I recently noticed FamilySearch.org added more Hungarian records. I quickly found a new lead in the search for the birthplace of my grandmother, Adelheid “Ida” (Pohl) Stewart. She immigrated to America in 1893 when she was but 2 years old along with her mother and two older siblings. They departed from Hamburg, Germany, where the ship’s manifest listed them as living in Fünfkirchen, Hungary.
I found two index entries in the Hungary Catholic Church Records at FamilySearch.org. Both are baptismal records. One is for Lipot [Leopold] Pohl and one is for Maria Pohl, the two older siblings of my grandmother Adelheid Pohl. Unfortunately my grandmother does not appear in the index. But, it does indicate the family was living in Szabolcs, in the county of Baranya, Hungary (see map1).
Szabolcs, today named Mecsekszabolcs, is very near Pécs, Hungary. Pécs was also known as Fünfkirchen by the Germans. It would have been Austria-Hungary at that time. These baptismal records are therefore consistent with the Hamburg manifest. More importantly, it tells me the specific church records in which I hopefully will find my grandmother’s baptismal record.
My great-grandfather Albert Pohl, immigrated in 1892, one year prior to his wife and children. (See my earlier post, Genealogy at the NOAA.) He settled near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked as a coal miner. Szabolcs was also a coal mining district. I assume he worked as a coal miner in Szabolcs before coming to America. He probably chose Pittsburgh because he had coal mining experience and thought he could easily get a job. Perhaps friends and relatives in America wrote letters back home describing the opportunities available in Pittsburgh. In the map below, the locations of mines are indicated by crossed hammers.2
Whenever more records become available in an online collection, it pays to search again for your ancestors.Footnotes
- Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem [Eötvös Loránd University] 3rd Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary, http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/3felmeres.htm
- Nemzeti Kulturális Örökség Minisztériuma [Ministry of Cultural Heritage], http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/tantort/2003/palyazat/