Let me introduce myself to the members of the German-Bohemian Mailing List:
I am Robert Paulson, the founder and Research Committee chair of the
German-Bohemian Heritage Society (GBHS). The GBHS is the sponsor for this
German-Bohemian Mailing List.
The GBHS was founded in 1984 for the purpose of gathering information about
the immigration and culture of the ethnic German people from Bohemia to
Minnesota. It was discovered that a very large chain migration took place
starting in the latter of the 19th century and continuing until WWI from the
Kries Bischofteinitz, Tachau, and Mies to the town of New Ulm and the
surrounding rural counties of Brown and Nicollet. With this migration, a
significant transplantation of culture also took place, especially of
language and music. This information was gathered and presented in a book
published by the society entitled German-Bohemians, The Quiet Immigrants.
Since the founding of the society, the scope of it research has broadened
significantly. During research done by Ken Meter and myself, we discovered
that there was likewise a significant immigration of German-Bohemians to
other parts of the U.S. North central and northeastern Wisconsin has a
significant population of Germans from Bohemia, primarily from the Bohmerwald
area of southwestern Bohemia in Kreis Markt Eisenstein, Prachatitz. There is
also a significant settlement of German-Bohemians in eastern North Dakota
near the towns of Alice and Jessie. I discovered from the Catholic Church
records of St. Agnes Parish in St. Paul, Minnesota, that a large group of
emigrants from Kreis Krummau, Kaplitz, Budweis and Prachatitz also settled in
that parish during the last half of the 19th century.These groups along with
the New Ulm German-Bohemians, are described in a booklet published by the
society entitled Border People, The Bohmish (German-Bohemians) in America.
It has also been learned there is a large group of German-Bohemians from
the Landskron area of eastern Bohemia that settled near Watertown, Wisconsin,
just east of Madison. Mr. Ed Langer has done extensive research into this
group. There also seems to be a concentration of emigrants from Falkenau on
the Eger living in and near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and also a group from
western Bohemia in Buffalo, New York.
In addition to all these early immigrants, there are large numbers of pre
WWII immigrants in parts of western Canada and many post WWII emigrants
living in Chicago, New York and many other large cities in the U.S. that have
a sizable German populations.
I am sure that there are other areas in the the U.S. as well as New Zealand,
Argentina, Mexico and Brazil with significant numbers of German emigrants
from Bohemia, however, we have not to this point been able to locate them.
The GBHS has several sites on the world wide web in connection with
FEEFHS, the Sudeten Germans, and the German Genealogical Society. A brand
new German-Bohemian Home Page of the Society is under construction by Paula
Goblirsch and myself that will contain a great deal of hard information about
German-Bohemians, many family data bases and lists of parish records, tax
lists, bibliographies, research aides, etc.
The GBHS will gladly share its research findings and Immigrant Family Data
Base. Queries can be addressed to this mailing list or to Robert Paulson.
Additional information about the GBHS can be obtained from Louis Lindmeyer.
We are also most interested in obtaining any additional information that you
care to share with us about German-Bohemian immigration, history, culture,
genealogy, etc. for our society or our new Home Page or our newsletter,
Heimatbrief. You can reach us through this mailing list or by e-mail.
Paula Goblirsch is at: pmg(a)boombox.micro.umn.edu
Robert Paulson is at: RPaulGBHS(a)aol.com or rpaulgb(a)pioneerplanet.infi.net
Louis Lindmeyer is at: lalgbhs(a)newulmtel.net