Thursday, September 5, 2013

Finding Barbara ~ Marriage record

I have been on the quest to piece together our Fuka and Jerousek family lines. The surname Fuka has been a recent discovery.

Honestly, the search for Barbara Fuka (2nd great-grandmother) has become a bit of an obsession. The only information I had about her was being born in Bohemia around 1851. It was there she married my 2nd great-grandfather, Joseph Frank Jerousek. The couple immigrated to the Baltimore around 1873.
After Frank's death in 1886, it seems as if Barbara disappeared from the face of the Earth! Making the search for her more complicated was the different variation of the surname Jerousek. Thus far I have found the name spelled seven different ways.

To the rescue came a church records database on the Maryland State Archives website. In another post I have written about finding baptism record in St. Wenceslaus Church on the site.

It soon became clear this was the family church for the entire Jerousek line. Soon I had over ten records, which helped fill in birth dates and parentage.

The database also has various marriage records. Slowly I worked to discover any trace of this family line. Then came one of those moments family historians live to experience. Truly a "hallelujah moment'!
In this record we find Barbara Fuka, widow of Frank Jerousek, married to Joseph Jihlan. Eureka!

Fallen seriously in love with church records.

With this information I soon located Barbara in the 1900 United States Federal Census records. Next surprise ... Barbara and Joseph had a daughter named Barbara Jihlan! A great-grand aunt that had been lost to family history until this point.

How fun and satisfying to follow the trail and discover family clues! Next up, the tale of finding Barbara's headstone. Another puzzle with twists and turns.


  1. Wow, that is a great find!! - Revis

    1. Still walking on air! Thanks for stopping by to read and leave a comment.

  2. Super finds, Deb. And great resources for my own research. Thanks!!

  3. Thanks, Jenny! This was one of my favorite discoveries so far. So much fun finding all the pieces of the puzzle. Hope you have luck using these great databases!

  4. Deb,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Jana,

      Thank you so much for the mention! Truly honored!

  5. Terrific find! I often research collateral lines in the hopes of finding the ancestor that I am 'desparately' looking for. And, every now and again I come across a collateral ancestor that at first facinates me and then I become obsessed with. I recently blogged about it here.

    And, I am still doggedly on the search and that much closer. I am enjoying your blog. Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. Tracy,

      Thank you for stopping by to read the post. Loved reading about your discovery. Best luck with pulling everything together.