The Name: Weigand (Upper German-Middle
German, LowerGerman Wiegand): from Middle High German "wîgant" (warrior, hero)
(frequent in the medieval epic Nibelungenlied), also popular as family name
(especially in Hesse, with nickname "Witzel"): Wigant Cleynod, 1325 near Wetzlar,
Wigand von Büchleins, Glatz 1328, Wiegand Spiess, printer in Eltville, Weigandt
Zigler, Freiberg 1452, Weigand Puntschuech, Tyrol 1459. Still 1588 in Kreuznach:
Wigand Spanheim. Nicknames are Weigel and Witzel; Weigt is Silesian; corrupted
Weigang (Hans Weigang, Grünberg 1520), several in Glatz region.
(note: info from http://www.robert-weinland.org/weyland.php?lang=en )
DNA TESTING RESOURCES
Weigandt Family Images
Günter Family Images
See my Family TreeMaker site. Computerized Family Tree
Town of Gakowa information and links for Banat Region split between Hungary, Romania and (Serbia)Yugoslavia.
Donauschwaben Society of Trenton Has many more Donauschwaben links.
Donauschwaben: means Schwabishe people (southern Germany) who came down the Donau (Danube River) to Hungarian territory.
Ellis Island research
Site has been very useful: I have found:
Thomas Weigand (my Great Grandfather), born in 1878. Emigrated to USA on May 5, 1909. Ellis Island lists him as Tomas Weigand, Ethnicity Hngary/German, Place of Residence Gadoz Hungary, Date of Arrival May 5-1909, Age 30y, Male, Married, Ship of Travel Kronprinz Wilhelm, departed from Bremen Germany.
Lists him again in 1914 as Tamas Weigand, Ethnicity Hungary/German, Place of Residence New York-NY, Date of Arrival April 20-1914, Age 36y, Male, Married, Ship of Travel Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm, Point of Departure Bremen Germany.
Thomas' Son, My Grandfather, Joseph Weigand.
Ellis Island lists him as: Josef Weigand, Ethnicity Hungary/German, Place of residence Gador Hungary, Date of Arrival August 13-1914, Age 6y, Male, Single, Ship of Arrival George Washington, Point of Departure Bremen Germany.
They list him again in 1921 as Josef Weigand, Ethnicity Ju-Slov Slovak, Place of Residence Jakeuo Ju-Slov (this makes sense since Gakavo can easily pass for Jakeuo and Ju-Slov is Yugoslavia, being right after the war he may not want his German ethnicity mentioned so Ju-Slov Slovak is used), Date of Arrival August 13-1921m Age 13y, Male, Single, Ship of Travel Manchuria, Port of departure Hamburg Germany.
Thomas' Son, My Grand-Uncle, John Weigand
Below, postcard from Lena and Thomas Weigandt to Joseph (my Grandfather) from Gáddoról (or Gakova, Yugoslavia)
I now know from relatives that the top house is the home of the Wölfl family for over 200 years.