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Title in the Languages of the Record

  • Magyar gyászjelentések (Hungarian)
  • Ungar, Begräbnismeldungen (German)

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1840 to 1990.

These are printed funeral notices gathered by the National Library of Hungary. About 30% of the records pertain to Budapest and the rest are from other places in Hungary. The collection includes approximately 459,000 individual cards printed in a variety of styles, sometimes on colored paper and generally with a black border. A small percentage are handwritten on printed forms. These records are in Hungarian. The cards are arranged alphabetically by family name and then by given name.

Notices were printed and distributed to family members and friends. Over time they were either collected by someone and donated to the National Szechenyi Library in Budapest or were collected by the Library itself.

These notices represent only a fraction of Hungarians who died during the inclusive years, primarily those from well-to-do, middle-class families and lesser nobility. Some of these notices are from areas no longer in Hungary (Slovakia, Croatia, Romania). There are approximately 459,000 people represented in these cards. 

For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Notices were used to notify family and friends of a death and also served as an invitation to attend the funeral sermon. Generally, these were composed from information provided by close family members. Therefore, the information is fairly reliable.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Hungary Funeral Notices, 1840-1990.

Record Content

Hungarian memorial cards may contain the following information.

  • Full name of deceased
  • Age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Major accomplishments of deceased
  • Funeral and burial details
  • Memorial service details
  • Date and place of publication of death notice
  • Epitaph

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname letter" category
⇒Select the "Beginning name" category, which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Notices vary somewhat in the information provided. At a minimum, you can use notices to obtain the name of the deceased, the date and time of death. Sometimes you will learn the age of the deceased, permitting you to approximate the date of birth. Most notices include the names of several surviving family members such as spouses, siblings, and children. Use these details to extend research in those directions. If major accomplishments of the deceased are included, you can use this information to find occupational or school records. Most are written in Hungarian; some are in German; a few are in French.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Hungarian, German, or French. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Hungary items or FHL Keyword Hungary items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Hungary Archives and Libraries.

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Hungary Funeral Notices, 1840-1990." Images. FamilySearch. accessed 2015. Citing Bibliotheke National Széchényi. Országos Széchényi Könyvtár, Budapest.

Image Citation

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Hungary Funeral Notices, 1840-1990.


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