Wazlaw Folta of #8 Vítkovice

I started blogging about my ancestors in a different, new blog. Czech it out here:http://czechoutmyancestors.blogspot.com/ But…the transcription that follows is for my ancestor. So why did I put it here? Well…I know exactly what it feels like to be without resources to learn how to transcribe and translate Czech Land Records into English. I want Read more about Wazlaw Folta of #8 Vítkovice[…]

The Anna Perašek Village of Origin Problem: Mary Golka/Golík

I really feel for anybody who is struggling to trace their Moravian Czech ancestors to a village of origin. I especially feel for anybody who has dealt with what I call the “Anna Perašek” problem, after a woman who has eluded me for years. To qualify for the “Anna Perašek” problem, your ancestor must do Read more about The Anna Perašek Village of Origin Problem: Mary Golka/Golík[…]

First Pass on first few paragraphs Transcription of Purchase Contract of Anton Hruby

Tonight I didn’t work on my Krczmarsky problem, as my friend Lukas emailed me an extensive theory about why it might be possible that Michel is the father of my Joseph, and I haven’t yet been able to find enough time to respond yet to him. More on that interesting problem in forthcoming blog posts. So, Read more about First Pass on first few paragraphs Transcription of Purchase Contract of Anton Hruby[…]

Will I find answers to my Czech question in Poland?

Danny and I will go to the Czech Republic for the first time ever in a little less than a month. I’m very excited, and of course I’m trying to plan my trip in a way that lets me also do genealogical research! Although, I’m starting to think that I might need to return to Read more about Will I find answers to my Czech question in Poland?[…]

Book Review: “Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents” by Roger P. Minert

This is an excellent book for anybody who is researching family who lived somewhere that was influenced by any iteration of German rule. So, basically almost all of Europe. The principles found in this book are really useful to anybody who studies archaic paleography of any kind. Minert takes the reader through a concise history Read more about Book Review: “Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents” by Roger P. Minert[…]