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Guide to Czechia ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

Czechia, officially known as the Czech Republic, is a country in Central Europe bordering Poland, Germany, Austria, and Slovakia. It includes the three historical territories of Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia. From 1918 to 1993, it was the Western part of Czechoslovakia. The official language is Czech.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Czechia Research

Links to articles on getting started with Czechia research.

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Czechia Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Czechia research.

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Finding Town of Origin[edit | edit source]

Records are created and organized on the local level. If you do not know the name of the village or parish your ancestors lived in, see


Once you have determined the name of the town, look it up in the GenTeam Gazetteer or the Guided Research experience to locate records for that town.

Czechia Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

Prague (Praha) City ArchivesTřeboň Regional ArchivesBrno Moravian Provincial ArchivesOpava Provincial ArchivesPrague (Praha) Regional ArchivesLitoměřice Regional ArchivesPlzeň Regional ArchivesZámrsk Regional ArchivesCzech Republic as of 2016 Updated.jpg

Archival Regions[edit | edit source]

Czechia records were created on the town or parish level, then collected and preserved on the archive level.
Locate which archive holds the records for your town by using the GenTeam Gazetteer or the Guided Research experience.

List of Archives[edit | edit source]

Districts (okresy, singular okres) Used by FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

In 1960, Czechoslovakia was re-divided into districts (okres, plural okresy). In the area of Czechia, there were 75 districts; the 76th Jeseník District was split in the 1990s from Šumperk District. Three consisted only of statutory cities Brno, Ostrava and Plzeň which gained the status of districts only in 1971. The capital city of Prague has a special status, being considered a municipality and region at the same time and not being a part of any district, but ten districts of Prague (obvody) were in some ways equivalent to okres. The older seventy-six districts lost most of their importance in 1999 in an administrative reform. [2]

However, the FamilySearch Catalog for the Czech Republic and the FamilySearch Historical Record Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 are organized by these historical districts.

Additional Language Helps[edit | edit source]

Except for modern records of the 1900s, records in Czechia were written mostly in Latin and German. Other languages sometimes used in Czech records include Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

More Czech Republic Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for the Czech Republic.

More Czech Republic Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in the Czech Republic.

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Czech Republic," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic, accessed 23 March 2016.
  2. "Districts of the Czech Republic", in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Districts_of_the_Czech_Republic, accessed 7 October 2021.