Friday, February 9, 2018

Immigrants from Nový Hrozenkov, 1875-1880

Nový Hrozenkov belongs among those towns which are located in a mountain valley in eastern part of Moravia. It was very poor region where most of people worked in agriculture. Nový Hrozenkov was quite large town, it had about 3000 people in 1900, but still - there were not enough work opportunities for quickly growing population.

Nový Hrozenkov on historical postcard

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Traditional costumes (kroj) in Cheb (Eger) area

I searched for Cheb (Eger) area traditional costumes (kroj) because of Amy's question in comments under the blog post showing some pictures of these costumes from different regions of Bohemia. I have found quite interesting book published in 1845 and then again in 1877 about Cheb and its surroundings called Eger und das Egerland by Vinzenz Pröckl. There are some pictures of traditional costumes from this area. 

Egerland (Chebsko) is located in western part of Bohemia. It was fully German area and it became part of Czech lands during the reign of Charles IV. in 1348. 

The map above shows current Czech borders (in red). Light grey is original Egerland which was administered from the town Cheb and belonged to the Holy Roman Empire. Dark grey is that part of Egerland which was gived to Czech kings as a pledge in 1322.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Immigrants from Červená parish, Písek district

When one lady asked me to translate few records from Červená parish in Písek district in Southern Bohemia, I haven't expected I'll find number of notes about people who left for the U.S. from this parish. Here is a list of these people - and it's quite a list!

Červená parish church of St. Bartholomeus. Source:

Monday, December 25, 2017

Kroj - local costumes

I'm often asked how kroj (Czech/Moravian/Silesian costume) looked like in different regions of the Czech Republic. I got a link to very interesting booklet published in 1885 showing both male and female krojs from different locations. There are not too many of them but I thought you would like to see them.

Name of the area is on top of the picture - in these cases Pilsen area.

The booklet is available online in the Moravian Regional Library.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Stable Cadaster Maps key

Maps of stable (stabile) cadaster contain number of different marks and symbols. I have decided to translate the key to those maps to English so anyone interested is able to find out what the symbols mean. And after three hours of work on this key I have decided to provide it not as free download but as my first-ever paid downloadable file.

Stable cadaster maps key (click on the image to buy).

File type: PDF
Size: 2796x1996 px (printable to A4 or A3 paper format)
Price: $1.50

Preview of the key

If you are interested in the key in JPG or PDF file, let me know on my e-mail Payment is done through PayPal. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Stabile cadaster maps (updated in Nov 2017)

I promised to write a post about Stabile cadaster maps and mapping so here it is. It provides information about stabile cadaster - what it was, why it was done, when and so on - as well as information about maps - where to find them, what types of maps are available and so on. So, let's take a look on it!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

CGSI Conference 2017, Pittsburgh, PA

The CGSI Conference ended yesterday evening and I finally have a chance to sit down and write at least few sentences... I originally planned to write two blog posts from the Conference, but with five lectures (three presentations and two workshops) I had no chance to do so.

I came in Pittsburgh on Monday late evening (and I almost missed my flight from NY as we had 3 hours delay on flight from Prague to NY, Delta even rebooked my flight to the morning as I had 1 hour in NY which most of people think impossible to change the flights after coming from EU - well, I did it! ;) ) and was welcomed by Paul Makousky, for what I'm really grateful.

On Thursday I took a "lone-wolf" tour to the Pittsburgh Downtown, visiting The Point, Fort Pitt and Andy Warhol Museum and also stopping by the Pittsburgh Agreement memorial. On Wednesday it was my honor to meet Jerry Martinek and his wonderful wife Marlene, who directly "adopted" me and helped me with any questions or problems I had during the Conference
Pittsburgh Agreement memorial, Penn Ave x 7th Street
There was registration running during Wednesday afternoon and a huge number of people came to greet me and tell me they are really happy to finally meet me in person - and believe me, I'm so happy I had the chance to meet all of you!

First Kurrent workshop took place on Thursday afternoon and it turned out great (and I even gave them a homework ;) ). Second workshop was on Saturday morning (like in 7:30, which was definitely tough for some of the people attending) and we had some really interesting discoveries there. 

I had two presentations on Friday - first of those presentations was "After the roof" Surnames where I presented a case study about Zetík or Justýn family from Velké Nepodřice in Písek region. I mentioned there existed something as seigniorial (estate) registers and people started to ask about them. After afternoon presentation about Homes of our Czech Ancestors which I took for Mirek Koudelka who couldn't make it to the Conference due to family reasons I decided that I'll change the presentation for Saturday afternoon and instead of doing Life in Bohemia and Moravia in the 18th century, I'll do the Estate Registers presentation. It was quite a challenge but I was able to prepare a presentation during Saturday morning and then present the topic which was never previously mentioned in the Conference. :)
I did translation sessions, answered questions about the Czech surnames, talked to so many people about their family history... What I'm really sorry about is the fact that I was not able to get to Michal Razus's, Jim Hudec's or Helmuth Schneider's presentations - but I'll definitely do that next time. I attended the Parade of Kroj and the Slavjane dancing group show and it was great to see the heritage of our ancestors is still alive here in the U.S. (I'm writing this post on Sunday morning, waiting for my flight back home).
I will prepare two blog posts that will introduce you the case studies I did as a part of "After the roof" Surnames and Estate Registers presentations - case study of Zetík or Justýn family for household surnames and case study of Dlabal or Krátoška family for estate registers. 
I'm really happy I had a chance to meet you all - and see you in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2019!