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?[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

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![…]

We CAN Remember!

Last month I posted the death certificate of Anton Smihal, which said, “Can Not Remember” when listing the name of his mother. I was very happy to be able to connect the living descendant of this family to their Czechs in the old country a few days later, and of course I started writing a Read more about We CAN Remember![…]

The Case of Both Barbara’s Births

My Grandpa Vasicek said that his mother (Elizabeth “Betty” Michna) never got along with her mother in law, Agnes Steffek.  “They tolerated each other and were civil, but argued nevertheless.” Betty’s parents, Anna Šumbera and Bedrich Michna, were not social equals. In fact, Bedrich was the hired hand on Anna’s father Ludvig Šumbera’s farm in Read more about The Case of Both Barbara’s Births[…]

Dispensations: a Case Study

Written and translated by Lukáš Svoboda and Kate ChallisOriginal post in Czech found here.I want to build on a previous post about affinity in another branch of my family tree, in which the issue of consanguinity, which we see in parish register margin notes, is not only an interesting curiosity, but also a valuable and Read more about Dispensations: a Case Study[…]

Will I find answers to my Czech question in Poland?

Danny and I will go to the Czech Republic for the first time ever in a little less than a month. I’m very excited, and of course I’m trying to plan my trip in a way that lets me also do genealogical research! Although, I’m starting to think that I might need to return to Read more about Will I find answers to my Czech question in Poland?[…]