Czech Republic Church Books from the Plzeň Regional Archive

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Plzeň Regional Archive is in the process of digitizing parish registers and making them available through the digital archive. The database is in Czech (with some English translation) and one must register to use it. Parish registers from the parishes beginning with letters A-J and the city of Plzeň are now available.  
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Plzeň Regional Archive is in the process of digitizing parish registers and making them available through the digital archive.  
  
Go to: http://www.actapublica.cz/  
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Go to: http://www.actapublica.eu/  
  
'''How to register'''  
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You may choose the Czech or German language by clicking on the Czech or German flag in the upper left corner. To access a search box, hover your cursor over the first brown tab on the right ''Vyhledávání'' or ''Suche'' and select SOA Plzeň. You can also click on the magnyfying glass symbol in the top left corner of the screen. You will have to select the archive from the search box - next to ''Vyhledávání'' or ''Suche''. Please note that there are 4 different archives that share this database.  
 
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Click on: "Registrace nového uživatele/New registration" at the top of the screen  
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You only need to fill in the fields marked with star:<br>Jméno/Name<br>Příjmení/Surname<br>Datum narození (den.měsíc.rok)/Date of birth [dd/mm/yyyy]<br>Číslo OP/Doc.No. - enter 0 (zero)<br>Emailová adresa/Email address<br>Přihlašovací jméno (login)/Login - choose your user name<br>Heslo/Password - choose your password<br>Heslo znovu (pro kontrolu)/Password(check) - enter password again<br>
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Check the box next to: "Souhlasím s podmínkami užití služeb/I agree with term of use"<br>
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Click on: "Registrovat se" [Register]
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'''How to sign in'''  
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Click on: "Přihlášení do systému" [Sign In] at the top of the screen to begin using the records.  
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Fill in: "Přihlašovací jméno (login)" [User Name] and "Heslo" [Password]
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Click on: "Přihlásit se" [Sign In] to enter the database.  
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'''How to search'''  
 
'''How to search'''  
  
You may now switch to English. The pull down menu can be found in the upper righthand corner next to "Jazyk:" [Language]. Choose english and click "switch". This feature is still under construction.
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You will see a search box. Under ''Obec'' or ''Gemeinde'' type the locality. As you type a selection appears below, you may now select a locality from the list. Click the ''Hledat'' or ''Suchen'' button to display the list of records available for the locality. Choose the register type and time frame you wish to search. Click on the magnyfying glass symbol in the last column under ''Obr.data'' or ''Bilddaten'' to browse the images. If you do not see the symbol, the images are not yet available.
 
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Click on: "Vyberte archiv" [Choose Archive] to select Plzeň Regional Archive.
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Under "Obec" type the locality. As you type a selection appears below, you may now select locality from the list.  
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Click the Search button to display the list of records available for the locality.  
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Choose the register type and time frame you wish to search.  
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Narození-baptisms<br>Oddaní-marriages<br>Zemřelí-deaths<br>
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Click on the magnyfying glass symbol in the last column under "Obr.data" to browse the images.
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*Narození or Geborene-baptisms<br>Oddaní or Vertrauene-marriages<br>Zemřelí or Gestorbene-deaths<br>
  
If you do not see the symbol, the images are not yet available.  
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*If you put your cursor over the number next to the ''Obce'' a list of villages included in that register will be displayed.
  
 
'''Records Description'''  
 
'''Records Description'''  

Revision as of 16:53, 18 May 2012

Back to Czech Republic Page

Plzeň Regional Archive is in the process of digitizing parish registers and making them available through the digital archive.

Go to: http://www.actapublica.eu/

You may choose the Czech or German language by clicking on the Czech or German flag in the upper left corner. To access a search box, hover your cursor over the first brown tab on the right Vyhledávání or Suche and select SOA Plzeň. You can also click on the magnyfying glass symbol in the top left corner of the screen. You will have to select the archive from the search box - next to Vyhledávání or Suche. Please note that there are 4 different archives that share this database.

How to search

You will see a search box. Under Obec or Gemeinde type the locality. As you type a selection appears below, you may now select a locality from the list. Click the Hledat or Suchen button to display the list of records available for the locality. Choose the register type and time frame you wish to search. Click on the magnyfying glass symbol in the last column under Obr.data or Bilddaten to browse the images. If you do not see the symbol, the images are not yet available.

  • Narození or Geborene-baptisms
    Oddaní or Vertrauene-marriages
    Zemřelí or Gestorbene-deaths
  • If you put your cursor over the number next to the Obce a list of villages included in that register will be displayed.

Records Description

Church books contain baptism (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.

Records Content

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

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

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

Click here to access the inventory of the parish registers that is now published online.