HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CZECH RESEARCH
Genteam.at includes a gazetteer for the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia if you sign up for a free account. It’s very useful for determining your family’s hometown and home parish, and includes links that take you straight to the specific archive website where you can look at the original records. It is searchable with both the German and Czech spellings.
Kdejsme.cz is a surname distribution website. If you type in a name it brings up an interactive map that shows how common the name is and which regions have the highest populations with that surname. This can be helpful in narrowing down a place of origin if you have an unusual surname and can’t find a document that gives an exact hometown. The website is only in Czech but is fairly straightforward to figure out.
Zanikleobce.cz is a database of obsolete Czech places that were destroyed in war or for some other reason no longer exist today. (Zanikle means obsolete and obce means places). If you can’t find your town mentioned anywhere this is a good place to check. The website is only in Czech, but is organized by district, the era it was destroyed, the state of destruction (completely, partially, etc), and the reason (ex. Nazi occupation). You can also narrow it down by category: synagogue, castle, town, etc.
The Třebon Archive website has some incredible resources in addition to the actual records. Under “Geographical register,” there is a gazetteer with the town name, the municipality, district and Catholic parish. Also included are Czech/Latin/German dictionaries, Seignorial registers, censuses, maps and photos, and town histories. The website can be used in Czech, German or English.