Mianna: or, don’t just scan the page for a given name!

My ancestor Anna Šperka was the second wife of Mathias Brosch. His first wife was also named Anna. They were married in the Místek parish on 16 January 1725. Her father was the late Joannes Gach from upper Hodonovice. She died 2 June 1737 at age 36. This gives her an approximate birthdate of 1701. Read more about Mianna: or, don’t just scan the page for a given name![…]

Ancilla

I found this record where my ancestor is described as “honesta ancilla.” I had not ever seen that before, so I thought I’d blog about it. Here’s my transcription: 4 Augustus [1744]hujus copulatus honestus Georgius Jurassek adolescens colonus ex Ribarzeritz et honesta ancilla Elisabetha Francisci Sperka propria filia ex Starzitz testes Mathias Wesselka ex Chlebowitz Read more about Ancilla[…]