I’m taking a short hiatus from doing specific family research. So what I’m doing is just poking around. Spent a little time on familysearch.org to look at some of their newer stuff and then I went back to Ancestry.com to sort through the hints they’ve found for my trees.
Turns out some ancient distant cousins immigrated from
. Some of them appear on other researchers’ trees and
show their home towns in the “old country”.
That’s exciting because I know nothing about where my kids’ paternal
ancestors came from in Bohemia . Bohemia
And who knows much about
at all? Not me. Other than Bohemia , I have no concept of cities and towns there. In the late 19th century it was a
part of the Austrian Empire and is now part of the Czech Republic. Borders in that part of Prague Europe changed frequently. It would be
interesting to see maps showing the borders before and after every war or
treaty or conquest.
The result of trying to find the towns mentioned for my cousins was that I found a couple of 19th century maps online and saved them to my disc. Not sure how much detail I’ll be able to see. I’d like to order hard copies, but that’s not practical while we’re on the boat.
Then I went back to Ancestry.com and searched for immigration records for “Filek”. The passenger lists compiled for
arrivals don’t show a person’s last place of residence
except for country. So I concentrated on
the German passenger lists that are available for ships leaving U.S. . (Didn’t have to pay extra for that.) They’ll
usually show the city and province. I
didn’t find any of my Fileks so I didn’t strike gold, but I did some real
places where Filek families lived. Hamburg
They came from
, Slovakia , Poland and Hungary . At least
that’s where the towns are now. A couple
of the Polish towns are far enough south that they may have been part of Romania at one time. Maybe
they all were. Bohemia
Another thing I know little or nothing about is how much families moved around in the 19th century in
Eastern Europe. The
industrial revolution was in progress.
Did they go where the jobs were?
What was the Austrian Empire like then?
There’s lots of research to do.