Friday, January 31, 2014

Winter Sale! Save 25%

Winter Sale: Save 25% on all professional research, including the areas of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic (formerly Bohemia), Germany (and all neighboring Germanic speaking countries), Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia (formerly Czechoslovakia & Hungary) Slovenia and the USA.

You can find more details and information on my professional services, here, and you can contact me at my email address:

This sale ends on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at midnight, so hurry up and lock in your sale price!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Marriage Records Added in January 2014

It's been a busy month for adding new marriage records to the Hungarian Marriage Project. Six new parishes have either been created or updated and over 1,500 marriages have been added. Here's a list of the new marriages that have been made available:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ancestry's Acquisition of FamilySearch Records

Ancestry announced two days ago a partnership with FamilySearch, that would add an additional 1 billion records to Ancestry's holdings via FamilySearch. Here is the press release:

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- announced today an extension of their collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than 1 billion additional records from 67 countries available on These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement the two largest providers of family history resources announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish an expected 1 billion global historical records never before published online from the FamilySearch vault over the next five years. 
These additional records, which are already digitized collections, represent a significant expansion to, which hosts the largest collection of global records available online. The records also add to the aggressive international digitization efforts already in place by 
As stated previously by the company, has a long-term content strategy, which is committed to investing $100 million to digitize and index new content over the next five years. The company is focused on providing access to a global collection of records and expand family history interest in its current markets and worldwide. 
The additional collections include more than 1 billion digitized and indexed records and over 200 million images containing birth, marriage, death, census and church records from Europe, Latin America, South Africa, South America, Asia and more. These collections will provide customers with rich details that will help them discover new information about their ancestors from around the world. 
"We are excited to be expanding our exclusive, groundbreaking agreement with FamilySearch. In addition to the previously announced plan to together digitize 1 billion records never before published online, we're thrilled to be able to provide our members with access to this additional 1 billion records from 67 countries," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of "These new global records will mean even more discoveries for our members." 
A focus on adding global content isn't new to, who has offices around the world and 12 billion global records already on the website. The site currently hosts record collections dating back to the 1300's that include records around the census, immigration and naturalizations and military, just to name a few. In fact, hundreds of millions of records from Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Eastern Europe have been added in recent years to the billions of records from the company's primary operating markets and record digitization projects are underway for collections from many more countries. These 1 billion additional records are expected to be available on starting in January and fully published over the next few months. To search records from around the world currently available on visit

This press release leaves much to be desired and opens up questions. Since the data being acquired is international information and access to any international databases on Ancestry requires a World Explorer subscription, does this mean that you'll need to pay for this subscription to view these new databases? As far as the three new Hungarian databases are concerned (Hungary, Select Baptisms, 1734-1895; Hungary, Select Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895; Hungary, Select Reformed Church Christenings, 1624-1895), yes, you do need an Ancestry World Explorer subscription to view records from these new databases.

So my ultimate questions are: How is Ancestry getting away with charging for this information, when you can access it for free on FamilySearch? What exactly is FamilySearch benefiting from all of this, considering they charge absolutely nothing for patrons to use their website and access their information? It only seems logical that they received something in return, since Ancestry is going to be making an increased profit because of these new databases.

Another thing that's bothering me: is any of this new information on Ancestry that's coming from FamilySearch, being indexed and transcribed by their FamilySearch Indexing volunteers? In my honest opinion, records that are being indexed by the FamilySearch Indexing volunteers should remain on FamilySearch, and it should remain free. Always. The countless amount of hours that these volunteers, including myself, have put into indexing these records.. and now Ancestry is making money off of it?

I will no longer be devoting any of my valuable time to FamilySearch Indexing, when it means I may be putting money into Ancestry's deep pockets. No, thank you.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Bihor County, Romania - Archives Re-Opening

Just recently, I have received word from my photographer stating that the Bihor county archives in Romania will be reopening soon. They had been closed for quite a long time due to construction and renovations going on at the archive, thus restricting access to researchers and photographers. We're hoping that the archive will be reopening by March/April of 2014, about three months away. Bihor county, Romania was formerly Bihar county, Hungary.

There were many important towns and areas in the former Bihar county, Hungary, including Nagyvárad (today Oradea). The other important towns were Belényes (Beiuș), Margitta (Marghita) and Nagyszalonta (Salonta).

There was a large mix of religions in Bihar county, Hungary, including: Evangelical, Greek Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Reformed and Roman Catholic.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ukrainian Family History Group Spring 2014 Workshop

Please join the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center for the inaugural event of its new Family History Group and learn about how to research your genealogy.  Expert speakers Michelle Tucker Chubenko and Mike Buryk will offer their unique insights on various topics related to Eastern European and U.S. immigration history, family research, and the archives available in Ukraine and Poland.

When:  March 22nd, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Ukrainian Cultural Center
135 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873

Contact:  Phone: 732-356-0132


Event Fee(s):  Registration fee $ 20.00 in advance, or $25.00 at the door.

**Hungary Exchange has no affiliation with the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center or Ukrainian Cultural Center.