I promised to write a post about Stabile cadaster maps and mapping so here it is. It provides information about stabile cadaster - what it was, why it was done, when and so on - as well as information about maps - where to find them, what types of maps are available and so on. So, let's take a look on it!
What, when and why?
Stabile cadaster (stabilní katastr in Czech) was a set of information about all land types in Hapsburg monarchy. Mapping of stabile cadaster was done in first half of 19th century during the reign of Franz I. and the reason to do such mapping was quite simple - to have enough information to assess real estate duties.
Bohemia was mapped during years 1826-1843, Moravia during years 1824-1836. Cadastral maps with scale 1:2880 were created during this mapping which provide basis to Czech cadaster till today. There are two different types of them available - imperial maps and indicator sketches.
Indicator sketches were working sheets where overall situation was mapped. They contain both plot and house numbers as well as names of the owners. Imperial maps are final product of the cadaster and contain only plot numbers. It's clear that indicator sketches are a little treasure for anyone who is interested in genealogy. :)
Where to find them?
Maps of Bohemia are stored in the National Archives in Prague, maps of Moravia and Silesia in Moravian Land Archives in Brno. And both are available online from http://archivnimapy.cuzk.cz. As the website is available in Czech only I've prepared a guide to it. All you are going to need is proper name of your ancestors' village (including diacritis so the best way is to copy-paste it) and lot of time...
Once you get to the website you see the screen as above.
Write a name of the village or town you are looking for to the searching field in the top left corner and then press Hledat (don't press Enter, it doesn't work in some of the browsers).
The search results will list all the villages/town with the name you searched for.
I chose Desná in Jablonec nad Nisou district for my purposes. When you click on the name of the village, the map will zoom there.
Once you are sure you have the correct village/town (use information about district - okr. in Czech), click on the map itself.