My mother was born in the village of Georgastorff (Saxon name - not sure that's the correct spelling) in the district of Sibiu. Her parents were Michael Birthelmer b. 1893 and Rosina Gokesh b. 1895. Michael Birthelmer was the only child of Michael and Maria Birthelmer, also of Georgastorff. Rosina Gokesh was the youngest child of Michael and Maria Gokesh - she had three older siblings, Mary, Katie and Michael. Mary married Michael Stefani and they had two sons, Michael and Martin b. abt. 1910. Mary and Michael emigrated to the US (Ohio, I believe) and then came to Stratford, Ontario, Canada, where Mary ran a bakery. Their son, Martin, went to Germany during the 1920's to study medicine - he married a German and remained in Germany until the early 1950's when they were able to escape from E. Berlin. He settled in Burlington, Ontario and where he practiced medicine. I know nothing about Katie or Michael.
The Birthelmer's emigrated to Indianapolis, Indiana around 1906 and remained there until just before the First World War, when they returned home.
My grandparents, Michael and Rosina were married in 1919 and had six children, Martin b. 1920, George, b. 1922, Rosina, b. 1924, John b. 1926, Samuel b. 1927 (in England, en route to Canada)and Albert b. 1936 in Canada. They emigrated for the first time, in 1927 and went to Winnipeg. Having left the three oldest children back home, my grandmother returned to the "Old Country" in 1930, where Samuel died at the age of 4. My grandfather left Winnepeg for Hamilton, Ont. where he worked until 1933 when he has finally earned enough to bring the entire family out. The family settled in Hamilton, Ont.
If anyone knows anything about this family, or the village of Georgastorff (what is it called today?) or anything else about the Saxon people living in Transylvania, I would love to hear from you.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada