Welcome

Welcome to the Balla Family History, a website and blog where I explore the genealogy and family history of the Balla Family. 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 regarding the history of the Balla Family, as well as family and historical records and photographs . The information on this website has been divided into a number of sections. The first section is “About,” which provides additional details about this website, myself, and those who helped me along the way. The second 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 third section is “Related Branches,” which discusses what is presently known about the families that married into the Balla Family. The fourth section is “Hungary,” which presents some historical information about Hungary and the village of Eszény where the Ballas are from. The fifth section is “Photos,” which presents a collection of Balla Family photos, including photographs of Alexander and Julia Balla, and their children, among others. The sixth section is “Recipes,” which presents a collection of Hungarian recipes often made by Julia (Molnar) Balla and some of her children. Additionally, I have included a “Contact” page, which you can use to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to share any information and/or photographs about the families discussed on this website.

Dedication & Acknowledgements: 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). Additionally, many people have helped in compiling the histories and genealogies found on this website. Please view the “Acknowledgements” page to learn more.

Disclaimer: As stated above, this website is about the Balla family of which my maternal great grandmother, Irene (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006), and the families that married into it. As such, it is focused on the lives of specific people and not Ballas and its related branches in general. This website, therefore, is not a single or multiple name study, nor does it present the history and genealogies of all those who bear these surnames. Family histories and genealogies, moreover, 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. For more important information you should keep in mind while reading through the genealogies and family histories found on this website, please see the “Disclaimer” page.

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