Map of Bohemia - 1882
After many years of research I finally discovered my great-grandmother's maiden name. The birthplace has been a little trickier to determine. On Mary Liska's death certificate her place of birth is listed as Czech-Slovakia. On the various census records she lists her birthplace as either Austrian-Bohemia or Poland. Mary was born about 1870 and immigrated in 1893 to Baltimore, Maryland.
Listed on Mary's death certificate is her father Paul Liska and mother Mary Slifka. Each of their birthplaces also listed as Czech-Slovakia. As a child I had been told that the family was of Bohemian ancestry, which I found extremely exotic. During preliminary research I discovered Czech-Slovakia did not become a sovereign state until 1918. So what is land of my ancestors Poland, Bohemia, or Austria?
Since I am not very familiar with the history of this region, the last several weeks have been spent trying to clarify what is fact from family lore.
Here are a few research materials located online :
Google Books - Bohemia and the Cechs
Hopefully with these resources we will gain more insight into the homeland of our ancestors. Anyone with help in researching this area would be greatly appreciated.