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Title in the Languages of the Record
- Magyar gyászjelentések, 1840-1990
- Ungar, Begräbnismeldungen, 1840-1990
This Collection will include records from 1840 to 1990.
Printed funeral notices gathered by the National Library of Hungary. About 30% pertain to Budapest and the rest to other places in Hungary. 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. 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.
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 Budapest (certainly less than half, possibly about 30%) others are from other parts of Hungary and from areas no longer in Hungary (Slovakia, Croatia, Romania). There are approximately 459,000 people represented in these cards.
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Notices were used to notify family and friends of a death and served also as an invitation to attend the funeral sermon.
Generally these were composed from information provided by close family members and the information is fairly reliable.
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- Bibliotheke National Széchényi. Hungary Funeral Notices. Országos Széchényi Könyvtár, Budapest, Hungary.
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
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Notices vary somewhat in the information provided. At a minimum 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.
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