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I. Genealogy of Hungarian Genealogy in the 20th Century

Based on the work of Gudenus and his book "A magyarországi fonemesség XX. századi genealógiája" (Genalogy of hungarian genealogy in the 20th century).

The website is completely in Hungarian and the access is not so easy:

the website is

click on the link in the left part marked with "Adatbázisok" (databases), than it appears a picture - click on it - you will see a list of links - interesting are the last two:

- A magyarországi fonemesség genealógiája in this database is only higher nobility to find

- Magyar családtörténeti adattár in this database are also people which are not from noble families

both databases have entries form the 19th and 20th centuries.

Click on "Keresés" (Search)

or you can use this two links directly:

You have now the possibility to search - a small translation

first field: Név - Name Születési hely - Birth place Születési dátum - Birth date Halálozási hely - Death place Halálozási dátum - Death date

second field: Egyenlo - is equal Kezdodik - begins with (I think the best value) Tartalmaz - includes Kisseb - less than Nagyob - greater than

third field - here you can enter what to search for

fourth field Vagy - Or, És - And, Vagy nem - Or not, És nem - And not

When everything is comleted - click on "Keresés" and you will recieve a list of results.

Credit to Laco R (Slovak Roots)

Title Die „Josephinische Aufnahme” – Siebenbürgen und das Banat von Temes / Transylvania and Temes
Year 2005

Publisher Arcanum Fejér Lipót u. 12, H–1115 Budapest, Hungary Phone/Fax: (361)481-0900
Distributor Arcanum Fejér Lipót u. 12, H–1115 Budapest, Hungary Phone/Fax: (361)481-0900
Description The „Josephinische Aufnahme”, or the I. military surveying, the first detailed survey map of the Austrian Empire, and in that the historical Hungary, was conducted between 1763 and 1785. About 3400 handwritten, coloured sections (aspect ratio 1:28.800) were made in the framework of several independent surveys, to cover the whole area of the Empire. In Hungary original sized, colour copies of the maps can be found in the War History Institute and Museum, we have used these for this issue. On the DVD there are also two essays about surveying. The earlier, that was published in the Térképészeti Közlöny between the two World Wars, is the work of two archivists, Andor Borbély and Júlia Nagy, and was the only literary adaptation for long decades. The results of newer research are summarized in the manuscript of Annamária Jankó, with numerous appendices.


Title John von Lipszky: The Map and Nameregister of Kingdom of Hungary (1804–1810) / Johann von Lipszky: Die Karte und Namensverzeichnis des Königreichs Ungarn und dessen Nebenländer (1804–1810)
Year 2005

Publisher Arcanum Fejér Lipót u. 12, H–1115 Budapest, Hungary Phone/Fax: (361)481-0900
Distributor Arcanum Fejér Lipót u. 12, H–1115 Budapest, Hungary Phone/Fax: (361)481-0900
Description At the beginning of the 19th century, following the works of others in the previous century, Janos Lipszky (1766–1826), a Hungarian hussar officer, compiled and published in print the first complete general map of the Hungarian Empire (Mappa generalis regni Hungariae, 1804–1808), together with the complete index of all settlements and other geographical names in it (Repertorium, 1808) and an overview map (Tabula generalis regni Hungariae, 1810). The DVD contains the complete works of Lipszky.

  • It presents all individual map units and the complete index, featuring one-click jumps from the index entries into the maps containing the respective names. While implementing this feature, the very few incorrect data in the maps or index were also corrected. To enhance usability, the disc contains multiple digitalized copies of the map.
  • It contains the manuscripts of the sketches of counties drawn be Janos Lipszky, together with the copies of the 35 individual map units of scale 1:230,400 created during the First Military Field Survey.
  • It also contains the unabridged essential sources of Lipszky's works and the latest list of references (Lipszky-book by Reisz T. Csaba; The Giants of Hungarian Cartography)

Connected to the millenary celebrations, a series entitled “Book-house of a Hundred Hungarian Villages” (Száz magyar falu könyvesháza) was published between 2000 and 2002. It contains 94 monographs on selected villages within present-day Hungary and six on settlements in the neighbouring countries – all of which were considered significant or representative “of the continuity of Hungarian history”, or which are connected to significant personalities or events in national history. The uniformly designed volumes in this series, commissioned by an editorial board consisting of historians, journalists and other cultural personalities, were intended to give an overview of smaller local units of rural Hungary, as an admitted contrast to the enterprise started in 1896 on counties and towns. In spite of the editorial efforts, the quality of the individual volumes remains uneven, and the monographs do not always convey the viewpoints and achievements of modern history writing. The whole series has also been published on a single CD-ROM by the Arcanum Database Ltd. (, ). (családkutatás) gives information on Hungarian
> > families, while is a compilation of medieval
> > Names of both nobles and non-nobles can be found in them.


It is now available also on CD and can be ordered from  Other data bases from the MOL made available by Arcanum on CD include the "Kiralyi Konyvek" 1527-1683 (in English: Royal Books), which is a collection of documents issued by the Royal Office, the "Illesy Gyujtemeny" (see above),and "Magyar kozepkori adattar" (Hungarian Medieval Database) by Pal Engel. As new titles are added constantly, it is worth checking the Arcanum web site periodically.

The single most complete and thereby most valuable work for family researchers is a DVD published by Arcanum and entitled “DVD Konyvtar IV. Csaladtortenet – heraldika –honismeret.(In English: DVD Library No. 4, Family History – Heraldry – Homeland Privity”).

Review of Janet Kozlay, March, 2005

I recently gave out the information that I now have the DVD (Könyvtár IV)
from Arcanum that includes the Nagy Iván and Kempelen Béla databases that
were previously offered for free on the Arcanum website. These databases are
often looked upon as bibles of Hungarian nobility, containing historical,
genealogical, and heraldic information on a great many Hungarian noble
families. Nagy has more information on coats of arms, including verbal
descriptions (blazonry) and in many cases illustrations; Kempelen has more
extensive family trees and many more family names. 

Bill Tarkulich has asked me to give a brief review of the DVD for the
benefit of anyone who is thinking about purchasing it.

First of all, it is quite expensive. Arcanum charges 200 euros for the DVD
and another 50 for "postage." On top of that, they do not honor credit cards
and ask for a bank transfer, which adds more money. Finally, my husband (who
purchased this for me as a Christmas gift) had to cobble together an email
in Hungarian, without knowing the language, in order to communicate with
them. I previously had purchased a CD from them, but I did it by finding a
friend in Budapest who went to their store to buy it and then sent it to me.
It was considerably cheaper that way.  

The DVD contains much more than just the Nagy and Kempelen databases,
including Siebmacher's Wappenbuch, which focuses on illustrated coats of
arms of about 12,000 noble families. The coats of arms are beautifully
rendered, much better than the ones in Nagy. There is much less, however, in
the way of text or genealogies. The text is in German. 

There are a total of 35 entire books and volume sets on this DVD, which
concentrates on works that relate to Hungarian nobility and heraldry but
that also include information on history and different regions of historic
Hungary. Most of the books are in Hungarian; some are in Latin. Some of them
contain additional genealogies and coats of arms, often in beautiful color.
There are also many illustrations and photographs in some of the books,
others are strictly text. 

You can use the DVD two ways. You can search on a word or a name by clicking
the binoculars. That opens a screen on which to enter the word you are
searching for. The left side of the screen will give you a listing of every
instance on the entire DVD, usually with enough surrounding text to
determine if it is relevant to your search. It is not necessary to use
diacritical marks because all words are listed in alphabetical order, like a
dictionary. For example, if you type "jaszkis" you will be offered:










You can double click on as many of them as you wish, and it will give you
every instance of all of them.  Double clicking on the word or name on the
left will give you the corresponding text on the right. I found this very
easy to use. 

The second way to use it is by looking at the individual books, which are
listed at the beginning of the DVD. I found several of them fascinating to
simply scroll through, even though I am unable to read the Hungarian text.
(A good Hungarian-English dictionary, such as Országh, is a huge help if you
want to at least get an idea of the text.) Some of the books are lavishly
illustrated and include such things as ancient maps of villages, views of
towns and countrysides, old houses that illustrate regional architecture,
castles, etc., in addition to many coats of arms. It is easy to lose
yourself in them for hours. 

In sum, if you choose to purchase this DVD, you are essentially buying a
library. Is it worth the price? Well, to me it was, but that is because I
find myself tracing a lot of Hungarian noble family names. If you found
yourself frequently consulting Nagy and Kempelen when they were online, you
would probably love this library. If you only have a name or two in which
you are interested, it would probably not be worth the high cost. Someone
(!) would probably be more than willing to look up the names for you to find
what is there.

 Janet Kozlay


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