Hungary Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1920 .

Title in the Language of the Records

Állami anyakönyvek Magyarországon, 1895-1972

Gyűjtemény időszaka:

Ez a gyűjtemény az 1895-1972 éveket tartalmazza

Record Description

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.

The registration has two formats:

  • The pre-1907 format can be located by clicking on the Hungary Civil Registration link below. 
  • The post-1907 format is located on this page.

Both formats have valuable English translation guides to the records.

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Registry Office (Anyakönyvi Hivatal). Hungary Civil Registration. Csongrád Megyei Levéltárban, Szeged, Hungary.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts 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 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.)

Key genealogical facts found in a death record:

  • Day and hour of death
  • Deceased’s name, occupation, and residence
  • Deceased’s religion
  • Deceased’s age
  • Spouse’s name
  • Parents’ names
  • Place of death
  • Signatures of informant and registrar

How to Use the Records

  • Use civil birth records to verify date and place of birth as well as to provide names of parents and their respective places of birth and approximate year of birth. Only birth records 90 years old or older are made available by the Hungarian government.
  • Use civil marriage records to verify date and place of marriage and name of spouse as well as provide parents names for both the bride and groom. Only marriage records 60 years old or older are made available by the Hungarian government.
  • Use civil death records to verify date and place of death as well as provide approximate year of birth, place of birth, names of parents and spouse. Only death records 30 years old or older are made available by the Hungarian government.

Research guides are available by clicking on the Hungary link below. It will also include "How to begin research", "Research Tools (incl. Common Hungarian Words)", and a history of Hungary.

Why the Record Was Created

Civil registration was instituted so that the government might have a record of vital events useful in compiling statistics about the people in Hungary.

Record Reliability

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.

Known Issues With This Collection

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Related Websites

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Contribution to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation Example for Records Found This Collection 

“Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1920,” index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed 14 March 2012), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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