Humanities › History & Culture 5 Places to Search for Your Czech Ancestors Share Flipboard Email Print Scheufler Collection/Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Vital Records Around the World Basics Surnames Genealogy Fun American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated July 03, 2019 The present-day Czech Republic in Central Europe borders Poland to the northeast, Germany to the west, Austria to the south, and Slovakia to the east, encompassing the historical territories of Bohemia and Moravia, as well as the small, south-eastern portion of historical Silesia. If you have ancestors who came from this small landlocked country, then you won't want to miss these five online databases and resources for researching your Czech roots online. 01 of 05 Acta Publica - Digitized Parish Books Moravian Provincial Archives Search and browse digitized parish books (matriky) from southern Moravia (Brno Moravian Land Archive), central Bohemia (Prague / Praha Regional Archives) and western Bohemia (Plzeň Regional archives). This free website is administered by the Moravian Land Archives and is currently available in Czech and German (view the site in Google's Chrome browser for the option to translate the site into English). Find links to other online regional archives at Matriky au Internetu, including the Třeboň Regional Archive, the Eastern Bohemia (Zámrsk) Regional Archive, and the Opava Land Archive. 02 of 05 Czech Genealogy Records on FamilySearch FamilySearch is digitizing and making a variety of Czech records online for free access, including Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843–1921; Czech Republic, Civil Registers, 1874–1937; and a variety of records from the Třeboň archive, including land records, church books, and nobility seignorial records. Also on FamilySearch is a collection of Czech Republic Church Books, 1552–1963, with images of original parish registers from the regional archives of Litoměřice, Opava, Třeboň, and Zámrsk. Many of the Czech genealogical records on FamilySearch are digitized only (not searchable)—use free FamilySearch resources such as the Czech Genealogical Word List to assist you in reading the records. 03 of 05 Badatelna.cz: Jewish Births, Marriages & Deaths for the Czech Republic Bettman/Getty Images 4,000 volumes of the Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Jewish communities deposited in the Czech National Archives have been digitized and made available on Badatelna.cz. This research guide provides a basic overview to accessing the records, which cover the years 1784–1949. 04 of 05 Prague Population Registration - Conscriptions (1850–1914) The Czech National Archives holds the household registration records for Prague and some regional areas and has been working to digitize and make these "conscription" records available and searchable online. The records cover some areas of Prague (not comprehensive for all of Prague) 1850-1914, and new records are being added semi-regularly. 05 of 05 Czech Research Outline Culture Club/Getty Images The ability to research online in digitized records is amazing, however researching Czech ancestors also takes a certain amount of basic knowledge. This free research outline provides an excellent overview for anyone new to Czech genealogical research.