How to begin...

Where to begin your research? There are tens of posts in this blog providing information about Czech research, archives, parish books, language, history and much more. Czech research is not too easy - foreign (and quite difficult) language, strange hand-writing, strange system... But you'll get into it, don't be afraid.

I have to warn you anyway. Genealogy is very time-consuming hobby. Really. And not only because it's hard to find the ancestors. It's an addiction. Believe me, I know what I'm writing. Even when I wasn't a professional, I was able to spend tens of hours every week researching my past - just because it was fun, because I was always learning something new, I was able to find so many things I haven't known before... Time-consuming, that's definitely the word.

But the fact you are visiting this blog shows that you are already in, right? So, where to begin your Czech research?

The answer is the same and it doesn't matter where are you from: at home. First of all, gather all the documents you are able to gather, stories your relatives are willing to tell and so on. Because first of all you have to locate a place where your ancestors were from. It's almost impossible to do any research if you don't have the correct place. Dates are not important (as they are often incorrect), names and places are. As soon as you have the place, check these blog posts:
Czech archives are providing access to the registries online. Check these blog posts which are focused on browsing the registries:
There are also few guides throu browsing systems of Czech archives:
There are also some dictionaries available:
The rest is on you. There are currently 89 posts on this blog and the number should be getting larger in future. Unfortunately there is almost no system in the posts (excluding key words) as I'm writing as it comes to my mind. Chaos - that should be my second or third name... :)


  1. Blanka, you are awesome. What would we do without you? Many things you write about it took me a LONG time to learn by myself. I know I will still learn more by reading ALL your blogs.-judi

  2. Ahoj Blani, škoda, že tady ty stránky nemají možnost volby jazyka. Moc ráda bych si je četla v češtině, s googlepřekladačem je to dost pomalé. Ale jsou úřasné. Laďka Minaříková,