Monday, October 31, 2011

History of villages: Introduction

As there are just few official village/town's websites available online, I decided to offer you new "section" of the website. This "section" will be located under "villages" label and will provide you history of different villages. Those villages in which you yourselves are interested. And I need you assistance - I need to know in which villages you would be interested. So, leave me a comment under this post with your tips!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Theme for every week: Heart of Europe

Heart of Europe - this is how Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic is often called. The largest town of the Czech Republic is located in the centre of Bohemia, in the Vltava river valley. But how was Prague divided in the past? How do you work with the registration lists which are available online? And are there some parish books already available?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Guide to the ActaPublica.eu website

Parish books from southern Moravia, Vysocina region (Moravian Land Archives in Brno), central Bohemia (State Regional Archives in Prague) and western Bohemia (State Regional archives in Pilsen) are being published on ActaPublica.eu website. This website is administered by the Moravian Land Archives and is currently available in Czech and German. As it is not available in English, I have decided to prepare a guide to it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Theme for every week: Let's other wage wars, you, happy Austria, marry!

Austrian Empire was really well-known for its marriage policy which brought many new lands and regions (Hapsburg princes knew really well whom to marry to connect new areas to the Empire). So, this weekly theme is focused to marriages of our ancestors. And one question to start with: Did some of your ancestors marry really well? Did he for example marry the only daughter of larger farmer? Or had some of your gggrandmothers luck in choosing her (wealthy) husband?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

German and Czech names of places, towns and villages

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Marriages

Marriage... Beginning of new life, creation of new family. Not alone anymore, children to come. There were (and still are) many things, customs, superstitions, sayings and so on connected to the Czech wedding. Do you, for example know, why the wedding day was mostly Tuesday?

Theme for every week: Writing is an exploration.

Have you written your own family chronicles? Do you have some old chronicles, bibles, letters which are held in you family as a treasure? There almost always is some kind of written treasure in every family...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Old scripts (fonts)

There are two types of scripts used in Czech registries. Older one is humanistic cursive which is related to our writing, newer one is kurrent (or neo-gothic cursive) which has different lines and draws.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Theme for every week: Isn't this the carpenter's son?

Occupation - what else can be meant by the title? :o) Do you have a teacher among your Bohemian or Moravian ancestors? If so, I wish you good luck in search... As I haven't received any e-mails for this weekly theme, I have decided to take a story from my husband's family.

Czech-English parish books dictionary

This is first part of three different dictionaries which cover content of the registries. Second part will cover German words and third part Latin words. Not all the Czech words which you'll see in parish books are covered by this dictionary, only the most common ones. I have not included occupations as I'm preparing another post with occupations Czech-German-Latin-English dictionary.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dictionary: Months, days and so on

Czech names of months and days are quite different from the English or German version. And sometimes you'll see old German names in the registries. I have prepared a "time" dictionary which will help you to orientate yourself in the registries (and not only them).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Theme for every week: A dirty book is rarely dusty

This week's theme can a bit... Well, delicate. What belongs under dirty? An ancestor who was a pirate? Single mother in 19th century? Crime? Some interesting affair with a noble man or woman? We can imagine any of these situation as dirty. I have chosen a single mother because it's very common case in our past even the fact that our parents and grandparents say that our generation is the most wicked generation.