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Bukovina Descendants DNA Projects


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Project Description
Gaschler / Kasler


(Date published: 15 June 2006

Updated 16 May 2007)


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Hungarian Bukovina DNA Project



This is a Y-DNA project to investigate the genetic orgins and family history of the people who lived in the five Hungarian villages of Bukovina (Andrásfalva, Hadikfalva, Istensegíts, Fogadjisten, and Józseffalva).

The villages were founded in the 1780's by Hungarian-speaking settlers after Austria acquired Bukovina from the Ottoman Empire. Most, but not all, of the settlers were Roman Catholic Székely from Transylvania, especially from the counties of Csík and Háromszék.

A smaller number were Calvinists, who settled mainly in Andrásfalva. One family (Omboli) has been traced back to Szatmár-Németi, but the origin of the other Protestant families is unknown.

Over the years, some people of other ethnic groups were absorbed into the village populations as well (predominately ethnic Germans, but also a few Romanians, Gypsies, Ukrainians, Poles, and Ruthenes).

Between 1905 and 1914, about 600 people from the five villages emigrated to Saskatchewan, where they homesteaded and founded the village of Arbury (Székelyföld) near Punnichy, northeast of Regina.

In 1941, the Hungarian residents of all five villages left Bukovina. Most were eventually resettled in Tolna and Baranya counties in Hungary, where many of them still live today.







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