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For the most frequently used archive funds belong documents about population census. These archives called as census records contain unique information about persons who lived in the city of Brno, its surroundings and connected villages. It is a very important historical source for sociological and demographical research purposes. This valuable information not only about people but also about houses are stored in paper census records, where a physical condition of these archives is very poor and close to their destruction.

For us to preserve this archive for future generations, we decided to digitalize these endangered documents. Here we speak about volumes from years 1850, 1857, 1890 and 1900 and a part of the year 1870, which means a digitalization of approximately 450 thousands of paper forms from A3 to A1 format. Paralelly we extract basic identification data about census records and name registers, about persons and houses. Because of the big number of documents, this information will speed up the process of searching for persons, houses and streets and also will make available these volumes of population census for the general public.

Digitalization of such a big number of census records, extraction of metadatas and their storage, backup and process of making them available for public is very expensive and it is not possible to afford it from the normal budget of an archive. Because of this, we decided to ask for a grant form the resources of EU, which finally in connection to Integrated Operation Program turned out to be successful and the project of Digitalization of the archive of the city of Brno, registered number CZ.1.06/2.1.00/09.06953 co-financed from the resources of the European Regional Development Fund was approved.

For the next three years, via this application, we will show you documents connected to population census from the years mentioned above. The complex process of digitalization will be stored and continuously actualized in the following overview.

  • PUBLISHED VOLUMES: 1880, 1900, 1870, 1850, 1890, 1857

All digitalized materials located in the Digital archive of the city of Brno are protected by a valid user rights law. All rights on publishing and reproduction are reserved only to the owner of archives, whose agreement is a condition for a possible further usage of digitalized materials. Pictures in the Digital archive of the city of Brno are provided only for the purpose of on-line viewing. Making copies, distribution, publishing, using and placing on other web pages is strictly forbidden.

If you wish to use them for a scientific or commercial purposes, please, contact the staff of reading room phone number +420 542173612, +420 542173613