Sunday, June 12, 2016

Amalie Rubac

I'm sure we've all been guilty of failing to cite our sources on familysearch family tree, hereafter referred to as "family tree." I certainly am guilty of this, but I'm trying to reform.

My brother Joe (who is a writer that you can czech out here) dutifully informed me that I failed to cite any sources in a person who I added to the tree several years ago. Her name is Amalie Rubac.

I started to add some sources for her. She is married to Alphonse Frank Cernosek, the son of Frank Cernosek and Gabriela Vasicek, who is my Great Grand Aunt. Gabriela got pregnant out of wedlock at age 14, married Alois Anton Klecka (most likely the father?), who immigrated almost immediately. She, however, being pregnant, stayed behind, had the baby, and then left in 1880 or 1881 with my Great Great Grandfather, Joseph John Vasicek (hereafter referred to as JJ Vasicek). She traveled across the ocean with her infant and her 16 year old brother, she herself being only 17.

All of ^ this information was from research I did for my BCG portfolio application. It was really satisfying to find JJ Vasicek's immigration record.

From what is currently written in familysearch, Gabriela Vasicek's husband Alois Klecka died in 1892, and she remarried Frank Cernosek shortly thereafter because her first son Frank Cernosek was born and died in 1894. Alphonse Frank Cernosek is their first child that lived to maturity.

And apparently at some point in the past five years I added his wife without *gasp* any sources! That's really bad. But I rectified it today.

You always start with what you know and work towards what you don't know.

This is roughly the order that I found the records. Before attaching any of them, I found them all.

Here is the 1940 census record for A F Cernosek and his wife A[malie] A Cernosek. There are no children listed. She is 35 and he is 42, and in 1935 they were living in the same house. His profession was a druggist, and she was a helper. I think this is them because they are the correct ages and initials, and this record was already attached to him. Not her, though. So we rectified that.

Here is the death record for Alphonse Cernosek. This record shows that he was the son of Frank and Gabrella Cernosek. He was only 44 years old when he died in 1941 and the informant was Amalie Cernosek, who we can infer is his wife. He is also listed as married, living for the past 9 years at 1826 Leeland [street?], Houston, Harris County, Texas. He died of coronary thrombosis and chronic cardiovascular disease was a contributory cause.

So from this record we learn that since ~1932 Alphonse Cernosek was living in Houston, presumably with his wife Amalie.

But...apparently in 1930 he was not yet married to Amalie because here is Alphonso Cernosek in the 1930 census living in Temple, Bell County, Texas. He was born in Texas but his parents were born in "Czecho Slovak." I know this is the same Alphonse Cernosek in the 1940 census because he is also a pharmacist working in a drugstore.

In 1930, Alphonse's parents, Franta and Gabrilea [sic] are in Granger, Williamson County, with their son Steve.

Meanwhile, here is Amalie A Ruboch in 1930 as an employee at the King's Daughter Hospital in Temple, Bell County. She was a registered nurse, born in Texas. Her father was born in Texas but her mother was born in Czechoslovakia. She was single.

We know her name maiden name is Rubac because of the death record, but also here is her headstone that she shares with Alphonse Frank Cernosek. This headstone is awesome because it lists both of their parents' names! She is the daughter of Martin and Anna Kosina Ruback [if I read that correctly].

So, even though I couldn't find an indexed marriage record for them yet, because I have her parents' names it was straightforward to find Mollie Rubach on the 1920 census in Hill County with her parents and their other 9 children. That's 9 more families that we can research and input into familysearch! Awesome!

Then, here is Mollie Rubach on the 1910 census in Burleson County. Her family was split across the pages and she is on the second page. Her mother Annie was the mother of 11, 7 of whom were still living.

Here is Alfonso Cernosek in 1910 with his parents Frank Cernosek and Gabrish and their other children.

In 1900, Amalie had not yet been born, but here are her parents Martin Rubac and Annie in Burleson County.

Here is Alfons Cernosek on the 1900 census, age 3. He was the only living son of both Frank Cernosek and Gabriela. The other children there are all his step-siblings, the children of Gabriela Vasicek and her first husband, Alois Klecka.

So, lots of information. The next step for me on this line is to find the marriage of Martin Rubac and Annie Kosina, and then to trace their lines back to Czechy. I think it's likely that their marriage record will be in one of the books I have in my personal library, in which case, it is likely to also have a hint about their village of origin. But if not, I will try looking in the Frenštát area first, since most of the people who immigrated to Fayette County had some kind of connection to Frenštát or the greater Ostravá area.

It's late and I have to go to bed, but luckily I have an awesome older brother ::hint hint:: who will take these links and input them into familysearch for me. Right Joe?

Why did I create a new blog?

After all, I already have a different blog here: Czech out your Ancestors!

I've been thinking about this for a really, really long time. I want to establish myself as an expert in Czech genealogy. I also work on a lot of other genealogy problems because guess what, 75% of my ancestors were not Czech. So where can I write about those guys and have it remain relevant to my readers?

I thought about making subpages on the other blog, but that never felt exactly right. The goals are different. I have this huge goal to continue to improve my research skills, experience, education, certification, and publishing in the specific niche of Czech genealogy, and to share my knowledge to help other researchers. Someday, when the time is right, I want to hang out my shingle again and start taking clients. Right now is not the stage of my life for me to be involved directly in the goal of running my own small business, but I can prepare for that day by blogging about things that I learn. I can't tell you how many times I have done a google search only to find the answers I was looking for on my own blog! Ha!

But, I also have other personal genealogical goals. The main driving force, my raison d'être for genealogy, is temple work. I want to do ordinance work for my own ancestors in the temple. Not only does this include my Czech ancestors, but also all of my other lines, and all of my husband's lines, too!

I am also a ward family history consultant, so I would like a place to blog about that experience. Meta-blogging. Not sharing the specifics of the individuals, but documenting what was helpful, what worked, what didn't work, how I want to improve, resources, etc.

That's a lot of non-Czech research related material.

And so this blog is born.

Between the two blogs, I have a ridiculous and somewhat silly goal of blogging about genealogy every day. Depending on the content, it will either be on my main professional blog, or on this more relaxed, mind-dumpy blog.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

My Czechs were all Catholic...

...but what if they weren't?
What if before they were Catholics they were Hussites? The more I learn about the history of Protestantism in the Czech lands, the more I realize how little I know.
What if some of them were Jews?
I don't know of any, but the more I learn about the history of Judaism and Jews in the Czech lands the more I realize that the persecution of Jews would have been a part of their lives, Catholic, Protestant, or whatever. 
I wish I could get inside their heads and really know them. There are clues hidden in the records, such as the fact that Anton Hruby was mistaken for his son Jakob Hruby on his death record. Is this a hint that the clerk didn't know them well? Or perhaps they looked similar? He didn't make that mistake very often, judging by the others on the page.
How much faith did they have inside? What were the religious convictions of their hearts? What did they believe about the purpose of life?
And how can I discover them?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Archdiocesan Archives in Wroclaw

Well, it's official: we are taking 1 or 2 days to go to Poland and try to find the records in the Archdiocesan Archives in Wroclaw.
I called the LDS missionaries and arranged for them to be translators for us. I hope that works out, and that we find something!
If not, we will have fun exploring a super green and old city. It seems like the botanical gardens, the cathedral, and finding all the hidden statues of dwarfs hidden in public places will be fun things to do, if it's not raining.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Will I find answers to my Czech question in Poland?

Danny and I will go to the Czech Republic for the first time ever in a little less than a month. I'm very excited, and of course I'm trying to plan my trip in a way that lets me also do genealogical research! Although, I'm starting to think that I might need to return to the Czech Republic many, many times in order to actually make any breakthroughs, especially for my Vratimovers.

The thing is, I have known for years about rumors that the missing Vratimov records (1785-1834!) might be in Poland. I've tried emailing them in the past and gotten no response. I don't speak a single word of Polish, but hey, I don't speak that much Czech either, and that hasn't stopped me before. Since we are going to be so close anyway, maybe we will just have to venture across the border?

I found where we would need to go, which is the Archdiocesan Archives of Wroclaw. I think that this is the website: 

This would be a 2 1/2 hour trip from Ostrava, which is about as far away as the temple for us. It's open from 9 am to 3 pm. Maybe we just...take a day trip one of the days we are in Ostrava? 

I agree with the google translated commenter on this thread:

"I also ran into a similar matrix hole for the years 1785-1834 for the municipality Vratimov, Great Kunčice, Řepiště, Rakovec, Vinohrady (village near Ostrava). I have the luck that most of my ancestors placatila at that time in this area. Although I've replaced the Terriers, marriage contracts and inheritance proceedings. But even so, they would much those registers Illustrated. Mine registers could perhaps be said in the diocesan archives in Wroclaw, but from what I've read so perhaps they can not find my mail and relevant venerable sister registrar does not respond. That would have had at that time rightly be two copies of the registries and copies to the diocese, I can not believe that nothing is preserved."

I, too, cannot believe that nothing is preserved for this "black hole" in my research. Maybe I just have to go to this archives and try to find it.