Želary, část druhá [part two]

Část první [part one] is located here. My cousin (4th cousin once removed) Josef Petr in Trojanovice – who is just as much into genealogy as I am – gave me some really great answers to some questions, which I am sharing (with permission).  The only problem is that his answers have sparked 10,000 more Read more about Želary, část druhá [part two][…]

I am a GeneaBloggersTRIBE team member!

Guess what? GeneaBloggers was about to die. Thomas MacEntee was moving on to his new site: AbundantGenealogy.com. He basically realized that the vast majority of the traffic to his site comes from Facebook instead of blogs, and it wasn’t really worth all his gargantuan effort to continue with it. This post explains the pros and Read more about I am a GeneaBloggersTRIBE team member![…]

How should I record the given names of my Czech ancestors?

No, seriously…how should I record the given names of my Czech ancestors? I used to think that the only way to record a given name was strictly by what was written in the record. I even went so far as to claim that any deviance from this method was “fiction.” Let me clarify. I am Read more about How should I record the given names of my Czech ancestors?[…]

Getting Better at Czech

So. Much. Czech.  I sometimes think my brain will explode. But this weekend I proved to Lukáš the usefulness of my Czech study by doing a little comparison of my transcription ability in 2013 and now. Here it is: ——————————————————————- Transcription attempt 11/10/2013: leta pane 1790, dne 15th Marcza povolenimArvzeneho, a Misocze vzneseneho Pane Ondřeje Read more about Getting Better at Czech[…]

Johann Černoch and his two wives named Petrová

My brother found a discrepancy in a Texas death record and wanted for us to research it further. So we spent the afternoon together researching this ancillary Czech line of ours. How are they related to us? Anton Černoch married Filomena Kobersky. Filomena Kobersky is the daughter of Anton Koberský and Marianna Vašíčková. Notice that Read more about Johann Černoch and his two wives named Petrová[…]

Czech archives catalogs are hard for me to search!

Why is it so difficult for me to search the various Czech Archives’ catalogs? My husband and I are planning our itinerary for our second trip to the Czech Republic this fall, and of course it largely revolves around the archives and when they are open. Now that I realize what a small percentage of Read more about Czech archives catalogs are hard for me to search![…]

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[…]