Part 1: L.D.S. LDS Czech
and Slovak Holdings
By Shon R. Edwards
A.G. ® , M.A.
[email protected]
Slovak Republic
• Actual microfilm
• 7 projects: Levoča, Prešov, Košice, Bytča,
Banská Bystrica, Nitra, and Bratislava
• All projects are finished with microfilming
(including no. 7, Bratislava, which should
probably be microfilmed by the end of the
month).
1869 Census of Slovakia
(then Austria-Hungary)
1869 census of Austria-Hungary was
filmed for the following Slovak archives
only: Bratislava? (not yet known – still
in microfilming), Nitra, Bytča
Czech Republic
• Scanned images (no microfilm) and available
only online.
• For the time being, click on RecordSearch at
http://labs.familysearch.org/ periodically to see if
and which Czech records are yet available.
Signup is necessary.
• Approximately 2-2.5 million images per project
(State Regional Archive) will be available online
for church records alone.
Třeboň archive on
Internet
Using the following link, it is also available (for
Třeboň only) in greater detail on the Internet
at:
http://digi.ceskearchivy.cz/index.php?doctree
=1nr. It is in German, Czech, and possibly
English now. The plus is that it is faster than
the GSU posting on the Internet. Also, the
inventory is in much greater detail. The
archive already is posting parishes that begin
alphabetically already partly with “n”. We
have cataloged (waypointed) 5 parishes, the
archive has cataloged 172.
Volunteers Needed to
Index Czech and Slovak
Records
Get in touch with me if you are interested in
volunteering to index Czech and Slovak
records from the parishes now being
microfilmed. Czech records will be available
very soon for indexing, Slovak ones near the
end of the year. Records are in German,
Czech, Hungarian, Slovak, and Latin, Shon
Edwards, +1 (801) 240-4548,
[email protected] or
[email protected]
Czech Republic Projects
• 4 current projects: Litoměřice, Opava, Třeboň,
and the newly acquired Zamrsk are now in the
process of being digitally microfilmed.
• Plzeň, Praha, and Brno have plans to put up
their own church records on the Internet later on
this year.
• So far only German language records for
Litoměřice are being indexed for this year, but
more should be available soon.
What to do if your particular Slovak
records are not yet cataloged
If you need to get access to Slovak church or Jewish
records that are not yet available, e-mail me, and I will
catalog them for you: Shon Edwards, +1 (801) 2404548, [email protected] or
[email protected] Contact me also if we have
somehow missed filming a parish that should have
been filmed, but wasn’t.
Bratislava 7 Film Operator Reports
(ORs)
Slovak Films
All Slovak films need to be carefully analyzed.
Certain record types do not appear on the
Operator Reports, which catalogers catalog
from, specifically conversions (konvertiti) and
confirmations (birmovaní). This slows down
the record availability process considerably.
However, projects are now completed except
Banská Bystrica (last half) and Bratislava
(all).
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Using a new system called ORBIT, which we
enter records into, we get them out to the
public in a quicker fashion, although they are
less detailed, initially. They are later imported
into OLIB (software for the Family History
Library Catalog). The last half of Banská
Bystrica and Bratislava are available through
the catalog (FHLC) with this restricted
access.
ORBIT example
OLIB Cataloging System
Film Notes
Litoměřice Digital Operator Reports
(DORs)
Bad Operator Reports
• (Images get to you more slowly)
• Contain little information about locality or
record type.
• Little detail in general.
Třeboň Digital Operator Reports
(DORs)
Good Operator Reports
• Records get to you more quickly
• Contain a lot of information about locality
and record type.
• In general, the more information the
operator reports contain, the faster they
get to the patron.
Parishes available from Litoměřice
State Regional Archive (Státní
oblastní archiv v Litoměřicích)
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Arnoltice
Bečov (Most)
Benešov nad Ploučnicí
Bilina
Bitozeves
Blatno u Chomutova
Blažim
Blíževedly
Bohosudov
Bohušovice nad Ohří
Boleboř
Bořislav
Cont.
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Brandov
Brozany
Býčkovice
Čermná
České Chvojno (Velké)
České Zlatníky
Český Bukov
Cínovec
Církvice
Cítoliby
Čížkovice
Děčín
Dlažkovice
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Dolní Jiřetín
Dolní Ročov
Dolní Žleb
Droužkovice
Duchov
Ervěnice
Fláje
Havraň
Holešice
Hora Svaté Kateřiny
Hora Svatého Šebestiána
Hořetice
Horní Habartice
Horní Jiřetín
Cont.
Horní Litvínov
Horní Ročov
Hoštka
Hradiště
Hrob
Hrušovany
Vinařice
Parishes available from Třeboň
State Regional Archive (Státní
oblastní archiv v Třeboni)
Albrechtice nad Vltavou
Bavorov
Bechyňe
Bělčice
Benešov nad Černou
Parishes available from Opava Regional
Archive (Zemský archiv v Opavě)
(In Moravia, the archives are different in name only from other Czech archives,
but are the same in function.)
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Barnov
Branná
Budišov nad Budišovskou
Čermná na Moravě
Černotín
Charváty
Cholina
Chudobín
Domaželice
Drahanovice
Drahotuše
Dřevohostice
Dub nad Moravou
Cont.
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Guntramovice
Hanušovice
Hejčín
Hlinsko
Hněvotín
Hořejší Kunčice
Horka nad Moravou
Horní Újezd
Hranice
Hustopeče nad Bečvou
Jezernice
Jindřichov
Kelč
Kojetín
Křelov
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Litovel
Lobodice
Lomnice u Rýmařova
Loučka
Luboměř pod Strážnou
Luká Malá
Morava
Měrotín
Město Libavá
Milovany
Moravský Beroun
Náklo
Náměšť na Hané
Nová Seninka
Nové Losiny
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Nové Sady
Nové Valteřice
Olomouc
Olomouc - Nová Ulice
Olomouc - P. Marie Na Předhradí
Olomouc Město
Olomouc Město - Nová Ulice
Olomouc Město - P. Marie Na Předhradí
Olomouc Město - Porodnice - Nemanželské
Olomouc Město - Svatý Michal
Olomouc Město - Svatý Mořic
Olomouc Město - Svatý Václav
Olomouc Město St. Peter and Paul's Church
Olomouc Porodnice - Nemanželské
Osek nad Bečvou
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Ostružná
Paršovice
Partutovice
Podlesí
Pusté Žibřidovice
Raškov
Roudno
Rudoltovice
Senice na Hané
Slatinice
Slavkov
Slavonín
Smilov
Soběchleby
Špičky Stará Voda
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Staré Město pod Sněžníken
Staré Oldřůvky
Těšetice
Tovačov
Troubky
Velká Střelná
Vilémov
Vizovice
Vojtíškov
Všechovice
Vysoké Žibřidovice
Gundacker Czech Parish
Gazetteer,
http://ihff.nwy.at/index.htm/
Gundacker Czech Parish Inventory,
http://ihff.nwy.at/index.htm/
Slovak Parish Register
Inventory
(Example)
Gazetteers – Tools We Use to Find Localities For
Church Records (Used to isolate towns, especially
when one town in one district has the same name
as one in another.)
• Locality hierarchy for the Czech Republic: In
each record in the Family History Library
Catalog, we use gazetteers from: Modern
Czech Republic, interbellum Czechoslovakia,
and Austria.
• Locality hierarchy for the Slovak Republic:
Modern Slovakia, interbellum Czechoslovakia,
and Hungary.
Slovakia – Hungary
Slovakia – Interbellum
Czechoslovakia
Slovakia – Modern Slovakia
Czech Republic – Austria
(Bohemia)
Czech Republic – Austria (Moravia)
Czech Republic – Austria (Silesia)
Czech Republic – Interbellum
Czechoslovakia
Czech Republic – Modern Czech
Republic
Maps – Also a Great Help in
Isolating Localities – Use 1:200 000
or better
Czech State Regional Archive
Districts
Part 2: Beginning Czech Research:
How to Find the Records that aren’t in
LDS Holdings
By Shon R. Edwards
A.G. ® , M.A.
[email protected]
or
[email protected]
Various Record Types
• Matriky of baptisms, marriages, burials
(Protestant and Catholic records)
• Census records
• Land records
• Maps and gazetteers
• Migration documents
• Military records
• Probate records
• Jewish records
Census
• Censuses are very valuable sources, but
exist only in fragments.
• The first census was taken in 1158.
• The first census useful as a genealogical
tool is the Soupis poddaných podle víry z
roku 1651 or Register of People by
Denomination of 1651.
• Censuses from 1825-1840 may list that
all-important piece of info, the birth place.
Land Records
• One of the next best sources to church records.
• Since the majority of people owned at least some land,
2/3 of them show up in the land records. The
Genealogical Society of Utah will now begin to film land
records beginning in 2009, probably in Opava!
• There are many types of land records: Zemské desky
(land tablets), patriomoniální knihy (patrimonial books),
berní ruly (tax lists), cadastre (land registries),
pozemkové knihy (land books), městké knihy (town
books), urbáře (land and duties registers) and others.
• Pozemkové knihy, or land books, also called gruntnoví
knihy, are probably the most helpful records for
genealogical research.
Military Records
• Originals of military church records up to 1870 are held
at the Vojenský historický archiv (Military Historical
Archive) in Prague. Karen Hobbs reports that “the
Kriegsarchiv [in Vienna] has begun to distribute military
records to the various autonomous lands of the former
Austrian Empire.“
• Military records date from the 16th century.
• Many records were lost in the recent floods of August
2002, but they were the more recent records (post1880?).
• Military records, if regiment is known, will allow you to
find a birth place for an ancestor.
• For many, this is the only way to obtain the birth place of
the ancstor.
Probate Records
• Although probate records exist, they will
not be covered here as they often are in
other countries, and since they are not
usually used in genealogical research, and
are difficult to obtain. Also, other sources
are better for genealogy research.
Map of the Czech Republic
Map of Slovakia and Č.R.
Map of České Budějovice,
1:100 000
Small Map of České Budějovice
1:200 000
Which maps do I use?
• Historical maps
• Maps of at least 1:200 000 scale or better
(2nd number is smaller)
• Intermediate maps (Czechoslovak
interbellum time period (which period
includes Podkarpatská Rus), where town
names may have once existed, but don‘t
any more)
• Modern maps
Czech archival system
• Main archive in Prague, under the
Ministerstvo vnitra or Ministry of the
Interior.
• Státní oblastní archiv (State Regional
Archive), where church records can be
found. The appellation Zemský archiv
(Provincial Archive) is used in Moravia.
• The Okresní archiv, or county archive,
where many census records can be found,
especially after 1860. The 1921 census of
Třeboň is a notable exception.
Czech State Regional Archive
Districts
How to do Czech research
• Do it on your own in the Czech Republic
• Hire a reliable researcher
• Plzeň archive, as far as I know, will still do
genealogical requests for around $12.00
U.S. per hour. Other archives have no
such service, as they have in the past.
Archival report
How do I find a reliable researcher?
• ICAPGen, www.icapgen.org
• Board of Certified Genealogists,
www.bcg.org
• Postings of researchers are in reliable
Czech family history research journals,
such as CGSI’s Naše Rodina. Also see
them online at www.cgsi.org
What to bring if you do research on
your own
• Czech-, German-, Latin-English dictionaries
• Czech-, German-, Latin-English genealogical
dictionaries
• Gazetteer covering the geographical area you
are researching
• Atlases and maps
• One or more Czech genealogical handbooks
• Laptop computer
• Pedigree charts and family group record sheets
Paper or Electronic?
My answer is both. I like to have both paper and
electronic copies of gazetteers, maps, inventories,
genealogical charts, etc. That way, if my laptop fails, I
have a backup source. Many sources are no longer
under copyright. Also, some writers will allow you to
make a personal electronic copy/scan of their material.
It can‘t hurt to ask.
Languages that are the most
helpful in the Czech Republic
• Czech (Czech is the best. Use an
interpreter, if Czech is your only option.)
• German (older people often speak
German)
• English (younger people are more likely to
speak English)
National Holidays
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1 January
1 May
8 May
5-6 July
28 October
24-26, 31 December
Call or Write Before You
Go – Plan Ahead!!!
Call or write the archives you plan to visit before you go to
make sure they will be open. I once, in my early days of
visiting archives, made the mistake of planning a trip during a
holiday and once during a building rennovation. This can be
a big let-down. Also, it is often necessary to reserve a seat,
even 6 months or more ahead of time. One example is
Třeboň. It is good to reserve 6 months in advance.
Czech research helps
• Genealogical Research for Czech and Slovak
Americans, Olga Miller
• A Handbook of Czechoslovak Genealogical
Research, Daniel Schlyter
• Czech Research Outline, Shon R. Edwards,
http://www.shon.150m.com/czechhtm.htm
• Society journals, such as CGSI’s (Czechoslovak
Genealogical Society Internatioinal) Naše
Rodina and TCGS’s (Texas Czech Genealogical
Society) České Stopy.
Find exact birthplace of ancestor in
the Czech Republic
• Gather information from family
• Cemetery records, obituaries, funeral
home records
• Census and indexes
• Migration documents, especially
Declarations of Intent in the United States
Languages of Czech Records
• Czech (especially more recently)
• Latin (older records usually)
• German (especially during Austrian
occupational periods)
• Švabach (simply Czech written in German
Kurrent (Gothic) script), during German
occupational times
Baptismal record
Baptismal record
Marriage record
Baptism and birth certificate
Gazetteers
• Gemeindelexikon.
• Místopisný slovník Československé republiky.
• Gundacker gazetteer (Pfarrortelexikon Böhmen)
and parish register inventory
(Matrikenverzeichnis der Böhmischen
Staatsarchive) combination, available at
http://www.ihff.at/.
• Statistický lexikon obcí České republiky, 2005.
Gemeindelexikon gazetteer
Gemeindelexikon gazetteer
Gemeindelexikon gazetteer
Mistopísný slovník gazetteer
Gundacker gazetteer,
http://ihff.nwy.at/index.htm/
Gundacker parish inventory,
http://ihff.nwy.at/index.htm/
Jewish Records
• Earliest books are a circumcision book from
1677 and 1779.
• Female birth records begun in 1783.
• In 1784, Jews were ordered to keep books
under the direction of the Catholic Church.
• Many Jewish records from 1880-1945 were
destroyed by the Nazis in Prague at a German
paper mill on 18 April 1945.
• Jewish record inventories in the Czech Republic
are available at http://www.ihff.at/, from Felix
Gundacker.
Czech alphabet
Volunteers Needed to
Index Czech Records
Get in touch with me if you are
interested in volunteering to index
Czech records from the parishes now
being digitally microfilmed.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR CZECH
RESEARCH!!!
Thank you,
Shon Edwards
[email protected]
or
[email protected]
home: (801) 444-3445
work: (801) 240-4548
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