Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Czech Archives (was Ocre)
- --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@egroups.com, sabinov@w... wrote:
> I take exception to the statement that the Czech archives are makinghad to
> money off "rich Americans" sending for reports.....
> I certainly don't consider myself anywhere near "rich", in fact I
> wait several months recently before I could afford to send the moneyfees
> ($76) for the report the Czech archives recently finished on my
> Silhavy's in Bohemia. However, I am not complaining as I feel the
> are perfectly reasonable for what you get. The last report was only$32
> and that took me back 3 more generations. This time I asked forsiblings
> and to go back as far as they could, and to translate it intoEnglish
> (so they do send reports in English if you ask... which I wouldcould
> recommend as the last time I didn't and it was forever until I
> people to help me translate it, and even then people can't agree ongood
> certain words). And they also send you a map of the regions, a very
> map, for $4 more if you want them to. Much cheaper than buying thesefor my
> highly detailed maps anywhere else.
> Would I prefer to search the records myself? Sure. I've done that
> family in the (now) Slovak Republic and it's been wonderful. But ifthis
> is how the Czech government is going to handle things, at least fornow,
> I can live with it. Compared to fees charged by the German archivesand
> some Irish Heritage Centres, believe me, the Czech fees are cheap.information
> It all boils down to what you are willing to do to find the
> you want. If you don't want to spend the money, then don't.... but Ijust
> don't think anyone can tell anyone else NOT to have research done
> because they don't agree with the system.Can't dispute what you say above.
Perhaps the Czech Archives treat mail requests from U.S. differently
than they treat walk-in researchers who attempt to use their
facilities on site.
For example, they radically limit the number of registers one can
access and have tightened up this requirement. Why ?
Know Americans who have gone there to do research and then have
left the archives.
There are Czech commericial services who will do the research for
the fees plus their own additional fee.
Rich is a relative term.
Some surnames , to whom I have replied, have cried because they
can't afford even those (modest) fees as stated above to
complete their ancestor research.
The LDS has performed a great service for surname researchers with
names from Slovakia and other countries where Mormons have filmed.
Wouldn't tell any researcher NOT to have research done.
But you are correct.
Political commentary has no place on any genealogy mailing list or
- Please e-mail me the address to send for a search for the Drobnak name. My
husband always thought he was Czech but his grandfather wrote his country of
origin was Slovakia.
Do they charge you if they do not find the family?
Mary Anne Drobnak