A hearty welcome to all Andor kith and kin! Andor is a relatively rare name, and if it is your surname we are probably related. A cousin speculated that it might come from "an Tor" -- reflecting a residence at a city gate somewhere in Germany back in the Middle Ages.
At any rate, the Andor family of the former Banat Province of Hungary (now divided between Rumania and Serbia) are what are called "Donau Schwaben". These people were Germans and Austrians who left their homes in the late 18th century to escape war, land scarcity and the accompanying poverty by sailing down the Danube River into the Banat Province, which had recently been freed from centuries of Turkish occupation. The Austrian monarch wanted the settlers to serve as a buffer to protect the province from possible Turkish incursions. Thus there was some danger involved in the move.
According to tradition, three Andor brothers from the Saarland joined the trek eastward. They made their new home in the village of Deutschbencsek, where they helped drain the swamps, clear the land, plant the orchards and vinyard and erect the town, including the Catholic church.
Unlike the "Pennsylvania Germans" who sailed to America somewhat earlier for virtually the same reasons, the Donau Schwaben were required to be Roman Catholics. Thus much of their social life centred around the church, with religious holidays being celebrated regularly.
However, by the later part of the 1800s, the best land had already been settled. Thus a migration began to American. The early Andor immigrants tended to go to North Dakota. After the beginning of the 1900s, they were more likely to make their new homes in cities such as St Louis and Chicago.
My own great grandfather, Franz Andor (1868-1931) of Deutschbencsek, went first to St Louis, later to Freeport, Illinois, briefly to northern Michigan (not realizing how short the growing season was), and finally to Chicago. His older brother, Jakob Andor (1856-1933), lived for a time with his son in St Louis. But eventually he joined the movement to the Banat settlement in North Dakota. The son of another brother, Johann Andor (d. 1907), was unable to enter the United States in the 1920s, so he settled in Winnipeg, Canada.
By creating this forum, I hope to provide a place for Andor descendants to exchange information. So if you are one of us, let's get together!