Village names from 1715 and earlier
- It has come to my attention that several people cannot locate their village
(even with all the misspellings) in the 1715 & earlier census using the
Magyar village name they are accustomed to. A couple of possibilities:
1. Not searching on the correct village name. For many researchers, the
Magyar village name used is probably the one their immigrant ancestors
used/cited in late 19th, early 20th century. In fact, many villages had
multiple names (Magyar and other) over the course of 300 years. So you want
to be certain that you have the proper name in use in the year in question.
2. The village may not have existed. Many villages were not established
until after 1715.
A useful search strategy is to search for adjacent village names. As a
general rule, Urbarial census were constructed geographically. That is,
adjacent villages should be found within a few pages of each other. Don't
forget to use the name in use for the time period you seek.
Some people are also puzzled that their village does not show up in all the
Urbarial census. Again, consider that the village may not have been formed,
may have been disbanded, may have been incorporated into other entities and
so on. For some period of time, you village may have just been an
"outpost". There are so many possibilities. You are just beginning to
uncover the history of your village. You cannot necessarily expect
consistency of records.
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