Books of confirmees

The sacrament of confirmation (acceptence of the Holy Ghost) was conferred upon adolescents to mark their growth in maturity in their Christian life. Confirmation was administered by an archbishop or bishop in the presence of the godparent. Personal data and the preparedness of the candidates were recorded on the confirmation papers. After the ceremony, the data were re-written into the book of confirmees along with the date & place of the event, name & surname of the confirmee, and the confirmation name. Sometimes the birth place, birth date, place of residence, name & occupation of parents and godparent, and the name of the officiating (arch)bishop is included.

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 Book of confirmees 1856-1958   (District archive Bruntál, German language)

This record show the list of confirmees in the parish of Liptaň, who received the sacrament of confirmation.

English translation of this record

WHY were they collected?  Evidence of parishioner who received the sacrament of confirmation
WHEN were they collected?   17th century to present
WHO collected the records? Parish offices
WHAT information can be found? Name and surname of confirmee, confirmation name, birth date, address, name & occupation of parents and godparent
In which ARCHIVES are they held? District archives, city archives
In which archive FILES can they be found?  Archives of parish offices
LANGUAGE of records Czech, German
AVAILABILITY  Many have been destroyed, surviving lists from pre-1800 are very rare
What must be KNOWN before getting started? Name, town or village and the parish district the place belongs to
Czech expression

Kniha biřmovaných (plural = Knihy biřmovaných)