Hungary, Reformed Church Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period 

This collection is an index to Reformed Church baptism records of Hungary covering the years 1624 to 1895.

Record Description

This collection is an index to the Reformed Church baptism records of Hungary. Original records are written in Latin, Hungarian, and some in German.

Record Content 

The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include: 

  •  Name of child
  • Date of birth
  •  Date of baptism
  •  Father and mother’s names and sometimes their address
  •  Complete witness’s names and sometimes their address
  •  Registration place

How to Use the Record 

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  •  The place where the event occurred.
  •  The name and surname of the person.
  •  The approximate date of the event.
  •  The name of the parents or spouse.

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  •  Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  •  Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  •  Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  •  Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  •  Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  •  Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family. • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  •  Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  •  Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  •  Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  •  When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  •  The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  •  Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  •  There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  •  Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  •  Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  •  Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Record History 

Calvinist Protestantism became the dominant religion of Hungarians in the late 1500s. The keeping of Reformed church registers began in the early 1700s after the Turks were replaced by the Christian Austrian government.

Why This Collection Was Created 

Registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, and other ordinances pertaining to each Church’s jurisdiction.

Record Reliability 

These records are a reliable source and contain valuable information for family history research.

Related Web Sites 

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Related Wiki Articles 

Hungary Church Records

Contributions to This Article

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Sources for This Collection 

“Hungary Reformed Church Christenings, 1624-1895,” database, FamilySearch ; from Magyar Országos Levéltár (Hungary Nationwide Archive). Hungary Reformed Church Christenings (Anyakönyv). Magyar Református Egyház. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

 We welcome your assistance in adding source citations for individual archives when collection data was collected from various sources or archives. The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.  How_to_Create_Source_Citations_For_FamilySearch_Historical_Records_Collections

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections 

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

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

Source Citations for This Collection 

Please, help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying source citations for this collection. The following are examples of source citations: (Normal text with bullets):

  •  United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ( September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
  •  Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet ( April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023.