Czech Republic Church Books from the Brno Moravian Land Archives
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Brno Land Archive is in the process of digitizing parish registers and making them available through the digital archive. The database is in Czech and German and one must register to use it.
Go to: http://www.actapublica.cz/
How to register
Click on: "Registrace/Registration" link.
You only need to fill in the fields marked with star:
- Pohlaví/Gender - muž/male žena/female
- Email/Email address
Do not use diacritics and spaces when selecting login and password.
- Přihlašovací jméno/Login - choose your user name
- Heslo/Password - choose your password
- Heslo znovu/Password again - enter password again
Click on: "Odeslat/Send" box.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail at the e-mail address that you used to register.
How to sign in
Click on: "Přihlášení do systému" [Sign In] at the top of the screen to begin using the records.
Fill in: "Přihlašovací jméno (login)" [User Name] and "Heslo" [Password]
Click on: "Přihlásit se" [Sign In] to enter the database.
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.
Click on: "Vyberte archiv" [Choose Archive] to select Brno Land Archive.
Under "Obec" type the locality. As you type a selection appears below, you may now select locality from the list.
Click the Search 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.
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.
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