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Information about genealogical research in the Czech Republic

Here you can find ithe information on how to trace your origins in the Czech Republic

The Administration of Archives of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Czech Republic(Archivní správa Ministerstva vnitra CR) wishes to inform you about genealogical research done by the States Archives.

To request a research study and / or reproduction of documents deposited in the State Archives of the Czech Republic please contact the Administration of Archives of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Czech Republic:

Archivni sprava Ministerstva vnitra CR
Milady Horakove 133
166 21 Praha 6
Czech Republic

Tel. +420-974 835 071, +420-974 835 088, +420-974 835 080

Fax: +420-233341049

E-mail: arch@mvcr.cz

Genealogical research in the State Archives can be conducted with respect to documentation dated prior to 1900. Such research is based on the vital statistics registers (of birth, marriage and death) and can provide information about a person's birth name, marriage and death, information about his/her parents, parent's profession (only those listed on the Birth Certificate), name of person's spouse and names of the witnesses of the marriage (only those listed on the Marriage Certificate), cause of death (only that listed on the Death Certificate), etc.

Request for a research study must include all the fundamental data that are available. Without such data research is either impossible or calls for more time and therefore is more expensive. If the applicant owns originals of registry certificates, it may greatly facilitate research if photocopies of these documents are enclosed with the application for the research study. The time required for the processing of an application depends on the difficulty and complexity of the research study. Applicants can also ask for translation of documents as well as for a map of the place where the applicant's ancestors lived.

The Administration of Archives of the Ministry of the Home Affairs of the Czech Republic forwards the requests to relevant archives in the Czech Republic. Applicants will be notified of the service cost.

Further search possibilities are listed here.

State Regional Archives