Saturday, September 16, 200613:19:10 CET
Tremendous collection of detailed, topographic maps of Hungary, online

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Browsing through the posts in the genealogy topic of Hungary's most popular internet message board ( I spotted a promising link. And I'm so happy that I followed it.

The link took me to "EDIT", the "Digital Map Collection of the ELTE University". This collection has four interesting sets of maps:
- 1) 1:25,000 scale Gauss-Krüger projection maps covering modern Hungary from the 1950s. These were made for the military and were classified secret.
- 2) The 1:200,000 old military maps from the 3rd Military Survey (late 19th century), which have been available since 2003: digitized maps and which covers most of Eastern Europe.
- 3) The 1:25,000 topographical maps, the sources for the 1:200,000 ones, from the late 19th century. Well, besides the 1950s maps this is the real beef! You can even see houses in settlements.
- 4) The county maps series from the late 19th century, already in use by family historians, and available from this page, as well.

Hereinafter let me concentrate on 1) and 3). Finding the place of your interest is not easy within the site's current navigation system.

Part of the problem is that navigation on the site is in Hungarian. Let me give some guidance, though. When you enter the site choose "50-es évekbeli Gauss_Krüger" for set 1), "3. katonai topográfiai térképek" for set 3) in the "Kategóriák" (Categories) field. Then push the "Keres" (Find) button. You'll get a second frame on the left side, a list of hits. For 1) the list ("Találatok" - Hits) starts with "Matterszburg", close to the Austrian-Hungarian border, Hungary's NW part, and goes there to other towns of Hungary. At 3) you'll get a list of sections. Choose from the hits, and click on "Mutat" (Show). The bottom frame on the left side brings up the thumbnail of the chosen map, as well as the button "Teljes kép" (Whole image). Push it, and you get the high resolution image opening in a new window. (You may have to scroll down in the left bottom frame to see the button.)

To find the section of your interest in 3), you can use at least two overview maps: Lazarus server, Arcanum server.

I'm planning to launch a new site, RadixHub as soon as I can sort things out. One of the features of RadixHub would be linking right to the maps showing settlements. Stay tuned!

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Saturday, September 16, 200611:43:05 CET
Finaly's Latin-Hungarian dictionary online, for free

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One of the most used resources of my employer's KlimoTheca project has been an edition of the Latin-Hungarian dictionary by Ferenc Pápai Páriz. According to server logs several of our visitors found their way to us via the search "Latin-Magyar&qout; at Google. Now our top position is gone, and has been replaced by a well respected dictionary, the one by Henrik Finály.

Genealogists' old friend, Arcanum published the CD version of Finály back in 2002. Fast forward to 2006, converted from the CD, the web version of the dictionary sits on the domain of Hungary's main library, the National Széchényi Library.

Finál has been used heavily by history buffs in Hungary because its coverage of Latin words and expressions that were in use in that part of the world in medieval and later times.

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