Hungarian Research Division: New Records from Dej, Romania (Formerly Des, Szolnok Doboka, Hungary)

The following update is from Vivian Kahn, Director of Hungarian Research:

We are pleased to announce that JewishGen has identified 19 books of civil records from Dej in Cluj county Romania, (formerly Des, Szolnok Doboka, Hungary).

The birth, marriage, and death records cover the time period from October 1895, when Hungary began civil registration, to 1916-1917 as follows:

  • Births: 1895-1916
  • Marriages: 1895-1917
  • Deaths: 1895-1916

Des was the main city in Szolnok-Doboka megye. Jews were prohibited from living in the city until 1834. After the ban was lifted, the Jewish population increased from about three in 1838 to 122 in 1857. Immigrants from Galicia comprised the majority of the Jewish community. By 1877, there were 560 Jewish residents. Menachem Mendel Paneth, son of Yehezkel Paneth, the chief rabbi of Transylvania, became the first rabbi in 1862. The first synagogue was founded in 1864, and a new one was built in 1909 when the old synagogue was given to the town’s 250 Hasidic families.

For more information see the article by Gyémánt, Ladislau from the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe and from The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot.

We are now seeking donations for this new project. All donors who contribute $50 or more will be able to access the newly translated spreadsheets as soon as they have been proofed and before they are uploaded to the JewishGen website. Donations are tax deductible and can be made via JewishGen by clicking here.

After you make a donation, please send your electronic receipt to Dena Whitman, the project coordinator, at denawhit@icloud.com, so she can add your name to the list of those eligible to receive access to the spreadsheets.

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