about info from Czech Archives
- I noticed something important while I was going through my info from my
previous requests/reports from the Czech Archives on my Silhavy
line..... and wondered if this had happened to anyone else.... and if
not, I hope it helps someone (because I have no idea why this didn't
occur to me before ).
When you write to the Archives for info, the report you get back can
either be in Czech (like my first report) or with English translation
(as with my 2nd and 3rd reports, and I got the maps for $3 too that they
offer).... and then the 4th time I finally asked for copies of the
They are from 1790-1818 period, and are in very fancy handwriting and
difficult to read (nothing looks like any letters, more like old German
script... which I guess makes sense for that area), and to be honest
since I had the report in English I didn't give them more than a cursory
glance. **Didn't bother to look at the columns for sponsors**, which is
NOT included in the translation.
So.... guess what I found when I finally looked?
More Silhavy's that I have no info on listed as sponsors for both the
marriage and 3 of the 4 children.... a Ludwig Silhavy for the children
and an Antonius Silhavy for the marriage.
I had asked the archives to look for siblings as the family story was
there were 7 brothers,.... they did not list any, or tell me they looked
actually. So now, I have more names to ask them to look into... as I'd
bet these are brothers, or at least cousins.
I never noticed that the translations didn't include sponsors, tho I use
films from the Slovak Republic all the time and am always careful to
note sponsors (which has given me so many clues to more family)... I
cannot believe I actually never thought on those English typed reports
"who were the sponsors"?
So for the future I know what to -specifically- ask for....... anyone
else had this happen?
And I"m wondering if I should write back to those archives of the first
3 reports with copies and ask for info on sponsors? I'm sure since the
pages are listed it wouldn't be hard for them, and I'd pay for it (that
would be required I'm sure).... maybe it would give me more names to
Boy, do I wish those Czech records were filmed, there is no substitute
for doing the research yourself, you can just find so many things that a
paid researcher will not do. From what I hear from SLC tho, it doesn't
look like that will happen.
Maura Petzolt mpetzolt2@...
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