Is anyone able to read the Hungarian occupations on this Hungarian baptismal record?

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Baptism of Magdolna Schveger (entry #16)

 I am not sure what the occupation of her father Gregor is. I would also really appreciate a translation of the information about the Godparents.

Thank you.

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in Genealogy Help by Culley Schweger Bell G2G6 Mach 1 (15.0k points)
edited by Maggie N.

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Hi Culley - It's in Hungarian and the occupation "Zseller" basically means "landless peasant" (These were peasants who did not have any land to provide for their family so they worked for others.).

Here's some great genealogical word lists:

by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (890k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
The godfather's occupation has something to do with carpentry.
Thank you so much. And thank you, also for the word lists. I have found a great one for German and Latin, but these will also be very helpful. Oh, I wish I spoke so many more languages!
Thank you!
Perhaps, Maggie, you would also know if the names Magdalena and Magdolna are interchangeable.

Asztalos mester is a carpenter, who has already passed the guild's exams and probably owns his business. 

Magdolna is indeed Hungarian for Magdalena :-)
Index letter S.
Date: 21st March
Child's name: Magdolna [=Magdalena]
Parents: Gergely [=Gregory] Schveger, cotter, Anna Mária born Hendler his wife
Residence: the same (Széleskut)
Godparents: Mátyás [=Matthias, Matthew] Holtzmann master carpenter smallholder, Magdolna born Weber his wife
Officiant: the same (Josef Martony parson)

zsellér = cotter = landless peasant, as Maggie said.

asztalos mester, as noted in comments, is a self-employed carpenter or cabinet-maker. (Asztalos is literally "with table".)

kisházas (literally "with little house") means a farmer with a quarter-share (4 acres) of land, i.e. not enough to make a living off of. Smallholders of all "sizes" supplemented their agricultural efforts by either hiring out as laborers, or with a craft or other business.
Thank you all, for the wonderful help. It is truly appreciated!

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