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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registers
Collection years: 1874-1937
Languages: Czech
Title in the Language: Česká republika, Sčítání lidu 1874-1937
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What is in This Collection?

This collection will include civil registration records of births, marriages and deaths from the Hlucín (Hultschin, Hulczyn) area in the Moravian-Silesian region of the Czech Republic from 1874-1937. The area formerly belonged to the Duchy of Troppau, but was divided in 1742 between Habsburg Austria and the Prussian province of Silesia. At the end of World War I it was made part of Czechoslovakia, later returned to Nazi Germany in 1938, and then restored to Czechoslovakia in 1945. The originals of these records are housed in the Opava district archive, Czech Republic. The records are in Czech, German, or Latin.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:


  • Names
  • Date of birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Location


  • Names of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Location


  • Names
  • Date of death
  • Location

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy down all the information from the record. Save or print a copy of the image if possible
  • Cite the record. See below for help citing records in this collection
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Czech Republic Record Finder to find other records
  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. A person might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list search results
  • Search the records of nearby locations

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
“Czech Republic, Civil Registers 1874-1937.” Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Zemsky Archiv v Opave (Opava District Archives, Opava).
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