josef Schmuck from Ribnik 6 near Tschermoschnitz. I would like to correspond with descendants of Josef's siblings: Georg Schmuck b. 10 April 1867, Agnes m. Schmidt(?) b. 7 May 1876, and Josefa m. Grill(?) b. 29 March 1873. All 3 should have been is the USA by 1908. Supposedly they settled in the Cleveland area but I have been unable to find any info on them.
White City, SK CAN - Saturday, May 05, 2001 at 23:34:35 (GMT)
Jay Ross (Schleimer) <Norosion@aol.com>


My mother's maiden name is Schleimer, and I believe her family originally descends from Gottschee. At some point in history, one of her ancestors must have relocated the family to Enscheringen, Luxemburg, and in the late 1800's they relocated from Luxemburg to Defiance, Iowa. My grandfather John Schleimer was born in 1900, and he had four children: Frank, Donna, Marlene, and Janis Schleimer. Janis is my mother.

Anyway, I'm still in process of trying to research when the Schleimers of Enscheringen, Luxemburg departed Gottschee. I'd also like to know what drove them to leave.

I'd very much enjoy hearing from anyone who may be able to provide information regarding this. I will be visiting Europe this fall, and would like to visit Gottschee/Kocevje. But prior to visiting, would like to learn more about my family's history as it relates to this town.

Thanks in advance, and by the way, you have an excellent web site!

-Jay Ross (Schleimer)
Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska (Defiance, Iowa), NE/IA USA - Monday, May 07, 2001 at 19:42:15 (GMT)
Richard Isny <Isny@TheDepot.com>
I am interested in contacting any Gottscheers who may still reside in Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Australia and Tasmania.
North Carolina USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 02:58:03 (GMT)
Barbara <Gravely>
Erker Family from Windischdorf, Austria
Windischdorf present-day Slovenska vas, Slovenia

My grandmother was Magdalena Erker, b. 15 Feb. 1895.in Windischdorf Her father was Joseph Erker and her mother was Magdalena Schewe (spelling could be wrong, handwriting difficult to read - maybe Scheive or the like). Magdalena came to the US aboard the USS President Lincoln thru Ellis Island on October 8, 1913 at the age of 18. She arrived with a brother, Alois, known as Louis to me (age 16) and sister, Josefa, known as Sophie (age 31).
Their were other brothers and sisters. Their names may have been Joesph, Mary, Theresa, Fanny, Franz, and Pauline.
If anyone has any connections to this family I would appreciate hearing from you. Please send email to teetalk@gate.net
Hudson, Fl USA - Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 07:29:01 (GMT)
Florian J. MATOS <FJMWriter@aol.com>
Florian John MATOS
Lived in Ridgewood from May 1941 until February 1959 (from age 10 until
age 28)...and now attempting to locate as many of the Class of June
1945, who attended St. Matthias on Catalpa Avenue. I attended from
September of 1941 throgh June 1945. If any of you "out there" who post
to this site, were IN that class, or know of any friends or relatives
who were, please E-Mail me at address given..(and be sure to place "St.
Matthias" in the subject line, so I don't "delete" you as spam mail :-)
I have a list of all the classmates from that graduating class, so let
me hear from you, if you "belonged" ! I know of Pete Marsh, Frank Rush,
James Berry, Al Sturm, Ramon Wagner, et al...all 51 of those classmates can't all be listed
Commack, NY USA
Commack, NY USA - Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 13:21:13 (GMT)
ernest wheeler <eaw135@aol.com>
I am searching for the middle names of a family that left Lienfeld and landed in N.Y.Can anyone tell me how I can connect with that facility that would have birth records? This family arrived in 1911
swansea, ma. usa - Friday, May 11, 2001 at 00:38:39 (GMT)
ernest wheeler <eaw135@aol.com>
I am interested in obtaining birth records for a family who lived in Lienfeld, Yugoslavia. They came to this country in 1911. Anyone having infirmation as to how I can obtain this information,please email me at eaw135@aol.com
swansea, ma USA - Friday, May 11, 2001 at 22:53:12 (GMT)
Osterman <Diane4455@aol.com>
I am researching the Surnames: Osterman, Lovrencic and Movrine.
Mt. Clemens, MI USA - Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 01:56:36 (GMT)
Gregory P. Gordon (Tomitz) <gordonhome@hotmail.com>
I am second generation Gottschee.

My mother is Albertine Tomitz (first generation Gottschee). My grandfather was Albert Tomitz #70. His father was Lorenz Tomitz, Selle #12 who was married to Elizabeth Eppich,Selle #25. Lorenz's father was Johann Tomitz born 1835, Selle 19. Johann's wife was Ursula Hutter born 1839 in Selle.

Orem, Utah USA - Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 18:31:12 (GMT)
Danny Kikel <dkik01@aol.com>
Just want to invite everyone to thr Gottscheer Volksfest in Long Island, NY at Plattdeutsche Park on Sun. June 3. Feel free to contact me for information. Also the Gottscheer Treffen, New York 2001 is planned for Labor Day Weekend at the Marriot in Melville, Long Island.
Ridgewood, NYC, Ny USA - Monday, May 21, 2001 at 20:57:21 (GMT)
John Zalas <cracovia@qwest.net>
I come from Krakow, Poland, and have a similar background. It was extremely sad to discover that people in wartime, regardless of their national or ethnic heritage, can turn into inhumane monsters. Just as the Jews were being persecuted for being Jews, countless Germans of both genders and all ages were "punished" for the crimes of a minority in a manner too horrible to describe. If anyone wishes to learn what happened to German civilians in the city of Prague after May 1, 1945, he can get the story from a variety of books, documents and the archives of the International Red Cross.
Portland, OR USA - Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 21:53:58 (GMT)
Richard and Annette (Hoegler) Sider <rsider824@juno.com>
My wife Nettie is a first cousin of Ridy Skyrme. Her father came from Kukendorf and her mother from Nesseltal.
My parents, on my mother's side were Ostermanns from Hinterberg and from my fathers side came from Unter Skril. Will try to visit your Plaudezimmer soon.
Delray Beach , FL USA - Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 23:53:08 (GMT)
Katie Kump <katie_kump@hotmail.com>
Hi, I'm Katie and I'm 14 years old i never really got to know any of my older past family (from the 'Kump' side) and I'm looking for any one who may still be alive who is related to me.I am also looking for any family history.All i know is my grandpa John (who past away in '83 or '84) was born Germany or Austria sorry for such little information but im intrested in anything you may know ! thak you
British Columibia Canada - Friday, May 25, 2001 at 19:43:13 (GMT)
Lorrianne Rae Kump <larkump2001@yahoo.com>
Am looking for some history on my family. My father's grandfather was a runaway when he was a teenager, and supposedly came from Pennsylvania to Indiana. Do you know of any such stories that would help us determine if we are related? Kump is not a very common name. Also, I've been told that it used to be spelled Kumpf, but was changed, as it was "too German".
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA - Friday, June 08, 2001 at 16:27:57 (GMT)
Anna Giannandrea <iatc1@aol.com>
It's great to see Gottscheers are keeping their heritage. Thank you for all the work you put into it.
Massapequa park, ny USA - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 01:12:15 (GMT)
Jon Tromposch <jtromposch@yahoo.com>
I never heard about Gottscheer until I saw this web page. I wonder if I have any close family there. Auf Deutsch:
Ich hörte nie über Gottscheer, bis ich dieses 4web page sah. Ich wundere mich, wenn ich irgendwelche nahe Familie dort habe.
Can you tell I don't speak German much? (It's all computer translated)
Calgary, Alberta Canada - Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 00:06:53 (GMT)
maryann(pinage) mink <vagasmary@msn.com>
itscnice to see pictures of our family
lincoln park, mi USA - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 14:03:33 (GMT)
Suellen Mourfield <suellen@knology.net>
My grandfather was Tony George Staudohar from South Chicago. His mothers name was Mary.
Any opinions on spelling..etc?
Augusta , Ga USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 22:53:12 (GMT)
Jan Stoerck <jstoerck@presys.com>
Looking for ancestors of Stoerck from Schalkendorf and Strassborg area. I have George Stoerck leaving Schalkendorf in 1859 for New York on the S.S. St. Laurent. I'm specifically looking for his family.
Florence, OR USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 02:58:14 (GMT)
David Mason <dgmason62@hotmail.com>
I enjoyed visiting your web site.
Australia - Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 06:06:42 (GMT)
john cross <crossjw@potsdam.edu>
(June 21, 2001)
My maternal grandparents, John (Johann) and Antonia Jeselnik (sp.?)Maurin emigrated to the US from Gottschee in their (unmarried) teens around 1910. (Other members of both their families emigrated as well.) I am two weeks into a 5-week stay in Vienna (messages to my US e-mail address will reach me here) and hope to collect more background information during my stay, perhaps examining some of the titles on your bibliography page that might only be available in this part of the world and / or trying to visit my grandmother's home village, which I believe is the present Srednjavas. (My sister traveled there about three years ago, but she doesn't know any German or Slovenian, so was not able to interpret what she saw and heard very well. I do know a bit of German.)
potsdam, new york USA - Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 12:11:48 (GMT)
Jason Hofferle <jason@hofferle.com>
Just came across this page by chance, and thought I'd post a message asking if anyone knew anything about my family history. Specifically my grandfather John Hofferle.
Florida USA - Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 13:44:52 (GMT)
Dolly Dwornick <genddmi@aol.com>
My first visit and this is a wonderful site. One day I'd
like to read through all the messages. Makes me so proud
of my Gottscheer heritage, because I've met only the nicest
helpful people through this organization. Thanks to all of
you who did (and do) all the work to keep GHGA alive and
Wyandotte, MI USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 12:38:49 (GMT)
Matthew Sbaschnig <Matthew.F.Sbaschnig@citi.com>
I liked the site!
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 18:52:05 (GMT)
Greg Mausser <gam@istar.ca>
Parents Bill & Betty Mausser, Etobicoke, Ontario. Canada

Brother Bill & Linda Mausser, Etobicoke, Ontario. Canada

July 2, 2001
Etobicoke, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 03:07:25 (GMT)
JoAnn Turk (Faix) <joturk@qwest.net>
Trying to track relatives in Hinje, Slovenia. Stanko Turk
Phoenix, AZ USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 15:12:31 (GMT)
JoAnn Turk (Faix) <joturk@qwest.net>
Trying to track relatives in Hinje, Slovenia. Stanko Turk
Phoenix, AZ USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 15:12:40 (GMT)
Robert T. Schutte <rts1230@optonline.net>
My parents are Catherine Stark and Peter Schutte who eventually settled in Gendale, NY.

Dix Hills, NY USA - Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 02:48:12 (GMT)
Erna (Koenig) Dispenzieri <e.dispenzieri@worldnet.att.net>
Both my parents are Gottscheer and I was born in Austria. We settled in Ridgewood, NY where we lived until 3 years ago. My father (Frank Koenig), who is deceased, was from Hohenberg and my mother (Rosa Fink Koenig) was from Kletsch. My mother's family settled in Germany and my father's in the US. I discovered this site as a result of my cousin's research project into her family's background. I'm glad to see that, although the Gottscheer language (which I speak fluently with my mother) is not frequently heard, it's nice to know that so many descendants are still interested in discovering their heritage. I recall that there was a Gottscheer newspaper in Ridgewood (where several parts were actually written in that language) but I don't know if it is still printed nor do I have any copies of past issues. Good luck to all in your search of your family history.
Massapequa, New York USA - Monday, July 09, 2001 at 13:00:10 (GMT)
Tina Lackner Thomas <tt8888tt@msn.com>
What a great site! My granparents were Michael & Maria Fabian Lackner. They were born somewhere in Gottscheer and then moved to Ridgewood Queens, NY. I remember going to the picnics and to the Gottscheer club Christmas party. My father John Michael Lackner was born 4/10/23 and his sister Edna Marie Lackner on 8/26/27. They are now both diceased. I was brought up speaking Gottscheer since my granparents spoke it with my father. If asked what my heritage is I always have said "Gottscheer" I have a record album of Gottscheer music with the beautiful country side on the cover. My granfather was a cabinet maker / carpenter. He was the second born in his generation. The names always went as such, John, Michael, Albrich, Joseph, Fredrich(Freidal). My granfather had a sister Tanta Hannah. I will keep this site on my favorites and will be sure to check it out. Thanks for being there. Tina :)
Harbeson, DE USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 14:51:24 (GMT)
Penny Miller <pennysroots@aol.com>
My husband's grandfather (Alois PUST) immigrated from the Gottschee area at the turn of the century, and I would like to assist the family in learning more about their Gottschee roots.
Underhill, VT USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 22:22:01 (GMT)
Marion Rositz Ellmo <ellmo102@aol.com>
Please help me find information about my ancestors. I am looking for information about Simon and Maria Roschitsch who came to America around 1900 to 1905. My father came over in 1909 with an aunt Lena and an uncle Paul Zekoll, maybe that will be some help. I also had relatives with the last names of Agnitsch, Schneider, Sager and Anderson but all our relatives are gone now and we don't have any information.
St. Louis, MO USA - Monday, July 16, 2001 at 01:18:02 (GMT)
John Phillip <the_p_patch@knology.net>
I am interested finding any information on my grandmother - Marie Sprietze, who grew up in Russbach(Blatnik),which is in the Southeast part of Gottsche.
Madison, Alabama USA - Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 03:43:06 (GMT)
Katie ( Kaitlyn) Kump <katie_kump@hotmail.com>
hi, im a part of the kump family... and my grandpa (whom i never got a chance to meet) was born in slavania (?) i never got to know anyone from the "Kump" side of the family and would really like to meet anyone who i may be related to,my grandpas name was joseph kump he passed away in 1983/84 its really intresting to see there are other kumps out there.... so if u have any information for me e-mail me.
surrey, B.C Canada - Friday, July 20, 2001 at 19:12:01 (GMT)
Teresa Kump( husband David Kump) <daveteresa@cavemen.net>
I was just surfin the web doing some family searches and came across your site. Don't know if you are related to my husband or not. I have enjoyed your site.
Carlsbad, New Mexico USA - Monday, July 23, 2001 at 22:19:07 (GMT)
Tom Marongelli <tmarongell@home.com>
Hi Helmuth (And Family).
Just an old bud checking in. Hope all is well with you.

Tom and Mina and Ellisha and Joey
Yorktown, VA USA - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 00:27:26 (GMT)
John Sbaschnik <jsbaschnik1@netzero.net>
Hi. I would just like to invite everyone to the Gottscheer Treffen, New York 2001 for Labor Day Weekend at the Marriott in Melville, Long Island. Email me if you have any questions.
Franklin Square, NY USA - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 15:52:14 (GMT)
Cathy M <ccicu99@aol.com>
Just recently found out I was of Gotschee Heritage.Thanks to your site I was able to fill in my blanks. Surnames in my family include Stonitsch, Kump , Rankel, Kusold, and Meditz. We hail out of Reichenau. Look forward to talking with fellow Gotschee's!!!!
Behtpage, Ny USA - Sunday, July 29, 2001 at 13:24:47 (GMT)
Satyen Sheth <satyen2a@yahoo.com>

STeven Tschern was a DEAR friend to me and my wife. I'll be going to New York for the 2nd time in my life. The first was for Steve's funeral.

We life in San Jose CA. Infact the house we have recently purchases is 5 minutes from the OLD Madge Networks building where Steve and I met. If it would be okay, if we have the time to visit, we'd like to shortly visit or maybe call Steven's parents and just say hi, while we are there. It might seem odd for such a request, however I somewhat feel that Steve would like that. If you would be kind enough to relay a message to the Tschern's for us or maybe give them my address.

I had come to the service with my boss at that time - Suzzane Carr and my other colleague Jane DeLeon.

If you find this an awakward request, then I understand.

thank you for your attention to this note.
San Jose, CA USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 04:59:52 (GMT)
Nancy <NChinchar@hvbank.com>
Is anyone here familiar with Neselthal, Austria? My grandmother Gertrude Rabuse came from there in 1899 with her sister Rosa. I haven't been able to find Neselthal on a map and noticed that another woman posted here and said that her mother Theresa Rom was from Neselthal. If anyone could tell me what this area is now known as (or how I could about tracking it down), I would certainly appreciate it! I believe it's located somewhere near Vienna. Many Thanks!
USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 19:52:36 (GMT)
Claudio Silot <claudiosilot@libero.it>
My ancestor's family lived in Handlern - the name was Hoenigmann
My Grandfather was the last of twelve brothers- I would be grateful for info about any of them.
I am retired since last year and live some 250 Km from Gottschee, but never visited this area so far,-I plan to make a trip there withi the end of this year. If ther is anything I can do for anybody,like takig pictures or gathering recent info for anybody ot take any picture please tell , i will do my best to help
Es gruesst Sie ( My mother language is italian but I can olso read and understand german ) Ciao
Claudio Solot
31029-Vittorio Veneto-(TV) , ITALY - Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 10:17:10 (GMT)
Claudio Silot <claudiosilot@libero.it>
My ancestor's family lived in Handlern - the name was Hoenigmann
My Grandfather was the last of twelve brothers- I would be grateful for info about any of them.
I am retired since last year and live some 250 Km from Gottschee, but never visited this area so far,-I plan to make a trip there within the end of this year. If there is anything I can do for anybody,like takig pictures or gathering recent info please tell , i will do my best to help
Es gruesst Sie ( My mother language is italian but I can also read and understand german ) Ciao
Claudio Silot
31029-Vittorio Veneto-(TV) , ITALY - Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 10:19:42 (GMT)
Mickey <slantbak37@aol.com>
Looking for info on Kumps, Knospler from Ridgewood
Mastic, NY USA - Monday, August 13, 2001 at 01:27:44 (GMT)
Lynne J. Mann <mann_lynne@hotmail.com>
I've just begun my search for my maternal grandfather whose name was Aloysuis Kraker.He died in 1904 in Fernie, B.C.Canada. To date we know little about him except that his wife Gertrude was thought to have come from Kocevje and that he spoke Slovenian. Little doubt that I find this a web site fascinating and exciting! L.J.M.
Kamloops, British Columbia Canada - Monday, August 20, 2001 at 22:52:04 (GMT)
Ericka Pauline Roethel <eroethel@webtv.net.>
My mother's maiden name is Eppich, and she still has living brothers in Ridgewood, Queens, NY: Edward and Joseph. My father, who was the youngest, lost all of his brothers and parents during World War II: his brothers were U.S. Staff Sergeants, and were awarded Purple Hearts and Silver Stars. My father was still in Europe with his parents because they could not afford to come back to the U.S. -- they all were in the U.S. before the war, except for my father, and went back to Europe to take care of the ailing elderly parents at one point. I want to write a book because I know and have felt the sufferings that people of war-torn nations experience. I have had the freedom of living in the U.S. being born here in 1952 -- a Baby Boomer so to speak. I am not sure where to begin. My father has so many memories and also my mother, I do not want to lose them. The daily life of trying to live and survive today is all I've been able to accomplish. I feel very grateful that I've been able to buy my own home and small property.
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 21:25:57 (GMT)
ingrid forcina <i_forcina@yahoo.com>
just droping a few words does anyone know my mom josefa [pepi] lindemann her madian name was kinkoph she would love to know we used to live in glendale queens.
naples, fl USA - Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 22:28:02 (GMT)
Chris Witze <cwitze@cybermesa.com>
Does Oberwetzenbach still exist?? Or if I went there, could I find where it was? Is there a cemetary there?? My grandfather, Alois ("Louis") Eppich, emigrated to New York from there in the early 1900's. Am I correct that any church records would be in Rieg? I'd appreciate any info on Oberwetzenbach and its present situation/history. Thanks...
Santa Fe, NM USA - Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 20:51:56 (GMT)
Kristina Mausser <kmausser@hotmail.com>
My Opa was Adolf Mausser and my Oma was Nettie Ruppe.
Ottawa, Ontario Canada - Monday, September 10, 2001 at 18:15:16 (GMT)
Guillermo Rüger Staudacher <willyruger@hotmail.com>
I searching for relatives (Staudacher). I will appreciate any information.
Asuncion, Capital PARAGUAY - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 20:27:13 (GMT)
Margaret Husa <Midgeh48@aol.com>
My grandparents, Ludwig and Mary Stonitsch lived in Ridgewood, they had 3 sons and 1 daughter, my mother Anne.
Dearborn, Michigan USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 21:51:29 (GMT)
Rudy Schoenhoeffer <rschoe@home.com>
finally got to stop in for a visit again....Mom was Emma Sigmund from Ebental
Kitchener, ON Canada - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 22:54:35 (GMT)
Ernie Tramposch <erniet1@hotmail.com>
I am the son of Ernest W. J. Tramposch of Parsippany (previous Ridgwood NY and Richmond Hill (NY), Grandson of Lillian (Tramposch)Kastner
Parsippany, New Jersey USA - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 03:57:15 (GMT)
Jean Nalibow <jeanabow@att.net>
I hope you can help me. An elderly lady has a Huhner Accordian from Germany that won the Gold Medal at the 1904 Worlds Fair.
She wishes it to be repaired and donated to a Museum.
It is in its original box with instructions.
If you are aware of any Museums or groups that would be interested
contact me. Thank You
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 04:45:51 (GMT)
William Ratschki <WPRCavTrpr@aol.com>
Am not sure if my Dad's folks came from the Gottscheer area or not...Our last name was originally spelled "RACHE" or "RACKE". The only thing my grandparents ever mentioned about the old country was that there mail went through Graz...My gandmother's maiden name was Mary Arch, my grandfather's first name was Paul. Believe they came to the US (separately)between 1918 and 1921...Grandmother was sponsored by a family who lived in the Catskills(?)and worked as a nanny for a time. My grandfather was a baker. After they married they lived in Brooklyn for a time and then moved to Queens, NY. Been unable to find out much more, yet. If anyone can further enlighten me, I would appreciate emails.
Poughkeepsie, New York USA - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 18:45:31 (GMT)
Helen Mausser <elenohi@yahoo.com>
My father Richard Mausser and mother Maria (Pausche) were from
Euclid, Ohio USA - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 01:12:56 (GMT)
Paul M. Sterbenz <PSTERBENZ@AOL.COM>
Looking for relatives of my Sterbenz family from Sporeben and my grandmother's family from Niedermosel ( Verderber). I am 50% Gottscheer and very proud of it.
Hackettstown, NJ USA - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 02:25:27 (GMT)
John Stonitsch <jjstonit@aol.com>
Radio Amateur (Ham) W2KXG--Any more hams out there?
Glen Cove, NY USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 00:48:22 (GMT)
Frank M. Rome <spankyrome@aol.com>
Just looking around some of the Gottscheer pages. Looking for
info on Jake Rom and Maria Agunish, Greatgrand father and
Greatgrand mother. My parental grandfather Josef Rom B-1865 and
grandmother Maria Perz B-1869 arrived in USA in 1891 and 1889.
Maria had relatives in Cleveland OH. Any help would be

Frank Rome
Bonner Springs, KS USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 23:52:03 (GMT)
Ginny Notaro <rvnotaro@worldnet.att.net>
Luv this site..Never seen such knowledgeable people. Hope you can help me with my Gottschee families. Where are the Ruppe's and Kramaritsch's, and Kropfs and Koflers? Please help! Have ties to Glendale, N.Y. Hello Jim H. Thanks Ginny
New Port Richey, Fl USA - Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 03:12:22 (UTC)
hollie tutchener <tutch@sympatico.ca>
I am a great-grandaughter of Anna Rabuse who came to New York City in the late 1800's and subsequently settled in Toronto Canada.
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 14:23:07 (UTC)
Albert Mallner <theoderich@utanet.at>
Ich bin heute virtuell in Gottschee (Gottschee ist ueberall dort wo ein Gottscheer/in lebt)unterwegs und freue mich ueber die Fuelle von Informatinen.
Graz, Steiermark Austria - Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 10:23:51 (UTC)
Ales <ales.hvala@krka.si>
I lived in Kocevje for 20 years and I find your pages very interesting.

Well done, folks!

Novo mesto, Slovenia - Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 14:44:55 (UTC)
Carol Baldi <carolbharmony@webtv.net>
Hello, I just discovered this site. Looking for connections to Frank Yonke, son of Frank P. Yonke (Jonke) and Gertrude HUTTER. Frank Sr. died 1933 and Gertrude died 1943, both in Cleveland, OH
Cleveland, OH USA - Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 15:26:33 (UTC)
Stephen Wesley Kump <Steviek540@aol.com>
Born 1982 in Winchester, VA. Son of Jeffrey Lynn Kump and Grandson of Lester Kump.
Stephens City, VA USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 02:43:47 (UTC)
Nancy Roth <RMrsroth@cs.com>
Not sure how I got here, did search for Schober gene. Guess there is someone here with the name! Enjoyed reading all the fun written here. Nancy
South Salem, NY United States - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 19:54:34 (UTC)
Sabine Geck <geck@fyl.uva.es>
I was just looking for german linguistic enclaves and found Mr. Rom's site. I liked especially the photos. It was very moving, but also instructive. Thank you!
Valladolid, Spain - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 11:27:02 (UTC)
Matthew Harwood
I Love GOD! :) :)

Anyone with me?
boise, ID USA - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 03:57:14 (UTC)
Pat <tlj1@ptd.net>
Family from Gottschee (family name Stonitsch)
PA USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 00:56:29 (UTC)
Mary Jerabek <MAMME53196@aol.com>
No comment yet, it's my frist time here
Sheephead Bay, Brooklyn,NY, NY USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 01:55:18 (UTC)
allison darcy <allison.darcy155@ntlworld.com>
please please please can u get ntl to have ur chat as a first choice.its so much better than othes
glasgow, scotland - Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 23:08:08 (UTC)
Stephanie Hribar (Schuster) <rmg.support.services@sympatico.ca>
We are sitting in front of the computer as a family... my daughter Renate Gross, and grandaughter Michelle & husband Murray Townsend. We are recounting a past that involves Gottschee. It has been wonderful to recall so much about my history and see familiar names. It feels a bit like being home again. We would be delighted to hear from fellow Gottscheers.
Kitchener, Ontario Canada - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 22:25:58 (UTC)
Tom Stalzer <tstalzer@optonline.net>
Hi, I am living in Monroe, New York, grew up on Linden Street in Ridgewood, NY. Most of my family still lives in the Ridgewood area. My parents, Joe and Virginia still live on Linden St. I've been curious of my heritage of late and found this site. Anyone know the Stalzer's from Linden St. Most of my Aunts and Uncles lived there at one time or another.
Monroe, NY USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 20:49:44 (UTC)
Ed Krocker <ekrock@clover.net>
I really enjoy the Gottschee Pages. My grandparents, Johann and Helena Kraker Kraker(later spelled Krocker) came to the U.S. from Gottschee about 1900. My grandmother's parents were Johann and Magdalena Mausser Kraker of House No. 9 in Komutzen and she had several brothers and sisters, most of whom stayed in Gottschee until the 1940s. I have met some Gottscheer relatives from the Pittsburgh and New York City areas and would like to hear from any other relatives in the U.S. or Europe.
New Philadelphia, Ohio USA - Monday, December 31, 2001 at 21:30:30 (UTC)
Suzanne Troje <cybersuze@earthlink.net>
This is a fascinating site! I am just putting together a family tree and my father's parents are from Gotschee: Ferdinand Troje and Fannie (Stefanie)Fink, from Pollandl and Langenton, respectively. Would be happy to share what information I have.
Washington, DC USA - Friday, January 04, 2002 at 02:13:08 (UTC)
Dot Troje <dorthm@aol.com>
My husband's parents were Gotchees and we are starting to do some research on them.
Louisville, Kentucky USA - Friday, January 04, 2002 at 12:23:16 (UTC)
Frances Troje <fltutaz@grand-canyon.az.us>
From the photos of Gottscheer, it looks beautiful! I am also interested in learning more of my ancestry. My Grandma was Stefanie Fink and grandpa Ferdinand Troje. Thank you for anyone's assistance and good day.
North Rim, AZ USA - Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 01:23:54 (UTC)
Marilyn (Kanehl) Zartler <mzartler@mclaughlinstern.com>
Emma & Al Tschern:

I had the pleasure of working with Emma at the Law Offices of William A. Schauer in the mid-1960s. Please accept my sincere sympathy on the tragic death of your son, Stephen.
Smithtown, NY USA - Monday, January 14, 2002 at 19:02:02 (UTC)
Kenneth James Kropf <mkkropf@hotmail.com>
Research lineage of Joseph Kropf (2/5/1841- 5/ /1932 from Grapfenfeld and spouse Maria Eizenzopf (4/10/1849 - )from Hoeinigg, married 8/4/1872, lived life in Shalkendorf. Son, Ferdinand Kropf (Henry or Farry F.)(1/23,1890 - 11/16/1918) is my grandfather. Other brothers, Joseph, John, Frank, Fred, and sister Anna (12/13/78 - / /45
Seal Beach, CA USA - Friday, January 18, 2002 at 02:20:15 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer-Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Looking for Gottscheers in Minnesota. Would love to hear from you.
Gottschee/Minnesota USA - Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 22:11:29 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer-Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Looking for relatives of Johann Sterbenz from Russbach by Tschermoschnitz.
Tschermoschnitz area/now Minnesota, Minnesota USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 12:29:57 (UTC)
Darlene Nutt <robndar@ptd.net>
I am originally from Glendale/Ridgewood, New York. I am looking for any info on my grandparents families going back...JOHN ROETHEL is my grandfather and he married JOSEFA (SOPHIE) FLACK..both from Gottschee. We have many family members but I am looking for anyone who might be distantly related also with these families for our family tree. Anyone who is related that can help me?? :) I know TOMITZ is also related to FLACK and I recently found out JONKE also. Also looking for info on LACKNER...who married KIRMAIER. (my maiden name). I hope to find family! No matter how distant or how related!! Thank you!! Keeping fingers crossed!!
Hawley, Pennsylvania USA - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 07:43:55 (UTC)
Michael (Mike) John Staudacher <stufritz@aol.com>
Just wondering how we might be related. My father is John C. Staudacher. I believe he was born in Dubuque, IA (as was I). His father was Elmer Staudacher, married to Ramona (Bradley) Staudacher. Any information would be great.
Indianola, IA USA - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 19:18:09 (UTC)
Milan Stanitsch <darej@volja.net>
Im living in old Gottschee village Tanzbuchel since 1996. Me and my wife are the only people who live here. Im interesting in any information about this region, specialy before ww2.

Goodbye and have a nice day !

P.S. See you in Tanzbuchel or Gottschee:-)

Tanzbuchel - Gottschee (Tanci vrh - Kocevje), Slovenia - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 22:10:58 (UTC)
John A. Krisha <diverjack@att.net>
My second time to sign on this site. I lost my previous contacts. I research Spehars, Rebichs, Butalas, Ansels, Pause, Pluths and many more of my relatives.
Vallejo, CA USA - Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 07:25:35 (UTC)
Christian Kraisner <ckraisner@t-online.de>
Who can tell me more about the family KRAISNER,(Louis KRAISNER,B.F.KRAISNER)from Gottschee.Thank you.
Berlin, Germany - Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 12:58:58 (UTC)
Edith Eisenkölbl geb. Gliebe <r.eisenkoelbl@aon.at>
Danke für die wunderbaren Aufzeichnungen.
Meine Mutter Högler Berta stammte aus Altlag (Schimlsch Berta)
Mein Vater Josef Gliebe aus Warmberg.
Mein Onkel Fritz Högler (Lehrer in Mösel) war Mitbegründer der Gottscheer Gedenkstätte in Graz-Mariatrost.
Ich wurde in Tschatesch (Rann/Save) geboren.
Recht liebe Grüße an alle Gottscheer!
8605 Kapfenberg, Steiermark Austria - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 15:22:04 (UTC)
Rosemary& George, John & Sarah Pfreundschuh <friendshoe@aol.com>
John was very impressed with your really neat website!
Bridgewater, NJ 08807, NJ USA - Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 01:52:06 (UTC)
Amy Kump <amy@superpa.net>

My name is Amy Kump. I was searching the internet this
evening, trying to put together my 'Family Tree'. Although
I don't believe we're related in any way, I thought I'd say
"hello" and "thank you" for letting me be a part of your
family for a short time. Best wishes to all of you!

PA USA - Monday, February 25, 2002 at 03:57:17 (UTC)
Katie Kump <love_is_blind13@hotmail.com>
hey im looking for some "kump's" i may be related to .. lol...well im 14 and im related to joseph kump and richard kump and john kump...and yea.
british columbia Canada - Friday, March 08, 2002 at 03:25:37 (UTC)
Dan Stapel <d.stapel@excite.com>
Augusta, N.J. USA - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 15:25:37 (UTC)
Erich Erker <erich.erker@aon.at>
At the moment I am lookin for information about my ancestors on the internet. Can anybody tell me something about Michael Erker who was born in Windischdorf / Gottschee in 1656?
Salzburg, Austria - Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 11:15:12 (UTC)
Carol (Oppel) Rathbun-Shibuya <c.coppel@cox.net>
A special thanks to Sophia Stalzer-Wyant for telling me about this site. I may never have found it had it not been for her teaching and to how to reach it. My grandmother, Josepha (Sophie) KROBATH was born in Windischdorf in 1881 and immigrated to the USA in 1903 never to return to her homeland. She settled in San Francisco with her husband, John Baptist OPPEL, whom she met in the Bay Area and raised her family. This coming June I will make my first trip to Gottscheer to visit the "old country" as she use to refer to it. No one in her immediate family has set foot on this soil since she left Gottscheer for dreams of a new World. It will be almost 100 years ago that she left and I'm so gratefull to the GHGA for the planning of this tour for without their guidance, I may never have had the opportunity to go and visit Windischdorf. Many thanks to all, Carol (Oppel)Rathbun-Shibuya.
Palos Verdes Estates, CA USA - Friday, March 22, 2002 at 02:59:35 (UTC)
roswitha petsche <rosi@cheerful.com>
asking for relatives to alois erich petsche and relatives in usa
Salzburg/innsbruck, austria USA - Friday, March 22, 2002 at 18:40:21 (UTC)
Dan Stapel <d.stapel@excite.com>
Hello, I am new to geneology. I find that I have a number of Kump's in my family tree. Some from Schaeflein #7, Nesseltal. also Number 4. I would enjoy corresponding with your family & sharing. Thanks Dan Stapel
Augusta, New Jersey USA - Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 17:36:42 (UTC)
Mary Jo <jodyelmer@att.net>
I am just starting to do research into my family history; have no idea where my grandfather JOHN SAMIDE came from other than Austria. He was born in 1883; don't know when he came to the USA, but was married in Indiana in 1907. Sisters came here later...I believe one was named ZEKOLL, a surname that I've also seen on this site. Any help would be appreciated.
Tucson, Arizona USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 23:16:45 (UTC)
Mary Jo <jodyelmer@att.net>
A wonderful site; found when I searched for SAMIDE Genealogy. Not sure if my ancestors were from Gottscheer, but it sounds promising. I need to pursue more information from my relatives. Thank you, I enjoyed my visit.
Tucson, Arizona USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 22:37:56 (UTC)
Josef Samide <Andrea_Kgirl.MSN.Com>
Josef Samide aus Kletsch Gottschee. Born December 1909. Formerly in Ridgwood NY. Living with his daughter and grandaughter in Mt> Laurel NJ, sends greetings to all Gottsheers.
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey USA - Friday, April 12, 2002 at 22:10:14 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer-Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Mr. Samide from Kletsch. Gottscheer greetings to you. I am curious, are you from Kletsch by Stockendorf or fromt he village of Kletsch in the western region of the former Gottschee. I would truly enjoy knowing that and look forward to hearing from you. Alles, alles gute.
Born in Gottschee now, Minnesota USA - Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 00:31:22 (UTC)
Jimmy Wittreich (31) <jim.boof@verizon.net>
Hi! Glad I found this site. Been looking for information about where my dad was from. If anybody thinks they know me or my family (I will list the names) feel free to e-mail me!!
Father is John Wittreich Mother is Louise Wittreich
SISTERS Brothers
Monica Herbert
Nancy Raymond
Rosie Jimmy

Glendale, New York USA - Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 14:38:51 (UTC)
Teresa Reynolds <sales@nostalogianeedlework.com>
I have no personal connection with the Gottscheers, although I do have a fascinating remnant of your history, A while ago I purchased an antique sampler on the Internet - It was reputed to be German - It is on linen canvas and in red thread - It contains 4 alphabets and some beautiful borders. I have now done some internet research and I think I can safely say is has a Gottscheer origin.

The most important thing though is the name of the stitcher & her village:-

Eppich Maria 11
Lienfeld AM 10.11.19

Don't know what the latter AM mean - any ideas ? Year of marriage - birth - don't know

I have charted a replica of this design and it will go on one of my websites in the next day or two - ttp://www.crossstitcher.com/acatalog

the actual page it will appear on is The Attic Samplers page in the Cross Stitcher Shop.

If anyone knows anything about this Maria Eppich who stitched this beautiful sampler I would LOVE to hear from them

Kindest Regards

Teresa Reynolds
Nostalgia Needlework
c?hwk@kt3l.com signature ytlutincanvasa gernmnaas yi re g
Crawley, Sussex England - Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 19:02:18 (UTC)
donald kumps <kumpsdonald@qc.aira.com>
hello there !!!!!!!!1
quebec city, quebec canada - Monday, April 22, 2002 at 14:18:00 (UTC)
Doris Kump aka Tracie Gogel <tracieg362yahoo.com>
I am the child of Ira Francis Kump and Mary Erb I was adopted in 1975 and have no memeory of my family will you please help me I need to have some I dea of who my family is. Thank You any help would be appreciated
cedar rapids, Iowa USA - Friday, May 10, 2002 at 20:34:34 (UTC)
Franz Schmuck <agness@zoolink.com>
Hi I am a new visitor and find it all verry interesting got the info. from sophia .TRIX. Thank you.Franz Schmuck.
Coquitlam, British Columbia Canada - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 04:48:34 (UTC)
Paul F. Jenner <pjenner@ccp.com>

Can you provide me with more information about Agnes Keifisch (1878-1942). I have in my family tree an Agnes Kajfes (Slovenian spelling)with a mark on the "s", who was born 12 Jan 1878 (death date unknown) in Unter Saga #6. This is is the Bella Krain area I believe in the southeast part of Slovenia.

On the other side it is interesting to know that Peter Staudacher (the first one on your published tree) was born at Neugereuth #6. My records show that my great-grandfather, Mathias Staudacher, came from Neugereuth #5. His father, Martin Staudacher, married into the Lackner family - Ursula, whose father's name was Josef.
St. Joseph, MO USA - Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 23:00:20 (UTC)
Stephen J. Koestner <skoestner@aol.com>
I discovered the Gottschee bulletin board. I thought I would respond as you mentioned my family name Koestner, and the name of my great grandfathers oldest friends the Tramposch family. My father John Koestner was born in the US in 1910 in Ridgewood NY, so his parents came over some time before 1910. Does any of this sound familiar? If so please contact me as I have very little knowledge of my fathers parents background.

Stephen Koestner

Sandy Hook, Ct USA - Monday, May 27, 2002 at 21:13:32 (UTC)
tara <bear@northernfcu.net>
To whom,it concers,
I am trying to look for my grandpas mother.
his name is Lewie brothers. Also she was a Richards, and a Morghan, Violet , Hazel
Thank you,
Tara Ellis
harrisville, n.y USA - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 22:18:47 (UTC)
Erna Cerne (Tscherne) <eacerne@aol.com>
I am a Gottscheer and married a Gottscheer, Alfred Cerne (Tscherne) of Lienfeld. I am Erna Verderber. My mother was born in Kummerdorf and father in Reinthal. Enjoyed your page. I also know Sophie Kump who is married to my husband's cousin. Thank you.
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 23:28:34 (UTC)
sandy nannfeldt <nannfeldt@juno.com>
I am searching for Kerstin or Christian Schauer who at one time lived at Tulpenweg 8, A-8071 Gossendorf, Hausmannstrasse, Austria or in Graz Austria. They are related to Gunther and Carmen Schauer of the same area.
hinckley, oh USA - Thursday, June 06, 2002 at 23:38:02 (UTC)
CLAYTON, DELAWARE USA - Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 00:21:09 (UTC)
John A. Krisha(Krize) <diverjack@att.net>
I am a serious researcher of Staudoher, Spehar, Butala, Rebich, Pause, Ancel, and many other surnames of Bela Krajina,Slovenia and northern Croatia.
Vallejo, CA USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 01:57:11 (UTC)
Dan Stapel <d.stapel@excite.com>
Hi, Just recently I have become aware of my Gottcheer Ancestery & have begun researching my unknown family on my mothers side. My moms maiden name was Kobetitsch. Her father was Mathias born in turn #2 Gottschee.I have found quite a few KUMPS in my family line that include grandparents,Uncles,Aunts & Cousins. It would be interesting to see if there is any family connection between us. I also have quite a few other relative that were born, died, & are buried in Gottschee(Kocevje). I have also recently joined the GHGA. I became very interested in my heritage after my mother passed away & I realized I knew nothing about my heritage or family. One way or the other it would be nice to correspond with someone who knows about the life & times of those who were from Gottschee.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Thank You

Dan Stapel
100 Decker Rd. Augusta, N.J. 07822-2035 USA - Friday, June 21, 2002 at 14:43:26 (UTC)
NEW HYDE PARK, NY USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 23:54:33 (UTC)
Amanda <amsu88@aol.com>
Im looking for my father Benny Suckow. If u know or have an information on him please e-mail me at amsu88@Aol.com. Thank u! Nd i miss my daddy sooo much!
New Yourk USA - Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 16:10:32 (UTC)
PAUL AUGUSTA STITCHER, JR. <paulstitcher@charter.net>
7-21-34 (DOB)
newnan, ga. USA - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 12:06:41 (UTC)
Bernie <n/a>

It don't sound as/like a Gottscheer name to me, but I could be wrong.
AZ USA - Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 04:07:34 (UTC)
dorothy pitzel meyer <bianca00@optonline.net>
massapequa, ny USA - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 00:41:59 (UTC)
Diedrich Sahlmann <Sahlmann.Haller@t-online.de>
I am looking for siblings of Willy Verderber (flutist) * 1880? and his wife Emma Hilda Schneider, * 07.29.1883 in Sorga /Saxonia, + 11.15.1963 in Los Angeles, Ca. Emma Schneider is the youngest aunt of my mother. I can give more information about the "Schneiders" in Saxonia.
Germany - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 12:21:49 (UTC)
James Krische <jak46k@netscape.net>
I came upon this site while searching for anything to do with the name Krische. There certainly are a lot of associated names on this site.
Gastonia, North Carolina USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 19:42:39 (UTC)
Stanley Stritzel <solecol@hotmail.com>
My name is Stan Stritzel. My great-grandmother, Rosalie Agnitsch Stritzel, came through Ellis Island on June 21st, 1904 on the Holland-America line ship Ryndam ( Rijndam ) sailing from Rotterdam. With her was my 1-year-old grandfather Franz ( Frank ). They were to join my great grandfather Matthias ( Matt ) in the Blockton/Piper coal mining region of Alabama. Matt had apparently emmigrated to Alabama the year earlier but I don't know which port he came through. Family lore has it that my grandfather Frank was nearly shoved over or through the ship rail during the excitement of coming in sight of New York while aboard the Ryndam but was snatched from the jaws of death by a quick-thinking fellow passenger who grabbed the hem of his confirmation dress. I was wondering if anyone out there had any family oral history concerning such an incident? Great grandfather Matt was born in Aschelitz, Tschermoschnitz and grandfather Frank was born in Mitterdorf. Thanks in advance for any feedback. Great site, keep up the good work
Wichita, Kansas USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 21:07:14 (UTC)
Josef Hönigmann <Komutzen>
Ich grüße alle Landsleute Welt weit.
54619 Lichtenborn, Germany Eifel - Monday, August 05, 2002 at 17:44:40 (UTC)
Heike Kraulad <heiketavin@yahoo.com>
My father and family were all born in Gotschee. As a child we took several trips to visit his home land. i came upon this site by accident and think its pretty cool. To all you reasearching your family trees - thats awsome and good luck. To every one else: Have an Excellent day!
East Hartland, CT USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 17:27:14 (UTC)
Jim Mann <jturk11@aol.com>
My grandmother was Josefa Turk who was from Neuloschin,Gottschee.She came to the U.S.in 1903 where she met my grandfather Frank Wuchte.They lived in Brooklyn,N.Y.I don't know where in Gottschee my grandfather came from.Other names from the Ridgewood,Glendale,N.Y.
area would be Plesche,Puttre and Kostner.Still searching Gottscheer roots.
Wingdale, New York USA - Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 01:07:49 (UTC)
Dr. Albert Ruppe <albert.ruppe@aon.at>
Liebe Gottscheer und Freunde von Gottschee!
Herzliche Grüße an Euch alle; es freut mich sehr, daß Ihr - die jüngere Generation - Interesse an der Vergangenheit und der Herkunft unserer Ahnen hat. Die Alten haben isch noch persönlich gekannt, wir Jungen müssen uns erst kennenlernen.
Liebe Grüße, Albert Ruppe (Großeltern aus Unterlag, Bidnasch)
8786 Rottenmann, Büschendorf 4e Austria - Monday, August 26, 2002 at 10:07:28 (UTC)
Emma Kocevar <kocevar@ptd.net>
11 year old looking up my name to learn more about my ancestors.
If anybody knows about the Kocevar family please e-mail me. Thanks

Minersville, PA USA - Friday, August 30, 2002 at 01:43:19 (UTC)
Meredith McDowell <mmcdow02@hotmail.com>
My grandmother's name is Alice Kump Ortlam. Her family was from Gottschee and she grew up in Queens (Maspeth?) I'm sure we must be some relation. Just wanted to say hi and wondered if anyone knew her.

Meredith Borham McDowell
Port Jefferson, NY USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 02:17:32 (UTC)
Fink Alfred <friedlr57@aol.com>
quens New york, NY USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 00:24:50 (UTC)
William Joseph Merkelz <SillyWilly04@aol.com>
I am relatted to Charles Merkelz husband of Olga Rico Merkelz I am his granson he had a son that he named charles alan merkelz who is my dad. My dad had me and my brother and sister
Kirbyville, TX USA - Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 19:52:02 (UTC)
Brinskelle <Sheba_Brinskelle@yahoo.com>
Does anyone remember the butcher Emeric Brinskelle right across the street from the church in the stadt (city) of Gottschee? That was my grandfather, I'm looking for any information you might have on him. My father says he was fairly well known in the city.

USA - Friday, September 27, 2002 at 23:08:51 (UTC)
Josef Kreiner <kreiner@netcologne.de>
Schön diese Web-Site, meine Eltern stammen aus Mitterdorf/Gottschee.
Köln, NRW Germany - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 10:22:58 (UTC)
Karl Ruppe <karl.ruppe@aon.at>
Dear Mr. Kump/Staudacher

I have started a homepage about gottschee myself. As I found your page on the net and liked it very much, I thought if you might be interested in placing a link of your site on mine and vice versa.

Finally I want to congratulate you again for your great site and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Karl Ruppe
Bad Aussee, Styria Austria - Friday, October 11, 2002 at 19:22:32 (UTC)
Albert Petsche <albertpet@att.net>
I Albert Petsche was born in Hinterberg Gottsche in 1940 my parents were Helene Petsche geb. Schager {Moos} and Albert Franz Petsche geboren in Cleveland Ohio.
Maspeth , NY USA - Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 22:33:11 (UTC)
Margaret J. Buza <mjbzua_1961@hotmail.com>
Born and raised in Detroit, a second generation American of a Slovenian/American father who was born and raised in Joliet, IL, and a Croatian/German/ American mother born in Philadelphia, PA, and moved to Detroit in 1917. Grandparents are Michael Juresic and Mary Jaksa Juresic and Adam Schweitzer and Sofia DJuricic Schweitzer. Adam was born in Apatin and Sofia in Dalj.
Mesa, AZ USA - Friday, October 18, 2002 at 15:49:49 (UTC)
Brian Kinkopf <bjktx@houston.rr.com>
Great grandparents from The villages of Tiefenreuter and Altlag.
La Porte, TX USA - Monday, November 04, 2002 at 19:06:09 (UTC)
Don Wolf <Wolf1936@aol.com>
Being of Croatian/Slovenian/German descent, I am fascinated with the area of Kocevje and the Gottscheer story.
Kansas City, Kansas USA - Monday, November 11, 2002 at 20:49:33 (UTC)
Caroline Mary Meditz <n/a>
I have been trying to find a page like this for months! I just have one question:Does anyone here know of the famous cellist Gert Meditz? Supposedly I am related.
Wethersfield, Connecticut USA - Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 16:58:22 (UTC)
Elaine Tramposch-Haufe <eljoe@worldnet.att.net>
full-blooded Gottscheer: Tramposch, Koestner, Verderber, Koenig are surnames of grandparents.
Ridgewood, NY USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 03:51:40 (UTC)
Frank J Brenner <fbjr@execpc.com>
For those of you who do not know, Milwaukee is hosting the 2004 Gottscheer Fest. This is the last one we will hold so please make your plans to come to our fest you will not be sorry.
Brookfield , Wisconsin USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 18:25:57 (UTC)
Peter KOTAR <peter.kotar@siol.net>
Pleas contact me if you wont to now some more new information or picture of Koèevje (Gottschee).
Koèevje (Gottschee), Slovenija Slovenija - Sunday, December 01, 2002 at 19:04:50 (UTC)
Herbert Hutter <hjhutter@stratus.net>
Enjoyed the Gottscheer Bilderbuch, was born in Seele, 1936.
Lueckisch Herbert von Shealein
North Olmsted, Ohio USA - Monday, December 02, 2002 at 04:56:21 (UTC)
Kraker Alfred <alfred.kraker@aon.at>
I am living in Vienna, Austria (Europe) and my name is Alfred Kraker. If you want to read a little about the story of my father´s family look up http://verderber.org/informationen.htm
and seek there "Alfred Kraker".
Alfred Kraker
Vienna Austria
Vienna, Austria Austria, Europe - Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 13:35:47 (UTC)
Chris Primosch <CAPrimosch@aol.com>
I think my great grandparents were born in Gottenitz, Austria- if this is the mountain town that my great grandmother told me about years ago before she died. I'm looking for information on the mountain town where they lived.
Long Island, New York USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 18:14:14 (UTC)
Mom <omamimi34@aol.com>
Enjoyed looking at your pictures. Will try to visit the chat room.
You know where I live. lol, NY USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 15:13:42 (UTC)
Joanie Kump <not important>
Haven't been here in a while.
Since when do you get so many ppl visiting this site?
NYC! soon to be Syracuse, NY, see above USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 03:39:45 (UTC)
Rhonda Kren <RrKren@aol.com>
Wow! I'm just starting my research and I'm already overhelmed! Looking for information on Josef Kren, from Koflern #6. His son, also Joseph Kren, married Mary Perz from Malgren. On the other side of the tree I have George Putre who married Josepha Michitsch. Anybody out there want to claim us? RK
Nampa,, Idaho USA - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 19:48:45 (UTC)
Gunter Alois Slamer (Schleimer) <gslamer@smartchat.net.au>
I was born in Gottschee and was taken to Australia after the WW2 as a war orphan and have lived in Sydney ever since.
Wahroonga 2076 (Sydney), NSW Australia - Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 03:33:47 (UTC)
Joseph Jaklitsch <myroast@yahoo.com>
Hi folks, Iam new to this site and would like to introduce myself and would like to correspond with anyone who can help me find out more about my family history.
My name is Joseph Jaklitsch,Iam 57 yrs old, married and have two daughters,19 and 22 yrs old.
I came to the United States in January 1952 on the troop ship the USS Greeley. I came here with my maternal grandmother, Anna Jaklitsch and my aunt, Annie Jaklitsch. My mother couldn't make the trip and remained in Klagenfurt,Austria. As a young boy I remember visiting people from the "old country" with my grandmother in Queens, NY. If any one out there has any information about finding family friends or relatives please contact me at. myroast@yahoo.com
Thank you.
Salisbury, Ct. USA - Friday, January 24, 2003 at 00:15:17 (UTC)
Ronald Henry Stalzer <ronstalzer@hotmail.com>
My paternal grandfather, Ferdinand (Fred) Stalzer imigrated to USA, got married in Brooklyn had two children, my father, Heinrich (Henry) and his brother, Wilhelm (Bill) before returning with his new family to Drandul, Gottschee in 1920. He returned due to the death of his fater, to help his widowed mother with the farm. Unfortunately, things were changing in Europe at the time and my grandfather decided to return to the US, but needed to leave his wife and children in then Jugoslavia until he could save up passage for them. They fnaly returned to Cleveland in 1930.

Cleveland, OH USA - Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 14:39:37 (UTC)
Erika Kump <ekump@mbs.ca>
Wow! I haven't checked out your site in a few years...its amazing how many people have dropped in. Great job!
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, February 07, 2003 at 00:40:58 (UTC)
Robert E. Dulzer <redulzer@copper.net>
I have an entry dated 1-2-1999 and wanted to update my email address since I recently retired. Still finding some Dulzer names out there too.
Hudson, Ohio USA - Monday, February 10, 2003 at 04:20:22 (UTC)
Tyler Kump <none right now>
We're probably family! My Grandpa is LaVar, he has several brothers in the Utah area.
Provo, Utah USA - Friday, February 14, 2003 at 07:02:23 (UTC)
Mike Kump <mkump@tamerica.com>
I was doing a search under my last name and found this site. My ancestors on both sides of my family are from Slovenia, this is an interesting site.
Butte, Montana USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 20:39:20 (UTC)
Renee (Rabuse) Suggs <rabuse@yahoo.com>
I don't know how I stumbled on to this website, but I'm glad I did. I hope I'm a part of this group, somehow. I'll keep checking back.
Arkadelphia, Arkansas USA - Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 06:38:23 (UTC)
Truly Huish <ithuish@msn.com>
My great-grandfather, George Matzelle, has always been something of a mystery to our family. We knew he was from "Austria", but nothing else until I saw the word Carniola on a census. Just a couple of months ago I was looking at Carniola on the internet and was led to the Gottschee website. It was amazing to find out about a people I never knew existed, and then to see my great grandfather's surname as as one of the family names in Gottschee! It was a wonderful moment for me. Since then I have found out that George Matzelle was born in Rodine, Tschernembl parish. His parents names were Georg Matzelle and Ursula Cerne(Tscherne), and I couldn't find their marriage record in this parish. If anyone has information as to where their birth or marriage records might be, or any other info, I would really appreciate it!
Mesa, Arizona USA - Friday, February 28, 2003 at 19:10:12 (UTC)
Mandi Brown <brownmandi0911@hotmail.com>
Grandfather born in Radece, 4 Sep 1898. We have his original "Gebuts und Tauffchein" ..... Johann DOLEC, son of Johann DOLEC and Maria (Mary) MARVIC, god parents listed were Franz PODLOYAR/PODLOGAR and wife Johana. Johann senior had left Radece in 1903 with a mistress and his son.....unknown where they arrived etc.....Johann junior, his mother Mary, sister Mary, and brother Frank came to US in 1908...unknown where they arrived. Ended up in Missouri...any info helpful
Maryville, MIssouri USA - Monday, March 31, 2003 at 14:10:21 (UTC)
Mandi Brown <brownmandi0911@hotmail.com>
Grandfather born in Radece, 4 Sep 1898. We have his original "Gebuts und Tauffchein" ..... Johann DOLEC, son of Johann DOLEC and Maria (Mary) MARVIC, god parents listed were Franz PODLOYAR/PODLOGAR and wife Johana. Johann senior had left Radece in 1903 with a mistress and his son.....unknown where they arrived etc.....Johann junior, his mother Mary, sister Mary, and brother Frank came to US in 1908...unknown where they arrived. Ended up in Missouri...any info helpful
Maryville, MIssouri USA - Monday, March 31, 2003 at 14:21:09 (UTC)
Theresa Miklitsch Kinstrey <TKTess@aol.com>
My father Herman Miklitsch and his brother Emil were born in Slovenia. His Mother was Terezija Senica born 1913 in Malipowitz and his father was Frederich Miklitsch born 1914 in Podpreska. My father's Aunts are Mary Roethel, Ida Zupancic and Amelija Brisk
Ballston Spa, NY USA - Thursday, April 03, 2003 at 20:36:21 (UTC)
Viola Miklitsch <Vioza@taconic.net>
I am married to a former "Gottschee" Herman Miklitsch. We are happy here in a lovely country village in NYState. Similar to the Gottschee area.
Copake Falls, New York USA - Monday, April 07, 2003 at 00:00:02 (UTC)
Gerri <gerrisue@msn.com>
I saw someone looking for pics of Litchenbach, Austria. Or maybe it was GOTTSCHEE...anyway, here are a few I have found:


Litchenbach is where my ancestors came from, over the the US. Thier name was Staudacher, and they left in 1872. If anyone has any info, it would be greatly appreciated! :)

Thanks so much - Gerri

Cedar Rapids, IA USA - Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 15:20:56 (UTC)
Heidi Mayer-Bell (Matzelle) <Princess_Popowitsch@hotmail.com>
My Grandmother is Gottscher, Her name is Veronika Matzelle, if anyone has any info,please write. Other family members of her included, her mother Josephine Matzelle,aunt Marie Danko, brothers Karl, Alfred, Richard (Ritchie),sisters Berta and many more there were 13 all together. Anyway my grandmother eventually settled in Glendale where she met my grandfather Peter Bell (Popowitsch, from Romania) and wed. They went on to own an upstate NY lodge, called the Pine Hill Lodge in Highland Lake NY.
Kingston, New York USA - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 04:03:46 (UTC)
Gunter Slamer (Schleimer) <gslamer@smartchat.ner.au>
Dear Mr Kump,
Have just found your Website. I was born in the Stadt Gottschee and left Europe as a young boy after having lost my parents in 1945.
So, from far away Australia I send you best regards.
Sydney, NSW Australia - Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 00:17:06 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Hi Gunter. I tried you send you an e-mail to the address given in your message in the Kump - Gottscheer Bulletin. It was returned as containing errors. Would you please send me an e-mail at my given address? Thank you. Sophia
Gottschee now Minnesota USA, Minnesota USA - Monday, April 28, 2003 at 02:54:48 (UTC)
Charles <cwfrank@aol.com>
My mother was Gottscheer by the name Gramer and her mother was Hiris.

I was on the site to get ideas for a good baby name. We are expecting in two weeks.

See you at the picnic.

New York, NY USA - Friday, May 02, 2003 at 19:24:58 (UTC)
Frank Kump <frank.kump@tinker.af.mil or try knkemp@sbcglobal.net>
My parents came over from Yugoslavia after WWII and met in St Louis MO where I was born and raised.

send me an email and we can talk...maybe we are related.

Good luck
Norman, OK USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 21:20:13 (UTC)
Sue Ann Jonke <sajonke@aol.com>
Enjoyed your site very much.
Shalimar, FL USA - Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 05:10:52 (UTC)
vicki kump englert <vkenglert@hotmail.com>
My father was Peter Kump. His brother, Ernest Kump. Both architects and both deceased. I have a brother, Peter, and a sister, Mary. We 3 were born and raised in Northern California. Ernest and his wife, Josephine, had 2 children; Peter, a son (founded the Peter Kump Cooking School in NYC) and Mondi Kump Bridges. Both deceased.
tiburon, ca USA - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 01:37:34 (UTC)
James R. Hennessy, MD <jrhenne@aol.com>
I wish to communicate with anyone regarding Riegel, Otterbach and Unterlag. My grandparents were associated with these three villages.
Jim Hennessy
Maumee, OH USA - Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 22:09:14 (UTC)
REGINA (Ramor) Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Hello, all Gottscheer. I came to this site by chance and am I ever glad I did. This is fantastic... I was born in Reichenau #l8.
Goldeisch (house name) My mother is a Schuss from Rodine #38. Ther is a special dedication to the church in Rodine and all descendents from Rodine are welcome to come! This is to take place on Sept. 8th03
There will also be a Geneology conferance in Llubliana for all Gottscheers to attend in early Sept03. Check with GHGA excecutive.
Well bye for now, hope to come back soon.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. CANADA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 19:23:41 (UTC)
Regina (Ramor) Gardner <ddrgardner@shaw.ca>
I was born in Reichenau #l8 Goldeisch (house name) RAMOR family name. My father was Matthias Ramor born Oct l9 1894
His father was Johann Ramor born Oct 24 1868, My mother was a Schuss, Anna born Jan l3 1906 in Rodine #38. Johann's wife was a KUMP, MARGARETHA from Warmberg #6 born June 17 1869. On the Schuss side there was also a Sedlar.
That's all for now , hope to be back soon.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. CANADA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 19:34:42 (UTC)
Regina (Ramor) Gardner <ddrgardner@shaw.ca>
I was born in Reichenau #l8 Goldeisch (house name) RAMOR family name. My father was Matthias Ramor born Oct l9 1894
His father was Johann Ramor born Oct 24 1868, My mother was a Schuss, Anna born Jan l3 1906 in Rodine #38. Johann's wife was a KUMP, MARGARETHA from Warmberg #6 born June 17 1869. On the Schuss side there was also a Sedlar.
That's all for now , hope to be back soon.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. CANADA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 19:35:17 (UTC)
Regina (Ramor) Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
I was born in Reichenau #l8 Goldeisch (house name) RAMOR family name. My father was Matthias Ramor born Oct l9 1894
His father was Johann Ramor born Oct 24 1868, My mother was a Schuss, Anna born Jan l3 1906 in Rodine #38. Johann's wife was a KUMP, MARGARETHA from Warmberg #6 born June 17 1869. On the Schuss side there was also a Sedlar.
That's all for now , hope to be back soon.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. CANADA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 19:35:40 (UTC)
NEGAUNEE, MICHIGAN USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 04:50:29 (UTC)
Heide Harder, born Wutti <heide.harder@eunet.at>
Hello Folks,
I am on the lookout of my roots. Since my father's family originates from Gottschee, I was looking it up in the internet and came across your site.
Especially attracted by the name of Tschern - one of my ancestors is a Tscherne - I decided to see what I can find out from you.
In a couple of weeks I will be going to Gottschee to see the town where my family lived.
Best regards fro the other side of the globe
Vienna, Austria - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 16:22:30 (UTC)
doris kinkopf <dkinkopf@aol.com>
hi everyone,found this website by accident.Wondering if any gottscheers out there know the Frank Kinkopf family from Palmetto Street, Ridgewood NY. If yes I would love to hear from you.
My grandparents are Johann u. Magdalena Kinkopf from Komuzten Gottschee.
staten island, ny USA - Sunday, August 03, 2003 at 20:14:45 (UTC)
Siegrid Roethel <siegridroethel120@hotmail. com>
Liebe Landleute!

Ich bin leider nicht Gottscherin, aber mein Mann ist, Irgendwo habe ich den Roethel Stamm gesehen. Wo finde ich diese Information. Ich wuerde mich sehr freuen, wen der wo es weisst, es mir mitteilen tut. ich bedanke mich schon im vorraus, und verbleibe mit vielen lieben Gruessen,
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 02:47:16 (UTC)
Tanja , geb.Sajovitz <sajovitz11@hotmail.com>
Wunderbar das es so viele web sites von Gottschee gibt!I am trying to learn as much as possible about Gottschee.My father is from Nesseltal,and I was born and raised in Ridgewood,New York until we moved to Wuerzburg,Germany in 1976.
Thank you for this site and keep up the good work!
Anyone that might know my family-I would love to hear from you!
ga USA - Thursday, August 07, 2003 at 13:18:23 (UTC)
Linda Fennell <red_fenn@juno.com>
I remember the Gottcher hall in Ridgewood, was also a member of the Brooklyn Knaben und maechin (sp?) chorus.

Good to see someone try to continue the ethnic traditions, it tells us alot about ourselves.

My family was not Gottcher, but I am also looking up some in-laws geneology and found that we have a lot of German family members!
Shady Side, MD USA - Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 20:44:57 (UTC)
REGINA (Ramor) Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Just came to say Hello. I see a few more people have come on site. I think this site is Great.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. CANADA - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 03:56:34 (UTC)
Regina G. <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Hello. Great to see more visitors, since last time I was here.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. CANADA - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 03:59:30 (UTC)
REGINA (Ramor) Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Just came to say Hello. I see a few more people have come on site. I think this site is Great.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. CANADA - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 04:01:59 (UTC)
REGINA (Ramor) Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Just came to say Hello. I see a few more people have come on site. I think this site is Great.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. CANADA - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 04:04:15 (UTC)
Hilde Kobetitsch <hbrunhilde@aol.com>
Hello, I would like to participate in the plaudezimmer

Cleveland, Ohio USA - Sunday, September 07, 2003 at 02:43:38 (UTC)
sophie sbaschnik <sbaschnik@aol.com>
enjoyed your website. gruesse an alle gottscheer landsleute.
bergenfield, nj USA - Friday, September 12, 2003 at 17:42:18 (UTC)
Ceri Sanders <emaraude@comcast.net>
I'm looking for the Majerle family that resided in Predgrad.
Woodinville, WA USA - Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 22:43:46 (UTC)
Marge Fernandes <mzf5750@aol.com>
Family from Weissentstien (Hoge and Gliebe)
Massapequa, NY USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 00:13:35 (UTC)
Roy Gump <roywg@earthlink.net>
In genealogy research, I have discovered my great Grandfather, Andreas Gump. was born in Slovenia in what was called Unterbuchberg 1 and was baptised 31 Oct 1802 in a church with Slovenian spelling, Koprivnik pri Kocevju. I received from the Catholic Archive in Ljubljana a typewritten interpretation of the baptism certificate. On it it states his name as " Kumb" , however, on other documents from Bavaria, Germany it states "Gump". This is similiar to "Kump". Somewhere prior to 1845 he moved to Schönanger, Bavaria which is north of Passau in the Bavarian Forrest. Andreas Gump's wife's given name was Urscha but I do not have her surname.
Waukesha, WI USA - Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 19:57:24 (UTC)
A . Tschern <aetschern@worldnet.att.net>
Hi there Neph.Just surfing and pulled up "Gottschee" to see if there's anything new out there and came across your site. I see You added a picture of yourself.Good looking chap but definitly a little older since I saw you last. If you recall the roasting I indured at a weeding in Jersey by the Kump clan when I attained a certain age , well guess what it looks like you made it too.By the way pay back is somewhere down the road.
If you get a chance update the Staudacher page RE: Oma's 90th Birthday and party . I'll E-Mail you some pictures you could add to the site.It may be of some interest to some Gottscheers.
Say Hi to all from Al , Emmy and Oma.
Searingtown , NY USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 at 23:14:46 (UTC)
Leslie Handy <smilesmurfet@msn.com>
Karen mueller"fink" lived with my family in 1982 as an exchange student went back in Germany, then later married a U.S. service man I would like to fine her, I know live in Florida. Leslie & George
Tecumseh, Michigan USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 14:08:52 (UTC)
Elizabeth Michelitsch (Gaggl) <Kist282@aol.com>
Your website was very informative and brought back many memories of my childhood in Gottschee (Grafenfeld). My family left Gottschee between Chrismas & New Year in 1942. My parents were Franz and Maria Michelitsch. My brothers Konrad and Hubert, and my sisters Maria and Rosi (Stalzer).
I am trying to get a group together (for Summer 2004) to Austria and Gottschee. Our previous trips have been a great success. If interested contact me any time.
Middle Village, New York USA - Wednesday, October 08, 2003 at 03:26:30 (UTC)
Ken Ruppe <ken_ruppe@toyota.com>
Great site! I posted to the board several years ago but never left my name here. I was raised in Ridgewood, NY on 68th ave. Went to PS88 Q and attended CCD at St. Mathias. My father was born in Unterlag.
Castle Rock, CO USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 21:08:20 (UTC)
Joseph E. Gliebe III <jcarrer1@bellsouth.net>
I read all the inputs with great interest. I was born in Cleveland (Euclid Glenville Hospital) as were my Father and Grandfather (Both Joseph E. Gliebe). I know nothing of my grandfather's family before him. I know he had a sister, Josephine, who I know as a kid growing up in Euclid. My father is no longer here but his only sibling, Donald Gliebe, lives in Euclid still. I also know that Don has three boys, one of which still lives in the Cleveland area. My Grandfathers wife was from the "Powers" family. I know nothing more and recognize virtually none of the names identified in all these discussions. Wish I know more. Anyone who is interested in picking my brain, please feel free. Also any additional information about the Gliebe family would be appreciated.
Joe Gliebe
Alpharetta, GA USA - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 16:03:57 (UTC)
Doreen Sandor <dsgmusic@frontiernet.net>
It has been some time since I have visied this site . . . still nice to see postings from fellow Gottscheers & some relatives.

NY USA - Monday, October 27, 2003 at 03:44:19 (UTC)
Robert Puttre <puttre925@usadatanet.net>
Towns: Oberskrill, Hinterberg, Gottenitz, Neoloschin
Baldwin, NY USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 02:11:55 (UTC)
Brandon Soubie <soubie540@fullsurvicenetwork.net >


next door , next door USA - Friday, October 31, 2003 at 20:03:03 (UTC)
elfriede staudacher parmenter <joepo22@sg23.com>
has anyone know where helmut staudacher who is a uncle to me elfriede staudacher m to j.parmenter
waverly, ny USA - Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 04:20:03 (UTC)
John A. McCabe <jmccabe@nc.rr.com>
This is my first time to your website. I came across it as I was looking into my family tree.

My grandfather was John Andrew Krisch (born 1889, died 1974) son of John Krisch (born 18?? / died in 1919) and Margaret Wolfe (born 1860 / died 1927).

We know my grandfather was born in Gottschee and migrated to NY. He had a two brothers Joseph and Henry and one sister Clara.

Can you help with any info.

Thanks for your work on this website

Cary, NC USA - Monday, December 01, 2003 at 20:08:56 (UTC)
William Harrison Kump <wkump1@yahoo.com>
Nice to know the Kumps have a big worldwide name.I was adopted by Jay Leslie Kump and Mahee Miller Kump from Jennings,Kansas 67743.I am very proud to be a Kump.My great grandad was John Kump Oberlin,Kansas he lived to be over 101 years old and George Kump was my grand dad and Virgil R.Kump is my uncle in Oberlin,Kansas 67749.Nice website.
Oberlin, Kansas USA - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 03:46:39 (UTC)
Hans M E D I T Z <hans.meditz@bluewin.ch>
Hallo Landsleute
Stamme aus Untertappelwerch.Ich suche ein Bild oder Foto der
Kirche/Kirchturm von Untertappelwerch.Da der Turm stark zerstört ist
und wieder restauiert werden soll benötige ich ein authentisches
Foto.Vielleicht kann mir jemend weiter helfen.
Vielen Dank und die allerherzlichsten Grüsse
CH-6330 Cham/ZG, Switzerland - Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 10:38:50 (UTC)
Bernie Schemitsch <bschemitsch$hotmail.com (replace $ with @)>
Helmut, thanks for keeping the "Gottschee Pages" on the WWW. I stop by often to check up on the interesting additions to the "Visitors" & "Bulletin Board" etc. subjects.
Prescott, AZ USA - Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 00:01:35 (UTC)
Debbie (Kump) Ellis <bellis@planetkc.com>
Do you have any information about Mathias Kump. He was my grandfather. Debbie Ellis
Olathe, KS USA - Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 00:18:08 (UTC)
otto rogale <orogale@comcast.net>
Glad that this site exists. Hopefully, I can find more info on my ancestry.
lady lake, fl USA - Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 22:03:17 (UTC)
Bertha Mausser-Stiene <jbmimhome.com>
Looking for any old friends out there
Cleveland, ohio USA - Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 18:20:28 (UTC)
Alejandro Fernandez <fao@argentina.com>
Mr. Jhhn Turney
it wanted to contact to me with you, I am grandson of MARIJA KONIG.
Born in Novireleg Kocevje
Gral Roca, Patagonia Argentine - Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 20:20:44 (UTC)
Robert Kump <rrk@aol.com>
My father is Rudolf Kump, mother Elfriede Kump (nee Brinskelle)
They are in Ridgewood, NY.
Staten Island, NY USA - Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 15:02:40 (UTC)
Dan Muccio <djm1@helicon.net>
Grandson of Josef Sterbenz former manager of Gotscheer clubhouse in Queens NY
USA - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 02:44:31 (UTC)
Gary Staudacher <stau2gar.AOL.com>
Born 8/9/45 at Minneiska, MN., 2nd son of Wels and Betty Staudacher. My grandfather was George Staudacher. George had two brothers, Gus and Charles. He also had two sisters. I've been told that my grandfather came to Minnesota at approximate age of 3 from Windsor Ontario in Canada and he lived the remainder of his life in this region of Minnesota. That's all I have.
Minneiska, MN USA - Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 00:58:00 (UTC)
Paul Stopnik <stopnik@cox.net>
Researching family genealogy from area of Vace (Vaca, Vacha) and Hinje, Slovenia and have over 200 surnames associated with the family. Visit website (www.stopnik.com) for links to all my research. Good luck !!!
Irvine, CA USA - Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 00:50:58 (UTC)
Helena Braun (Springer) <jensam@dol.net>
Very nice site.
Found this site looking for my ancestors from Gottschee.
Desperate to find anything the Springer's or the Schager's of gottschee.
I have found the Eppich's and the Gliebe's.

Rising Sun formally Glendale New York, Maryland USA - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 17:45:54 (UTC)
Mary Westlake <JERNESTW@aol.com>
Thanks for the website. Would appreciate any inof about my Grandfather, John M. Tramposh, or relatives from Gottschee.
All the best.
Berkeley, Ca. USA - Monday, March 15, 2004 at 08:29:01 (UTC)
Matthew Koenig <sugaglider2003@yahoo.com>
My grandmother was Albina Kump...Tramposch. Her brother is Rudy Kump of Kerhonkson, NY. My father has also visited a Ernst Kump in Bad Mitterdorf. I was just researching.
New Haven , CT USA - Saturday, April 03, 2004 at 21:44:45 (UTC)
Hirtzlin Mathieu <petitcerfmatthias@caramail.com>
My neighbour Rudolf Erschen(died 2002)was borned in Oberwetzenbach near Gottschee.
Pfetterhouse, Alsace/Elsass France - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 19:31:17 (UTC)
Christine Petschauer Sharp <CSSharpie@Aol.Com>
Iam looking for family from Altlag parish Koenig from Kletsch#4
and Petschauer from Neubacher#5
I enjoyed your chat room very much,
Thank You!!!
Las Vegas, Nevada USA - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 16:41:12 (UTC)
LAKE SUZY , FL. USA - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 21:54:50 (UTC)
Elfriede Stonitsch <stonitsel@aol.com>
The Gottscheer Heritage and Genealogy Association will hold its annual meeting on June 25 and June 26 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel South & Plaza Tower), 7800 Normandale Blvd., Minneapolis, Minnesota. All persons interested in their Gottscheer heritage are invited to attend. The agenda will include speakers on Gottscheer heritage, Gottscheerisch language lessons and songs, and genealogy workshops and activities as well as an evening banquet with entertainment. Registration for the Saturday meeting is $35.00 (includes lunch) and the evening banquet is $32.00. The deadline for mail in registration is June 12.

For more information and the Registration Form, visit our website: http:\\www.gottschee.org or contact me at stonitsel@aol.com.

Walden, NY USA - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 02:57:19 (UTC)
Agnes Johnston Schmuck <agnes@shaw.ca>
Married to a Gottscheer, I am of Irish descent (McCusker)but my parents were both born in Scotland. Enjoyed visiting the site.
Coquitlam, British Columbia Canada - Monday, June 07, 2004 at 16:02:55 (UTC)
MUGU MAN <mugu@mugu.com>
I like your site thank you for job well don
johanessbourg, gauteen south africa - Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at 07:21:38 (UTC)
Melissa Staudacher <myllissann@aol.com>
I married into the Staudacher family in 2001. My husband's family is from Michigan. His grandfather's name was George. George died in 2002. Curious as to my new family's roots.
USA - Friday, July 02, 2004 at 22:04:46 (UTC)
Dorothy Franko Campbell <BDCamp6900@aol.com>
My father was born in Schalkendorf, arrived in the US in 1910. His parents were John Franko and Josephine Dulzer. My grandmother spoke several languages and my father was, as a child, able to speak a little German holding on to Slovenian. He is currently 96 but can add nothing further about the "old country" as he puts it. So.... I really enjoy visiting the site to learn more about my heritage.
Kansas City, Missouri USA - Monday, July 19, 2004 at 14:01:26 (UTC)
Bob Heinz <RHeinz@cfl.rr.com>
Ridgewood's Grover Cleveland High School Alumni Club
Ridgewood, NY USA - Monday, July 26, 2004 at 15:26:31 (UTC)
pat stonish warning <windswept2004@yahoo.com>
grandparents were matthias & josepha stonitsch
pennsylvania USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 00:07:45 (UTC)
nancy <snancy@centurytel.net>
I'm a PETSCHAUER/TSCHERNE. My grandpa was from Mitterdorf#10, Tschermoschnitz, Gottschee. Grandma from Lachina (we think) as we haven't been able to find out grandmas mothers maiden name. Any suggestions? Thanks and I enjoy the site!
prescott, Wi USA - Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 23:53:48 (UTC)
Herbert Franz Kump <engel22@grapevine.net>
We were looking for some imnformation on the country and area that I was born in. I am tring to find information about the arae and the family. Please let me know if you have any information about the area and the family that came over. I came over to America in 1956. I was in Lager Feffernitz in Kernten Austria. I am looking for any information. I was born in Grodetz Gottsche in 1936. My parents were Mathias Kump and Rosalia Kump. I hope that you can send me in the right direction.
Mound City, Kansas USA - Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 23:04:36 (UTC)
Donna Gilbertie <dgilbertie@cox.net>
My great grandmother Franziska Thellian (17 years old) came to the United States in 1901 - a year later my great aunt Leopoldine Thellian (16 years) arrived. I know they were from Gottschee - but that is all I know. I don't know their parents names. They lived in New York the rest of their lives. Does any one know how I would begin to track down my roots. Is Thellian a comman name ?
Chandler, AZ USA - Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 07:29:02 (UTC)
Laurent KRAULAND <windischdorf260593@hotmail.com>
Hello and thanks for this site, I will come back one of those days for chatting and the like.

Best regards, bis bald.
Laurent Krauland
Forbach, Moselle France - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 17:08:26 (UTC)
Nancy <snancy@centurytel.net>
Hello from the grandaughter of Ferdinand Petschauer and Johanna Tscherne.
Prescott, WI USA - Friday, August 13, 2004 at 23:54:07 (UTC)
marianne p. wolf-miller <mpm@aks-law.com>
I truly enjoyed my visit. I am searching for information regarding Weissenstein and Tiefental where my maternal grandparents were born. Please forward same to me if available. I remain grateful.
Amityville, New York USA - Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 17:33:20 (UTC)
Nancy <snancy@centurytel.net>
Hi, I'm fairly new to the GHGA but am eager to get to know people with a similar history. My grandfather was Ferdinand Petschauer from Mitterdorf#10, Tschermoschnitz. My grandmother was Johanna Tscherne from Lachina, Stockendorf. Have a great week everyone!
Prescott, Wi USA - Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 23:35:45 (UTC)
Sophia "Trix" Stalzer-Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Hi Nancy and all. Greetings to you. I agree Nancy, it is wonderful to communicate with others who have a Gottscheer connection. As for me p ersonally, it is 20 years ago this August that my husband and daughter Maria accompanied me on our first to Gottschee after leaving there, as part of the resettlement in 1941. I was the first in my family to have that longing to return to my homeland and how glad we all are that we ventured across the Atlantic. I reconnected to the place of my birth so deeply that it has had a profound effect of pride, memories and gratitude of my Gottscheer heritage. Hopefully next May I will make my 7th trip to Gottschee since 1984. What wonderful journey all of them have been. So, if any of you share my deep feelings for my Gottscheer ancestry I would encourage and invite you to exchange information, get to know others, join the GHGA (Gottscheer Heritage and Genealogy Assn.) an outstanding non-profit association established to preserve the history, culture and family records of Gottschee. you will be glad you did.

Remember our next GHGA visit to the former Gottschee is scheduled for May 25 to June 8. Come on along - you will love it. Membership in the GHGA is required.
Minnesota USA - Monday, August 23, 2004 at 05:20:31 (UTC)
Jeanne Locatelli <jlocatel@pacbell.net>

I see in your family tree the name, Rosalia Agnitsch, could this be a relative of my maternal grandmother of the same name? Rosalia Agnitsch, was born in Laase, Tschermoschnitz, Gottschee April 21, 1895, to Josef Agnitsch and Agnes Schober Agnitsch. My maternal grandfather was Georg Fitz of Kolfern.

Enjoying your site...thank you, Jeanne
Woodland, CA USA - Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 19:23:04 (UTC)
Trix <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Hi Jeannie. Thanks for your message. Regarding the village of Koflern. I just looked at the latest GHGA publication, VILLAGE SKETCHES OF GOTTSCHEE 1941 and on page 71 one finds a detailed list of all residents of the village, along with house numbers and house names. Every house in Gottschee was known by the house name rather then the formal, legal last name. On page 72 is an excellent map showing the layout of the village. If you haven't seen it I think you would love this publication for your own, personal Gottscheer library. See the GHGA web site for prices and ordering information.

Enjoy a GREAT day.
Minnesota USA - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 at 15:41:14 (UTC)
Louis Joseph Verderber IV <mp3@ksu.edu>

Kansas City, KS USA - Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 04:12:35 (UTC)
Marilyn (Kanehl) Zartler <mzartler@goodwinprocter.com>
Emma & Al:

I was a co-worker of Emma's back in the mid-1960s in Ridgewood, NY. When Emma attended St. Matthias School, she was in my sister's class. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and the rest of your family.

Marilyn (Kanehl) Zartler
Smithtown, NY USA - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 20:17:32 (UTC)
dot zwerin <dotmom@optonline.net>
Anxious to communicate with anyone familiar with names...CURL,CUREL,COREL,ZURL,STIMEC,STIMATZ..Would like to hear from you...
warwick, ny USA - Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 21:58:39 (UTC)
Randy Brumbaugh
Here is Finding Randy Brumbaugh
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Monday, October 18, 2004 at 20:10:55 (UTC)
Kurt Peter Kump <homesteaders@sympatico.ca>
Enjoyed your webpage and the old photos. Was pleasantly surprised to find a Kump family website.
Regards, Peter Kump
Howick, Quebec Canada - Saturday, November 06, 2004 at 03:51:01 (UTC)
Sandy Staudacher <Sandy@spymac.com>
Looking for all Staudacher's as penpals...
Father Robert Staudacher, Grandfather William Staudacher, Great Great Grandfather Valentine Staudacher...
Born in Buffalo, NY, Current Fort lauderdale, FL USA - Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 16:34:16 (UTC)
Bruno Wertz <brunowertz@aol.com>
My aunt was living in Brooklyn N.Y. Her name was Josepha Kump born in Tiefental as Oswald. I vitided her in 1978. She had a son an a daughter.
The boy at that time was about 16 years old. Is that your familiy?
Bruno Wertz
52385 Nideggen, Germany - Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 10:09:17 (UTC)
Irene Casalino nee Stimitz <icasalino@hotmail.com>
Was surprised to see this site. My great uncle and aunt were named John and Rose Kump (nee Rabuse). Her sister, Fanny, married George Staudacher.
Long Beach, NY USA - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 18:46:55 (UTC)
Anne Marie <Harschey@juno.com>
Hi, My mother is from Gottschee. Her maiden name is Troche. When she was 11, both her parents died in Gottschee, so an aunt took her to the united state. Were she was put in to foster care. I am one
of her 10 children. I have a great desire to know more about my
ancesters. Were I come from. My mother is such a great and humble
person, that I know in my heart that our ancester must be too. so here I am looing on your web page to learn as much as I can. Thank you so much for this. Anne Marie Harsch
Spoysylvania, Virginia USA - Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 17:35:38 (UTC)
Rudolf Stueck <rudicotati@aol.com>
Guten Tag,

Ich finde so eine Minderheit, die sich 600 Jahre behaupten konnte, sehr bewundernswert, genau wie die Siebenbürger Sachsen in Rumänien und die Zipser in der Slowakei, welche ja noch älter sind. Schade, daß
diese deutsche Sprachinseln durch den letzten Krieg untergegangen sind.
Ich kenne in unserer Umgebung einen Gottscheer, Johnny Krische, der
Akkordeon spielt und eine Band hat.

Rudolf Stueck
Cotati, CA USA - Monday, December 20, 2004 at 21:27:29 (UTC)
ron sigmund <ronsig@comcast.net>
I'm looking for the family tree of my aunt, Sophie Kresse, who lived in Seele before emigrating to the U.S. around 1900.
westwood, ma USA - Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 12:34:25 (UTC)
LorriAnne Rae Kump <lorrianne_rae_kump@yahoo.com>
Glenn Kump, who signed on Tuesday, May 20, 1997 at 22:48:02 (EDT) is my uncle (my father's younger brother) and Jean Kump, who signed Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 19:21:26 (GMT) is my aunt (my father's younger sister).
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 05:58:17 (UTC)
J. Daly <jdjd6095@yahoo.com>
I am doing research on cultural communities and came across your site.
Putnam Valley, NY USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 17:12:19 (UTC)
Eric C. Weber <eric.weber@dcma.mil>
Grandson of Helen Jacklitsch who immigrated to the US at the age of 14 in 1914. Married William Kluger in Brooklynn New York and had 6 children.
St. Louis, MO USA - Friday, February 04, 2005 at 14:42:55 (UTC)
bob mcnally <bobmcnally8@hotmail>
I'm only a Gottscheer in spirit. Ihad a Gottscheer girlfriend back in 1949, Ridgewood, New York. Do any of you know of a Ridgewood, New York Web? I know there is one under construction, but I saw in the letters section of the Ridgewood Times that there is one, but they didn't leave its name. I would just like to talk to old friends.

floral park, new york USA - Monday, February 28, 2005 at 00:45:15 (UTC)
Irena <irenakump@hotmail.com>
I found this page on the internet because I was curious. My routh came from Germany, when Germans came to our part of the world befor 1. world war. I'm not sure if we are related, but anyway. Have a great day
Ursna sela, Novo mesto, Dolenjska Slovenia - Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 14:43:27 (UTC)
Ilona Steinmacher Trommler <ilonatrommler@aol.com>
Looking for Martin Steinmacher, two of them. One born in Varoslod, Hungary in the 1800's, brother to Adam. Possibly immigrated to Argentina.

Martin Steinmacher, born in Pregarten, Austria 1906-1907. Last seen by sister Klara in Vienna, march 16,1935. Siblings: Klara, Karl, Vilibald, Julia, Josef. Father Josef Steinmacher, mother Cecilia Dite
I am the daughter of Vilibald
Cleveland, Ohio USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 01:20:18 (UTC)
Regina Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Help others, enjoy life! and live well.
Kamloops, , B.C. CANADA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 10:56:07 (UTC)
Francis Koschier <drinfection@hotmail.com>
My grandparents came over around 1907.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 04:12:21 (UTC)
Hilde Lackner Kobetitsch <hbrunhilde@aol.com>
Hello to all the Gottscheers who are visiting this web site. I just happened to come upon this and it surely interesting to see all of the names entered and also the information.

I live in Cleveland, Ohio and I am a member of the EOUV club in Russell Township. For those of you who came to our past Treffens you are familiar with our beautiful club.

I also had the pleasure to attend the Gottscheer Treffens in New York, Kitchener, Toronto and Milwaukee. It is always good to see a fellow Gottscheer. Too bad we are so far apart from each other. However this visitor area is a perfect way to get in touch with each other.

It was nice to visit and I hope to visit again soon.

Best regards and good wishes to all of our Gottscheer throughout the US.

Cleveland, Ohio USA - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 01:51:17 (UTC)
R.G.Primosch <onetruerangod@yahoo.com>
Hi I found this site while googling my last name i found some very interestins info on the Gotscheer people. My Grandparents on my fathers side were born in the old country Josefa (sofie) Primosch (nee Sedler ) and Rudolf Primosch. I noticed the name Kump appearing and remembered that my grandmothers mothers maiden name was marie kump i do know she was born in 1875.
glendale , ny USA - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 23:32:58 (UTC)
Tim Coen <tcoen@isp.com>
My mother's maiden name was Jaklitsch. Her parents, Frank and Josephine migrated to Ridgewood, New York in 1919 and 1921, respectively. They both grew up in Gottschee in the village of Zwischiern which at the time was in Austria. They knew each other as children. I am interested in learning about the culture and food of this area and people. My grandmother's family ran a local tavern and meeting house for the village. I believe she came from a family of eleven children. Thanks for any information. I just found this web site today.
Fallbrook, California USA - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 18:08:49 (UTC)
Sandra Bishop <sandy_bishop@medco.com (work)>
My mother Grace (80 years old now) was the second of four daughters of Mary Stalzer Schleimer and Ernest Kump who resided on Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, NY. Both grandparents passed away in the early 1960s. My grandfather emigrated here from Austria before the start of WWI and we're not sure where my grandmother was born as it appears that her father passed and her mother (Marie) remarried a Schleimer and had six more children. I'd love to hear from Kumps, Stalzers & Schleimers.
Goshen, NY USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 17:24:21 (UTC)
cheryl ferst <cferst1@aol.com>
My grandparents, Brunoslav and Marie (hartl) Niedzielski came to US on General AW Greeley on December 10, 1951 from Bremerhaven, Germany. Both have since passed and anyone out there with ship info, pics or family ancestory of Niedzielski would be greatly appreciated. Bruno(slav) Niedzielski was born in Poland and had a brother and a sister. His parents were deceased at a young age. No info on his family exists. Hartl's still reside in Austria and I've had much contact with them.

Thank you
east norriton, pennsylvania USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 17:10:31 (UTC)
Sigrid (Stonitsch) O'Brien <sobrien001@yahoo.com>
This is so great! I am a Gottscheer too and very iterested in our past history. I will have to let the rest of my family that you have this website.
North Plainfield, NJ USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 13:40:43 (UTC)
David M Stoner <DaveStoner@AOL.Com>
Is there any known Ancestral connection between Andrew Kump Hanover PA 1841 and Groff, Gilbert, or Stoner?
Cincinnati, OH USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 18:36:55 (UTC)
Lorraine Houghton <lahoughton@aol.com>
My ancestors are Banovec and Stonitsch. I enjoy the site. Michael Banovec (Banowetz) married Gertrude Stonitsch and they settled in Clinton County, Iowa, in a little railroad settlement called Browns, Iowa. I enjoy reading about their homeland.
Davenport, Iowa USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 21:19:58 (UTC)
Peggy Smerkar <edandpeggy@comcast.net>
Researching Smrekar from Naklo and Adam from Dolna Paka.
Los Angeles, CA USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 03:49:11 (UTC)
Sallie Vaughan <jvaughan13@cogeco.ca>
I just happened to click upon this site and I am hoping someone could help me find information about my my great grandparents on my father's side of the family. His grandparents were from Germany. His father's name is Seward B. Walker and his mothers name is Anita Annabell Thomas. ewards parents were Wilhelm Edvard Waker and Hilda Erhart. His Mothers Anita Annabell Thomas Parents were Raymond Karl Tomas and Alice Marie Fay. I am at a dead end and cannot find any information on any of them and I don't even know their parents names or anything about them. My father told me before he passed on in 1977 that they were born in Germany and that Wilhelm Edvard Walker was born in Hamburg, Germany. I would love to find my older ancestors information as I am lost as I can't find Them anywhere. Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you to anyone in advance who can be of any help to me.
Sincerely yours,
Sallie (Walker) Vaughan
Peterborough, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 04:52:41 (UTC)
gregory staudacher <ggster@aol.com>
Love your site
wauwatosa, wi USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 21:45:35 (UTC)
Debra Lynn (Kump) Ellis <deb1340@sbcglobal.net>
Looking for any distant relatives
Olathe, KS USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 00:57:46 (UTC)
Katarina Jaklitsch Jakse <pelargonija@hotmail.com>
I am glad that Nancy T. told me about this site, maybe I'll find some useful information. My father is a gottscher Hans Jaklitsch from Mitterdorf by Tschermoschnitz. He still lives there (in Novo mesto, 25 minutes away).
Regards from SLovenia. Katarina
Ljubljana (Novo mesto & Mitterdorf), SLOVENIA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 10:49:37 (UTC)
Pauline (Zurl) Roethel <smokyjopa@gmail.com>
Would be inerested to hear a word or two from the descendants of those Gottschee People who were so deeply committed to the work ethic and their religion
NY USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 20:33:38 (UTC)
MArk K Ward <mark.janelle.ward@comcast.net>
I have a Great great grand father who imigrated to the USA and settled in canyon city Co His name in the old country was Leonhardt Roschitsch when he immegrated they changed his name to Leon Rosich I am trying to find how to track down geneology. I know we are related to the Nick's that settled in Butte MT can anyone help me
Fresno, Ca USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 00:41:44 (UTC)
Gerhard Pivec <gpistmk@utanet.at>
i´m searching my family tree (main-surnames, Mausser from Komutzen#6 and Oberwarmberg#?, Kraker from Rotenstein#8, Petschauer from Neuberg#?)and i found some very interesting terms in your PLAUDERZIMMER.
I think this ist one of the best www.sites i found.
best wishes gerhard
Graz, Styria Austria - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 12:45:23 (UTC)
Reinhard Kump <reinerkump@yahoo.de>
Meine Vorfahren kommen aus Neuberg43-50 Kumps.Gottschee!I am search
all Informationen over the Familie "Kumps From Neuberg"!!
Wuppertal, NRW Germany - Friday, August 26, 2005 at 08:14:46 (UTC)
Darja <osabosa@siol.net>
researching my family history in Gottsche and am looking for DAROWITSCH from SEELE. Thanks!
USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 12:52:42 (UTC)
Nancy Petschauer-Thurber <snancy@centurytel.net>
I can't say enough about the GHGA. I've received an email from another unknown (until now) cousin...this one on the Petschauer side. Thank you very much....and you too Helmuth for giving us a place to get to know each other.
Prescott, Wisconsin USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 21:58:13 (UTC)
Rea Jackman <jerryrea@cox.net>
My Grandmother Anna Marie Fink was born in Austria her father Franz Fink was born in Neulog her great-great grandfather Michael Fink married Maria Eppick I would like information on them.
Tustin, California USA - Sunday, October 02, 2005 at 02:39:59 (UTC)
maya <mjaklitsch>
I found you in a roundabout way, I guess as is usual on the web.
My grandfather originally came from Gottschee, but only traveled as far as Kärnten where he lived for the rest of his life.

I know only a little about Gottschee and am interested to learn more and maybe a little about my own family. I know so little so I would be happy with every little clue.
brewster, ma USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 23:04:12 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Maya Jaklitsch. Please drop me a note. My mail to you keeps coming back. Thank you.
Waukenabo, Minnesota USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 03:08:18 (UTC)
Nancy <snancy@centurytel.net>
I've tried to email you as well and can't seem to get through. I know of the Jaklitsch family as well and have had the pleasure of meeting (just found out that they're cousins!) some Jaklitsch family mambers still living in the former Gottschee. I could point you in the direction of many people willing to help educate you on Gottschee and your Jaklitsch family.
Prescott, WI USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 22:09:00 (UTC)
Regina (Ramor) Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Hi, Nancy I see you are the latest entry!
To anyone out there, Please contact me if you have a
RAMOR in your family tree. Thanks. Regina
Kamloops, BC, BC CANADA - Thursday, November 03, 2005 at 01:16:43 (UTC)
Regina (Ramor) Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Hey, Nancy you are the last entry!
I hope someone with the name RAMOR will get in touch with
me soon!
I am always trying to find anyone that knows of any RAMOR!
Kamloops,, BC CANADA - Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 01:47:07 (UTC)
REGINA Ramor GARDNER <drgardner@shaw.ca>

Kamloops, BC CANADA - Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 01:50:54 (UTC)
Albina Matzelle <mgeric@telus.net>
Hello. My maiden name is Jonke and I am originally from Schaflein. I was hoping that someone would be able to help me find out about my parents and where I was from. I left Schaflein to Canada when I was 15 and I don't know much or where to begin. Any help is appreciated.
Surrey, B.C. Canada - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 02:13:19 (UTC)
Petschauer K. <trinity1@gmx.at>
My grandfather´s name is Franz Petschauer, he is from Gotschee too. All his brothers and sisters emigrated to the USA, me, I´m pretty sorry that I don´t know anyone of them.
This summer we (my grandfather and me) are going to visit Gotschee, for me it will be the first time.
I love all the stories he is still telling me, the pictures he shows me... the whole history of that country.
Graz, Austria Austria - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 20:11:20 (UTC)
M.A. Flynn <maf688@yahoo.com>
SAMIDA (SAMIDE), Alois (Louis) and THELLIAN, Josefa (Josephine). Married in Altag 1888, immigrated in 1889 with baby son, John. Lived in New Mexico at Gibson mining camp until abt 1910, moved to Denver Colorado. Died 1918 and 1919. Any information would be truly appreciated. Thanks, maf
Castle Rock, CO USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 14:37:13 (UTC)
vallene hardman weeda <vallenew4@yahoo.com>
I'm looking for a childhood friend David Kump, from Alliance, Ohio. Mother is Christine, father was Royce, brother Richard, sister Joyce. Just want to say Hi after all these years.
USA - Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 03:19:41 (UTC)
Jerry Adolph Koenig <shekoe@aol.com>
Father and mother (Adolph & Pauline Koenig) were life long members of EOUV. I grew up in Cleveland and ventured off after graduating from CASE in 1962. Father born in Atlag; mother's parents born in Salee (?)

vr Jerry
Charleston, South Carolina USA - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 23:47:16 (UTC)
Albert Ruppe <zahn.ruppe@aon.at>
I am back again!
Austria - Saturday, July 01, 2006 at 06:46:29 (UTC)
Albert Ruppe <zahn.ruppe@aon.at>
I am back again!
Austria - Saturday, July 01, 2006 at 06:47:02 (UTC)
Elizabeth Perz <perz@uthscsa.edu>
My parents are Raimund and Frida (Tomitz) Perz from Schalkendorf, Gottschee.
San Antonio, TX USA - Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 19:58:16 (UTC)
William P. Ratschki <WPRCavTrpr@aol.com>
I believe my father's parents (Paul Ratschki and Mary Arch), were originally from the Gotschee region. My grandparents never talked about the old country. The only thing I ever heard was that their mail came through Graz. My grandmother's father may have been a doctor. My grandfather was a baker. Both came to the USA by 1919.

Our surname has been spelled RACHI or RACKI on various documents I have been able to access.

I would appreciate any information that anyone might be able to provide to me.

Thank you.

Bill Ratschki
Parish, New York USA - Monday, August 14, 2006 at 00:29:39 (UTC)
Rich Uckmann <uckmann@optonline.net>
I have tried posting a message but wasn't able.
Sayville, New York USA - Sunday, August 20, 2006 at 00:16:56 (UTC)
James Lee <ccams2001@yahoo.com>
I am looking for information on Joseph Morscher who immigrated to Cleveland Ohio around 1895. Aslo my gggrandfather Anton Grill who also lived in Cleveland and came to the US about 1879.

I found them in the 1910 and 1920 census, but cannot find out exactly where they came from in Astria.

Any help would be apprciated.
Corpus Christi, TX USA - Friday, September 01, 2006 at 00:32:09 (UTC)
Scott and Jenny Goldstein <stretch@olemac.net>
Ancestry for Jenny is based in Neufriesach. The family names are Hiris, Rankl(Rankel), and Tanke.
Pineville, Missouri USA - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 13:44:35 (UTC)
Sandy Rudoff <srudoff@kua.net>
Looking for Michitsch, Beitler, Marie (Mary) Michitsch born 1901 in Morobitz Parish, Gottschee, Austria, now known as Borovec pri Kocevski Reki, Slovenia. She immigrated to the United States around 1917 to 1919. Her parents were John Michitsch and Katharina Beitler from Lower Austria. Have Pictures posted at http://www.genebase.com/user/beachsandf
and http://www.tribalpages.com and search Rudoff and Hovanyetz
Florida USA - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 02:39:49 (UTC)
doris kinkopf <dkinkopf@aol.com>
HI,my grandparents are Johann und Magdalena Kinkopf from Komutzen,Gottschee. My dad is Frank Kinkopf If anyone knew my grandpartents, I would love to here from you
staten island , new york USA - Monday, October 09, 2006 at 18:42:57 (UTC)
igor staudacher <staudacher@email.si>
.Sem potomec kočevskih Nemcev iz vasi Maverlen.Sedaj živim v kraju Ribnica -Prigorica..Sicer pa delam rodovnik,svojih prednikov.
ribnica, slowenia slowenia - Monday, October 09, 2006 at 19:16:24 (UTC)
ph <docnpat@hotmail.com>
Just learned that a Kump school mate has passed on, and wanted to share. http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1815&dept_id=516618&newsid=17307355&PAG=461&rfi=9
USA - Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 01:48:18 (UTC)
Michael Obermayr <michael@karmel.at>
Today I found in our Chronice of the Carmelite Monastery (Graz/Austria) the following notice. I didn't know anything before about the socalled "Gottscheers"; looking up the internet I found there several informations and also this website. So I want to offer this chronice notice form the 22. June 1945 to all who are interesseted in their history. Perhaps there ist still a member (or more) alive, who has been here at Graz during those sad days immediately after the end of World War II...

Here the latin (original text):

"Die 22. [Junii 1945] Hora vespertina 6. s. missa celebrata est pro incolis vagis ex loco Gottschee in Carnia. Sunt illi stirpis Germanicae, qui in medio Slovenorum suam linguam per 6 saecula sibi conserverunt. A Regimine praeterito vesano praetextu unimis omnium Germanorum in Germaniam reducti sunt, at bello finito redire cupientes venerunt in Graeciam a Russis spoliati et fame semimortui; ad locum pristinum autem redire non permittuntur et nesciunt, ubi se vertant. R.P. Supprior [i.e. P. Leo Möstl OCD]illorum curam religiosam et partim etiam materialem suscepit et eorum situationem tristem melioravit. Etiam sequentibus Dominicis specialem s. missam habebant." [Ex Chronica Patrum Carmelitarum Discalceatorum Graecensis, tom. II, pag. 629)

Summary/content of this text:

On the 22 of June 1945 a group of the socalled Gottscheers arrived in our monastery at Graz (Austria); they were robbed from all their things by Russian soldiers, and so they had nothing more for living. They have been on the way back from Germany (where they have been transferred by the Nazipropaganda: all Germans back to Germany)to there home country; but at the end they couldn't continue there home trip. So the stopped her at Graz. In our monastery they could assist to the holy Mass and also they got help from the monks there.

Best greetings

P. Michael Obermayr OCD
Supprior Karmelitenkloster Graz

Graz, AUSTRIA - Saturday, November 04, 2006 at 21:57:28 (UTC)
Frank Kropf <Kropf1@verizon.net>
I was born in Wettmanstatten,Austria 1946.We came to the United States in 1950.My Parents were from Schalkendorf and Ebenthal.We came to America on "The Atlantic" out of Genoa,Italy.
Glendale, New York USA - Monday, November 06, 2006 at 04:17:58 (UTC)
Gillian Pirzl <browneyedangel1980@yahoo.com>
Well, I don't where to begin. I have started on a journey because of curiousity of where my family came from. In speaking with my father recently I learned that my Grandmother Christina Pirzl (maiden name)Matzelle migrated to the Unite States with my father when he was a young boy Thomas Pirzl. From what I was told my Grandfather passed prior to them coming to the US. I know she had 7 siblings. Rudolf Matzelle married to Anna. A sister called Mitzi and a older brother named Leo. I found out recently of a uncle to my father John Matelle who resided in Ohio. Then there is Tante Lisse and then there was Albert who lived in Missouri with a sister name Mary. As my father boggled his brain more he remembered Ida and some cousins by the name of Rosemary and Trudy. In this adventure I have stumbled upon some with my last name of Pirzl and some of my grandma last name Matzelle. I am curious of who else is out there and who is part of my family. I know they lived in Austria for a while but don't know much more about that due to my father was a young boy and doesn't recall much himself. So if anyone knows anything feel free to email me.

Thank You
Norfolk, Virginia USA - Monday, November 20, 2006 at 02:05:41 (UTC)
Tom Pirzl <Motsamada@Bellsouth.net>
My Mom & Dad migrated from Gotchee back in 1952 & settled in Ridgewood Queens om 657 Seneca Ave. My mon's name was Christina Matzelle & my dad was Thomas Pirzl. It was a great time in my life growing up there, I went to St. Brigid's & later to St John's Prep & then off to St Frances College. It is great reading some of the things you all have put on this site since it brings back many memories.
Coral Springs, Florida USA - Monday, November 20, 2006 at 13:29:42 (UTC)
Kaitlyn Kump <alexfrei@houston.rr.com>
I randomly googled my name today in English class just wondering what would happen. I found this site with a girl with my same name (same spelling and everything). I have always been interested in my family because we have no idea about it. My dad just knows his dad and sister that are Kump's. If any of you would like to email be about Kump family I would be very happy to hear about it. I didnt think Kump was a very common anme and didnt think there were very many out there but i was wrong. Im 17 and would like more information on my family.
Sugar Land, Texas USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 00:58:53 (UTC)
Jim Heimann <DocH301454@aol.com>
Re: Pirzl postings. I have information on both the Pirzl and Matzelle branches. I went to the same grammar school as Thomas.

Re: Kump -- much more common than you think. Not sure if I have found a link from Gottschee to the Texas Kumps. Would be happy to look further if you can give me more information. You can email me at the above. Do you know if your Kumps came from Austria?
Roseland, NJ USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 03:43:16 (UTC)
paulus v. Hagenauer <p.hagenauer@a1.net>
looking for a person
vienna, austria - Monday, December 04, 2006 at 16:57:04 (UTC)
Sophia aka Trix <wyants@mlecmn.net>

Good Morning to you all. For what it is worth - I really miss our good conversations and sharing in the Plauderzimmer. I guess we are all busy people. I know that for me the time just seems to fly. Maybe, just maybe, one of these days we will get into a good discussion about our Gottscheer heritage and customs. Two topics that I need to learn more about are the traditions of a Gottscheer wedding and Gottscheer funeral. Anyone? THANK YOU for sharing.
Very, very cold at Waukenabo but the sun is trying to peak through. We do have about 1 inch of snow which may stay. We are looking at 35F by Friday.
Waukenabo Lake, Minnesota USA - Wednesday, December 06, 2006 at 16:54:02 (UTC)
Paul Stopnik <paulgstopnik@msn.com>
Great site !
Proctor, Minnesota USA - Monday, December 11, 2006 at 01:59:44 (UTC)
Regina RAMOR Gardner <drgardner@shaw.ca>
Anyone that has the family name of Ramor
get in touch with me.
Kamloops,, B.C. CANADA - Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 06:34:01 (UTC)
leopold matzelle <ny92ga@yahoo.com>
happy new year to all the gottscheers around the world
stockbridge, ga USA - Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 02:09:50 (UTC)
Joseph Vogrin <jgvogrin@hotmail.com>
My Vogrin and Stalzer heritage goes back to Gottschee. My paternal grandfather, Henry John Vogrin, and his brothers came from Unterdeutschau. I located a photo of Unterdeutschau at www.gottschee.de in the Archives sectiion which was very interesting. This website has a button which turns some of the headers into English. I also found some maps and legends with house names and family names at www.gottscheerland.at under the heading Die Siedlungen.
Kansas City, Kansas USA - Friday, January 05, 2007 at 07:25:03 (UTC)
Marilu Peschel Thurman <marilu1030@aol.com>
Wow, I found a map for Bistriz at the above website. This is where my Peschel relatives were from. thanks Joseph.
Canon City, Colorado USA - Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 02:42:51 (UTC)
Bonnie <Schofield>
I am just now discovering that my great-grandmother's people came from the Gottschee area. Names I have are Kump, possibly Melz, and perhaps Kalische. They emigrated to the US in 1902, per a newspaper clipping I have.
Las Vegas, Nevada USA - Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 08:36:23 (UTC)
David Peter Schutte <schulysses@sbcglobal.net>
Fascinating chat!
Dallas, Texas USA - Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 20:38:07 (UTC)
Mary Ellen Staudacher Lemery <lmlemery@earthlink.net>
My father was Joseph Peter Staudacher, born 7/20/1905 in Brooklyn, NY. My paternal grandparents were George and Lena(Sider) Staudacher, born in Gottscheer (?) Austria. They immigrated to NY and lived in Brooklyn and Queens, NY.
Chambersburg, PA USA - Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 19:57:28 (UTC)
John McKnight <JackieZ@msn.com>
Looking for the families: Zagar, Turk, Hudolin, Mallnar, Rabuse
Very helpful site!
Houston, Texas USA - Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 23:32:33 (UTC)
Barry Deutschmann <jabb6@verizon.net>
I am looking for the other 3 men who traveled with my great grandfather, Josef Deutschmann, of Suchen bei Nesseltal #3 (b. 1857 in Oberdeutschau #4)and his brother, Franz, in 1884 to the U.S. The 5 found work digging a train tunnel near Roxbury, PA for William Vanderbilt. Josef and Franz (at least) stayed a year and then went to the gold fields in California. In a letter I have from 1925 to his son, he reveals that 2 of the others were Schimonsch Steize? and "ein gewisser Lobe von Pinugel (Oberkatzendorf)". Does anyone know these men and the 3rd one? Will trade information.
- Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 01:51:13 (UTC)
Harold Hoferle <hoferle@comcast .net>
Just visited your website for the first time. I am interested in the families Hofferle and Juran from Gehack, parish Tschermoschnitz.
Palatine, Illinois United States - Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 20:42:05 (UTC)
Barbara A. Paulussen <toomabarb@wmconnect.com>
For a while now, I've been trying to find out any information on my mother and her family from Rieg, Austria. Born Feb. 20, 1902.Her maiden name was Jeschelnig, and her mother's maiden name was Lakota. I'm a novice on the computer and don't seem to be asking the right questions. No matter what I try...immigration, ships, country of origin, etc., I get no where. It seems like my mother and her two sisters that were shipped to America in 1918, never existed. Their mother died in 1904 in childbirth, their father was in the Austrian military and remarried, and the girls were in the way, since the new marriage produced more children. I know she came into New York harbor, because she used to tell me about seeing the statue of liberty when the ship was arriving. Their given names were...Marie(oldest), Anna(my mother was 16)and Josephine. Their mother died giving Josephine birth. I don't even know my grandmother or grandfather's given name. There is no one left to ask.

Thank you for your time. I was thrilled when I saw Gottscheer. She always talked about it. She died in 1975.


Bensalem, PA U.S.A. - Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 19:35:50 (UTC)
Carlene Renee Kump <misscaleen@yahoo.com>
My fathers name is Gery Lee Kump, My grandfather John (Farmer) Kump and my grandmother Mary (Gregorich) Kump. The Kump family resided in Michigans Upper Peninsula since the early 1900's.
Negaunee, Michigan USA - Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 13:14:10 (UTC)
Martina Kump <kum.ma@gmx.at>
I'm searching for some family history. My grand-grand-grandfather come to austria (Ferndorf, Carinthia) around 1900 from Gottschee. His name was Andreas Kump.
Graz, Austria - Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 11:00:17 (UTC)
mitzipenuel <mitzipenuel@gmail.com>
My Great-Great Grandmother was( Antonia Josephine Kirmaier)do you have anything on the Kirmaier Family?She came to US in 1886 I think
married Wm.Oscar Bolle who was from Germany.
Mitzi Penuel
Birmingham, al. US - Friday, March 16, 2007 at 00:12:50 (UTC)
Matthew J. Michaelis <michaelismj@hotmail.com>
My grandparents came to New York during WWI from the Gottschee region. His name was Johann Michaelis which later became John and my grandmother was Maria Koenig. Without knowing each other in the homeland, they met and got married in New York. Their offspring were John, Frederick, Marion and Edward Michaelis all born on the late 1910's and early 1920's in NY. Edward Michaelis my father, after WWII and returninig to NY moved later and settled in the former US Canal Zone.
Panama City, Panama - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 10:04:17 (UTC)
Laurie Giafardino ( Sliber Family) <foursongs@optonline.net>
I am the daughter of Maria J. Sliber, daughter of Anton Sliber.
I have been doing start and stop geenology of my family for a long time. Your site came up in a search. It is a very nice site. I love the history you have put in.
westchester county, NY usa - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 02:21:33 (UTC)
Mike Kump <mkump@comcast.net>
I find your web site to be very interesting.
york, pa usa - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 00:27:27 (UTC)
Trudy Hutter <trudyth@aol.com>
I keyed in "Gottscheer Potato Salad" and was delighted to come across your site instead. I'm a Gottscheer and in the 1950's I lived in Ridgewood, Queens. Many Gottscheers lived in that neighborhood at the time. I used to go dancing at the Gottscheer Halle on Fairview Avenue. All this brings back lots of membories. I've got to run but will definitely be back.

New York City, New York USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 10:01:42 (UTC)
Tony Sehn <panzer1953@hotmail.com>
My moms family 's name is Ramor from Reichenau
Ladner, B. C. Canada - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 23:30:42 (UTC)
Thomas Polyak <thomaspolyak@sbcglobal.net>
Descendent of Josef Kump (1889) Plesch Tschermoschnitz #7
Plainfield, IL USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 23:51:39 (UTC)
Paul Rohrbeck <prohrbeck@alltel.net>
I am researching my family and the trail brings me here. My Grandfather was born or lived in Masern Austria area. He Married a Parthe.If you can help, I Thank you in advance
Waldo, Florida United States - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 11:01:51 (UTC)
Maureen Helen (Tramposh) Burks <keefer1@sbcglobal.net>
Hello to all my relatives. Hope all is well with you!
Marshall, MO USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 02:24:50 (UTC)
Anne Watts (Zele) <annew888@bigpond.com>
I am looking for ZELE decendants... Am visiting Slovenia in late 2008. ZELE, KRNEL KALISTER VADNAL SABEC are all names that I would like to search. Mainly ZELE, my fathers family. I can be contacted via email annew888@bigpond.com.

any contact would be greatly appreciated.

Collie, Western Australia Australia - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 11:05:59 (UTC)
Otmar Peter Wittine <industrykidd@yahoo.com>
I am the son of Wilhelm Victor Wittine (born 2-10-1929) in Gottschee. I am adding my name to your guestbook in hopes of gaining contact with relatives both here in the states and abroad. The history of my family line stands to be lost if i do not become personally involved in obtaining this valuable information. Feel free to e-mail me at the listed address.
Whittier, California USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 09:53:07 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>

Sophia aka Trix:
Do you know of any source of information where I might learn more about where my dad's brother was buried after he died at Sterntal?

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. THANK YOU.
Aitkin, Minnesota USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 16:37:29 (UTC)
Jenifer Spreitzer <jeniferfrench@yahoo.com>
Please let me know of any Spreitzers who came from the village of Tschermoschnitz and settled in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Thanks! Jenifer Spreitzer
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 16:38:26 (UTC)
hannelore weidgans <hweidgans@msn.com>
Great site!

Palm Beach, Florida USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 16:41:26 (UTC)
Wendy Petschauer Walters <wendywoman@integra.net>
My great-grandfather was John (Johann) Petschauer of Mitterdorf #10, Tschermoschnitz. Nancy Petschauer Thurber and I are second half-cousins once removed (I think!). Her grandfather and my great-grandfather were half brothers. Thank you for this site.

Savage, Minnesota USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 12:11:53 (UTC)
Joy Krische Chesley <jch@bendbroadband.com>
What a wonderful informative resource. I hope I will learn more about my father's family.
Bend, Oregon USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 09:04:41 (UTC)
charles phillips <cgpcpa@newwavecomm.net>
i have a watch inscribed andebken a.d. 1 hl.kommunion gev. v.d. grosseltern,1931, i was told that this was a war souvenir, would like to return
corbin, kentucky USA - Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 20:29:41 (UTC)

CALIFORNIA - Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 18:09:06 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer - Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Thu, 16 Aug 2007 22:26:52 -0500

Thank you for your message in the Gottscheer Bulletin. I, too, came to America from Austria in 1952 aboard the USNS Gen. Muir. Any chance you might have been on the same one. We left Bremerhafen on April 16 arriving in NY on the 26th.

I was born near Tschermoschnitz, Gottschee in 1936. How about you? Where was your village?

I would enjoy hearing from you.

Minnesota - Friday, August 17, 2007 at 11:36:42 (UTC)
F. Joseph Kump III <joekump@yahoo.com>
Another Kump. I have always been interested in family history and there are not that many Kumps out there. From what my Grandfather has told me, we are from Germany (name spelling Kumpf), my great Grandfather and his brother came the U.S. before the turn of the century, My Grandfather was born 1905. The Brothers came in at New York where one stayed (my Great Grandfather) and the other brother moved to Wisconsin. Later my Grandfather moved to Fl. I now live in GA. It would be good find out about Kumps from before the U.S... I know the Kumpf's had a family crest and was located outside of Rothenberg Germany. Any more info would be great.
Gordon, GA U.S. - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 18:13:58 (UTC)
Nancy Petschauer-Thurber <snancy@centurytel.net>
I don't visit this site nearly enough.
Prescott, Wisconsin - Monday, September 03, 2007 at 22:34:33 (UTC)
Tom Petschauer <tompeg61@yahoo.com>
I am a new member of GHGA, and wish to participate on this web site. Could you please send me a password and any other items I would need?

Chisago City, MN USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 13:40:13 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Hi Tom. Welcome!!! Just go to the Gottscheer Plauderzimmer and leave a message. No password needed for that. I am sure Helmuth Kump, the administrator and fellow Gottscheer will pick up your message and respond as to your pass word for Plauderzimmer 2. Glad to have you aboard and look forward to chatting with you.

Beautiful day in the north country.
Aitkin County, MN - Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 20:25:29 (UTC)
John Carter Kump ("Jasper") <jasper@jasperkump.com>
I am the son of Johnnie Ben Kump (Kansas City, MO), grandson of John Kump (Kansas City, MO) and great-grandson of Matthias Kump (Rosendale, NY) originally of Gottschee. From 1981-1987 I lived in Germany and was fortunate enough to travel to and actually find the remains of Gottschee and the very foundations of the Kump homes where my great-grandfather was born and lived his early life. I am interested in learning more and connecting with my extended community from this place. I hear there's even a group of us in NYC?!?!
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 09:46:47 (UTC)
Johanna Oswald <acmehike_87@hotmail.com>
Eleven members of my family just returned to a trip to Slovenia to find the village of my grandparents, Frank and Johanna Glatz Oswald. They were both baptized and married in the church at Draga (formerly Suchen). The church is beautiful and still active. They left Suchen in 1906 to go to America and settled in Arkansas. We visited the Gottschee exhibit at the museum in Kocevje and learned about the history of the area. It was a very moving and interesting experience. Nice to find your website.
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 09:58:28 (UTC)
Jeff Pechauer <jpechauer@heartland-bank.com>
I have recently discovered my Gottschee roots and have been aided by some terrific Gottscheers in tracing my roots (thanks Barry!). I have deep roots in Gottschee and would be willing to share what information I have on my ancestors:Petschauers, Kumps, Sterbenz,Hutters, and Loschkes. Jeff Pechauer
St. Louis, MO USA - Friday, October 05, 2007 at 10:03:39 (UTC)
Ernst Hoenigmann <RCFLYERI@AOL.COM>
HI, Great Site. Already found someone I know. My father is Reinfried Hoenigmann. He was the coach of our "Blau Weiss Gottschee" soccer teams. My mother, Martha, was with the "Gottscheer Gesangs Verein". My brother Bertram and I played soccer from the original Boys team through Juniors. All this was in Ridgewood NY. Hoge's Bar was the original clubhouse, before Gottschee Hall was built.
Miller Place, NY USA - Friday, October 12, 2007 at 12:13:12 (UTC)
Thomas E. Kump <schoolhouse@pa.net>
Hello, I found this site by Googling my name. Didn't know that there are Kumps all over the country!! I am a fourth of five generations of Kumps to live here in Chambersburg. Time constraints haven't allowed me much time to do any more research.
Chambersburg, PA USA - Monday, November 19, 2007 at 10:57:06 (UTC)
Damir Stanic <arkebuzir@gmail.com>
From my mother side im decendent of Štajduhar , a branch of Staudacher who moved in 17 century to croatia, and are now a biggest branch of Gottschee roots Croatians...5 families of Štajduhar lived in their willage now only one remain (last two wars fault) ,and thats my uncle and he has two daughters ...and that line will end soon...one allready did...but the memory remain... liked if some one who knows a bit more would sent some informations, i he has time...;)
Zagreb, Croatia - Thursday, December 06, 2007 at 18:29:39 (UTC)
Carol Horrocks <fchorrocks@earthlink.net>
My mother is Gottschee Family Wittine. We moved to Florida from Maspeth, NY in the early 70's. This is a very nice site to gather information and keep the Heritage alive! Thanks
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 03:21:01 (UTC)
Linda Taylor O'Neil <wrolto@verizon.net>
I am a 4th generation American descendent of Ursula Koenig of Klindorf (aka Klindoarf aka Klindaf aka Klinja vas) and Mathias Jaklitsch of Schalkendorf (aka Schakondoarf aka Schakondaf aka Salka vas) and have just learned of our family's connection to Gottschee. Any information you might be able to share about the family/towns/life in Gottschee will be most welcome. I speak Pittsburgh American-English and standard German (hoch deutsch) and also am of Slovenian, Irish, Welsh and English descent.

Pittsburgh, PA USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 20:13:29 (UTC)
Robert Schober <schober12@optonline.net>
My father is of Gottscheer descent (Frank Schober), who was born in Kugelhof (not sure of spelling), Austria in 1948. They probably migrated there in the mid-1940's. My grandmother's name was Ida Schober, who was born in 1912 in Gottschee and lived in Aurora, CO until her death. Not sure of the exact town in Gottschee where she and her family lived. I was born and raised in Glendale, NY (my father moved to Brooklyn, NY sometime in the mid-1950's and later moved to Ridgewood, NY in the early '60s). I attended St. Pancras school from 1980-84. My father's cousin (Erich Stalzer) lived in Ridgewood, NY as well. I am one-half Gottscheer, along with German and Irish ancestry. My father had cousins with the surnames Matzelle and Benes. I lived on 67th Street between Myrtle and Central Aves. in Glendale; now currently living in Northvale, NJ.
Northvale, New Jersey United States - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 10:32:26 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Hi Robert Schober - A GREAT Gottscheer name. I was very happy to see your message and am writing to you via e-mail. I have lots to share with you about your Schober Gottscheer connections. In fact I spoke to your mother a number of times via telephone quite a few years ago now. Time goes quickly.

Sophia Stalzer Wyant born in Oberblaschewitz (just up the hill from your family) in 1936, participated in the resettlement of the Gottscheers in 1941, survived the Flucht in 1945 and emigrated to Minnesota in 1952. I am looking forward to getting to know you.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Minnesota USA - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 23:45:49 (UTC)
Herman Roethel <hroe@att.net>
Herman Roethel
Correction on my e-mail address. correct address is Hroe@att.net

Immigrated to USA in 1952 fron Austria, born what is today Slovania. I have an uncle in Toranto named Albin Rothel. Parents passed away in 1980. We are all originally from Gottschee near Novo Mesto. The town was called Tschermoschnitz.
Also I had an Aunt named Sophie Bette that lived in New Jersey.
I am looking for information on the History of Gottschee in English.

Any help will usefull.


Cypress, Califronia USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 11:10:13 (UTC)
Bill Meglen <bohunkbill@charter.net>
My grandfather Johann MEGLEN b: 1882 served In the A-H Army. His Grundbuchblatt listed his birthplace as Potiskavec, Struge and then,'Orisgemeinde:"..........................."Struga"
politischan Bezirk" ...................."Gottschee.

I am not sure how of how Gottscheer status is determined. I would welcome a definition.

Gardnerville, NV USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 18:06:59 (UTC)
Felix Kofler <felixkofler@aol.com>
Best regards and a happy New Yeare 08 to all the Gottscheers in the World.
Remember, we are the last Generation of the Gottscheers, I was still born in Katzendorf # 12 1928 and remember live in Gottschee and waht happend to us. I have my family Tree bak to nov. 1768. wold like to sand the Fam. tree to same body storing it for the FUTURE Generation. Felix Kofler

Port Richey, Florida USA - Monday, December 31, 2007 at 15:15:05 (UTC)
amy osanitsch supon <amy@affinitytackle.com>
Stumbled upon your site,while researching my family tree would love to learn any info about my family, the Osanitschs.

- Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 15:31:46 (UTC)
Marion Spreitzer Whaley <Mwhaley@san.rr.com>
My ole e-mail address was Lofay@aol.com. I would like to have my new address posted.

Thank you.

Marion Spreitzer Whaley
San Diego, California United States - Monday, February 04, 2008 at 02:01:17 (UTC)
Jacqueline Stowell <JJStowell@aol.com>
Great Granddaughter of George & Sophie Kump.
Grand Niece of Joe & Olga Kump.
Granddaughter of John (Willy) & Hilda Krauss.
All Lived on Woodbine St. in Ridgewood.
Rocky Point, New York USA - Monday, February 18, 2008 at 02:22:41 (UTC)
Sonja Claussen <sonja10s@aol.com>
I am hoping to locate my family in Austria. My mom, Marianne Kresse and her sisters Berta and Elizabeth Kresse. Their parents were Leopold and Christine Kresse. My Aunt Berta married Franz Edl. My Aunt Elizabeth "Betty" married Karl Kelber. Please, if anyone knows any relatives, please contact me at the above email address.
Cleveland, Ohio USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 11:21:39 (UTC)
Hilde Lackner Kobetitsch <hbrunhilde@aol.com>
Just wanted to say hello to all the Gottscheers visiting this site. I am born in Unterdeutschau, Gottschee and was relocated to Graz, Austria, from where we immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio on March 15, 1952. I belong the EOUV in Cleveland where I have been a member since 1970. I am active in the club's functions and I am also looking forward to the Gottscheer Treffen here in Cleveland this year. If you will attend the Treffen, please do not forget to look me up.

Best wishes for a Happy Easter from Cleveland Ohio

Streetsboro (near Cleveland, Ohio), Ohio USA - Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 13:59:35 (UTC)
Walter Maichin <edelweiss0130@verizon.net>
I was born in hasenfeld, gottschee in 1938. I came to new york on march 15,1952 with my parents and siblings. my fathers name was Robert,my mothers name was Anna (Zurl).Hope to hear from fellow Hasenfelder.
NEWBURGH, NY usa - Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 18:16:37 (UTC)
Susan <centsqd@optonline.net>
I am of Gottschee Heritage. My wonderful grandmother (Jaklitsch/Boiz) came to the US in 1936. Would love to find out more information of Zwischlern and Neufriesach houses.

New Jersey USA - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 at 18:51:29 (UTC)
CAMERON, WISCONSIN USA - Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 11:36:23 (UTC)
Erna M. Tersi (Schmuck) <H8mornings@AOl>
Born in Kletsch 1941 Father Franz Schmuck born March 21,1909, Mother Maria Hoefferle born 1905.
Downey, CA USABB - Monday, April 28, 2008 at 12:10:07 (UTC)
Erna M. Tersi (Schmuck) <H8mornings@aol.com>
I was born in Kletsch,Stockendorf in 1941, my father Franz Schmuck was born in Muckendorf March 21,1909, my mother Maria Hoefferle was born in Kuntschen September 1,1905.
Downey, CA USA - Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 18:37:14 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@mlecmn.net>
Thanks Margaret. I believe spring has arrived at Lake Waukenabo too although we are going to have 36 degrees F tonight.

I am looking for a photo of a decorated Gottscheer Christmas TRee. I have a nice article about the traditions of this great holiday season and a photo would add a touch of class to the article. If you have a copy PLEASE either e-mail it to me at wyants@mlecmn.net or via snail mail: Sophia Wyant,
36797 - 500th Lane, Palisade, MN. 56469.
I will appreciate it and I THANK YOU.
Palisade, MN USA - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 14:45:27 (UTC)
Mary Ellen Kump Cullen <littlejohn626@optonline.net>
Happy to know there are so many Gottscheers out there. I am the daughter of George Kump, granddaughter of Mary(Maria)Tramposch and Frank Kump of Ridgewood,NY. Some other family names are Lukan,Schmuck,and Osterman. I have brothers and cousins in the New York area.
New Hyde Park, New York USA - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 01:44:28 (UTC)
Paul Stopnik <paulstopnik@gmail.com>
My Slovenian ties - link to 426 searchable names on my website, paul-stopnik.com-a.googlepages.com/paulstopnik

Proctor, Minnesota USA - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 10:02:05 (UTC)
Frank Lehmann <hitzorc@aol.com>
My Grandmother was born in Neuberg (austria at the time)
Centerport, New USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 19:16:02 (UTC)
charles frank <cwfrank@nyc.rr.com>
My mother was Gottscheer. Her maiden name was Gramer. I attend the picnic every year and have done so since I was a small child. I'm 38 now.
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 19:16:59 (UTC)
Debbie Kump Ellis <deb1340@sbcglobal.net>
Johnny Ben, I am you cousin and I need some information about our grandparents. I will drop you a letter in the mail. Debbie

Olathe, Kansas USA - Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 10:11:56 (UTC)
Robert Kump <Rob.Kump@gmail.com>
Connections to the Kumps of Katzendorf and the Brinskelles of Sporeben

Staten Island, New York USA - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 12:35:10 (UTC)
Laura Springer <laura.springer@baruchmail.cuny.edu>
Didn't know there were so many Gottscheers outside of my neighborhood.. I'm related to the Springer, Fink, and Koenig families of Ridgewood/Glendale, NY.. Good to see there is some sort of ancestral bond out there.
Ridgewood, NY USA - Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 21:43:40 (UTC)
Joyce Aldrich ( Nick ) <jaldrich@gt.rr.com>
I am a decendant of Anton Nick from Schaflein, Gottschee. He lived in house #2. He had a son named Johann. Johann was my great grandfather. His son John was my grandfather and his son Francis from his second wife Marie Stimpfl was my father. I understand I am related to the Kumps, Kobetitsches, Stimpfls, and some other names that elude me right now. I am interested in meeting relatives online and learning all I can of the culture and family. Anyone can reply.
Thank you,
Joyce Nick Aldrich
Vidor, Texas U.S.A. - Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 15:57:20 (UTC)
Mark Kikel <mark@opinionsltd.com>
Nice site!
Chagrin Falls, OH USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 23:35:56 (UTC)
Gerhard Thonhauser <gthonhauser@web.de>
meine urgroßmutter war eine geborene Muhitsch,verheiratet mit einem Thomas Mayer aus St.Georgen im lavantal.wen Sie was wissen können Sie mir eine Mitteilung senden. Danke.
Gerhard Thonhauser

Kornwestheim, Deutschland - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 22:26:44 (UTC)
John Mlekusch Jr. <jd199696@aol.com>
I found this website thanks to my uncle, Eddie Rabuse. Both my mother and father are from Gottschee and came to New York in the 1950's. It's a really nice site with great information and photos. It's nice to have something to help connect with the heritage. I will be back soon.
John Mlekusch Jr.
Glendale, NY U.S.A. - Saturday, October 04, 2008 at 00:54:10 (UTC)
Gerard Yantz <gyantzjr@sbcglobal.net>
I was searching for a Max Mische, he was raised in Ridgewood, Queens, New York and graduated from St Aloysius Catholic School in 1959 and found this site. Anyone who knows him please have him contact me as some of us from that class are trying to get a reunion together for next year.
Thank you.

Lansing, Mi USA - Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 11:51:40 (UTC)
Anne Watts (ZELE) (KRESSE) <annew888@bigpond.com>
Have just met a cousin through this fantastic site. I visited Kocevje in October 2008. Language was a barrier, but met an Aunt and some younger cousins that spoke english which was fantastic.
If anyone has information or would like to share or ask questions on family names of the following I would be interested in being contacted. KRESSE, TROHA, ZELE, KRNEL,.
Thanks for a great site, and keep up the fantastic work.
Kind regards
Anne Watts (ZELE)
Collie, West Aust Australia - Friday, October 31, 2008 at 22:21:33 (UTC)
John Bernhard Stalzer <jstalzer@reminger.com>
Hello everybody. My father, John Stalzer, is a Gottscheer. He and his family lived in Wretzen #9 before the relocation in 1941. My grandfather was Berhnard Stalzer born in 1890 in Wretzen #9. My grandmother was Johanna Kump born in 1899 in Stalldorf #7. I am interested in learning more about my family history.

I was fortunate to meet Sophia Stalzer Wyant a year or so ago through email. I learned that we are 5th cousins. Sophia: if you are out there, I was unsuccessful in emailing you recently. I'd like to reconnect with you again.

Through Sophia, I obtained a fairly developed family tree. And I'm always looking for more information. Please feel free to contact me if you have a Stalzer or Kump connection. I'm also interested in learning more about Sterntal, where my dad's infant brother died.

Kindest regards, John.

Cleveland, Ohio USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 12:54:41 (UTC)
Mary Widdowson <logstackers@gmail.com>
I am researching the Fifolt and Kracker families of Cleveland. If you have any info please email me.
Wilkesboro, North Carolina USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2008 at 19:16:34 (UTC)
Renata Kump <renata.kump@gmail.com>
I would like to say hello to all Kumps in the world.
Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 11:01:16 (UTC)
paul McCluskey <paulimac770@hotmail.com>
I am searching for a relative, Sophia Trix Stalzer- Wyant.My Mother Maria Teklic wants to get in contact. Her Grandmother was Aloisia Mallner from Gottschee and her sisters were Magdalena Cirk and Marija Kolenc. If Sophia gets this can she please email me, Thanks
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 01:34:17 (UTC)
Helga Krisch Dudley <hdudley@cfl.rr.com>
I was born in Graz and grew up in Ridgewood. I went to Grover Cleveland High School and graduated in 1967. I went to Queens College. My younger,brother, Albert, and his family are now in Syracuse.
I have been out of touch with Gottscheers for some time now. My parents are no longer living and my aunts and uncles are going fast. Somehow it seems like I have a need to find out what other Gottscheers are up to.
Palm Bay, FL USA - Monday, November 24, 2008 at 17:16:58 (UTC)
Sophia aka Trix Stalzer Wyant <wyants@frontiernet.net>
Sophia aka Trix:
Greetings to you all. Hope you are well.

The Museum in the city of Gottschee is working on a Gottscheer Christmas exhibit and are looking for a photo(s) of Christmas in Gottschee. I am certain that I have seen one somewhere but cannot find it. Can anyone help? It would be wonderful if you can.
Please write to me at wyants@frontiernet.net or post your message here.

Thank you very much.
Waukenabo, Minnesota USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 16:01:13 (UTC)
Fred Fink <alfred.fink @verizon.net>
Glendale Qens New York., NY USA - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 02:51:09 (UTC)
Sophia aka Trix Stalzer Wyant <wyants@frontiernet.net>
Good Morning from a very chilly Waukenabo in Minnesota. We have 7° Fahrenheit but a nice log in the wood stove makes life great.

I have received numerous inquiries as to where a person could write to obtain information on the famous concentration camp Sterntal. I am interest in the list of its prisinors, particularly Gottscheers who were housed there during WWII. Would one have to look at both Slovenia and or Grmany?

Your help will be greatly appreciated. Please write to me at: wyants@frontiernet.net

Thank you all.

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and peaceful 2009. Remember the 500 year celebration scheduled for Tschermoschnitz in September 2009. Details coming soon.
Waukenabo, Minnesota USA - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 17:00:47 (UTC)
Jim Stalzer <b1uef1sh@hotmail.com>
It would be great to learn some history
Ridgewood, NY USA - Monday, December 29, 2008 at 02:12:27 (UTC)
alice fleming <allief59@optonline.net>
Hi, was just interested in my heritage. My mother was born in Gottschee in 1936 and her name was Albina Widmer, her mother was Veronika Widmer and her father Josef Widmer. She has 2 living brothers, John and Edwin. Anyone out there know any of them? Would love to hear from you.
stormville, new york usa - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 01:48:32 (UTC)
Christina Primosch <cprimosch@triumphlearning.com>
Two of my great grandparents were Gottscheer, they came to America in 1912. I am lucky enough to have known my great grandmother, she lived in Brooklyn until the age of 94. I am curious about Gottscheer songs, I think I might recognize them from listening to my grandfather play the accordion and my family sing back when I was little. :)
Lynbrook, NY USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 19:19:53 (UTC)
Dr. Alfred J. Sturm <AJSturm@comcast.net>
Hallooooooooooooo to all Gottscheer:

I am updating my e-mail address....so don't be bashful...write!

God Bless all of you and let us not forget our heritage; and to remind our children where their ancestors came from. I am proud of saying that our history pre-dates Columbus' discovery of America.

Sarasota, FL USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 20:13:34 (UTC)
Sandy Rudoff <beachsandf@embarqmail.com>
I am looking for any information on the Surname Michitsch they were of Jewish Faith. Mary and her brother Johann came to America between the years of 1900 to 1920, with some other Family members from Austro-Hungary. Marion (Mary) Michitsch was born in 1901 in Morobitz Parish, Gottschee, Austria, (now known as Borovec pri Kocevski Reki, Slovenia). Mary’s, Brother Johann (John) Michitsch, born 1898 in Morobitz Gottschee, Austria. He lived somewhere in Ridgewood, New York with a family member Mina Michitsch. I have never meant Mina or Johann. The parents of Mary and Johann were Johann Michitsch and Katharine Beitler from Lower Austria.
I have photos with who I believe are Family members from the U.S. and Overseas. One photo postcard is for as far back as 1847. Some of these photos have my Mother when she was just a baby, back around 1927 or so. They were taken in the rural farmland area, maybe in New York, Pennsylvania or Ohio. If you information on this Family please contact me.

Florida United States - Sunday, February 01, 2009 at 19:03:36 (UTC)
Carrie <carriebear31@msn.com>
Andrew Babinec and Antonia Izold. These are the names of my great great grandparents who I know came from Ribnik Hungary and had 3 children. One was my grandfather, Stephen Babinec. I am looking for more information on both Andrew and Antonia and go back as far as possible. I am interested in many things about them...how they lived, their parents names, brother's and sister's name, their grandparents...etc...Anything would help me. Please email me with any help you can offer at carriebear31@msn.com
Thank you so very much....
Such kindness is so appreciated!
Urbana, Ohio united States of America - Saturday, February 07, 2009 at 00:14:05 (UTC)
Adolf Stritzl <astritzl@comcast.net>
Just like to say a big HALLO to all my frends in Ridgewood Queens NY and to my old Soccer Club BLAU WEISS GOTTSCHEE
Quakertown, PA USA - Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 16:11:17 (UTC)
Mary Kump Byrnes <mkbyrnes@sbcglobal.net>
Once again I have found the time to dig into the family history a little. Please let me know if you can help

My great-grandfather = Mathias Kump (b. 1854)
Married Louise (Aloisia) - don't know maiden name

Mathias & Louise had 2 children who were born in Austria
Flora (Florence?) Kump ~1882, and Mathias Kump ~ 1883

The family came to New York in about 1888. Just before my grandfather (Ernest Joseph Kump) was born ~1888, Mathias Kump died (in NY).

Louise married her second husband, John Stonitsch. They moved to San Jose, CA and had a daughter named Louisa (Johanna Aloysia Josepha) Stonitsch (b. 1891).

My grandfather, Ernest Joseph Kump (b.1888) married Mary Petsche and had 2 children (Ernest, Jr. and my father Peter).

Any connections out there?
Berkeley, California USA - Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 21:53:28 (UTC)
joseph l. verderber <jlvconstruction@yahoo.com>
trying to connect with other verderbers from long island...would like to find family that will remember my grand parents..joseph & doris verderber..they left long island and moved to callicoon ny....my grandfather had brothers..charlie..ted...fred...john.. hank..in the 1920's & 30's they had a garage in islip long island...also had a sister i believe that i never met...any info would be helpful ..thank you
beach lake, pa usa - Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 21:54:49 (UTC)
Michael <mjbrembs@yahoo.com>
My paternal grandmother was Sophie Jaklitsch who came from Gottschee. She had a brother named Frank, both immigrated to this country in the 1920's. My grandmother married Alfons Brembs and their son Walter is my Dad. They lived in Ridgewood Queens NY. If anybody has any info on my family I would be interested in finding out more than I presently know which is basically the above info. Thank You; Michael J. Brembs
Kinderhook , NY United States - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 21:52:08 (UTC)
Margaret Williams <margaret.williams@century21.com>
We have a lovely community in our town called Gottscher Country Club. I wanted to research the name and found this site with a mention of it.... The restored church on your website is charming. What lovely country side pictures too.
We have a beautiful Ranch home for sale in the country club. If anyone is considering a move to our beautiful country you can see pictures please go to Century21.com and enter the #461454 Margaret
Walden, NY USA - Sunday, March 01, 2009 at 00:19:50 (UTC)
Michael J. Brembs <mjbrembs@yahoo.com>
My paternal grandmother was Sophie Jaklitsch who came from Gottschee. I have recently found out via my Dad that her mother was Magdelena Sanide (Samide)?, her father was Joseph Jaklitsch. If anybody has any info on my family I would be interested in finding out more. Thank You; Michael J. Brembs
Kinderhook, NY United States - Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 21:17:13 (UTC)
jernej <jernej.kump@gmail.com>
Father - Borislav Kump
Grandfather - Gvido Kump
G. Grandfather - Jernej Kump (german: Bartholomeus)
G.G. Grandfather - Frank Kump

Skopje, Macedonia Macedonia - Monday, March 16, 2009 at 12:22:12 (UTC)
vivian de visser <dutchfarmrna@bellsouth.net>
I am trying to learn more ancestors' names. June 1911, Ernestine PAULIN, my mother, emigrated at age 1 1/2 with her mother Maria WUCHTE PAULIN and Maria's mother, Gertrude KOENIG (HOENIG) Wuchte b. Nov. 16, 1849 at 14 Kleinrigel, Austria (Slovenia). Gertrude's husband JOSEPH WUCHTE preceded her to America. Gertrude's mother and father were John HOENIG and Ursula KOENIG. This is where I know nothing more. Ernestine Paulin's father was Victor PAULIN b. Jul 26, 1882 Austria (possibly an only child) of Frank Paulin and Francesca KRISTOF. This also is where I can go no further. They all spoke German, referred to themselves as Austrian/Slovenian. I would greatly appreciate any help big or small. Ernestine just passed away Christmas Eve in our home at age 98 yrs 11 months. She missed her 99th b-day by 2 weeks.

dadeville, alabama united states - Monday, March 16, 2009 at 12:23:25 (UTC)
danny kikel <dkikel@jeffries-law.com>
gruess gott liebe gottscheer

the gottscheer vereinigung wil hold its dance this sunday , march 22, at i pm at the gottscheer clubhouse.
ridgewood, ny us - Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 23:40:01 (UTC)
irene (stimitz) casalino <icasalino@hotmail.com>
Just taking another look here and began wondering if anyone was familiar with the Stimitz or Widmer families. My father, Johann Stimitz, and mother, Helene Widmer, were both born in Gottschee and I am interested in learning about more of their ancestry. My father passed away and my mother and aunts can only trace a generation or two back in both families.

glendale, new york usa - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 18:42:42 (UTC)
Laurel Keglovich Ritenbaugh <onelaurel@aol.com>
My father's family always said they were Granish. I want to learn more about this. I have tried to search, but haven't had much luck. I thought at first it may be Burgenland, people living near the River Grand??
Thank you so much.
Tampa, FL USA - Monday, April 06, 2009 at 00:25:58 (UTC)
marilyn petsche mccauley <marilyn82858@comcast.net>
hi haven't been on site in awhile but interested in meeting fellow gotscheers..any petsche..my father was born in langenton 1916 i'm jusy interested in keeping the heritage alive..i've never met anyone outside of my family that came from that area..
bellevue, pa usa - Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 10:49:40 (UTC)
Gloria Wuchte harrell <jharre2@tampabay.rr.com>
I just this year found out I had family from gottschee. I have a brother Gerald Wuchte that has put together family tree and he found out about the family links to gottschee.
Lake Alfred, Florida u s - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 21:49:31 (UTC)
Lisa Göderer <lisa.goederer@uk-erlangen.de>
I search for other Goederers!
Erlangen, Bavaria Germany - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 13:06:33 (UTC)
Olga (Petschauer) Ramous <oramous@srf.org>
I came across your site and just wanted to say hello and think back of our relationships in the 50's. My sister, Ida, and I talk of you and remember the 71st Avenue neighborhood.
I have lived in Connecticut since 1962 and moved around different towns in our area. I still work. I work for the Richardson Vicks family (Vicks VapoRub). The original company was sold to Procter and Gamble in 1992. I now work for the son's Foundation in Westport, CT.
A quick note to connect with you and hope you are all doing well.
Redding, CT - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 23:09:04 (UTC)
Violet Hensley <viphensley@aol.com>
My Grandfather, Joseph Moschner, came from Gottschee, His father name was Mathias Moschner, and Grandfather was Johann Moschner. That is as far as I know on the Moschner side. But I do know Marthias Moschner married Maria Matzelle in 1862, (my great grandparents). Maria Matzelles parents were Mathias Matzelle and Maria Krische they were married in 1847. Maria Krische parents were Jacob Krische and Maria Lukan they were married in 1821. Maria Lukan parents were Andres Lukan and Anna Tscherne, they were married in 1795. That is as far as I know and really all I know. My grand father Joseph came to USA in 1907 ( I think ) married my Grandmother a widow who had 3 sons and had 2 more sons, one being my father. I do know some of his relatives also came to Oklahoma, Arkansas area towork in the coal mines.
McCurtain, OK USA - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 23:39:06 (UTC)
Teresa Roethel Harris <terridr5@aol.com>
I was on this site 10 years ago and just checked back again. I'm researching for any news or updates on my family. The Roethel family originally was from Austria, (Gottschee) then emigrated to Glendale/Ridgewood area - my grandmothers name was Mary Gladitsch-my great grandmothers name was Ursala Osanitsch and my great grandfathers mothers name was Margaret Kump. Let me know if you have any updated news on my family. Thx.
Columbia, SC USA - Monday, July 13, 2009 at 10:02:19 (UTC)
Theresa Blocker <tessblocker@aol.com>
My father, Alfred Widmer lived (born?) in Kukendorf. He was born in 1934. I am interested in learning about my family history. Dare I even hope to find relations?
Shoreline, WA USA - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 09:41:43 (UTC)
Julia Puttre (Frye) <w2hje@aol.com>
I enjoyed reading and looking at your site it has been a very long time for me and lost it for a while as I lost everything on my computer .I am org from 71St Ave in Ridgewood,NY and my grandparents lived in Glendale .Puttre family and Eppich family also from Ohio am also looking up Hutter name. Sure do miss NY and have so many wonderful memories of Ridgewood and Glendale in growing up.
Ocala, Florida USA - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 20:58:23 (UTC)
Rich Sider <siderr@comcast.net>
First time visitor. Dad from Unter Skrill
and Mom from Hinterberg. I was born in the USA a month after my parents arrived here.
Jacksonville, Fl USA - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 20:59:30 (UTC)
Joseph Hutter <joey_hutter10@hotmail.com>

I am a Hutter, my grandfather was born in Zeljne ( a small village near Kocejve) in 1910. He moved to Ottawa in 1928 and most of his siblings moved to either Ohio, New York, Ontario or Alberta. Hope this post helps you.

Brooks, Alberta Canada - Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 15:17:26 (UTC)
Stephen Petsche <spetsche24@hotmail.com>
Just looking to start up a family tree. I can go back a couple of generations but not too far. Grandfather was born in Yugoslavia. I believe his mother (my greatgrandma) was born out there too. Any info would be great. Grandfather resided in Toronto area for most of his life (died in 1988).
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada - Sunday, September 06, 2009 at 11:21:32 (UTC)
Barry Deutschmann <jabb6@verizon.net>
I am looking for names of Gottscheers who worked for my grandfather, Joe Deutschmann, as carpenters or cabinet makers at Pictorial Review in the N.Y.C. area during the 1920s (and maybe earlier) through the 1930s up to 1939 when it went bankrupt. He was the foreman and hired many Gottscheers. Their main job was building store cabinets (mainly 12 & 24 drawers) for dress patterns.
Lake George, N.Y. - Friday, September 25, 2009 at 02:50:15 (UTC)
mitzi Lynn Helm Edmundson Penuel <mitzipenuel@gmail.com>
My Great-Great Grandmother was( Antonia Josephine Kirmaier)do you have anything on the Kirmaier Family?She came to US in 1886 I think married Wm.Oscar Bolle
THESE ARE MY GREAT GRANDPARENTS the Mother and Father of my Grandmother Elnor (Ella) Bolle Helm they lived in Mountain Brook (Birmingham),Alabama after leaving Cg.,Ill.
Do not know who posted this but can contact me at
Mountain Brook (Birmingham), Alabama USA - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 02:18:01 (UTC)
JOLIET, IL USA - Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 17:13:16 (UTC)
Billie June Jack <ljack3737@sbcglobal.net>
My grandparents are Mathias and Rosie Kump.
Raytown, Mo United States - Friday, October 16, 2009 at 20:05:57 (UTC)
Kathleen Elshazly <birdhawkskat@msn.com>
I am of Gottschee decent. My Grandmother, Mary Steinmetz (nee Jonke) was from a town called Hornberg. She came to the U.S. and settled in Glendale. She married Walter Steinmetz and they lived on 64th Place in Glendale. Two of her brothers were Frank Jonke (lived in Ridgewood and Heinrich Jonke.(who stayed in Austria) One of her sisters names was Sophie (she remained in Austria)I am drawing a blank at the moment as to the other siblings. My mothers name was Marion Wilhemina Steinmetz. My mothers brothers names are Charles (now in Florida)and Walter (resided in Glendale until he passed away a few years ago) A few of the names I have seen here are extremely familiar to me....I am interested in knowing more about her life and family. She only disclosed a small bit before she passed away. I would also love to learn the language. I know so little since it wasn't spoken around the house once my mother died in 1977. Does anyone out there know my family?
patchogue, NY usa - Friday, October 23, 2009 at 22:35:18 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@frontiernet.net>
Good Evening. I am looking for photos of the interior of the church of Maria Himmelfahrt in Tschermoschnitz taken PRIOR to the recent renovations. I am particularly interested in photos that show German holy writings on the various altars.
Will very much appreciate you sending me copies.
If questions please write me at wyants@frontiernet.net

Palisade, Minnesota USA - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 12:06:43 (UTC)
Ales Zganjar <ales.zganjar@gmail.com>
Hello all. I am living in Klinja vas (Klindorf). It is nice to see people who are somehow connected to my willage. If someone needs photos of today Klindorf, please let me know. Be well and regards from Kocevje (Gottschee)

Klinja vas (Klindorf), Slovenia - Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 16:35:43 (UTC)
SMITHTOWN, NY USA - Friday, October 30, 2009 at 01:56:00 (UTC)
Bill Hellriegel <bhellrie@msn.com>
Hi, everyone:

My grandmother was from Gottscheer. I believe the town name was Krapflarn. Her maiden name was Amalia Troje, and I understand that Troje is a name peculiar to the Gottscheer area. She came to Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 when she was 16. Her mother was already in Cleveland. Her mother's maiden name was Agnes Wuchte. I'm not sure why Agnes was already here. My grandmother's father's name was Frank Troje. I don't know anything about my grandmother's siblings or other relatives. She married my grandfather, Gustav Hellriegel, in 1910. I would like to know anything anyone on this list might know and would be happy to share the other information I have. I would also very much like to participate in Gottscheer-related cultural or genealogical activities.

Woodbury, MN USA - Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 14:15:20 (UTC)
Wendy Schneider <EuphoricOrganic@aol.com>
Great site!
Looking for info on my GMa

Josephine MAUSSER/MAUSER of Komutzen #6
Born 10-7-1892 to Maria PETSCHE & John SCHNEIDER (Konutzen #14)
Baptised in Gottschee (unterwarenberg?)
Came to U.S. in 1909
married Casper Schneider in 11/29/1919 in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, OH U.S. - Saturday, January 02, 2010 at 04:37:11 (UTC)
Joanne (Bartelme) Del Balso <quailwoods@windstream.net>
My Father-Josef, Joseph Rudolph Bartelme Resided in Cleveland, Ohio
My Grandfather--Frank Bartelme
My Grandmother--Rosalia Kracker
Their children
Frank Bartelme, Joseph Bartelme, Margret(Hanjack) Bartelme, Edna (Stampfel Bartelme, Marie (Wyszynski) Bartelme

chardon, Ohio USA - Saturday, January 09, 2010 at 03:27:20 (UTC)
Richard Kump <kumpfamily@charter.net>
Son of Rudy Kump (living in Kerhonkson, NY), who emigrated from Gottscheer after WWII with his father Josef (died in NYC in '93 at age 90) and brothers Adolf (Ellenville, NY), Josef (Austin, TX), and John (Salem, NH).
Belchertown, MA USA - Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 04:02:40 (UTC)
Frank <hitzorc@aol.com>
My Grandmother was a Gottscheer- Upon coming to the U.S. after the turn of the century she settled in Glendale. Although we lived in Rego Park my father had a small supermarket at 65-51 Myrtle Ave from the 1950's till 1985. I have found memories of that era.
Centerport, New York USA - Friday, February 12, 2010 at 22:37:39 (UTC)
Luci <jeffreyandbrosco@yahoo.com>
Hey. I live in North Carolina and did an ISP on the Gottscheer people. My parents are both Gottscheers and I am proud to be one as well.
- Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 11:12:56 (UTC)
Jacqueline Stonitsch <k9trainer@metrocast.net>
My mother married Calvin Stonitsch after WWII and came to Baldwin NY. My father was taken in just like his other siblings whom My brother Ron and I never made contact with after my father left us I was 8 years old. His Aunt was married to Charles Stonitsch Baldwin NY had a daughter Catherine and she had a daughter Janet . My fathers parents I was told died and the siblings were sent to family. My Fathers birth name was Jordan and his Father was Joseph Jordan born Hungary his mother Claire Peters born in Berlin Germany. My father took Cahrles Stonitsch name before he left fo war.
My brother Ron and I are looking for any family just to communicate and here History.
There must be at least 1 Stonitsch mostly on the east coast that knows about this ...Please come forward and make my day!
Best Regards
Jacquelins Stonitsch-Berghorn

Long Beach , New York USA - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:25:00 (UTC)
Kathryn <katdeuts@shaw.ca>
I am thrilled to have found many parts of my family tree relating back to Peter & Margaretha Roschitsch. In my tree there are Nicks, Kumps and Deutschmann. My Grandma (KATARINA ZUPANCIC) died on June 5, 1935 when my Father, Ludwig Deutschmann was only hours old in Maierle 9, Weisskrain, Slovenia (Gottschee). It is a dream of mine to know more about my family and to get any information at all on my Grandmothers side.

Kathryn Deutschmann
Vancouver, BC CANADA - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 00:20:04 (UTC)
Anne Harsch <harschey@juno.com>
My mother was born in the town of Gottschee, she moved to the united states when she was 12. Her maiden name is Trocha. I have always been interested in my heritage from her side. Is there anymore infor I would be able to obtain.
Thank you Anne Harsch
Amherst, Va USA - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 21:19:35 (UTC)
Mark Schemitsch <mschemitsch@msn.com>
father from Gottschee...
Darmstadt, Germany - Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 22:17:46 (UTC)
Karen Farley <Kfarley17@aol.com>
My fathers name was Norbert Kikel. He came over to the us from Kocevje, Slovenia before 1920. He fought for the United States in WWII in the armed forces. My dad told me many stories of his life which I am researching. I will share any and all helpful information I find out. If Ellen Kikel Campbell should read this, I wanted to say hello from cousin Karen!
Oyster Bay Cove, NY USA - Monday, August 23, 2010 at 17:04:19 (UTC)
Anthony Kren <afkrenbu@comcast.net>
I recently began searching for my roots and was directed to this site.
My father was Elmer Kren, a member of the EOUV in Cleveland for many years. His father was Anton Kren who came to the US in 1907.
I'm thrying to find out more about My grandmother, Rosalia Fink Kren. Born in Cleveland in 1898.
I have many pictures from that time period and I don't know who the people are.
Camp Hill, PA USA - Monday, September 06, 2010 at 10:54:02 (UTC)
Michaela Ebinger-Aigner <ebinger-aigner@sunrise.ch>
Hello all together, anybody any informations to my grandmother named BERTA KUMP, born in Lichtenbach on the 30th of Sept. 1921, married with austrian after deport in 1941, her father was Mathias Kump from Unterbuchberg -Nesseltal and my grandmother`s mother was Maia Meissl from Oberpöckstein.....

would be wonderfull to find pieces of my familiy....

Rapperswil-Jona,, suisse - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 01:22:17 (UTC)
Annette Bernhardt <hofbern@aol.com>
I was alerted about a message on the blog. In it there were folks remembering the good old times in Ridgewood/Glendale. I am sitting right beside my husband Rudi who I think was mentioned as a favorite bartender from Zum Stammtisch, although he was not at the Stammtisch, but at Hans' Gasthaus along with Hans...unless by sheer coincidence there was also a Hans and Rudi at the Stammtisch. Rudi is a stubborn Kraut and doesn't want to put on his reading glasses and type a message on this site right now, but if this refers to him he is happy to be remembered.
Aquebogue, NY USA - Thursday, January 06, 2011 at 19:06:34 (UTC)
Thomas Carl Hoenigman <thoe@designedimages.net>
I enjoyed and read with much interest all the e-mails. All the last names are very familiar as volkslands of my grandfather Louis Hoenigman and his wife nee Kumpf. I found this site looking for a button Box accordian made by Robert Kropf of Klagenfurt. If any one has info on how to contact him let men know.
Chesterland, Ohio USA - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 15:48:05 (UTC)
Raymond Kump <ray_kump@msn.com>
Raymond Kump
Wish to connect with my relatives:
Grandfather - Mathias Kump, b: 1882 Reichenau #45.
Grandmother - Rosalia Kump, b: 1887 Unterbuchberg #7.
married 1903, Brooklyn, NY.
GGfather: Josef Kump, b: 1857 Unterbuchberg #7.
GGmother: Gertrud Lampeter, b: 1860 Otterbach #8.
married in 1880, Nesseltal parish.
GGfather: Johann Kump, b: 1843 Reichenau #3 or #45.
GGmother: Elizabeth Stalzer, b:1850
married in 1866, Nesseltal parish.

Any connection??

(Hi Ray, from Helmuth...my Kump's were neighbors of yours, of course, in Unterbuchberg #10. But no direct relationship that I can see.)
Tucson, Arizona USA - Monday, February 14, 2011 at 17:25:02 (UTC)
Hilde Tomitz Petsche <hpetsche@bell.net>
I am a first generation Gottscheer. My father was Robert Tomitz. My grandfather was Florian Tomitz. Florian's father was Johann Tomitz, born 1835. His wife was Ursula Hutter, born 1839. Florian had 7 brothers, Ernst, Josef, Lorenz, Adolf, Alois, Franz, Johann, and one sister, Josepha.
Fonthill, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 02:00:19 (UTC)
Judith Koenig Gillman <namllig@sbcglobal.net>
My Grandfather, Mathias Koenig, came to the USA in the late 1800's with his wife and daughter Ann. I believe they lived in Graz while in Germany. I think his dad owned a grocery store and his mom made vestments for priests. That's all I know about them.
Akron, Ohio USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 23:36:22 (UTC)
Darin Henigman <henigmda@gmail.com>
Greetings! Both of my great grandparents were from Gottschee and Married in Ely Minnesotta in 1901. They were Johann Honigmann (John Henigman) and Aloisia Rom (Louisa). August Henigman, my granfather, spoke Gottscheerisch and grew up in Chicago along with the Rom side of the family. I'm glad I found this site!
Darin Henigman
Champaign, Illinois
Champaign, Illinois USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 02:22:13 (UTC)
Mark Kikel <mark@opinionsltd.com>
Very comprehensive site. I don't see much reference to any of the Gottscheer clubs in USA.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 15:50:18 (UTC)
Sandy Seeman <seemansandy@yahoo.com>
My grandparents, Ferdinand and Rose Matzelle, lived in Glendale, NY. If anyone knew them, I would love to hear from them.
Middletown, New Jersey USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 12:34:31 (UTC)
Frank Rome <spankyrome@yahoo.com>
Enjoy the information shared on this site, just haven't kept up the the Sunday evening chat.
Bonner Springs, Kansas USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 22:08:01 (UTC)
Courtney Tramposh <tposh_court@yahoo.com>
My father: James Tramposh
Paternal grandfather: Ernest Tramposh
Brooklyn, NY 11211 - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:00:10 (UTC)
elfriede stonitsch <stonitsel@aol.com>
The Gottscheer Heritage and Genealogy Association will hold its annual meeting on June 17 and June 18, 2011 at the Tropicana Resort and Casino, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada. All persons interested in their Gottscheer heritage are invited to attend. The agenda will include speakers on Gottscheer heritage, Gottscheerisch language lessons and songs, and genealogy workshops and activities as well as a Saturday evening banquet with entertainment. Registration for the Saturday meeting is $50.00 (includes lunch) and the evening banquet is $50.00. The deadline for mail in registration is June 1, 2011.

For more information and the Registration Form, visit our website: http:\\www.gottschee.org or contact me at stonitsel@aol.com.

walden, ny usa - Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 19:01:38 (UTC)
joseph koenig <terry1927@aol.com>
Son of victor koenig.
tinton falls , new jersey usa - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 00:05:34 (UTC)
Janet Fleck <jkfleck@lycos.com>
My grandparents (on my father's side) were Maria Kump Stalzer and Johann Stalzer, both from Gottschee when it was part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. They settled in the Ridgewood section of Queens, NY. My grandmother had a brother, Johann Kump, who had a delicatessen at Hainburgerstrasse Nr. 48, Wien III in the 1930's. Does anyone know about that particular Kump?
Haworth, NJ USA - Monday, July 11, 2011 at 17:43:23 (UTC)
john heffernan <jfheff7@hotmail.com>
looking for info on the stalsdorf residentida schmuck
spencer, ohio usa - Monday, July 11, 2011 at 17:44:35 (UTC)
John Schulte <genwebcc@gmail.com>
Hello! This is my first visit to the Gottschee site after the link was shared with me from fellow researchers in Clinton County, Iowa. My ancestors came from the Gottschee/Austria area and immigrated to the US and settled in Sugar Creek/Browns Iowa.
I'd love to share information about my family in the US as well as know more about those possibly still in the home land. The oldest Gollobit ancestor burried in the US is Jacob Phillip Gollobit born 1 May 1829 in Trata Austria. His father was Stephen Gollobitsch who I am assuming is buried in Austria. Thanks in advance for any help!
Maple Grove, MN USA - Friday, July 29, 2011 at 00:57:46 (UTC)
Brunhilde Doerbecker, nee Arch <hansbruni@bigpond.com>
What a great web-site! Unfortunately we had a few e-mails we sent, returned to us. So, here is our own Guest Book entry:
To complete our Family Tree we are searching for siblings of Josef Arch (born 1871 in Ploesch No 3) and his wife Gertrude, nee Knoespler ( born 1869 in Rieg). As well as dates of their parents Stefan Arch of Terste 6 and Maria, nee Schuster of Terste 27 and Johann Knoespler of Rieg and Anna, nee Lippe of Rieg. We also search for the decendants of Maria Arch (died 21. 10.1991 in N.Y.) and her husband Paul Ratschki (died 26.4.1974 in Glendale N.Y.) as well as the relatives of Franz Poje (born 2.4.1876 at Altwinkel)and his wife Maria, nee Michelitsch ( born 28.6.1883 at Mittergras) and Anton Knaus (born 23.11.1879)
Thora via Bellingen, NSW 2454 Australia - Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 02:57:47 (UTC)
Doerbecker Brunhilde nee Arch <hansbruni@bigpond.com>

Brunhilde Doerbecker nee Arch
Hi Bill,
Hi Margaret,
Would you please drop me a note. My e-mail to you keeps coming back.
Looking forward ro hearing from you both. Thank you!
Thora via Bellingen, NSW 2454 Australia - Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 02:58:56 (UTC)
jean montfort <jeanmontfort@cox.net>
looking for info: Frank Michelitch 4/7/1893 born krain
paula kikel 7/31/1896 born seele
hampton, va usa - Tuesday, August 09, 2011 at 11:00:32 (UTC)
Brunhilde Doerbecker nee Arch <hansbruni@bigpond.com>
My greatgrandfather Stefan Arch was born at Terste 6 Gottschee, Krain and my greatgrandmother Marie nee Schuster at Terste 27 Gottschee, Krain (according to the Baptism Certificate of their son Josef Arch at Ploesch in 1871).
Could anybody please let me know where Terste is located?
I could not find it anywhere on a map.
Thank you.
Thora via Bellingen, NSW Australia - Tuesday, August 09, 2011 at 11:02:16 (UTC)
Donna <snzrmom6@yahoo.com>
I am planning a visit to Kocevje later this month. My Mom was born there in 1927 in a village called Hohenburg. Everything I find on a village named Hohenburg takes me to Germany or Austria. Can anyone help me find my Mother's birthplace. I would really like to visit the area of Hohenburg, even if it doesn't exist as a village anymore. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Thank You,
Lander, WY USA - Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 00:21:15 (UTC)
Arthur Jay <ajcocoprod@aol.com>
Anton Staudohar married my grandmother Lena Schuster Jurkowich after her first husband (George Jurkowich) passed away. George and Anton were both welders and Anton witnessed George's oath of citizenship.
From Anton's first marriage were children: Anton and John and maybe a Helen. Many lived in Ridgewood.
The name Recher I know I heard them mention many years ago.
If any of this rings a bell, contact me.
Best wishes
Ossining, NY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:24:50 (UTC)
Brunhilde Doerbecker, nee Arch <hansbruni@bigpond.com>
Calling on relatives of the families Reischl and Michitsch.
My grand-aunt Veronika Arch and grand-uncle Franz Reischl, born 24.4.1882 at Ploesch and moved to Rieg 49. Their son Alois Reischl born 9.11.1922 at Rieg 50.
My grand-aunt Maria Arch, born 24. 6. 1868 at Ploesch and grand-uncle Johann Michitsch, born 14. 4. 1870 at Rieg 34. Their son Franz Michitsch, born 21. 8. 1912 at Rieg 34.
Are there any Reischl and Michitsch relatives out there ?
Your input would be gratefully appreciated! Looking forward to hearing from you! Thank you.
Thank you for your reply, Brunhilde
Thora via Bellingen, NSW 2454 Australia - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 19:21:58 (UTC)
Elizabeth Copps <always.get.my.way@gmail.com>
My mother's family are from Gottscheer - her maiden name is Jonke. My grandfather was Rudolf Jonke; Grandmother Amalia Regina Jonke (nee Stampfl). My Grandmother always went by Regina. From what I know, my Mom and her sisters and brother grew up in the Ridgewood, NY area.

I am actively looking for a favorite recipe for a yummy bread that we ate as a dessert. My best spelling for it is: Pobolitzen - grandma pronounced it as bo-bow-itzen. On the outside, the bread looks like a babka, on the inside it is moist and airy. I believe it had golden raisins too. Does anyone know where I can find a recipe for this or have one they are willing to share with me. I want to make it for our next family Christmas. My Mom and her sisters can't recall how to make it and Grandma passes away in 1987.

THANKS for your time and assistance.
Sincerely, Elizabeth (Jongebloed) Copps
Greenville, SC USA - Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 01:30:03 (UTC)
Frances H. Coody <fcoody@cox.net>
Haven't visited this site in almost a decade... Notice that in my original query of Feb 19, 1998, I had a different email address. If anyone out there has any information on the Peternel/Peternelj, Schauer, Hofferle/Hoferle, Hogler, Kraker, Konig/Koenig, Kren, or Gliebe surname that came through, settled in, or moved away from Gallup, NM from about 1883 onward to 1910 and beyond, I'd be interested in hearing from you. Contact me at Thanks! Fran
Edmond, OK USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 14:48:08 (UTC)
Richard Karl Uckmann <uckmann@optonline.net>
Anyone out there related to Magdelena König of Kerndorf in Gottscheer? She was my Grandmother.
Sayville, NY USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 23:38:40 (UTC)
Sophia Stalzer Wyant <wyants@frontiernet.net>
Would Thom Tramposch who posted a message in the Kump Staudacher Blog please write to me at wyants@frontiernet.net
We have Alttabor by Tschermoschnitz, Gottschee in common.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Palisade, MN USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11:06:40 (UTC)
Michaelis Ludmila <namicosha@mail.ru>
Ich suche Verwandten meines Urgrosmutters, Michaelis (Nickel) Viktoria, die im 20-n Jahren emigrierte aus Russland in Germany (Hamburg)zusammen mit Iren, Georg Michaelis und anderen Familienmitglieder.

Russland, Moskau - Thursday, October 06, 2011 at 15:21:42 (UTC)
Bernd Meditz <meditz_bernd@hotmail.com>
Hi together!

I´m new here and about to pick together my famili history. My forthest now known ancestor is Andreas Meditz who was born 1831 in Büchel/Gottschee and his wife Maria born 1833

I would be greatful for any information regarding him and des Generations around him
Austria - Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 21:56:19 (UTC)
Brunhilde Doerbecker <hansbruni.d@gmail.com>
I just wanted everyone to know that, my computer had a virus and I had to change my E-mail address to the one as shown above.

Still looking for those hard to find relatives of mine as submitted in August 2011.

Thora via Bellingen, NSW 2454 Australia - Friday, January 06, 2012 at 10:45:54 (UTC)
Sophia Wyant <wyants@frontiernet.net>
Contact Sophia Wyant if you can help:

Während des 2. Weltkrieges lebten auf unserem Hof Ul?nik Zagaj in Bistrica ob Sotli (den deutschen Namen wird Ludwig Kren wissen) die Gottscheer Familie von Luscher August, geboren am 26.6.1896, zu Hause aus Muckendorf 6 (Komarna vas), Tschermoschnitz. Wir würden gerne mit der Familie in Kontakt treten.


During WWII The Family August Luscher, born June 26, 1896 in Muckendorf 6

(now Komarna vas in Slovenian) Tschermoschnitz lived in our complex, farm etc Ulcnik Zagaj

in Bistrica ob Sotli (Königsberg in German).

We would like to get in contact with this family.

Can you help? It would be very, very much appreciated by this in Slovenia. Imagine renewing a friendship with the Luscher Gottscheer Family who re-settled to this area in 1941. Our family lived in Deckmansdorf not far from Königsberg. I was a child at the time.

I am hopeful that we can help in making the connection and I THANK YOU for your help.

Sophia Stalzer Wyant

Palisade, MN USA - Saturday, January 07, 2012 at 09:39:56 (UTC)
Daryl Senica <dsenica@senicaair.com>
looking for birth records or family still in Slovania my great grand fathers name was John c. Senica he was born in 1879 in the Lublona area I would like to Know more about him

Spring Hill, florida USA - Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 21:52:44 (UTC)
LACKNER / TSCHERNKOWITSCH – Gottschee, Neugereuth no. 1-3


Greetings from Germany to all Gottschee descendants out there ! This is a wonderful site and I am grateful that someone spends his time and energy to maintain it.

My father (b: 1932, d 1997) was the only child to his parents, Johann LACKNER (b: 1909, d: 1991) and Magdalene LACKNER, born as TSCHERNKOWITSCH. They came from NEUGEREUTH (according to a list of deportation from 1941 house # 1).

My grandfather had several siblings, as far as I know they have been nine (9) children altogether. I have no contact to any of them. What I know from my mother (who never met the whole LACKNER family herself, only has fragmented information) is the following:
One sister [E(h)ni] moved to Austria, one brother [Peter] to another part of Germany, another brother [Franz ] to Australia to come back some years later. Franz than went back to what used to be Gottschee (by then Yugoslavia) but was never seen again. One sister died even before the family left Gottschee.

This still leaves 4 siblings of my grandfather about whom I don’t even know where they went to. One or two maybe to the US ?

My grandmother (born under the name of TSCHERNKOWISTCH) had two brothers. One – Josef - came with her and lived in southwest Germany with my family, the other (Johann TSCHERNKOWITSCH) migrated to the US, but I couldn’t found any trace on the www (I have also checked Ellis Island immigration database).

Has anyone out there any idea where LACKNER / TSCHERNKOWITSCH from Neugereuth no. 1-3 might have gone ? Any (potential) relation ? As it seems that a lot of people were related to each other, I would not be surprised if there is also a connection to SCHEMITSCH, JONKE and/or STAUDACHER (Neugereuth no. 4,5,6) but I am not aware of it.

Would love to hear from anyone knowing anything whatsoever.

e-mail: LTG-LACKNER@web.de

Best regards

Stuttgart, BW Germany - Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 10:36:34 (UTC)
Janice Kolich Jackson <jjreader@aol.com >
My name is Janice Kolich Jackson, I am trying to find out about my great grandparents. My grandfather was George Koenig, married to Anna Mische. They lived in Dranbank #4. George came to America in 1913, Anna followed in 1920 with their 3 children, John, Josepha, and Rudolf. I would appreciate any help
Thank you

- Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 02:52:21 (UTC)
Janice C. Jackson <JJreader@aol.com>
Looking for my great grandparents, My grandfather was George Koenig married to Anna Mische. they lived in Dranbank #4
Fruita, Colorado USA - Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 02:58:48 (UTC)
Jennifer Krische <jennaytulla@rogers.com>
If anyone could help me, I would be very appreciative. I am trying to find out anything about my grandparents, Alois Krische(1898-1989) who married Mary Anne(Maria) Kapsch in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. Alois's parents were Franc Krische(1862-1937) and Katerina Rauch. He later married Katerina's sister, Anna. My grandmother Mary Anne(ship documents list her as Maria) parents were Magdalena Rossman and George Kapsch. I am very new to this and have no idea where else to go for information.
London, Ontario Canada - Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 17:30:05 (UTC)
Tim Baxter <gtps@hotmail.com>
Hello, I was born and live in Canada, my parents are from Graz Austria and moved here after the war. In 1931 Barbara Krobath gave birth to my mother in the hospital in Graz and gave her up for adoption right away so I am told. My mother has never met Barbara and only has 1 picture of her that was sent to her several years later, she had 2 young children in the picture with her but mom never met her otherwise. I think her parents where from the Gottschee area however I'm not sure, Barbara may have owned a restaurant in Vienna Austria as well. Any leads would be great as I would like to know who my grandmother is. Otherwise this looks like a great site to meet people and make some friends.
Thanks and have a great day,
Tim Baxter
Ottawa, Ontario Canada - Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 21:18:52 (UTC)
Christine Doty <cdoty22@gmail.com>
Hello, found this website. I am looking for my biological parents who had come over from Austria in the mid 1950's. Mother was born in Yugoslavia approx 1933 and father born approx 1925. They both had brown hair and brown eyes. At the time of my birth in 1975, they lived in Walden. My mother was a housewife and was mentally ill. My father a factory worker and / or drive. I have been searching for months to find them and have been unsuccessful. They had 3 children. 1 girl and 1 boy born in Austria, the other born in USA. They also had 2 other boys that were born in USA bud adopted out as well. If anyone knows of any family that meets this criteria. Please email me. I have a broken heart. I also just found out this year I was adopted.
Thank you,
Otisville, NY USA - Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 21:19:54 (UTC)
robert sobotor <rsobotor@msn.com>
my mother mary sobotor born kuzma had a sister mary who married a Frank noivak of binhampton n.y. area seeking relatives i am now 76 my mom passed on in 1952 at 36 yrs old if you no any relatives please email me at rsobotor@msn.com
puyallup , washington usa - Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 13:34:54 (UTC)
Adam Barthalt <adambarthalt@msn.com>
Congratulations, It is most gratifying to see what you have achieved in keeping the Gottscheer Heritage Alive. You are to be congratulated!!

Due to my wife also being Gottscheer (maiden name Pibernik) I became very involved with her history, and we started organizing tours to Gottschee years ago, and had the great pleasure of having many great moments during those tours. Keep up the great work. and regards to all, Adam Barthalt
Ridge, NY USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 00:22:48 (UTC)
joe kump jr <joekump@yahoo.com>
Have already have traced my family history back to the 1700rds.
austin, texas usa - Monday, June 11, 2012 at 20:36:53 (UTC)
Elfriede Juran <fjuran@tampabay.rr.com>
I have just started looking for my family tree. My father Franz Joseph Juran born in Tschermoschnitz, October 1910. My granmother's name was Veronica Lucher,(maiden name Veronica Sbaschnig). My mother was Maria Juran from Gottscheer. I know nothing about my mother's family other than they lived in Yugoslavia. We came to the USA in 1955, Ridgewood, Queens. My dad had a brother Adolf, sister Josephine Matzelle, Emma Burger, Maria Danko. If anyone knows anything more about either my father or my father's ancestry please e-mail me.
This is a wonderful website.
Elfriede Juran
Palm Harbor, FL USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 09:16:41 (UTC)
mary kraker stief <marystief@hotmail.co>
We are looking for info on John j kraker born circa 1878. He is my grandfather and we are going to the area of Gottchee in 8/12 and would like to visit his birthplace. Danke.
cleveland, ohio usa - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 at 16:57:07 (UTC)
mary kraker stief <marystief@hotmail.co>
We are looking for info on John j kraker born circa 1878. He is my grandfather and we are going to the area of Gottchee in 8/12 and would like to visit his birthplace. Danke.
cleveland, oh usa - Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 03:22:24 (UTC)
carol mckenzie <jarrfan@cox.net>
My ggparents were Josef and Franceska (Frannie) Melz, not sure what her maiden name was. They arrived in the US from Gottschee in 1903 in NY. They had 8 to 10 children. My grandmother was Floriana. I have looked and not found information on them in GHGA or ancestry. i cannot locate my grandmothers maiden name which would help tremendously. So glad to find this site. Carol
las vegas, Nevada United States - Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 03:23:30 (UTC)
Martha Gallagher (Roethel/Schmuck) <mvarela3015@gmail.com>
I am aarriving soon to visit family near Graz, Austria. My mother's family originated from Slovania. I will visit and search further when I arrive.Mother: Maria Roethel and Father: Matthias Schmuck both born early 1900's and traveled to Amerika via Navy ship around 1950-1952
El Dorado Hills, California USA - Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 18:38:12 (UTC)
Jean Andrews <jandrews225@verizon.net>
Actively researching Verderber and Plesche lines from Gottschee, and Andres from Plan (bei Marienbad in the Egerland).
Bayside, NY USA - Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 21:39:21 (UTC)
Helen (Bachmayer) Dawson <hdawson@sympatico.ca>
digging through a lot of web pages about Gottschee...my parents were both from there...Ernst Bachmayer and Marlene Kropf...and their families too....
Toronto , Ontario Canada - Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 19:21:04 (UTC)
Henry-Peter Persche <velarium@live.com>
Researching family names:Persche, Petsche, Schemitsch, Wittine, Putre, Hutter,Verberber.
Joshua Tree, CA USA - Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 15:46:14 (UTC)
Henry-Peter Persche <velarium@live.com>
Researching family names:Persche, Petsche, Schemitsch, Wittine, Putre, Hutter,Verberber.
Joshua Tree, CA USA - Monday, November 12, 2012 at 20:42:07 (UTC)
Mickie Verderbar <verderbar1@comcast.net>
Researching family name Verderbar or Verderber. Grandfather John Verderbar born January 31, 1876 in Koraline, Kraine, Austria to George Verderbar and Maria Vidosh. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Grosse Pointe , MI USA - Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 20:47:13 (UTC)
Ray Sternot <rsternot@ameritech.net>
Researching my great-great grandparents, Andrew Sigmund, born 1834, Setsch#1, Gottschee and Magdalena Petsche, born 1840, Ebenthal #18, Gottschee, Krain, Austria. Came to Cleveland Ohio around 1900. Still trying to find my great-grandfather's family Jacob Vidmar who married Marija Sigmund (born 1862). They were either married in Ebenthal or in Cleveland, Ohio around about 1888. Didn't realize this site existed nor that I was a Gotschee decendant
Painesville, Ohio USA - Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 02:57:30 (UTC)
James Hoge <jehoge@comcast.net>
I have just recently found out my direct Gottschee ansestry. I am very excited and interested. I found out my great grandfather was president of the Cleveland Club in1904 and 05. His name was John Hoge. He immigrated to Cleveland from Gottschee in 1895. Three generations before him were Ebental Parrish Gottschee residents. They were Anton then Johan then Mathias Hoge.Let me know if anyone has connections or photos. Thanks and Blessings- James Hoge
Conroe, Texas USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 13:35:24 (UTC)
veronica mausser <njveronica@hotmail.com>
we are mausser leustik gottscheers and are visiting austria in june. can't wait!

stockton, NJ United States - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 22:02:16 (UTC)
Amy McCrae <alm2@Lehigh.EDU>

My name is Amy McCrae. I live in Emmaus, PA, USA. I will be traveling
to Austria in October and hope to find some family roots of my
grandmother Maria Stalzer born in Altfriesach, Gottchee, Austria in
1877. She left via LaHavre France on April 27 of 1896?. If you could
register me or help with good places to possibly look for family info, I
would appreciate it. I have very little information on her as she died
before I was even born. She made her home in Brooklyn, NY, was married
twice and had approx. 17 children (my mother being one). All my aunts,
uncles and parents are now deceased and I have no one to ask about this
part of the family. Any info would be helpful.

Thank you
Emmaus, PA United States - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 14:52:50 (UTC)
Elfriede Stonitsch <stonitsel@aol.com>
The Gottscheer Heritage and Genealogy Association will hold its annual meeting on June 21 and June 22, 2013 at the Holiday Inn, 2700 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, Minnesota. All persons interested in their Gottscheer heritage are invited to attend. The agenda will include speakers on Gottscheer heritage, Gottscheerisch language lessons and songs, and genealogy workshops and activities as well as a Saturday evening banquet with entertainment. Registration for the Saturday meeting is $25.00, Saturday lunch is $15.00 and the evening banquet is $35.00. The deadline for mail in registration is June 8, 2012.

For more information and the Registration Form, visit our website: http:\\www.gottschee.org or contact me at stonitsel@aol.com.

Walden, New York USA - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 01:51:01 (UTC)
Anna Juran Kelley <ajkduke95@hotmail.com>
Juran and Krische roots. Wretzen and Stockendorf on paternal great granfathers side. Gf born 1895.
Dalton, Ga USA - Sunday, June 02, 2013 at 23:38:07 (UTC)
Anna Juran-Kelley <ajkduke95@hotmail.com>
Thank you for helping to find my grandfather. His father, Ignatz Juran and mother Ursula Krische at 1 Wretzen had 12 children. I have other information and will post in case it helps others or that I can find more of my grandfather's siblings. Thank you.
Dalton, GA United States - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 at 11:44:42 (UTC)
Jane Keller <jakell1020@aol.com>
My father's (Charles Goederer)mother was a Staudacher (Josefine Staudacher married to Josef Goederer). Came to the US in early 1900's and lived in Ridgewood NY. Very happy to find this site.
Commack, NY USA - Friday, July 26, 2013 at 21:43:15 (UTC)
James Hoge <jehoge@comcast .net>
My Gottscheer family line origin as from Nuelag parish. My great grandfather John Hoge immigrated to Cleveland Ohio and was the president of the Gottscheer club around 1905.
Conroe Tx., Texas USA - Friday, July 26, 2013 at 21:44:44 (UTC)
Anita Smith <Asmith19@kc.rr.com>
My father, Ernest Roschitz came from the Gotschee. His father was Josef and mother was Franciska. He mentioned growing up near the Kump family. He died 3 years ago. I would like more information about the area or would enjoy seeing photos. He was there in the 1930s.
Overland Park, Kansas USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 09:29:39 (UTC)
Anita Smith <Asmith19@kc.rr.com>
My father, Ernest Roschitz came from the Gotschee. His father was Josef and mother was Franciska. He mentioned growing up near the Kump family. He died 3 years ago. I would like more information about the area or would enjoy seeing photos. He was there in the 1930s.
Overland Park, Kansas USA - Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 21:18:50 (UTC)
Don Wolf/Volf <Wolf1936@sbcglobal.net>
I often wonder how my Granfathers names, Volf and Chop could be Croatian, although they emigrated from Gorski Kotar, Croatia. I found a document stating that my great Grandfather, Josip Volf, was born on March 1, 1873 in Trava but the records came from Koceveja. I also wonder how my Grandfataher Cop/Chop was written in German.
I know the Kumps in Kansas City, Kansas.
Kansas City, Kansas USA - Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 20:37:03 (UTC)
I heard the story that they Germans/Austrians who were lumberjacks moved down towards the south to find good timber. My grandfather Rudolf, was a lumberjack in Croatia, Slovenia and Shreveport Louisiana in the USA.
Kansas City, Kansas USA - Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 05:44:01 (UTC)
helena springer braun <hbraun@zoominternet.net>
Paternal grandparents from gottschee John Springer & Helena not sure of her maiden name (Schweiger or Schager or Scheger) Springer Lived on 66th Place in Glendale Ny I can't find much info on them. I know my grandfather is from Hinterberg.
Maternal grandparents from gottschee Anton Gliebe & Olga Eppich Gliebe Lived on linden st in Ridgewood NY I have lots of info on them.
If you have info on the Springer's please email me & if you need info on Eppich's or Gliebe's maybe I could help you.
rising sun, Maryland United States - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 01:19:42 (UTC)
Michaela Sykorova <chvatami@centrum.cz>
Dears, let me indroduce myself. My name is Michaela Sykorova and I´m looking for Jonke family in the Czech republic. My colleague from work was named before marriage Jonke Andrea. I have found for her in the Czech registers her 4xgrandpa. He was born in Schalkendorf Krain (it should be abround the year 1780-1800). His name was Mathias Jonke and his wife Maria Herbist. They had son named Georg, born 1819 and this Geog got married in the Czech republic (Hrusov - part of Ostrava) in 1862. Do anybody know about Jonke´s from Schalkendorf? Please write me on my email chvatami@centrum.cz. Thank you very much. Best regards from Prague
Prague, Prague Czech Republic - Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 23:47:39 (UTC)
Henry Stalzer <hstalzer04@aol.com>
If you wish to learn more about our Gottschee history, read "The Bells Ring No More". Reviewers claim it to be the most comprehensive book on our former homeland.
In Amazon.com click on the title for details.
Henry Stalzer

Danbury, CN USA - Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 17:25:06 (UTC)
Mary Ellen Staudacher Lemery <lmlemery@embarqmail.com>
My grandparents George and Lena Staudacher came from Gottscheer in
the late 1890's, I believe. They lived in the Glendale/Ridgewood
area of Queens, NY. They both died when I was quite young and I was born in 1945. My father is Joseph, their youngest child, born
in 1905. His siblings were Lena, George and Peter. I grew up in Ozone Park, Queens and then Deer Park, LI.
I believe my grandfather was one of the founders of the Gottscher Association, but am not sure.
Chambersburg, PA USA - Friday, June 20, 2014 at 23:24:42 (UTC)
Anna Tripic <tripic20@hotmail.com>
It seems my Croatian ancestors might have been settled in Gottschee before they moved to Croatia. I'm wondering if there are any documents (church books, surname listing etc.) available online for the period before 1800, for Gottschee. I'm looking for Verderber and Staudacher (Ferderber and Stajduhar) families.
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at 04:00:32 (UTC)
Kathleen Heiling <kathcec@yahoo.com>
Hello! I am so happy to have found this site, and I hope I am not on a Kump/Staudacher only site. If so, I am probably not in the right place. I haven't looked around yet, but I found this site from searching for Kobetitsch information. My beloved grandmother was Freda Kobetitsch Donnelly. Her parents were Joseph and Sophia Koenig Kobetitsch. I want to know my Koenig roots, too. All I know is that Sophia's father was also named Joseph. They were born in Gottschee in 1874. There is so much I would love to know about all of them. I have found 3 people with Kobetitsch links to me through 23andMe DNA testing. Is anybody reading related to these people or know anything about them or their families? My grandmother lived in Kansas City, KS, on Strawberry Hill, a Slavic area. I remember hearing the names Krauland (Helen, her friend and neighbor), Erker, Sewell, Nick, and others. Some were related, but I am not sure how. So interested in learning more!

Lenexa, KS USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at 04:29:00 (UTC)
Pete Hoge <pete.hoge@gmail.com>
About 40% Germanic DNA in my cells, most of that portion derives from Altlag im Walden,Gottscheer, birthplace of my great-grandfather Andreas Hoge, settled in Cleveland between 1897-1900. Married to Aloisa Pertz/Perz; her mother was a Kump from Seele. 3-4 generations of descendents are all rooted in northeast Ohio. Strong emphasis on maintaining the culture; I was basically forced to take 2 years of German in school not to mention the suffocating parenting style which comes from German Catholicism. Gottscheers have a lot in common with the Amish and other types of groups from isolated cultural enclaves. One of the positives of our ancestry is the ability to work like machines.
Philadelphia, Pa United States - Monday, August 25, 2014 at 02:37:18 (UTC)
Donna Herbst-Brooks <snzrmom6@yahoo.com>
I'm looking for anyone who knows descendants of Hohenberg families circa 1927-1938 with the family names "Konig," "Herbst," and "Schneider."
Thank you in advance!
- Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 02:39:34 (UTC)
Ron Ruppe <ronruppe@yahoo.com>
I have both Kump and Staudacher family names in my family tree. My paternal grandparents, Peter and Louise Ruppe were from Unterlag. I had a very enjoyable trip there a couple of years ago and would love to go back.
Soupex, Aude France - Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 02:41:06 (UTC)

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