HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CZECH RESEARCH

Genteam.at

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.

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KdeJsme.cz

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.

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Zanikleobce.cz

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.

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Leksykony.interia.pl

This name translator will translate names into Latin, Czech, Polish, English. It’s really helpful when looking at parish registers especially if they are in Latin to know what name to look under in the various records. The website is in Polish, but is easy to use.

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Czechgenealogy.nase-koreny.cz

This blog is a fantastic source for learning how to do Czech genealogy. It is run by a Czech, so she often explains cultural nuances or differences in old Czech spelling–small details that can really make a difference in your research.

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Czech Immigrants in America

This Czech Immigrants in America timeline was created by the Library of Congress and provides helpful context and interesting details about famous Czechs, areas of first settlement and important milestones for Czechs in America.

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Třebon Archive

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.

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Gazetteer

Gazetteer for North and Northwest Bohemia, You can search by Czech or German place names, local office, districts from 1992, 1930, Catholic parish from 1929, manor and any other notes such as “zlikvidována” (destroyed). Can be used in Czech, German or English.

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Historical Military Maps

This website has historical military maps covering Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia between 1836 and 1852. The interface is in English, Czech and German.

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Historical Archive Maps

Historical archive maps from the Czech Republic are available free of charge on this website (in English), including cadastral maps.

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Czech Version of Google Maps

This website is the Czech version of Google maps, which can give you modern place names that might be missing from other sites.

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Modern Czech Republic Map

This map shows the regions and districts in the modern Czech Republic as of 2012, which can be a good orientation.

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