Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Specifics of records prior to 1784

Michaela wrote a huge post about the structure of the parish records, but there are some specifics worth mentioning in case of records prior to year 1784. Why this year? Because it was the year when parish books happened to become part of the official state administration even they were still administered by the church. A decree by the Emperor Joseph II. stated new structure of the records in 1784 so after this year all the records should contain the same information. Well, should - it took several years before this was fully in place.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Guide to the Zámrsk archive website

The regional archive in Zámrsk has probably the most confusing system to access digitized materials of all Czech archives.

Area: In this archive are stored materials for North-East Bohemia and North-West Moravia. More precisely we are talking about areas of today Hradec Králové region (districts: Hradec Králové, Jičín, Náchod, Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Trutnov) and Pardubice region (districts: Chrudim, Pardubice, Svitavy, Ústí nad Orlicí), but as usual, there could be also areas from around borders of both regions (so from SOA Praha, SOA Třeboň, ZA Opava, MZA Brno) and vice versa.
Map of digitized parishes (and therefore of the area covered by Zámrsk materials.)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Farmer's life in 18th and 19th century

I was asked several times what everyday life in the 18th century was like. So, here is a very brief post about the farmer's life in 18th and 19th century.

It was in fact very similar to current life in rural areas, every day almost the same as another. The only difference was made by changing the seasons - life during the winter was much slower than in the spring and summer.

The day usually began at about 6 AM (or earlier during the summer, as soon as the sun was up) - animals prior to people, so first of all feeding of the animals, milking cows, letting chickens, geese and ducks out of the poultry-house, checking if all the animals are ok.