Memories of 1856, written by František Marák : PART ONE

Memories of 1856 Written by F. Marák Originally Published in Czech 7 October 1951 in Věstník Translated December 2018 by Kate Challis Editor’s note: – In the previous Věstník there was an announcement that the organizer wanted to receive the biographies and experiences of our old settlers that were published in various magazines and calendars thirty, Read more about Memories of 1856, written by František Marák : PART ONE[…]

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[…]

Cesta z Čech až na konec světa: část druhá

For the first part of this series, see část první here. If you don’t want to bother with that, the gist is that my husband and I are riding a time traveling bike across the Czech lands. We started in the geographical center of Europe in Kouřim and have not stopped since.  On 3 May 1653 Read more about Cesta z Čech až na konec světa: část druhá[…]

The History of Czech Matriky

I was confused about why the matriky in use today are stored in matriční úřady (registrar’s office), not in the farnost (parish). This did not make sense to me. Catholics who get baptized want to still keep matriky books today, because they are a record of a religious ordinance/rites. How can the government justify itself Read more about The History of Czech Matriky[…]

What I wish I knew about Czech History

A little over a year ago I returned from my first trip to the Czech Republic. It was a life changing experience. The main thing that changed for me was starting to understand just how little I actually know. A tiny bit more than nothing. It was actually a very overwhelming, humbling, humiliating feeling. I Read more about What I wish I knew about Czech History[…]

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][…]

Christmas Carols in Czech Land Records

This post was co-authored by Lukáš Svoboda and Kate Challis Štědrej večer nastal, Štědrej večer nastal, koledy přichystal, koledy přichystal. Štědrej večer nastal, koledy přichystal, koledy přichystal. Štědrej večer nastal, koledy přichystal, koledy přichystal. Štědrej večer nastal, koledy přichystal, koledy přichystal. Panímámo vstantě, panímámo vstantě, koledy nám dejte, koledy nám dejte. Panímámo vstantě, koledy nám Read more about Christmas Carols in Czech Land Records[…]

Tomáš G. Masaryk Papers, 1887-1955

Randomly, today at lunch in Salt Lake City, we sat down next to this guy at a cafe whose wife’s father, Stephen Taggart, was a significant contributor to Czech history. Later, I also met his wife. They are a lovely senior missionary couple from Idaho serving a mission in the FamilySearch record preservation (or something Read more about Tomáš G. Masaryk Papers, 1887-1955[…]

1939 Legal Regulations of Jews in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

VLÁDNÍ NAŘÍZENÍ ZE DNE 4.7.1939 O PRÁVNÍM POSTAVENÍ ŽIDŮ VE VEŘEJNÉM ŽIVOTĚ Here you can find the exact law regulating Jews in 1939 Czechoslovakia. Open it in google chrome, right click, and select “Translate to English.” It is a depressing read, but it will help you understand the situation for Jews in the Czech Lands Read more about 1939 Legal Regulations of Jews in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia[…]