1930s

The Trump Babies of Milwaukee

“My dad told me I was left on the doorstep of Humboldt and Meinecke.” Lawrence* was trying to recall any additional details about his search for his biological parents. He […]

Austria

What’s in a (Hungarian) Name?

If you have a Hungarian surname, chances are, when meeting new people, you’ll encounter some variation of the following questions : Whether it’s their baseball coach from middle school, or […]

Austria

Translating Parish Records – Births

Most Hungarian birth/baptismal records prior to October 1895 will be found in Catholic Church parish registers. At the time, Hungary was predominantly Catholic, accounting for over 60% of the country’s […]

Genealogy

Translating Parish Records – Deaths

Paging through a book of death records from the 1800s can be a pretty dismal task. With tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, and a slew of other nasty ailments decimating the population, […]

Austria

Where is Western Transdanubia?

Where is Western Transdanubia? Per Wikipedia: Transdanubia comprises the counties of Győr-Moson-Sopron, Komárom-Esztergom, Fejér, Veszprém, Vas, Zala, Somogy, Tolna, Baranya and the part of Pest [Hungary] that lies west of […]