Location name #hungary
Dear JewishGen Community,
I am a new subscriber to H-SIG >from Italy and wonder whether anybody can
help me in finding out a "mysterious" location name involved with my
ancestors. Some time ago I attempted to investigate the story of my
family, which was based in Hungary. A late XIX Century census page at
the Hungarian Jewish Museum archive, in Budapest, says that my
great-grandmother and her brothers and sisters were born in a location
written as "_Ávan_". The archive staff was unable to understand which
location today it might be, nor whether it is the full name or the
abbreviation of a longer name. I turn to you, therefore, wondering
whether anybody can be of help. As far as I can find today, the only
Avan location existing is one district of Erevan (Armenia), but it seems
to me very unlikely that it might correspond to the location listed in
Looking forward to possibly hearing >from you, thank you in advance for
your kind collaboration.
Moderator: You need to provide more information in order to get a useful response to
your question. If you have an image of the page you should upload to ViewMate and
send message to this list asking for assistance. What family names are you researching?
What other resources have you used? Have you searched the JewishGen Hungary
database to look for your family?
The closest place name that i can think of is hatvan, in heves megye. (there are also 3 others, in somogy, szilagy and pest-pilis-solt-kiskun.) due to the listserve software, i cannot tell whether you intended to use an inverted exclamation mark (¥) in the place name, or whether that's just the way it is being displayed at my end - in either case, i don't know what that character might be.
i like to use the 1913 gazetteer of hungary at bogardi.com for looking up place names. it works well on partial character strings, and includes "greater hungary" (pre-trianon).
the best way to get help deciphering names/places is to post an image of the page on viewmate, if you can.
....... tom klein, toronto