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
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 :
Olsany Cemetery address is :
Vinohradská 1835/153, 130 00. Praha 3, Czech
Phone : +420 267 310 652
The Cemetery was built on the original Farm Estate Malvazinka in 1876, and in its time it was second Biggest Cemetery after Olšany
My Mother told me, that all of Gross Family was buried in Malvazinky Cemetery :
The Address of Malvazinky Cemetery is :
U Smíchovského Hřbitova 1, 150 00. Praha 5, Czech
Phone : +420 251 566 684
Marie Grossová was my Grand Aunty, my Grand Father’s older sister. She was born in Prague, on February 28th, 1902 as the 2nd child of 4 to Emil Gross (II) & Marie Rozumberská.
She had 1 older sister : Emilie Grossová (1901), and 2 younger brothers : Emil Gross (II) & František Gross.
Marie Grossová started her Career as an Actrees
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.
This is my Father, Oemardi. An Indonesian man born at Bandung, West Java on March 11th, 1930 as 3rd child of 4 to Dharmopranoto & Siti Minah.
He had 2 older sisters : Soekarni Dharmopramoto (1926) & Soeprapti Dharmopranoto (1928). And 1 younger sister : Mukilah Heriniati Dharmopranoto (1936 – 2006).
Oemardi served in the Indonesian Army from 1950 to 1970, when he married my Mother. Because at that time Army Officers were not allowed to marry a foreigner.
My Father led the Indonesian Independence Day ceremony as a Military Attache at Czechoslovakia , 1969 :
This is Visible Honour awarded by Indonesian 1st President, Soekarno :
He married my Mother on August 30th, 1972. Here is their Marriage Certificate :
He was my True Hero..
My Father passed away in March 11th, 2018 at age 88. He would be forever missed.
My Mother was born on January 6th, 1951 at Prague. She was the only child to Emil Gross (II) & Věra Hamšiková
My Mother with her Grand Mother Marie Rozumberská on her Christening Day, January 1951.
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 :