This post is going to be a bit personal - that bit how personal can be a post about one's great-great grandfather. His name was Josef Čudlý (link goes to the MyHeritage website with our family tree, directly to the personal file of Josef Čudlý) and he was born in 1838 in Šach, really small village in southern Bohemia.
His son, František, was born in 1867 in Telč, town in Vysočina region, not far away east from Šach. If you ever go to the Czech Republic, I recommend to visit this town - it's beautiful with lots of Renaissance buildings, wonderful churches and unique castle.
Josef was mentioned as an illegitimate son of Anna, daughter of František Čudlý and Marie nee Macke from Šach in his son's birth record. It is also mentioned he was of non-catholic, helvetian religion. I found his son's birth record about 10 years ago - and since then I wasn't able to find anything more in this line.
Village Šach on map from 2nd Military Survey. Source: Mapy.cz
Yes, I have found two more sons of Josef and his wife Marie nee Mašková. But I haven't found their marriage. My friend took a look for Josef's birth but he was unsuccessful. We searched both catholic and non-catholic registries, in Telč, Šach (it belongs under parish of Velká Lhota), my friend visited municipal office in Dačice, where the registries are also stored, but nothing. I visited cemetery in Telč to search for Čudlý and Čudlík family and so on and so on...
Today I decided to take a look on this line. I was sure there was something I missed. So, here is what I had:
- František, Josef's son, was born 1867 in Telč
- Telč registries are stored in MZA Brno and are available online on http://www.actapublica.eu
- Josef was married to Marie Mašková before 1867, but not in Černíč, where Marie was born, or in Telč, where the family lived since 1867.
- Josef was an illegitimate son of Anna, maid in Šach, daughter of František Čudlý from Šach and Marie nee Macke
- Josef was of non-catholic, helvetian religion
- Šach belongs to SRA Třeboň, parish Volfířov (catholic) or Velká Lhota (non-catholic). These records are also available online on http://digi.ceskearchivy.cz
Ok, here we go. Then I realized I haven't taken a look on death records for whole 10 years. Oh my, why? So I searched Telč death registries today for Čudlý family. Josef was not there, only his two sons, which confirmed the fact that whole family except Joseph was catholic.
I took a look in Horní Dubenky parish records - it's helvetian church there and people from Telč sometimes went there. No, nothing. Then I checked death records of Velká Lhota - and yes. He was there. He died in November 1897 in Telč house no. 121 because of lungs paralysis. And there was a small note in the records - born on 26th February 1838 in Šach house no. 25.
I have him! I really do! It was only a matter of minutes to find him in the birth registry. And here he is - the only illegitimate child on this page of birth registry. And it could probably be a little test for you. Are you able to read information about his mother?