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Czechoslovak Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Covers the Territory of the Former Czechoslovakia, Including Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, and Subcarpatian Ruthenia
2nd revised and enlarged edition
Compiled and Edited by Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr., Ph.D.

Copyright © 2001 Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr. and SVU
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In the last two years there has been a plethora of new websites and home pages bearing on genealogy of former Czechoslovakia. The second edition which has been completely revised and significantly enlarged has been prompted by the great receptivity of the first edition and the desirability of keeping the information as current as possible. This version should be, nevertheless, considered still tentative because our search for relevant websites has not as yet been completely finished. In this connection, the compiler would consequently appreciate being informed of any other links that ought to be included. Send your comments and suggestion to


This is an aide to amateurs interested in Czechoslovak genealogy who have limited knowledge of computers. The reason for grouping Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Slovakia, and Subcarpathian Ruthenia together is quite simple. These ethnic groups lived together for more than a generation and intermarriages took place among them. It is therefore logical to deal with them as one entity. Whether we like it or not, the computers are here to stay and sooner or later they will become the principal tools of genealogists. There is a lot of information on the Internet already but not everybody knows how to access it. Sometimes, it may take hours to locate a specific site unless one knows its address. For a beginner it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. If one is fortunate enough to locate a good resource page with numerous links, the immediate problem arises which of the links should one choose. Most pages list various links in a haphazard fashion, mixing apples with oranges, without any order or system. One has to then spend enormous amount of time opening each of these links to see whether any of them may be of some use. Bearing this in mind, I have made an effort to bring some order into the apparent confusion while compiling this list, in order to make it easier for the user. After you get oriented in the Table of Contents, it should be relatively easy to find specific information you are seeking. Most of the important topics are covered. In cases where a relevant web site did not exist, I included a more general web site which would at least provide some leads to finding the sought out information. Whenever relevant, information was also provided on selected publications and where they can be purchased. Altogether there are 15 major headings. Apart from the usual genealogical topics, encompassed by the first 10 headings, there are five additional auxiliary headings covering related topics, i.e., History & Culture, Religion, Language, Publications, and Research Centers, Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Whenever appropriate, and if available, effort was made to provide information on each national group separately although in some instances this was not possible to do because of the overlap. Information on Jewish aspects was included with the rest of the information, depending on the subject matter.


I. General Resource Links & Rings
A. Central & Eastern Europe
B. The Czechlands: Bohemia, Moravia & Silesia
C. Slovakia
D. Ruthenia

II. Selected Web Sites
A. The Czechlands
B. Slovakia
C. Ruthenia

III. Guides
A. Getting Started
B. General Sources

IV. Maps, Gazetteers and Place Searching
A. Geography
B. Maps
C. Gazetteers
D. Place Searching

V. Sources of Primary Data
A. Parish Records
B. Land Records
C. Tax Rolls
D. Military Records
E. Passenger Lists
F. Settler Lists
G. Naturalization Records
H. Death Records and Obituary Notices

VI. Mailing Lists, Newsgroups & Chats
A. Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
C. Forums

VII. Surname Lists & Search Sites
A. Surname Lists
B. Search Sites

VIII. People and Families
A. Multiple Listings

B. Royalty and Nobility
C. Selected Personal Home Pages

IX. Societies & Groups
A. Genealogical Societies
B. Ethnic Cultural Societies

X. Professional Researchers
A. Central & Eastern Europe
B. The Czechlands
C. Slovakia
D. Ruthenia

XI. History & Culture
A. Central and Eastern Europe
B. The Czechlands
C. Slovakia
D. Ruthenia
E. US Immigrants from Czechoslovakia

XII. Religion, Places of Worship, Cemeteries
A. Religion
B. Places of worship
C. Cemeteries

XIII. Language
A. General Resources
B. The Alphabet, Script, Handwriting
C. Symbols and Abbreviations
D. Names
E. Dictionaries
F. Translation Services

XIV. Publications
A. Bibliographies
B. Periodicals
C. Telephone Books
D. Library Holdings
E. Publishers' & Booksellers' Offerings

XV. Educational & Research Centers, Libraries, Archives, Museums
A. Research Centers
B. Libraries
C. Archives
D. Museums

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