- Mar 21, 2005A few hints on church records.
1) If the page has a list of first names, followed by parents'
names, it is a list of births. There will be the occasional single
parent, duly noted in the "illegitimate" column.
2) If the page layout suggests people of the same approx age, you
have marriages. Sometimes the pages are horizonatl for groom, then
bride. With luck, you also get the parents' names. Any marriage over
age 30 is assumed to be a second marriage -- within a month or so of
the death of the first spouse. Look for the death record.
Marriages are usually recorded in the BRIDE'S church while births
and deaths are typically in the GROOM'S church. If you note the
religion and village name, you will have an idea where to look for
Assume all marriages occured at age 20. That is close enough
to "actual" to separate the generations.
3) If the pages show a variety of ages, you have deaths. These can
be a bit tricky. For example, something like Janos / Adam Michal /
Kocis Maria would be Janos, the son of Michal Adam and Maria Kocis --
but I'm not dead yet.
4) The 1869 Hungarian Census provides a wealth of family
information, if available for your village.
When available, house numbers can help you track closely-related
TRANSLATION OF CHURCH RECORDS
Checkout http://www.bmi.net/jjaso/ for parish record header
LDS also has a pretty good translation guide which you can download.
See forums.delphiforums.com/iarelative/messages message #3931.1 for
1910 HUNGARIAN MAP
The old Hungarian county maps can be found at:
SAVE your map on YOUR computer. OPEN the map in any graphics
program. CUT and PRINT the relevant section of the map. Otherwise,
you just get a corner. This map uses the Hungarian village names
that you will likely find in church records.
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