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[…]

Back Issues of SPJST’s Věstník are online!

Hey! While looking for something completely different, I stumbled across something I absolutely must share with all of those who have some kind of connection to Texas Czechs. When Czechs immigrated to Texas, they brought with them deep and abiding love of literature, education, and culture. After all, Jan Amos Komenský was a Czech. It Read more about Back Issues of SPJST’s Věstník are online![…]

Politics on the Eve of the 2016 Presidential Election

I just thought it was sad that people kept stealing his signs so he had to chain them, and sadder still he couldn’t spell Hillary. I voted last Thursday to avoid the long lines. As I cast my ballot (which was for neither major party candidate), I felt like my contribution was a tiny drop Read more about Politics on the Eve of the 2016 Presidential Election[…]

Augustin Haidusek Quoted in Czech Newspaper

I love living in the digital age. Did you know that not only can you access historic American newspapers online for free, but also historic Czech newspapers? The National Library of the Czech Republic has digitized many, many newspapers, most of which are OCR’d (aka searchable). I did a search for “Haidusek” – the family that Read more about Augustin Haidusek Quoted in Czech Newspaper[…]

What my Texas Ancestors must have thought of my Polygamous Ancestors

I apologize to all my blog readers for diverting to the subject of polygamy so often these past few posts. It has been on my mind. Today I finished reading “Saints” by Orson Scott Card and decided I wanted to discover just exactly how many of my ancestors were polygamists. To do this, I went Read more about What my Texas Ancestors must have thought of my Polygamous Ancestors[…]

Texas Immigration Agent Records: Private agent “F. Russek”, the North German Lloyd line, and a new repository of records!

My hunch was that I might find some advertisements for immigration agents in old newspapers. That hunch was verified in about two seconds. I’m in the midst of researching several immigration agents I found this way. One was a man in New York who brought at least 120 people from the German and Czech lands to Read more about Texas Immigration Agent Records: Private agent “F. Russek”, the North German Lloyd line, and a new repository of records![…]