Principal Investigator

Gabriella Erdélyi

“Exploring the history of stepfamilies in the past is exciting, since they differ as much as they are similar to the lives and relationships of women, men and children in our own days.”

Internal Staff

Adrienn Szilágyi

"Family (...) oil in the lamp of life" My main task is to coordinate family history database building in this project.

Andrea Fehér

I want to grab the individual narratives of the past, who are in the periphery of historical interest. I would like to populate the 18-century Transylvanian with their stories, which are insignificant in themselves, but expressively in their context.

Angelika Orgona

Trough the history of a Transylvanian elite family in early modern age, I examine the net of people living in cousinhood and emotional bond, their strategies, relationship, and the transfer of memory between generations.

Árpád Tóth

I analyse the family relations within the Lutheran burgher communities of Pressburg and Eperjes (now: Presov in Slovakia).

Borbála Benda

My researches comprise the history of early modern aristocratic stepfamilies by reading and analyzing primarily extensive family correspondences.

Eleonóra Géra

“The two pillars of urban society are family and honesty.”

Emese Gyimesi

My researches focus on use of and the representation of urban space of the citizens in 19th-century Pest-Buda. In particular, I deal with the families of Júlia Szendrey and her children from two consecutive marriages by reading their egodocuments.

Ferenc Tóth

Considering the family success stories of the Hungarians immigrated into France after the Peace of Szatmár (1711) we must rethink the theories on the social dynamism of the ancien regime.

Mónika Mátay

I teach and do research in the fields of social history, cultural anthropology, microhistory, and gender history in the 19th and 20th centururies.

Péter András Szabó

The social self of early modern men and women can be best approached by reading their diaries and personal narratives.

Péter Őri

“Historical demographics: sex, death and travel in history - is there anything more interesting?”

Sándor Nagy

"Old" and "new" families - spouses, marital conflict, divorce and remarriage.

Szilvia Adamecz

"Be cautious, because what a woman is looking for, she will find it! Gábor Vaszary

Zoltán Fónagy

My researches comprise the social and cultural history of 19th century Hungary, with a special focus on family history. In the project, I am responsible for editing the Stepfamilies blog.

External Staff

András Koltai

I examine the family relationship of the Hungarian aristocracy in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Attila Tózsa Rigó

I have been dealing with families for about a decade and a half in the context of early modern social history. Actually, I do a similar job as researchers who examine contemporary society, but my interviewees' cannot be asked again.

Dóra Mérai

As an archaeologist and art historian, I deal with tombstones, which tell about the identity of the deceased and patrons, their social role, relationships, values, and much more as textual, visual and material sources at the same time.

István Németh

I study early modern burgher families and stepfamilies in Kassa (Košice) and Sopron.

Katalin Simon

I research the everyday life of the 18th and 19th centuries, through its former places and people.

Noémi Czeglédi

I examine family conflicts and relationships between family members by reading primarily the written documents of feudal jurisdiction.

Orsolya Bubryák

As an art historian, I want to understand how emotional ties between family members are reflected by their legacies of material objects, and whether family relationships highlight the provenance of objects.

Tamás Mészáros

I am an research-instructor at BME Department of Measurement and Information Systems. My research field is distributed intelligent systems and internet technologies, their applications in the information service.

Zsófia Kucserka

We think less of the 19th century marriage such as women's emancipation or form of national enterprise. In my research, I would like to examine some examples, in which marriage can be interpreted as a common (mostly national) undertaking.

Zsolt Horbulák

My goal is to present the life of the Hungarian community, to process their past, both social and economic history.


Dalma Bódai

“Vive Ut Vivas!” My research field is the early modern political communication, culture and court culture, the subject of my doctoral dissertation: household of György Thurzó palatine in Biccse.

Eszter Baros-Gyimóthy

"History is not a mass of dates, place-names, wars. It is about people who fill the spaces between them." Jodi Lynn Picoult

Petra Horváth-Bálint

Based on criminal reports, I research the everyday and family life of the peasantry, their mentality and small minds in 18-19th century.

Réka Gyimesi

My research field is historical demography, including the analysis of census data, register and other primary sources from Bonyhád in the second half of the 19th century.

Zsuzsánna Balogh

My researches aim to map the family and kinship networks of the Transylvanian elite, with particular interest in women, in the Apafi period (second half of the 17th century).