Friday, February 17, 2017

Prague map from 1938

Many people lived in Prague before they decided to leave Bohemia - maybe your ancestors were one of them. Of course Prague today is a bit different from the Prague before WWII and it's useful to know that not all streets have the same names and so on.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Welcoming new year

I have already written a blog post about Christmas traditions, but what about those welcoming new year? What customs were connected to new year in Czech past? There were many of them and I have selected only some of them. I have used wonderful book Veselé chvíle lidu českého written by Čeněk Zíbrt - there are many of those new year's customs mentioned in this book. 

New Year's Run in Czech Silesia, abt 1735.

Monday, August 8, 2016

2017 Pittsburgh CGSI Conference


And you know what? I'll be one of the speakers! 

I will have two lectures - After the Roof - Surname Changes in the Czech Past and Life in Bohemia and Moravia in the 18th Century - and one workshop which will take place two times - Reading Kurrent

So - see you there!

Monday, July 4, 2016

History of villages: Lelekovice, Moravia

Haven't done a history of villages post for a while - and as there are quite many villages still waiting on the list, I decided I should write such blog post. Anyway - if you are interested in history of some village from Bohemia, Moravia or Silesia, let me know in comments!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The oldest log house in Bohemia? In Rtyně!

We found an interesting article on website of Czech Radio and I decided to translate it for you as I think readers of this blog would be interested in such topic.

People in Rtyně didn't know the oldest Czech log house was located there
Folk architecture is responsible for many poetic log houses all over Bohemia and Moravia. These houses are usually 100 to 150 years old. But the oldest log house in Bohemia is more than 400 years old.  Short time ago, even its owners didn't know that. It's a wooden cottage in Rtyně v Podkrkonoší. 

The log house in Rtyně

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Easter recipes

I mentioned in 2014 that I'll do food post from time to time. Well, the time has come and here is the first (and I hope not the only) food blog post, focused on Easter. I have three recipes for you this time - mazanec, Easter stuffing (nádivka) and egg spread.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Death notes

You probably know them. Short notes in "cause of death" column in death registries. There is often written something like "Úmrtní list z Radlic č. 21 dne 15. září 1873", "úmrtní ohledací lístek č. 15 dto 28. Januar 1836" or just a simple "č. 21". What do these notes mean? What they looked like? And can you still find them somewhere?