Finding your Hungarian Female Ancestor

                           One of the greatest thing about the 1869 Hungarian census is how they count the women. They are enumerated by their birth names, even if they are married. Occasionally, a widow is given the suffix - “ne" at the end of her husband's name, such as in the name, for example, Mihalyne Nagy, which means " Mrs. Mihaly Nagy " with the "ne" signifying the Hungarian form of " Mrs ".  But the majority of married women are listed with their maiden names. I do not know of any other census from any other country that lists married women with their own birth surname.

Hungarian research and passports

So where is the Hungarian census of 1857 ?

We know it exists. This particular census was called the "Josephine" census because it was the census ordered by Emperor Joseph II of Austria - Hungary to count men for military service [1]  We know that some rolls of it are at the National Archives of Hungary.  Some are also at Family History Archives because the Genealogical Society of Utah filmed it in 1970.

Hit a brick wall looking for your Hungarian ancestor ?

     Find yourself scratching your head on where to begin looking for your Hungarian roots in America? Are you lost among the digital church records and google maps of Slovakia?  Puzzled by where your Hungarian relatives may have attended church or lived to find their records ?  Own a record you can not read ?

   HUNGARY EXCHANGE FORUM, headed by Nick Gombash, is a great resource for Hungarian genealogy. 

Hungarian Village Finders for Newbies

         With the exciting updates of the Hungarian collections at Family Search, many new researchers find themselves very confused about WHERE exactly their immigrants hailed from in Hungary. Perhaps one knows the origins through family traditional stories but did not know that the borders of the country has changed many times in the past 300 years or more ?

East Chicago: Steel town Incognitos

                                   I knew we had cousins that worked in the steel mills of Indiana Harbor. What I did not know is that it was a huge sprawling industrial community that still remains active today. The canal and harbor sprawled out over several years, beginning in 1901, as the company expanded. Many immigrants lived and worked in East Chicago. Inland Steel Company is where three generations of these cousins worked, lived and died. 

Indiana Harbour Steeltown

Soldiers in 1869 Jablonca, Hungary

In 1867, there were 34 military recruiting stations in the county Abauj in Hungary. In 1869, Jablonca had nearly 18 soldiers in it's meager population. The 1869 Hungarian census lists the soldiers that served Independent Hungary in the "absence" or "notes" columns at the end of each individual information row.  Sometimes the family's soldier was listed as "away"; sometimes they were listed as a retired or as a "home guard" soldier.  In the 1869 census of Jablonca, the enumerator listed the soldiers as  "HONVED". The word "honvéd"  means "the soldier who save our country".

Del Ray, Michigan ~ long ago.........

                     In 1895, many Hungarians from the Paloc region of Hungary immigrated to Del Ray, Michigan. All Saint's Church, founded in 1896, is the oldest catholic parish in the Del Ray section of southwestern Detroit and absorbed many of this new Hungarian population into it's parish. It was joined by another Hungarian Church called Holy Cross which still stands in the area of what was once a huge Hungarian settlement in 1900.

The Innkeeper

                             In the center of Jablonca, in 1869, there was an inn. What perplexes me is that it only had two sleeping rooms, a living room and a pantry, plus an outbuilding with a cellar and two cows in the yard. Not your typical Red Roof Inn! Samuel Scheiefer, and his assistant, and the Schiefer family all lived at the inn as well. I can not imagine where the guests slept.

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