Late Reformed Birth/Baptismal Register
This 1884 register is from the Reformed Church in the village of Inota, then in Fejér county. It is illustrative of the excellent quality of church birth/baptismal registers of all faiths in Hungary during the early part of the Dual Monarchy (1867-1895) period.
Format: Printed Tabular Birth/Baptismal Register.
Content of Register.
For a listing of the Magyar-language headings in this register and the literal translations of each
- 1) sequence number: restarted at the beginning of each year, #13 is my grandmother.
- 2) year and day of birth.
- 3) year and day of baptism.
- 4) name of the baptized.
- 5) and 6) gender: male or female only one column is checked or noted.
- 7) and 8) legitimate or illegitimate: only one column is checked or noted.
- 9) parents name, confession, and occupation: in the case of my grandmother, her father was a molnár meszter (mill owner) and they were of the ev. reform (Reformed) confession.
- 10) residence and house number: while most give an actual house number in Inota, the entry for my great-grandparents was Inotai alsó malom (the lower mill of Inota).
- 11) godfather's and mother's names and occupation: with one exception, the pastor did not bother to record the godparent's occupations.
- 12) baptizer's name and office: r. lelkéz (Reformed Pastor) was used for the office; note #15 where the baptism was performed by a pastor from the next town (Várpalota).
- 13) notes: this column was often used at a later date to provide further information about the person; frequently one sees the date of death noted (not only for infant deaths, though these are most common); or to explain special situations such a a child being legitimized by the subsequent marriage of the parents with the father accepting responsibility for the child -- on some occasions by actually signing the baptismal register.