Re: Slovak Records #hungary
Vladimir Bohinc <konekta@...>
There is a famous year 1895.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
In this year the civil records have been introduced in Hungary. This means,
that everybody, disregarding religion, was recorded there.
These records are being kept at the Town Halls or Mayor's offices in
practically every town and village.
Then there is the Privacy Law, and according to that the State Registrars
are allowed to issue a certificate only to a direct descendant.
Searching in those civil records by yourself is not allowed. Not very many
Registrars are willing to search at all. This is ( my opinion) due to the
fact, that those pre 1920 records are written in hungarian and not very many
Registrars know hungarian.
Also the place names in these records are in hungarian, which some
Registrars can not decypher.
Their general attitude is:" Tell me the name and exact date and you can have
Because the oldest civil records are already over 100 years old, some
Registrars have already turned them in to the Archives.
Vital records in the archives, provided they are indexed, can be accessed by
Now, on the other hand, we have the Jewish Rabinate records. These books are
all in the archives and are accessible.
They usually begin with around 1850 and end with 1895 or even 1946. This
varies very much, depending on the Rabinate.
It is also interesting, that these Jewish Rabinate records, younger than 100
years are not considered to be governed by the Privacy law, so there is no
problem to study them or request a certificate.
Paradoxically, you can ask for a certificate without any complications for a
records >from Jewish books >from let us say 1935 and this Certificate will be
written by a Registrar, who would deny you to have it for the same event,
but taken >from the civil records.
Another thing to consider is, that Civil Records of one place cover only the
immediate area of this particular place, while Jewish Rabinate records of
one Rabinate usually cover much wider geographical area.
Nove Mesto n.V