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.
- Name of archive
- Name of archive file
- Registration unit/type of archival document
- Inventory number, accession number
- Date of origin of the descriptive unit
- Title of work
- Localization / geographical feature
- Legend (symbol key)
- Author of plan
- Orignal / converted scale
- Orientation in terms of cardinal directions
- Record technique
- Method and form of preservation
- Record carrier
- Subject of record
- Carrier adjustment
- Existence of copies of the descriptive unit
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|
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.