Reasons why Czechs immigrated to the United States between 1850-1930

There are many reasons why Czechs decided to immigrate. The year of immigration could give you some important clues. Early immigration (1850-1900) is usually about the desire to farm and own one’s land. Serfdom and Manors existed in the Czech lands until 1848. Even after that, land ownership was restricted to certain classes. It was Read more about Reasons why Czechs immigrated to the United States between 1850-1930[…]

Czech Parish Records – Latin transcription example

Czech parish records are found in Latin, German, Czech, and strangely mixed versions of any or all of the above. I recently did some transcriptions for a client from Latin, circa 1750. It was very fun, and I wanted to blog about the process, so I picked a record that was very similar those I Read more about Czech Parish Records – Latin transcription example[…]

What is a “Jmoril”? Answer: “inweib”

Update: A very kind fellow Czech researcher emailed me with a transcription of the word I didn’t understand. I feel kind of depressed that I only got one letter out of six correct on that word. But I am humble enough to admit I made a mistake, correct it, and allow others to learn from the whole Read more about What is a “Jmoril”? Answer: “inweib”[…]

Illegitimacy in Catholic Czech Records: Different Types

If someone is born out of wedlock, they are illegitimate. But what does this mean? What is the process of legitimizing the child? And why would it be important to do so? What I have learned mostly comes from the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia on their pages about legitimation and illegitimacy.  Basically, if a child is born out Read more about Illegitimacy in Catholic Czech Records: Different Types[…]

Czech Cursive Handwriting Examples from 1600-1935

My cousin in Řepiště shared two extremely useful PDF documents with me. They have handwriting examples in Czech script and how it has changed through the years. These are especially useful in Czech research when dealing with letters with hačeks. There are many German current script examples floating around the internet, but far fewer Czech Read more about Czech Cursive Handwriting Examples from 1600-1935[…]

Maps of Boundary Changes in the Czech Lands

Today I had an associate ask me:  “Yesterday we had a man come into the FHC helping a friend on his research.  I’m not sure if Ron will be coming back for further research on this family or not.     Anyway, on the 1940 census, the family’s country of origin was Czechoslovakia, earlier censuses Austria Read more about Maps of Boundary Changes in the Czech Lands[…]