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These references are by no means comprehensive.  They reference sites which I have found particularly useful.  Please drop me a note if you have other recommendations.

 

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    Hungarian/Magyar

    Slovak

    Polish

    Latin

 

Cyrillic Alphabet

 

Terminology

Church Records

 

 

Magyar/Hungary Census Records

 

Given Names

 

Common Place-Name Terminology

 

Feudal Terminology - often found in Land, Tax and Census Records

Translation Services

  • e-transcriptum claims to provide free genealogy translation services in over 70 languages.  I have sent them some material in Russian and will advise on the outcome (March, 2005).  Outcome: They never responded, even after numerous Inquiries (December, 2005).  May 2007 - website seems dead (BT).

Language Tools

 

Feminine Surnames

In the Modern-Day Slovak Language

English-speakers often confuse the feminine form of a surname as a distinct and separate family name (surname).  In the Slovak Language, the feminine form of a surname usually is modified with a suffix.  When searching for Slovak surnames, ensure that both forms are checked.  As a general rule, names on forms written after 1918 use the Slovak style, while those prior most often used Magyar (Hungarian) language rules.

Masculine Feminine
   
Jan Tarkulič Maria Tarkuličová
Jan Genský Maria Genská
Jan Suchy Maria Sucha

Thanks to Delphi Forum members Adam ("Red Prince")

 and Michal Sura for their feminine surname contributions.

                                                     

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Last Update: 27 April 2013                                                    Copyright © 2003-2013, Bill Tarkulich