Prague Census #austria-czech


For all those interested in the new online researchable Prague census

As you probably have seen the entries  so far have reached letter H.

Here is a mail >from the Prague City Archives about the procedure putting
more records online:

Dear Mr. Zimmer,
Prague Population Register (the older part) is digitised continuously,
but accessible on the Internet only in quarterly periods. According to
the harmonogram you will access letters H-J on September 2011. With best
IT specialist Prague City Archives
Archivni street 6, Prague 4, 149 00
tel.: 236 004 001

Peter Zimmer, Muenster, Germany


Regarding the reference of Peter Zimmer to the newly available Prague Census,

here are some suggestions for English speakers on using the
site.  (It is good to know that more data will be available in September.)

The mailing list received a report >from Traude Triebel on the
Prague City Archive digitization of records, translated somewhat
misleadingly as "Census of the Prague Population (1830-1949)". 

It is labelled in Czech as: "Soupis pra?ských domovských p?íslu?ník? (1830-1910)"

We made some suggestions for English speakers on how to use this site and
thought that the Austria-Czech list would also be a good place to explain how
we have successfully searched for records:

from this page
Click on: Census of the Prague Population (1830-1949)

When we do that we get a page with three tabs. One is headed "Nalezené
záznamy " and shows thumbnail images of records starting with Abel, Abeles...

If you select the "Procházet a hledat" tab you get a page with a box
on the right. This is a search box. Enter the name, and click on
"Hledej".  Sometimes we had to try several times, as it gave errors; It might work
best if the little white box "digitalizované archiválie" (search only
the digitized records) is ticked.

A list of the first 19 names appears that matches your
search interest.  Click on the >> above the names to see the next 19
names or << to see the previous 19 names.  the <|  or >|
takes you to the beginning or end of your search results. 

When you find a name that interests you, click on the record of interest.

Then click on the box labelled "Zobrazit digitální kopie". This opens a
new window with the image which luckily is scanned at high quality. One
has to enlarge the image to see the high resolution. 

The tab at the top of the image window says "Archivni
Katalog AMP - zoomify".  To return
to the list of names click on the tab that says "Prague City
Archives".  This returns you to the
screen with three tabs.  On the right
side of the screen are the words "Zobrazit  seznam  mozaiku |detail".  Clicking on "seznam" takes you back
to the list of names resulting >from your search.  Clicking on "mozaiku" takes
you  to a screen that shows thumbnail
images of the records resulting >from your search.

We could not work out any way to download the images as files.  The Zoomify program

that enlarges the images does not allow saving.  We hope someone can find

a way of doing that.  You will have to take screen shots (e.g. "Alt" + PrtScn" keys or a
program like the Windows Snipping Tool). So as not to lose the clarity of the
original digitization, ensure that the image on the screen is not at its
minimum size when you take a screen shot. There is a slider which controls the
magnification of the image on screen. When enlarged you might need to create
several screenshots to cover the whole image.

Apart >from only having images covering surnames A-H, We believe that the
digitized records do not as yet cover the whole date range, most being >from

the period up to 1914.   We also suspect that only records >from
certain parts of Prague are included since we could not find some names on the
Prague Conscription Register.

Some records are truly amazing in detail, giving exact dates & places of
birth, as well as parents names. So much more information that the
Prague Conscriptions which only give a year of birth, and often
are unclear as to place of birth. Some records seem to originate >from
when the head of family was living in the country prior to moving to
Prague.  Most are in Czech.

Hope this helps

Peter Lowe
Hertford, England

Virginia Shovlin
Parma Heights, OH