Re-Introduction #austria-czech


E. Randol Schoenberg
 

I have not posted much lately, so I'll accept Sharla's invitation to
re-introduce myself. I was a founding member of the SIG and one of the
original moderators and contributors to the SIG website, where I authored
the "Beginners Guide to Austrian-Jewish Genealogy"
(http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/ausguide.htm ) and co-authored with
Julius Mueller "Getting Started with Czech-Jewish Genealogy"
(http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/czechguide.html) as well as numerous
GemeindeView (see http://www.jewishgen.org/bohmor/gemeinde.htm ) entries on
my various ancestral towns (Ckyne, Kolodeje, Breclav, Hodonin, Korycany,
Ostroh, and Unicov). Indeed, I started the GemeindeView project and
compiled the original list of German-Czech place names. I also compiled
the Austria-Czech Bibliography (http://www.jewishgen.org/bohmor/books.html)

Although I'm relatively young (b. 1966) I have been an avid genealogist
since I was 8 years old (thanks to a third grade teacher who had read Alex
Hailey's "Roots"). By the age of 10 I had produced a 12-foot family tree
with over 500 members on it.

Because my parents have the same background, I have an unusual (for my
generation) concentration of interests in the Austria-Czech SIG areas.
All four of my grandparents were >from Vienna. Of my sixteen gg-grandparents
I have two >from Vienna (HOFFMANN and FUNK), two >from Prague (NACHOD,
JONTOF-HUTTTER), one >from Budapest (INQUART -- not Jewish), three from
Bohemia (REICHMANN, FEITLER, BLOCH), five >from Moravia (KOLISCH, REIF,
ZEISL, JELLINEK, KATSCHER), two >from Slovakia (SCHWARZ, LOWY) and one from
Hungary (SCHOENBERG).

Through my own research, and with the help of archivists and other members
of this SIG I have traced back several of my lines to the 17th century.
Over the years I have compiled a large tree on my computer (Reunion 7 for
Mac) which now has 6,208 entries (including my wife's family). Most of it
has been submitted to FTJP (http://www.jewishgen.org/gedcom/) and is also
viewable on the Internet from
http://www.schoenberglaw.com/randols/private/family/WC_TOC.HTM.

As Celia suggested, you can find numerous postings >from earlier years by
searching my name in the SIG archive database at
http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~sigspop.

As Sharla began her re-introduction with some speculation about the source
of names, and Alex Woodle recently discussed the meanderings of his family
from Bohemia, I thought I would use this opportunity to contribute some
speculation of my own and solicit the opinions of our members:

My SCHOENBERG ancestors came >from Szecseny, Nogrod, Hungary, a small town
located at the top of Hungary on the border with Slovakia directly north of
Budapest. The name SCHOENBERG seems most likely to have been adopted as a
reference to a town of origin, and Schoenberg is a very common town name.
A possible candidate would be Sumperk (Schoenberg), Moravia.
Does anyone out there have any particular knowledge of Sumperk, or have
any opinions on my theory that this branch of Schoenbergs might have come
from that Moravian town? You can see a distribution of the name in
Hungary using the RadaxIndex at
http://www.radixindex.com/databases/pv001001.shtml.

Randol Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

P.S. As for my other research interests, there are many of them, including
the following surnames of my direct ancestors, arranged by location in
Austria-Czech areas:

Branky (Branich) -- BRASCHINSKI, KATSCHER

Bratislava (Pressburg) -- BIEDERMANN, FREISTADT, LOEWY, PALLAK, SCHOENBERG,
SCHWARZ

Breclav (Lundenberg) -- BITTNER

Bucovice (Butschowitz) -- WETTSCHEK

Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) -- FEITLER

Ckyne -- BLOCH, KOHN, STAMPFER

Hlinsko -- REICHMANN

Holesov (Holleschau) -- JELLINEK

Hresihlavy (Rescholau) -- ZEIMER

Kaplice -- STEININGER

Kardasova Recice -- FEITLER, VEIDLER

Kolodeje (Kalladey) -- LEWY, LOEWY, STAMPFER

Kojetin -- SINGER

Korycany (Koritschan) -- KOLISCH

Lomnice -- ZEISL, ZEISEL

Lostice -- KATSCHER

Ostroh -- REIF, SINGER

Pardubice -- REICHMANN

Praha (Prag) -- JONTOF, JONTOF-HUTTER, JONTOW, NACHOD, TRITSCH, ZEIMER,
ZODEX

Prostejov (Prossnitz) -- FUNK, LANG, SINGER

Rozsochy (Rossoch) -- ZEISL

Rozmberk nad Vltavou (Rosenberg) -- FEITLER, STEININGER

Udoli -- FEITLER, VEIDLER

Unicov (Maehrich Neurstadt) -- JELLINEK

Valasske Mezirici -- KATSCHER

Wien -- BIEDERMANN, FUNK, GOLDSTEIN, HOFFMANN, JELLINEK, KOLISCH, NACHOD,
REIF, SCHOENBERG, SCHWARZ, SINZHEIM, ZEISL

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