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Welcome to our family tree!

Some families know a great deal about their roots; others know very little. This site is an attempt to record what I've learned about our family history. In these modern times, families tend to be scattered all over the country, if not the world. One of the goals of this web site is to help our family stay connected even though we live far apart.

On this page I'll provide a little information about who I am and what inspired me to do this research. Most of this information was probably obtained from talking to living relatives and from researching public records. In the course of doing this research, I've discovered that I have many more relatives than I ever thought possible!

My name is Peter Garas and I live in Australia. My parents and I migrated here from Hungary in 1957 and we stayed briefly with a family member in Sydney whose relationship to us I did not discover until starting this research. Indeed for many years I thought that my family consisted of just my parents and myself and a small number of people that I had been told were distant cousins.

This is a work in progress, so please contact me if you have any information that might help round out the picture.


Antique picture of a large family; Actual size=240 pixels wide


I really want to thank Tanya Zalka-Katona who has been instrumental in getting the contents RIGHT!

Peter Spiro without whose research this information would have been miniscule.

Organisations that have been helpful in developing the information for this site:

Kisvárda Library
Nyiregyháza Archives
Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien
Papal Archives
National Archives of Rome
National Hungarian Archives



Background documents and connections to Genealogical Research about the Fischer and Gänsler Families

Readers may notice a change in the documentation available from this web site.

I have removed the files that were probably the most sought after and/or read - namely the HTML pages dealing with the Fischer Family descendants.

I am afraid that some errors were found in the documentation. What seems to have happened is that in importing GEDCOM files from various sources different conventions were used by the suppliers of the data resulting in some unfortunate duplication of names and hence links that were inaccurate. Rather than leave misleading information on the web I have taken the drastic step of removing all the documents and thus if you search at present for Fischer Descendants you will get an error.

Work is currently taking place to try and ensure that flaws in the data are found and corrected before the pages are once again posted to the web. Those who have contributed their hard work will get an opportunity to check the new version of reality for accuracy and appropriateness before the material is once again posted. It will also provide family members the opportunity to update any of the data with new additions to the family tree and of course, more sadly any losses that have taken place.

My apologies to extended family members and researchers for this outage. I need to thank one researcher who in asking questions about his family's relationship with what was on the web has actually found what he was looking for AND added considerable value by also helping to identify some of the errors. Thanks Lary!


Magyar Zsido Honlap


Peter Spiro's Web Page  


Khazars? Are they related? Who knows.


The Holocaust in Hungary


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