Lorrains du Banat


Dave Dreyer
 

I have received a copy of the recently published work written by Banat list subscriber Daniel Hilaire entitled "Lorrains du Banat"  .  This work was published under the sponsorship of l'Association des Lorrains du Banat.  This work celebrates the 750 year anniversary of the first departure of Lorrainers to the Banat. In this context Lorraine includes areas in modern day France, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Rheinland and Alsace which in  the 1770's.were under the administrative authority of the Hapsburgs in the form of the Holy Roman Empire.  Although many settlers recruited from this area to settle in the Banat populated the French speaking villages of St Hubert, Charleville, Soultour and Triebswetter these pioneers could also be found distributed in most villages in the Heide founded during this period.  This volume is characterized by a number of short vignettes on various aspects of Banat development and is frequently centered around Banat families who originated in Lorraine.  The work is generously illustrated in a way which nicely complements the text.  A case in point is the aerial view of  the small village of Arracourt.  It is remarkable that this petit village was the origin of so many of the early Banat recruits.  Thus, it has an importance beyond many other Lorraine localities as a source of Banat settlers.   Interwoven with the  various topics are comments on numerous Banat families of Lorraine origin and not least the Lefor(t) family of the North Dakota settlement.  This work will be of special interest to family history researchers who have Banat family ancestors with Lorraine origins.  Copies of this work can be ordered from the publisher at, http://www.grard-louis.fr    

Dave Dreyer

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