Vic Berecz and Joan Luhrs some years
before their marriage ...
Berecz-Luhrs FAMILY HISTORY on the Web

Here you'll find info on Vic Berecz' ancestors in historic Hungary and Joan Luhrs' German ancestors.
We've also included several Collateral Lines found in our 15,000+ person database.

As you peruse this family history, you will find joys and triumphs, a lot of funny things ... by present-day standards anyway ... and many sorrowful and unpleasant facts as well. It is important to remember that we cannot change history, but the standards by which we live and judge history do change through the years. So our task is to simply learn from this history ... and much can be learned from the lives of these thousands of members of our extended family. Every family ... if you look hard enough ... has its noblemen and peasants, as well as its heroes and rogues. Ours is no different. John Beckett wrote: "People in past times were just people like us. Not gods or demigods, and not demons. Just flawed humans doing their best to make a life for themselves and their communities. They're our ancestors and we should honor them as such ... without them we would not be. Where we can learn from them, we should. And where we can do better, we must."

US Flag We are proud Americans. As with most Americans, our ancestors came to these shores relatively recently. In our immediate families, the immigration took place in the first quarter of the 20th century. So, all eight of our grandparents were born in Europe. We've chosen to make each of those grandparents a starting-point in one of the eight sets of web pages that document our direct-line ancestors. These Detailed Ancestry Pages include photographs where available, complete sets of notes, and most identify readily accessible sources. These pages are accessible by clicking on the blue icons below. Several collateral lines (mostly ancestors of our grandchildren) are also handled in this manner.

... and celebrating their 50th wedding
anniversary in 2013.

In addition, indented Descendants' Lists are available (red icons) for many family lines in our database. These lists, which are grouped by country of origin, provide vital data about each individual, and a one-click index for ease of access. Most of the icons include the number of generations and the principal surnames found in the list. Several Hungarian lists are labeled Family. These begin with an artificial "Progenitor" or an actual person; but, the people listed for Generation 2 may or may not be siblings. We believe they are likely all related ... siblings or cousins ... who had the same surname and lived in close proximity to each other when the earliest written records were produced. Specific information is provided in the database.

Research Reports (green icons), authored by Vic Berecz, deal with specific important topics related to our family's history. Photo Galleries (yellow icons) provide interactive viewing of groups of photos related to family lines or themes. There are two SpotLite™ Presentations (purple icons) which represent an experimental approach to presenting in-depth information about a part of our family over roughly a half-century era. These presentations are intended for viewing on a standard high-definition display (1920x1080). Finally, Modified Registers for selected family lines and one-page bios of Featured Family Members are available in the boxes just below these introductory paragraphs.

I do not intend to provide information concerning living persons without their permission. If you are inadvertently included and wish information to be removed, please let me know. I will gladly correct the oversight. All the materials presented in this website are copyrighted, and while you may download material in PDF or other formats, those files may not be used for any commercial purpose without my permission. I welcome communication via e-mail with corrections, additional information, requests for GEDcom Files, etc. Write me at: See the UPDATE LIST at the bottom of this homepage for the latest changes to this website. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy this website. Vic Berecz

Modified Registers (MRs) are the standard genealogical format for a detailed narrative family history. Here we provide MRs of family lines, selected for their broad scopes, in the form of PDF files.

Select from the drop-down list of Modified Registers below and click the GO! button.

My wife ... friend, lover, and life partner of 67 years ... Joan died on 03 Nov 2020.
To view the page I've prepared in her memory ... Click Here

Photo: Our last anniversary together ... 17 Feb 2020 ... at Angelina's.

Our Featured Family Member concept highlights, in one-page pictorial write-ups, people whose lives are particularly interesting or which teach an important life-lesson ... and a few other one-pagers that suit my fancy.

Select from the drop-down list of Featured Family Members below and click the GO! button.

Descendants' Lists Detailed Ancestry Pages Research Reports

Photo Galleries of
Family Groups and Themes

Family Spotlight on a Significant Era

These are not normal web pages ... rather they are
presentations designed expressly for viewing on 1920x1080 displays.


Select one of my other websites from the drop-down list
and click the GO! button to open it in a sizable window.

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This website last updated 17 Nov 2023.
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