Joe Everett is a genealogy librarian at FamilySearch, responsible for patron services in international branches of the Family History Library. Joe was previously the head of International Reference at the Family History Library and a technical services librarian, cataloging Slavic and Germanic records. He also spent several years as content manager at Joe earned a B.A. in Russian Language and Family History/Genealogy (Germanic emphasis) from Brigham Young University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas). He has been active in library and genealogical associations and has lectured and published articles Central & East European research.

29 November 2010

Czech Archives to Digitize Vital Records

Nu? What's New?, an e-newsletter published biweekly by Avotaynu, Inc. reported the following in their November 28, 2010 edition:

Czech Archives to Digitize Vital Records
It was reported on JewishGen that the Czech National Archives is digitizing their collection of vital records. It is expected that the registers of the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia—births, deaths and marriages—will be available online next year. 

This is an exciting development, both for persons with Jewish heritage that traces through the Czech Republic and for Czech family history research in general. For many years, the Czech archives were resistant to efforts to microfilm or digitize their records.  It is encouraging to see that they are working on their own digitization.  Hopefully, this effort will extend to the records of other religious denominations.