Re: My Surname Interests in Hungary
By Fritz K September 29, 2001 at 07:12:12
Kuczora was in Bács-Bodrog county of old Hungary.Today, the town has the name Kucura and is in Yugoslavia.The area of Bács-Bodrog (northwest of Belgrade) had many German settlers, so-called Donauschwaben, arriving there under the reign of Empress Maria Theresia in the 18th century after the defeat and retreat of the Turks.The German name of the region was Batschka.
These were ethnic German settlers who lived in Hungary.Therefore, it is correct to call them Germans as it would also be correct to call them (politically) Hungarians, but it would indeed be rather tenuous to call them Austrians.However, keep in mind that the ethnic Germans only made up a quarter of the population of Kucura.
The Mormons have filmed the duplicate parish records of the roman-catholic parish of Kucura which cover the time from 1826 till September 1895.Please go to the LDS web site at http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchcatalog.asphttp://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchcatalog.asp , enter Kucura as the place name and follow the leads.However, there were more Lutherans and yet more Greek-catholics in Kucura, and I don't know where the records of these parishes (as well as the roman-catholic originals) are today.Since your ancestors were German, they may well have belonged to the Lutheran parish.I suspect that the roman-catholic parish included mostly the ethnic Hungarians of the town.
Since most Batschka Germans were forcibly and by treaty expelled from the area during and after WW 2, their descendents today are dispersed in many countries, especially Germany, Austria and the US.However, for this same reason, the former Batschka Germans have been particularly eager to document their history, though mostly in German.To get an idea, please go to http://www2.genealogy.net/gene/reg/ESE/dsinfo.htmhttp://www2.genealogy.net/gene/reg/ESE/dsinfo.htm , look for Batschka, click the letter range which includes Kucura, and read the entry about the town.
There is no reason for you not to at least find out the precise location and some of the history of the town of your ancestors.