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Our Czech ancestors’ Christmas

How much is today’s Christmas different from the way our Czech ancestors celebrated it? Let’s go 250 years back to the past to see what Christmas traditions were usual for our great-great (and even more great) grandparents. By the 17th century, Christmas was usually celebrated in churches. It wasn’t until then people started to celebrate it in their homes. Religious …

Ten tips for writing a family book

You got as far to the past as archives allowed, you have hundreds of information fragments about your ancestors and you have created a family tree displaying relationships between dozens of relatives in a specialized software, but it still doesn’t fit the bill? Maybe it’s high time you took all the plain old genealogic data and created your family’s unique …

How can you find out where your Czech ancestors’ house stood?

Lives of our ancestors are inseparable from the houses they lived in and the farms they worked on. If you already searched through farm and land register books (see our previous articles here and here), the next logical step is to put the information you found together with a visual of the farm. The best tool to do it with …

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Where can you look for Czech land register books?

In an older article we described what farm and land register books are in detail and what data we can find there about our ancestors. For those of you who are about to dive into the secrets of property records, here is a short overview of where to look for them. Look for newer books at Land Registry Office If …

Czech land register books: The pursuit of our ancestors’ wealth

When reading old vital records, you can find out what your ancestor did for a living and how their occupation or social status changed over the years. An occupation itself reveals a lot about the ancestor’s property regime they lived in. Houseless serfs and journeymen were usually the poor ones, farmers and inn owners were often much more well-off. If …

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Where can you find Czech census reports online?

Census reports can be a valuable source of information for a genealogist. If you know where to look, they can easily give you a much more detailed look into your ancestors’ lives including details about their occupation, everyday speech, literacy, their farm’s equipment and names and dates of birth of their children. Since census reports between years 1857 and 1921 …

Following the trail of our ancestors from Czechia to USA

Growing population and the size of the land that couldn’t get any bigger made a part of the inhabitants of Czech villages and towns move abroad, in the second half of the 19th century in particular. Some of them went to Prussia, some went south to Austria and quite a few of them went overseas to the USA. People of …

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Where can you look for your Czech ancestors online?

If you started looking for your family’s secrets by yourself, we are sure that the Internet has become your primary source. More and more registers of vital records and other archives have been digitalized and published online, which makes it possible to track your ancestors’ footsteps. Experienced researchers probably know most of the links by heart, but we have made …

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Where can you start searching for your ancestors? In your family

Before you set out to look for your family’s secrets in registers of vital records and other archives, don’t forget to prepare all the information you or a genealogist you ask to create your family tree can start with. Go to see your grandparents or other oldest living relatives. Every genealogist knows how fast life goes and many of them …

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What can you learn from your Czech family tree?

They say we should study history to learn from our ancestors’ mistakes. Indeed – we can often be surprised by how many parallels and repeating situations can be found in a family tree. After all, we share the same genes with our ancestors, the same character traits. Let’s take a look at what can our family tree and old records …