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 14,000+ person database.

2018 Update Plans and Status
This year we will perform a series of major updates to this website. The objective is to add the data we've gathered during the past several years, and to make the site easier to use. During the construction, we hope to keep the entire site fully operational.
CLICK HERE for details of planned changes and their status.

... and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

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.

In addition, indented Descendants' Lists are available (red icons) for portions of our family database where we have significant information that is not shown in the direct-line ancestries. These lists, which are grouped by country of origin, provide vital data about each individual, plus 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. A few Hungarian lists are labeled Family, rather than a specific person. These begin with an artificial "Progenitor" and the people listed for Generation 2 may or may not be siblings. But, they are likely all related since they bear the same surname and lived in close proximity to each other at the time of the first written records.

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, Featured Family Members (found in the box just below these introductory paragraphs) are one-page, largely pictorial biographies of family members whose lives and/or deaths are particularly interesting, or teach an important life-lesson.

We intend that no living persons are identified here without permission. If a living person is inadvertently identified, please let us know and we will gladly correct the oversight. All these materials are copyrighted, and while many of them can be downloaded in PDF format, these may not be used for any commercial purpose without permission. Requests for GEDcom Files corresponding to either Direct Ancestry Pages or Descendants' Lists should be sent to the authors' e-mail address below. We welcome communication via e-mail with corrections, additional information, and/or questions. Write us at: or

Thanks for visiting and we hope you enjoy our website. Vic and Joan

Our Featured Family Member concept highlights family members who, for various diverse reasons, really ought to be remembered.
These write-ups are 1-page heavily pictorial bios accessible below.

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.

If you'd like to learn more about finding your ancestors in historic Hungary, Vic has prepared a Hungarian Family History Tutorial. It includes many document examples and language-translation helps, but we recommend starting with the tutorial's Frequently Asked Questions. Click below:
Hungarian Family History Tutorial.
In 2017, due to the success of the one-page format of Featured Family Members, Vic decided to express his opinions on a variety of topics in one-page OP-ED-like pieces and make them available here for those who are interested. He calls them: My Take on It:

Select from the drop-down list of My Take on It! topics below and click the GO! button

Vic maintained an opinion website called In Shades of Gray until 2013. It featured short essays on a number of topics including government, politics, and religion. If you're interested in perusing these, click below to access the:
In Shades of Gray Archive.

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The Fine Print.

This website last updated 15 August 2018.
This website is not intended for use on mobile devices.
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