Thursday, November 20, 2014

SRA Prague: Map of digitized parishes

State Regional Archives in Prague published a map where already digitized Roman catholic parishes are marked. You can find the map on their website. The map shows digitized parishes in yellow color - parish books from these parishes can be found on

State Regional Archives in Prague is publishing newly digitized parish books from time to time (currently every two months) and this map should be updated every time there are new parish books available for researchers.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

House numbers

Once upon a time there was an Empress who ruled in Central Bohemia. Her name was Marie Terezie (Maria Theresia) and she reigned in 1740-1780. She was very wise and made many changes in her empire. One of those changes was based on an act from February of 1770. This act set an frame for new system of house numbering in whole Cisleithania. As Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia belonged under this part of Habsburg monarchy, it also affected every settlement in this region.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rural settlement types

There are just few types of rural settlement all over the world - even the conditions in which the settlements developed were different. Czech environment knows three basic types - linear settlement,  nucleated settlement and dispersed settlement (oh my, it took me too many minutes to find English phrases!). There are almost no villages of clearly one type today, but let's take a look on these types using old maps.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

28th October 1918

It was few days before the official end of the Great War, how was 1st World War called by our ancestors prior to 2nd World War. Habsburg monarchy was falling, mighty Austro-Hungarian empire came to its end. And there were several states which were founded in area which was prevously ruled by the Habsburg family. One of them was Czechoslovakia. It was 28th October of 1918.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Age in registries

I found out that one question is very common in Czech research: "I found marriage/death record of my ancestor and when I looked for his birth record, I found one, but the age counted from that birth record is different from the one shown in the marriage/death record. Is it really my ancestor's birth?" Let's take a look on such issues...

Czech School Registers

FamilySearch published Czech school registers few weeks ago and as these registers are mainly in Czech or German, I have decided to write a bit about them. I already wrote about Czech basic education, so let's take a look on those school registers in this post.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Genealogical conference 2014

Today there was a genealogical conference organized by FamilySearch which took place in Moravian Land Archives in Brno. There were 15 short talks about FamilySearch and its work, resources in Moravian Land Archives which could be used by genealogist, and information about future digitising was provided too. We also took a tour around the archives - even the depositories which are usually not accessible by public. Here are some photos from this event.