We are a little over six weeks away from a 3-Day Conference that is
filled with a host of wonderful, knowledgeable, and experienced
speakers. If you are looking for answers to puzzeling Czech
questions, this conference is a must for you to attend. It will
Czech from side to side, top to bottom. The best part...it is in
In the few weeks ahead, I will post imformation about the speakers,
sessions, and activities in order to help you understand the vast
amount of material that will be covered.
Today's focus will be on Karen Hobbs. Karen lives in Colorado
Springs, CO and will hold three speaking sessions and one "Workshop
Thursday - July 27, 2000 - 7:00-8:30PM
GENEALOGICAL APPLICATIONS REGARDING RECRUITING PRACTICES UNDER THE
Karen describes this session as: "The history of changing recruiting
regulations and practices starting in 1740 and how those regulations
impacted peasant populations and the men who were recruited into the
Austrian army. Emphasis is on helping the genealogist learn what is
necessary to apply to research about ancestors who are known to have
served or who may have served in the Austrian army."
Friday - July 28, 2000 - 9:00-10:00
WORKSHOP WITH KAREN
Do you have a military photo of an ancestor? A medal? Because of
years of research, Karen can recognize many "marks" that give the
to help you solve a military puzzle. This time period has been set
aside so Karen can work with you on a one-on-one basis. As you pack
your suitcase, tuck in the photo or item that might help you find the
answers about your ancestor's military background.
Friday - July 28, 2000 - 2:15-3:45
SUMMARY REVIEW OF BASIC MILITARY RECORDS AND THE WARTIME EXPLOITS OF
BOHEMIAN INFANTRY REGIMENT NUMBER 35, 1864-1866
A summary review of some basic military recruiting regulations and
records for soldiers who served in the Austrian army prior to 1868.
It touches on discovering your ancestor's recruiting district,
displays and discusses contents of individual soldier's records,
musterlists and military death registers. Follows the soldiers of
Bohemian Infantry Regiment number 35 (Pilsen District) through the
wars of 1864 and 1866 with illustrations from paintings and drawings
made during those campaigns.
Karen will show slides, and also have a list of medal winners (with
their home towns) from the war of 1866 as an illustration of the kind
of information that is available in regimental histories.
In one part of this session, she will talk about the music the
soldiers marched to and sang. Not promised, but sound effects may
also be used!
Saturday - July 29, 2000 - 9:15-10:45
DISCOVERING YOUR ANCESTOR'S POLITICAL DISTRICT OR RECRUITING DISTRICT
FROM OBSCURE SOURCES AND USING MILITARY RECORDS FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH
This session will cover using old maps, some 19th century
publications,internet sources and other means to discover where your
ancestral district may have been. The second part of the session
show various types of military records and source material available
on film at LDS Family History Centers and discuss their contents and
value for genealogical research.
It will have a lot of detail about military records and how to select
what you need from the LDS FHS film catalog. If possible, Karen will
also include a lot of information from Standestabellen (monthly
reports) that are really good sources for surname searches. The
Standestabellen will not be in the other sessions, nor will baptismal
records/birth records from the military church books or references to
indexed officers rosters, passport records, etc.
Karen uses a lot of slides, illustrations....all those "little extra"
means of making a very enjoyable and educational session. Having sat
in on her sessions many times, I can truely ask the question, "How
one person's brain hold so much knowledge on a subject as hers does"?
With the exception of the workshop, Karen's sessions will be 90
minutes, and I promise you, you will be given a full 90 minutes! If
you are looking for military answers, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS ANY OF
HER SESSIONS at the
CZECH HERITAGE SOCIETY OF TEXAS
3232 Briarcrest Drive
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