The theme of today's tip is: Religion!
Knowing the religion of your ancestors is crucial to moving forward
with your genealogy research. Most of the time, in old Hungary, people
tended to marry within their own religion. But this wasn't always the
case, and you must be cautious of this. It can be very easy to
overlook the religion column in the baptism, marriage and death
registers, by just assuming they were a specific religion. An ancestor
having originally come from a different religion, leaves the door open
to an entirely new parish and set of records to search in.
One of the
most common mixes of religions in Hungary, is Greek Catholic and Roman
Catholic (top image; click for larger view). In this image you can see
that the groom, Czundra Mihály, was "rom. kath." (Roman Catholic) and
from Lenártó. The bride, Bucsko Maria, was "gr. kath." (Greek Catholic)
and from Hrabszke. The next example (bottom image) is a case of a
Reformed and Roman Catholic marriage. The groom, Joannes Tsontos
(Csontos), was "H.Conf." (Helvetic Confessions; commonly known in Hungary as Reformed). The bride, Catharina Tóth,
was "R.Cath." (Roman Catholic). In both examples, there are two
different towns of residence and two different religions which result in
two different sets of parish registers.