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Retznei, Austria

Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1244517485000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Czvitkovits, Eder, Koeppler
Looking for any information regarding R. Eder who lived at 21 Retznei, Retznei, Austria. Also Theresia Czvitkovits born 1908 also lived in Retznei, Werndorf, and Graz, Austria. Was married to Josef Koeppler.

Re: Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1244682404000
Classification: Query
CZVITKOVITS is a Germanized Croatian name... original being CVITKOVIC.

Robert Jerin
Croatian Heritage Museum
Cleveland Ohio

Re: Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1244748415000
Classification: Query
in this area the name is of "Burgenlandcroats". Styria is the Bundesland/state nearby and Graz is the capital of it. the following link shows their history:

Chronological survey of the Burgenland Croats

Re: Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1244748980000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1341934049000
you can write to the diocesan-archive Graz-Seckau if they were roman.cath. and if they have them in their files:

some variants of the name are existing:
Sifkovits, Zsifkovits, Sifkovitz, Shifkovitz, Cvitkovics, Czvitkovicz, Czvitkovics and so on....

Re: Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1261271831000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Koeppler
Josef Keoppler was my great-great grandfather. Josef married Theresia after my great-great grandmother Magdalina died in 1932. Theresia married Josef in 1936 and lived in Boulder, Colorado, USA till he died in 1950. If you want more info please be more specific and I will be glad to share.

Re: Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1261433727000
Classification: Query
Thanks for writing.
My mother-in-law, Anna (Josef's daughter) lives in Boulder in the same house she did as a child. We would like to know where Josef was born and any information about his family. Was he born in Germany or Austria? What were his parents names, etc. Any information would be wonderful.


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Re: Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1341890348000
Classification: Query
Theresia, my grandmother, died in 1995. Their daughter, Anna, lives in the house Joseph and Theresia shared in Boulder, CO. Do you know anything more about Theresia and Joseph? Siblings? Other relatives?

Re: Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1395025006000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Koeppler
Josef Koeppler was born May 5, 1870 at St. Anton von Padua, Graz, Steiermark, Austria and was christened on February 20, 1874 at Mariahilft, Graz, Steiermark, Austria. He married his first wife, Magdelina Krautwaschel, on November 24, 1894 in Veitsch, Crach, Austria. He and his wife first emigrated from Austria to Germany and he became a naturalized German citizen in 1903. He then emigrated from Antwerp, Belgium arriving with his wife and daughter on July 21, 1906 aboard the "Mississippi" (the emigration information is from his petition for naturalization).

I was able to hire a professional genealogist in Austria to do some research for me.
From the marriage record of Josef Koeppler to his first wife Magdalena:

On November 24th 1894 married
Klein Veitsch house 66
Josef Koeppler, factory worker, competent to Turnau, born in Graz Paulusthorgasse house 75 on May 5, 1870, illegitimate son of deceased Maria Koppler from Stubming, community Turnau
25 years of age, unmarried
Magdalena Krautwaschl, dayworker, born in Gollrad parish Mariazell on July 15, 1872 (which btw is an incorrect birth date, she was born July 18th), legitimated daughter of Florian Krautwaschl, miner and Elisabeth nee Schimml, both catholic and still alive in Gollrad house 50
23 years, unmarried

He then was able to trace the birth record of Maria Koppler. The surname had been changed from Koberl to Koppler. From the birth record:

On December 6th, 11:30pm born
Stubming house 40
Maria, baptised at 4PM on the same day legal
father: Bartholomaus Koberl vulgo Weikebauer
mother: Maria Zochling
godfather: Brigitta Neubl vulgo Pittermann, farmer

In his translation to English, he noted that "vulgo" is in the Alps most of the houses have (and still have) an own name, which is not the family name or surname.

The genealogist has been able to trace some of the ancestry from Maria Koberl back to around the late 1500's.

I have been unable over the years to find anyone with pictures of Josef Koeppler or Magdelina Krautwaschel. Do you have any, or know if someone who has pictures that I can get copies from?

I hope this information is of interest to you.

James Kennedy

Re: Retznei, Austria

Posted: 1395583701000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Koeppler
Josef was born May 5, 1870 in Graz, Austria. He emigrated to Germany and then to the United States from Antwerp, Belgium.
His father is unknown but his mother's name is Maria Koberl.
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