Homorod and Szinfalu, Romania
(Presently: Honorodu de Jus and Sii)

While we were growing up, our Mother and aunt always referred to Homorod and Szinfalu as the villages they grew up in. They have changed names several times. They are presently Homorodu de Jus and Sii. Our plan for today is to drive to Homorodu then to Sii. My mother grew up in Homorodu with their fatherís parents. My aunt grew up in Sii with their motherís parents. They said that they regularly walked to each others village to visit. According to todayís map, it is a 4 mile walk.

Yesterday we went to Terebesti and got spoiled. The Road to Homorodu de Jus is not as good as the one to Terebesti. There were several short gravel sections; and where it was paved, itís a much older road with potholes. Having to look for potholes kept the speed much lower. This was something that Joschi warned us about the day before.

From our hotel to Homorodu is 15.6 miles but it took us about 40 minutes. It is only 4 miles from Homorodu to Sii as the tractor goes. But Joschi said not to chance it because the road is very bad. So we drove almost back to Satu Mare and then to Sii. So that turned a 4 mile walk into a 29.6 mile drive. Which took over 1 Ĺ hours. The trip back to the hotel from Sii was only 17.8 miles.

When Elmer was in Romania he got a 1930 map of Hamorodu de Jus (which, in 1930, was named Hamroth) and made notes as to where people lived. After he returned home he got a copy of the map and added his comments. The Homorodu map was very good. Some of the houses were now vacant lots so we did an estimate of where Mom was raised and also Anna Gieger's house.

He also gave me a self drawn map of Sii, but that was not too good. It took us a long time to find the church and then we had to ask directions to the cemetery.

The route to Hamorodu and Sii.
You can see how we had to go back to Satu Mare to get on the road to Sii.
Joschi said not to trust anything except the main roads on the map. The GPS also routed us this way.

Arriving at Homorodu. Terr and I are traveling without a translator today so one of us has to take the pictures.

At the entrance to the cemetery which is on top of the hill.

I was surprised to see so many Haas headstones. This was one of about five Haas headstones.
Notice that some graves only have a simple wooden unmarked cross or an old rusty metal unreadable cross.

Elmer gave me this map of Homorodu de Jus. It is copied from a book and dated 1930. At that time the village was called Hamroth. Elmer added notes to the map based on what he remembered from the last time he was here. Friedhof is German for cemetery.

Based on Elmer's map notes this was Anna Gieger's house.

Based on Elmer's map notes this was the house which our mother grew up in. Google street view from 2012 shows this house to be white. It could have also been tore down and rebuilt over the years.

A closer look at the house.

We are now in Sii. There was no sign at the entrance to the village. Elmer's map of Sii was no help. We had to ask directions after we drove all over this small village and could not find the cemetery. We are in the cemetery looking for headstones which may have familiar names. There is a woman in the cemetery collecting fire wood. I think she is taking some of the old wooden crosses.

This is a monument to the villagers who fought and died during WWII.
It has many names which sound familiar to me. I sure could use Elmer right now.

Top right: "For the fallen and missing in world war 2" (Helga Translation)
Bottom right: "Lord, give you eternal rest"
"This cross was erected by the Schwabian immigrants from Scheindorf now living in Germany and USA."

There are name on all four sides.

A sampling of the headstones.

Names I remember from the past and saw in these two cemeteries.
There wil be a lot more names to list when I finish reviewing the Archive data.

Having dinner with the group in Satu Mare after returning from Homorodu and Sii.

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