This register records births, marriages, and deaths for the Jews of several communities near the town of Dej, including Ocna Dejului (Hung: Déésakna); Câțcău (Hung: Kackó); Maia (Hung: Mánya); Mănăstirea (Hung: Szentbenedek); Reteag (Hung: Retteg) and other villages near the above settlements. The book is arranged by locality and it seems likely that the contents originally formed five separate books and the pages were combined into one book at a later point in time. Each section begins with births, then moves to marriages and then deaths. The headings are in German and Hungarian and the pages are specific to the needs of a Jewish community (spaces for circumcision information, includes Hebrew letters for dates). The handwritten entries are generally in a mix of Hungarian and German; the German, though written with Latin characters, has noticeable Yiddish traits. Data recorded is typical for record books of this time and includes the individual's name and birth details, parent details, place of residence, for births information on the circumcision, for marriages information on the ceremony, for deaths circumstances of death and details on the burial. This book was maintained by the Dej community at least until the interwar period (stamps in Romanian).
Jewish communities of Dej/Ocna Dejului, Câțcău, Maia, Mănăstirea, Reteag