Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
Dear Judith and all,
Very well noted by Judith. Clearly one of the sources of magyarositas
are such annotations on the vital records, mostly on birth registers.
But this information has two caveats.
(1) One has to be able to understand either German or Hungarian or
Slovak, because these annotations are always made in the Observation
column, usually by the "anyakonyv vezeto" (registers keeper) and in
the language of the time when the entry was annotated. Usually these
annotations are phrases which describe in some length when and how
the authorization to change the surname was obtained.
(2) When examining a FHC film, one may skip a relative who has
changed his surname if the researcher ignores that fact. E.g. if say
my ancestors were called STARK and one of their descendants changed
his surname to EROS, assuming that I am ignorant of that fact, I will
never notice him on a film being examined, given that I'm looking for
the surname STARK and not for EROS.
Even so, I strongly recommend to examine what the Observation columns
As a matter of fact, never disregard what the column of witnesses
says either. You may find relatives or discover that one of your
known relative may have had some relation to a person unknown to you.
Special attention should be given to the "sandek" (person who holds a
boy during the circumcision ceremony, called "koma" in Hungarian). In
general this honor was given to a prominent family member or to a
very close relative (father or grandfather, maternal or paternal).
These can be important clues for unknown relationships and/or further