The more significant microfilmed genealogical sources preserved in the Microfilm Collection of the National Archives of Hungary are as follows:

Libri Regii:

  • Libri Regii – (A 57) 1527–1867 years (Microfilm collection:

    boxes 37217

  • Libri regii dignitatum – (A 62) 1786–1867 (Microfilm collection:

    box 23353

  • (Libri regii primae classis – B 18) Transylvanian Royal Books 1687–1848 (Microfilm collection:

    boxes 7191

  • (Libri regii dignitatum secundae classis – B 20) Transylvanian Royal Books 1790–1848 (Microfilm collection:

    boxes 7204

  • Libri Regii – The National Archives of the Chapter of Gyulafehérvár – (F 1) 1581–1680 Transylvanian Royal Books (Microfilm collection:

    boxes 1193
    1205; 2330; 26516/2 and 39237–39245.)

The National Archives of the Convent of Kolozsmonostor – Protocolla, libri regii et stylionaria (F 15) 1534–1708, Transylvanian Royal Books (Microfilm collection: boxes 1576–1596.)

Royal Books – Ministry Responsible for the Affairs Concerning the King – (K 19) 1867–1918, Transylvanian Royal Books (Microfilm collection:

boxes 7042

Acta nobilium (records concerning proofs of nobility under Charles Habsburg III and Maria Theresa) 1723–1784 (C 30) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1089–1120 and 9384.)

Departmentum nobilitare 1783–1848 (records of the department established to confirm nobility) (C 57) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 968–B1089; the list and the name index are in the boxes B 968–975.)

For county nobiliary records (and county assembly protocols) see the National Archives’ List of Records, Index of Microfilms or the computer database.

Genealogical tables 13th–19th century (National Archives, Section P) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1431–B 1470.)

Genealogical tables 16th–19th century (Archives of the National Government Authorities of Transylvania, the National Archives of the Chapter of Gyulafehérvár) (F 6) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1470–B 1471.)

Genealogical tables 16th–19th century (Judicial Archives) (O 59) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1471–B 1473.)

Károly Pataki-collection 1500–1899 (A 133) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1583–B 1585.)

Peláthy-collection 1500–1899 (R 272) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1534–B 1563.)

Daróczy-collection (Microfilm collection: boxes 40593–40684; the original manuscript is preserved in the Ráday Archives)

Minor Fragments of Family Fonds 1527–1957 (R 319) (Microfilm collection: boxes 47504–47544.). This contains family records and fragments of fonds which cannot be integrated into the family archives of the National Archives. The families are arranged alphabetically.

Domestic crested charters and nobiliary papers 1526–1923 (R 64). Only an insignificant fragment of this is on microfilm (229 selected frames). It was transferred to the custody of the National Archives from the Archives Department of the Hungarian National Museum. Meanwhile, it has been considerably expanded by purchase, donations and rearrangements. The publication entitled "A Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum könyvtárának címereslevelei" [The Crested Charters of the Library of the Hungarian National Museum] vol. I–VIII; Budapest, 1902–1942 by Antal Áldássy, as well as the alphabetical card-index of family names have been created by processing these records.

Foreign crested charters and nobiliary papers 1541–1882 (R 126). These were transferred to the custody of the National Archives from the Hungarian National Museum, as well. Largely, charters of Holy Roman emperors, imperial palatines, Austrian archdukes and Estates, as well as Russian tsars, Polish kings etc., along with several conferments (of knighthood) and some diplomas of indigenatus. Some of them are Hungarian-related. These have no microfilm copies.

Conscriptio Portarum. Records concerning the preparations of the national censuses of 1715 and 1720, their administration and the modification of tax system carried out on the basis of the census returns. 1695–1720 (N 76) (Microfilm collection: boxes 3149–3152.)

Antiquiores conscriptiones (N 77) (Microfilm collection: boxes 3152–3154.)

The census returns of 1715 (N78) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 3119

The census returns of 1720 (N79) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 3131
3149, 3154.)

The census returns of 1728 (only the material of some counties preserved in local archives) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 8374

Departamentum urbarie 1723–1848 (C 59) (Microfilm collection: boxes 4107–4314, 20667–20702.)

The national census returns of 1828 – Conscriptio regnicolaris (N 26) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1–B 282, 8612, 25389–25404.) Only the heads of housholds are named, the other adult family members (aged 18-60), as well as servants, serfs, and the landless are indicated in points of numbers. The number of major domestic animals is also indicated.

Only the material of some towns and counties survived from the census returns of 1857, mainly fragmented. (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1726–B 1735, B 1751–B 1804, B 1809, B 1811–B 1813.)

The census returns of 1869 are also very deficient and only contain the records of some towns and counties (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1474–B 1533, B 1586–B 1720, B 1735–B 1751, B 1804–B 1810, B 1813–B 1816.)

Dicalis (tax) census returns (Conscriptiones portarum) 1530–1707 (E 158) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 1627

Regesta decimarum (church-rates/tithes census returns) 16th–18th cent. (E 159) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 9537

Terriers of 1785/1786 (Transylvania only) (F 51) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 24995

Urbaria et conscriptiones – U et C (terriers, contracts) 15th–19th cent. (E 156), card-index in the main research room (Microfilm collection: boxes 2201a–2577a, 31537–31538.)

Miscellaneous census returns (Transylvania) 16th century to 1809 (F 49) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 8643

The census returns of 1750 (Transylvania only) (F 50) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 26469

National nobiliary census of 1754–1755 (Cathalogus Nobilium – A 75) (Microfilm collection:

box 40788

Transylvanian census returns of Jews 1813–1845 (F 46) (Microfilm collection:

box 1605

Cziráky-terrier 1819–1820 (Transylvania, Conscriptio Czirakyana) (F 52) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 25674

Cesuses of Jews 1725–1728–1755 (Acta Judaeorum – C 29) (Microfilm collection:

boxes 26557
, 40789–40795.)

National census of Jews of 1848 (towns and counties alphabetically arranged) (H 15) (Microfilm collection: boxes B 1721–B 1725, list and index: 31143–31144.)

Census of Jews 1848, Pozsony County (Microfilm collection:

box 43504

Census of Jews 1827–1853. Original place of preservation: Hungarian Jewish Archives, Budapest (Microfilm collection:

box 45851

Military conscription lists – with some exceptions (e.g. Heves County) 19th century to 1918. (The original list are preserved in the county archives, microfilm copies: Microfilm collection: boxes B 283–B 967.)

Hungarian Royal Chancellery (Acta Miscellanea, Fasc. 5 Genealogy-related records, 17th–19th cent., A 120; Microfilm collection:

box 31618

Protocols of canonical visitations (Visitationes canonicae) – mainly usable in genealogy in case they include the so called "Lista Animarium" i.e. "census of souls". Arranged by dioceses and deaneries; Microfilm collection: boxes 52, 847–850, 1687-1691, 2591–2599, 4456–4458, 5197–5201, 10491–10498, 13745–13748, 20013–20017, 21076–21086, 21168–21197, 21769–21794, 21937–21964, 23358–23373, 23443–23619, 23717–23749, 23781–23854, 26687–26690, 29061–29067.

Conscriptiones animarium (censuses of souls):

Borsod County

year 1780

box 16754

City of Debrecen


box 16751

Csanád County


box 31720

Komárom County

year 1774

box C 541.

Pest County


boxes 16750–16751.

Somogy County


box 16754

Upper Szeged Minorite Order


box 31720

Tolna County


boxes 16752–16754., 

Turóc County

year 1771

box C 541

Veszprém County



Zala County



Parish Registers: arranged in alphabetical order and by denominations. The publication entitled "Egyházi anyakönyvek mikrofilmmásolatai" [Microfilm Copies of Parish Registers]; Budapest, 1977, by Margit Judák; the card-index of the Óbuda Division of the National Archives; the microfilm inventories of Series A, as well as the computer database of the Department of Reprography on the Internet give a bold outline of them. The publication entitled "A Magyar Országos Levéltár Filmtárában mikrofilmen őrzött anyakönyvek katalógusa", I–II. NAH, Budapest, 1998 [The Catalogue of Microfilm Copies of Parish Registers Preserved in the Microfilm Collection of the National Archives of Hungary] provides much more detailed and up-to-date information then the above mentioned Judák-repertory. The Kálniczky-inventory, besides the basis number, also indicates the microfilm call-numbers of parish registers, as well as the very detailed index and list of succursal churches, just as the computer database does. In addition, it gives details on place name versions, providing an extensive place name index, too. As a local history curiosity, it also often indicates the date of construction of the church (chapel, synagogue), its architectural style, as well as its patron saint. The position of registers in the microfilm collection:

boxes A1
–A 5583, in Series C the microfilm copies of registers from Upper Hungarian settlements preserved in the National Archives of Hungary. In addition, sporadic microfilmed registers can be found in the so called “large series” (e.g. registers of different denominations of Kolozsvár, boxes 6457–6482.). Recently, the registers microfilmed following the close of Series A are kept in the ülarge series”, too. The duplicates of consular registers (1898–1918) have no microfilm copies; Reference code: MOL N 113.

The records of the National Board of the Order of Knights (originals in the Archives of War History; Microfilm collection of NAH: boxes 48150–48177.). Order of Knights (üVitézi Rend”) -related records are also preserved in NAH (N 109, Ladula SSS 1921–1944; records of the National Board of the Order of Knights, P 1709, from 1940–1946 but these have no microfilm copies). In Hungary, the title of knights was terminated in 1945, but it was kept alive abroad, what is more, it was accepted by the International List of Orders of Knights, in 1992. In the same year, the Order of Knights was restored in Hungary, too.

Székely (Szekler, i.e. Magyar of Eastern Transylvania) lustrum registers and nobiliary census returns 1635–1737 (F 136, Microfilm collection:

boxes 1710

The employees of the Department of Microfilm Collection and Film Library provide further help and information for researchers in connection with the mentioned genealogy sources.

Finding aids

In 1992, the National Archives of Hungary published the Register of fonds and sub-fonds about the microfilmed sources kept in the institution. An up-to-date version is available on the computers of the Department of Reprography and the Inquiry Office. The files about the sub-fonds are arranged in alphabetical order, and a more or less detailed register was made in connection with the contents of the microfilm boxes.

Last, but not least, we would like to recommend some of our recently released publications:

  • Magyarország levéltárai. [Hungarian archives.] Ed. by László Blazovich–Veronika Müller. Budapest–Szeged, 1996.

  • A Magyar Országos Levéltár. Levéltárismertető. [The National Archives of Hungary. A guide on the history of the Archives.] Ed. by János Lakos. Budapest, 1996.

  • MOL fondjainak és állagainak jegyzéke I–IV. [Register on the fonds and sub-fonds of the National Archives of Hungary, I–IV.] Ed. by János Buzási. Budapest, 1996.

While the first two books inform us about the archival material only in outline, the last one presents the sources kept in the Archives in full details, actually on the level of fonds and sub-fonds. Its volume 4 contains comprehensive indices of persons, subjects and place names.

  • Magyarország levéltárainak cím- és névjegyzéke. [Register of Hungarian archives.] Ed. by László Kálniczky. National Archives of Hungary, Budapest, 1997.