Moravia census records 1857-1921 now available online #austria-czech

Michael Gordy

With little fanfare, the Moravian state archives (MZA) in Brno has released on its website a vast collection of scanned images of census records for 1857-1921. The records span the collections of archives in Blansko,  Brno-venkov, Břeclav,  Havlíčkův Brod,  Hodonín,  Jihlava,  Kroměříž,  Pelhřimov, Třebíč,  Uherské Hradiště,  Vsetín,  Vyškov, Zlín, Znojmo and Žďár nad Sázavou.

I don't read Czech, but have the impression that the service is still in a testing phase. There is no English version of the website, and I see no indication that the URLs will be "permalinks." You can start a search here:
If we all rush to the website, expect slow server response times!

To give an example, I have reviewed the 528 images of the 1869 census of central Kyjov (Gaya in German), available here:
I have compiled an index of 51 Jewish families that appear in this film.  There is also a film for the 1869 census of peripheral areas of Kyjov, available here:
There seem to be even more Jewish families in the latter film.  When I complete my index of 1869 Kyjov, I will post more information to this list.

I believe this collection will rival badatelna in its importance to the Austria-Czech SIG!

Happy hunting,
Michael Gordy
Takoma Park, Maryland, USA


I also do not speak Czech but Google translate did a great job of converting the web page to English.

I checked the 217 pages of the 1857 census records for the Uhersky Ostrau Jewish community.
There are separate records for the Jewish and Christian communities.

I was looking for my great-grandfather who lived there.  I could not find him.  I could only find one Beer family in the records.
Thus unclear to me whether the records are incomplete, whether my great-grandfather lived in an even smaller community outside Uhersky Ostrau, or whether we have it completely wrong and he lived somewhere else but was born in Uhersky Ostrau.

Tom Beer
Melbourne, Australia