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The Researcher’s Guide to the Czech Land Books

ByLukáš SvobodaKate Challis

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The Researcher’s Guide to the Czech Land Books is a unique book for everyone who is interested in the Czech Land Books and the use of the land records in genealogical research and in compiling family history. There is very little information about this unique source of information available in English and this book is the first tool which may help many to open this source to the English-speaking audience. In seventeen chapters the book provides the information about the land books, their use primarily in genealogical research and most importantly about the context in which they were used. The context is especially crucial for understanding and using the land records correctly, making the book valuable even for those who neither wish nor dare to start their own research but who simply want to learn about the lives and status of their ancestors in the Czech Lands. The Researcher’s Guide explains many questions such as the concepts of the people subjected to the noble owners of land, the nature of the forced labour known as robota, or the character of the farmers’ relationship to his land and the property transfers within the family. Readers may also learn about many terms and phrases they already know other sources which may still be unclear or misinterpreted. This volume provides the basics for successful research. You will read about the nature of the land records, where you can look for them, and how to choose the right book for your research. The Researcher’s Guide also explains how you can effectively search land books for a relevant record and we set forth their basic structure so that you may parse them into more easily interpretable blocks. This book contains special sections dealing with the topics of abbreviations and signs used in the records for various measures and currencies, all of which are accompanied with plentiful examples. Finally, the book has particular chapters which show how the land books can deal with common genealogical problems such as missing or conflicting information from church registers and the use of the “roof names”. The second half of the book contains more than thirty examples of carefully transcribed land records from original sources for you to use to practice your own transcription skills. These include an exact transcription, a translation into modern Czech, and a translation to English. Each record is accompanied by a detailed commentary and notes that explain both the essence of the record and its various minutiae.


Publication Date
Sep 19, 2023
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Lukáš Svoboda, By (author): Kate Challis


Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Crown Quarto (7.44 x 9.68 in / 189 x 246 mm)

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