Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech business directories newly searchable #austria-czech


Logan Kleinwaks
 

I recently added the following business directories with Austria-Czech
SIG coverage to my search engine at http://genealogyindexer.org,
mostly >from the series of global directories published by Leuchs:

1841-1846 edition:
Tirol, Styria, Illyria, Dalmatia, Trieste Business Directory (Leuchs
vol. 11) {d409}
Bohemia, Moravia, Galicia, Krakow Business Directory (Leuchs vol. 12) {d410}
Upper and Lower Austria Business Directory (Leuchs vol. 13) {d411}

1863-1868 edition:
Salzburg, Upper Austria, Lower Austria Business Directory (Leuchs vol.
15) {d394}
Tirol, Vorarlberg, Kuestenland Business Directory (Leuchs vol. 16) {d395}
Carinthia and Styria Business Directory (Leuchs vol. 17) {d396}
Bohemia, Moravia, Austrian Silesia, Krakow Business Directory (Leuchs
vol. 19) {d398}

1833 Europe Business Directory (Leuchs) {d423}

1896 Prague (City + Suburbs) Address and Business Directory {d424}
1884 Prague (City + Suburbs) Address and Business Directory {d425}

These are all included if you search at http://genealogyindexer.org
with the default options. You can limit a search to one or more of
these directories by appending the codes in {} after your search, like
this: schlesinger {d398, d410}. If you change the "Any Place"
dropdown to "Czech + Slovak" or "Austria," some of these will be
searched, but not the ones classified under Multinational (e.g., 1833
Europe). There is currently no way to search just the Austria-Czech
SIG-covered sections of those directories. However, search results
from directories with broad geographical coverage will often indicate
the sections where matches occur (e.g., results >from the 1833
all-Europe directory d423 might include "Section: Bohemia").

All search results link to scans of the matching directory pages. The
Leuchs directory scans are hosted by the Bavarian State Library, which
has impressive online holdings that I expect will yield many more
genealogically useful sources upon further exploration. The 1896 and
1884 Prague directories are hosted by the National Library of the
Czech Republic's Kramerius Digital Library (which is, apparently,
being relocated to a new server in a few days, which might cause
temporary access problems).

I made the directories searchable by using Optical Character
Recognition (OCR) to convert the scanned images to text, a process
that is not 100% accurate (but much faster than manual transcription).
For the Leuchs directories especially, the accuracy for surnames and
occupations is very good, but the accuracy for town names is not.
Therefore, if you are interested in all the Leuchs entries >from a
particular town, I suggest refering to the place index
("Orts-Register") at the end of each directory, rather than (or in
addition to) searching for the town's name.

These directories are certainly not comprehensive, so not finding
someone listed in a town's section definitely does not mean (s)he did
not have a business there at the time. For some towns, a relatively
high proportion of the entries are likely Jewish, judging >from their
names only, and, sometimes, Jewish merchants are identified as such,
but, in general, I do not know how well represented Jewish merchants
are.

Should you wish to examine these directories without searching, you
can find links to their scans and their titles in the original
languages at http://genealogyindexer.org/directories.

I frequently add directories and other sources to the search engine,
but I usually do not announce additions here. To receive
announcements, follow @gindexer on Twitter.

If you have any research successes with these directories, please let me know!

Best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@...
near Washington, D.C.

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