Online resources

The collection of online Hungary ancestry resources - from the blogger's angle. Everything but databases.

Tuesday, June 9, 200907:53:19 CET
BMD registers research conference at the Hungarian National Archives

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I'm en route to Budapest to attend the conference hosted by the Hungarian National Archives. The subject of the conference is Birth/Marriage/Death registers. Speakers include National Archives staff, the people who wrote the digitization of church BMD registers in Hungary study, a couple of lectures with case studies, a former Natl Archives staff member sharing her memories about the days of LDS microfilming at the archives in the 1960s, Family Tree Ltd.'s Mr. Eötvös, Karl Heinz of the Matricula project (digitizing German and Austrian registers) and Vlatka Lemic of the Croatian National Archives (digitized BMD registers in Croatia, 1580-1945).

I plan to take notes during the conference using Twitter. Follow me live or check out the updates later.

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums Croatia Events


Sunday, May 31, 200921:54:13 CET
Working on a biggish project - and on a utility to amend it

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These past months have been rather silent at RadixLog. Besides the usual routine I also dived into an exciting project. More on that in a couple of weeks time - hopefully.

To set up reference points (localities) for this new project, and also to ease navigation I've been entering gazetteer information for Austria-Hungary from the multivolume gazetteer covering the whole empire (but Bosnia-Herzegovina), published in the early 1900s. The gazetteer was scanned and made available by BYU: Gemeindelexikon der im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder, vols 1-14.

My version of it should be available in a couple of days time on the Austria-Hungary.info site (blank at the moment).

filed under: Online resources Radix labs

Friday, April 24, 200910:47:45 CET
Arcanum.hu now 20 years old - conference on digitization

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I'm sitting in the Millenaris Center in Budapest, the venue of the Budapest Book Festival. What brought me here is the digitization conference organized by Arcanum. The company is 20 years old this year.

I plan to tweet about the event using my Twitter account. Follow me!

filed under: Databases Online resources Books, mags, CD-s, DVD-s Archives, libraries, museums Events

Tuesday, February 17, 200923:07:21 CET
Old 1:75,000 military maps of Austria-Hungary now online

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This just came through the Rusyns list at Yahoo! Groups: the project of 1:75K old Austria-Hungary military maps is now online.

The homepage of the project writes that these are 1877-1914 maps, 776 sheets with a total of 3,665 images (including various editions of sheets).

The project is more than simply scanning the maps, a database with place names and metadata is also being built.

To start using this service go to the Search engine and enter place names. The place names database has all the small villages included, stripping accents from letters is OK, but the engine doesn't accept partial place names.

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Wednesday, February 4, 200910:11:59 CET
Google Translate now does Hungarian

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Google's translation tool has a new set of languages added. And this update brings some cheers to researchers of Hungarian ancestry, as it includes Hungarian.

The quality of Google's Hungarian to English, English to Hungarian translations vary - Hungarian isn't an easy language to understand, the task is daunting even for computers.

In the comments of the post (Hungarian) where I first saw the new tool mentioned several people agree that an other tool that has been available for some time now beats Google in En-Hu, Hu-En translations: Webforditas.hu (WebTranslation.hu) excels in that it's being developed to tackle the specialities of Hungarian. Google uses a more generic approach.

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Thursday, January 1, 200922:17:45 CET
Hungary funeral notices 1840-1990 - online

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Thanks to Krisztian S. for sharing the information that the funeral notices collection of Hungary's National Széchényi Library is now available on the internet: Hungary funeral notices 1840-1990.

LDS microfilming of the collection was completed a couple of months ago and it didn't take them too long to add the images to the FamilySearch Pilot site.

The number of funeral notice cards is about 460,000 and most of them were issued for families of the middle and higher classes. They usually contain not only the name of the deceased person, but also the names and relations of the surviving family and mourners.

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Wednesday, November 12, 200821:12:52 CET
RadixRobot private beta available

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I'm pleased to announce the private beta launch of yet another Radix site: RadixRobot is a free search engine that provides parallel search of surnames in dozens of Hungary-related genealogical or historical databases and sources.

Still in its infancy, there are many features that are yet to be implemented and RadixRobot has its share of bugs, too.

Family historians are welcome to try their luck and enter the surnames they are interested in. To use the private beta site one has to log in with a username and password. Current login details (may be subject to change):
RadixRobot
username: radixrobot
password: robot1

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

filed under: Online resources Radix labs

Friday, October 31, 200820:45:56 CET
Arcanum text processing - hundreds of thousands of pages, online, free

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Thanks to a prominent member on the Hungarian Csaladtortenet (Family History) list at RadixIndex, several of Arcanum's upcoming or not widely published resources have been mentioned. These large corpora offer valuable information for the family historian, too.

The first of the announced collections - with less info for the genealogist - was the minutes and documents of Hungary's Parliament, 1867-1918, 312,000 pages.

The second one is more promising for the ancestry researcher: publications of Hungarian museums is an almost complete collection of the yearbooks and other publications by county museums and by several other museums in Hungary - 1500 volumes, 370,000 pages. (announcement)

The third set is the one that has or will soon have the beef. Publications of Hungary's archives is a growing corpus making the volumes of archives available and searchable online. (announcement)

The museum and archives collections use the same navigation systems. Search is made possible by full-text keyword search and the volumes can be browsed going down from the article level to the page level. The texts are predominantly in Hungarian with eventual abstracts. The technology is dual layer PDF: texts were OCR-ed and dual layer (text and image) PDF pages were created.

Bon appétit!

filed under: Databases Online resources Archives, libraries, museums

Sunday, August 31, 200819:45:24 CET
Red Cross Hungary to launch a website for missing persons search

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Informing the Hungarian news agency MTI on the International Day of the Disappeared the representative of the Hungarian Red Cross mentioned that they are to launch a new site to help people with tracing queries. The site (Tracing Service) should be operational from mid-September.

The number of opened cases almost reached 2000 last year, half of which were closed with success. Some 50% of the queries concerned missing persons of WW2, 12% related to the 1956 Hungarian revolution and the cold war years.

(The current info page about the Tracing Service)

A sample of sources quoting the release: 1, 2 (there are many more).

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Thursday, April 24, 200818:39:48 CET
Digitization in the Timis County Library in Timisoara

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The Hungarian language newspaper Új Magyar Szó reports about the digitization underway in Timisoara's county library.

Several of the Romanian language old newspapers of the Banat region have been scanned and further titles are planned, including the Hungarian language Délmagyarországi Közlöny (1872-1918).

The internet page of the digitized materials is nothing more than directories with links to the downloadable years of Drapelul de Lugoj (old Hungary's Lugos) and Luminatorul (Timisoara's leading Romanian newspaper at the turn of the 19-20th c.). The files in the PDf format are huge (several years go beyond 1 GB). The library will probably consider the development of the digital library interface so that it could be more user-friendly: Timis County Library Digital Library - click on periodice for the historical newspapers.

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums Romania

Thursday, April 10, 200811:30:36 CET
It's raining genealogy social networking sites in Hungary

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the appearance of three web2.0 applications made especially for family history buffs (MyHeritage.hu, Oseim.hu, Csaladfalu.hu). Now I received a kind notice about the availability of yet another one. The people running the web2.0 generation Ittvoltam.hu (IWasHere.hu) enriching their service has just added the Családfa (Family Tree) feature. It allows users to create and display family trees and family events, to send messages, to use the family calendar etc. One unique feature of this site amongst the genealogy networking sites in Hungary is the ability to up- and download (import/export) GEDCOM and XML files.

With this abundance of sites (see Randy's list for the English language ones) it gets harder to decide where one would settle. And then, will these sites talk to each other? Will there be a search engine that could query all of them?

filed under: Online resources Genealogy industry

Monday, March 31, 200822:27:57 CET
One more blog to the coming blogroll and a Croatian-Bosnian site

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What a delight it is to discover yet another Hungarian genealogy blog! Nick M. Gombash started this one on The Gombash and Rodgers Family website a couple of weeks ago. His Hungarian family hails from the region of Tiszadob, former Szabolcs County.

Lisa of 100 Years in America kindly responded to my Hungarian genealogy blog roll call and noted the blog run by Ivan Ćurković. Ivan hosts a genealogy website about the Buško Blato region on the Croatian-Bosnian border. This region is obviously out of the geographical scope of RadixLog, I still plan to visit it eventually as Ivan covers general Croatian research, too.

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Thursday, February 21, 200811:59:07 CET
Genealogy social networking site MyHeritage.com to hit Hungary and E-Europe

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Thanks to a Google ad on my site I was surprised to realize that one of the popular genealogical social networking sites, MyHeritage has launched their Hungarian language site, MyHeritage.hu. Looks like every bit of the interface has been translated to Hungarian. MyHeritage has been available in more than a dozen languages, and now, besides Hungarian, they offer the service in Ukrainian, Czech and Polish, too.

It was only a couple of months ago that Őseim.hu (MyAncestors.hu), an online Hungarian genealogy application started and it was only a couple of weeks ago that Családfalu, a genealogy and social networking service, came out with their beta. Családfalu is operated by Budapest-based professional genealogist, Péter Bárdossy.

Unfortunately none of these two Hungarian sites has proven to be an instant hit. Those Hungarians with experience in genealogy research (e. g. this post on the Csaladtortenet mailing list) haven't been bitten by the social networking bug enough and for those web savvies pampered with feature rich English language sites getting their feet wet in genealogy these two Hungarian sites were not juicy enough. At least this is the bottom line of the comments posted on the dot hu web2.0 cheerleader blog, Webisztán.

Is this the momentum for MyHeritage and similar sites? Paul Allen and others are enthusiastic. Here in Hungary there seems to be a burnout of iWiW users. iWiW is the Hungarian Facebook, an almost monopoly in social networking. Having collected all the possible friends and family users now start to wonder what the further real use of this site would be. Niche social networking activities might be the way go, including, of course, family (history). (Paul Allen's post about MyFamily's lost opportunity.)

The great thing about MyHeritage is the multilingual feature of their site. Thinking of all those gazillions of families with roots in Hungary now spread all over the world, this service has the potential of becoming a success.

Could MyHeritage and the Hungarian sites leave RadixForum in the dust? I don't know. With all the VC coming to MyHeritage, a brute force campaign on their side might be a real bash.

filed under: Online resources Genealogy industry

Thursday, February 14, 200810:41:28 CET
The Hungarian genealogy blog roll call

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With blogging becoming a popular way to keep genealogy research "logs" I would like to collect the list of blogs relating to ancestry research in the "Hungarian" part of former Austria-Hungary. Wouldn't it be a nice addition to the blogroll on the right?

For a start here is a list of blogs that I know of, in no particular order:
- Descobrindo : The adventures of my ancestors in Hungary - Julian Hallai's new blog.
- 100 Years of America - the proud American descendant of a family from Legrad, Meďimurje, Croatia (Hungary's Zala County in the past), Lisa writes the family memory on both sides of the pond.
- Vereczki on Squidoo - JaguarJulie's stake, an almost blog about her Vereczki ancestry.
- Gen365 - renowned genealogy author and instructor Lisa Alzo, as an item on her New Year's resolutions list, ventured to document her own research by adding "a bit of genealogy every day".
- Megan's Roots World - beyond the focus on genetic genealogy, Roots Television and Ancestry.com Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak sometimes adds bits and pieces about her own Rusyn heritage, like this one: Did I marry my cousin?

Whose blog could be added? Your suggestions are welcome at my email, janos ..a..t.. bogardi.com! Thank you in advance.

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Friday, January 18, 200809:22:43 CET
Go Stefan-, go

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A researcher, using a nick-name Stefan- on the popular Index.hu site forum, has been referred to as the news source of useful family tree research tools and resources several occasions on this blog. I learn only recently that there is a site maintained by him. The site, no matter how bare-bone its design is, is a good collection of links to sources, resources for the Hungarian genealogist. And beyond the links, Stefan- has stuff prepared, transcribed by himself, too, just like the 1773-1774 censi of some Szabolcs County settlements.

Stefan- drops his contributions on the Családfakutatás (genealogy) thread of Index.hu.

filed under: Online resources Foo

Monday, December 3, 200710:47:23 CET
Treasure trove of manuscript maps of Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen County places on the web

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Stefan- on the genealogy topic of Hungary's popular message board made it again. He posted a link to an apparently new resource. The Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Archives website now has various manuscript maps showing settlements in the county. The collection is in excess of 3 GB and divided into two groups: maps with file numbers starting with BMT (240 pieces of them as of now) are various manuscript maps, BMU-s (163 of them) are cadastral maps from the 1850-1860s.

If your genealogy research covers this NE county of Hungary, make sure to visit the site.

For me this new resource will be a great addition to the new site I'm putting together, RadixHub.

filed under: Online resources Paragenealogy

Sunday, October 7, 200711:34:30 CET
RadixHub taking shape

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Looks like RadixHub is getting ripe for a launch. In fact, this is first time visitors to this site of mine will find some use of it.

The purpose of RadixHub is twofold. First, it helps in finding places in former Hungary, then it provides links leading to pages rich in genealogy and family history information that relate to the researched places.

Currently available features are only a fraction of what is planned. I expect the site to become fully functional these coming weeks. The first installments of a map search facility for the 1913 gazetteer of Hungary (using Google Maps for a frontend) and the county lists from the 1877 gazetteer are available, just like the first of the sources upped, the SOCEC directory of Romania from the 1920s.

filed under: Online resources Radix labs

Monday, July 2, 200716:51:12 CET
New Hungarian geogprahical names portal on the horizont

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A new site has been launched a couple of days ago. The Hungarian Toponymic Portal aims at accumulating the largest collection of Hungarian geographical names with locations both in- and outside Hungary. The board of editors is full of Hungarian ontology and thesaurus doyens, still, they count on contributions from their (would-be?) web 2.0 userbase, as well. They already have some interesting files in the download section.

filed under: Online resources Paragenealogy

Monday, July 2, 200715:18:44 CET
GenoPro to be available in several languages

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Genealogy software GenoPro has earned popularity in Hungary. It might get even more saturation as it might become available in Hungarian. One of our fellows on the Csaladtortenet (Family History) mailing list posted that it might be avaliable soon. Poking on the GenoPro site I could find the Translation/Localization forum, and on this the Hungarian topic. Also, there is a Stats section where you can see how large portions of the GenoPro language files have been translated into various languages. As I write this post 36.8% of the Hungarian version is complete. The XML translation files can be downloaded. They are quite useful assets as they contain translations of good chunks of genealogy vocabularies in various languages. Check this for the Hungarian file.

GenoPro is not included in Bill Mumford's Genealogical Software Report Card (also available in the Nov-Dec 2006 issue of the Digital Genealogist), but, anyway, this program is worth a look for, amongst others, the ease of entering records into it.

filed under: Online resources Genealogy industry

Saturday, June 30, 200723:08:37 CET
Family Memory Program - paused

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Reading about the pause of the Family Memory Program of Hungary's Ministry of Education in an article about the growing popularity of online genealogy research (Hungarian) prompted me to visit the site. Only to find out that "on May 17, 2007 the operation of the Family Memory Program has been suspended for an unknown period". So what? Is this the end of that service?

The news item of June 29, 2007 on the Hungarian National Archives site offers the relief: the Archives started to fix the technical troubles and they hope to resume to normal operation by 1 August or earlier.

filed under: Online resources Genealogy in the news Education

Wednesday, May 2, 200712:06:59 CET
19th mapping of the River Danube online and on DVD

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Continuing from the previous entry.

Digitized 1819-1833 map sheets of the River Danube from Devin near Bratislava - Pozsony down to Novi Sad are now available online on the Duna-Mappáció site, thanks to the joint efforts of the Ethnography Dept of the Univ of Pécs and the Hungarian National Archives. There is also a DVD that can be ordered for about 50 US$ from the publisher.

To see the sheets Internet Explorer is needed, and also an ActiveX control, Autodesk's MapGuide. No luck for FireFox, Safari etc. users.

With the proper setup one can navigate between the sheets either using the icons on the screen (zoom, pan) or use the list and descriptions of the sheets' contents.


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

Tuesday, April 24, 200713:09:26 CET
Ancestry.de adding reference and research materials

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The not-too-old German branch of Ancestry.com, Ancestry.de provides both for-fee, premium content to its subscribers and free materials to its visitors.

Their press release of Apr 17, 2007 mentions one additional resource to be available for free.

This free one has two features:
- based on phone directories of today's Germany one can observe the geographic distribution of any surname listed in them.
- origins, meanings and linguistical relations of 20,000 German surnames, including the 10,000 most frequent ones can be searched. The source for this tool is the reference work by Duden with the title Familiennamen (Family names).

Visit the Ancestry.de site. Click on "Verteilung" for the distribution tool and "Ursprung" for the origins of surnames.

filed under: Online resources German research

Monday, April 23, 200710:44:00 CET
Happy birthdays, Hungary-L, Banat-L @ RootsWeb

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Two Hungary-related mailing lists at RootsWeb might celebrate their 10th birthdays these months.

Hungary-L was started somewhen late 2006. Although its archives starts in March 2007, the first archived message refers to an earlier one. Also, I remember messages of late 1996 from the time I jumped on the genealogy bandwagon back in October 1997. My Google search to bring up the older posts by two members I recall as being doyens there (Joe Jarfas and Ron McComb) was not successful. The Internet Archive misses them, too.

The history of the Banat-L is much easier to follow, as its archives start with the first message sent to the list in May 1997.


filed under: Online resources German research

Wednesday, April 18, 200716:09:39 CET
Transylvania resources, galore

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The first year of Romania in the European Union looks like a good one for family historians.

Several sources have noted about the easing access to archives in Romania for foreigners. One no more has to ask permission from the Romanian archives authority in Bucharest, researchers rather can show up right at the archives they would like to visit and fill in the form. To list but one source I could mention the current issue of Nu What's New, Avotaynu's email newsletter.

And thanks to the efforts of the TransIndex site and their associates, the archives are opening up. At least at the level of archival finding aids. The archive's section of their databank service lists the Hungarian-related archival holdings in the state-run archives in Transylvania. Fonds and files names are available in Romanian and Hungarian languages. The structure of the subject index follows the structure of Hungary's county archives.

In Jan 2007 our list pal on the Csaladtortenet list was early to post a link to a relatively new family history site in Transylvania: Family History. Its young creator published a history of the Count Wass family, of which the much debated Hungarian writer, Albert Wass was a member. Now the PDF of the book is available in the Hungarian Electronic Library: The history of the Wass de Czege family / by András W. Kovács.

A couple more Transylvania-related old books have recently been made available in this same digital library, the MEK. The reference books of the histories of Szolnok-Doboka and Szilágy counties, and that of the R. C. Bishopry of Nagyvárad/Oradea had been published in the 19th century, then re-published on CD and DVD by Arcanum and it looks like Arcanum donated them to MEK.

One further donation is the book about the Andrássy family, an opus from 2002 by Mária Gál and Tibor Russu.

filed under: Online resources Romania

Wednesday, April 18, 200715:35:06 CET
FamilyLink.com launched

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OK, following the announcement on the WorldVitalRecords blog I noticed that FamilyLink.com would open on today. And it has just been launched. Registered myself, we'll see how successful this service will be.

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Saturday, April 7, 200716:18:05 CET
Kosice - Kassa 1892 directory online

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My efforts to find the web traces of GDL, the company mentioned in the previous post, turned out to be serendipity. The Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Public Library in Miskolc runs a digital library. They offer eletronic publications written or published by the library, and besides that, they also have a collection of old materials. The latter set includes 7 titles. The most interesting two for family history fans are the Historical contributions from the past of Abaúj-Torna County and Kosice (a journal from 1910-1918), and the Kassa (Kosice) 1892 directory.

The directory has chapters like military, church, government offices and agencies, schools, societies, industry and trade people and the list of house owners.

Before accessing the library you'd better throw away you FireFox browser, and approach the site with Explorer. Aargh. Two languages are offered for the navigation on the site: Hungarian and Slovak. To enter, hit the book, click on Dokumentumok, then on Kassai kalauz... Hit "Keresõ" to use the full-text search facility or choose "Lapozgató" to browse through the pages, or "Tartalom" to open the table of contents.

The pages are available both as scanned images of the originals and as text. A word of warning. The text has not been corrected after the OCR phase, I myself have seen several characters that have been recognized with errors.

filed under: Online resources Slovakia Genealogy industry

Saturday, March 31, 200721:18:24 CET
Links posted recently on the Csaladtortenet list

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Members of the Csaladtortenet (family history) mailing list often post links that are either brand new or that haven't received their deserved saturation.

Here are a couple of them from previous days:
- Andras Lichtneckert's Homepage (posted) - Mr. Lichtneckert is an archivist at the Archives of Veszprém County. His page includes several lists of names from 18-19 c. Veszprém (town).
- DigitArchiv (posted) - This site looks like the new publishing site of the National Archives of Hungary. It already contains databases (digitized sources) that have been in parts available in the Archives' corner on the Arcanum site. I wouldn't be surprised if it became the new online repository for the Archives' digitization efforts. They might even pull the material from the Arcanum platform. Time will tell.
- Digitized documents of the Franciscan Archives (posted) - The archives of this monastic order has digitized and has put online a couple of documents in its holdings. An interesting piece amongst them is the metrical records of the parish in Szeged administered by Franciscans. 550 pages of the first matricula volume are available for research on the site.

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Saturday, March 31, 200720:57:22 CET
Restricted books of KlimoTheca open again now

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I'm happy to report that the materials that were closed to the public for a couple of months are back for good now. Titles in this formerly restricted set interesting for genealogy buffs include the Dvorzsák 1877 gazetteer of Hungary, histories of the parishes in the R. C. Bishopric of Pécs and its schematismi etc.

I plan to blog about the story of the restriction some time later.

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Sunday, February 11, 200713:20:07 CET
WorldVitalRecords.com added search pages for 30 countries

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WorldVitalRecords strives to live up to their vision to be a premier place for international genealogical research. Following their first set of 11 international genealogy search collections, on 9 Feb 30 more have been added. This new set includes interfaces for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Ukraine research.

This research tool is done by using Google's Co-Op service, where one can filter Google to return results only from a select list of sites. Well, folks over there miss at least to sites that provide some subtle Hungarian family history information: RadixIndex and RadixForum.

filed under: Online resources Austria Slovakia Ukraine

Sunday, November 5, 200615:44:34 CET
Jordan Auslander - the man of the street on RootsTelevision

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RootsTelevision was launched a few weeks ago. They offer clips to help genealogy research. Family history promoter, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (the lady with Rusyn ancestry) is one of staff behind RootsTelevision.

It was refreshing to discover Jordan Auslander as one of the people in the clips. He actually has two clips on the site as of today. (I'm sure there are more to come.)

I know Jordan's name as an ocassional poster on the listserv of H-SIG of Jewishgen, and also for his book Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary. Put the surname Auslander and Hungary into the search form of your favorite online bookshop to find a copy of the book. Jordan has ancestry in the Zakarpattia part of the Ukraine, the former NE part of Hungary.

Both of his clips on RootsTelevision were taken in a busy New York street. He talks about how to approach relatives and how important it is to interview them.

To find his appearances go to RootsTelevision, click on the Roots Living tab, then to the Shorts: Heir Jordan, Extreme Genealogy and Extreme Genealogy 2.

Hey, there is even a backdoor to RootsTelevision:
Extreme Genealogy (1), and Extreme Genealogy 2.

filed under: Online resources Genealogy in the news Education

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 (index.hu) 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!

filed under: Online resources Paragenealogy Radix labs

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.

filed under: Online resources Paragenealogy

Sunday, August 13, 200618:58:16 CET
The first telephone directory of Budapest online

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One of the listers on the Csaladtortenet mailing list posted that the first printed phone directory , dated from 1882 is now available online.

K, before you expect a database of tens of thousands of names, cool down. The directory was printed on a single sheet and contains the numbers for some 200 subscribers. Amongst them are both businesses and individuals.

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Tuesday, February 28, 200621:57:14 CET
Latin-Hungarian dictionary and Vasarnapi Ujsag on OSZK servers

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The Hungarian Electronic Library, (MEK) added at least two more items that would interest genealogists and local history researchers.

The first one is Finaly's Latin-Hungarian dictionary. This dictionary is used the most by historians in Hungary dealing with medieval and modern latin. The electronic version of the 100 years old dictionary was published a few years ago on CD-ROM by Arcanum, and now it was donated to MEK. In MEK it has its own search interface.

Besides MEK, the Hungary's National Széchényi Library (OSZK) maintains another electronic collection, the Electronic Periodicals Archives, EPA. EPA functions both as a catalog for Hungarian periodicals available anywhere on the internet and also as a collection of digitized periodicals served by OSZK.

The latter service added years of Vasárnapi Újság to their offerings, namely 1854-1860 and 1861-1865. Vasarnapi Ujsag was a popular weekly magazine with rich illustrations. Years 1854-1860 were published by Arcanum back in 2002, and they are now avaible as html pages in EPA. I suspect they were donated by Arcanum to OSZK, just like Finaly's dictionary. Volumes of 1861-1865 were probably digitized by EPA, and its issues are available as PDF files.

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums

Tuesday, January 31, 200620:39:50 CET
Szekler censi online

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There was an original set of six volumes with charters relating to Szeklers' history published in the second half of the 19th century. This source of information has been available for over a year now within KlimoTheca.

Now watchers of the new additions to MEK (the Hungarian Electronic Library, run by the Hungarian National Szechenyi Library) posted on the Csaladtortenet (Family history) mailing list that volume 4 of the new series of the Szekler Charters is downloadable in the popular PDF format. Not just that, but volume 5 is there, too. I'd not be surprised if volume 6 would appear in the collection soon, as well.

Volumes 4-6 of the new series contain censuses (conscriptiones) of the Szeklers from 1575 up to 1653: volume 4 covers years 1575-1627, volume 5 has the 1635 one, while volume 6 includes censi 1635-1653.

Real treasures if your Hungarian roots go to the Szeklers' land in Transylvania.

filed under: Online resources Romania

Tuesday, October 4, 200509:58:55 CET
Archives Mukachevo, Ukraine publishes catalog of its holdings

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What a feast! Ukrainian county archives now have lists of their holdings, published on the Archives of Ukraine site. Amongst the other units one can find the one in Mukachevo: List of fonds the State Archives of the Zakarpattya County. A word of warning: site is in Ukrainian. The list is available for download in the PDF format.

Basically, the archives in Mukachevo holds documents pertaining to the former Hungarian counties Ung, Bereg, Ugocsa and Maramaros. For some of them, holdings are only partial, as due to border changes various fonds went to Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, too. To help researchers archivists in these countries started to work together a few years ago. In fact, the above cited catalog is a fruit of joint work with the Museum in Satu Mare, Romania. On the Hungarian side the Archives of Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg County (in Nyiregyhaza) takes a major role.

I'll pick a few items from the catalog later - just for a tease.

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums Ukraine

Wednesday, August 24, 200523:03:26 CET
Old Hungarian gazetteers scanned and online

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The Library of the Hungarian Statistical Office (KSH) had the late 19th - early 20th century gazetteers in their holdings scanned and they have been published on the web.

I don't see any links whatsoever to it, I'm not even sure how I found it a few days ago. (Up to today or yesterday the page was not available.) As far as one can tell, it's pretty fresh meat for interested parties.

And here comes the beef: the gazetteers, 1873-1907. They provide 10 gazetteers, with major, well-known ones like the 1877 Dvorzsak (also available from KlimoTheca), the 1898 one. Unfortunately, one of the most important, often referred 1913 gazetteer is not (yet?) on the site. The library plans to have the 1913 and later ones digitized in the future.

The interface is in Hungarian, and has quite a Spartan look. Lack of fancy design doesn't bother me (just look at this blog ), but I had to face at least one navigation issue. Using the Firefox browser it's not possible to jump to the previous or to the next scanned page. The site works OK with Internet Explorer.

Just in case you're not perfect in Hungarian, here is a short guide how to make use of this resource. Choose the gazetteer by clicking on the year it was published. Then click on "Betûrend szerinti helységnévmutató". This will take you to the alphabetical index of settlements. Clicking on a place name brings you the scanned page. Then you can turn pages with the green arrows.

Abbreviations and signs descriptions are behind the "Jelek és rövidítések magyarázata" link.

Great stuff for my imminent new site. More about this in a few days :)

filed under: Online resources Paragenealogy Radix labs

Sunday, August 14, 200507:14:24 CET
Family Memory Program - some thoughts

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As mentioned here, the Family Memory Program was launched late June this year. In short, the core of the program is a web application that allows registered users to enter their ancestry data along with related files, like pictures etc. The program would be promoted in secondary schools to encourage students to collect their family memories.

I'm not sure what direction it will take, so far it seems like a "botched" project. Here are my three reasons why.

Communication. The program received wide media coverage at its launch here in Hungary. The news was met with the latent interest of many (adult) people in their family history. So, instead of the expected audience (secondary school students), many and many fellows from older generations visited the site, registered and started to use it. The site missed its target, at least this is how it looks now. OK, let's give it some time, Autumn might bring students to the service.

Word from the ombudsman. One of the main reasons of the late launch of the project was that the ombudsman (employed to protect privacy) entered the scene and expressed his concerns about handling of the information to be entered into the software. Finally, the Hungarian National Archives was appointed as the repository for the database. So far, so good. But. During the talks between the ombudsman and the National Archives the ombudsman was reportedly adamant in his privacy concerns. As of now, a registered user can only see what he/she enters into the software. Several people on the site's message board voiced their wish to see if there are any connections between the data they entered and that of others. Now they get the distressing answer: not allowed, not possible. Wouldn't it be a major benefit to connect families? Probably would. In my eyes, this could be achieved by a simple step: information related to, say, 4 or 5 generations, or 100 years back might be released, while newer data could be protected. I don't think the ombudsman would oppose it. Of course, making the software capable of that would require further Forints to be passed to the contracted developer.

Technical things. Not counting the minor glitches people report on the site's message board, the main shortage of the software is that it is not gedcom friendly: one can't import and export data in the gedcom format. In this closed system the user is bound both in data entry and then in processing and displaying of the records.

On the bright side: during the first month more than 10,000 people registered for the service, and the director of the National Archives would like to sit down with the ombudsman and seek the solution for the privacy issues.

After all, the above bashing nothwithstanding, I wish good luck for the program and hope to report positive developments in future.

filed under: Online resources Genealogy in the news Education

Monday, July 4, 200517:42:23 CET
Family Memory Program on its 5th day

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As mentioned here, the Family Memory Program here in Hungary finally went online this last week. Family Memory Program is an initiative to foster family history research in Hungary with the main target group of secondary school students. The tool it provides is an online family tree building application with the abilities to attach documents to family members on the tree.

While not 100%, I feel somewhat inclined to call a fiasco - so far. Here is the timeline, an account of what has happened so far.

Having passed the years (2003, 2004) of promise, the program was opened by Hungary's minister of education on June 29, 2005. As almost all the media had some coverage of the event, the server of the project became unavailable after its announcement. (There are still hiccups in its availability.)

I've collected a bouquet of news entries dealing with the subject. Here they come, in no particular order: Magyar Nemzet Online (rightish daily), MTV (Hungarian Public Television), PrimOnline (major Hungarian tech site), Terminal (another larger Hungarian tech site), Radio.hu (Hungarian Public Radio), Múlt-kor (Hungary's most developed popular history site). Surprisingly, one of the sponsors of the project, the Association of History Teachers covered it only on its 3rd day, and what is even stranger is that the sites of the two other main sponsors: Ministry of Education and Hungarian National Archives don't have a shear mention of the project in their news sections.

Apparently the creators wanted to take off before the major summer vacation season would kick off - at offices. School has been over since mid-June, so, not many students might have been hit by this opportunity. Maybe the timing is good, considering that the server is already overwhelmed. Don't know how it'll be able to handle the crowds coming back in September.

OK, 'nugh said for this entry, will continue soon.

filed under: Online resources Genealogy in the news Education

Wednesday, June 29, 200520:27:13 CET
Breaking news... Family Memory Program started

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Just saw it on a news program of the Hungarian Public Television (MTV): the Family Memory Program sponsored by the Hungarian Ministry of Education is finally taking off. It's called "Családi Emlékezet", and is a part of the National Memory program.

The Family Memory Program was first announced in Jan 2003. It was planned to be started in September 2003, followed by several postponed dates.

The homepage of the program is not available at the moment. It might be overwhelmed, or not yet functioning.

I'm watching its development and also the news covering it and will blog about it probably several times these following days.

filed under: Online resources Genealogy in the news Education

Monday, June 27, 200521:58:17 CET
Arcanum to launch Arcanum Online

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Today my mailbox had the Arcanum Newsletter #23 inside. Not without news! On July 1, 2005 they are going to come up with a new look of their website, and what is more exciting, they plan to launch a new service, Arcanum Online. Yahoo! Arcanum Online will offer all the text based publications (contents of their CD-s and DVD-s) they ever published.

July will be a testing month with free accounts, from August the service should go into a paying one. How much, you'd ask. While I'm not entitled to give out the figure Arcanum CEO Mr. Biszak mentioned in a private talk back in late April (watch out for stuff later here on Radixlog about our meeting), its yearly subscription was then planned to be more than a CD's price, and less than that of an Arcanum DVD.

To claim your free July account you should ask for it via email, call them or visit them in their office.

OK, we have quite much lagging with reporting on Arcanum publications that came out the last 12 months. Should make up for this.

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

Saturday, June 26, 200400:00:22 CET
Free online collection of old newspapers from Austria

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The Austrian National Library is hard at work. They are putting old newspapers to the web: ANNO (AustriaN Newspapers Online). In February 2004 the number of available pages reached 1 million. One interesting title for Hungarian research is the Pester Lloyd. This was a German language newspaper published in Budapest. I haven't read into it deeply, maybe there are obits published in the paper.

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums Austria

Friday, June 25, 200418:45:32 CET
Somogy County Archives' pre-1526 charters to be on the web

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In a release of 23 June Somogy County Archives director announced that their collection of pre-1526 charters would be available on the website of the archives. Checked the site then and now: the old documents are yet to be uploaded.

I suspect this effort was done with financial help from the Hungarian Ministry of Informatics and Communication's 24th Hour competition. It's aim was to help digitization projects to save fading cultural heritage items with the help of the puter. Probably there will be other announcements related to the competition, as the deadline is getting closer - or are we already over it? I'm not sure.

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums

Wednesday, March 17, 200417:37:33 CET
Hunroots discussion list ended

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List subscribers received a notification yesterday from Miklós Kálló of Family Tree Ltd.:
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Due to the lack of activity we decided to disband the list.
Tahnks for all who participated, especially those who posted
really interesting stuff. We enjoyed this venture.
***
The list was set up by Family Tree Ltd. back in 1998 (if I'm not mistaken) and saw ups and downs in the volume of messages.

Remember this blog entry about a shift in the company's website? Maybe the list termination is part of the streamlining, too.

Well, farewell to Hunroots!

filed under: Online resources Genealogy industry

Thursday, March 11, 200418:00:44 CET
Catalog of old maps in the Kalocsa Archiepiscopal Archives

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The archives at R. C. Archibishopric in Kalocsa prepared the catalog of the old maps in their collection and put it on their website. The list consists of more than 800 old maps - mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries and mostly covering single settlements from the territory of the archibishopric, that is old Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun and Bács-Bodrog Counties. Yes, there are many from former Batschka, too.

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums

Thursday, March 11, 200417:46:32 CET
Budapest - now and then

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There was a photo contest with the subject of Budapest back in January. Some 1600 photos were submitted in three categories: "Modern Budapest", "Dark Budapest" and "Funny Budapest". All the photographs are available here.

The Budapest Public Library opened its redesigned website 2 weeks ago. One of the new features would be the Picture Archives of Budapest. Unfortunately, their database server doesn't seem to work, or at least, doesn't accept connections from outside - hope they will be able to fix it. The picture archives is linked here.

filed under: Databases Online resources Archives, libraries, museums

Friday, March 5, 200420:06:14 CET
Genealogy chart of Hungarian royal families in the MEK

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MEK (Hungarian Electronic Library) has a genealogy related submission this week: the family chart of Hungarian rulers is available as a PDF file. To be able to read it, one has to zoom in by 800%. Yes, this is a big chart.

filed under: Online resources

Sunday, February 29, 200416:06:14 CET
KlimoTheca launched

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My employer, the University of Pécs Library, launched its digital library service on 24 Feb. The name of the digital collection in KlimoTheca. We keep our eyes open to family historians, so, one can expect a few titles interesting for genealogists to appear there. We already have some good stuff scanned: 1877 gazetteer of Hungary (and an older one from 1786), the directory of public institutions and of their employees in Hungary from 1863, the directory of larger land owners in Hungary from 1897 and other titles geared toward local history researchers. Requests are welcome!

filed under: Online resources Archives, libraries, museums

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

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, 200317:25:21 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

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!

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