My great-grandmother, a shyly smiling little woman in a black babushka summer or winter, was Both Borbála (in English Barbara Both). She was born in Csikkarcfalva, Erdély, Hungary in 1883. In 1921, after Trianon, it became part of Romania and was renamed Cârţa.
It is a little village high in the Hargita Mountains of Transylvania where the winters are long and harsh. It lies up the road about 20km from Csikserda (Miercurea Ciuc) where Hockey is a religion. Continue reading →
Google Books is my new favorite bookshelf. Searching for accounts of life in 19th century Austro-Hungary to fill in the context of lives of our ancestors, I have added several dozen free volumes to my reading list that were all published in the 1800s or very early 1900s. There are more contemporary volumes available for download for a nominal price. I’ll look at those later when I finish with the current virtual tower of books.
Borbala (Barbara) Both was mother’s mother’s mother. She grew up in the little town of Csik Karcfalva in the Hargita mountains of Transylvania. According to Wikipedia it is still a small town. In 2011 it had a population of 2,688, of which (99.67%) are SzékelyHungarians.
In our family September was a good month for girls. Three of the cousins were born that month within a few years of each other. They all have lovely Hungarian names.
Julianna was a popular name on both sides of our family tree. 3rd Great-grandmother of the September cousins, Julianna Szálteleki was born in Jobbágyfalva, Maros-Torda in Erdély. Her mother-in-law was 4th Great-grandmother Julianna Szasz. Another 3rd Great-grandmother Julianna Vill was born in Apatin, Bács-Bodrog, now in Serbia. Continue reading →
August 29th was a very very bad day in Hungarian History. On that date in 1526, the Hungarian army, led by young King Lajos, was defeated by the Turkish forces of Suleiman the Magnificent at the Battle of Mohács. In retreat from the bloody battle, Lajos fell off his horse crossing the river. Weighed down by his armor he drowned. More than 14,000 Hungarian soldiers were killed. Continue reading →
Have you ever seen a tree in the clouds? Or a cloud of names in a tree?
Direct Line Ancestors
A friend posted a link to a list of the most popular Hungarian surnames (2006). In the top spot is Nagy, the ‘Smiths’ of Hungary. Although, to be accurate,while Smith is the most common English language surname in Hungarian it translates to Kovács, which ranks #2 in Hungarian popularity.
In our direct ancestry line these surnames were ranked in the top 100;