Familianten Records Have Arrived!!!!

Started by Randy Schoenberg on Thursday, July 24, 2014


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7/24/2014 at 3:33 PM

At long last, the Familianten records are online. See http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/2098/

Please post your discoveries to the list.

Thanks to Lenka Matusikova and to everyone who contributed to this project.

Randy Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

7/24/2014 at 3:39 PM

From http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/czechguide.html

III. Book of Jewish Familianten

In 1726, due the order of the Habsburg ruler Charles VI, the number of Jewish families was limited by quota to 8,541 in Bohemia and 5,106 in Moravia. To enforce this quota (or "numerus clausus"), a so-called "Familianten" order was issued. According to this order, only the first-born son of each Jewish family was given permission to marry (called a "copulatio consensus"). The permits could also be sold if there were no son to inherit them. The Familianten order was in force until 1848. As a result, many Jews who could not obtain marriage permits emigrated from Bohemia and Moravia. For example, by 1900 almost half of the Jews in Hungary were of Bohemian or Moravian descent.

One other result of the Familianten laws was that the government kept very good records of which families lived in which towns. The list of Familianten were collected in the Book of Jewish Familianten (also called "Mannschaftsbuecher" in Moravia). Records were collected in 1799 and in 1811 and updated until about 1830. Each record comprised the name of county, registration number of the family in the whole land (based on "copulatio consensus"), the registration number of family in the county (set up in 1725), name of the father, his wife, his sons and a few other family details. These records provide a very good resource for researchers investigating their family histories. For some families, up to three generations are included. The Familianten record books for Bohemia can be accessed at the Czech National Archives. (See IX.C.) For Moravia, the surviving books are not collected in one place, but are available from the various regional archives, such as in Brno or Olomouc, or in the Czech National Archives or the Jewish Museum in Prague.

An index of all Bohemian towns with Familianten records in the Czech National Archives is available at http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/familianten.html.

Julius Müller is working on an index of all persons mentioned in the Familianten Books. You can access his site at http://www.toledot.org/kraje.html.

7/24/2014 at 4:10 PM

I started looking at the records for Ckyne. http://tinyurl.com/q63k7ft

Already in the first three pages there are great possibilities. The first two pages are for Friedman Spitz (b. 1739) and his sons. It says Friedman’s father is Moises Feischel. I entered all the new data on Geni at Friedman Spitz

Turning to the next page I come across Isaak Sittig (b. 1744), also a known person. Isak Sittig The Familiant record gives me new information that his father is Abraham Feischel.

I’ll bet anyone a nickel that Moises and Abraham are brothers, both sons of Feischel, who must be born around 1690.

This is going to be fun.

7/24/2014 at 9:58 PM

Is it only for Bohemia? Or does it also include Moravia?

Private User
7/25/2014 at 1:31 AM

I noticed the quality of the pdfs one may create online print of the familianten is poor to bad.
And they have these watermarks nobody wants.

A very nice method to get the full page of a familianten page is:

1. know the URL of your zoom image (via the page's source code). My example page has the badatelna url
while the image comes from
http://web.nacr.cz/pomucky/zoomify/NAD0029/148/29_148_018[plus the fractions of the zoomify tiling]

2. Paste this second URL into to a nice "dezoomifyer" page and receive a full hi-res page (that you can print or save) of the scan

(We are not hacking, just reading the whole picture into one page)

7/25/2014 at 1:31 AM

This is great news, Randy !
Barbara Kintaert (Vienna)

Private User
7/25/2014 at 10:23 AM

@Niko Hofinger. how do you get to
http://web.nacr.cz/pomucky/zoomify/NAD0029/148/29_148_018[plus the fractions of the zoomify tiling].
I like your full hi -res page!

Private User
7/25/2014 at 11:22 PM

Hi Marina,
search the source code of the page for the word "zoomify"; there you can find these urls. If you give me an example I may check it for you.

7/26/2014 at 1:17 AM


what is a "source code", a "fractions of the zoomify tiling" ?

i belive, most of us, me included are IT amateurs.

perhaps you can help us with an amateur-explenation ;-)

7/26/2014 at 1:42 AM

@Deborah Guth. Wonderful! Thanks, Randy for letting us know. Since I am spending part of every day in a bomb shelter, and several hours following depressing news, I decided to limit my search for long-dead Jews to a couple of hours a day - for sanity sake.

Private User
7/26/2014 at 4:37 AM


OK one more explanation attempt for the IT amateurs… if unclear, let me know, please.

If you arrived at a Badatelna page you might wish to print or download, this page has an URL that is not yet useful [except for bookmarking] (the web address looking like e.g. http://www.badatelna.eu/reprodukce/?fondId=2098&zaznamId=114376...)

Step 1:
Depending on your browser and system language, you may see the "HTML source" of that page; certain browsers like Firefox call this "Seitenquelltext anzeigen" (shortcut command+U) Safari offers "Seitenquelltext einblenden" (shortcut alt+command+U) Chrome says "Entwickler/Quelltext anzeigen".
The English equivalents should be "Show page source/show source code/show HTML source" or similar. Sorry I have a German system here.

Step 2:
Once you see this HTML code (at Badatelna it starts with
"<!DOCTYPE html><html><head>….") you may find links containing the word "zoomify". The first occurrence holds the link we need (in my example it is http://web.nacr.cz/pomucky/zoomify/NAD0029/148/29_148_018 ). Copy this URL.

Step 3:
The script offered by friendly people I don't know at toolserver.org is now fetching these zoomify tiles and building one bid picture for us.
All you need to do is combine the toolsever's base URL
with the info retrieved from the HTML source of the badatelna page
So the new request is simply

In case you get a whit page: Some archival material (on Badatelna) needs a parameter called "zoom" so for this following link I added the parameter "zoom=4" between the two parts and have a link looking like this

If you have done it 3 times, you can do it without thinking twice.
If you have problems with a specific page, I can help you out until you see the systematics.

Good luck

"The tech guy"

7/26/2014 at 8:11 PM

We should acknowledge the terrific work done by the Czech National Archives and especially their Jewish records expert curator Dr Lenka Matusikova and her colleagues.

Private User
7/26/2014 at 11:30 PM

@Niko Hofinger. thx..your explanation is very clear.
I tired to do it but got a server error "
404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable."
My example was
which I changed to http://toolserver.org/~kolossos/image/zoomify.php?zoom=4&amp;path=h...
original is here

Private User
7/26/2014 at 11:55 PM


The link to your original page in max resolution would be


You need to change the parameters in the path section of the URL according to thesource code of the page you are currently viewing

7/27/2014 at 3:16 AM

@ niko

Ok i have got it ;-)))

i have the pic at my screen super sharp and clear, but after dowbloading to my harddisk i have only a little part of it ;-(

did i do anything wrong?

lg peter

7/27/2014 at 9:12 AM

To get a full image try this set of steps (you will need to install Mozilla Firefox in addition to your usual Browser):

1) In your usual browser (mine is Google Chrome) go to the desired Familianten image.
e.g. mine is :

2) In the Chrome browser menu (3 horizontal bars in top right corner) click "Tools... View Source"
[a page of html markup code will appear]

3) Using Ctrl-F, search for this string: Z.showImage("myContainer",
e.g. my found line begins :
Z.showImage("myContainer", "http://web.nacr.cz/pomucky/zoomify/NAD0029/070/29_070_041&quot;, "zImageProperties=<IMAGE_PROPERTIES WIDTH='5212' HEIGHT='3812' NUMTILES='436' NUMIMAGES='1' VERSION='1.8' TILESIZE='256' />");

4) Immediately after the highlighted search string you will find your ACTUAL Image path
e.g. mine is:

5) To get a full size .png image saved you will need to use Mozilla Firefox
(I usually use Chrome but that will crash while saving the image - so I have installed Firefox especially for this task)

6) Open a Dezoomify site in Firefox:

7) In the URL box that appears, paste in the ACTUAL image path that you found above

8) Wait a few seconds and all of the individual image tiles will be stitched together. It won't look high resolution at this stage. But it is really!

9) Right-click anywhere on the image and select "Save Image As..."

Then you will be able to save a high quality .PNG file (it takes a little while to save - mine came out at 37MB in size with a resolution of 5212 x 3812 pixels)

Hope that helps!

Private User
7/27/2014 at 9:14 AM

Thank you Niko and Simon...that works fine

7/27/2014 at 10:09 AM

it works with chrome, too.
but not as .jpg, i printed a .pdf... 64MB ?!?

Private User
7/27/2014 at 11:43 PM

For Chrome users, I recommend the extension "awesome screenshot" which, after following my or Simon's instructions, offers you the option to just save "the entire page" as png picture. Gave me excellent results.

7/28/2014 at 2:56 AM

Thanks for notice, Randy!

Now I need to find someone who can read this old handwriting... :)

7/28/2014 at 11:33 AM

Would somebody be able to translate the headings into English for me? I have tried using Google Transalate on the words but many abbreviations seem to be used.

It would be a useful resource for many people i suspect!

My working image is this one:

Any contributions gratefully received!

Private User
7/28/2014 at 11:50 AM

I'll start by typing out the German categories at least in regular font, and if I have time, I'll come back to do translations:

Fortlaufende Familien-Nummer des
Alter und neuer Name des Familianten
Des vorstehenden Familianten
beiderseitige Eltern
Der Familiant hat den Heirathskonsens erhalten
unterm Datum und Gub. Zahl
auf das Dominium
Söhne des Familianten
Von vorstehenden Individuen sind gestorben oder des Landesschutzes verlustigt geworden
Jahr und Tag des Todesfalls oder der Verlustigungserklärung
Laut Gubernial-Zahl
Diese Familienstelle ist laut Gubernial-Verordnung
als erloschen erklärt oder transferirt worden
transferirt von dem / auf das Dominium

7/28/2014 at 1:21 PM


im neighter a historican nor a genealogist, just speaking german... mother tounge. maybe my transation help.

greetings from vienna peter


Fortlaufende Familien-Nummer des
ongoing Family-Number (like 1,2,3,4....) of:

state (Moravia/Bohemia)


Alter und neuer Name des Familianten
old and new name

Des vorstehenden Familianten
"vorstehend" means Head of Family

beiderseitige Eltern
both parents


Der Familiant hat den Heirathskonsens erhalten
He (familiant) received the approval to get married

unterm Datum und Gub. Zahl
at the date and the Gubernial-Number (Gubernial ?... take a look at my 1st sentence ;-( )

auf das Dominium
for the district

Söhne des Familianten
Söhne = sons

year of birth


Von vorstehenden Individuen sind gestorben oder des Landesschutzes verlustigt geworden
The listet individuals are deceased or lost the protection of their state (they are no longer members of state)


Jahr und Tag des Todesfalls oder der Verlustigungserklärung
year and day of death or decleration of loosing the prodection....

Laut Gubernial-Zahl
according to Gubernial-Number

Diese Familienstelle ist laut Gubernial-Verordnung
according to the familianten-law, the approval to marry (Familiantenstelle)

from (Referring to Date)


als ERLOSCHEN erklärt oder transferirt worden
is decleared as canceld or was inherited, sold (transferiert) to...

transferirt von dem / auf das Dominium
im sure you understand that sentence ;-)

additional Infos

7/29/2014 at 1:20 AM

Missing both books with letter S for Prague (http://www.badatelna.eu/reprodukce/?fondId=2098&amp;zaznamId=1143797, http://www.badatelna.eu/reprodukce/?fondId=2098&amp;zaznamId=1143798). Seems like a bug. Does someone know where and how report it?

7/29/2014 at 2:16 AM

Thank you pf - that is a great help to me!

Private User
8/22/2014 at 8:01 AM

More than one of us are awaiting the familianten records of Moravia.
Can we expect to see them....ever?

Private User
8/22/2014 at 8:35 AM

The Moravian Familianten records are at the bottom, under item 190 on page http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/2098/

Open up this:

Knihy familiantů v jiných fondech

You will see Moravian books by repository

At least some of books of Moravia (those I have seen here) seem to be family lists or later reconstructions.

8/22/2014 at 4:40 PM

Loveliest of the Familianten books I've encountered is this one, for the town of Třešť. The cover is really special and the script is really much more elegant than I've seen anywhere in the badatelna records.

Private User
8/23/2014 at 4:43 AM

re: Moravia. Item 190 is ostensibly Praha.
Whoever found the Moravian records there merits a medal.
Unfortunately (for me) I don't find the lists for Nikolsburg,
or Straznice there. They may forever elude me.

5/15/2015 at 12:43 PM

Can anyone tell me where to find the Familant books for Trebic/Trebisch?

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