Gabriel (Gaby) Rechnitzer sent us the following inquiry:
I am trying very hard to trace our Family origins and if and how they were connected to the town of ‘Rechnitz’.
The earliest ancestor about whom we have detailed information in the town of Frauenkirchen was Avraham Moishe Rechnitzer. We have found his gravestone quite recently and it confirms that he died in Frauenkirchen on 11th August 1897 and we know from the Birth/Marriage Records that was married there in June 1843. We surmise that, as he died -as described on the gravestone ‘of ripe old age’ that he was born circa 1820-5-but we do not know where. We have not found as yet for certain the gravestone of his wife ‘Gittel’ (Levine).
The father of Avraham Moishe we know was called Herschel Rechnitz and was married to Maria(?) Rechnitz who died in Frauenkirchen in 1861. It appears that they also had a number of children in 1847/8.I would surmise that he was born circa 1800.
We have not been able to trace any further information about Him-ie where he was born and when he died. It appears however that he was not listed in the list of the village Jewish Community Kaufleite in 1828 and Herbett Brettl – the author of the very useful book on the Jewish Community in Frauenkirchen has not found any mention of the name ‘Rechnitz’ in any Town records in the early 1800’s.
We have always assumed that Herschell Rechnitz originated from the Town of Rechnitz and arrived from there sometime in the years 1820-30.
I have however also checked some limited Jewish Community Records of Rechnitz (in the Hebrew University Library) and this name does not appear on any Jewish Community lists in the early 1800’s. The name of ‘Philip’ Rechnitz and Arnold Rechnitz do however appear on these lists. But we have no clear connection to Herschell Rechnitz.
I would be grateful if you could circulate this email on your genealogy blog in case someone may be able to assist with some Information Resources to try and discover this link.