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Brno Land Archive is in the process of digitizing parish registers and making them available through the digital archive.  
 
Brno Land 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.cz/.  
  
You may choose the Czech or German language by clicking on the Czech or German flag in the upper left corner.
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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 MZA Brno. Please note that there are 4 different archives that share this database.
 
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'''How to register'''
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Click on: "Registrace/Registration" link.
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'''''You only need to fill in the fields marked with star on the registration page:'''''
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*Jméno/Name
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*Příjmení/Surname
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*Pohlaví/Gender - muž/male žena/female
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*Email/Email address<br>
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Do not use diacritics and spaces when selecting login and password.  
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*Přihlašovací jméno/Login - choose your user name
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*Heslo/Password - choose your password
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*Heslo znovu/Password again - enter password again<br>
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Check the box next to: "Souhlasím s podmínkami užití služeb" (I agree with the terms of use)<br>
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Click on: "Odeslat" (Send) box.
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You will receive a confirmation e-mail at the e-mail address that you used for this registration.
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'''How to sign in'''
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Click on: "zpět na hlavní stranu" (back to home page) link at the bottom left corner of the sign-in window.
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Fill in: "Jméno/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'''  
  
There are 4 different archives that share this database. You can access the archive in two different ways.
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You will see a search box. Under "Obec" type the locality. As you type a selection appears below, you may now select a locality from the list. Click the "Hledat" 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" to browse the images. If you do not see the symbol, the images are not yet available.
 
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1. Click on: "Vyberte archiv" (Choose Archive) to select ''Moravský zemský archiv Brno''. Click "Zobrazit".<br>2. Put your cursor over the first tab "Vyhledávání" at the top right side of the page. Four links will be displayed. Select the first link MZA Brno and click on it. After a few seconds you will see that ''Moravský zemský archiv Brno'' shows in the "Vyberte archiv" box . Click "Zobrazit".
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Under "Obec" type the locality. As you type a selection appears below, you may now select a locality from the list.  
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Click the "Hledat" 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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If you put your cursor over the number next to the "Obec" a list of villages included in that register will be displayed.
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*Narození-baptisms<br>Oddaní-marriages<br>Zemřelí-deaths<br>
  
Click on the magnyfying glass symbol in the last column under "Obr.data" to browse the images. 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 "Obec" a list of villages included in that register will be displayed.  
  
 
'''Records Description'''  
 
'''Records Description'''  

Revision as of 19:39, 2 December 2011

Back to Czech Republic Page

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

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

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 MZA Brno. Please note that there are 4 different archives that share this database.

How to search

You will see a search box. Under "Obec" type the locality. As you type a selection appears below, you may now select a locality from the list. Click the "Hledat" 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" to browse the images. If you do not see the symbol, the images are not yet available.

  • Narození-baptisms
    Oddaní-marriages
    Zemřelí-deaths
  • If you put your cursor over the number next to the "Obec" 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