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2012 at Hungary Exchange

It's the last day of the year, and I thought it'd be a good idea to highlight all the new information added to Hungary Exchange over the past year.

Happy New Year! Boldog Új Évet Kivánok!


Hungarian First Names With English And Latin Variations

Digital Books:
Census & Taxation: Germans & Hungarians: 1828 land census, Vols. 22-25
Family Histories: A history of the Bartay/Bartay von Bártfa-Bartfeld family
Family Histories: Az inárcsi Farkas család története
Family Histories: Genealogy of the Bathiany, Batthany, Batthyany, Battany etc. families
Gazeteer & Geography: Magyarország helységnévtára tekintettel a közigazgatási, Vols. 1-2
History-General: A History of Hungary
History-Hungarians in America: A St. Louis és vidéke jubileumi nagyszáma. The fifth anniversary issue of the "St. Louis és vidéke," a Hungarian weekly newspaper. Published in 1918.
History-Hungarians in America: Hungarians in America
History-Medieval: Az Árpádok Családi Törtenete

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Hungarian Genealogy: Research Tip #5

The theme of today's tip is: Spelling Variations

The Hungarian language is one of the most complex languages in all of Europe. This list/post is aimed at being a guide to help understand all the possible spelling variations you may come across in your Hungarian research.

*The confusion between CZ and TZ:
The Hungarian language is infamous for the use of CZ, and sometimes it's [technically] inaccurate use of TZ. As for the pronunciation of CZ/TZ, it's pronounced as the "C" in "dance" or the "TS" in "pots". Although CZ and TZ are used interchangeably, CZ should always be the correct spelling. The TZ variation is more commonly found in older documents; 1800's and prior. Here are a few examples:
Bencze & BentzeBerecz & BeretzCzakó & TzakóFerencz & FerentzHerczeg & HertzegKoncz & KontzKurucz & KurutzLőrincz & LőrintzRácz & RátzVincze & Vintze
*The additional confusion between CS and TS:
All this co…

Hungarian Genealogy: Research Tip #4

The theme of today's tip is: Hungarian Churches in America!

As any genealogist with European ancestry knows, or should know, it's that church parish registers are the most important records in the aspect of family history. No matter when they arrived in America, whether it was the turn of this past century in the early 1900's through Ellis Island, the 1880's through Baltimore, Maryland or even the 1600's to the colonies, the most important records to continue further research are church records.

These church records documented the baptisms, christenings, marriages and deaths of our early family, and if you're lucky the presiding clergyman was very anal-retentive about the details in the records. That very anal-retentiveness, or lack thereof, could be the reason you have absolutely no leads on the next generation of your family or it could very well give you clues and hints to the next generation.

Today, I'm going to highlight the First Hungarian Reformed Ch…