Hungary SIG #Hungary Hungarian SIG in Salt Lake City #hungary


I am very pleased to announce that your Hungarian SIG will be sponsoring two speakers at the 34th annual IAJGS conference >from July 27 to August 1 in Salt Lake City. Karesz Vandor, a Budapest-based genealogist and frequent contributor to the Hungarian SIG discussion list, and Dan Jurca, whose assistance has been critical to the success of our Maramaros Jewish Records project will both be joining us this year.

Karesz is offering an often-requested overview of Hungarian Jewish history providing useful information about the importance of changing national boundaries and Hungarian Jewish surnames. He will also speak on Jews in the Austro-Hungarian and Hungarian military >from the 1848-189 Revolution to the present. His talk will cover such little-discussed topics as the Army of the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919 and Labor battalions in WWII. There will be hints provided about how and where to look, whom to turn to, which books to consult and which repositories to visit as well as the limits and obstacles you may face when doing such searches.

Dan?s presentations will include information about records in the Romanian National Archives and its branches and available in municipal archives. He will also talk about resources available >from Jewish community organizations and doing research in Romania?s Jewish cemeteries. Although his focus will be on Transylvania, he will also talk about research opportunities in Moldova and other parts of Romania. In addition to these presentations, Karesz and Dan will also be our speakers at the Hungarian SIG luncheon offering tips and answering your questions about travel to Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and other parts of pre-Trianon Hungary to research families and visit ancestral villages. In addition, you will be able to sign up for one-on-one assistance with translation and research with either one of our guests.

Through your generous donations, we have some funds available to help cover the significant cost of traveling >from Hungary and Romania to Salt Lake City. We will, however, need your additional support. Please go to the JewishGen-erosity page at and make your tax-deductible donation to the Hungarian SIG Speakers Bureau.

Watch for more news that will be coming soon about the conference and other sessions that will be of particular interest to H-SIGrs. Go to the conference website at to register, reserve a hotel room and find out more about this exciting opportunity for Jewish family researchers. I look forward to seeing many of you in Salt Lake City.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, California
Hungarian SIG Coordinator
JewishGen Vice President, SIG Relations

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