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Noteworthy Genealogy Information
For quite some time it was very difficult to
research Czech ancestors in the homeland
without a certified genealogist.
As the internet spreads worldwide, more and
more sites are opening thanks to the efforts of
volunteer organizations who scan the documents
to make them available. You can now, at least,
begin some of your own research online.
Here are a few sites and tips to get started:
Where did my ancestors live?
A large and impressive network of archives is supported
by the Czech government, and this website will help you
become familar with seven regional archives, which are
the repositories for most pre-1900 parish books. These
are the archives of primary importance to Czech
genealogical researchers. In addition, seventy-two
district archives, five city archives, and a plethora of
specialized archives contain information about our
ancestors in what is now the Czech Republic. The site is
user friendly, in dual English and German, and gives good
instructions on using the site.
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Towns and Communities Online Portal
This website provides a list of the Czech municipalities
fostering online information exchange between local
governments and citizens of the CZ. The intro page
is in English, but other pages will need a translator,
i.e Google or Microsoft. You will want to go to the
Home page by clicking on the Mesta.obce logo.
This page brings up lists for counties, citities and
towns of the region which are searchable.
There are homepages for each local government
giving contact information, history, statistics, tourist
information, photos and useful links.
Slovak Institute at St Andrews Abbey
Located right here in Cleveland and dedicated in 1952
to be a source for knowledge about Slovakia with material
in the Slovak language. The Institute's
Surname Location Reference Project is a database of
immigrant surnames, their location from Slovakia and
relatives in North America. The aim is for individuals
doing genealogical work on a particular surname or
location in Slovakia can be put in touch with others
working on the same surnames or locations.
The site also offers a 5-generation family tree form
to record findings.