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surnames Szeglya and Szedlak

  • 14 January 2024 9:15 AM
    Reply # 13300858 on 13300398


    See this link:


    1869 census of Sambron

    If you go thru the census fo Feketekut page by page, you will see only entries for

    Szeglya.  This would seem to be your surname to search early on.

    tom peters

  • 13 January 2024 2:22 PM
    Reply # 13300723 on 13300398

    I've never seen both names in the same record. 

    With other families, the farm name (alias) is listed in the same record as the surname.

    Is this just a variation in how the record is written?

    Per your suggestion, I am going to merge all the records with these names and see if there is a pattern.



  • 13 January 2024 9:15 AM
    Reply # 13300659 on 13300398


    What you are describing are "farm names".

    They would eventually "use" one surname or the other.  This means as you go backwards in time for the births you will have to check for both surnames.  Eventually they should use just one of the surnames.  This happens when a surname becomes too common in the village.  They then adopt a nickname (surname).

    Tom Peters

  • 12 January 2024 12:57 PM
    Message # 13300398

    I am researching the Sambron, Slovakia GC church records.

    Two surnames I am looking at are Szeglya and Szedlak/Sedlak.

    There are several times when the names seem to overlap in a family.

    Example:  birth record uses Szeglya and death record uses Szedlak.

    Example:  majority of birth records in the same family have the Szeglya spelling but others are spelled Szedlak.

    Are these the same name with spelling variations or language cases ?

    Could it be a Hungarian vs Latin issue?

    I've considered a handwriting issue but there are too many occurences and the handwriting is relatively good.

    Also what is the Cyrillic spelling of both of these names?

    Thanks for your help.


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