Friday, July 18, 2014

Guide to Ostrava Town Archives - Censuses

As the Ostrava Town Archives website is not available in English, I have prepared a short guide showing how to search for censuses there. Censuses from years 1900 and 1910 are currently available for browsing - no name fulltext, but the censuses are nicely sorted by house numbers - each house number has its own "folder", so you don't have to browse all census sheets to find the proper house number.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Czech Censuses 1843-1921 part III. - online sources

I have mentioned in part I of this mini-series there are censuses for Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia available online. I was asked several times where to find these censuses, so I decided to provide an overview of websites where censuses are placed online.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Stabile cadaster maps

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!

Friday, July 11, 2014

One hide, half hide - farmers in Czech past

I was asked to write a blog post about farmers - to explain what are the difference between chalupník (chalupner, cottager), sedlák (rusticus, Bauer, farmer), who was gruntovník and so on. I'll try to do my best to explain the differences and introduce different kinds of Czech farmers.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dolní Bojanovice - Feast of Corpus Christi

I was in Southern Moravia region three weeks ago, durign the Feast of Corpus Christi weekend. And we were accomodated in Dolní Bojanovice by coincidence - village where the celebration is probably the largest and most traditional. Many people are wearing traditional clothes and costumes. I couldn't help myself and took few photos of those who were wearing it. These photos were taken in front of the church (open the article to see more photos).

 
9th grade class of local primary school

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bohemia or Moravia?

You most probably bumped into that case. Your ancestors listed in census records, obituaries and other sources as from Bohemia - and then you search and search and search to find out they came from Moravia or Silesoa. How is it possible? Why Bohemia is written instead of Moravia? What were the reasons?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Immigrants from Nedašov, Moravia

Nedašov is one of those villages which are mentioned in the Immigrants from various place blog post. I however found out there are few more notes in older records mentioning someone "in America", so I decided to write a blog post for Nedašov itself. I added few records extracted from Ellis Island database to have more data. If you are interested in Jakubík family from this village, this blog post is exactly for you. :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Prague conscriptions

Many of those who begin Czech research will find out that their ancestors were from Prague - or at least the family says so. Well, not all people could be from Prague, right? But there are ways how to find out if the people were living in Prague or not - one of those ways are Prague police conscriptions which are available online on National Archives of the Czech Republic website.