Translocation plans of Jewish residences in the Lands of the Bohemian Crown from the period of 1727-1728

Processing methodology

In processing the 149 translocation plans described above, the following chapters were based on the Basic Rules for Processing Archival Material, providing clear and comprehensible guidance on the practical use of cartographic material. However, the use of cartographic methods for their correct identification is equally important.


The database was divided into basic and extended categories. The basic categories provide comprehensive data for creating basic archive aids in the form of inventories and catalogs.

Given the focus of the plans, extended categories have been developed dedicated to Jewish, ecclesiastical or economic buildings that were operated and managed by the Jewish population, and other buildings and elements not related to the Jewish population.

Jewish buildings and buildings rented by Jews Church buildings Other facilities and elements on the plans not related to the resettlement of the Jewish population
  • Houses
  • Synagogues
  • Schools
  • Mikvehs
  • Cemeteries
  • Distilleries
  • Potash factories
  • Other
  • Churches
  • Altars
  • Distance from church
  • Parsonages
  • Chapels
  • Infirmaries
  • Monasteries
  • Crosses
  • Columns
  • Statues
  • Cemeteries
  • Civic buildings
  • Commercial buildings
  • Folk architecture
  • Landscape elements
  • Ethnography
  • Fauna and flora

Identification of sites using indicator sketches from the Stable Cadastre (Stabilní katastr) and comparison with current aerial photography

The next methodological step after the processing of the large database of Jewish settlement plans was to identify the individual settlements and compare their state depicted on the plans and sketches with other available maps. Sketch maps from the Stable Cadastre stored in the National Archives, the Moravian Regional Archives in Brno and the Regional Archives in Opava were chosen as basic information material for identifying individual depicted buildings.

Another valuable source of information was current aerial photography, which was mainly used to identify buildings that have survived till today. Thanks to their high resolution and color, current aerial images are very easy to read and offer an overview of the current state of the site and all existing buildings.

By comparing them with sketch maps, we can get an idea of the urban development of settlements and the transformation of the spatial structure of cultural landscape in the second half of the 18th and early 19th century.