My family is planning a summer trip to Budapest, original home of our common ancestors. We will only be there for four days and we would like to make the most of it. Any general information is welcome but I have some specific questions.
1.We have my great grandparent's marriage license but not the ketubah. Are there Ketubah books in Budapest? Is there a way to find out what synagogue married them? On the top of the license it says "Budapest VIII".
2. My grandmother and her brother were born in Budapest in 1903 and 1904 respectively. How can we get their birth certificates?
3. On the marriage license my ggm's place of birth is listed as "Szabotist". On the naturalization papers it is hard to read, but looks like it might be a variation on "Szabadsagkut". There are two different towns that might fit, according to Shtetlseekers. One is Szabotiszta and the other is Szabadsagkut. Any ideas on how we can find out for sure? We'd try to visit the town if we knew which one it was.
4. Does anyone have any experience visiting the National Archives in Budapest? Is it worth it to have a private researcher or research firm do the preliminary legwork for us?
Thanks for you help.
Dix Hills, NY USA
AUSTRIAN (Radom, Poland); FISHER (Kutno, Poland and London, England); Meiselman(n) (Korolowke and Budapest); BREGMAN (Slutsk, Russia); BREAKSTONE (Minsk); ELBERT (Budapest)