The Anna Perašek Village of Origin Problem: Mary Golka/Golík

I really feel for anybody who is struggling to trace their Moravian Czech ancestors to a village of origin. I especially feel for anybody who has dealt with what I call the “Anna Perašek” problem, after a woman who has eluded me for years. To qualify for the “Anna Perašek” problem, your ancestor must do Read more about The Anna Perašek Village of Origin Problem: Mary Golka/Golík[…]

Look at the Historical Map, Duh!

Hindsight is always 20-20. Czech people married in the bride’s parish of origin, and frequently began their married life in the groom’s parish of origin. I knew where the groom was from. Mniší. I knew the bride’s first name, but not her surname (her maiden name). After they married, they went back to Mniší to Read more about Look at the Historical Map, Duh![…]

You should translate the notes!

Yesterday, Blanka Lednícka wrote an excellent blog post about marriage notes in Czech Parish registers. She proved to me that the notes that sometimes are included in marriage registers should not be overlooked. They may contain valuable information about marriage banns, birth certificates, or church dispensations. I admit, I am guilty of frequently overlooking this Read more about You should translate the notes![…]

Step by step transcription of interchangeable letters.

When analyzing old Czech records, expect certain letters to be interchangeable. For example, there wasn’t a distinction between v and w. I have heard Texas Czechs from my grandpa’s generation say, “Vesele Walentine’s day.” Here is an example of a text that uses j, ý, y, i, and í almost interchangeably. This is from a Read more about Step by step transcription of interchangeable letters.[…]

Two Options: Find them, or have them find you

Whether your goal is to connect with living descendants of a common ancestor, or simply to continue to trace your heritage back further generations in time, you have two basic options. Find the people yourself, or have the people (or their relatives) find you. The first option, finding the people yourself, is the most traditional. Read more about Two Options: Find them, or have them find you[…]