Hungary Funeral Notices - FamilySearch Historical Records (2024)


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Hungary Funeral Notices, 1840-1990

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Record Description
Record Type:Funeral Notices
Collection years:1840-1990
Languages:Hungarian, German
Title in the Language:Magyar gyászjelentések (Hungarian), Ungar, Begräbnismeldungen (German)
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  • HungaryRecord Finder
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  • Hungary Beginning Research
  • HungaryChurch Records
Related Websites
Bibliothek National Széchényi, Budapest (National Széchényi Library, Budapest)


  • 1 What is in This Collection?
    • 1.1 Index and Image Visibility
    • 1.2 Reading These Records
    • 1.3 To Browse This Collection
  • 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
  • 3 Collection Content
    • 3.1 Sample Image
  • 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
    • 4.1 Search the Index
    • 4.2 View the Images
    • 4.3 How Do I Analyze the Results?
  • 5 What Do I Do Next?
    • 5.1 I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
    • 5.2 I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
    • 5.3 Research Helps
  • 6 Citing This Collection

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This Collection will include records from 1840 to 1990.

These are printed funeral notices gathered by the National Library of Hungary. About 30% of the records pertain to Budapest and the rest are from other places in Hungary. The collection includes approximately 459,000 individual cards printed in a variety of styles, sometimes on colored paper and generally with a black border. A small percentage are handwritten on printed forms. These records are in Hungarian. The cards are arranged alphabetically by family name and then by given name.

Notices were printed and distributed to family members and friends. Over time they were either collected by someone and donated to the National Szechenyi Library in Budapest or were collected by the Library itself.

These notices represent only a fraction of Hungarians who died during the inclusive years, primarily those from well-to-do, middle-class families and lesser nobility. Some of these notices are from areas no longer in Hungary (Slovakia, Croatia, Romania). There are approximately 459,000 people represented in these cards.

For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Notices were used to notify family and friends of a death and also served as an invitation to attend the funeral sermon. Generally, these were composed from information provided by close family members. Therefore, the information is fairly reliable.

Additional records and/or images may be added to this collection in the future.

Index and Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Hungarian, German, and French. For help in reading these records see the following guides:

  • Hungary Genealogical Word List
  • Hungary Language and Languages
  • German Language and Languages
  • German Genealogical Word List
  • GermanyHandwriting
  • France Language and Languages
  • French Genealogical Word List
  • French Handwriting
  • Script Tutorial for French

FamilySearch Learning Center videos:

  • German Paleography Seminar

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Hungary Funeral Notices, 1840-1990.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Major accomplishments of deceased
  • Funeral and burial details
  • Memorial service details
  • Date and place of publication of death notice

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Hungarian memorial cards may contain the following information.

  • Funeral Notice 1935

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:

  1. Select Surname letter
  2. Select Beginning name to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information found in the death notices to obtain the name of the deceased, the date and time of death
  • Sometimes you will learn the age of the deceased, permitting you to approximate the date of birth
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records
  • Use the information to find additional family members

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you research your family in Hungary.

  • HungaryRecord Finder
  • HungaryResearch Tips and Strategies

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Cite This Collection.

Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

Hungary Funeral Notices - FamilySearch Historical Records (2024)


What are funerals like in Hungary? ›

A typical Hungarian funeral follows Catholic traditions since it's Hungary's most common religion. A Hungarian funeral ceremony also includes singing Hungarian songs and saying Hungarian prayers. For example, the “Funeral Sermon and Prayer” is one of the oldest known handwritten Hungarian texts dating to 1192-1195.

How do you find out if someone has a funeral? ›

How to find out if someone has a funeral: A helpful guide
  1. Talk to your most recent point of contact. ...
  2. Reach out to their immediate family or close friends. ...
  3. Search for a death or funeral notice or obituary. ...
  4. Contact a funeral home. ...
  5. Check social media. ...
  6. Be respectful of cultural differences and cause of death.
Mar 22, 2023

What is the mourning period in Hungary? ›

Observe the mourning period: In Hungary, it is customary for family members to observe a mourning period for a period of time following the death of a loved one. The length of the mourning period varies depending on the relationship to the deceased, but it is typically around 40 days.

What happens when someone dies in Hungary? ›

Burial, cremation, repatriation

The next of kin of the person who has died will usually need to decide between a local burial, cremation or bringing the person home, which is known as repatriation. Your funeral director will usually be able to explain the options available, the costs, and help you make arrangements.

How do Hungarians honor their dead? ›

On this day, also known as 'Day of the Dead' (Halottak napja) the families and loved ones of the deceased person will visit their graves and clean and decorate it with candles and flowers. The symbolism of the candle, it has been told, is to warm up any sad souls for the loss of their loved one.

Do funerals get recorded? ›

Is It OK to Film a Funeral? The shortest answer is, yes. Of course, before going ahead and hiring a video crew to film the entire funeral service, it is best to consult with close family members to make sure everyone agrees with it.

Can I check if someone passed away? ›

Check the local newspaper, or look online for death notices

If you are wondering about a member of your community, you can check to see if there have been any death announcements, obituaries or memorial services in your local newspaper.

Why can't I find my friends' obituary? ›

There could be several reasons why you're having difficulty finding an obituary. The person you're looking for may not have had an obituary, the newspaper that published it could have gone out of business, or it could have never been saved or digitized.

How much does a funeral cost in Hungary? ›

Average funeral prices increased overall in Hungary over the observed months, with cremation prices peaking in August 2020 at nearly 290 thousand forints. The average price of a coffin burial peaked in July 2021, at over 289 thousand forints.

Why can't you cut hair after a funeral? ›

This comes from the idea that the dead parent gave the children their nails and hair, so they should not be cut during the mourning period or after the burial.

How long after someone dies should you get rid of their clothes? ›

'. As with so many aspects of grieving, there is no 'right' or 'wrong' answer to the question of when to dispose of a deceased person's belongings. Everyone is different, and you should never feel pressured into doing anything you aren't ready for when grieving.

How many days after a death is the funeral usually? ›

Most American funerals take place within one week or less from death. With the help of a funeral home, a week is typically enough time to make arrangements and contact loved ones. Historically, funerals had to take place after just a matter of days, because of decomposition.

What are the customs of a funeral? ›

Generally, the casket remains closed during the burial service. However, in some religious traditions, the coffin may be reopened one last time to give the family a final chance to see the body and say their good-byes. Burial services are held at the gravesite, tomb or mausoleum, where the body will be laid to rest.

What is a typical funeral like? ›

A traditional funeral service typically has four components. They are the visitation, funeral ceremony, committal service, and a funeral reception. The family may decide to have more than one visitation at different times or just one.


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