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European Resources for Family Historians: Czech Republic & Slovakia

This State Library of South Australia guide highlights resources available at the Library as well as various databases and websites that may assist your search for ancestors in Europe and the Mediterranean.


Coat of Arms for Czechoslovakia 1918 - 1992

The information on this page concentrates on how to locate family history related records and information in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Formerly known as Czechoslovakia, which was formed in October 1918 when it declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, you may like to check both the Hungarian and Austrian tabs above for resources before 1918.  In 1993 Czechoslovakia dissolved to become to Czech Republic and Slovakia.

To trace family arriving in South Australia try our guide to immigration.  If family arrived in Australia after 1940 passenger lists may be found at National Archives, as passenger lists came under Federal jurisdiction after 1940

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Resources available at the Library

Databases Available at the Library

While you are in the Library don't forget to check out our databases:

  • (library edition) - for onsite use only
  • Find My Past - for onsite use only
  • World Vital Records - available for home use (conditions apply)

Search the catalogue for more

For a more general listing of Czech Republic related material within our collection click here

For a more general listing of Slovakian related material within our collection click here

For a more general listing of Czechoslovakian related material within our collection click here


Please note that these websites are not arranged in any particular order and some of them may not be available in English.

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Are you unable to come into the State Library of South Australia to undertake your research?  You may like to consider using our Ask Us service.