Why should you look for village of origin records in the country of arrival?

So, you have a vague clue about a village of origin, say in the village “Hradiště.”  You look up Hradiště on the Czech Parish finder and discover that there are over 20 different places with this name.  But you don’t know which Hradiště is your Hradiště. Since so many of the Czech parish records are available online now, should Read more about Why should you look for village of origin records in the country of arrival?[…]

Search for records in the bride’s home village

I have recently been doing research on some Klečka ancestors. I solved a problem using some basic knowledge about Czech customs in family migration. Here are two general pieces of knowledge that I have discovered in my experience researching my Catholic Czech ancestors. 1. Marriages often took place in the village of the bride. 2. Read more about Search for records in the bride’s home village[…]

Can Catholics be Odd Fellows?

Yeah, I know some Catholics who are odd fellows, but can they be Odd Fellows? 😉I tried to research this online, but was not coming up with very many conclusive answers, so I decided to post my question on the Transitional Genealogists Forum. This forum is a place where professional genealogists and those en route to becoming Read more about Can Catholics be Odd Fellows?[…]

Finding Czech Parish Records: Moravian-Silesian Region

I gave a presentation today at the Czech Heritage Society – Harris County Chapter for their Summer Genealogy Meeting. It was called “Finding Czech Parish Records: Moravian-Silesian Region.” If you click on that link, it will allow you to view and download my presentation. Feel free to share this with anybody who might find it interesting Read more about Finding Czech Parish Records: Moravian-Silesian Region[…]