Three crosses (+++ or xxx) can be often seen in the parish books together with a name - of a godparent, witnesses, father of a bride or groom... What are these three crosses? And what they mean?
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Most people know Halloween and All Saints' Day - but for people in the Czech Republic is much more important third day of these celebrations - All Souls' Day (Dušičky in Czech). That's the day when people visit cemeteries and remember dead family members and friends.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Today it's 103 years since Czechoslovakia was created. It doesn't exist anymore (yep, I know, might be surprise for some people) as it ended in 1992 when the country splited to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Today I want to take a look on the creation of Czechoslovakia a bit differently - through the local chronicles...
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
It's quite easy to find out which town belonged to which estate in Bohemia as I mentioned in the previous post. Is it the same for Moravia?
Well. There is no such easy to understand and comprehensive book available for Moravia. But there is a book called Historický místopis země moravskoslezské (Historical geography of the Moravian-Silesian Region) published by Ladislav Hosák in 1933.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
One of the common questions about the Czech genealogy, history, serfdom etc. is: which estate is the right one? To which estate did my ancestors belong? The answer for Bohemia is quite easy: look into a book called Popis králowstwí Českého (Description of the Czech Kingdom) which was written by František Palacký in 1848. The book is available online on Google Books.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
There is a number of different jobs our ancestors had. Many of them were farmers, much more were farmhands, some where craftsmen. There were teachers, traders, innkeepers... And there were shepherds. Why to mention them? Because they were a bit special.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021
When you are searching for a family in Bohemia or Moravia and you don't know where the family was from surname often helps. There are ...
Translation of Czech first names into English is often discussed topic. There are some name which are easy to translate, as Anna, Jan or Zu...
There are thousands of Czech surnames. Some of them have Czech origins, other German, some of them are easy to understand, some of them not...