Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lena Hollander's siblings

While researching the birth record for my husband's grandmother, Lena (or Lina) Hollander, in Bonyhád, Tolna District, Hungary, I did my best to look at every page on the microfilm of records and decipher the handwritten records to look for any other Hollander records, especially siblings. Family members vaguely remember Bubbie Lena mentioning that she had a sister or maybe two sisters.

I found the following records of children born to her parents, Samuel Hollander and Anna Honenváld on the same microfilm: "Registers of Jewish births, marriages and deaths for Bonyhád, Tolna, Hungary. Text in Hungarian and German." FHL microfilm no. 642923, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

See Lina Hollander's birth record for details of the headings and how I figured out the translation.

Closeup of above record, far left
Daughter, Fanny Hollander was born on May 12, 1888. (I'm not sure about this name. If you think it reads something else, please let me know in the comments below.)

Closeup of above record, center left
Her father is Samuel Hollander, who was born in Bonyhád and her mother is Anna Honenváld, who was born in Hőgyész (also in Tolna District, Hungary). The family lives in Bonyhád. The midwife's name is Bertha Hausser (or Hausner).
Closeup of above record, right
Fanny Hollander's naming ceremony was held in Bonyhád on May 21, [1888], and the name of the officiant is Sol Gurwitz. (Again, if you think the name is something else, please let me know in the comments.)


 The next sibling I find is unnamed.

This unnamed son was born and died on June 2, 1889. There is a dash in the space for the circumcision information and the date of death in the next to last column. Although this page doesn't have a year written on it, it followed pages of births from 1889. And although Lina Hollander's birth record has a year of 1889 written on it, I'm not 100% sure that she was born in 1889, as other records have her birth as 1890 (Social Security Death Index) or 1891 (husband, Josef Handler's Naturalization Record).


I then find a younger sister.

Roza Hollander was born on December 4, 1892 to Samuel Hollander, occupation of peddler, and Anna Honenváld. Roza's naming ceremony was on December 10, 1892, and the officiant is the same as Lina Hollander's, Ignatz [?] Klein.


And another younger sister.

Regina Hollander was born on January 12, 1895 to Samuel Hollander, occupation peddler, and Anna Honenváld. Their residence is listed as Bonyhád 107. The midwife is Berta Hausner. (I would surmise that it is the same midwife that attended Anna in each of her deliveries, but her name is recorded slightly differently each time.) The naming ceremony was January 19, again with Ignacz Klein as officiant.

To summarize:
Fanny Hollander, born May 12, 1888
unnamed son Hollander, born and died June 2, 1889
Lina Hollander, born September 5, 1890 (unlikely 1889)
Roza Hollander, born December 4, 1892
Regina Hollander, born January 12, 1895

This Register of Jewish records ends in 1895. Although I found quite a few Hollanders earlier than these, I didn't find a birth record for Samuel. I may have to look at this microfilm again, looking spcifically for Samuel Hollander's birth.

Next step for researching this family is to borrow the microfilm of the Civil Registration of Bonyhád for 1895 - 1977 and see if I can find more records for the Hollander family. Were there any more children of Samuel and Anna? Can I find the marriage record of Lina Hollander to Josef Handler?


  1. The child's name is Fany, with a line over the 'N' which indicates it's a double letter; so.. Fanny. :) The line over the letter is very common in German records.

    The midwife's surname is Hausner.

    I believe the final name is Gurutz Sol. (Solomon).

    1. Thank you for your comment. It's great to have someone else take a look at written records to confirm what you think you're reading, especially in a foreign language.