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Guide to Hungary ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

Country Information

Hungary is a country in Central Europe bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. From the eighteenth century to World War I it belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The official language is Hungarian.[1] The lands of Hungary contributed great numbers of people to the waves of European Emigration from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. These were not just Hungarians, but also Romanians, Germans, Jews, Slovaks, Ukrainians, Serbs, and Croats. Many settled in the United States, Canada, and Australia where, generations later, their descendants now begin the task of seeking their Hungarian heritage.

Getting Started with Hungary Research

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Hungary Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Hungary research.

Family History Library Collection

The Family History Library has an excellent collection of records from the present-day Hungary and Slovakia. Some of these rolls are available for immediate access at the Family History Library, including: Jewish records for all areas, Church records of Slovakia, and Church records of the city of Budapest. Many other microfilms can be obtained within 24 hours at the Family History Library. Others can be ordered within a few days. If you are visiting the library in Salt Lake City we recommend you order microfilms at least a month before you come. You can also order and use Hungarian microfilms at any of the many family history centers. These records are written in Latin, Hungarian, and German. Some records of minority groups are written in Serbian, Slovak, Croatian, old Church Slavonic, Hebrew, and Romanian. The library has genealogical word lists in German, Latin, and Hungarian to help you in reading these records.

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Hungary Map

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Counties of Hungary

Historic Counties of Hungary

  • Abaúj-Torna --now split between Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary, and Košice Region, Slovakia.
  • Arad--In 1920, Most went to Romania—small southern part wen to Békés.
  • Bács-Bodrog--In 1918, Northern 15% went to Bács-Kiskun, 85% went to Yugoslavia
  • Bars--Became Tekov County, Slovakia
  • Bihar--now mostly in northwestern Romania (as Bihor County), and a smaller part in Hajdú-Bihar County, eastern Hungary.
  • Borsod--merged into Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén.
  • Csanád--divided between Békés, Csongrád, and Romania (county of Arad, Romania).
  • Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kis-Kun--The present county Pest was formed after World War II, when the former county Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun was split in two parts (the other part is within present-day Bács-Kiskun}.
  • Pozsony--became Bratislava

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Hungary," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 March 2016.