The archives website is chocked full of useful records. One in particular has garnered important information. Searching the church records answered many questions.
Several years ago, I discovered our Bohemian ancestors attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Baltimore City. How exciting to find baptism, marriage and death records on the site, free to search.
One stubborn brick wall has been the Jerousek family line. The surname itself has created major problems. I find it with so many variations. This makes locating records extremely difficult.
Fortunately, many of these records have indexes.
Anna Jerousek ~ baptism record
July 20, 1879
daughter of ~ Francisco Jerousek & Barbara Fuka
Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese of Baltimore
Saint Wenceslaus Church Records
There I found this baptism record for my great-grandmother, Anna Jerousek, We discover maiden name for Anna's mother (my great-great-grandmother) was Fuka. Also, confirm Anna's father was Frank (Francisco) Jerousek.
Best gem discovered? Homeland! The record tells us Francisco Jerousek and Barbara Fuka were born "Branice in Bohemia". This was a major break. For years, I tried to locate the name of town my Jerousek family immigrated. Genealogy happy dance!
Have Maryland ancestors? Check out these church records. They are organized by denomination and area of the state. Good luck. You might make a major discovery.