5 Places to Search for Your Czech Ancestors

Stromovka park, Prague, Czech Lands 10/29/1916

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Badatelna.cz: Jewish Births, Marriages & Deaths for the Czech Republic

Headstones in the Prague Old Jewish Cemetery

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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.

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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.

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Czech Research Outline

Women Wearing traditional Czech Custom

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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.

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