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Shortly after my Father passed away on March 2018, i started to think.
Who i really am.
All i know about my Father’s Parents are only their names and graves.
No picture, no stories, nothing.
And to make it worst, there are no Online Records in Indonesia (yet).
He was the 3rd child or 4, and the last one who deceased.
So as he passed away, the Living Library was gone.
So i thought, i better leave his family behind for now, and start with my Mother’s family.
I’m not a Genealogist.
I’m really new with this.
But if no one from my family ever had a Family Bible, or willing to look for any information about our Ancestors, i think this is the good time for me to start.
My kids should know their Family History. And so they can tell it to their children, grand children, and hopefully, to my next descendants.
I have to preserved Our Family History.
“We don’t own our Family History. We simply preserve it for the Next Generation” – Rosemary Alva
Some of us are Lucky to have Family Heirlooms passed down throughout the generations. What is your most favorite & treasured Heirloom ?
Mine is my Maternal Grand Mother’s Wedding Band. My Mother gave it to me couple years ago. But for a long time, i just keep it safe in my Drawer together with my other accesories and almost forget about it. . Since i felt in love with Genealogy, i felt in love with the Wedding Band too. And now, it’s always on my finger. Somehow, it make me feel close to her. To my Grand Mother i only got the chance to meet a couple times..She passed away when i was 8.
Other Heirloom i also got from her are Earings. But this, i better keep it safe in my drawer. I really don’t want to loose it.
Photos are also Heirlooms for me. As those photos are the true evidence of their life. And most of all, i can imagine how they look, and who of their descendants have their look.
The New Jewish Cemetery (Czech: Nový židovský hřbitov) in Žižkov, Prague, Czech Republic, was established in 1891 to relieve the space problem at the Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague. It is about 10 times bigger than the Old Jewish Cemetery and provides space for approximately 100,000 graves, therefore having the capacity to serve for a whole century. There is also a specially designated area for urns, though the Jewish tradition does not allow cremation. The cemetery is still in use today and operated by the Jewish Community in Prague.
I found that my 2X Great Grand Father Adolf Gross was buried there. Here is his burial record i found at Jewish Gen
The New Jewish Cemetery Address is :
Izraelská 712/1 130 00. Praha 3 – Zizkov, Czech Republic\
Olšany Cemetery (Olšanské Hřbitovy in Czech), was established in 1680 to accomodate Plague victims who died en masse in Prague and needed to be buried quickly. Olšany Cemetery is the Largest Graveyard in Prague, Czech Republic. The graveyard is particularly noted for its many remarkable Art Nouveau monuments.
My Mother told me that all of Hamšik Family was buried here :
I was born on June 16th, 1974 in Jakarta, Indonesia as a 1st child to Oemardi & Věra Grossová. A mix couple of Indonesian & Czech.
This is how i remember my Grand Mother Věra Hamšiková (the one sitting beside my Father). As i lived in Indonesia and she lived in Czech, i only meet her a couple times before she passed away in 1982 when i was 8 years old. And sadly, she was the only Grand Parent i got the chance to meet.
I used to love dancing when i was a kid. This is me dancing Balineese Dance.
I was always Proud to be Half Czech. To have Czech Blood in me. Czech had always been my 2nd home. But the distance between Indonesia and Czech make it not so easy for me to “Come Home”. Especially after having 3 young age kids. Last time i travelled to Czech was in 1992. Quite a very long time, i know..
This month is going to be very special for me. Yes, in 5 days i will finally fly to Czech. By my own. After 26 years !!. But this time, it’s not going to be “Just an ordinary travel”. This time, it would be my 1st Geneology Travel.
As i mentioned before, i started to research my Family Genealogy shortly after my Father passed away in March, 2018. I was like a zombie sitting in front of my computer every single day, researching my Ancestors. My Mother only gave me a few documents from my Grand Parents. And so i really start scratching and digging from zero.
Until one day i tell my self, this is the right time to go for Genealogy Travel. Kids are starting school, my Brother live with me so he could take care of them when i leave them. Their Father will also come every week so i made a decission to go.
With a couple records i found on internet (Some of them were given by Pani Lenka Matusikova from National Archive) , some vintage Family Pictures and some living Relative in Prague, i started to make a Plan. Where to go, what to see, who to meet, what to research in Libraries and other sources. I really want to know deeper about my Ancestors. Where they lived, visiting their villages and cemeteries, trying to figure out my Czech Roots IN and OUT. I need to fill some blank names on my Family Tree. I need to know my Family History. I’m doing this not only for me. But also for my descendants. So they wouldn’t have to search from zero to find out their Roots.
Suitcase packed. Some gifts for my family and relatives are ready. A lot of research papers already packed also. And now..i’m just preparing myself. My mood.. my emotion..my goals. This is not going to be easy. But the “Detective Feeling” inside me is already waken.