April 12, 2011, Bill Tarkulich
Acta Publica Registration
Archive filming priorities (currently filming in
these four archives)
priorities for Czech republic towns/cities:
Catalog Filming Priorities (Applies to all
archives with exception listed below).
Land Records pozemkové
knihy and úrbáře (Land books and Land Registers)
Records – modern census – across 40-70 district archives (slow, complex
Note: this applies to all archives except Opava, which will have church
records filmed first.
Note: During the Battle of the White Mountains (1620) many Protestant
records were destroyed.
Archives that plan to publish their own records.
Many of these will have more detailed catalog
entries than the FHL
Archives that do not plan to independently publish to the web:
Users will be hobbled by
the deficient FHL cataloging methods. See General Cataloging decision below.
for Acta Publica Registration and Search
record filming concluded in October, 2010.
The remaining films are ready to be ordered as soon as the cataloging is
No date given, keep checking.
the extant microfilm films requires a long wait for permission to post to the
web. Unfortunately the new priorities for
digitization have changed such that this project has taken low priority,
relative to projects for other countries.
Thus, whatever has been digitized may be all we have for the foreseeable
You will shortly be able to find
everything via microfilms.
priorities for cities/large towns.
Notwithstanding the comment above, a priority order has been set for web
Just don’t expect anything real
Prešov (in process)
Košice (in process)
Registration records 1895-1905 are presently being filmed, cataloged and
pages/images. (Note: Slovakia privacy laws are 100 years for birth, marriage and death
For Czech Rep.
70 years for marriage, death records, 100
years for births.)
I have more
info on subsequent years.
privately for details.
of all images recorded via IGI on tape have been lost due to storage
Backup is on microfilm, which
they have, but this has not been confirmed, nor are there any plans to restore
General cataloging decision
For both for Slovakia, Czech Republic and many other countries the FHL decided not
to publish town names for that volume, only the associated parish.
Example, the associated parish of Ceske
Budjejovice, will only contain the years covered for a certain catalog entry,
not the village names contained therein.
These villages and type of records (birth, marriage death) will be
farnost a Dobrá Voda, Dubičné, Hlincová Hora, Hlinsko, Hrdějovice,
Hůry, Jelmo, Jivno, Kaliště u Zalin, Libníč, Suché Vrbné,
Třebotovice, Úsilné, Vráto
So it will be necessary when
looking at FHL records to look through
hundreds of volumes to find your town and years. This could be disasterous. If you kill the locality names, it will mean
looking through dozens of books with overlapping years and no clue as to what
town might be included on the volume.
The biggest problem will be with very large parishes.
In the case of the Czech
republic, Praha, Plzeň, and Brno archives you can revert to the archive’s separately
pubilshed web site (see prior section) for the details, as the FHL catalogs
will not be complete enough. Sadly,
Czech Republic archives Zamrsk and Litomerice archives are not publishing to
the web, so deficient catalog entries will make your search arduous for these
Not clear if this is
retroactive to existing films.
I do not believe the Slovakia Archives has its
own web site of films with catalog entries.
All document recording will be done digitally at this point forward. No more microfilm recording. However extant films will be maintained for
the forseeable future.
Note 1 - From the drop-down list, choose an archive, and then in the results screen
always defaults to Brno. But I’ve discovered that there is a tab, where
if you choose the archive from that tab, it will give you results from the
archive you want.
Appendix: Cross -Reference item for Slovakia Parishes
matriky na Slovensku zo 16.-19. storocia (Bratislava, MVSR, 1991). 'Church
registers in Slovakia from the 16-19 centuries', a thorough source showing
which archive has which church registers. Throughout Czechoslovakia, church
registers were gathered into State regional archives in the 1950s. This
included those up to about 1895 - the so-called 'dead' registers. This book
shows the years covered and the archive in which they are located. It also has
a short dictionary of terms used in parish registers and genealogy-Latin,
Hungarian, and German to Slovak, and an English summary of the introduction. A
terrific reference listing every village and what records exist in the archives
for each. It's in Slovak, but easy to use.