A Wolf in the Family

Bórbala (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 Székely Hungarians

Csik Karcfalva fortified church

Csik Karcfalva fortified church

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The American Story

The ‎American Story has long been written by immigrants.

On July 4, 1776…
“Fifty-six founders put their names on a piece of paper. Up until that moment, none of them were American. Even those who had spent their entire lives in one of the thirteen colonies had grown up in another country.” —Cecilia Muñoz, White House Domestic Policy Council

July 4, 1776

July 4, 1776

This quote has me thinking about the immigrants who sacrificed and risked so much to create this new country. Continue reading

János Varga Nagy and Julianna Szálteleki

szekelykeresturJános Varga Nagy and Julianna Szalteleki were married in Székelykeresztúr parish on November 27, 1876. Janos was a 26 year old bachelor, son of Roman Catholic parents Joseph Varga Nagy and Julianna Szasz. The bride was a 23 year old single woman, daughter of Zsigmond Szalteleki and Susanna Mezei, both Unitarians. Julianna was born in Jobbagyfalva, 50 miles north of Szekelykerestur. Continue reading

Good News for Genealogy Research in Romania

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1767-1848 Székelykeresztúr

Several months ago I ran across an article titled: Genealogy Research in Romania is not Impossible. The article then went on to explain why it is close to impossible. For decades the Mormon Church has been copying vital records from countries all over the world. The older records are on microfilm, but they have many ongoing projects to convert to digital images, index the records with the help of volunteers and make the records available online. This service is free, and priceless. I spend many hours looking through records for many parts of Hungary and surrounding areas.

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Ancestors of Balázs Orbán

Ancestors of Balázs Orbán

Ancestors of Balázs Orbán

Erdély home of the Székelys

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Székély farmhouse

Székély farmhouse

Erdély (Transylvania) means “beyond the forest”. It had been an autonomous region in the center of what is now Romania. Over the centuries it changed hands several times between Romania and Hungary, and earlier, invading hordes of Turks and Huns and whatever other marauding tribes decide to brave the inhospitable challenge of the Carpathian Mountains. The Székelys, a fierce Hungarian tribe, have lived there for centuries, separated by geography from their Hungarian brothers.