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Taxation

First Bohemian Cadaster (Berní rula)

Introduction

The berní rula was formulated during the reign of Ferdinand III of Habsburg (ruled 1637-57), that is, not long after the end of the Thirty Years' War. The berní ruly are lists of tax payers based on the records of the estate owners or nobility. First completed in 1653-1654, these tax lists were prepared to study inequities in the tax structure. Properties were surveyed to determine dwellings, fields, and animals of the taxpayers. Other surveys were made in 1683-84, 1746, 1757, and 1792. These lists can be of help in genealogical research by locating the domicile of one's ancestor, and are of value for demographic studies, but they cannot be considered as a complete survey of the population. These lists do not include the poor who were without property or trade. Also, only heads of households are listed without indication of dependents. The berní ruly are available only for the the "Czech lands" of the Czech Republic (or the province of Bohemia), and not for the province of Moravia and Austrian Silesia. All text is in the Czech language. Tax lists have been deposited in various archives but are not readily accessible to researchers. Some tax lists have been published:

general index to all 1654 tax lists - Berní rula : generalní rejstřík ke všem svazkům- General Index to all 1654 tax lists (published and unpublished), supplemented with the 1651 census if tax lists missing. FHL INTL Book 943.71 X2cc vol. 1-2

some 1427-1435 tax lists for Prague - Berní knihy starého města Pražského, 1427-1434 - Tax books for the Prague subdivision Old Town. FHL INTL Book 943.71/P3 R4p

Publication

The following volumes were published:

Volume
1.
2.
3.
8.-9.
10.-11.
12.-15.
18.-19.
23.-25.
26.
27.-28.
31.
32.-33.
34.

Region
Introduction to the series
General list of places
City of Prague
Boleslavsko region
Čáslavsko region
Hradecko region
Kouřimsko region
Plzeňsko region
Podbrdsko region
Prácheňsko region
Vltavsko region
Žatecko region
Kladsko region

The following volumes were not yet published:

Volume
4.-7.
16.-17.
20.-21.
22.
29.
30.
35.


Region
Bechyňsko region
Chrudimsko region
Litoměřicko region
Loketsko region
Prácheňsko region
Rakovnicko region
Slánsko region (original lost)
Chebsko region (not taken)
Ašsko region (unknown)

The Family History Library has above listed published copies of the 1654 tax lists (FHL INTL Book 943.7 B4b).

General Index to All 1654 Tax Lists

Berní rula : generalní rejstřík ke všem svazkům- General Index to all 1654 tax lists (published and unpublished), supplemented with the 1651 census if tax lists missing. The Family History Library has a copy of the general index (FHL INTL Book 943.71 X2cc vol. 1-2).

Berní knihy starého města Pražského, 1427-1434 - Tax books for the Prague subdivision Old Town. The Family History Library has a copy of the publication (FHL INTL Book 943.71/P3 R4p).

Berni rula Map
Berni rula Headings