Most of the Bavarians that settled in Oshkosh came
from the current area of the German and Czech border from East of
Regensburg and North of Passau. The forested mountains are known as the
Bayerisch-Wald in Bavaria and the Böhmerwald in Bohemia. When they
emigrated in the late 1800's Bavaria bordered the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
From reviewing records there must have been much interaction between the
Bavarians and the Bohemians across the border. The same language, customs,
work and geography encouraged interaction. Many families were related
across the border.
also a list of village names of my interest in Bohemia in German and
Click this picture for a view of Bavaria.
The Dreisesellberg: The Stone Formation with the 3
chairs are still there next to the gasthaus at the mountain top at the
Bavarian-Czech border. As the story goes long time ago the Kings from
Austria, Czech and Bavaria tried for a long time to meet together; but
none would leave their own country. At this stone formation the border
comes together of each country. So a chair was chiseled out for each King
and they had a meeting without leaving their own country.
Villages of Interest in Bavaria
The following list of villages are known
to be immigrant home villages. They are mentioned on marriage certificates
or on Naturalization Documents.