1869 Ung Census Project Has Launched! #slovakia #subcarpathia #hungary

Vivian Kahn

I am very pleased and excited to be able to announce that we have finally launched a project to digitize and transcribe records from the 1869 Census for Ung megye. Thanks to the efforts of Hungarian Research Division researcher Max Preston, we have engaged a researcher based in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, who is willing and able to digitize a large collection of records held by archives in Uzhhorod so they can be available without a fee to all researchers. These highly desired records have not been filmed by FamilySearch and are currently only available to researchers who travel to Ukraine or buy page images from two on-line vendors, who charge substantial fees.

Ung megye historically covered an area that is now primarily in western Ukraine with a smaller area in the eastern-most part of Slovakia.  Uzhhorod, formerly Ungvar, was the largest city in Ung and Sobrance (formerly Szobránc), about 15 km west of Uzhhorod, and now the easternmost town in Slovakia, was the main town in the western part of the county. Ung was established in the 11th century and was one of the oldest counties in the Kingdom of Hungary. By 1869, there were more than 14,000 Jews living in the county and by 1910, the county's Jewish population had grown to about 17,600, comprising almost 11 percent of all Hungarian Jews.

You can learn more about what can be learned from the records by reading the full project description at

The Hungarian Research Division already has records for a handful of towns that were donated to JewishGen. These records will be transcribed first; the rest of the project will probably be undertaken in three or more phases as we are able to raise funds. Those who donate $50 or more will have access to spreadsheets as they are validated and before they are uploaded to the Hungary database.  In order to make a donation, please go to the JewishGenerosity page at

If you are willing and able to help with transcription, please contact me off-list. The records are hand-written in Hungarian and based on my own experience I can report that they are relatively legible. In addition to recruiting volunteers to help with transcription and validation of the record, we are eager to find an experienced Hungarian researcher willing and able to coordinate this project. Please contact me off-list if you would like to volunteer.

Vivian Kahn, Director
JewishGen Hungarian Research Division