Hungarian Genealogy Series

Sometimes important clues are found in old letters!

Researching Hungarian genealogy may have a lot twists and turns, but progress can be made!

Our new series of classes will take a deeper dive into Hungarian genealogy research resources and strategies with a live instructor.

In these four one-hour classes, you will:

  • Learn the overview of Hungarian history, including border changes and the general patterns of Hungarian migration to the United States;
  • Understand how to read Hungarian genealogy statistical (birth, marriage, and death) records and to use records to identify your Hungarian immigrant ancestors;
  • Discover which records and strategies are useful for researching Hungarian records in their village of origin in Hungary, even if the village is now outside of modern-day Hungary;
  • Learn strategies and resources for understanding records, including names, in the Hungarian language; and
  • Understand how to make the most of travel to Hungary for research and what you can do now to be more prepared when travel is easier.

One login device per registration. Sessions will not be recorded. When you sign up for all four sessions, you can join an identical, repeated session at no extra charge! For more information and to sign up CLICK HERE!

If you have signed up for Week 2 of our e-newsletter, which covers genealogy as one of its topics, you are welcome to join our private Facebook group Magyar Living Genealogy Group just be sure to register with the same email where you receive the e-newsletter. If you need help with a translation or have genealogy related questions, this is the place to be!

About Laszlo (Les) Josa:

Laszlo has spent 30 years and countless hours researching his ancestors and has discovered quite a few surprises! Laszlo was born in Balatonalmadi, Veszprem, Hungary in 1944 and left Hungary when he was 7 months old with his sister and parents on March 30th, which was Good Friday. Laszlo and his family ended up in Passau, Germany, on April 9th and stayed in a refugee camp for six years. Then Laszlo, his four siblings, and his parents arrive in the U.S. in September 1951 when he was 7 years old. Laszlo grew up speaking Hungarian and knows his way around the resources!

6 People have left comments on this post

» Gregory P. Varga said: { Oct 8, 2020 - 07:10:04 }

I want to learn more of my ancestry. I know very little since my grandmothers didn’t talk about it. On my father’s side there were 2 brothers who immigrated and married 2 sisters who also immigrated. They lived in New Brunswick, NJ and went to St. Peter’s church since St. Ladislaus church wasn’t built yet. Most of my relatives are from the New Brunswick area. And that is all I know. Can you help me.

» Liz said: { Oct 9, 2020 - 06:10:04 }

We’d love to help you get started collecting the information you are looking for. I will email you soon!

» Dorothy Hubbard said: { Oct 10, 2020 - 12:10:17 }

Unfortunately, I became interested in my ancestry at a later age. My focus is on the ancestry of my father as I have quite a bit of information about my maternal grandparents.
My father and his older brother lost their parents at an early age. As far as I have been able to determine thus far, there are no living relatives. According to the U.S. Census, they lived with cousins in South River, N. J. until age 18. I HAVE been fortunate to obtain a copy of my paternal grandparents marriage certificate in addition to the death certificate of my paternal grandfather. His death certificate indicates a marital status of widow. I have hit a ‘dead end’ with searching ancestry of my paternal grandmother including her death. According to their marriage certificate, she was born in Janoki, Hungary, which I believe is now Romania. Inquiries have been unsuccessful. But I also do not speak the language and may be asking the wrong questions. Recently, I learned that there are over 400 unmarked graves in a cemetery in South River, N. J. as a result of the flu pandemic in 1918. . I plan to pursue this to hopefully bring closure to the mystery of her death. However, that still leaves questions about her parents (my great grandparents) and when/how they immigrated to the U.S.

» Jessica Blight said: { Oct 11, 2020 - 07:10:36 }

I would love to know about any genealogy classes that are offered. I have been working on my family history for a couple years now and would love to learn more about navigating Hungarian records.

» Liz said: { Oct 11, 2020 - 11:10:05 }

Hi Jessica! Do you receive our e-newsletters? We will have information posted there as well as on the Magyar Marketing Facebook page and website! ~ Liz

» Laszlo K Josa said: { Jan 6, 2021 - 02:01:13 }

Gregory, you can contact me on Magyar Living Facebook page or my email