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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jewish Control Registers in Bohemia and Moravia

Thanks to a Facebook post by Schelly Talalay Dardashti via Marlene Bishow, I learned of a very valuable addition to the online world of genealogically valuable documents. These particular documents are found in the Czech Archives. But first a website that will give you some explanations of the Regional Archives. This information is on a website called the Czech Census Searchers. I would also refer you to the FamilySearch Research Wiki article on Czech Republic Online Genealogy Records. There is also a website for the Czech National Archives where the notice regarding the Jewish Control Registers is posted. The notice states:
Digitalization of the Registers of Jewish Religion Communities 
In 2011, all volumes of the Registers of Births, Marriages, and deaths of Jewish communities deposited in the National Archives were digitalized. In the course of this year they will be gradually made accessible on: First of all there will be volumes from the fond „ Matriky židovských náboženských obcí v českých zemích“ (HBMa)(Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Jewish Communities in the Czech Lands) for the publication of which the original inventory was used after some improvements.

The registers, needing substantial preservation and restoration interference, were exempt from the process of digitalization and will be scanned later. Similarly, there will be published, with delay, those volumes of the registers where errors found during checking of snaps are then corrected. 
In accordance with the Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths Act (N.301/2000 Coll.) only entries older than 100 years from the last entry in the Births Registers and 75 years from the last entry in the Marriages and Deaths Registers will be made accessible in the individual volumes of the HBMa fond. The restriction does not apply to the Jewish control registers owing to the time range of entries.  
On finding individual localities, the user may use a geographical index depicting all places stated in the registers, such as place of birth, of marriage or of death with reference to the inventory number in the register in question.

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