Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Church Records ~ Maryland State Archives

The Maryland State Archives is one of my favorite places for research. All of my family lines came to Baltimore in early to mid 1800's.

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.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Visiting the Homeland

Hey there Mom, made it to the ancestral village!


Jason (our son), just returned from a two week trek to the Czech Republic and Poland. Jason has always been interested in history. As a little tot, he would take out huge books from the library on U.S and World history. In fact, the librarian would tease him and say he wasn't really reading the books. It became a game for her to quiz him upon returning books to the library.

Before he left, I informed him a large part of his ancestry was located in that region. The first place on Jason's agenda was Prague. Jokingly, I suggested he visit the ancestral village of Branice. Imagine my surprise when he said "sure, Mom"!

Once I knew they were going to the town, I supplied Jason with as much information as possible. Surnames such as Fuka, and Jerousek. Gave him a few websites that might help in his quest. Was hoping for photographs of tombstones and churches. Any trace of our ancestors.

I found a wonderful website with census, baptism, marriage and death records for the area. They were all digitized on the State Regional Archives and State District Archives of South Bohemia. Tons of useful information for Jason's trip.

Google Map of Prague to Branice

Jason and his friend were renting a car for their adventure. So off they went, making over an 8 hour side-trip!

Later that afternoon I get a message from Jason. "We have arrived!" Several hours later, he sent the photograph of him in Branice. Nice! Then the message - "this is a hamlet! Not many people or buildings".

I told him to stand in the center of  town shouting surnames. He didn't find that to be a  good idea. Told him most of the people there were related to him. Still not buying this idea. He was concerned he would be arrested for being disruptive. Oh, well, was a thought.

Most likely, my ancestors traveled to a larger town to attend church. Not having those records, I'm not sure which one. If anyone reading this has research tips, please leave me a message.

Still, so excited my son had a chance to walk the streets of his great-great-great grandparents. Also, love the fact he felt the same.

Thanks, Jason!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Genealogy Blogs, News & Tidbits #18

"Bear the Cat" enjoying summer sun
Hello! Back after a long (over four years!) blogging hiatus. Life has interrupted the creative flow for quite some time. Wonderful to once again write, blog, connect and communicate with my genealogy friends.

I spent the summer just like "Bear the Cat". Recuperating and enjoying the balmy days. Not much sunshine here on the east coast. Most of the season, heavy rains have been topic of conversation. Hoping for sunny fall days.

Here are a few blog posts, news and tidbits discovered this week. Enjoy!

Blogs:

Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy has a wonderful post each week called "Free Download Fridays". This week Thomas shares "Free Cheat Sheet - Google Books for Genealogy".

Have you heard about Amy Johnson Crow's new project? Amy has launched Generations Cafe - a Genealogy Podcast. Make sure to have a pad of paper handy when listening! They are chocked full of wonderful tips and hints.

Barbara Poole of Life From The Roots takes us to "Lenox Library in Beautiful Berkshire County, Massachusetts".

Michael John Neill of Genealogy Tip of the Day shares "The Census We Use Is Not the Original-Usually".

Thanks to Judy Russell of The Legal Genealogist! Judy shared a wonderful resource with post "Repeat: what the enumerators were told". She tells about a downloadable pdf file, directly from the U.S. Census Bureau website.

Amazing photographs shared on Lynn's Waffles with post "Agnes Jane Akers and Charles William Sly Part 2 Update.

If you aren't aware, Kenneth R. Marks over at The Ancestor Hunter has outstanding state resources. This week Kenneth shares "Free Birth, Marriage, Death Indexes for New Jersey".

Shannon Christmas of Through The Trees helps us "Dig Deeper with an Updated DNA Painter".

Olive Tree Genealogy shares "DNA Match Labeling Available for Chrome".

Karen Schober, SK Translations helps with finding your ancestors in passenger list records. This is a guest post by Melanie McComb, The Shamrock Genealogist.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy had a fun post with "Tombstone Tuesday - Bears at Clark's Trading Post, Lincoln, New Hampshire".

Miriam J. Robbins of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors continues proving generations with her Mom.

Learn about Heraldry over on Yarra Plenty Genealogy.

Blogs discovered this week:

Applegate Genealogy

the genealogy girl

Genealogist Journal: a journey to recover the past

The Past Whispers

News (genealogy and history):

AncestryDNA has unveiled "more detailed and precise ethnicity estimates than ever before". Have seen many Facebook friends posting updated percentages. My new numbers make me smile! Went from 63% Eastern European to 77% Eastern Europe and Russia. That number is very much in line with my family tree. How did your new estimate measure up?

The Washington Post wrote about a German roofer finding a message in a bottle while working on a cathedral in Goslar, Germany.

Wonderful article. A Scranton native , killed in 1944, accounted for on July 3, will be buried September 26. Welcome home, soldier.

From the Huffington Post, we learn Senate unanimously passes bill to honor forgotten Chinese-American WWII veterans.

Tidbits:

Our local public library began a Genealogy Book Discussion Group. What a treat! Nice to chat about books with a group of like minded people. Titles we've read:

"My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: a Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past" by Jennifer Teege

"White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing" by Gail Lukaski

"The Journey Takers" by Leslie Albrecht Huber

"Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" by Richard Hill

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

"Stranger in My Genes: a Memoir" by Bill Griffeth

"It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree" by A.J. Jacobs

Check out two great YouTube presentations:

James Tanner - Using Multiple Online Genealogy Programs to Find Your Ancestors.

It's Time to Get Your Photos Organized! by Caroline Guntur, The Swedish Organizer.

Hope you discover something new and interesting this week.

Happy adventures in genealogy!

Friday, July 4, 2014

James Starr ~ Son of Liberty

To celebrate 4th of July I am reposting about our patriot. James Starr took part in the Boston Tea Party. He was also a member of the Sons of Liberty.

[Originally published November 11, 2011]

We had no idea how deep my husband's roots ran in this country. While researching, it became clear that every line of his family had immigrated to the United States by the mid to late 1600's.

In fact, our daughter could apply for membership to the Daughters of the American Revolution, through no less than four different lines.

Wondering if she would be interested in this part of her heritage, I brought up the subject one evening. Surprisingly, Starr became excited about the entire process and wanted to see where it would lead.

With that in mind, I decided to focus my research on the family with the earliest links to the nation. That is when I stumbled upon James Starr, my husband's 3rd cousin 6x removed.

While reading about this ancestor, the terms "Sons of Liberty" and "Boston Tea Party" kept appearing in the hit list.

Sites referring to James Starr are Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and Boston Tea Party Historical Society

The most significant piece of information about James soon came to light. The following expert is from the Google Books title The Historic Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773 by Caleb A. Wall, published 1896.


James Starr was a descendant in the sixth generation from Dr. Comfort Starr, one of the first settlers in Dedham in 1635. James was born in New London, Ct., May 2, 1740, being two years older than Hewes and twenty years older than Peter Slater.

He was a cooper by trade, of a strong healthy physical constitution, well qualified to endure hardships. He enlisted at 18 in the army, was in the French and Indian war in 1758, and was at Montreal when it surrendered to the British. After the war he returned to his native town of New London, Ct., went then to Boston, and then settled in Bridgewater.

Inspired by the battle cry of "freedom" as one of the Sons of Liberty, he was one of the party of "Mohawks" who threw over-board the tea in Boston Harbor on the night of Dec. 16, 1773, and loved in after years to tell the story of how, with his cooper's axe, he helped to knock open the tea chests and tip their contents into the water. At the opening of hostilities with the mother country, he enlisted for the naval service, and was taken prisoner and carried to New York, where he remained eleven months.

At the close of the war he returned to Bridgewater, sold out there in 1802 and went to Jay, Franklin Co., Me., where he remained until his death, Nov. 20, 1830, aged over 90 years.

He was grandfather of the late Wm. A.S. and Rufus L. Smythe of Worcester, their mother being his daughter. Our venerable fellow citizen Wm. E. Starr, now in his 83rd year, is a descendant of Dr. Comfort Starr through another line. A daughter of Wm. A.S. Smythe is wife of A.L.D. Buxton, residing at 50 Cedar street, Worcester.

Sounds like James was quite the rebel!

I would like to thank The Massachusetts Historical Society for allowing usage of the broadsheet  above. When I emailed the society to ask for permission they quickly replied:

"The Massachusetts Historical Society is always pleased when bloggers are interested in the material made available on our website. Whether you quote the document or use the image available online, we only ask that you link back to the image/text quotation on the MHS web page so that readers of your blog will be able to source the material correctly."

Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

August Eck, Baltimore Steeple Jack

August Louis Eck
husband of 2nd great-grand aunt, Catherine Judd
b. 02/03/1863 - Baltimore, Maryland
d. 03/08/1940 - Newark, New Jersey

Recently discovered an interesting article about August L. Eck. The story was featured in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper, April 3, 1903, pg. 8, Baltimore, Maryland. The following is a transcription of the article.

"Mr. August L. Eck, Scales Washington Monument

WEIGHT GIVEN 285 POUNDS

Lightning Rod on The Figure Needed A New Cap-Perilous Feat Attracts Large Crowd.

"I'll tell you boys, that's a pull, and it's winded me," said August L. Eck, a professional steeple jack, who climbed the statue on the Washington Monument at noon yesterday in order to replace on the lightning rod a cap which had been burnt away some weeks ago. He stood on the shoulders of the statue as he spoke, his arms spread over the crown of the Father of his Country, his head bent on Washington's arm. He addressed a half dozen men who stood on the platform at the top of the column and about 20 feet below him.

The climb gave the spectators several distinct shivers. Mr. Eck weighs 285 pounds, and though his muscles are not trained as those of an athlete, they are tremendous. He is 6 feet 2 inches in his stockings. He has climbed the statue for like work before and has also mounted other places just as high. He explained while waiting at the base of the shaft that this climb was especially difficult because the only aid given were the lightning rod and crannies made in the stone by the curves of the figures and the folds of the mantle. But he was very cool.

Once on the platform he removed his hat, coat, vest, and shoes, and drawing a pair of coarse woolen socks over those he already wore, tied a piece of heavy rope about his body. For one giddy instant he stood on the railing of the platform, then mounted a stepladder far enough to give him a handhold on the step-like arrangement at the foot of the statue. For a minute his legs swung in the air as he squirmed upon the steps. The rest of the ascent seemed easy to those below, though it consisted of Mr. Eck drawing himself up by the slender lightning rod.

The return was more exciting. Mr. Eck threw the rope around the head of the statue as an auxiliary to the rod, but searching for a foothold without his eyes to direct him was dangerous. Several times the feet sought a slippery spot and the spectators below shouted a warning. Once the leg was seized with a nervous shaking which boded ill for the climber. Had he fallen he would have dropped 204 feet to the ground. When he finally reached the steps again, he sat there for five minutes regaining his breath and exclaiming to the people below, "I tell you boys, I ain't as young as I was 10 years ago."

One man attempted a witticism on this, but the others said that, in the nature of the case, he was out of order. Then the ladder was placed with its feet on the rail and Mr. Eck came back to the platform and made himself presentable. He seemed as cool as before he went up. The climb had taken about 20 minutes.

Several hundred persons watched the work from Mount Vernon Square. When told that Mr. Eck was paid $25 for the job one man exclaimed: "Well, I wouldn't do it if they gave me all I could see from the place."

Mr. Eck is 40 years old and lives at 106 North Ann Street. He is a former member of the City Fire Department and lost his right eye in the Sharp street fire, when he fell five stories with a number of others and was the only one hauled out of the ruins alive. It is said that he was just about to take his own life in despair when rescued.

He began steeple climbing in 1878 when a weather vane on Camden Station was out of order. Once in Tennessee in 1884 he feel 81 feet and escaped without breaking a bone. He says he is usually affected by nausea for several hours after such a climb."

To learn more about steep-climbing read "Careers if Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett, published 1908.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wedding Wednesday ~ Bride wore Irish Lace


Wedding portrait
Charles Eck
(1st cousin 3x removed)
Mary Edna Pearl Terry
(on back of photograph)
The bride's dress was dark green with Irish Lace
June 23, 1906
Baltimore, Maryland


Marriage record 
Charles Eck, age 25, resides in Baltimore, Maryland
Edna M.P. Terry, age 22, resides in Baltimore, Maryland
Minister - Edwin E. Ide

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mapping the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904


Ever wonder if an ancestor was connected to historic events? Natural disaster? Epidemic?

Growing up in Maryland, everyone knew about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Our elders told tales of how it started and spread.

I knew all four of my grandparents resided in Baltimore during this time-frame. Depending on the path of the flames, could they have perished?

I started wondering how close family members resided to the disaster. Did they have to evacuate? Could they see the flames?

To answer these questions I created a map.

 Baltimore Street Map, 1905
click to enlarge for better viewing

With the 1900 United States Federal Census and 1904 Baltimore City Directory, I was able to locate the following ancestors.

The red circles represent the fire zones. Blue box identifies the Jones Falls. Family members resided as follows:

* Barbara Jihlan - (2nd great-grandmother) - 519 N. Maderia St - gray circle
* Charles F. Wakfield - (great-grandfather) - 605 N. Collington Ave - green circle
* August Eck (husband of 2nd great-grand aunt Catherine Judd) - 106 N. Ann St - orange circle
* Norman S. Gaphardt, Sr. (great-grandfather) - 608 Montford Ave - purple circle

As you see, most of my ancestors lived east of the disaster. Accounts detail the fire progressing in their direction. Heading towards the Jones Falls.

From local newspapers we learn the following:

"Monday, 12 noon

...The only hope of saving East Baltimore was the Jones Falls. Thus a fire department stand was established along the east side of the Falls. Starting around 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. nine engines from New York City, along with two more engines from Wilmington, were placed along the Jones Falls. A total of 37 steam fire engines took water from the Falls from Baltimore Street south and established a wall of water to halt the advancing flames. "

It worked! The fire was stopped! Prevented from heading to a heavily populated part of Baltimore. Just think, there for a few blocks, my family history could have been greatly altered.

Did your ancestor reside in Baltimore during the "Great Fire"? Any other such events in your family history? Map it!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

In Search of the Springer Fortune

My favorite part of family history is finding secrets and scandals. So much fun discovering scallywags, extra spouses, and occasional criminals hanging out in the tree. Fascinating gems to share.


My mother-in-law regaled us with tales of the "Springer Fortune". An story of hidden treasures passed down through generations. My husband was sure a chest of booty sat waiting for Springer ancestors.

Our children loved hearing this tale. They encouraged us to find their inheritance. Dreams of Ipods, fast cars and extravagant trips danced in their heads.

Believing this was just a family legend, I did a cursory search. Imagine my surprise when this bit of lore was true! Well, sort of.

I came across the following article from August 15, 1871 in the New York Times.


The Trouble in Store for Wilmington Land-Holders
From the St. Catherine's (Ont) Times, Aug. 11

It seems the greater SPRINGER family are likely to become suddenly rich. The lawyers are at present "working up" a case which, when successfully concluded, will give the heirs of the late CHARLES CHRISTOPHER SPRINGER, great-grandfather to MOSES SPRINGER, M. P. P. for North Waterloo, a legacy of about $90,000,000-not a bad "take", as printers would say. It appears that this CHARLES C. SPRINGER was a native of the State of Delaware, where he had large possessions. Something over 100 years ago he leased 800 acres of land to the Episcopal Church there for a term of ninety-nine years, after which it was to fall back to his legal heirs. This land now comprises the greater part of the city of Wilmington, and is of very great value. The way it happened to pass into private hands we understand is as follows: The trustees of this trust, seeing that the family had been scattered by the troublous times of the Revolution, some of whom being loyalists came to Canada, illegally sold the estate and left for Europe. The heirs are quite numerous in Canada, many of them quite well to do, and they have undertaken to investigate the matter before the United States Supreme Court. From what we hear the matter is assuming a practical, clear and plausible shape. While we admit that a matter of this kind may cause numerous hardships to those who imagine they are real estate owners, and perhaps, have the earnings of a life-time invested in this way, we must congratulate our old friend in North Waterloo, and his numerous relatives, on the bright prospect of becoming millionaires. We are sure they will make good use of the money when it comes, which can't be said of many who become suddenly rich.

Was there a family fortune? Springer Hoax?

Wikipedia has the following entry about the subject:

"The Springer Hoax was a scam starting in the mid 19th century, often using a phony genealogy in various ways to collect money based on the supposed estate of prominent colonialist Carl Christopher/Christoffersson Springer and debts said to be owed to him by various government agencies of Wilmington, Delaware and Stockholm, Sweden. The alleged estate was said to include 1,900 acres of land, 228 acres of which ran though the center of Wilmington, worth up to $150,000,000. Other claims included $100,000,000 deposited in a Stockholm bank."

Further reading about the hoax:

Rootsweb: Springer Hoax

"Springer Estate" Papers (aka Springer Heir Hoax) from the Springer, Miller & Allied Families Website

No great fortune unearthed. Drats! Just an interesting bit of family history. Do you have a tale of fortune and treasure?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday's Obituary ~ William H. Judd, Friend

William Harrison Judd
1st cousin 3x removed
born - December 18, 1881
died - January 17, 1906
burial - Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore City, Maryland

In the following obituary we learn that William Harrison Judd attended the McDonogh School. The school was established in 1873, was semi-military in nature. Poor orphaned boys were selected to attend in exchange for working on the farm.

The article states William began attending the school in 1895 at 14 years of age. By this time both of his parents had died.

Sadly, William was only 25 years old when he passed away in 1906.

 The Late William Harrison Judd
March 07, 1906
Baltimore Sun Newspaper; pg. 9

William Harrison, Judd, 25 years old, a student at McDough School from 1896 to 1897, died on January 17 at his home, in Lauraville. His funeral took place on January 10. Burial was in Loudon Park Cemetery.

Mr. Judd spent the earlier days after his leaving McDonogh in the employ of H F Miller & Son, this city. Upon the death of Mr. Miller, Mr. Judd moved to New York, where he was made a clerk in the quotation department of the American Can Company, which corporation had been established by Mr. Miller. He remained in that position until he entered the employ of the Automatic Switch Company as chief of the office force.

Mr. Judd's last position, which he accepted upon the dissolution of the American Can Company, was that of bookkeeper with the local wholesale paper house of Dobler & Mudge.

Mr. Judd's reputation among all of his employers as well as his tutors and fellow-students at McDonogh was of the highest order, and he was regarded as gentle, honorable and truthful.

In The Week, a weekly publication of McDonogh School, nearly a column of space was devoted to an account of his death.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Google Drive to the Rescue!

We all have surnames that bring moments of hair pulling. Mine  line being the Gaphardts. This family appears with so many surname variations. Gaphardt, Gebhart, Gabhart and more! They have presented quite the challenge.


The earliest record discovered was this death record for George Gaphardt (3rd great-grandfather). His surname is recorded as "Gephardt". George died July 10, 1879 in Baltimore, Maryland. His residence is listed as "revised" 256 Caroline Avenue.

Last year I started using Google Drive spreadsheets for research. Could this tool help unravel the Gaphardt mess?

click on image to enlarge

This spreadsheet I entered information found on the Maryland State Archives death index. Death date, age, document number, length of time in residence, address, marital status and place of burial. Goodness, look at the different possibilities.

Working through the records ... shouts of genealogy joy! What caused my heart to leap? I recognized an address. Catherine Gebhardt, last residence was 256 Caroline Avenue.

Could this be George's wife? Address matches. Age matches. Time residing in this country matches. I believe we may have found my 3rd great-grandmother's date of death. Need to plan a trip to the archives!

With this method I hope to:
  • Discover additional ancestors
  • Prove/disprove relationships
  • Eliminate records
Have a "surname quandary"? Give it a try. Happy adventures in genealogy.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Who Do I Think I Am? ~ Bohemian


AncestryDNA Results
Last year I took the AncestryDNA test. Some results were expected, some not so much.

Looking over the report, theme music for "Who Do You Think You Are" kept buzzing in my head.

Who am I? Well, apparently a mixed bag of interesting heritages. I thought it might fun/informative to write posts about this DNA.

With that said ...Who Do I Think I Am?

Europe East ~ 62%

Goodness! Well over half of my lines come from this region. In fact, the site gives the "typical native" as 82%. If I take a trip to the area, surely will be bumping shoulders with family!

Ancestry states the following:

Primarily located in: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia.

Map of Bohemia
1882

As I have stated before, growing up I really did not know much about my ancestry. One country of origin that was common knowledge is Bohemia. 

Beginning this genealogy adventure, I wanted to discover more about this heritage. I am embarrassed to admit that region of the world is a mystery. Really folks! I love history! But, geography? Not when one is a bit directional challenged.

Bohemia? Wikipedia states the following:

Bohemia is a historical country of Central Europe, occupying the western two-thirds of the traditional Czech lands. It is located in the contemporary Czech Republic with its capital in Prague. In a broader meaning, it often refers to the entire Czech territory, including Moravia and Czech Silesia, especially in historical contexts, such as the Kingdom of Bohemia. Bohemia was a kingdom in the Holy Roman Empire and subsequently a province in the Habsburgs’ Austrian Empire. It was bounded on the south by Upper and Lower Austria, on the west by Bavaria, on the north by Saxony and Lusatia, on the northeast by Silesia, and on the east by Moravia. From 1918 to 1939 and from 1945 to 1992 it was part of Czechoslovakia, and since 1993 it has formed much of the Czech Republic.

To understand research into the region, I located to following resources.

Bohemia and the Cechs - Google Books

Czech Genealogy - Archives

The Federation of East European Family History Societies

It's All Relative : Eastern European Genealogical Research

On to my ancestors ...

I have been able to trace several lines to the town of Branice in Milevsko, Bohemia.

Wikepedia - Milevsko is a village and municipality in Písek District in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. The municipality covers an area of 14.81 square kilometres (5.72 sq mi), and has a population of 239 (as at 2005).

Population of 239?! Most likely related to the entire town. That could be quite the home-coming.

Ancestors from this region:

Joseph Frank Jerousek (2nd great-grandfather) was born July 23, 1845, Branice, Milevsko, Bohemia.

He married Barbara Fuka (2nd great-grandmother) on October 31, 1871 in Milevsko.

Barbara was born June 17, 1851 in Branice, Milevsko, Bohemia.

The couple emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland in 1872 along with their son, Frank.

Several interesting sites for the region.

Milevsko: Official town website

Milevsko: South Bohemia and Bohemian Forest

Lastly, I found a great site for birth, marriage and death records. The Digital Archives on Czech Republic State Regional Archives in Třeboň. The information discovered there has been invaluable! It has helped take our family line back several generations.

That wraps up the Bohemian episode of Who Do I Think I Am. I hope you learned something new and helpful to further research.

Until next time ...