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Baumgärtner - Fehring, Styria

Baumgärtner - Fehring, Styria

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 3:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Baumgärtner
I am looking for information about an ancestor that was born in Fehring. His name was Josef Baumgärtner. He was born around 1840 (his wife was born in Hungary in 1841). I do not know if he was from Fehring or if his family was passing through when he was born. As an adult he married in Hungary and worked on cargo boats on the Danube mainly. Any information would be appreciated.

Re: Baumgärtner - Fehring, Styria

Posted: 19 Mar 2013 3:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Baumgärtner is a rare spelling compared to the much more frequent spelling Baumgartner.

Fehring is in Eastern Steiermark, near the border to Burgenland, which before WW I was part of Hungary. It was easily possible that a man from Fehring married a woman from Hungary, especially after the abolition of bondage/serfdom in 1781.

Do you know the name of his wife? Was this his only marriage? Do you have a copy or extract of their marriage record? Do you know the names and approximate dates and places of birth of their children?

You could write an e-mail to the Diocesan Archive at Graz, in which you ask whether the records of Fehring include birth(s) of Josef Baumgärtner or Baumgartner around 1840.

Re: Baumgärtner - Fehring, Styria

Posted: 19 Mar 2013 3:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
I know the date of birth of his wife, I know the name of all or almost all their children and all the different places they were born, I know that he died sometime between their youngest child's birth in 1883 and my great grandfather's marriage in 1897. I am hoping that in the next few days the church where his wife was baptized in Budapest will be able to give me their marriage date (assuming that they married in that church) and at that point also, his date of birth and the name of his parents as well as confirmation that he was born in Fehring. Given that he worked and lived on cargo boats, it could well be that his father did the same, therefore it is not a given that his family was from Fehring, though there are and were some Baumgärtners in Fehring around that time. It is a pretty common surname in Hungary as well.
I only know that he was apparently born in Fehring because it is mentioned in one of the birth records for his children. The record for the first known child is recorded as Paumgärtner which makes me think that his mother tongue was German and not Hungarian and to non-Germans a "B" sometimes sounds more like a "P" when pronounced by a German-speaker.
I'm pretty certain that I will never be able to find out where and when he died because of his work. He will have been buried where ever he took his last breath, which could be anywhere along the Danube or one of its tributaries.
I have thought about contacting the Archives in Graz but I'd rather wait until I am certain of his birth date and his religion for that matter. His wife was RC, his children (male and female) were RC but that does not guarantee that he was.
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