Czech Handwritten Text Recognition: A Real Possibility

The main thing that I got out of RootsTech 2018 is the permission to think about Czech Handwritten Text Recognition as a real possibility. I have always been a little bit prone to being overly ambitious and having ridiculously huge dreams. A lot of people have derisively laughed at my vision in the past, and Read more about Czech Handwritten Text Recognition: A Real Possibility[…]

Using [Square] Brackets (and parenthesis) in Transcriptions (and Translations[!])

I’ve been working on a transcription project with my friend, and today while trying to find an objective explanation for why I was choosing square brackets [ ]  in some places and parenthesis ( ) in others, I ran into a genealogy standard that goes completely against all my reasoning and logic having to do Read more about Using [Square] Brackets (and parenthesis) in Transcriptions (and Translations[!])[…]

Silesian Nobles: the Czaderski Family

As part of a new series for the Moravian and Silesian Genealogy Facebook Group, I will be writing periodically about noble families. Even though all my known ancestors were peasants (or Burghers), still we can learn a lot by studying the noble families who owned – and especially who oversaw the record keeping practices of Read more about Silesian Nobles: the Czaderski Family[…]

Guest Post: Review of Barefoot (Po strništi bos)

Let Tracy Burns take you on dazzling journeys throughout the Czech Republic, Italy and other countries in Europe. Her blog, Tracy’s Travels, is at www.taburns25.com. A resident of Prague for more than 20 years, she also has authored travel pieces at www.kissfromtheworld.com. She has been writing about Czech and Slovak literature for the academic journal Kosmas since 2002. Read more about Guest Post: Review of Barefoot (Po strništi bos)[…]

Matriky Monday: A boy named Maria?

We are rebooting a fun series and calling it “Matriky Monday”! This will be a weekly quiz which you can take to test your Czech genealogy skills. Got a suggestion for a record for this series? Send me a message! A special shout out to Michaela Horňáková whose excellent work inspired this post. You can Read more about Matriky Monday: A boy named Maria?[…]

Guest Review: Pub in the Glade, performed by the Cimrman English Studio at Žižkov Theatre of Jára Cimrman, Štítného 5, Prague 3.

By Tracy A. Burns. English speakers in Prague can get acquainted with the highly praised plays about the fictional character Jára Cimrman, who was chosen the Greatest Czech in a survey in 2005 and who has greatly influenced Czech culture. The Cimrman English Theatre performs three of the Cimrman works in English – The Stand-In (Záskok), Conquest of the Read more about Guest Review: Pub in the Glade, performed by the Cimrman English Studio at Žižkov Theatre of Jára Cimrman, Štítného 5, Prague 3.[…]