Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Romanian Genealogy... The Doors Are Gradually Opening

If you have ancestors from the (then) east portion of Hungary, that now belongs to Romania, you're in luck. Romania has given photographers access to church registers (baptisms, marriages, deaths), and we can now easily research our Hungarian/Romanian ancestry.

Due to the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, after World War I, much of the south-east portion of Hungary was ceded to Romania (map above).

With the allowance of photographing the church registers, it has opened up a wealth of information to genealogists that hadn't previously been available before. The LDS haven't been allowed into much of Romania, to microfilm and preserve records. Because of that, anyone with ancestors whose home village now lies within the border of Romania, has probably come to a stand-still. Thanks to a good friend of mine, I have made contact with a phenomenal photographer in Romania, that photographs church records professionally. I have already used him several times, and I would recommend him to anyone!

If you're interested in any records now within the borders of Romania, please don't hesitate to contact me. I can arrange to obtain an estimated quote for the job with the photographer. You can contact me at my following email address: nickmgombash@yahoo.com.


  1. I'm excited! My niece just married a Romanian immigrant, although I'm not sure where in Romania the family is from. I've been itching to work on his family tree!

  2. Hello. I am from Cluj-Napoca(Kolozsvar) , Romania and I also take photos of church registers for genealogy. You can contact me at "strazalkovszky.antal@gmail.com".