What was a notary in 19th Century Hungary? #hungary #general

June F Entman (jfentman)

I have a notation on a family tree that my great-great grandfather, Lazar Mandl, was "Notary to Jewish Community in Deutsch-Kreutz" from 1852-1869.  The note continues that from 1869-1901, he was a "Community Official in Szenitz."  Can anyone tell me what these positions might have entailed?
June F. Entman

Vivian Kahn

You can find a large number of notarial records in the archival collection at Hungaricana. Looks like the docs are similar to those handled by notaries today--deeds, contracts, etc.

Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia

Herbert Lazerow

   The position of notary varied from place to place.  I can only give you a general idea of the notary in systems descended from Roman law. You might wish to google "notary Hungary" to get more specific information.
    The notary was a person charged by the government with preparing and authenticating certain documents. This included the transfer of real property, wills and marriage settlements.  In some countries, important contracts would require a notary.
    Normally, the notary prepared a number of copies of the document.  Each copy was signed by the parties involved and the notary.  A copy was given to each party, and the notary retained a copy, which he normally bound into a book. These books that survive are a valuable source of genealogical information.  Unfortunately, most are unindexed.
    In some countries, notaries had a monopoly on the transfer of land in particular geographic areas.
    A notary was likely to be well-off financially.
Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)