publishing house Arcanum
in cooperation with the Hungarian National
recently began a project of online publishing of
various archival funds. There are many databases and many
advanced options, but the search forms are only in Hungarian. In
order to assist the genealogy researchers I present this
unofficial guide. In this guide only the technical aspects of
the search form are presented. In order to learn more about the
Hungarian censuses I recommend
the readers to visit the Bill
Tarkulich's census pages
Location of the database
The URL address of the database is http://www.arcanum.hu/mol/
You will see there the following screen (click on the thumbnail
to see the full image, hit the return button of your browser to
1715 Census search form
There are more access possibilities, but I prefer to go to the
popup menu "Valasszon urlapot!" (Select the search form!)
Select the item "Az 1715. osszeírás" (The 1715
census) and the following search form will appear:
You can search by entering one or more fields and pressing the
button "keresés" in the right bottom corner of the green
box. Wildcard searches are
supported using the "*" character for unlimited
characters. Use "?" for a single character. There is the
option to select Boolean operators between
the search words. By default the relationship "AND"
("és") is used. (for example, entering "zboj 1715" will
search for titles which include both
"zboj" AND "1715".) It is much better however to use the
"long list" on the right side of the form, since many names and
geographic locations are misspelled (due to
errors in original records and from
digitalization/transcription) and you will probably not identify
all possible name variations. The search is case insensitive.
Here is a search example according the taxpayer's name. Hitting
the green left arrow associated the relevant field of interest
will produce a new long
list will be loaded after some time (depending on the server
workload and speed of your connection). This list is very
helpful, but its use is very
tricky. In the long list: "Az Adózók mezőben
előforduló szavak" there are shown all the surname
variations included in the database. You now to move
the cursor to any item in this list (if you do not move it
there, the quick navigation will not work). You can move through
the list using the navigation keys of your keyboard, but you can
also do quick jumps
the desired letter by hitting the alphabetic keys.
Pressing "k" will move you to the surname "kaaln". Pressing the
second key "o" you will undertake next jump to "koab". etc.
After you have selected your surname, you must double click on
the selected name and this will be pasted to the surname field.
There is no way back, thus you must re-start navigation in the
long list by pressing the green arrow button. A similar
procedure must be used for the
The different fields can be combined using logical operators,
here is the explanation of the "advanced search options"
between words in the same field (it is possible to enter
more words in one field)
|Logical relation of
different fields in-between
The three choices are: "es" which means "and" ~ "vagy"
which means "or" ~ "nem" means "no/not".
The search button is "keresés"
Here is an example of a search result (taxpayer Kozik)
This surname occurs in 9 villages. The underlined numbers are
hyperlinks to the scanned pages.
An example of a long list with the present names of settlement
is here. The system has problems with the accented characters,
see Lovinobaňa in the example below. In such case the expression
with accented characters, must be entered manually to the search
Credit to Jan Ammann and Bill Tarkulich for inspiration, inputs,
proofreading corrections and comments
Last update: 11 March 2005