The primary purpose of this web site is to facilitate the creation of a world-wide Grantner family tree! Other purposes are to foster an appreciation for genealogy within the family; to collect data to increase knowledge of Grantner family history, relationships and current activities; to document those findings; to aid in the distribution of that data to family members; and to help members of the Grantner family, from all over the world, communicate with each other. Forms are provided to assist in the input of new and updated genealogy data.
The creation of a world-wide family tree, linking all of the Grantners around the world together, is certainly a formidable task. However, the Grantner name is quite unique and I think it can be done. The approach I am taking is described in the next section.
Why should we want to do this? Primarily because it is interesting and fun. I doubt that knowledge of our family "roots" will make us better people, but it can help satisfy a natural curiosity regarding "where we came from." It also helps shrink this big world of ours with knowledge that we have "cousins" around the globe (it is a small world after all!).
I use a software program called "Reunion" to record genealogy data (a Macintosh application). The application "Family Tree" (which is available for PCs) has the the same, or very similar, look and feel. Using Reunion, I have been able to link together almost all the Grantner descendants in the United States.
I hope to complete the family tree for the U.S. family members, but that assumes I can get the data. The more difficult task is to link with the European Grantners. I have identified over 50 Grantner households in Germany; plus some in Austria and Hungary.
The approach is to create a separate family tree (more precisely, a "branch") for each identified Grantner group, particularly in Europe. These branches then become pieces in the overall "puzzle" - the overall Grantner family tree. As we get enough of these pieces, we should be able to identify the common points (ancestors) and then link them together.
Tibor Grandtner, a retired professor in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (but born and raised in Pozsony/Bratislava), traced the Grandtner family back to the 1500s. This line included Grantners in Hungary (where, as you will read below, most U.S. Grantners trace their heritage). I now have some of Tibor's work. The task is to find the specific link between the various Grantner branches and Tibor's Grandtner tree. Tibor found some different variations of spelling for the family name, and also located (in some manner) a Grandtner coat of arms .
All of the Grantners in the U.S., that I have linked, have descended from 2 brothers, Auguston and Bela , who immigrated to the U.S. (specifically, to Manistique, Michigan) in the very early 1900s. They were sons of István Grantner (mid 1800s to early 1900s?) and Anna Lanyi. That family seems to have been comprised of 5 boys (Aguston, Bela, Bert, and 2 others - one maybe "Tony") and 3 girls (Margaret, Emma and Josephine). I have no certainty of the sibling's names other than for Aguston (who was known as August or "Gus" in the U.S.) and Bela (who was known as Albert in the U.S.); the other names above certainly seem to have been Anglicized, and hence are quite suspect.
The brothers immigrated from Kocise, Slovakia (which, prior to World War I, was Kassa, Hungary). By the mid-1900s, the families of Albert and August were concentrated in the Flint, Michigan area and the Chicago, Illinois area respectively. Now, of course, the Grantner "clan" is spread across the U.S.
It needs to be mentioned that they are a few "Grantners" in the U.S. who are known not to be related to this tree. They evidently changed their name to Grantner from (I think) Grüntner in the late 1900s.
I am very interested in obtaining new and updated information regarding all Grantner descendants. "Traditional" genealogy date includes names and dates for individuals and is the basis for establishing family ties. This is the primary data that I am requesting. The Family Genealogy Form is formatted similar to the way the data is presented in the above mentioned genealogy applications (Reunion and Family Tree). An area for entering information for a married couple is in the middle form. Unmarried persons use either the left (male) or right (female) half of this section. The information that can be entered for each individual is: the name, birth date and place; baptism date and place; and death date and place, along with the date and place of a marriage. Information for the parents of the couple can be added in the upper portion of the form and information for children can be entered in the lower portion.
More detail about the format of the family form can be found on the update page.
The data requested by the family form is the minimum required to reliably construct a tree. The genealogy programs permit the inclusion of much more information, and the added data provides a more interesting family tree. Other information that I try to include are education; occupation; religious affiliation; previous marriages/divorces (with dates and places); and classification of children (e.g., twins, adopted, step, foster, still-born, etc.). Some of this data is simply interesting and some provides markers or starting points for future genealogical research. This information can be sent by email or by the web-mail form included in this site. The programs also permit the inclusion of photographs and substantial text. Stories and pictures allow for a much more interesting family history, so feel free to send these as well by separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A particularly useful type of data is the basis or documentation for facts. Scanned documents such as birth; marriage death; and naturalization are examples. References for facts (e.g., a specific census record, a book, or whatever source) should also be included. For those interested, I've provided a page to show the structure of the data in the Reunion application.
The reason for compiling a family tree is to benefit all the family members, and hence the output is available upon request. In fact, I want very much to share it because, otherwise, data like this can be very easily lost. For example, my father's cousin Gus evidently established some U.S./European linkages a number of years ago, but that data is now lost. Since the data is somewhat personal, I provide only that portion of the tree to which you are linked. Simply contact me, via one of the email links in this site, and I can provide the data compatible with your genealogy program. I can also provide family tree data that can be viewed with only a browser.
Regarding the content of the genealogy family form: I realize that the data requested is personal. But then, that is what genealogy is all about. The whole idea is to link you into a family tree and provide a bit of biographical data. Your address is requested mainly so that when I "discover" a Grantner at a particular location, say via a phone book, I will be able to determine whether that is a "new find," or is someone that is already in our files. You, of course, have the option of providing as much, or as little, information as you wish. Though the data is certainly personal, it is really harmless. However, if you don't want to provide certain information (such as religion, previous spouses, education or occupation), then don't supply that particular data.
Besides the Grantner surname, I also have an interest in the surname Grandtner (which may be an early form of Grantner).
Finally, if you are a family member and interested in genealogy, I would love to hear from you. As I stated above, I certainly don't want this data to be simply lost after I'm gone (not that I expect to "go" anytime in the near future).
I would appreciate constructive criticism regarding both content and format of these web pages. My name is Richard (Dick). Please contact me at email@example.com.
I certainly don't expect this site to be a widely visited one. By design, I am trying to reach a very specific group of people.
Besides updated genealogy, I would appreciate names and addresses (E-mail and/or postal) of family members that you know. A very specific need is help to translate these web pages into German, Hungarian and Slovak. I would also appreciate help in preparing "introduction letters" in those languages. Again, please contact me via E-mail if you can help.
In the future, this communication section could be used to link to other web sites of interest (such as to the sculptor Jeno Grantner, who contributed to the Millennial Monument in Budapest, Hungary) and/or E-mail addresses of family members (with permission, of course).