Zayt is an archive of Czech Jewish population records.

It is a backup of the Czech National Archives' online collection with a modern interface, powerful search, and collaborative transcriptions (coming soon!).

So far we've backed up 4,000 books, totaling 250,000 pages of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century Jewish records.

How is this different from VadeMeCum?

Zayt aims to be better suited to genealogical research. You can search by place name in a variety of languages, filter based on date ranges and life events, download entire books as PDFs for your records, and leave comments to collaborate with other researchers. Zayt is a modern, easy-to-use archival research tool, tuned to the needs of researchers working with the specific documents that it hosts.

Zayt revives your dead Badatelna links and converts VadeMeCum links, too. If, like many genealogists, you were left with a library full of dead links after Badatelna went down in 2020, Zayt can help.

And it provides guarantees for the future. Each page of each book has a permanent, human-readable URL, and every book can be downloaded in its entirety as a PDF. You can be confident that your research will remain accessible.

Who's running this?

Abe Jellinek. I'm a software engineer based in New York City. If you have comments or suggestions, find a bug, or just want to say hi, don't hesitate to get in touch.

If you find this project useful and want to help support its development and hosting costs, please consider donating on Ko-fi ❤️