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Jacob and Dorthea Haas of Torrington, CT

Updated November 12, 2005

Thomas Jeffrey Reardon

24 Bonair Hill Road

Tolland, CT 06084

A-United States

(860)870-4063

jeffrey.reardon@comcast.net


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BACKGROUND
I am researching the family history of Jacob and Dorthea Haas. Jacob was born in the village of Krig, Szepes County, Hungary on March 19, 1868. He is the son of John (Johannes) Haas and Anna Zacher. Krig was a very small village located in what was known as Szepes County, now in the Slovak Republic. The population of Krig consisted of mostly ethnic Slovak residents although there were a few ethnic Germans as well. Szepes County also had an old historical German population. The population of Krig were generally either Roman-Catholic or Lutheran. The Lutherans generally worshipped in nearby Maldur. There were also Lutheran and Roman-Catholic parishes in nearby Toparcz and Totfalu.

RESEARCH STATUS
In January 2001 I visited The Genealogical Society of Utah (owned and operated by the Mormon Church of Later Day Saints) in Salt Lake City. The purpose of the visit was to research Hungarian (now Slovak Republic) parish birth, marriage, and death records.

I had theorized to this point based on research I had performed on a number of Genealogical Web Sites and a copy of Jacob's social security application that he was in fact born in the village of Krig, Hungary. The objective of the visit was to find actual evidence to validate this theory.

The LDS microfilms are broken by region, timeframe, and denomination. I was able to find the film containing all births in Roman-Catholic parishes (as Jacobs family was of this denomination) for the Krig, Szepes County area for the timeframe 1863-1904. These are not actual birth records but instead are baptismal records. I was very fortunate to find not only the entry for Jacobus, but also for his older brother Johannes. These records are actual film of hand recorded ledger sheet entries.


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  • Early photograph of Jacob Haas and sons (61 KB)
    Early photograph of Jacob Haas and sons. Eric, Jacob, Fred in back row, Jim O'Conner, John William Haas,and Homer Clark in front row.
  • Jacob Haas Baptismal Record (324 KB)
    Baptismal record for Jacobus Haas ( son of Johannes Haas and Anna Zacher). This image was obtained from The Genealogical Society of Utah in Salt Lake City. The image was printed off a microfilm of Roman Catholic parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths for Slovenska Ves Slovensko, Czechoslovakia, formerly known as Totfalu, Szepes, Hungary.
  • Early photo of Jacob Haas (110 KB)
    Jacob Haas at 25 years of age
  • Johannes Haas Baptismal Record (298 KB)
    Baptismal record for Johannes Haas (first born son of Johannes Haas and Anna Zacher). This image was obtained from The Genealogical Society of Utah in Salt Lake City. The image was printed off a microfilm of Roman Catholic parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths for Slovenska Ves Slovensko, Czechoslovakia, formerly known as Totfalu, Szepes, Hungary.
  • Early Photo of the Haas Family (138 KB)
    Early Photo of the Haas Family
  • Map of Szepes County, Hungary (601 KB)
    Early map of Szepes County, Hungary which clearly illustrates the location of the villages of Krig and Maldur, the location where Jacobus Haas was born. These maps are the 1910 -- Osztrak-Magyar Monarchia varmegyei from the Hungary GenWeb Site
  • Easter Morning in the Early Years at the O'Conners (190 KB)
    L-R: Ruth,Arden,Jacob (behind Arden),Anna (front of Arden),Kate,Jim O'Conner Jr.,Jim Sr,Marie,Julia, Unknown Child, Sue
  • Jacob Haas Social Security Application (197 KB)
    Social Security application for Jacob Haas dated May 26, 1937. Note that there are some errors here, specifically, Crig, Hungary was actually spelled Krig and Jacob's mother was actually named Anna Zacher.
  • Clarks and O'Conners (96 KB)
    From L-R: Julia O'Conner, Homer Clark, Marie Clark, and Jim O'Conner
  • Jacob Haas Naturalization Papers - Page 1 (246 KB)
    Naturalization Papers for Jacobus Haas. This document has been split into two files due to size and memory constraints.
  • Haas Family Bench at Hillside Cemetary (129 KB)
    This is a picture of the bench purchased with generous contributions by members of the Haas family. The bench overlooks the graves of Jacob and Dorothea Haas. The engraving is located on the back edge of the top (dictated by cemetary restrictions).
  • Jacob Haas Naturalization Papers - Page 2 (214 KB)
    Naturalization Papers for Jacobus Haas. This document has been split into two files due to size and memory constraints.
  • Jacob and Dorthea Haas Marriage Certificate (126 KB)
    US Marriage Certificate for Jacob and Dorthea Haas issued in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • Dorthea (Laser) Haas and daughters (82 KB)
    Dorthea (Laser) Haas and daughters. Date and location unknown
  • Photograph of daughters of Jacob and Dorthea Haas (66 KB)
    Photograph of daughters of Jacob and Dorthea Haas. This photograph was taken at the cemetary after funeral for Dorthea.
 

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