Thursday, September 26, 2013

In honor of the 600 member mark in the Hungary Exchange Facebook group, I decided another contest would be appropriate!

The winner is Kim Bequeaith!

What You Win:

5 FREE hours of professional research, worth $100.
This includes research, translations, 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; that means they could be Croatian, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Slavic, etc.).

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 Friday, October 4th, 2013, at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be chosen and announced here on this blog Monday, October 7th, 2013, the very latest. The winner will also be contacted. If the winner does not claim their prize within five days, a new winner will be chosen.

31 comments:

  1. Let's see if we can find more from my Háda family. My 3x great grandfather was Mátyás Háda and his parents were István and Sára Molnár. Mátyás was baptized 26 Nov 1828 and married to Zsusánna Sipos 24 Jan 1850 both events in Kányar. He had four brothers and one sister that I know of but I haven't gone further back in the records as of yet to determine his parents birth dates, marriage date, or places of those events. My email address is saralee5891@gmail.com (Also if anyone else has a connection to this family and would like to compare notes, you can also email me!)

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  2. Hi Nick. 5 hours of free research is an amazing prize! Count me in! edouglas@sasktel.net

    Elizabeth Douglas.

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  3. I would love to help my very good find out more about her Hungarian roots. She came to me with the names when she got "stuck". I haven't been able to help much at all! The surnames are Adam, Vilagi, Orehocky and Matyas. I haven't been able to find out much more than they were likely from Lelesz, Hungary. Help! Thanks for the offer! jockobaldwins@gmail.com

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    1. I forgot to mention that I am of "Hungarian" descent which is why my friend asked me. My family names include: Taczak, Oszczep, Turenchalk, Kovalyak, Juhasz, Gernat, Sima, Ledney, Bitlyan, Sisak and Fetzko. :)

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    2. Hi - I visited Lelesz twice in the mid 1990s looking for relatives. My father's mother's surname was Vilagi, and I found her nephew Vilagi Ferenc -- my dad's first cousin -- and his children and grandchildren. Lelesz is now in Slovakia, which made it a bit harder to find... :-)

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  4. I would love to find out more about the Janu/Szabo family (Janos Janu married to Ersebet Szabo) during the 1775 timeframe near Ujfeherto, Szabolcs, Hungary. The other side of the family is Josef Gero and married to Maria Lazar, 1800's timeframe and I believe Nagylonya, Szabolics-SzatmarBereg location. Thank you John Fatheringham at johnfatheringham@yahoo.com

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  5. Hello Nick. Thanks for the opportunity of this contest. I have the possibility of two sides being researched if given the chance. In priority, the first is my gggrandfather, Jozsef Marks, most likely born in Buda about the mid 1830's. Jozsef was married to Vilma A L Lehman in about 1860, in Buda, from what I understand (Vilma was born in Weiner Neustadt (sic?), Austria). I have additional information about Jozsef, but not particulars (DOB, Death... brothers, sisters). I may have some additional particulars, but again, I'm at a wall with determining certain specifics. If I win, I'll forward. The other half of my question would be on my maternal side, about my ggrandfather, maternal side. My mother's side primarily lived in Gyor, with my grandmother (Julianna Marko) having been born in Gyar Varos ("Factory Town", if spelled correctly, part of Gyor). Per the story, Julianna's mother, Gizella Balo, may have been born in Szeged, about 1890. Gizella gave birth to my grandmother, via a her father... a Mihaly Raab (family supposedly well to do in industry making railroad ties). My grandmother stated that Mihaly Raab may have been born about the same time as Gizelle (1890's), in Uj Varos (in the "New Town" portion of Gyor, I guess...). My question of locating this gentleman's information is a priority of sorts for me. TMI, right?! Anyhow, thanks for opening this up to your followers. Good luck to everyone. ~ Rob Marx (ffspiel@sbcglobal.net)

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  6. Thanks for offering your time! I would like to find out more about my Great-Grandmother's family. Her name is Julia Szapora and she was from Fenyeslitke, Hungary. Her father's name was Jozsef, and mother's was Julia Sczemcsak. atdstitches@gmail.com

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  7. Oh man, that would be awesome! I'll put the info the way my grandpa sent it. Elemer, joros, Maria, Weber. Born in vien. Maria's parents...weber deszo/ bogdani(y) farkas erzsebet(nobiliti) Those are my great and great great grandparents. My email is druin1_77@yahoo.com in case you lost it lol.

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  8. Thanks for the contest! I would like to find out more about my husband's great-grandfather, father of Josef/Joseph Handler (1884-1947). Much of my research is at my blog (A Jewish Genealogy Journey), but I'll summarize it here: Joseph was born in Ilok, Hungary (now part of Croatia). His father was Aaron or Adolf Handler and his mother was Roza Handler (see Different Names-Same Person? for the variety of names I've found for her.) Josef married Lena Hollander in 1909 in Bonyhad, Hungary (see their marriage record). Josef immigrated to America in 1910 and naturalized in 1918.
    So what I want to find out is who was Adolf / Aaron Handler? When and where did he die? What did he do in Ilok and was he always in Ilok or did he move around? The story is that he was quite a bit older than his wife and they were cousins. He died before 1909, when he is recorded as deceased on two of his children's marriage records. I know of three of his children: Josef, Samuel, and Regina, because they immigrated to America. Were there other siblings?

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  9. Forgot to add my email address: elizhandler @ gmail.com

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  10. That would be awesome! This is how my grandpa sent it. His father was Elemer Joros. His wife was Maria Weber, born in Vien. Her parents: Weber, Deszo/Bogdani(y). Farkas Erzsebet(nobiliti). My email is druin1_77@yahoo.com in case you lost it lol. More info. If I'm the lucky winner.

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  11. hi Nick. glad to see we finally hit 600 people in the FB group and that a contest is in order. The research would be awesome should I be lucky enough to be chosen due to a brick wall that frustrates me to no end. That being trying to figure out which of my maternal great grandparents sisters were married to Béni Buda
    from Rohod. He was born March 1867 and baptized 1 Apr 1867. His parents were Péter Buda and Borbála Trencsényi. Now the 2nd great aunt that he may have been married to is either Zsuzsánna Varga, born 6 Nov 1876 in Ramocsaháza, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, Hungary and she was my great grandmothers sister or he may have been married to
    Borbála Sebők, born 8 Aug 1857 in Ramocsaháza, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, Hungary. She was sister to my great grandfather.
    I could tie up some loose ends if I could ever get this figured out. thanks and congrats.
    Ervin
    elh_jr@yahoo.com



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  12. Sooo thoughtfull of you Nick! I'm going to try my luck by entering this fabulous contest. I'm researching my ancestors "Igari" and hit a brick wall. My g-grandfather Josef Igari, born l862, Szabadbattyan, Fejer, Hu, son of Janos Igari (1835)/Rosalia Sarvacz(1837). Possible grandparents of Josef are Janos Igari (1806-1864)/Katalina Sagi(1814-1877). I have Josef's baptismal record as well as his parents (possible records) and his siblings, but never found a marriage record,or death record of Josef's parents. I can provide more inormation if I win :) My e-mail : sonia.zimak@msn.com

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  13. Sooo thoughtfull of you Nick! I'm going to try my luck by entering this fabulous contest. I'm researching my ancestors "Igari" and hit a brick wall. My g-grandfather Josef Igari, born l862, Szabadbattyan, Fejer, Hu, son of Janos Igari (1835)/Rosalia Sarvacz(1837). Possible grandparents of Josef are Janos Igari (1806-1864)/Katalina Sagi(1814-1877). I have Josef's baptismal record as well as his parents (possible records) and his siblings, but never found a marriage record,or death record of Josef's parents. I can provide more inormation if I win :) My e-mail : sonia.zimak@msn.com

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  14. My name is Emily Schroeder and I have been unable to find my great-grandmother's birth/baptismal record from Croatia. According to her death certificate, she was born 20 Oct 1877 in 'Dolus, Yugoslavia' to Matthew Benicki and Ursula Zagar. Her gravestone and other census data indicate she may have been born anywhere between 1874 and 1876, though. Was married to George Beljan (Bellan), and came to America in 1898 (I do have her ship manifest.) I HAVE located George's 1873 birth/baptismal record from Brod Moravice, Croatia. Thank you for this contest! ~Emily Schroeder (emily_kowalski@hotmail.com)

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  15. Hi Nick,
    Thanks so much for offering this again!
    I want to find the descendants of my grandfather's half siblings, my great-grandfather's children by his first wife. Their names are Salamon STOSZEL (1833-1909, Cleveland) and Rozi ADLER (1841, Kolta, Komarom -?). Children: 1) Lipot (1862, Vacz - 1944, BP). He married and had a son, but the son died at age 15, so no further research there. 2) Rezi/Terezia (1865, Buda -?), her husband Salamon/Samuel KRAUSZ (1862, Csosz, Feher -?) and their children Ivan (18?? - 19??), lived in Vajszlo just before WWII) and Aladar (Avraham) (1890, BP II) -?, no further information about him). 3) Eleonora (?-1945, a widow at the time of her death), married Marton SZANTO (this might not have been his original surname) and their children Rozsi, Imre, Gyorgy/Gyula and Laszlo. Gyorgy died in the Felixdorf, Austria concentration camp. Imre and Laszlo survived the war and inherited their mother's apartment. I would like to know what became of all the children and see if there are any living descendants.
    My e-mail is
    Thanks so much!

    Judy Petersen

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    1. Don't know why my e-mail didn't come through:

      KPeter3434 at aol dot com

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  16. My Hungarian ancestry begins with the birth of Istvan Kocai. He was born in the village of Garadna, Abauj-Torna Megye on 29 November 1826. He married Theresia Rakaczky in 1855. She was born in Garadna on 15 Nov 1840. Unable thus far to find their R.C. Church records. Not able to find church records of their son Istvan born 29 November 1858 in Garadna. He married Katherine Pavalko 15 February 1882 at St. Marton R.C. Church in Nagy Ida (now Velka Ida SK) Katherine was born in Kany, Czerehat Megye on 3 February 1865 Unable to find their church records. Also looking for the Baptism records of these children Anna, Andrew and Rose. I would like to find the church records. Since Garadna and Nagy Ida is now in Slovakia this means their records are archived in Kosice. I have been able to find some records of the family at FamilySearch but the ones mentioned may not be indexed. Thank you for this contest. I am hoping I can get help to find my missing relatives.

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  17. I would love to find out who the parents and grandparents were of my great grandfather Istvan Szucs (b. 1878) or great-grandmother Lydia Fazekas (b. 1876). They were married in Hungary and were both born in Veresegyhaz, Pest Megye, Hungary. My mother does not have any information on these families in Hungary. She did know Isvtan and Lydia (her grandparents) when she was a little girl, but of course little kids don't think to ask their grandparents about their heritage in the old country! She would really be happy if we can find out more about either the Szucs or Fazekas family. Thanks for all you do Nick! karyl.heiden@gmail.com

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  18. I would love for Nick to look over my current work just to double check my accuracy and then try to solve the mystery of the grandmother listed on a 1906 wedding document. The name is different than the rest of my documentation????? And then, if he could advise me how to move one step further in my search for gg grandparents and further, I would be in heaven. My family names are Kovacs, Kormendi, Meszaros, Paulik, Szucs, Szabo on my paternal side and Lazar, Ver, Farkas, and Fishbon. My email is Susan115@aol.com.

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  19. I would love to find my mom and her family in Hajduböszörmény Nick. I have been unsuccessful so far in my nine month search. Also on my dad's side I don't know how to connect family members (brothers & sisters without a census to connect the families) like we have in America. Thank you for your kindness. suzmodcarl@gmail.com

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  20. Looking for information about my great-great grandparents Hanes (John) Smutz and Teres (Theresa) Eli. I have no dates for either of them but they lived in Hungary and their oldest child was Maria (Mary Smutz) born 15 August1885. She married Pali (Paul) Margittay (b. 25 January 1880 in Turterebes, Ugocsa Var Megye, Hungary). Mary Smutz Margittay died 3 February 1964. Paul Margittay died in May 1964. My email address is meggleston60@gmail.com.

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  21. Hi, I am looking for my information on the Maurer family of Dolatz, especially my 2x great grandfather, Ferdinand Maurer b. about 1859. He married Anna Mayer.
    Or I would love to find out more about my great grandmothe, Elizabeth Degrel, b. 1889 in Tschawosch, her parent's names are Konrad Degrel and Katherine Mallinger. My email address is Chumledo@optonline.net.
    Thank you!

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  22. Hi Nick,

    Nice of you to offer up some of your expert time again!

    I am interested in finding out more about my apparently 'noble' Mucha family from Lendak in the Kežmarok District of north Slovakia (Lándok, Eperjesi, Késmárk, Szepes megye)

    I am curios because i recently discovered that my 3x g-grandfather Andras Mucha (b. 1823, Landek; d.1891, Boldogkőújfalu) was the last born son of a RC 'silvarum magister' (Jozef Mucha, 1777-1827) and an EC named Elisabetha Hauf. I know that the parents married on 21 February 1808, but little else about them. Unfortunately, the father died when Andras was only four and this seems to have drastically affected matters. Both of the parents were apparently not from Lendak and the mother and other children seem to vanish from the books after the death of the father.

    Luckily I was able to pick up the trail a bit later when Andras is csizmadia (bootmaker) in the nearby town of Ľubica and marries at age 17. He and his wife (Éva Hudák) have a couple of children there, but for some reason between 1846-49 move 200 kms away to Boldogkőújfalu in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén. His wife dies in there in 1849 and Andras remarries the following year to my 3x g-grandmother Katalin Kerekes.

    I know the story from then on, but i don't know anything about Andras' father or mother before or after their arrival in Lendak...or what brought Andras to Boldogkőújfalu.

    Glad that events took this course because that's what made me possible, but i'd love to know

    thank you!

    Louis

    takacslouis@gmail.com

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  23. Hi Nick, thanks for the contest.

    If I'm lucky enough to win, I'd like more on some of my lines (you've done a bunch) - mostly marriages and deaths. I'm working on the list now, but families are Balas, Lukats, Beretti, Szekeley, Vascsak, Palko, Fejer, Garbar, Bisko and Vereb. Residences include: Aranyos, Harsany, Mindzsent, Arnot, Diosgyor, Felso-Zsolcza, Szirma-Besenyo, Tibolddaroc, Emod and Heokeresztur.

    Time ranges from the mid 1750s-the early 1800s. Again, I'll provide a detailed list. It would be a follow up on previous research.

    TBonzgenealogy@gmail.com
    Bonnie Malmat

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  24. Hi Nick, My Arvay family is from Gömör County. I am searching to find out who are ANDRÁS ÁRVAY - ÁRVAI
    birth: 10/09/1787 Felfalu Gömör Megye, Hungary
    death: 1841 Felfalu Gömör Megye, Hungary
    parents are. Thank you arvayx11@hotmail.com

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  25. My father was born and grew up in Székelyudvarhely, Transylvania County, Hungary on July 1, 1910. His given name was Laszlo and he was the youngest of 4 brothers, Janos, Sandor and Ferenc. The paternal family surname is Peter, and his father's name was Janos also. His mother was Anna, surname Raduly. My understanding was they were members of the Unitarian church, though my father converted to Catholicism as an adult. I have his military ID in which he wears a Commemorative Medal for the Liberation of Transylvania from 1940. I know Ferenc's family still lived in Hungary in the mid 1990s in the Kormend area. I believe they operate a vineyard/winery there. I would like to meet them someday, and having some more concrete information about the birthdates of the older brothers, especially Ferenc, as well as the parents and perhaps a marriage date or dates of death for the male members of the family would be helpful. I know Anna died in 1957 because I have a picture of her gravestone. carolinejpeter@gmail.com

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  26. I am researching my mother's family from Arad, Hungary (now Romania). Surnames are Kalko, Faller & Polacsek. My grandmother, Erzsebet Polacsek, born 1891 in Arad, Hungary said that she and my grandfather Stephan Kalko, born 1884 in Hungary owned flour mills before coming to New Jersey. Stephan's mother was Atonia Faller. Erzsebet's father was Pal Polacsek born around 1841. Thanks! Charlie Sykes - c2sykes@gmail.com

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  27. Thanks for the opportunity to be considered in your contest! I hope my situation qualifies as I am researching my niece's great-grandparents as a surprise for her. With your help at one time on the Hungary Exchange page, I believe I was able to find the birth information for Catherina Vandzala who was born in 1895 in Felso-Szrnye. Vince Bobot was from Borcice (not sure of the correct spelling). He was born in 1895 and I believe I have found his birth record also. Though I have found some other records, I am having a little trouble definitively connecting them to information about their parents. Thanks again for the opportunity and congrats to whoever is selected. Kim. kbeqgen AT hotmail dot com

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  28. Mikolay and Christina Scherer Deutsch had 6 children born in Áta, Baranya, Hungary (baptised Egerágh, Baranya, Hungary) between 1866 and 1877. Their last child, my great grandmother Maria, was born 1880 in Pécs (baptised Budai Külvárosi, Pécs). The birth index has her as Maria Scherer. I'd like to have a copy of Maria's birth record, and need help to locate Mikolay and Christina's marriage and deaths. I'd also like to know if the children's birth records include a note on the parents' birthplace. I found out about the contest too late to enter; perhaps someone who sees the post may help. Congrats to the winner! 4genealogyinfo AT gmail.com

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