I had the same feeling as you when I first started researching the Heinrich
Family and learned that my "German?" Heinrich family had actually moved to
Texas from Moravia and not from Germany. My first thoughts were "Where is
that?. Who are we?" After a lot of research and a lot of reading about the
history of Europe I finally came to realize that the German's in Moravia were
actually brought there from Germany. You can find two articles about the area
at my web site. I suggest that you read the article at "Research History"
first and then read "Family History's". These articles were written to give
members of the Heinrich family a better understanding of who we are and where
we came from. The articles, however, give an insight into the history of
Moravia, Bohemia, and Austria prior to the time that our family and many other
Bohemian and Moravian families decided to make the move to America.
I hope that the articles help you understand why there were Germans in Moravia.
These articles will also give you an insight into why Moravia was a part a
part of Austria from 1526 until 1918. In 1918 Bohemia, Moravia, & Slovakia
joined together to form Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia split peacefully into
two countries on January 1, 1993 with the western provinces of Bohemia and
Moravia becoming the Czech Republic and the eastern province becoming Slovakia.
I hope that these articles help you understand why there were German's in
Gerald D. Heinrich
1233 Coyote Lane
El Paso, TX 79912-7490
Heinrich Family History
World Wide Research of the Heinrich Family
German Moravian, German Bohemian, German Russian, Czech,
& German Families who migrated to Texas.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
From: BEVERLY BOWHALL [SMTP:AY8TES2@InfoAve.Net]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 1997 1:43 PM
Would somebody please explain to me why there was a low percentage of German's
Let me explain why I am confused. My family was from Tattenitz which at one
time was in Austria and the whole village spoke German as did the other
villages around them. Now granted this was in about 1700 to 1800, the people in
Old Austria were of German extract right???