Monday, June 8, 2015

Don't forget there are marriage church records!

There is one question I keep repeating every time someone asks about finding details about their family: "Do you have church record of their marriage?"

Monday, May 11, 2015

Czech language in the past (updated)

Michaela is preparing long post about traps of Czech spelling. I anyway decided to write short blog post about changes which are those most visible in registries. There are some changes which can complicate your research if you are not aware of them. So, let's take a look on them.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bez vyznání - without religious affiliation

These are thousand of such notes in Czech registries and you have probably already seen them. 

Vystoupil z církve katolické k bezvyznání dle přípisu polit. správy v Přešticích 2/8 1926 č. 22844. 

Vystoupil z církve a zůstal bez vyznání, okr. pol. spr. v Plzni dto 24/5 1921 č. 29631. 

Jest bez vyznání dle okres. hejtm. v Rokycanech č. 61899 z 29./12.1921. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Monday

There are many traditions connected to Easter in the Czech Republic, but just a few of them are still living in majority of society. And most of those are connected to Easter Monday even the most important day for Christians is Easter Sunday. So, which traditions are still kept even in Czech "atheistic" society?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Open-air museum in Pohleď

Open-air museums are very popular part of Czech heritage. There is one called Michalův statek (Michal's farm) in Pohleď in Vysočina region, not far away from our home. They are presenting life as it was in 19th century, including local traditions. We visited it today and I made some photos there which I want to share with you.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

German and Czech names of places, towns and villages (updated)

There is plenty of villages in the area of what is today called Czech Republic which were known under two different names in the past, one Czech and one German. This was caused mainly by presence of two large groups of inhabitants in the area. This fact has its roots deeply in the middle ages.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mistakes in parish books

Well, well, well. You already bumped into them, right? Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes. Wrong names, wrong surnames, wrong places, wrong age, wrong anything. I already wrote a blog post about age, but let's take a look on those other incorrections. This post is more or less valid for whole Europe, not only Czech parish books as we all are just humans and we make mistakes.