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\
Phone : +420 224 800 812
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.
I can’t hardly wait !! I will Travel to my Past..
What was your Ancester’s Occupation ? How did the made a living in 1800s ? 1700s?
I made a little compilation i transcribe from my family records. I will update this Post every time i got new fact.
1. Vyměnik :
2. Rolnik (= Farmer. Peasant Farmer, had Land, Horses, Live Stock. AKA Sedlak) :
3. Zamecnik :
4. Sedlak (= Farmer. Peasant Farmer, had Land, Horses, Live Stock) :
5. Krejci (= Tailor) :
6. Drogista (= Chemist) :
7. Prodavacka (= Shop Assistant, Sales Lady) :
8. Domaci Hospodar :
9. Cedlar – Urednik :
10. Sluzebna :
Věra Hamšiková was my Grand Mother from my Mother’s Maternal side. She was the only Grand Mother i got the chance to meet even only a couple times, since she lived in Czech and i lived in Indonesia.
Věra Hamšiková was born in Pražke Předměsti, Hradec Kralove, Prague on June 23rd, 1918. Here is her Birth Certificate my Mother gave me :
She was the 2nd child of 4 to Karel Hamšik (I) and Anna Bodesinská. This is her Family Tree :
Věra Hamšiková was married to Emil Gross (II) in Prague, om December 20th, 1946 and had 1 daughter, Věra Grossová which is my Mother.
Here is their Marriage Certificate :
Věra Hamšiková passed away on December 28th, 1982 in Prague. Here is her Death Certificate :
Marie Rihova was born in Vysike Myto, Bohemia, Austria on December 27th, 1859. According to my Grand Mother Věra Hamšiková‘s Birth Certificate, she was my Great Grand Mother.
She was the 2nd child of 7 to Josef Řiha & Marie. She had 6 siblings :
- Anna Řihová (November 2nd, 1858 – Vysoke Myto, Bohemia, Austria)
- Josefa Řihová (February 16th, 1861 – Vysoke Myto, Bohemia, Austria)
- Josef Řihá (II) (January 29th, 1865 – Vysoke Myto, Bohemia, Austria)
- Antonie Řihová (May 2nd, 1867 – Vysoke Myto, Bohemia, Austria)
- Jiřina Řihová (April 24th, 1872 – Vysoke Myto, Bohemia, Austria)
- Ružena Řihová (March 3rd, 1877 – Vysoke Myto, Bohemia, Austria)
Marie Řihová was married to Bohumil Bodesinsky, and had 2 daughters (as far as i know for now) :
- Marie Bodesinká (November 24th, 1879 – Vysoke Myto, Bohemia, Austria)
- Anna Bodesinská. She was my Great Grand Mother.
This is a Record i found about Marie Řihová :
Terezia Kovarová, was my 2X Great Grand Mother. Based of my Grand Mother Věra Hamšikovás Birth Certificate, she was the daughter of Thomas Kovar. I didn’t find her mother’s name yet. But i will search it later.
Terezia Kovarova was married to Jiři Hamšik (I), and had a Son named Karel Hamšik (I). Which is my Great Grand Father. He might have some siblings as i didn’t research his family line yet.
Anna Bodesinská is my Great Grand Mother, from my Mother’s Maternal side. She was the 2nd child to Bohumil Bodesinsky & Marie Řihová. She had one sister, Marie Bodesinská who was born on November 24, 1879.
Anna Bodesinská was married to Karel Hamšik (I), and had 4 children :
- Karel Hamšik (II). Later married Marie and had 2 children , Pavel Hamšik & Hana Hamšiková. I assume they were born around 1950s. I will write about them in other Post.
- Věra Hamšiková. Born on June 23rd, 1918 in Prague. She was my Grand Mother. The only Grand Mother i met, even only a couple times. She was married to Emil Gross (II). I will write more about her in other Post.
- František Hamśik. Married to Anezka and had 2 daughters, Věra Hamšiková & Alena Hamšiková.
- Hugo Hamšik. Later married to Josefa and had 2 sons, Karel Hamšik (III) & Jiři Hamšik (II).
Bohumil Bodesinsky was born in Bohemia, Austria on November 27th, 1856.
Based to my Grand Mother Věra Hamšiková‘s Birth Certificate, he was my 2X Great Grand Father from my Mother’s Maternal side.
Bohumil Bodesinski was married to Marie Řihová, and had 2 daughters (as far as i know for now) :
- Marie Bodesinská (November 24, 1879 – Vysoke Myto, Bohemia, Austria)
- Anna Bodesinská. She was my Great Grand Mother
Thomas Kovar, my 3X Great Grand Father from my Mother’s Maternal side. Based on Vera Hamsikova‘s Birth Certificate, he is the father of Terezia Kovarova, Vera’s Grand Mother. His Parents & wife are unknown yet as i’m still working of my Mother’s Paternal side. But as soon as i found any information, i will update this Post.
Other information written on Vera Hamsikova’s Birth Certificate about Thomas Kovar are :
- He was born in Holesov. His Birth address was : Vizovice c. 116. Holesov na Morave.
- In 1918, his Occupation was Vymenik v Lipe c. 40