Monday, April 8, 2013

I've been thinking about offering a contest over at Hungary Exchange for the past few months, and now is the time! Here are the details:

What You Win:

5 FREE hours of professional research.
This includes the research & translations, and you're provided with digitized copies of all documents found as well as pedigree and family group reports that display all information found.

Rules:

1. You MUST have Hungarian ancestry to be eligible (family with origins within the former Kingdom of Hungary).

2. In order to enter this contest, you must post a comment to this blog post. Within your post please leave your email address (I need to be able to contact you, if you win), and some basic details about the family that you're wishing to know more about. This includes names, dates (estimated is fine), places, etc.

The contest ends Sunday, April 14th, 2012, at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be chosen and announced here on this blog Monday, April 15th, 2012. The winner will also be contacted. If the winner does not claim their prize within five days, a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!!

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The winner has been chosen: Amy Walp

Now for an interesting twist! There will be a 2nd place & 3rd place winner! The 2nd place winner will receive 3 FREE hours of research. The 3rd place winner will receive 1 FREE hour of research.

The winner for 2nd place: Pam

The winner for 3rd place: Diane Edes


Note: All winners were chosen randomly with a 'Random Picker' for blogs specifically designed for blog contests, such as this.

22 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to win 5 free hours of research. I want so badly to find proof that I have the correct information for my great and great great grandparents. Some of my information is based on an educated guess. I cannot find the documents to prove it 100%. My father has just been told that he needs to have a lung removed and may also have cancer. It would make him so happy to know this information and it would make me so happy to be able to show him proof.
    Would love to have my research checked by a professional and also see if I have missed anything. Looking for The Kovacs family, Kispecz. The Kormendi family and Paulik family, Bakonyszombathely. The Szucs family, Barander. These families are on my paternal side, however, I am 100% Hungarian and I am also working on my maternal side.

    Thank you,

    Susan115@aol.com

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  2. Great contest. 5 more hours would be awesome.

    My family is (as you know from previous research) the Vascsaks, Bicskos/Biskos, Verebs, etc., from the Miskolcz/Emod and surrounding areas.

    Bonnie M
    TBonzgenealogy@gmail.com

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  3. I have been researching my father's side of the family. My great Grandparents, Michael Lux and Annie (Anna) Fetzko married in NY in 1895. There are a couple of things I am trying to find out. In the 1900 census they have 4 children- Andrew 9, Annie 4, Mary 3 and George 1.The dates of their marriage and his age do not coincide. I would like to know who Andrew's biological parents are. According to my father, when Andrew Lux died in 1961, George ( the "brother") stated, "He's not a real Lux anyway." I can not find any information on Andrew other than the parents listed above. I would so like to know who they truly are. I would also like to know where Annie ( Anna) Fetzko came from and who her parents are.
    So many questions ...I would appreciate the help!
    I spend hours just reading other's stories as well. Family history is so important as it has influenced who I am my entire life! Thanks so much for this site and the Facebook site.
    Amy - sillyolethang@yahoo.com

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  4. What a great idea for a contest!
    I am researching my Kristoff roots in Hungary. My gr gr grandfather Peter (born ~1845 in Garadna, Abauj-Torna) immigrated to the USA in ~ 1883. His wife Barbara (Spisak) followed a couple of years later with their 2 children- Julius John (~1876) who was my gr grandfather, and Otilia (~1882). They later moved to Canada. They had 10 children together and were Roman Catholic.
    Peter had a brother Andras & a sister Maria (married to Jonas Brunjanski) who also immigrated to the USA then to Canada. There may also have been a brother, Joseph.
    I have learned a fair bit about the family since they arrived in Canada, but really nothing about their time in Hungary. Were there other siblings they left behind? Who were their parents? Where was my gr grandfather, Julius John, born?
    The Kristoff's - like most Hungarian's I have read about- were proud, hard working, family oriented people. I would love to bring their story to life for future generations.. and for my Dad's 2 sisters, who are all that's left of that branch
    of the Kristoff family.

    Thank you for the opportunity.
    Leslie
    ldeakin@shaw.ca

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  5. Well, as it's my birthday today I'd love to win 5 hours of research as a present.
    I'd like to see the marriage records for several of my ancestors in Szeged.
    Bakó János & Makra Anna (marriage c. 1875/76)
    Pomázi Ferencz and Tarnay Veronika (marriage c. 1828)
    Pomázi István and Csanyi Julianna (c. 1857/1858)
    and anything on the resulting ancestors.
    If I win I can provide further details, film numbers and gedcom file to simplify the research as much as possible.
    Thanks,

    Lucrezia
    savage_l@yahoo.com

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  6. I would love to find any information on my Hungarian relatives for the Mód Family. I have very little information other than I think they came from Vál, Fejér area. I know my grandfather's name was Mód János, and his father's name was also Mód János who I think was born in Vál in 1853 June, but this info is not 100%. I checked the baptism records and only found a few Mód János, but cannot verify they are the correct ones. We have very little info. On my mother's side I am searching for my mom's ancestry Fülep Zsuzsanna (B.1914 Apr 9) Married to Mód Lajos (B.1909 Apr 10)who emigrated to Germany, then the U.S. I am retired with very limited funds. Please help!! Thank You
    ......suzmodcarl@gmail.com

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  7. Hi Nick, I would definitly love to win this contest for the 5 hours of research. I appreciate all the help from you for researching my maternal ancestors from Hungary. The brick wall I have hit is in regards to a
    Béni Buda that was born March 1867 in Rohod. All I have been able to find is that his possible parents are Péter Buda and Borbála Trencsényi. The connection I am trying to make is if he married either a Sebok or Varga wife on my great grandparents side of family. My Mom knows that her aunt and uncle used to send care packages to Rohod to a Beni Buda and it would be wonderful to finally fill in the blanks to see how he falls into place in my family tree and to see if there are any possible ancestors that I may be able to locate. I reached out to the Hungarian Reformed Church in Rohod many months ago but have not heard anything. The possible spouses for Bene Buda would either be
    Borbála Sebők and she was my great grandfathers sister born 8 Aug 1857 in Ramocsahaza or
    Zsuzsánna Varga my great grandmothers sister born 6 Nov 1876 also in Ramocsahaza.

    thanks, Ervin
    elh_jr@yahoo.com

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  8. Thanks for running a neat contest. Learning about my family's heritage through Hungarian research has been super rewarding; though, so far, I haven't ventured beyond the church and census records that the FHL has microfilmed. I have two grandparents who are 100% Hungarian. I have two primary brick walls in my research right now--finding records for my Rácz ancestors in Barabás, Bereg from 1800-1900 and finding the birthplace of my GGG Grandfather Janos Radoczy who was married in 1843 in Szepsi, Abauj-Torna.
    -Laura, TreeLaurelin@gmail.com

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  9. This is a great contest!

    My grandmother is 85, and her parents and older sister were from Gyönk in Tolna County. She doesn't know much about their life back in Hungary, and I would love to get some answers for her and the evidence that goes with it. I have found my great grandparents' and great aunt's passenger manifests from 1911 and 1912, Christening records on the LDS site, their church, and the names and surnames of my 2nd great grandparents. I have double checked, and verified everything against each other, and their American records, such as information on death certificates.

    My great grandfather, Péter Weiszmandl, was born to János Weizsmandl and Anna Mária (Brisching), is from Gyönk, and was christened in the Reformed Church there 31 March 1885. My great-grandmother's maiden name was Erzsébet Jákáb, born to Henrick Jákáb and Margit (Hain). She was from Gyönk as well, and christened in the same church on 17 Feb 1889. My great aunt was named Erzsébet Weizsmandl as well, and would have been born there @ 1910. I have seen Weiszmandl spelled several different ways on American records, until it was finally Americanized to "Wisemandle."

    The Hungarian genealogy is turning out to be a whole new animal, and I would love the help! Thank you

    Amy Walp, acwalp@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm very excited to see new information!

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  10. I have two great-grandparents from Croatia who immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio. My great-grandfather, George Beljan (changed to Bellan), was born in Brod Moravice, Croatia 12 Mar 1873. His parents are Francis and Roza Beljan. I have already located his birth/baptismal record through the FHL films. I also have his naturalization card and WWI draft card. I would love to be able to find his ship manifest or anything else related to his immigration. The 1900 U.S. census says he came to America in 1893. I'd also like to try to trace back his family to find his grandparents or even great-grandparents in Croatia.

    His wife, my great-grandmother, was born Ursula Benicki 20 Oct 1877. Death certificate lists her parents as 'Mathew Benicki' and 'Ursula Zagar.' It also lists her birthplace as 'Dolus, Yugoslavia.' I have found her immigrant ship manifest from 1898 and she lists her last residence as Brod Moravice. I would love to be able to locate her birth/baptism records and anything else about her family in Croatia. Both of my great-grandparents were Catholic. Thank you! Emily Kowalski Schroeder emily_kowalski@hotmail.com

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  11. I would love to enter this contest! I've been thinking of having you do some work for me, however, I was laid off from my job and have just recently found work. My mother is 100% Hungarian, and she has much info on her mother's family that immigrated in the early 1900's, however she knows very little about her father's side (my grandpa). He died years ago before she could ask him if he had any recollection, and her mother died when she was young, and there is literally know one left that has any idea of the history of the family in Hungary.

    I do have some information on her paternal grandparents, but it's not much. Istvan SZUCS was b. 24 Apr 1878 in Veresegyhas, Pets Megye, Hungary and his wife, Lydia Fazekas was b. 9 Mar 1876 in the same town/city. They were married in Hungary, but I have know record of when/where, and immigrated to the UP of Michigan in 1901. Istvan was a miner in the UP, but I would love to find more info about his family in Hungary, where they lived, their occupations, migration patterns. I love the human element, and my mother would be extremely happy to know more about her grandparents and beyond in Hungary! I do have a copy of their immigration record and death certificates in MI, but that's about it.

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  12. I would love to enter this contest! I've been thinking of having you do some work for me, however, I was laid off from my job and have just recently found work. My mother is 100% Hungarian, and she has much info on her mother's family that immigrated in the early 1900's, however she knows very little about her father's side (my grandpa). He died years ago before she could ask him if he had any recollection, and her mother died when she was young, and there is literally know one left that has any idea of the history of the family in Hungary.

    I do have some information on her paternal grandparents, but it's not much. Istvan SZUCS was b. 24 Apr 1878 in Veresegyhas, Pets Megye, Hungary and his wife, Lydia Fazekas was b. 9 Mar 1876 in the same town/city. They were married in Hungary, but I have know record of when/where, and immigrated to the UP of Michigan in 1901. Istvan was a miner in the UP, but I would love to find more info about his family in Hungary, where they lived, their occupations, migration patterns. I love the human element, and my mother would be extremely happy to know more about her grandparents and beyond in Hungary! I do have a copy of their immigration record and death certificates in MI, but that's about it.

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  13. Hi,
    Thank you for offering this contest! I'm sure you will have a hard time choosing, though I hope of course that you choose me!
    My family is Hungarian/Slovakian on my mother's side.
    The first wife of my great grandfather, Salamon STOSSEL/STOSZEL, born in Brezova, was Rozi ADLER. They married in Nyitra and had 6 children: Lipot, Rezi, Zsigmond, Josefa, Gizella and Eleonora. Salamon and Rozi subsequently divorced. Rozi moved with the children to Vacz, and then to Budapest. Salamon married my great grandmother, Maria LICHT of Kormend and had 6 more children, one of whom was my grandfather. My great grandparents emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1890s. Salamon's first wife and children stayed in Hungary.
    I have been fortunate enough to trace my grandfather's half siblings up through World War II. I know that there were some grandchildren that survived the war (this is a Jewish family) and who inherited an apartment in Budapest in 1948. I was in Budapest in June 2012 and went to the presumed address (though it may have been the wrong one as the inheritance records are inconsistent). No one in the directory had my family's surname. I rang a few doorbells but no one answered. I copied a few names and wrote letters once I got home but never received any replies.
    I would like to find out if there are any living descendants of my great grandfather and his first wife.
    Thank you!

    Judy Petersen

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    1. My email didn't come through. It is kpeter at aol dot com

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    2. wow, my bad. kpeter3434 at aol dot com

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  14. Hello,

    My grandmother came from Hungary and with the help of a few friends from the Hungary listserve, they found her baptism registry. I would love to be able to find more info. Her name was Rozalia Varga and her sister Elizabeth. There were 8 other siblings.Her parents were Varga Lajos, farmer, and wife Kertész Ersébet, both listed in the Reformed church. newtons@dishmail.net

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  15. Let me try that again, my name is Matt Kerestesy (email = kerestesy at gmail.com). I can only get back to my great-great grandfather on my dad's side. His name was Ferenc (Frank) Kerestesy and I believe he was born around 1858. I believe he is from Bodrog-Szadany, Zemplen, Hungary although it could be Tokaj. He came to the US in 1890, 1891 and finally in 1894 and settled in Marion Heights, PA. His wife's maiden name was Julia Azary (1867-1928).

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  16. Hi Nick
    The information that I would like to find out goes beyond the microfilm records. I have accomplished that already. There is a family story that states that my great grandfather, who was from Teplicz(Spisska Teplica) in Szepes,Hungary was in a Catholic church studying to become a priest. He was bullyed and so he quit.While he was there, he helped take care of all of the sick people and move all the bodies that had died from the epidemic. His own family except his parents died as well. I would love to get in touch with the church and find out if they have any information about him being there and what it is. I would also love to see the church and cemetery where all of this took place. I have all of the pedigree information for you if and when you need it. Thanks my email is tennisc at ymail dot com

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  17. I would love 5 hours of research! For years now I have wanted to know more about my Hungarian roots. I thought all my resources were exhausted until I emailed Nick at the Hungarian exchange. Since then I have met and reconnected with multiple family members from my Hungarian side that I only met when I was little or never met before! Growing up I was consistently told that I have no other relatives on my Toth side. Through Nick's help and my research I found out this was not true. We all have family, no matter how alone we think we are! It has been a life changing experience to find family! My ultimate goal would be to meet relatives that still live in Hungary. That's why I would love to win the contest.

    Thanks again Nick

    Matt Toth
    godfather1012000@yahoo.com

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  18. Oh Nick! I would so love help with deciphering and tracking down info on my great-grandmother Anna Terk and her forebears from Bautcsh Mahren, Moravia (currently Budisov nad Budisovkou, Czech Republic), with those Czech/German records full of squiggles that you understand and I don’t !!
    So glad you are doing this contest!

    dianee229 at gmail.com

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  19. 5 hours of Nick would be a real treat. Researching all those Hungarian cousins.

    David Guba,
    dguba@telus.net

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