Czech Republic Church Books from the Opava Land Archive

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Church books of the Opava Land Archive that cover the time period 1650-1900 are being digitized and available on the FamilySearch website. The database is in English. To access the database click[http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1475346;t=browsable;w=0;p=collectionDetails here].  
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Church books from the Opava Land Archives that cover the time period approximately 1650-1900 were digitized and are available on-line.  
  
'''Records Description'''
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Go to: http://matriky.archives.cz
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To enter the database click anywhere on the book image. You may choose the Czech, German or English language by clicking on the cs|en|de characters in the upper right corner. You do not need to use diacritics when searching for the locality.
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Online lesson Using Online Czech Records: Land Archives in Opava will teach you how to use the Opava archive online record collection.
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These records are also being posted gradually on the FamilySearch website. To access the database click [[Czech Republic Opava Land Archive Finding Aid|here]].
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=== Collection Description ===
  
 
Church books contain baptisms (birth), marriage, and burial (death) information and are definitely the best source for identifying one’s relatives in the Czech Republic.  
 
Church books contain baptisms (birth), marriage, and burial (death) information and are definitely the best source for identifying one’s relatives in the Czech Republic.  
  
Entries are usually arranged in chronological order and, after 1784, in a columnar format. Sometimes, baptisms, marriages, and burials are kept all for all villages in a parish, for each year. Other times, each village has its own section of baptisms, marriages, and burials, listed chronologically. Some records are in preprinted forms.<br> Most records include indexes. Czech church records are usually in one of three languages: Czech, German, or Latin.  
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Entries are usually arranged in chronological order and, after 1784, in a columnar format. Sometimes, baptisms, marriages, and burials are kept all for all villages in a parish, for each year. Other times, each village has its own section of baptisms, marriages, and burials, listed chronologically. Some records are in preprinted forms.<br>Most records include indexes. Czech church records are usually in one of three languages: Czech, German, or Latin.  
  
 
While the books have been kept to the present, they are only available for research through 1905 because of privacy laws. The church books cover a majority of the population.  
 
While the books have been kept to the present, they are only available for research through 1905 because of privacy laws. The church books cover a majority of the population.  
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To read more about the records description click on the following link:  
 
To read more about the records description click on the following link:  
  
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=== Collection Content ===
  
''Baptismal entries'' usually contain the following:  
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*names of the child, parents, godparents, and sometimes grandparents  
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<br>''Baptismal entries'' usually contain the following:&nbsp;
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*names of the child, parents, godparents, and sometimes grandparents&nbsp;
 
*date and place of birth and baptism  
 
*date and place of birth and baptism  
 
*residence and religion of the parents  
 
*residence and religion of the parents  
 
*whether the child was legitimate or illegitimate
 
*whether the child was legitimate or illegitimate
  
''Marriage entries'' usually contain the following:  
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<br>''Marriage entries'' usually contain the following:&nbsp;
  
 
*names of the bride, groom, their parents, witnesses, and sometimes grandparents  
 
*names of the bride, groom, their parents, witnesses, and sometimes grandparents  
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*age, previous marital status, and occupation of bride and groom
 
*age, previous marital status, and occupation of bride and groom
  
''Burial entries'' usually contain the following:  
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<br>''Burial entries'' usually contain the following:&nbsp;
  
 
*names of the deceased and spouse/parents  
 
*names of the deceased and spouse/parents  
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*age and cause of death of the deceased
 
*age and cause of death of the deceased
  
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[[Czech Republic Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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=== How to access the records online ===
  
 
Click on the following link to access digital images of the original parish records created by local priests of each parish:  
 
Click on the following link to access digital images of the original parish records created by local priests of each parish:  
  
http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1475346;t=browsable;w=0;p=collectionDetails
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[[Czech Republic Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
Follow the instructions on the screen.  
 
Follow the instructions on the screen.  
  
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=== Finding aid for the online records  ===
  
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Finding records in this collection for a particular village can be difficult and time consuming. This link leads to a page where researchers can leave notes for finding individual villages:
  
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[[Czech Republic Opava Land Archive Finding Aid|Finding Aid for Church Books from the Opava Land Archive]]
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Revision as of 16:25, 16 August 2012

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Opava Land Archive.jpg

Church books from the Opava Land Archives that cover the time period approximately 1650-1900 were digitized and are available on-line.

Go to: http://matriky.archives.cz

To enter the database click anywhere on the book image. You may choose the Czech, German or English language by clicking on the cs|en|de characters in the upper right corner. You do not need to use diacritics when searching for the locality.

Online lesson Using Online Czech Records: Land Archives in Opava will teach you how to use the Opava archive online record collection.

These records are also being posted gradually on the FamilySearch website. To access the database click here.

Contents

Collection Description

Church books contain baptisms (birth), marriage, and burial (death) information and are definitely the best source for identifying one’s relatives in the Czech Republic.

Entries are usually arranged in chronological order and, after 1784, in a columnar format. Sometimes, baptisms, marriages, and burials are kept all for all villages in a parish, for each year. Other times, each village has its own section of baptisms, marriages, and burials, listed chronologically. Some records are in preprinted forms.
Most records include indexes. Czech church records are usually in one of three languages: Czech, German, or Latin.

While the books have been kept to the present, they are only available for research through 1905 because of privacy laws. The church books cover a majority of the population.

To read more about the records description click on the following link:

familysearch.org

Collection Content

Czech Republic Church Baptism.jpg


Baptismal entries usually contain the following: 

  • names of the child, parents, godparents, and sometimes grandparents 
  • date and place of birth and baptism
  • residence and religion of the parents
  • whether the child was legitimate or illegitimate

Czech Republic Church Marriage.jpg


Marriage entries usually contain the following: 

  • names of the bride, groom, their parents, witnesses, and sometimes grandparents
  • date and place of marriage
  • residence and religion of the bride and groom
  • age, previous marital status, and occupation of bride and groom

Czech Republic Church Burial.jpg


Burial entries usually contain the following: 

  • names of the deceased and spouse/parents
  • date and place of death and burial
  • residence and religion of the deceased
  • age and cause of death of the deceased









To read more about the records content click on the following link:

Czech Republic Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)

How to access the records online

Click on the following link to access digital images of the original parish records created by local priests of each parish:

Czech Republic Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Follow the instructions on the screen.


Finding aid for the online records

Finding records in this collection for a particular village can be difficult and time consuming. This link leads to a page where researchers can leave notes for finding individual villages:

Finding Aid for Church Books from the Opava Land Archive


Related Websites