Hungarian Reference Aid

For those of you out there with Hungarian ancestry (or ancestors from the former Kingdom of Hungary), you will want to be aware of a great resource book by Jordan Auslander called Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary. This gazetteer is based on the 1877 Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary. It includes incredibly valuable information for each town within the former kingdom.

Each town is listed with its present-day name, along with other names the town was known by. Most importantly, the book contains the number of persons in 1877 who affiliated with the primary religious denominations of the time, including Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Reformed, Lutheran, Jewish, etc. Then, within each denomination is listed the town where the closest place of worship was located. So, if your ancestors were Greek Catholic, and there was not a Greek Catholic parish in their town, Auslander’s gazetteer will tell you the appropriate place where records were kept!

This is an invaluable resource that I am constantly using as one of our Hungarian specialists here at ProGenealogists. There can be various challenges encountered when tracing Hungarian ancestry and this book can be a great tool in overcoming some of thoseĀ obstacles.

Auslander’s book is published by Avotaynu and can be purchased at their website or at

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Hi there, There is a website available that actually has the 1877 Hungarian Gazetteer available for free, and it links to the FHC microfilm catalog. It’s great and I honestly use it at least once a day. Here’s the link:

Nick Gombash