Sunday, August 17, 2014

Czech Archives on Internet

Updated! All Czech archives are publishing the registries (parish books) online nowadays. The first archives to start was the State Regional Archives in Trebon in 2008 and was followed by the other archives during the following years. Not all registries are available yet, but they should be available in few years time. Here are the links to the digital archives (with comments).

Prague City Archives: http://www.ahmp.cz/katalog/
Available partially in English, the Inner Prague has quite many parish books online, outer Prague only some of them. As the website is not whole in English, I'll prepare step-by-step guide how to find the registries (I hope it will not take me long time to do so).

Moravian Land Archives in Brno: http://www.actapublica.eu/
Available in German, but not yet in English. I have create a guide to the older version of the archives, but it is not valid anymore. I'll prepare new guide in future.

State Regional Archives in Prague: http://ebadatelna.soapraha.cz
New system of Prague regional archives (covering Central Bohemia) is in place from May 2014. This system is available in English and provides very comfortable browsing through the registries. Let's hope there will be more sources available in future.

State Regional Archives in Litomerice: http://matriky.soalitomerice.cz/matriky_lite/
Available in English (however the description of the parish books is in Czech). You need to know what means which word and so on, so I'm preparing a small dictionary of words used in Czech archives.

State Regional Archives in Pilsen: http://www.portafontium.eu
Quite new application available in Czech and German language. Not only registries (parish books) are available there but also municipal chronicles and (if you are lucky) photos from villages and towns in Western Bohemia.
Note: Pilsen archives previously had registries in ActaPublica system but left it in the beginning of 2014.

State Regional Archives in Trebon: http://digi.ceskearchivy.cz/
Fully available in English. Definitely the most user-friendly website, offers not only registries, but also censuses, chronicles and much more.

State Regional Archives in Zamrsk: http://vychodoceskearchivy.cz/zamrsk/matriky/
Well, well, well... This is a bit more complicated. The registries are not available to be browsed online, you have to download them to your computer in zip file, unzip them to your local folder and then browse. So you should be sure that the registry you are downloading is the one you really want. A bit complicated, right? I'll prepare separate article about it.

It has the same system as archives in Litomerice. It is in English, but the descriptions are in Czech. Again, small dictionary will help. Let's hope it will not take me a lot of time to prepare it.

National Archives - Jewish registries: http://www.badatelna.cz
Quite new website containing Jewist registries from our area. It's a bit more complicated so I've decided to prepare a separate blog post. Hopefully coming soon.

Last, but not least: FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch provides number of materials from the Czech Republic. The link above leads you directly to those materials which are available for our country. Website partially covers those archives which signed a contract with FamilySearch - Litomerice, Opava, Trebon and Zamrsk. It contains not only parish books, but also censuses (yay!), land records and so on.

Please remember: not all parish books are available online yet. It can happen that you will not find what you are searching for and you'll have to wait until the archives publish it.

3 comments:

  1. The Trebon online archive is so beautiful. Yes, I need the matriky, but having the maps and gazetteer and all of that local background information online is SO helpful to understand how it all fits together. I love how you can sign in and then print out a page if you need to really stare at it for a bit. I love how high quality the scans are. It's incredibly user friendly!

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  2. Good to have found this website. I'm from Brazil and I have researched a lot of Bohemian families through the Acta.Publica and the Family Search websites. Now I am trying to find where the parish records from Lomnice nad Popelkou are avaiable in. As I have seen, they are not avaiable yet. Am I right? Can you help me in this? Thanks!

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    1. You are unfortunately right - Lomnice nad Popelkou is in Semily district which is administered by the archives in Zamrsk. And this district is not yet available online there. Hopefully next year.

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