Tuesday, December 30, 200322:01:27 CET
Family Tree Ltd.'s website gets new look

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Family Tree Ltd. of Budapest, Hungary is "Central and Eastern Europe's leading probate research organization" - according to their website, and I can attest it. They now sport a new design.

Perhaps it's more interesting that it is not only the website that went under changes these last years. The company started as a genealogy research service back in 1988. The changes of their website structure (moments from Feb 2003, May 2002, Jun 2000 - kudos to Internet Archive Wayback Machine) suggest a change in their portfolio. Genealogy looses and probate research gains importance.

Money talks, I guess? I recall an edition of the popular Hungarian programme "Frei dosszié" focusing on heirs research. It was estimated that assets in the value of some 10 bio Hungarian Forints (50 million US$) are delivered to newly found claimants per annum in Eastern Europe - or maybe in Hungary alone? I'm not sure. Either way, not bad :o.

filed under: Genealogy industry

Tuesday, December 30, 200300:36:02 CET
Maderspach family site and foundation

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After the Maderspach family and its researchers kept coming up this evening (interview with Kinga Maderspach on Hungarian radio, another programe with her and others) hunch told me to google them - and you bet, the family site was amongst the hits.

Maderspach.com is a living site, just like their activities. The family tree database is not available by default, but login can be requested. Famous members of the family have their dedicated page, and there are even memorial monuments related to the family. And check this out - the family has its own foundation to promote the family history research and to preserve the monuments.

What else they have? Books, documentary film (was on broadcast of Hungary's Duna Television) on family members, family ball in December 2003, an account of a tour to ancestral places and a call for guests for the planned 2004 family reunion.

filed under: Clubs, associations

Tuesday, December 30, 200300:02:35 CET
Hungarian minister of culture signed agreements in the US

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Ok, this is not a really new one. During his visit to the US in early November 2003 Hungarian minister of culture must have been really busy.

He signed an agreement at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. According to this microfilm copies of archival materials not available for public research in Hungary will be available at the Museum's research facilities - with measures to defend privacy.

Then Prof. Hiller signed another one with the Committee for Hungarian Education in North America "to help Hungarians living in North America preserve and promote Hungarian traditions, culture, language, and art". The release on the ministry's website also mentions that the ministry would like to provide help to American Hungarians in researching their ancestry in the old country.

filed under: Archives, libraries, museums Jewish research

Monday, December 29, 200323:00:23 CET
Life stories of people at nursing homes in Hungary recorded

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I read in the extract from "Magyarországról jövök" (radio programme on Hungary's Petőfi Channel) that two Hungarian ladies - one of the Diaconical Services of the R. C. Church in Hungary and the other one from the radio - started to record on tape life stories of older people residing in the 10 nursing homes of the service. It is believed that they can help the elderly by letting them go through their lives. Any relatives interested in this?

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Thursday, December 25, 200308:33:24 CET

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This site was found thanks to the "new" label in the Eastern European section of Cyndi's site. And amazed I am...

Centropa is an initiative with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria to document Jewish life in Central Europe, or, to widen the horizont, in Eastern Europe. They are working on collecting photographs and on doing oral history interviews. As of today, they have some 20 interviews with Hungarian persons, translated to English, 200 historical photos taken in Hungary, depicting either single persons or groups. All cataloged.

filed under: Jewish research

Wednesday, December 24, 200311:01:03 CET
DVHH developing and their Special Christmas Issue

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"The Donauschwaben Villages' Helping Hands Project (DVHH) is a non-profit, non-denominational, non-political group of researchers of Donauschwaben descent." (quote from their page)

DVHH has been in existence since 2002, and the site has been developing since then, too. In October they registered their own domain, so, pages are now on DVHH.org, and in September the Donauschwaben-Villages list (hosted by RootsWeb) was initiated - an active list with 167 messages in Nov 2003, 49 in Dec - so far.

DVHH has an extensive list of research accessories, aids, guides - just like anything needed for the Danubeswabian family historian. Worth exploring!

With the holidays in mind, DVHH has a Christmas Special Issue, as well.

filed under: Online resources German research

Wednesday, December 24, 200310:05:25 CET
Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Archives puts charters online

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A new project looks like starting at the Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Archives. Their collection of various charters would be online. As of today a teaser of 30 documents pertaining to Jászberény is available. Text is Hungarian and German. The layout is somewhat awkward, links to pictures are not valid. (here is the directory with the pictures)

filed under: Online resources

Saturday, December 20, 200315:59:40 CET
Series on Austro-Hungarian research in Heritage Quest Magazine

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Looking at the table of contents of the current issue (November/December 2003) of Heritage Quest Magazine one can find the second article in a series by professional genealogist Wade Hone. This time he discusses church resources. The first one was an introduction to history/geography of the region.

filed under: Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s

Saturday, December 20, 200315:46:07 CET
Sentence on Dr. Endre Czeizel reduced

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Dr. Czeizel, the 2000 winner of the Joseph P Kennedy Jr Foundation international award for scientific research, is known in Hungary thanks to his work in family planning. Besides, he is a geneticist, and in this character, researcher of family trees of outstanding Hungarian artists and authors. (his works, according to Amazon)

He was one of the several people accused of infant adoption from Hungary to US violating Hungarian laws. First judgement on them was issued in 2002. Now judgement is definitive, and sentence is reduced on many of the accused, including Dr. Czeizel. He is punished with a fine.

filed under: DNA and genealogy Outstanding personalities

Saturday, December 20, 200315:13:43 CET
Yet another Hungarian WW2 POW discovered in Russian mental hospital

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'Twas back in Autumn 2000 when an old man who had been nursed in a Russian mental hospital turned out to be a Hungarian POW from WW2: Andras Toma was placed there for unknown reasons, and as years went by, not speaking a word in Russian, it became his residence for decades.

Today Hungary's popular daily Népszabadság reports on finding Toma's fellow sufferer. He's called Emil. The psychiatrist and the journalist finding him now raise money to bring him home.

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Saturday, December 20, 200314:53:21 CET
Hold back, another link found

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Reading back in Leland's blog I became interested in a log mentioned there: Rheinhessen Heimat- und Familienforschung im Rheinhessenarchiv - oops, a bit long title for the site. Noticed with interest that RadixLog is listed in the links section of the left menu.

filed under: RadixLog

Saturday, December 20, 200314:34:30 CET
Gee! RadixLog discovered

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Leland K. Meitzler of GenealogyBlog.com sent me an email saying that "you'd been blogged" :) . Thank you Leland!

Who else is watching this site? G-o-o-g-l-e-b-o-t/2.1 keeps coming back. Thank you, too, Mr. Bot! And the season's greetings :)

filed under: RadixLog

Thursday, December 18, 200323:30:14 CET
Approx. 30,000 records added to the All Hungary Database @ JewishGen

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Warren Blatt informed researchers on the H-SIG list of an update of the All Hungary Database at the Jewish genealogy site, JewishGen. This includes additions to the 1869 national census transcriptions database (almost all of the remained sheets of this census relate to what is now Slovakia), and a database created from various censii taken between 1795-1850. All Hungary Database

filed under: Databases Jewish research

Thursday, December 18, 200323:19:46 CET
Budapest City Archives news

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Tuesday and Wednesday this week were dedicated to a trip to Budapest. Besides grabbing a few books to be used as sources for RadixRef at secondary bookshops I also visited one of the branches of the Budapest City Archives.

This branch - currently housed in a rather strange building (a museum, formerly) in the mountainous area of Buda - contains files of court houses and public notaries of Budapest. There are two more branches of the city archives. The opening ceremony for the new building, where materials of all the branches should have been transferred, was planned for Autumn 2003 - now that's over. It looks February or March 2004 will be the date for the real launch - one can expect an interruption of services due to the move.

... Hey, but it means some good things to come, too. Archivists are working on a couple of databases that might be available on their website - and at least one of them might be accessible right from the opening at the new address. This is a database of decisions of Budapest courts regarding inheritance and last wills and testament cases - they have some 70-80,000 records now.

They also consider to continue with the old Budapest city directories - a project the realization of which Péter Király (mentioned earlier) did not think to be really likely -, and start building a new database of the family sheets of Budapest people from the infamous 1941 Hungarian national census.

filed under: Databases Archives, libraries, museums

Monday, December 15, 200312:12:43 CET
Ferdinand Hengl wins the Lenau Award

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On Friday, 12 December, the winner for the 2003 Lenau Award was announced in the Lenau Haus (Lenau House) in Pécs. Ferdinand Hengl received the award.

Ferdinand Hengl (Hengl Nándor) is the author of quite a few books on Danubeswabian family history. The range of publications by him spans from Ortssippenbuch-s and local histories to extracts to "conscriptio animarum"-s (kirchliche Seelisten) of various places and regions in Transdanubia (western part of modern Hungary). Anton Tressel has a list of his publications up to 2001 here.

filed under: German research Outstanding personalities

Saturday, December 13, 200300:28:05 CET
Stefan Stader - R.I.P.

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Rumors went on about the bad health of Stefan Stader, the author behind the authoritative Sammelwerk donauschwäbischen Kolonisten and many other publications. Now, according to Dave Deyer's post on the Banat list @ rootsweb Herr Stader is gone. What a loss for family historians! May he rest in peace.

filed under: German research Outstanding personalities

Friday, December 12, 200323:36:41 CET
First ever weekly edition of RadixLog to be sent soon

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It's almost just about the time when the first ever weekly edition of RadixLog will be sent to those who have signed up for it with their emails. This issue will be sent to the 8 emails on the list. Happy reading and happy researching!

filed under: RadixLog

Thursday, December 11, 200301:26:47 CET
Conference on Hungarian internet content

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I'm just back from the closing day of the DAT 2003 conference held in Budapest. I visited the section covering digitization in libraries.

I could grab a few URLs for relatively new initiatives already in work and was informed about some projects still in progress.

The Vasi Digitális Könyvtár is a searchable corpus of various publications that relate to Vas County of Hungary. A less sophisticated (clumsy?) service is the Somogyi Elektronikus Könyvtár. This latter library has scanned pages of local history publications.

The librarians of the Szabó Ervin City Library in Budapest mentioned the opening of their new website early next year with new databases added. These will include at least 4000 pictures from the Photo Collection of their Budapest Collection, the local history collection for Budapest.

They took part in adding two more resources to the online collection of Arcanum: András Vályi's Magyar Országnak leírása (Description of Hungary) and Elek Fényes-es Magyarország geographiai szótára (Geographical dictionary of Hungary). Arcanum / Gesta, then click on "Régi magyar földrajz". Both of these contain basic information about settlements in Hungary. Vályi's work is from the late 1700s and it has shorter entries. Fényes tends to be more detailed. He is from the mid-1800s.

Péter Király of Arcanum was amongst the speakers of the conference. After his lecture I had the chance to speak to him. It looks like it is pretty unlikely that another volume of the Budapest city directories could be searchable anytime soon. Oops, I just realize I forgot to mention its URL in the post of 3 December.

He could confirm the Arcanum considered the removal of the freely available Nagy Iván and Kempelen from their website.

I've been waiting for the U&C database for quite some time now. U&C stands for Urbaria et Conscriptiones. This archival collection is part of the Archives of the Hungarian Chamber (ministry of finance, basically) that can be found in the Hungarian National Archives. The collection has tax lists and inventaries of domains in the management of the chamber between the 16th and 19th centuries. The database will not have all those names mentioned in the tax lists, but it will have plenty of useful information. E. g. it will be possible to see what lists are available for a certain domain. The U&C CD will be published by Arcanum, however, as it is a work by the Hungarian National Archives staff, there will be free internet access to it, too.

filed under: Databases Online resources Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s

Tuesday, December 9, 200317:31:42 CET
New guide book to European genealogy research

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I read in the current issue of Dick Eastman's genealogy newsletter that Family Tree Magazine has a new book: The family tree guide book to Europe. Book is probably not without some merits for researchers of the region.

filed under: Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s

Tuesday, December 9, 200317:25:21 CET
Finding aids of the Hungarian War Archives online

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The Magyar Elektronikus Könyvtár (Hungarian Electronic Library) added the html versions of some published inventories of the Hadtörténelmi Levéltár (Hungarian War Archives in Budapest, Hungary) to their collections. There had already been some titles in this series, now the list is longer.

Here are the available titles:
- inventary of the holdings pertaining to the 1848-1849 Hungarian revolution
- the introduction of the War Archives
- the yearbook of the archives from 1998 with various studies
- the inventary of the military files at the archives

All these are in Hungarian.

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums

Sunday, December 7, 200308:49:09 CET
Genealogical activities in Slovakia

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I've just visited the site of the Slovak Genealogical-Heraldic Society and noticed some new things there.

The papers of the 2001 Slovak genealogy conference in Martin has been published and can be ordered on the site.

The society announced the competition for the best Slovakia-related genealogy work. Deadline for this is June 2004. This competition looks like to be organized every three year.

The publication of the Guide to Slovak and Central European family history is still to come. Perhaps more donations are needed - or they don't have the chapters ready? Well, there seems to be not much progress when compared to the year 2000 capture of the page by Web Archive Org.

filed under: Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s Slovakia

Friday, December 5, 200312:14:58 CET
Discounted price of Atlas and gazetteer of Hungary 1914

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The Hungarian language site of Talma Publishers has that they offer the award winning "A történelmi Magyarország atlasza és adattára 1914." (Atlas and gazetteer of historical Hungary 1914) for a discounted price until Christmas. They ship it for 3640 Hungarian Forints, instead of 5600. Whether this discount is good for foreign addresses, too, or not, I'm not sure. If interested, ask them.

filed under: Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s

Thursday, December 4, 200311:37:35 CET
New online, free databases of Hungarian noble family history

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Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum (Petőfi Museum of Literature, Budapest, Hungary) announced the addition of two databases to their website services. Both of them are based on the works by the celebrated Hungarian genealogist János József Gudenus.

The first one is the online version of volumes A-P of his praised "A magyarországi főnemesség XX. századi genealógiája" (The 20th century genealogy of the Hungarian aristocracy). (Volumes Q-Z to be added later.)

The second one is less explained. It's called "Magyar családtörténeti adattár" (Hungarian family history database). What is its coverage? - unknown. Have to dig into it.

To access these resources together with other goodies on the site go to the website of the museum, click on "Adatbázisok" on the left menu, click on the picture on the right site and pick the database you would like to use.

While on the site you don't want to miss the "Magyar életrajzi index" database. This indexes Hungarian biographical collection books and periodicals - 617 as of today with some 151,000 records.

filed under: Databases

Thursday, December 4, 200311:12:53 CET
Upcoming Profila auction offers 4000+ old post cards of places in Hungary

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It's again time for hunting down old postcards of Hungarian settlements of your interest - Profila Ltd. of Budapest, Hungary offers 4000+ of those old postcard at their auction on 15 Dec 2003. These cards are not cheap, tough: the less attractive ones start at about 1400 Hungarian Forints (7 US$), average is probably about 13-14 USD.

Starting prices for postcards with synagogues go the sky: cheaper ones start at 35 USD, and I see a corny one of Kápolnásnyék for 80,000 HUF (~360 USD). It just doesn't make sense for me.

filed under: Paragenealogy

Wednesday, December 3, 200323:55:33 CET
DNA testing service in Hungary

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Quite by chance I came across a company in Hungary that offered DNA tests: Genodia. They concentrate on tests for various health issues (their English pages only list these), but reading the Hungarian pages one can learn that paternity tests and even other tests of relativity are on their service list, as well. I'm far from being well informed about these tests, but their prices seem to be a way too high when compared to FamilyTreeDNA or to GeneTree: a test of relativity level for 3-4 persons costs 200,000 Hungarian forints, which makes something like 900 US$.

filed under: Genealogy industry DNA and genealogy

Wednesday, December 3, 200323:35:42 CET
Budapest city directory of 1900 goes online

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... or at least, its part that contains names, professions and addresses of its inhabitants. This is the same series in which I offered lookups of names.

Péter Király made a pilot of 50 pages on it a few years ago, and now it looks like he could complete this project and it is now served from the Budapest City Archives website. Well done, well done!

Thanks to Laci Pfaff of AKUFF for sharing this news with us.

Also, while on the Budapest City Archives site I noticed another new item: the 1873-1874 minutes of the main committee City Council. The minutes is fully transcribed and searchable. Many useful items for local history researchers. It's made available by a joint venture of the city archives and of Arcanum.

filed under: Databases Archives, libraries, museums

Wednesday, December 3, 200317:50:18 CET
New titles, DVD-s of Arcanum out - end of line for free Nagy Iván, Kempelen on the horizon?

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A few days ago I had the chance to meet Arcanum's CEO at a computer show. They advertize themselves as the largest electronic content provider - publisher in Hungary. I believe this to be true. They have been teasing Hungarian family historians with their publications for years now. A significant part of their titles are either genealogical by nature or they are used by genealogists, as well - I mean local histories, archival sources, bibliograpical works.

They publish their titles on CD, and recently, they started with DVD compilations. Their new DVD no. 3 and no. 4 are compilations for the local historians and genealogy researchers. Visitors of the computer show had the chance to buy them at half of the normal price - got my copy for sure :P

The CEO told me that in the foreseeable future they continue to focus on CD and DVD products, but they might start with payment based internet content should there be enough interest in this.

He also mentioned that they might consider taking the free genealogy resources on the site (the works by Iván Nagy and Béla Kempelen) off, so, alarm!! do your searches until this happens. Or buy the CDs. Or wait for the pay service %o

filed under: Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s Genealogy industry

Wednesday, December 3, 200317:32:09 CET
Civertan puts 9000 aerial photos of Hungarian settlements online

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I've been looking at this company for a deal. They have on stock more than 9000 aerial photographs taken over 500 settlements in Hungary. Some of their material has been visible on the RadixForum site, and namely, on some settlement pages, like Bátaapáti - and others.

Now they have put their stock to their website: Civertan Stúdió. Click on "Légifotó" and choose (Válasszon) a county you are interested in. You will then have to choose (Válasszon) again the settlement you are would like to see. Happy browsing!

filed under: Genealogy industry Paragenealogy

Wednesday, December 3, 200317:11:48 CET
utak.hu displays streets maps and finds addresses in larger towns of Hungary

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utak.hu is a new Hungarian site. It has street maps of all the settlements of current day Hungary... and it goes further. Their database can be searched for any address in Hungary: you will get a detailed map of the neighborhood. Wow!

Great resource. If only they could replace the Java applet with something running more smoothly.

To find maps click on the "TÉRKÉP, ÚTVONALTERVEZŐ" tab on the above menu and wait for the Java thing to load. Then zoom into the map - down to the street level.

This website can also find and display an address in one of the 200 larger towns of Hungary.

A nice addition to the Térképcentrum site!

filed under: Online resources Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s Archives, libraries, museums Jewish research German research DNA and genealogy Paragenealogy Clubs, associations Outstanding personalities RadixLog Foo

Wednesday, December 3, 200316:55:52 CET
National Memory Program in Hungary - going ahead slowly?

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It was back in January 2003 when the Hungarian minister of education announced the start of the National Memory Program (Nemzeti Emlékezet Program). Part of it would be a family memories (családi emlékezet) program (website). Participating students would collect genealogy info about their families and would draw family charts - according to a radio broadcast with the minister back in late August - early September 2003.

Its website had claimed that it would start in May 2003. Now November 2003 is displayed as the starting date. Will have to keep an eye on its progress.

filed under: Databases Online resources Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s Archives, libraries, museums Jewish research German research Slovakia Education Outstanding personalities RadixLog

Monday, December 1, 200311:31:24 CET
RadixLog started

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Well. I've just started this blog to share Hungarian genealogy news that I come across/hear about etc.
A newsletter on the topic has been planned for years by me - just to realize that I won't have the time to make it really organized, well-written, regularly delivered and other things that would needed for a real "newsletter". Instead, interested parties will see eventual short entries here in the blog.

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