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Inaccuracies In FamilySearch's Hungarian Baptismal Indexes

March 5, 2016

recent request for guidance in the Hungary Exchange group on Facebook sparked my curiosity about the accuracy of the Hungarian baptismal indexes available at FamilySearch.org. I helped verify the location of her ancestor's place of birth and while reviewing the document I noticed that quite a few of the baptisms on the page had been indexed incorrectly, including the specific entry we were looking for. I decided to copy & paste the index from FamilySearch spanning three pages from the Roman Catholic parish of Fehér-Gyarmat, Szatmár megye and then transcribed a correct version of what actually appears on the original documents. I have made my corrections in RED BOLD text below.
 

FAMILYSEARCH / MINE

PAGE 31

 

Child: Gyula / Gyula

Baptism: 6 January 1880 / 6 January 1880

Father: János Pálvék / János Pálvik

Mother: Zourzainna Kajas / Zsuzsánna Vajas

 

Child: Janós / Janós 

Baptism: 10 January 1880 / 10 January 1880

Father: Jósef Dominyak / József Dominyák

Mother: Julia Becsi / Julia Bécsi

 

Child: Imre / Imre Géjza

Baptism: 14 January 1880 / 14 January 1880

Father: Sándor Balika / Sándor Balika

Mother: Ilona Borbat / Ilona Bernát

 

Child: Erzsébet / Erzsébet 

Baptism: 29 January 1880 / 29 January 1880

Father: József Fábián /József Fábián

Mother: Erzsebet Bede /Erzsébet Bede

 

Child: János / János 

Baptism: 2 February 1880 / 2 February 1880

Mother: Lidia Kricsa / Lidia Kricsa

 

Child: József / József 

Baptism: 10 February 1880 / 10 February 1880

Mother: Maria Lajtás / Maria Lajtár

 

Child: Sándor / Sándor 

Baptism: 19 February 1880 / 19 March 1880

Father: János Izáko / János Szabó

Mother: Eszter Pörök / Eszter Török

 

Child: Rozália / Rozália 

Baptism: 21 March 1880 / 21 March 1880

Father: Gyórgy Ráto / György Rátz

Mother: Maria Ruvzka / Mária Ruszka

 

Child: Gizelea / Gizella

Baptism: 17 April 1880 / 17 April 1880

Mother: Anna Lang / Anna Lang

 

Child: Róza / Róza 

Baptism: 18 April 1880 / 18 April 1880

Father: Antal Leneveis / Antal Lencsés

Mother: Zuzanna Német / Zsuzsánna Német

 

Child: Gyula / Gyula

Baptism: 29 April 1880 / 29 April 1880

Father: János Ormós / János Ormós

Mother: Gisza Izabó / Zsuzsánna Szabó

 

Child: Katalin / Katalin

Baptism: 13 April 1880 / 13 May 1880

Mother: Veronka Talpos / Veronka Talpos

 

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Child: Erzebét / Erzsébet

Baptism: 18 May 1880 / 18 May 1880

Mother: Zsuzsánna Erdélesi / Zsuzsánna Erdélyi

 

Child: Terez / Teréz

Baptism: 20 May 1880 / 20 May 1880

Father: László Magyar / László Magyar

Mother: Katalin Kevitan / Katalin Kuritán

 

Child: István / István

Baptism: 30 May 1880 / 30 May 1880

Father: István Ratz / István Rátz

Mother: Zsuszanna Guhást / Zsuzsánna Juhász

 

Child: Lajos / Lajos

Baptism: 7 July 1880 / 7 July 1880

Father: Ferencz Gapek / Ferencz Csapek

Mother: Julia Lencvés / Julia Lencsés

 

Child: Maria Magdalena / Maria Magdolna

Baptism: 22 July 1880 / 22 July 1880

Father: Agoston Drusbáezdiz / Ágoston Drusbáczky

Mother: Zsuszanna Riskó / Zsuzsánna Riskó

 

Child: Szerra / Szerena Ilona

Baptism: 22 July 1880 / 22 July 1880

Father: Pál Netes / Pál Veres

Mother: Borbála Kocsas / Borbála Kocsis

 

Child: István / István

Baptism: 6 April 1860 / 6 April 1860

Father: Káraly Dombrádás / Károly Dombrády

Mother: Erzibetah Govaja / Erzsébet Gavoja

 

Child: Andreás / András

Baptism: 29 July 1880 / 29 July 1880

Father: Pál Bures / Pál Bures

Mother: Julia Gógyer / Julia Tógyer

 

Child: Johanna / Johanna

Baptism: 19 August 1880 / 19 August 1880

Mother: Julia Lakatso / Julia Lakatos

 

Child: Lajos / Lajos Ignácz Dezső

Baptism: 6 January 1871 / 6 January 1871

Father: Péter Filep / Péter Filep

Mother: Laura Kocsa / Laura Kocsis

 

Child: Gyula / Gyula Jenő

Baptism: 30 October 1880 / 30 October 1880

Father: Gyula Bokor / Gyula Bokor

Mother: Matild Picsis / Matild Csiky

 

Child: Marton Peter Matyas / Márton Péter Mátyás

Baptism: 17 October 1880 / 17 October 1880

Father: Péter Filet / Péter Filep

Mother: Laura Kocsis / Laura Kocsis

 

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Child: Ilena / Ilona

Baptism: 25 November 1880 / 25 November 1880

Father: Sándor Poszovics / Sándor Popovics

Mother: Zsofia Miski / Zsófia Miski

 

Child: Aranka Jolán / Aranka Jolán

Baptism: 19 December 1880 / 19 December 1880

Father: Géza Kormos / Géza Kormos

Mother: Emilia Szunyogi / Emilia Szunyogi

 

Child: Julianna / Julianna

Baptism: 27 December 1880 / 27 December 1880

Father: István Kozma / István Kozma

Mother: Borbála Molnár / Borbála Molnár

 

Child: Borbalas / Borbála

Baptism: 27 December 1880 / 27 December 1880

Father: Ansal Kocsis / Antal Kocsis

Mother: Maria Kerchet / Maria Kerekes

 

Child: József / József

Baptism: 8 January 1881 / 8 January 1881

Father: József Bányay / József Bányay

Mother: Verona Péterssy / Verona Péterffy

 

Child: Bertalan / Bertalan

Baptism: 31 January 1881 / 31 January 1881

Father: József Szás / József Sztahura (Szászhegyesy)

Mother: Erzsébet Tar / Erzsébet Tar

 

Child: Sándor / Sándor

Baptism: 11 March 1881 / 11 March 1881

Father: József Duchnooszky / József Duchnovszky

Mother: Matild Dul / Matild Dul

 

Child: István / István

Baptism: 19 April 1881 / 19 April 1881

Father: Pál Kerekes / Pál Kerekes

Mother: Kasalin Sinkovics / Katalin Sinkovics

 

Child: Gyula / Gyula

Baptism: 26 April 1881 / 26 April 1881

Father: Lajós Besenyödy / Lajós Besenyödy

Mother: Karolin Szucs / Karolin Szücs

 

Child: István / István

Baptism: 5 May 1881 / 5 May 1881

Father: Mihály Nyizoniczki / Mihály Nyizsviczki

Mother: Borbala Demeter / Borbala Demeter

 

Child: György György

Baptism: 8 May 1881 / 8 May 1881

Father: György Deák / György Deák

Mother: Erzébet Nagy / Erzsébet Nagy


91% of the indexed baptisms on these three pages have errors. Only three entries out of the 35 are entirely correct. Granted that this only covers three pages from one single parish, but it gives you an idea of the accuracy of the indexes we are provided with. It became very clear after transcribing these three pages that whoever indexed these for FamilySearch obviously isn't familiar with Hungary or its language. The fact that they misspelled the most common and simple Hungarian given-names, which are spelled correctly on the original document, is evident enough. Zourzainna? Gizelea? Erzibetah? I also have my suspicions that whoever indexed these records is familiar with the German Sütterlin alphabet, confusing many letters for the long S.

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