How should I respond when I find out someone’s ancestors were on Schindler’s list?

I had an interesting genealogy experience yesterday. I did some transcription work for a Jewish man whose recent ancestors were on Schindler’s List. I’ve been thinking about this question ever since – what is the correct response to learning this? Obviously, you can’t say, “That’s awesome.” It isn’t. The fact that Oskar Schindler saved ~1,200 Jewish Read more about How should I respond when I find out someone’s ancestors were on Schindler’s list?[…]

Frančiscuš [Černy] birth record

The Roman Catholic Parish of Zbečno (Zbečno, Raknovík, Czech Republic), Zbečno Deaths 1844-1869, digital image 49, page 46, first entry, Frančiscuš [Černy] entry, 18 December 1856; “Zbečno 08”, State Regional Archives of Prague (SOA Praha), Praha, Czech Republic; SOA Praha, Acta Publica (http://actapublica.eu/matriky/praha/prohlizec/8853/?strana=49 : accessed 13 December 2013). Rok, měsíc a den narozeni a křtu Read more about Frančiscuš [Černy] birth record[…]

Surname Saturday: “Kreczmarska”

This post is about the surname “Kreczmarska”, otherwise known as Krečmar. My fourth great grandmother was Anna “Kreczmarska”. This is the spelling variation that was in the records my dad gave to me when I first started doing genealogy. This spelling is probably based off information found in the book, “A History of the Sumbera, Read more about Surname Saturday: “Kreczmarska”[…]

Excerpt from “Bohemia and the Čechs” that discusses land ownership

Here is a really interesting excerpt from the book Bohemia and the Čechs, the History, People, Institutions, and the Geography of the Kingdom, Together with Accounts of Moravia and Silesia, by Will Seymour Monroe. This book was published in 1910. I have found it a fascinating read, especially from my vantage point in history. There Read more about Excerpt from “Bohemia and the Čechs” that discusses land ownership[…]

Mappy Monday: Finding House Numbers on Mapy.cz

I found an interesting article about House Numbering on wikipedia, with a whole section for Czech House Numbers. There are currently at least three kinds of house numbering in the Czech Republic: Popisné číslo – This is the “old” or “descriptive number.” Maria Theresa ordered the first descriptive numbering in 1770-1771. According to the article, “The Read more about Mappy Monday: Finding House Numbers on Mapy.cz[…]

Church Record Sunday: Valentin Folta’s birth record

In keeping with yesterday’s surname theme, I decided to do a transcription of Katařina Folta’s father, Valentinus. You can find his birth record here. Born/baptized on 8 February [1799][Clergy who baptized him:] Christianus Wayn, coop [this is an abbreviation for some sort of clergyman]house # 8 Vítkovicename: ValentinusMale, Catholic, LegitimateFather: Wenzel Folta, bauer [farmer]Mother: Theresia Read more about Church Record Sunday: Valentin Folta’s birth record[…]

Follow Friday: Carl Linert’s Czech Land Record Research Tips

Hey everybody! Today I would like to spotlight a fellow Czech Genealogist named Carl Linert. He doesn’t do social media, but is very involved in online Czech genealogy forums. He both answers and asks very pertinent questions, most notably about Czech Land Records (for example, this thread). I have come across his name dozens of time in Read more about Follow Friday: Carl Linert’s Czech Land Record Research Tips[…]