Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Aristocratic Cousins!

I hit the major jackpot yesterday with my Hungarian research. I found access to the 'Libri Regii' otherwise known as 'Királyi Könyvek' online, at:

With this resource I was able to find information on my Izdenczy de Komlós family. This family began with a Márton who was granted nobility on 21 Jan 1696 by King Leopold I. Márton was an upper-military man, this is how he gained his nobility and land holdings. In 1685 he was in command of the Tokaj fortress under Imre Thökölyi. In 1709 he was serving under Prince Ferenc Rakóczy II.

Here is the Izdenczy de Komlós Coat of Arms:

I found a record in this Libri Regii stating the wife of Márton, along with her parents. Here is what the record stated:

"Nobiles dominas Barbaram, Martini Izdenczy consortem
filiamuero praenarrati Stephani quondim Horvath de Perlak,
et praedicta Nobili condim dua Margaretha Berzeviczy"

It simply states that the "Noble lady Borbála, wife of Márton Izdenczy, is the daughter of the previously mentioned István Horváth de Perlak and the previously mentioned noblewoman Margit Berzeviczy".

The István Horváth de Perlak mentioned, was granted nobility on 13 Mar 1613. His wife was Margit Berzeviczy who comes from an extremely old and very large noble family. The Berzeviczy de Berzevicz easily traces it's roots back to a man named Rutkér. He was living in 1209 and he was an "ispán", which translates out to "steward". History states that Rutkér was originally from the mountainous areas of Tirol in Austria. He later moved to the Carpathian mountain area. He arrived in Hungary around the same time as Gertrude of Andechs, when she arrived in Hungary as the wife of King András Árpád II.

Rutkér had two sons: Herman and Rikolf. Herman was known to be living in 1246 and Rikolf was known to be living in 1270. Rikolf had two sons, János and Rikolf. It is through János that the Berzeviczy family descends. Through Rikolf descends the Tárczay family.

Here is the Berzeviczy de Berzevicz Coat of Arms:

Through the Izdenczy de Komlós family, I am kin with these aristocratic and royal families:
  • Baron Izdenczy de Monostor és Komlós
  • Baron Rukovina von Vidovgrad
  • Baron Solymosy de Loós és Egervás
  • Count Khuen-Belasi
  • Count Khuen-Belasi-Héderváry
  • Count Lodron-Laterno und Castelromano
  • Count Matz von Spiegelfeld
  • Count Nemes de Hidvég et Oltszem
  • Count Vay de Vaja
  • Count von Clary und Aldringen
  • Count Woracziczky von Pabienitz
  • Count Zichy de Zich et Vásonkeö

Through the Berzeviczy de Berzevicz family, I am kin with these aristocratic and royal families (not including the ones listed above):
  • Baron Berzeviczy de Berzevicz
  • Baron Szalay-Berzeviczy de Kéménd
  • Count Aspremont-Lynden und Reckheim
  • Count Dessewffy de Csernek et Tarkeö
  • Count Zichy-Kürth de Zich et Vásonkeö
  • Princely Rákóczy de Felsõ-Vadász

If you're related to or descend from any of these families, please contact me!


  1. Hi Nick,
    Congratulations on your great fine. I am glad you are an expert in Hungary. I was wondering if you could give me some direction. I am tryin gto research my ancestors in Hungary. I understand they are from th Tokay area [wine growers ect]/ The names are Rosza Rajik and John Agoston. Rosza was born about 1880 in Tokay. They had a dauter Rose ther who imigrated to Canada.
    Any ideas??

  2. Hey Cheryl,

    Thank you! And I would love to help you out. Send me an email at and we'll talk privately. My family lived only a few towns to the West of Tokaj and they were winemakers too. Can't wait to hear from you!


  3. Hi Nick,
    I am from Transylvania, I found amazing data helping the priest from my village to find infos for the village's monography. I found a document in Hungarian archives from 1257 and that the link between Dracula and the England's Royal family is passing through our small village :). I found that couple of families from the village were nobles, but I cannot access the Libri Regii. The website is in Hungarian. Can you please give me some directions?


  4. Regarding one of your articles, the link between Dracula and England's Royal House is correct.
    Check this out.


  5. Horatiu: I have seen plenty of family trees that claim this descent, but do you have the sources to prove this connection? This is what I'm looking for, and no one can seem to provide. So as far as I'm concerned, this isn't true until it's proven with sourced documents.