Six Mile, south of Victoria, was a large Czech community. My ancestors, the Holy and Drgac families lived there a long time. Even after moving to Crosby, theyMessage 1 of 4 , Apr 26View SourceSix Mile, south of Victoria, was a large Czech community. My ancestors, the Holy and Drgac families lived there a long time. Even after moving to Crosby, they went "home" to have their kids and get help with the babies for a while.
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On Apr 26, 2013, at 6:15 PM, "Rosemary Ermis" <roseermis@...> wrote:
That’s an interesting question to answer.
I decided to start checking the Victoria Advocate for obits issue by issue starting in 1900. I think I found one Czech obit between 1900 and 1915. I thought I had hit the jackpot when I started finding obits with the surname “Polka”. Then I found out the “Polka” group was from Germany. I’m up to 1958 now, but there are years missing.
Earlier this week I went to the Fayette County Memorial Library and started an issue by issue search of the La Grange Journal on microfilm. Between January 1880 to July 1881 I found seven Czech obits.
When I have searched using Newspaper Archives, it depends on the years of the digitized newspapers. I have found Czech obits prior to 1900 in Galveston.
My guess, and someone who has done work on Czech demographics can correct me, is that the early Czechs were concentrated in the Fayette and Galveston County area prior to 1900. So it depends on where your Czechs were living and the newspapers available.
The SPJST should be putting the Vestnik online at some point starting in 1900. The early issues are all in Czech. I’m looking forward to this. Although I can’t speak Czech, I can usually handle Czech obits as they follow the same pattern of other obits of the day. And I have an in-house interpreter, my husband, who is currently taking the Advanced Czech Class in Schulenburg. I’m hoping to find the obit of my elusive Magdalena Marek that her son Jerome said was from ”Europe” on the death certificate and her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Marek.
I have always wondered if and/or how death notices or obits were distributed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many newspapers don't start until the 1900s. Also, when I do find a copy of a newspaper from an earlier time, it doesn't include obits unless it was an important community figure or an extraordinary event.
I have found relatives where I can find no mention of their existance unless it is a birth/baptismal, marriage, or death record. All of these records are useful, but leave out a lot of important details at the same time.
If there is a good reason for this gap, I would appreciate someone with more knowledge filling me in. If there are better places to look, that would be useful info too.