Perlinger Genealogy / Perlinger Genealogie

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This page contains genealogy information regarding the family and descendants of George Perlinger, who married Maria Kerschbaum and lived in Sankt Johann, Austria-Hungary.

Most of the information on Perlinger genealogy is from the extensive Family Tree Maker database that I obtained from Evelyn Yetts. My understanding is that she and Betty Jean (Theresia) Horrum created the database from microfilmed records. We are deeply indebted to them - this effort must have taken countless hours.

And please note that I have no agenda other than to help us learn about our heritage - all of the information presented is accurate to the best of my knowledge. Please let me know of any discrepancies you may discover - to err is human. I'll gladly consider any suggestions of content for these pages.

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Bob helps with 2003 corn harvest

Once again I drove back to Perkins County, Nebraska to help with the Fall corn harvest. I'm happy to report that I incurred no equipment damage. I managed to help for four days out of eight that I was there, twice the amount of last year but still not very many. The nature of the harvest is that the weather, equipment breakdowns, and in this case a funeral in Omaha all added up to reduce the amount of time I spent on a tractor.

Mary Ann Vieregger

My grand aunt Mary Ann (Perlinger) Vieregger passed away in Omaha during my visit to Nebraska for corn harvest. Mary Ann was 99 at the time of her death and the younger sister of my maternal grandfather George Perlinger. I was able to attend the wake and funeral with several of my aunts and uncles. I met many relatives with whom I had corresponded in the past about genealogy. It was an interesting experience to see so many people who were relatives that I had never met and except for the happenstance of Mary Ann's passing I likely would not have met.

Rongisch ancestry explored

Robert Dalla-Via, of Austria, believes he has connected his Rongisch ancestry to ours. While I have as yet to see the exact basis for this, it appears that Robert may have discovered a common ancestor in Paul Rongisch, born 1720. Robert believes this man married twice: first to a woman named Maria Grass who is in our ancestral line, and second to a woman named Rosina Wachtler, who is in Robert's ancestral line. We are in the process of exchanging family tree data bases. If this all holds up, then Paul Rongisch, born 1720 would be our oldest identified ancestor, dating back nearly 300 years. Those of us who are descendants of Paul I Perlinger are also descendants of his wife Anna Rongisch.

Marjorie Rosemarie Perlinger Hayes 1928 - 2001

My mother, Marjorie Rosemarie Perlinger Hayes, died in an automobile accident on December 16th, 2001, in Arvada Colorado.

Sledding trip 2002

The annual holiday sledding trip to Winterpark occurred in January of this year. While the snow was a little light, there was plenty of powder and we had a magnificently clear day with spectacular lighting that led to several nice photos, a few of which I've posted on the Perlinger photos page.

Perlinger info exchange

I was pleased to receive genealogy information from Judith Perlinger, and family photos from Valerie Miller. Valerie is a descendant of Johann Perlinger of Minnesota, my great great grand uncle.

Contact with Perlingers in Germany! / Kontakt mit Baden Württemberg !

I have received e-mail from a Klaus Varga in Germany. Klaus is a Perlinger descendant, his paternal grandmother was Maria Perlinger from Sankt Johann. His father was expelled from Sankt Johann in the ethnic cleansing of April, 1946 when he was 12 years old. While we can't demonstrate a relation between his grandmother and our line as yet, we are of course looking into it.

I have also recently heard from a gentleman in Austria who is a Sankt Johann Rongisch descendant, (as am I), and I have forwarded to him genealogy information so that he might determine if we are related.

Perlinger corn harvest article in North Platte Telegraph newspaper

The 2001 Perlinger corn harvest was described in this article on the front page of the North Platte, Nebraska Telegraph.

George Perlinger's 1949 Cadillac takes 3rd place at 2001 Cadillac-LaSalle Grand National in Denver

My grandfather's 1949 Cadillac (see pictures on Perlinger photo page) took 3rd place in the judging at this year's Cadillac-LaSalle 2001 Grand National at the Denver Tech Center Marriott. Some photos of the 2001 Grand National have been posted on the mountain region chapter's website, including one of the '49.

Wheat harvest complete.

The 2001 Nebraska Perlinger wheat harvest has been completed, with good yields ranging to over 50 bushels an acre on plantings of over 800 acres. Once the wheat was at the magic 13.5% moisture content or less, we would begin cutting and work late into the evening, often until 9:00 P.M. We began cutting on 6 July, and the harvest continued until after I had left Nebraska on July 20th. Many days we did not cut due to dampness from overnight rains. My final day at harvest was the most dramatic: we cut the "school section" until literally moments before a torrential downpour put an inch of rain down.

I participated as the grain cart driver, operating a John Deere 4850 front wheel assist tractor pulling a 675 bushel grain cart. The activity was as delicate as ballet: I would pull the cart alongside the John Deere 9600 combine operated by Francis and Michael Perlinger, matching speed and maintaining proper distance as the combine augered hundreds of bushels of wheat into the cart while continuing to harvest. Once the cart was full, I would pull alongside a grain truck or semi trailer and auger the wheat onto it. Sometimes, when the grain truck was full, I would drive it to a local grain elevator and dump it.

All in all it was a good vacation, I enjoyed doing the "manly" farming things much as I remembered them from my last tour of duty, 30 years ago. This included driving tractors and trucks, talking about farmin', eating large "dinners" (lunch for you non-farming folks) and going to bed and getting up early.

Highlights of the trip included:

My uncles say that the next time I come to "help", I should bring a cash deposit against equipment damage J

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Contact with Perlingers in Germany! / Kontakt mit München!

I was very pleased to see a guestbook entry recently from Wolfgang Perlinger, of Munich (München), Bavaria. Francis Perlinger exchanged e-mails with Wolfgang and while there's no known link between our families, it's always good to hear from Perlingers, wherever they may be. I and many others of the "North American" Perlingers have spent time in München and personally I've enjoyed the city very much.

Google iconic link added

I've added a Google iconic link at the bottom of this page. Google is the brainchild of two Stanford University Ph.D. candidates and it's the best search engine available, in my opinion. Some go so far as to claim they no longer keep bookmarks in their browser, as in "Google IS my bookmark". Try searching on "Perlinger" and see what happens. I'd suggest using "-Sissy" also to avoid getting hundreds of "hits" from references to this German comedienne. For hits from German or Austrian webpages, try using the "translate" capability. While the results vary, you can usually figure out what the site's about.

I tried to get a Google search window to work on this page, but I suspect my ISP is hosing up the HTML FORM code and preventing it from working.

Contact with Perlingers in Austria! / Kontakt mit Österreich!

I was very pleased to receive an e-mail recently from Josef Perlinger, of Vienna (Wien). Josef is 25 and was born in Wallern im Burgenland. He seems interested in the Perlinger genealogy, and is going to check with his relatives about Perlinger history. He knows that the first Perlinger in Wallern was a Johann Perlinger from Sankt Johann (as told to me by Martin Perlinger last year). We have yet to establish any direct link between the Perlingers in Wallern and any Perlingers in North America.

Woops - Maybe Michael Perlinger wasn't an ancestor after all?

Research of the Sankt Johann microfilmed records by Judith Perlinger and her husband has caused me to wonder whether or not our earliest known ancestors were in fact Michael Perlinger and Magdalena Thaller who had a son George born April 28, 1782. Michael and Magdalena's son George appears to have died as a child in 1784, at age two. The secretary at Sankt Johann indicated to Ron Baxter in 1997 that Michael Perlinger and Magdalena Thaller were George's parents. We'll keep trying to resolve this, but for now it seems possible that Michael Perlinger and Magdalena Thaller may not have been the parents of "our" George.

New pictures / Neu Fotografen

I've received some photos from Ron Baxter that are truly remarkable. They are of two of our cousins in German Wehrmacht (army) uniforms from World War II. The two men shown, Fritz and Alois Heller, were cousins to each other, and are related to us through Anna (Husz) Perlinger. Fritz and Alois were both sons of Anna's first cousins, and lived in Seibersdorf, Austria. Paul (Bud) Perlinger said he felt he was shooting at cousins when he was in Europe with the U.S. Army during World War II - Fritz and Alois were in fact his second cousins, once removed - though Bud wasn't shooting at them - both died as a result of fighting on the Russian front. Here's an explanation of the various "cousin" relationships that we're always so confused about. Thanks to Ron for sharing these pictures with us.

New info

Joe Metzger has graciously forwarded to me a great deal of info on Sankt Peter and Sankt Johann. Some of this I had seen before, but much is new (and in German). It will take me a while to assimilate all of this. Francis Perlinger received at Christmas a Perlinger family tree from Joe (and I have it as well). Joe and his wife Elizabeth were born in Hungary, and were expelled in the 1946 ethnic cleansing. Elizabeth's mother's maiden name was Perlinger, and her paternal grandmother's name was Rongitsch, both from Sankt Peter. Searching our Perlinger database, it appears that this is another example of a Perlinger family from Sankt Johann/Sankt Peter that we can't connect to our tree. I wasn't able to find a connection on the Rongitsch side, either, unfortunately.

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Other news

The Perlinger get-together Sunday, July 8th, 2001 in Paxton, Nebraska was a success, with all surviving children of George and Anna Perlinger attending, along with many "out-laws" and cousins. I "helped" my uncles Francis and George Perlinger and cousin Mike Perlinger with wheat harvest this summer, and I've placed a few photos of the harvest on the Perlinger photo page.

I spent a pleasant day or two at Christmas visiting with Francis Perlinger and comparing notes. Francis should be "on the air" soon with Family Tree Maker and the database we obtained from Betty Jean Horrum via Evelyn Yetts.

To our great surprise, my mother showed us a copy of my great-grandfather Paul II Perlinger's citizenship application papers, filed in Omaha in 1917, when he was 47. Paul's statements on the papers indicate several fascinating bits of information of which I was unaware. He entered the United States via Baltimore when he was 18, in 1888. He left Europe from Hamburg, but didn't remember the name of the ship he had been on. He further stated that his wife, Anna Perlinger (nee Huss), was from Saint Peter, Austria-Hungary.

Another fascinating aspect of the naturalization papers is the timing. Paul had been in the United States for 29 years without applying for citizenship, but he did so in 1917. Note that the United States entered World War I that same year, and was in a state of war with Austria-Hungary, which was allied with Germany. At that point, Paul became an enemy alien! It would seem almost certain that he felt the need to declare American citizenship to avoid confiscation of his property, deportation, or worse. I do remember my mother saying that she recalled my grandfather telling how he and other German Americans couldn't understand why we were at war with Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I. This was especially poignant when they saw German war prisoners working in prisoner of war camps in Nebraska. To their eyes, they could easily have been one of the prisoners themselves, save for emigrating to the U.S. not long before. And indeed, the issues surrounding America's involvement in WW I were much less clear cut than those of WW II.

We also looked over the microfilm record of Paul's parents' marriage in Sankt Johann, on February 24, 1868. Paul I Perlinger is recorded as living in house number 127 in Sankt Johann, and Anna Rongitsch, 21 years his junior, as living in house number 149. As I looked over the record, I was astonished to see that a Paul Rongitsch, age 46, a widower, from the same house, number 149, had been married the very week before! Was this Anna's father, whom we know was named Paul and that same age?

The Burgenland Bunch recently published a link to a German agency that has placed German war casualty info on the web. When I looked for WW2 casualties named "Perlinger", the only relevant match was for a man from Wallern. Since Austrians were fully integrated into German army units in WW2, this leads me to believe that the Perlingers listed as WW2 casualties on the war memorial at Sankt Peter's were serving in Hungarian military units and fighting on the eastern front, though German speaking people in Hungary could serve in the German army if they wished, without losing Hungarian citizenship. Recent info from Joe Metzger details some of this casualty info.

Should you be interested in looking at the microfilmed records of Sankt Johann and Sankt Peter parishes, they are available through the Family History Centers (FHC) operated by the Mormons (LDS). Normally, the Roman Catholic church does not allow church records to be microfilmed by the Mormons, as the church considers Mormonism to be too far beyond the pale of apostolic Christianity, and objects to the use of the records in Mormon rituals to "baptize" long-dead Catholics into Mormonism. In Hungary, however, records like these were also public records reported to Budapest, and the Mormons eventually gained access to them. They appear to have been photographed in 1963. You can go to an FHC and request that a copy of a microfilm be prepared and sent to the FHC from the main library in Salt Lake City for $3.50. When the film arrives at the FHC you can view it there for up to 30 days (this can be extended for another $3.50). You cannot remove the film from the FHC. There are several microfilms covering the Sankt Johann and Sankt Peter records. The catalog entry for the microfilms of interest to us is here. The main library also has microfilm for the 1828 Hungarian Land Census, including Moson megye (county), where Sankt Johann and Sankt Peter are located. These are microfilms 0623058 through 0623060. Sankt Johann (Szent János in the census) is city #43, and Sankt Peter (Szent Péter) is city #45.


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 Burgenland Bunch. A genealogy research group dedicated to the area where the Perlingers lived in Austria-Hungary and where many Perlingers live to this day. The "BB" published my trip report (see below) in their monthly e-mailed newsletter. An invaluable resource, with many links to other relevant sites. Edited by Gerry Berghold to whom we are all very much indebted. Consider joining, it's free.

 Wallern im Burgenland. An English-language website for this town where many Perlingers live today, put together by Konrad Unger, a local schoolteacher. You can see a photograph of 90 year old Maria Perlinger in the photo section. Since the photo was taken in 1959, she would have been born around 1869 and been a contemporary of Paul II Perlinger (my great grandfather), who was born in nearby Sankt Johann in 1870. You'll notice that two Perlingers sit on the Wallern city council. Herr Unger has created some fascinating web pages, with excellent photos of the region.

Konrad has enhanced his German-language-only version of his "Wallern Chronicle" pages to include a listing of family name vs. house number, going back hundreds of years. You can see the first appearance of the Perlinger name in a house that was constructed prior to 1830.

 Burgenländische Gemeinschaft. (Burgenland Association). A new Burgenland site in English promoting ties between Burgenland expatriates and the Burgenland. They don't translate all of their material into English, but they do enough that it's well worth a visit to the site. Especially interesting is the virtual tour of the Emigrant Museum in Güssing. Navigate through the links section to the museum page, and click on the photo of the front of the museum to start the tour.

 Martin Perlinger has a page up (in German) that's associated with Wallern city development as best as I can tell. Martin has indicated that the Perlingers in Wallern are all descended from a Johann Perlinger who came to Wallern from Sankt Johann in 1803. We are almost certainly related to the Perlingers in Wallern, though the exact link has not been established. You can download a Wallern im Burgenland screensaver that rotates among scenes of the area. Go to his download area (click on the download link in the frame on the left of his startpage) and click on the picture at the bottom of the page. It's self-installing and is 1.9 MB in size. Lots of interesting photos of the town and the surrounding area.

 Judith Perlinger. Dr. Judith Perlinger, Ph.D., is the daughter of the "other" Francis Perlinger (Francis Joseph Perlinger, see recent news above). Judith is a professor at Michigan Technological University and widely published in the area of environmental engineering. Judith's ancestor's are from Sankt Johann, and Judith believes she's discovered the link between our two lines.

 Perlinger genealogy pages. Kim Moore in Texas has some Perlinger info on her family pages. There's a photo of my 3rd great granduncle Johann Perlinger (b. 1830 in Sankt Johann) with his third wife, Eva Gruber (b. 1851 in Sankt Johann), and some of their children. Johann married three times, outliving two wives. Johann's second wife was Maria Hutfless with whom he had four children, three of whom survived to adulthood. His first wife was Maria Kaiser, she died childless three years after they were married in 1851.

 Rongisch genealogy pages. This genealogy site contains information for the Rongisch family, among many others, to whom we are related. Anna Rongisch was the second wife of Paul I Perlinger, and my great great grandmother. Anna remarried, to a man named Michael Theiler after Paul's death in Sankt Johann, and later came to the U.S. Go to the surnames section and follow the link to Rongisch. There's also a "Rongish" surname section, I'm not sure what that's about. To make it even more confusing, the name seems to always be spelled "Rongitsch" in the old country.

 Father Sebastian (Leo Schramel). Read the obituary of this catholic priest who was our relative. Father Sebastian was my second cousin, twice removed, as close of a relative to me as the Heller cousins who fought and died in the Wehrmacht in World War II.

 German immigration to Hungary. A history of ethnic Germans in Hungary. A somewhat poignant story, and quite relevant to our Perlinger family history. While the history is concerned mostly with southern Hungary (the Banat), there's lots of general information that's relevant.

 Austro-Hungarian website. Felix Game, a professional genealogist, has done extensive research of his own family history, in the course of which he has generated much information of general interest. A particularly interesting article is "Why Did They Want to Emigrate?" which explores the reasons ethnic Germans emigrated to Hungary. Many of his articles offer fascinating insight into the daily lives of ethnic Germans in Hungary.

 Burgenland photos. Photos from my trip to the Burgenland in the Spring of 2000 (see below).

 Die Brücke von Andau. This web site memorializes the wooden bridge on the Austro-Hungarian border that thousands of Hungarians used to cross over to freedom during the Hungarian uprising in 1956. Andau is approximately 4 miles west of Sankt Johann, immediately opposite to it across the border.

 Cousins explained. Just what does "removed" mean? Read this and you'll be able to cite relationships like a professional genealogist.

 KRVN. Feeling rustic? Want to hearken back to your rural Nebraska roots? This link should do the trick. I especially like the restaurant guide. I had often wondered exactly where the Arby's in Ogallala was located.

 Ole's Big Game Bar. Many's the Perlinger descendant who's had a meal or wet their whistle at one time or another in this noted establishment. I am quite certain that it is my brother-in-law Tom Sharkey's favorite Western Nebraska bar.

 Sissy Perlinger. Noted German actress/singer/comedienne. Any web search on the name "Perlinger" returns hundreds of hits for Sissy. Her pages, naturally enough, are in German, so have your dictionary ready. Here's a graphic of her on a German magazine cover. We have been in contact with her uncle, Ted Perlinger, who believes we are indeed related, but going back more than 300 years ago. His branch of the Perlinger family has lived in Furth im Wald, Bavaria, for the last few centuries. Their family tradition is that their first ancestor came from Austria, and indeed Perlinger is an Austrian, rather than a German, family name.

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My Burgenland trip

I returned May 1st, 2000 from a trip to the Middle East and Europe. After two weeks working in Jordan, I flew to Vienna and then visited the Perlinger ancestral village of Sankt Johann, now known as Jánossomorja, in Hungary. I spent six days roaming around western Hungary and eastern Austria. I've created a report of my trip, which you may find interesting. A version of this report has been published in the Burgenland Bunch newsletter, and triggered a series of responses that you can read about in the newsletter archives. I've also put together a page of photos from the trip.

Note: I've had reports from several people that they've been unable to download the report. I can't seem to duplicate the problem. Please let me know if you're having trouble and I'll e-mail you a copy of it.

I'd very much like to return to the area, though my new job makes it unlikely that I'd do so in conjunction with a business trip. I need to get a pair of those nice blue overalls that all Austrian men wear when working outdoors.


Here's a map of modern day Jánossomorja. North is to the top, and the Austrian border is about three kilometers to the left (west). The rail line running north and south divides Sankt Johann (Mosonszentjános) on the left (west) from Sankt Peter (Mosonszentpéter) on the right (east). If you can find the buildings marked "18" on the map, those are the Catholic Churches. Sankt Johann church is in the center of the map on the north side of Szabadság utca (Street) (section E3 of the map) and Sankt Peter is on the east side of Rákóczi utca (section G2). Number 20 near Sankt Peter is the war memorial. Here is a translation of the map key from the original Hungarian, by Joe Metzger.


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Perlinger Family Tree Maker database / Stammbaum

I have not placed the entire database on these pages: it's too large for my personal web page allocation from Earthlink. Perhaps in the future I'll register a domain name (how does sound?) and host everything I have in one place. For now, I have some of the direct descendants of Michael Perlinger, born about 1757, in a zipped file. You'll need WinZip (click icon below and download the free, evaluation version) to decompress the file after you download it. I've encrypted the database: contact me via e-mail to obtain the password.

The family tree tells a remarkable story simply in terms of the names and dates. It's heartbreaking to note the incredible number of children who died in infancy and early childhood, and the many mothers who died, apparently in childbirth.

We are in the process of filling out this tree and making corrections, and I'll post the revised trees as we assemble them.

Note: As with my Burgenland trip report, I've been told that some have been unable to download the file. If you're having trouble, let me know and I'll get a copy to you. 

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