Hungary Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 .

Title in the Language of the Records

Magyar Polgári Anyakönyvek, 1895-1980

Record Description

This collection includes the years 1895-1980

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. An extract of these records has also been created and is being moved into the wiki article: Hungary Civil Registration, Birth and Marriage Extracts (Family Search Historical 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.

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

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980." Index and Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Anyakönyvi Hivatal. Csongrád Megyei Levéltárban, Szeged.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These birth records may contain the following information:

  • Registration date and number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of child
  • Child's gender and religion
  • Parents’ names and mother's age
  • Parents’ religion
  • Signature of informant
  • Additional remarks

These marriage records generally contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom’s name
  • Groom's date and place of birth
  • Groom's religion and occupation
  • Groom’s parents’ names
  • Bride's name
  • Bride's date and place of birth
  • Bride's religion and occupation
  • Bride’s parents’ names
  • Witnesses' names and their residence
  • Additional remarks

These death records generally contain the following information:

  • Registration date and number
  • Date and time of death
  • Place of death
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Deceased’s residence and occupation
  • Deceased's religion
  • Spouse’s name
  • Parents’ names
  • Cause of death
  • Signatures of informant and registrar
  • Additional remarks

How to Use the Records

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:

⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "County" category
⇒Select the "Town or Registration District" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Date Range" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

  • 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.

Known Issues With This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Issues Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Contribution to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1920,” images, FamilySearch ( accessed 25 May 2012), Nógrád > Balassa-Gyarmat > Births (Születtek) 1909-1914 > Image 49 of 325, Árpád Selmeczy, born 30 December 1909; citing Registry Office (Anyakönyvi Hivatal), Hungary Civil Registration, Csongrád Megyei Levéltárban, Szeged, Hungary.