Joe Everett is a genealogist at FamilySearch working to help people discover their family history. He recently returned to FamilySearch, after spending 7 1/2 years at, working to put new databases online. Joe is currently managing an international team of research consultants who assist people at the Family History Library and worldwide through Internet learning tools. Joe was previously the head of International Reference at the Family History Library, and also worked for several years there as a technical services librarian, cataloging Slavic and Germanic records. Joe earned a B.A. in Russian Language and in Family History/Genealogy (Germanic emphasis) from Brigham Young University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas). He has been a member of various library and genealogical associations and has lectured and published articles on Germanic & Slavic family history and Central & East European historical geography and migration.

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.