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My Great Grandfather,

My Great Grandfather,

Posted: 1350780869000
Classification: Query
Looking for any Info.
My Grandfather came over to PA from port of Antwerp, Belgium on the ship name Switzerland April 1902. Last residence: Gajdobra.His name Frank Wajand,or Wajant. His mother,Theresia Wetzler?
Thank you for any help

Re: My Great Grandfather,

Posted: 1350828294000
Classification: Query

This area, now in Serbia, was part of Austria-Hungary prior to WWI.

Re: My Great Grandfather,

Posted: 1350829293000
Classification: Query

Austria in 1902:
Austria of present :

this seems like Frank's mother's NY Ellis Island arrival manifest: Wetzler, Theresia Mitrovica 40 1863 1903
Gajdobra, Szépliget, Schönau populated place 45°21' N 19°27' E E M U G Serbia 61.9 miles NW of Beograd 44°49' N 20°28' E

Re: My Great Grandfather,

Posted: 1366668335000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1366668791000
I browsed the Roman Catholic Church records that are available online for Gajdobra via Kalocsa diocese e-archive and family VAJAND is listed in them. Like many other surnames starting with that letter in these records which are in Latin and Hungarian language, both spellings with "V" - VAJAND and "W"- WAJAND are found.

That is the direction I would recommend you take for your research - if you do not know the place of birth of your ancestor and if the family with his surname was present in the parish you know was his last residence in the old country, chances are he was also born in it. Do you know his birth year?

More on this e-archive you can read here:

Send me an email on if you have trouble registering with them (some people I helped had a bit of communication issues when emailing them in English, they do prefer communicating in Hungarian language).

Full birth, marriage and death records for the parish of Gajdobra are available for the period 1826-1921 as well as a lot of additional records like school and church attendance records.

In this archive Gajdobra is listed under its name in Hungarian language - SZEPLIGET.

website of the archive:

-att: from Kalocsa diocese e-archive, VAJAND surname in Gajdobra records, year 1872., (then) Austria-Hungary, (now) Serbia


"Rodoslovlje" Serbian Genealogy Society

Re: My Great Grandfather,

Posted: 1421799462000
Classification: Query
I'm actually a relative to sway56 through similar ancestors, and we haven't been able to find much more than the record with Ellis Island. The only hint we have is the name "Vajand" and the place, Gajdobra. I'll look through the links you posted, and maybe can find something.

Thanks so much!
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