Thursday, May 21, 2015

Nagy-Várad, Bihar County - Marriage Records


Over 1,200 marriage records for the Evangelical and Roman Catholic parishes of Nagy-Várad, Bihar county, Hungary (present-day Oradea, Bihor county, Romania), have been added to the Hungarian Marriage Project at Hungary Exchange. Nagy-Várad was the capital of Bihar county and in 1880 had a population of over 30,000 people. At that time, the population in Nagy-Várad was about 87% Hungarian and about 7% Romanian. You can find more about this history of Nagy-Várad/Oradea here.

The Evangelical records date from 1827-1915 and are comprised of 491 marriage records. The Roman Catholic records date from 1889-1910 and are comprised of 748 marriage records.

Work is currently in progress to index the Reformed marriage records from 1853-1908. Contributions and donations to Hungary Exchange will help make even more records available.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Winter Sale!

Winter Sale: Save 25% on all professional research, including the areas of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic (formerly Bohemia), Germany (and all neighboring Germanic speaking countries), Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia (formerly Czechoslovakia & Hungary), Slovenia and the USA.

You can find more details and information on my professional services, here, and you can contact me at my email address: nickmgombash@yahoo.com

This sale ends on Friday, February 13th, 2015 at midnight, so hurry up and lock in your sale price!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hungarian Genealogy: Research Tip #11


The theme of today's tip is: 'Notes' On A Record

The one thing I will always emphasis on, is reviewing the actual parish records. A great deal of information can be uncovered about the family simply by just looking at their baptismal, marriage and death/burial records. One thing that is always a pleasant surprise, is later-written notes indicating a marriage, death and even possibly a name change. The remainder of this article
will be the examination of the various 'notes' that can appear on church and civil records. I hope it makes you pay close attention to the entirety of your family's records.

Alföldi Juliánnának
törvényes férje Nácsa
János él ugyan: de 2. év
óta [olta] nem laknak együtt.
Jegyzette Szalai István, lelkész
This excerpt was taken from the 'comments' (észrevételek) column on a baptismal record from 1854 in the Reformed parish of Szentmihály in Szabolcs megye, Hungary. It states that mother of the child was the same Alfödi Juliánna whose legitimate husband was Nácsa János; but they have not lived together for two years. Recorded by the pastor, Szalai István.

Say, perhaps, that this was the baptismal record for your 2nd-great-grandparent. With these additional notes written in about the mother, you will be able to more accurately find our who Juliánna was. The next step you would take, is looking for a marriage record for Nácsa János to Alföldi Juliánna.

Bende Johannával 19 évig,- másdoik
nejével 15 évig élt,- 1 fiu maradt
This next example comes from a death record for a 69 year old man. It states that he was married to his first wife, Bende Johanna, for 19 years and his second wife (named on the document) for 15 years, and he had 1 son. These notes open up a wealth of information to be found about the family: two marriage records (one to each wife), a death record for wife #1 and a baptismal record for his son. Watch for any notes and all information provided on those documents, as they'll open up the possibility of even more records.

első szülött fiu
m.h. 1854 Janu 2
This example highlights the thoroughness that some parishes had; this 'note' comes from a baptismal record. It states that the child being baptized was the "first born son" and that he died (m.h.=meghalt) on 02 January 1854. This, of course, allows for the possibility of finding several records: firstly, the death record for the deceased child; and secondly, a marriage record for the parents.

Always be thorough in your research and analyze every piece of information on a document. One such item, such as a house number or the mention of a divorce (elvált), could be what makes your brick-wall crumble.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hungarian Family Name Encyclopedia

          An interesting discovery today on the internet! I found this publication written by Mihály Hajdú which contains approximately 1,230 of the most common surnames up to the 19th century. In addition to explaining the frequency of the surname, it also explains the surname's origin, meaning and spelling variations. Surnames of other common languages such as German, Slovak and Romanian is also provided.

You can find the publication HERE.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In celebration of Hungary Exchange's Facebook group reaching 2,000 members, I have decided to have a contest! Magyar Marketing and myself have graciously donated several items for the contest:
  • A laminated map of Hungary, circa 1910, highlighting the borders of Hungary prior to it's separation from the Treaty of Trianon. Each county is highlighted in it's own color and crests (coat of arms) for each county can be found along the borders of the map.
  • A DVD of "Trianon", a film directed by Gábor Koltay.
  • Authentic Hungarian paprika!
Enter The Contest Here!
(THE CONTEST HAS ENDED)


The winners are:
Julie Kossnar: Map of Hungary
Judy Kilhefner: DVD of Trianon
Debbie Stone: Hungarian Paprika

Contest Rules:
  • One entry per person.
  • You must be a member of the Hungary Exchange Facebook group.
  • Contest ends on Sunday, December 21st, at 11:59pm, central time.
Three winners will be randomly generated and announced on Monday, December 22nd.

Friday, December 5, 2014

944 new marriage records spanning 1788-1833 have been indexed and added to the Hungarian Marriage Project at Hungary Exchange. These marriage records are for the Roman Catholic parish of Jánoshida in Jász-Nagy-Kun-Szolnok county, Hungary.

Thank you to Dániel Gerhát for taking the time to index and contribute these records to Hungary Exchange!

If Hungary Exchange and the Hungarian Marriage Project in particular have helped your research in any way, consider volunteering your time to index and make more marriage records available! I will provide you with everything you need from the indexing templates and marriage records to index. Feel free to contact me if you're interested! nickmgombash@yahoo.com

510 new marriage records spanning 1857-1900 have been indexed and added to the Hungarian Marriage Project at Hungary Exchange. These marriage records are for the Roman Catholic parish of Öttevény (sometimes spelled Eöttevény) in Győr county, Hungary.

If Hungary Exchange and the Hungarian Marriage Project in particular have helped your research in any way, consider volunteering your time to index and make more marriage records available! I will provide you with everything you need from the indexing templates and marriage records to index. Feel free to contact me if you're interested! nickmgombash@yahoo.com

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

711 new marriage records spanning 1852-1908 have been indexed and added to the Hungarian Marriage Project at Hungary Exchange. These marriage records are for the Roman Catholic parish of Vitnyéd (formerly Vittnyéd), in Sopron county, Hungary.

If you haven't done so already, make sure to submit your surnames and villages to the Surname Database to aid in connecting with others researching the same surnames or villages as you.

Monday, November 24, 2014

1,020 new marriage records spanning from 1809-1895 have been indexed and added to the Hungarian Marriage Project at Hungary Exchange. They are for the Greek Catholic parish of Bács-Aranyos in Szabolcs county, Hungary. This was a rather large parish, as it presided over eleven villages! The villages are as follows, and all are in Szabolcs county apart from the last two in Bereg county: Bács-Aranyos, Cserepes-Kenéz, Gyüre, Kis-Varsány, Kopócs-Apáti, Lövő, Lövő-Petri, Nagy-Varsány, Pap, Tisza-Kerecsény and Tisza-Vid. If you haven't done so already, make sure to submit your surnames and villages to the Surname Database to aid in connecting with others researching the same surnames or villages as you.

Happy Thanksgiving to those in America!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Slovak Heritage Festival in Pittsburgh - 02 Nov 2014