Dominikál vs. Rustikál

When you are reading Czech land records, you will inevitably encounter the terms dominikál and rustikál. What do these words mean? Why are they important for genealogists to understand? Dominikál comes from the same root as the word dominion. It refers to manorial/estate land owned by the nobility and tilled under their direction by the Read more about Dominikál vs. Rustikál[…]

Franz Waschiczek Nro. 3 Vratimov: Hlavní Kniha (Ledger) record, first page

http://vademecum.archives.cz/vademecum/permalink?xid=78ea28f5d14a405d9330eca92a42ac57&scan=13 Here is a page I transcribed from the Hlavní Kniha pro obec Vratimov, taken from the Velkostatek Velké Kunčice č 27. Hlavní Kniha means Ledger. This is a page from the ledger for the town of Vratimov, which is in the Estate of Velké Kunčice. The inventory number for the Opava Archives is 27. Read more about Franz Waschiczek Nro. 3 Vratimov: Hlavní Kniha (Ledger) record, first page[…]

What did my emigrant ancestors think when they saw Prague for the first (and probably only) time?

As I leave Moravia for the first time, of course I have had many thoughts about what it must have felt like for my ancestors as they left. Many, if not most, of them never had the opportunity to return home and ever again see this place, and more importantly, their family and friends who Read more about What did my emigrant ancestors think when they saw Prague for the first (and probably only) time?[…]

My first last day in Frenštát p. Radhoštěm

I woke up this morning in Frenštát, one of the ancestral home towns of my Czech ancestors. It is the last day of our stay in this part of the Czech Republic, as today we will travel by train to Prague. Of course I feel overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings, but I will only write Read more about My first last day in Frenštát p. Radhoštěm[…]