Re: Sackelhausen baptism entries

Florian Sterbinszky

Hello Rosina!

You may be right. One of my great great-uncles (Johann Rick) moved out to Detroit from Banat with his whole family in 1909, and in 1913 they went back to Gross-Sanktnikolaus and bought a house and 30 acres of land with the money they had saved in America.

As it turned out, it was not a good decision, because in 1914 the First World War broke out, he was taken as a soldier and died on the Balkan front in 1916. He left four orphaned children and a widow behind him...


Florian Baranyi-Sterbinszky

Rosina T. Schmidt <rosinatschmidt@...> ezt írta (időpont: 2023. jan. 22., V, 17:23):

Thank you, Tibor,

For this information. 

We are not to forget that at those times our people went foremost to the Americas to earn money and come back home to buy a farm, or to expand the farm. Their intention was in most cases to return.  They sent the note to the home parish about the birth of their child so the child will be counted as the parishioner on the family’s return. It was often the case in my extended family. 

Rosina T. Schmidt

On 01222023AD--, at 1:28 35000AM, Tibor Tóth <lemilpromo@...> wrote:

Dear List Members,

I would like to draw your attention to an interesting church book entry.

I came across this list in the Roman Catholic baptismal register of Sackelhausen (in Hungarian Szakálháza, today Săcălaz,  Timiș County, Romania) No. 17. Here in 1911 the parish priest of that time (Dr. Adam HOLLÓ) listed children born in the USA between 1908-1911 whose parents emigrated from Sackelhausen to the USA.

I have gone through hundreds of Banat church books as a genealogist and family researcher, but till now I have never come across this type of entry. Marriages performed abroad are often recorded in the old Banat baptismal registers, I've seen a lot of that, but never like this.

I am attaching a photo of the original page and I have also made a chart with the listing information to make it easier for you to read the old Hungarian language entries. In the original list, the first names are in Hungarian (since Sackelhausen was part of the Kingdom of Hungary at the time and the official language was Hungarian), but I've included the English equivalents for you in the chart. At the top of the page is the caption "Amerikában születtek" (Born in America).

In those days, it was not unusual for the baptism priest to officially inform the parish of the parents' place of birth about the baptism, if the parents requested it. Even if the distance was so great.

Perhaps some of you will recognise one or other of these names. But if you don't recognize them, I think it's still interesting.

Enjoy and best regards,


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