Can’t find the record? Use a historic map!

Yesterday a friend sent me a fun jurisdiction problem which I was able to solve quickly, and with her permission I am blogging about it. The main takeaway is that, at least in the Opava Archives, records are categorized under their current place name. This is very important to understand in Czech research where the Read more about Can’t find the record? Use a historic map![…]

My “Whys” of Czech Family History Research

About six months ago I read a fascinating article in National Genealogical Society Quarterly called “Thinking Philosophically About Genealogy” by Stephen B Hatton. He writes:  Th[e] substance and properties view, held by philosophers from about the fourth century BC until the 1780s, tends to focus on how people think and know. This view sometimes reduces Read more about My “Whys” of Czech Family History Research[…]

Historic Life Expectancy: Trojanovice 1781-1783

My friend challenged my assumption that life expectancy rates were pretty similar across Europe in my last post about this subject, so I decided to look into it further. I used a parish register that I had recently been examining to gather some data. This is the 1781-1783 Birth, Marriage, and Death register for the Read more about Historic Life Expectancy: Trojanovice 1781-1783[…]

Medial lowercase “s” before a vowel

That is kind of a mouthful for the name of a letter. But it describes the precise phenomenon about which I am compelled to write. Mainly, because I was totally unable to find any other information on this subject elsewhere online. How this came up: I was transcribing a record with my friend and colleague Read more about Medial lowercase “s” before a vowel[…]

Víra, Naděja, a Láska – Faith, Hope, and Charity

Here are two poems from Josef Al. Svoboda’s 1893 book:  Svoboda, Josef Al, Víra, Naděja, a Láska. Modlitební kniha pro vzdělané dívky katolické. [Faith, Hope, and Charity. Prayer Book for the Education of Catholic Girls.] (Královske Vinohrady: A. J. Cellerina a syna, 1893).  Věnování. Zde svatá >víra<! Jež jste obtíženi, a jimž tak těžko v klamech světa Read more about Víra, Naděja, a Láska – Faith, Hope, and Charity[…]

The Habsburg Monarchy c. 1765-1918: From Enlightenment to Eclipse, PART ONE

Here are some ideas from this book I’m reading. I have not finished it yet, so I’ll add more as I do. Okey, Robin. The Habsburg Monarchy c. 1765-1918: From Enlightenment to Eclipse. (New York, N.Y.: Palgrave MacMillan, 2001). In 1782, there wasn’t actually an official collective name for the Austrian/Habsburg Empire/Monarchy…which began way, way Read more about The Habsburg Monarchy c. 1765-1918: From Enlightenment to Eclipse, PART ONE[…]