Hungary Civil Registration

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Definition[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration (Állami anyakönyvek) refers to records of births, marriages, and deaths maintained by civil authorities. One of the main reasons for the introduction of Hungarian civil registration in 1895 was the conflict in the late 1800s over the baptism of children of mixed marriages.

Time Coverage[edit | edit source]

Hungarian Civil registration began on October 1, 1895 and continues to the present.

Information Content[edit | edit source]

The format varies slightly over time: prior to 1907 records were kept with a single event per page, beginning with 1907 the format is tabular with many events listed on the same page (examples of both appear below).

Births[edit | edit source]

  • name of child,
  • date of entry,
  • place and date of birth;
  • names, ages and residence of parents
  • until 1948, also the religion of parents,
  • names of witnesses.

Marriages[edit | edit source]

  • date and place of marriage
  • names, occupations, dates and places of birth and residences of groom and bride
  • names and residences of parents and witnesses
  • until 1948, also the religion.

Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • name,
  • occupation,
  • residence and age of the deceased
  • dates of death and burial
  • names of surviving spouse and parents
  • place and cause of death
  • until 1948, also the religion.

Locating Records[edit | edit source]

The originals of these registers are kept at Civil Registrars’ offices (anyakönyvi hivatal) in town halls (állami nyilvántartási hivatal). Up to 1980 the registrars’ offices sent transcripts of these volumes to the county archives, or, in the case of Budapest, to the municipal archives.

  • Some information can be obtained by correspondence or by visit if proof of relationship is given.
  • Hungary’s so-called “personality law” prohibits archives from providing access to birth registers for 90 years, marriage registers for 60 years, and death registers for 30 years.

Online Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Civil registration records from Budapest are now available on FamilySearch website:

Research by Mail[edit | edit source]

If the records you want are not available through the FamilySearch Library, you can write to the Hungarian Embassy to request information. For instructions on how to obtain birth, marriage or death certificate from Hungary go to: Obtaining Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificates From Hungary The fee is $57.00 per certificate.

Civil Registration Record Forms with Translations[edit | edit source]

Birth Civil Registration Record Translation (pre-1907)[edit | edit source]

Hungarian birth civil registrations were recorded on pre-printed standard civil registration forms. Small variations may occur in different areas of the country. A translation of this form will help you in reading the birth civil registration record. The birth registration forms from 1895 to 1906 were one to a page/side. All of the civil registration forms were revised to a tabular format in 1907.

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Marriage Civil Registration Record Translation (1898-1906)[edit | edit source]

Hungarian marriage civil registrations were recorded on pre-printed standard civil registration forms. Small variations may occur in different areas of the country. A translation of this form will help you in reading the marriage civil registration record. The pre-1907 marriage registration format was two pages: the right-hand side on one image and the left-hand side on the next image. The initial format had the mother of the bride on the second page; this was revised in 1898 to move all of the parents to the first page, with only the witnesses, remarks, and signatures on the second page. All of the forms were completely revised to a tabular format in 1907.

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Death Civil Registration Record Translation (pre-1907)[edit | edit source]

Hungarian death civil registrations were recorded on pre-printed standard civil registration forms. Small variations may occur in different areas of the country. A translation of this form will help you in reading the death civil registration record. The death registration forms from 1895 to 1906 were one to a page/side. All of the civil registration forms were revised to a tabular format in 1907.

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Post-1907 Civil Registration Records (tabular format)[edit | edit source]

Tabular format birth record headers and translations
Header Translation
Folyó szám Entry number
A bejegyzés ideje (év, hó, nap) Date of entry (year, month, day)
A születés ideje (év, hó, nap) Date of birth (year, month, day)
A gyermek utóneve, neme, vallása The child's given name, sex, religion
A szülők The parents'
Családi és utóneve,

állása (foglalkozása),

lakhelye

Family and given name,

position (occupation),

residence

vallása religion
életkora age
A születés helye,

ha a születés nem

az anya lakásán

történt

Place of birth,

if the birth did

not happen at the

mother's residence

Aláírás előtti esetleges megjegyzések.

Aláírások.

Pre-signature remarks, if any.

Signatures.

Utólagos bejegyzések.

Kiigazítások.

Addenda.

Corrections.

Bejelentő Informant
Anyakönyvvezető Registrar
Tabular format marriage record headers and translations
Header Translation
Folyószám Entry number
A házasságkötés helye és ideje (év, hó, nap) Place and date of marriage (year, month, day)
A vőlegény The groom('s)
családi és utóneve, állása (foglalkozása), vallása, születési helye és ideje, lakhelye

szül.

lak.

family and given name, position (occupation), religion, place and date of birth, residence

birth

residence

szüleinek családi és utóneve family and given names of parents
A menyasszony The bride('s)
családi és utóneve, állása (foglalkozása), vallása, születési helye és ideje, lakhelye family and given name, position (occupation), religion, place and date of birth, residence
szüleinek családi és utóneve family and given names of parents
A házasságkötési tanuk családi és utóneve, lakhelye The wedding witnesses' family and given names, residence
Házasságkötési kijelentések. Aláírás előtti esetleges megjegyzések. Aláírások.

tanu

férj

feleség

anyakönyvvezető

Marriage declarations. Pre-signature remarks, if any. Signatures.

witness

husband

wife

registrar

Utólagos bejegyzések. Kiigazítások. Addenda. Corrections.
Tabular format death record headers and translations
Header Translation
Folyószám Entry number
A bejegyzés ideje (év, hó, nap) Entry date (year, month, day)
Az elhalálozás ideje (év, hó, nap, napszak, óra) Death date (year, month, day, a.m./p.m., time)
Az elhalt The deceased('s)
családi és utóneve, állása (foglalkozása), lakhelye Family and given name, position (occupation), residence
vallása religion
életkora age
házastársának családi és utóneve spouse's family and given name
szüleinek családi és utóneve parents' family and given names
Az elhalálozás helye, ha az elhalálozás nem az elhalt lakásán történt Place of death, if death did not occur at deceased's residence
A halál oka Cause of death
Aláirás előtti esetleges megjegyzések. Aláírások.

bejelentő anyakönyvvezető

Pre-signature remarks, if any. Signatures.

informant

registrar

Utólagos bejegyzések. Kiigazítások. Addenda. Corrections.

There were variations in the preprinted register-books over time, but the changes were minor until the 1953 revision, which completely re-arranged the locations of fields, did away with the religion, and added fields for things like the deceased's birth and marriage.

Post-1953 death record headers
Folyószám A halálozásra vonatkozó adatok A halott személyi adatai A halál oka Megjegyzések A bejegyzés ideje, aláírások Utólagos bejegyzések
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
a halálozás helye:

a halálozás ideje:

év

nap

családi és utóneve:

neme:

családi állapota:

foglalkozása:

lakóhelye:

születési helye:

születési ideje:

év hó nap

szüleinek családi és utóneve:

házastársának családi és utóneve:

házasságkötésének helye:

házasságkötésének éve:

év hó nap

bejelentő

anyakönyvvezető

Post-1953 death record translations
Entry number Data pertaining to the death The deceased person's data Cause of death Remarks Date of entry, signatures Addenda
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
place of death:

date of death:

year

month

day

family and given name:

sex:

marital status:

occupation:

residence:

place of birth:

date of birth:

year month day

parents' family and given names:

spouse's family and given name:

place of marriage:

year of marriage:

year month day

informant

registrar