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Title in the Language of the Records
Magyar Polgári Anyakönyvek
This collection includes the years 1895-1980.
The records are bound volumes of preprinted forms with event information recorded by hand. From 1895 through 1906, the forms are one page per event; beginning with 1907 each event occupies one row in a printed table, so there are multiple events recorded per page. The records are in Hungarian.
The registration has two formats:
- The pre-1907 format can be located by clicking on the Hungary Civil Registration link below.
- The post-1907 format is located on this page.
Both formats have valuable English translation guides to the records. An extract of these records has also been created and is being moved into the wiki article: Hungary Civil Registration, Birth and Marriage Extracts (Family Search Historical Records)
Civil Registration began in Hungary on October 1, 1895. The original records are maintained by each individual civil registration office (anyakönyvi hivatal); copies are made and submitted to the Municipal Archives in Budapest (Budapest Főváros Levéltára). The copies in the Municipal Archives were microfilmed and subsequently digitized into the images in this collection.
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Civil registration was instituted so that the government might have a record of vital events useful in compiling statistics about the people in Hungary.
Civil records are the primary source for research after 1894. They are generally correct as the event was registered by those who were eyewitnesses of the event.
For a list of the localities, record types, and date ranges included in this collection, refer to Hungary Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records) Coverage Table.
Birth records may contain the following information:
- Registration date and number
- Date and place of birth
- Name of child
- Child's gender and religion
- Parents’ names and mother's age
- Parents’ religion
- Signature of informant
- Additional remarks
Marriage records generally contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Groom’s name
- Groom's date and place of birth
- Groom's religion and occupation
- Groom’s parents’ names
- Bride's name
- Bride's date and place of birth
- Bride's religion and occupation
- Bride’s parents’ names
- Witnesses' names and their residence
- Additional remarks
Death records generally contain the following information:
- Registration date and number
- Date and time of death
- Place of death
- Name and age of deceased
- Deceased’s residence and occupation
- Deceased's religion
- Spouse’s name
- Parents’ names
- Cause of death
- Signatures of informant and registrar
- Additional remarks
How to Use the Records
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "County" category
⇒Select the "Town or Registration District" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Date Range" category which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one 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.
- Use civil birth records to verify date and place of birth as well as to provide names of parents and their respective places of birth and approximate year of birth. Only birth records 90 years old or older are made available by the Hungarian government.
- Use civil marriage records to verify date and place of marriage and name of spouse as well as provide parents names for both the bride and groom. Only marriage records 60 years old or older are made available by the Hungarian government.
- Use civil death records to verify date and place of death as well as provide approximate year of birth, place of birth, names of parents and spouse. Only death records 30 years old or older are made available by the Hungarian government.
Research guides are available by clicking on the Hungary link below. It will also include "How to begin research", "Research Tools (incl. Common Hungarian Words)", and a history of Hungary.
For Help Reading These Records
These records are in Hungarian. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
Known Issues With This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Issues Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Anyakönyvi Hivatal. Csongrád Megyei Levéltárban, Szeged.