England Research can help Czech Research

If my husband wants to do genealogy research, he basically needs to become an expert in Northamptonshire, England – its history, repositories, available records, etc. Mostly we are concentrating on the early 1800’s and earlier. As we have worked together to start figuring this out, it has struck me that understanding manorial laws and customs Read more about England Research can help Czech Research[…]

What does the Grave’s Location in a Catholic Cemetery Mean?

I knew that 19th-mid 20th century Catholic cemeteries (and perhaps some modern ones too?) had stringent rules about who was allowed to be buried there. My friend from West, Texas (a predominately Czech community) pointed out something to me that was really interesting. In her own words: As I have traversed through many cemeteries over Read more about What does the Grave’s Location in a Catholic Cemetery Mean?[…]

You should translate the notes!

Yesterday, Blanka Lednícka wrote an excellent blog post about marriage notes in Czech Parish registers. She proved to me that the notes that sometimes are included in marriage registers should not be overlooked. They may contain valuable information about marriage banns, birth certificates, or church dispensations. I admit, I am guilty of frequently overlooking this Read more about You should translate the notes![…]

Soapbox: Genealogy Guilt is Stupid

I’m a family history consultant in my ward. I come in contact with a lot of people who have “Genealogy Guilt.” It is annoying, and needs to stop. It is stupid. One of the goals of the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) church is to redeem the dead. This means you first need to find them. Mixing genealogy research Read more about Soapbox: Genealogy Guilt is Stupid[…]

Interesting Data Mining from old Czech Records

I read a really interesting post over at Lukáš Svoboda’s blog the other day that really helped me to think about my Czech ancestors in a different way. Using various land records, he made a list of all of the residents of the town of Zlonice (okres Kladno) and their professions. What he found was Read more about Interesting Data Mining from old Czech Records[…]

Czech Immigration Routes to Texas: Bremen to Galveston 1880-1886

If you are interested in immigration routes that Germans and Czechs took to Texas, you should read the article, “German and Czech Immigration to Texas: The Bremen to Galveston Route, 1880-1886” by Lawrence H. Konecny and Clinton Machann. The most useful part of this article is a table that lists all the vessels with immigrants Read more about Czech Immigration Routes to Texas: Bremen to Galveston 1880-1886[…]