Why it’s OK to include unsourced ancestry.com family trees in your research

http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld135b.html Here’s an article that sums up my opinion on why it is okay to include unsourced family trees from ancestry.com in my research.  Basically: “Effective family historians…exclude no potentially useful source, and they trust no unverified source.”  USUALLY people have a reason for linking people in their online family trees. Maybe the reason is illogical, ill-thought Read more about Why it’s OK to include unsourced ancestry.com family trees in your research[…]

“Did Vlčovice records really begin in 1720?” OR Using finding aids on Vademecum.cz to undertand Czech Jurisdictions

I’ve been struggling with the idea of jurisdictions ins the Czech lands. Jurisdiction is the official  power to make decisions. The jurisdiction matters in genealogy because most of the documents that are left behind are remnants of various religious or political events. Vital records were recorded both for religious reasons (the Bible illustrates the importance Read more about “Did Vlčovice records really begin in 1720?” OR Using finding aids on Vademecum.cz to undertand Czech Jurisdictions[…]

Brief Overview of the Babinec project

So, you know how I mentioned that recently I’ve been focusing my efforts on getting my BCG portfolio prepared for submission? Well, I decided I would write about it on my blog. One of the requirements for the BCG portfolio is that the work be completely your own; no critique, review, or help from others. Read more about Brief Overview of the Babinec project[…]

Where oh where did my little George go? Oh where oh where can he be?

You marry the widow of Franciscus Babinec who has 9 children in 1745. You have one child with your wife in 1747, and no others (probably because she is getting on in years and no longer in a fertile stage of life). In 1755, your wife predeceases you. 5 of her children from her first Read more about Where oh where did my little George go? Oh where oh where can he be?[…]

Do you want to inherit…goat cheese?

I am translating a land record and I saw something that made me laugh. “jedne hever dvoje šýrý” Google translate had this coming up as: “one two jack cheeses.” To me, this sounded like “pepperjack cheese.” Yum yum. But I was seriously confused. It doesn’t really make sense to inherit…cheese. Especially because this was listed Read more about Do you want to inherit…goat cheese?[…]

Look at the Historical Map, Duh!

Hindsight is always 20-20. Czech people married in the bride’s parish of origin, and frequently began their married life in the groom’s parish of origin. I knew where the groom was from. Mniší. I knew the bride’s first name, but not her surname (her maiden name). After they married, they went back to Mniší to Read more about Look at the Historical Map, Duh![…]

Church Record Sunday: Jan Valum-Ann Rekelna Marriage in Merklín,1698

Here is a direct link to the original image. Transcription Z Merklýna 23 9bier [1698] Potvrzen jest Wstavu [v stavu] smateho Manželstvypocztívy Mladenecz Jan Valum, S Anau RekelnauSmiedkome Waclaw Kottna, Josef Jelynek,Potvrzeni oddnajuzti hodneho P. Patera Ssymona Janotyv Pýesnelyzch. TranslationIn Merklín 23 November [1698] [I] confirmed in the state of marriageHonest lad Jan Valum with An[n] Read more about Church Record Sunday: Jan Valum-Ann Rekelna Marriage in Merklín,1698[…]