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Czech Republic Reading Aids

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Language of the Records[edit | edit source]

Czech was not recognized as an official language until 1877 in Bohemia and 1905 in Moravia. It was seldom used as a written language until the late 1800s. Except for modern records of the 1900s, records in the Czech Republic were written mostly in Latin and German.

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth and Death Records (Civil Registration)[edit | edit source]

Birth and Death Record

Death Record 1883


Marriage Record (Civil Register)[edit | edit source]

Marriage Record 1921

German Language Czech Church Records[edit | edit source]

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Czech Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptism Records, Czech and German

Czech Republic, Trebon Regional Archive Church Records 1884-1935


Birth Record 1900, Czech with German Subtitles

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Latin Records[edit | edit source]

These reading aids, prepared for Galicia, which was part of Austria and eventually Poland, will give you extensive help in reading Latin records. These forms were mandated by Austria, where the Catholic church was the state religion. They are typical of Catholic church records. The vocabulary will also be seen in earlier Catholic records that do no use a columnar form.