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The research of the Hungarian Seeberger is a very interesting
but also complicated story which I want to tell you in rough outlines.
It started about two years ago, when I found a Hungarian phonebook in the Internet. And what did I find? - 4 Seeberger
from Elek and Budapest. So I wrote four letters and was very happy to know a lady who translated them. Almost two years nothing happened. But in January 2001 I received a fax from
János (Johann Anton) Seeberger from Elek who sent me some datas from his family back to 1807. It was a pity that this lady was not here to translate the fax and I was very grateful when a friend from the Czech Republic
wrote me about a friend who knows someone .... So the two pages were translated into Czech first and than into German. Sounds very simple but was quite funny. So the translation of the Hungarian word
Pasztor came up as Pastor (priest). That was a bit fishy because this catholic priest had 6 children! But we checked it again and found out that Pasztor is nothing else than shepherd.
In this fax there was a hint about an aunt in Heidelberg / Germany and so I found his uncle who immediately sent me a socalled Heimatbuch (history book of the hometown) of Elek which was
published 30 years ago. Maybe that I will have the chance to tell more about this town, it´s inhabitants and what happened after the war, later. This is a long story full of tragedy and explains why the living
Seeberger in Germany and Hungary don´t have any contacts! A lot of people who lost theire homes have made similar experiences. Just a few points. Elek was founded (after almost all inhabitants were killed by
the Turks) about 1724 as a completely German settlement. These people where recruited from Franconia and Baden and arrived in two big trecks. The Hungarian influence was almost zero in the beginning and
increased very slowly. Till WWII the spoken language was German. Elek is situated directly at the Romanian border so I guessed first that there must be a connection to the Seeberger families about 20
miles away in Arad/Romania, but I was wrong.
In this book there were two very important hints. First the oldest Seeberger is mentioned as Seburger
from Saroksár in Hungary, second these families were named as the ones from Schwaben. That stated that they were not part of the above mentioned two trecks!
But the Mormons could help, because the church records of Sároksar (quasi part of Budapest) were soon available. It´s a pity that it starts 1743 and not earlier,but nevertheless I found the christening of an
Anna Maria Seburger on 11. 14.1743. Parents were Johanness Georgius Seburger and his wife Anna Maria. Sorry, but no more.
But in my computer I found from a book about emigrants from Schwaben, that in 1724 a Michael
Seeberger from Aulendorf (near Bad Waldsee) emigrated to Hungary with his wife Catharina Halder and his sons Joerg, Joseph and Johannes. Joerg is a short form of Georg and this must be the wanted
Johannes Georgius, who was born in 1713. But I still plan to verify this in the archive at Rottenburg.
Aulendorf immediately brings up the connection to St. Jacob in Tyrol and really there was a Michael, who
was born 1649. One confusing point is that he was married and had two daughters. But no informations where he and his wife went to. All what is known is that they left St. Jacob. Maybe that something
happened to his wife in Aulendorf? Because it is quite strange that both daughters came back to St. Jacob. So I´m sure that this is the wanted Michael, who married twice. Once in St. Jacob and later in Aulendorf.
The name Seeberger has changed several times in Elek. So I found:
Seburger, Seeburger, Sehburger, Szeberger, Szeperger, Szeberg, Seberger, Szeeberger, Sehberger,
Szehberger but from 1810 on the name Seeberger was common. Presently I still check the church records but I think it´s time to present the first results.
1943 in Elek the officials asked everyone whether the family was originally German or Hungarian. And so it happened after the war that 1946 all who had answered as German (more than 90%) were put in four
cargo trains and deported to Germany in the area of Mannheim and Heidelberg. Regardless of the name and so it happened that all the families with definetely Hungarian names were deported also. But that is the
reason that Seeberger do still live in Hungary while other parts of the same family were deported.
Today the following living descendents of Johann Georg Seeberger (Seburger) - out of a total of 168 are known:
Seeberger, Christian in D-69181 Leimen
Seeberger, János in H- 5742 Elek
Seeberger, János in H- 5742 Elek
Seeberger, Johann in D-97204 Hoechberg
Seeberger, Josef in D-69124 Heidelberg
Seeberger, Lászlóné in H- 5742 Elek
Seeberger, Robin in H- 1052 Budapest (not yet verified)
Seeberger, Wilhelm in D-97204 Hoechberg