Welcome

Welcome to the Balla Family History website, or as Hungarians would say “Üdvözöljük A Balla Családtörténeti Weboldal.” This website presents the genealogy and family history of the Balla Family; specifically a branch of the Balla Family from the village of Eszény that was in the historic Szabolcs County in the Kingdom of Hungary (now located in the Ukraine). Although some general information can be found on this website, it is not a “single name study” or history and genealogy of all families bearing the Balla surname. The focus, therefore, is the lives, ancestors, children, and descendants of Alexander Balla Sr. (1886-1950) and Julia Molnar (1885-1962), who were Hungarian émigrés that settled in New York in the early 1900s before relocating to the state of Texas by 1915. They are the progenitors of over 130 descendants that carry on either the Balla surname, their traditions, and/or the memory of their lives.

On this website, you will find information pertaining to the history of the Balla Family, among other things. The website has been divided into a number of sections. The first is “Family History,” which discusses what is presently known about Balla Family history and genealogy, including Balla origins, the Balla surname, immigration, and the known generations of the Balla Family. The second section is “Related Branches,” which discusses what is presently known about the families that married into the Balla Family. The third section is “Hungarian History,” which presents some historical information about Hungary and the village of Eszény where the Ballas are from. The fourth section is “Family Photos,” which presents a collection of Balla Family photos, including photographs of Alexander and Julia Balla, and their children, among others. The fifth section is “Recipes,” which presents a collection of Hungarian recipes often made by Julia (Molnar) Balla and some of her children. The sixth section is “Contact,” which provides information on how to get in contact with me, if you should want to. To view these sections, please use the navigation menu above.

Dedication: This family history is dedicated to, and in loving memory of, Irene (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006), my maternal great grandmother. It is also dedicated to the immigrant ancestors of the Balla Family who had the personal strength and courage to leave their native country of Hungary to better their lives and the lives of their children: Alexander Balla Sr. (1886-1950) and Julia (Molnar) Balla (1885-1962).

Acknowledgments: Successfully compiling and writing a family history rests upon not only facts that can be obtained through research, but also personal and compelling details that can only come from oral history. In compiling this family history I have been fortunate, as I have been provided much help by many. Their remembering and sharing what they know and/or what photographs they have has insured not only success in compiling this history, but also that those of whom this history is about are not forgotten. The following people have provided a tremendous amount of help in compiling this family history, as well as providing photographs and family documents: Irene (Balla) Sebok, Ima (Balla) Creech, Aline (Balla) Goetz, Alberta (Sebok) Hamilton, Carolyn (Hamilton) Kernan, Shirley (Balla) Loftin, Barbara (Balla) Murphy, Amy (Thompson) LeBlanc, Mark Hamilton, Mark Goetz, David Roddick, and Forest Riggs. If you have information, oral history, documents, and/or photographs that you would like to share, please contact me.

About Me: Many times when relatives come across my genealogy sites or posts, the first thought in their mind is, “Who is this putting information about or photos of my family on the Internet?” So, here is a little bit about me. My name is William Kernan, and I am (in the context of the Balla family) the great grandson of Irene (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006), by her daughter Alberta (Sebok) Hamilton (LIVING), my maternal Grandmother, and by her daughter Carolyn (Hamilton) Kernan (LIVING), my Mother. Although I have always had an interest in history, and found family oral history to be fascinating, I became interested and involved in genealogy through a research course I took while in college at UCLA. Since college, I have continued researching my family history when I’ve had the time in order to fill in gaps and compile a more complete history.

Disclaimer: Family histories and genealogies are always a work in progress and are based on available information. Nevertheless, every attempt has been made to be as accurate as possible, in both facts and oral accounts. If you have further information or any corrections, please contact me. Additionally, every effort has been made to exclude personal information of living persons.