If you read this blog regularly, you know that this past summer my family went on a trip that included Budapest. I was hoping to visit the small town of Jablonca, Slovakia. This town is where my husband’s maternal gateway ancestors came from. Unfortunately, the town is located three hours to the northeast and we were traveling west.
Finding the town where my husband’s maternal Hungarian ancestors immigrated from has been a difficult ride. They were not one for leaving a lot of records in the United States that included juicy details.
This week I noticed a blog post about new indexed records on Familysearch that included some from Hungary. After seeing what was posted, I decided to search the catalog for Jablonca, Hungary. I know that there is a microfilm of the church records for the town and was thinking about ordering it. You will understand why I am ordering the microfilm now after my latest find.
To my surprise there is now red lettering on the description page for the microfilm that says: “Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books are available online, click here.”
Of course, I immediately clicked through and searched for my husband’s great-grandmother, Mary Nagy. And I found her!! Not only did I find her baptism record, I found her father’s and his father’s. In a matter of an hour, I traced the Nagy family back another 2 generations! I have been doing the happy dance for days.
I feel so blessed to a genealogist during the digital age. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to libraries and the smell of a courthouse makes me smile. This discovery might be one that I would not have made anytime soon if it was not available in a digital form. It also has my mother-in-law interested in her family history.
I can’t wait to see what I find in the Slovakia 1869 Census records! Time for some record browsing online! I also cannot wait to tie it all together with a pretty bow when I get to scroll the marriage and death records on the microfilm I have ordered!