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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
'''Tschechische Republik, Kirchenbücher 1552-1935'''<br> '''Česká Republika Církevní Knihy 1552-1935'''
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*Tschechische Republik, Kirchenbücher (German)
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*Česká Republika Církevní Knihy (Czech)
  
== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1552 to 1948.<br>
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Entries are usually arranged in chronological order and, after 1784, in a columnar format. During certain times, one book was used to list all the baptisms, marriages, and burials for all the villages in a parish for one year. At other times each village has its own section of baptisms, marriages, and burials, which were listed chronologically. Some records are on preprinted forms, and most records include indexes.  
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This collection will include records from 1552 to 1963.<br>
  
Czech church records are usually in one of three languages: Czech, German, or Latin. Often, one parish consists of books written in all three. Records from one state regional archive (statní oblastní archive) may favor one or more languages. For example, records from Litoměřice are usually written in German or Latin. Records from Plzeň or Třeboň are usually written in Czech, German, and Latin equally.  
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Entries are usually arranged in chronological order and, after 1784, in a columnar format. During certain times, one book was used to list all the baptisms, marriages, and burials for all the villages in a parish for one year. At other times each village had its own section of baptisms, marriages, and burials, which were listed chronologically. Some records are on preprinted forms, and most records include indexes.
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Czech church records are usually in one of three languages: [[Czech Republic Genealogical Word List|Czech]], [[German Word List|German]], or [[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin]]. Often one parish consists of books written in all three. Records from one state regional archive (statní oblastní archive) may favor one or more languages. For example, records from Litoměřice are usually written in German or Latin. Records from Plzeň or Třeboň are usually written in Czech, German, and Latin equally.  
  
 
A filmed security copy of each book is stored at each state regional archive, but because of poor film quality, some of these are unusable for research. Books from the early 1900s (even though they may have been started earlier) are still stored in local city halls or other institutions. The Family History Library does not have filmed copies of the books, but did begin capturing the images digitally in 2007.  
 
A filmed security copy of each book is stored at each state regional archive, but because of poor film quality, some of these are unusable for research. Books from the early 1900s (even though they may have been started earlier) are still stored in local city halls or other institutions. The Family History Library does not have filmed copies of the books, but did begin capturing the images digitally in 2007.  
  
For a list of records by religion currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1804263/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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For a list of records by religion currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1804263/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
  
 
The edict of the Council of Trent in 1563, which mandated the creation of church books, applied to Czech congregations. Austrian Emperor Joseph II issued the Edict of Toleration on October 13, 1781, which allowed Protestants, Jews, and others to keep their own church records under the supervision of the Catholic Church. Though the Protestants were allowed to keep registers starting in 1771, they were copied into Catholic registers. In 1781, Protestants continued to keep registers under Catholic supervision.  
 
The edict of the Council of Trent in 1563, which mandated the creation of church books, applied to Czech congregations. Austrian Emperor Joseph II issued the Edict of Toleration on October 13, 1781, which allowed Protestants, Jews, and others to keep their own church records under the supervision of the Catholic Church. Though the Protestants were allowed to keep registers starting in 1771, they were copied into Catholic registers. In 1781, Protestants continued to keep registers under Catholic supervision.  
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The earliest Czech book was created in 1441 (a book of christenings from Horní Jiřetín). Books have been kept to the present, but because of privacy laws, they are available for research only through 1905.&nbsp;  
 
The earliest Czech book was created in 1441 (a book of christenings from Horní Jiřetín). Books have been kept to the present, but because of privacy laws, they are available for research only through 1905.&nbsp;  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== Collection Content ==
 
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===  Sample Images ===
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Parishes in the Czech Republic. Czech Republic Church Books, State Regional Archives in the Czech Republic.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
[[Czech Republic Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content ==
 
  
 
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Czech Republic Church Record Examples">
 
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Image:Czech Republic Church Marriage Record.jpg|Marriage Record
 
Image:Czech Republic Church Marriage Record.jpg|Marriage Record
 
Image:Czech Republic Church Burial Record.jpg|Burial Record
 
Image:Czech Republic Church Burial Record.jpg|Burial Record
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Image:Czech Republic, Trebon Regional Archive Church Records 1884-1935 (13-0420) Birth Record.jpg|Birth Record
 
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'''The key genealogical facts found in the Baptismal entries include the following information:'''
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'''Baptismal records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
*Date and place child born and baptised
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*Date and place child born and baptized
 
*Child's name  
 
*Child's name  
 
*Gender of child  
 
*Gender of child  
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*Grandparents' names, occupation and place of residence
 
*Grandparents' names, occupation and place of residence
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in the Marriage entries include the following information:'''
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'''Marriage records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
 
*Date and place of marriage and by whom married  
 
*Date and place of marriage and by whom married  
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*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in the Burial entries may include the following information:'''
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'''Burial records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
 
*Date, place and time of death  
 
*Date, place and time of death  
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*Burial place
 
*Burial place
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
Search the Collection<br>
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'''To search this collection using the index:'''
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
 
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>
 
⇒ Select the "Religion (Náboženství)" category<br>
 
⇒ Select the "District (Okres)" category<br>
 
⇒ Select the "Place (Místo)" category<br>
 
⇒ Select the "Event/Years/Vol. (Událost/Roky/Inv. číslo)" category which takes you to the images<br>
 
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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'''To browse the images in this collection, you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "Religion"<br>⇒ Select the "District" <br>⇒ Select the "Place: Subordinate Places" <br>⇒ Select the "Event, Years, vol. which takes you to the images<br>
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Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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If indexes are available, check these for the name first. Indexes are usually located at the beginning of a group of images or at the end. They can also be found in individual folders. Find your ancestor's name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.  
  
 
Czech church books are the best source for identifying ancestors from the Czech Republic. So many relatives are listed in these books that you may be able to create a miniature pedigree chart for almost each entry in a church book.  
 
Czech church books are the best source for identifying ancestors from the Czech Republic. So many relatives are listed in these books that you may be able to create a miniature pedigree chart for almost each entry in a church book.  
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== For Help Reading These Records  ==
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These records are in Czech, German or Latin. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
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*[[Czech Republic Genealogical Word List]] <br>
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*[[Czech Republic Language and Languages]] <br>
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*[[German Word List]] <br>
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*[[Latin Genealogical Word List]]
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.jakubanyrecords.com Jakubany, Slovakia Church Records 1772-2004+]  
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*[http://www.jakubanyrecords.com Jakubany, Slovakia Church Records 1772-2004+]
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*[http://www.cgsi.org/research/intro Czech Republic Genealogical Society]
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/Europe/Czechoslovakia.pdf Czech Research Outline]
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*[http://www.mzv.cz/washington/en/culture_events/cz_us_community/genealogy/ Genealogy Tips from the Embassy]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Czech Republic|Czech Republic]]  
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*[[Czech Republic Genealogy|Czech Republic]]  
 
*[[Czech Republic Church Records|Czech Republic Church Records]]  
 
*[[Czech Republic Church Records|Czech Republic Church Records]]  
 
*[[Czech Republic, Trebon, Church Books|Czech Republic, Trebon, Church Books]]  
 
*[[Czech Republic, Trebon, Church Books|Czech Republic, Trebon, Church Books]]  
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*[[Czech Republic Parish Finder]]
 
*[[Czech Republic Parish Finder]]
  
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Example for a Browsed Collection: “Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata &gt; San Ponciano &gt; Matrimonios 1884-1886 &gt; image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image. <br><br> '''Collection Citation''':<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1963." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Oblastni Archiv, česká republika (regional archives, Czech Republic).}}
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Title in the Language of the Records

  • Tschechische Republik, Kirchenbücher (German)
  • Česká Republika Církevní Knihy (Czech)

What is in the Collection?

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1963.

This collection will include records from 1552 to 1963.

Entries are usually arranged in chronological order and, after 1784, in a columnar format. During certain times, one book was used to list all the baptisms, marriages, and burials for all the villages in a parish for one year. At other times each village had its own section of baptisms, marriages, and burials, which were listed chronologically. Some records are on preprinted forms, and most records include indexes.

Czech church records are usually in one of three languages: Czech, German, or Latin. Often one parish consists of books written in all three. Records from one state regional archive (statní oblastní archive) may favor one or more languages. For example, records from Litoměřice are usually written in German or Latin. Records from Plzeň or Třeboň are usually written in Czech, German, and Latin equally.

A filmed security copy of each book is stored at each state regional archive, but because of poor film quality, some of these are unusable for research. Books from the early 1900s (even though they may have been started earlier) are still stored in local city halls or other institutions. The Family History Library does not have filmed copies of the books, but did begin capturing the images digitally in 2007.

For a list of records by religion currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

The edict of the Council of Trent in 1563, which mandated the creation of church books, applied to Czech congregations. Austrian Emperor Joseph II issued the Edict of Toleration on October 13, 1781, which allowed Protestants, Jews, and others to keep their own church records under the supervision of the Catholic Church. Though the Protestants were allowed to keep registers starting in 1771, they were copied into Catholic registers. In 1781, Protestants continued to keep registers under Catholic supervision.

Starting February 10, 1784, Joseph II required that all church birth entries include the full names of both parents and all grandparents, along with their towns of origin and their military conscription numbers or unique address, such as Plichtice č. 5 (č is an abbreviation for čislo, or "number"). The emperor also required that records be kept in Latin or German, though Czech was often used. Column headings, which had started around 1784 (sometimes earlier), became mandatory.

In 1790, the Austrian government (under which Czech records were kept) created a law requiring indexes to be kept. In 1802, another law was passed requiring all older matriky (church books) to be indexed. Only rarely are volumes not indexed.

Starting in 1869, the civil authorities took charge of the record-keeping of births, marriages, and deaths. However, individual churches continued to actually record these events. The official legal copy was kept by local officials when many of the clergy refused to perform Catholic rites for non-Catholics. Everyone was registered under this new system, not just those appearing in Catholic or Protestant registers.

The church books cover a majority of the population.

The earliest Czech book was created in 1441 (a book of christenings from Horní Jiřetín). Books have been kept to the present, but because of privacy laws, they are available for research only through 1905. 

Collection Content

Sample Images

Baptismal records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place child born and baptized
  • Child's name
  • Gender of child
  • Religion
  • Legitimacy
  • Parents' names, occupation and place of residence
  • Parents' legitimacy
  • Grandparents' names, occupation and place of residence

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage and by whom married
  • Name of groom
  • Groom's age, occupation, civil status and residence
  • Groom's birth date and baptismal date
  • Groom's legitimacy
  • Groom's parents' names and residence
  • Name of bride
  • Bride's age, civil status and residence
  • Bride's birth date and baptismal date
  • Bride's legitimacy
  • Bride's parents' names and residence
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Date, place and time of death
  • Name and occupation of deceased
  • Gender, age, and religion of deceased
  • Birth date of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Burial place

How Do I Search the Collection?

To search this collection using the index:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

To browse the images in this collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Religion"
⇒ Select the "District"
⇒ Select the "Place: Subordinate Places"
⇒ Select the "Event, Years, vol. which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

If indexes are available, check these for the name first. Indexes are usually located at the beginning of a group of images or at the end. They can also be found in individual folders. Find your ancestor's name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.

Czech church books are the best source for identifying ancestors from the Czech Republic. So many relatives are listed in these books that you may be able to create a miniature pedigree chart for almost each entry in a church book.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Czech, German or Latin. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Czech Republic items or FHL Keyword Czech Republic items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Czech Republic Archives and Libraries.


Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1963." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Oblastni Archiv, česká republika (regional archives, Czech Republic).


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1963.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1963.