I am the wife of George in Austin. Believe it or not, There are, in Yoakum
Texas, many Knezek, Marek, and many others of your group. Mrs Knezek is one
of the officers at Yoakum National Bank. They also have & breed Semmital
cattle. Mr. Jakubec livesa there also. He is on the board of directors of
the Yoakum Heritage Museum. Mareks are there, in Lavaca, De Witt, & Calhoun
also, one of the ladies who correspond with the group lives in Virginia &
works in some capacity in Washington, D.C. So you will probably receive much
help. I have a daughter living in Crestline, Ca. Heres hoping the wild-fires
don't get out of hand.
----- Original Message -----
From: "leannamongan" <sulakmongan@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 1:26 AM
Subject: [TexasCzechs] Genealogy Book Recommendations, Prosím
When I joined this list a mere month ago, genealogy was the last
thing on my mind. Then it happened - I have been bitten by the "who
are my great-grandparents" bug. I've signed up for the 2 week free
trial at Ancestry.com, and did not learn anything I didn't already
know - my grandparents immigrated to Galveston in 1908. So, now I'm
stuck. Since it has been 100 degrees plus here in Southern
California, I made good use of the air conditioning (and Thomas train
set for the kids) at Barnes & Noble yesterday afternoon. That was a
pointless trip except for the $15 I spent at the Starbucks (kids
again - they sure can be expensive!) So, tonight I started going
through Amazon.com. I like them, new books and free shipping.
However, there are a lot of books there about Genealogy. Even the
reviews are too helpful. I looked through this TexasCzech website
since this seems to be the biggest group of family researchers I am
familiar with, but could find no recommendations for basic beginners
book on how to find out who my ancestors were.
My aunt did a family tree with all the basics of who married who when
and births from these unions, but that is it. Well, not exactly
all. It seems many of us have been unlucky in love, so the divorces
are there too.
Anyway, I would just like to know what all ya'll think about the
various genealogy how-to books out there and where best I might spend
my husband's hard earned money. I was also thinking about getting
one of those software programs to organize it all, but again, there
are people who love and hate them all. Does anyone here use any of
these things or is it a waste of time learning how to use yet another
And, since I'm asking questions here, does anyone have any idea how
to find out who my grandparents parents were? I asked my aunt and
she doesn't know. Since they were both born in Moravia in the
1880's, is there anyway to find out? Sorry if that makes anyone
shake their head in disbelief, but I was just wondering...
I'd really appreciate any opinions or recommendations.
Thanks so much,
Leanna Sulák Mongan
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