Hungary Civil Registration, Birth and Marriage Extracts (Family Search Historical Records)
This collection includes the years 1895-1972
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. Both formats have valuable English translation guides to the records.
Additional information about the records is available on the wiki page: Hungary Civil Registration.
General Information About Civil Registration
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 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. Civil registration was instituted so that the government might have a record of vital events useful in compiling statistics about the people in Hungary.
Key genealogical facts usually found in a birth record:
- Date of birth
- Name, gender, and religion
- Parents’ names, occupation, and residence
- Parents’ religion
- Parents’ age
- Place of birth
- Signatures of informant and registrar.
Key genealogical facts generally found in a marriage record:
- Date and place of the marriage
- Groom’s name, occupation, religion, date and place of birth, and residence
- Groom’s parents’ names
- Bride's name, occupation, religion, date and place of birth, and residence
- Bride’s parents’ names
- Signature of witnesses, groom, bride and registrar (Witnesses may be family members.)