Church Record Sunday: Velké Heraltice 1737, pálení čarodějnic, “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!”

Today is pálení čarodějnic in the Czech Republic. It is a holiday for celebrating…witch burning. Whereas in the United States, the only time of the year that we really think about witches, broomsticks, and spooky stories told around campfires is at the end of October with Halloween, in the Czech world on the evening of April Read more about Church Record Sunday: Velké Heraltice 1737, pálení čarodějnic, “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!”[…]

Tuesday’s Tip: Backwards Searches using Národní archiv site badatelna.eu!

How do you do a backwards search from a badatelna.eu link? Recently I have been using www.badatelna.eu for some client research. This is the website for the National Archives of the Czech Republic, aka Nárdoní archiv. Sometimes, you end up with a link to an image. I was trying desperately to figure out the book Read more about Tuesday’s Tip: Backwards Searches using Národní archiv site badatelna.eu![…]

Gender, the temple, and another reason to learn some Czech

In order to do proxy temple work for your ancestors, you need four things: a name, a date, a place, and a gender. This last category is because people who stand as proxy are either women or men. After I first went through the temple for my own endowment and started doing it by proxy Read more about Gender, the temple, and another reason to learn some Czech[…]

Watch out for that final a!

I was doing some research for my own Frenštát ancestors. Here is a link to this 26 April 1784 birth. A very quick glance with my tired eyes, and at first I saw, “Johann Chodurin.” I should have noticed three things: 1. There is a third little nožičky – what looks like a final “n” is Read more about Watch out for that final a![…]