Where all records lost in Czechoslovakia after Hitler and the Russian invasion?

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I'm trying to help someone born in Czechoslovakia  (mom is Czech and dad is Slovak) who is telling me all records for that region have been lost or destroyed because of World War II and the Soviet Invasion of 1968.  The specific places are Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and Dobromilice, Czech Republic.  Are all records truly lost?  If not, does anyone know how to access them?
WikiTree profile: Marek Srom
in Genealogy Help by Judith Srom G2G6 (9.2k points)
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There are 931 Immigration and Naturalization records on Ancestry for SROM.

On ships' passenger lists, the emigrant must have a contact in the old country and a contact in the USA in case of emergency.

If your SROM family came to America, these might help .

I looked specifically for Ludvik Srom and saw no record, but he may have had another "legal" name.

Be aware that ALL records of people not recorded as dead have been removed from sites like Ancestry and Familysearch and most others because of the new Euro law that went into effect last year
by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (633k points)
selected by Maggie N.
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As I understand it, in Czechia (don't know about Slovakia) you have to contact the Archival District of the town where the ancestors came from. That is where you'll find pre-1900 vital records. After 1900, you'll need to contact the local district archive.
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (256k points)
what names are you looking?

I have found some records looking for Jewish families for the Holocaust Project
I personally have no Czech or Slovak research to do, I'm just trying to help out Judith.

Hi, Miss Jessica

commented during t-storm 

meant it to be above under the question


Some records are available after 1900 on the various online archives. Depends on the location.
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There are eight regional archives in the Czech Republic, all of which can be accessed for free. This link from FamilySearch will give you the basic info, and links to them. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Czech_Republic_Archives_and_Libraries There are also maps that show the general coverage of each archive. The Genteam website has a gazetteer that tells you which archive has the records for the location you are interested in.

Each archive is different, on most you can down images, but at least one (Brno/South Moravia) you cannot, but you can take screen shots.

The archives are subject to the EU privacy laws, so modern records are not available from the archives.

I have used the archives for pre-1900 records. In some cases they go back to the early 1600s. It is remarkable what exists. The oldest records are usually in Latin, next is usually a German but this really depends on the location. With the progress of Czech nationalism, German was replaced by Czech.

I have copies of original documents from the 1880s to the 1930s and they are usually bi-lingual: Czech and German.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
The Regional Archives in Opava have no church books for Dobromilice available, only land registers.

Genteam also has a listing for Dobromilice (judicial district Perov) Those records are located on Actapublica. smiley


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The Digital Archives of the Regional Archives in Opava have land registers for Dobromilice online. Land register in the Czech Republic can often help in construction of family trees as often the relationships between buyers and sellers are given as well as payouts for siblings and children.

by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (555k points)

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