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I do not have any specific information on them but there are many
Soukups living in and around the community of West, Texas (about 15 miles north of
There were also some Soukups living in Burlington and Rosebud, Texas
(where I was raised).
Frank Soukup was a blacksmith and ground corn into cornmeal for the
public. He was quite a comic character.
He had one glass eye. He lost his eye while trying to pick up a dead
chicken as he rode past it on a motorcyle.
He always wore a striped cap (like railroad conductors wear) and rode
a bicycle around town. Whenever he was riding his bicycle past a lady he would
always tip his cap but when he attempted to lift his cap it would raise him
off the bicycle seat (as if the cap was stuck to his head).
He was very talented in welding and working with steel and had a
number of "tricks", one of which was that he would heat a piece of steel until it
was white hot and would lick it and it did not burn his tongue. I wouldn't
suggest that anyone try this but I wish I had learned more about how he did that.
>From: "Mick Felton" <mickfelton(a)seren-books.com>
>Subject: Can anyone help
>Old-Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 09:54:54 +0100
>We're looking for information about a Pieter von Staffel Favel,
>thought to be from a gentry family in the dar Klutno (?) area of the
>Sudetenland occupied by Germany in 1938. If anyone has any knowledge
>of this man I would be very grateful to hear from them.
>38-40 nolton street
>tel: 01656 663018
>fax: 01656 649226
I can find for you information about your ancestors Adolf Strohmer and
Fidelius Strohmer in the archives in the Czech Republic. If you are
interested in my offer you can contact me by email:
Barbora, professional genealogical researcher
I am a new lister. My 5g grandfather started a tannery in Reichstadt in
early 1700s. I have direct descendants to my g grandfather but would like
additional information on siblings of the early generations. I am
particularly interested in an ADOLF STROHMER who was born in Reichstadt in
1810. Also want information on children of Fidelius Strohmer (1785-1867).
Any information or suggestions gratefully accepted. Shirley Atkinson
Thanks to this informative article, I found the church that some of our
ancestors attended in Milwaukee in the mid to late 1800's.
Prior to reading this article, I wasn't aware that St. John de Nepomuc
chuch was a Bohemian church near my ancestor's home in Milwaukee. I looked
through some of the church records and found information that I had been
searching for. I also may have found the city of one of our more elusive
According to the record Josepha LASEK (with a funny hook over the "s") was
born in "lirulo Pilsinsi". Does this (in Latin and hard to read
handwriting) mean that she was from near the city of "Pilsen"? I can't
seem to find "Pilsinsi" and am wondering if it is supposed to be a
I also found a new spelling for the surname - previously had never seen
this possibly native version of the last name. Always appears as LASHEK,
LASHECK, etc. etc. Found it once as Laske with a slash over the "e". Is
this a similar pronunciation?
Thanks again, Susan! Your article on the web has made a big difference!!!
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
die Familie meines Vaters stammt aus dem Dorf Hareth bei Brüx, wo
unsere Vorfahren nach Ausweis der Kirchenbuchakten der Gemeinde
Deutsch-Schlatnik seit 1611 nachweisbar sind. Diese Kirchenbücher
befinden sich im Archiv in Litomerice, wo sie über eine Findkartei
Als erster Name taucht für den Hof Nr. 11 im Jahr 1611 der eines
Mathes Struempel auf, der schon 1595 in einer Auflistung der
robottpflichtigen Bauern des Dorfes Hareth für den neuen Besitzer des
Dorfes genannt wird. Seine Tochter heiratete einen Schwab, dessen
Familienname für die weitere Hofgeschichte sich erhält bis ins späte
19. Jahrhundert hinein, als ein Dorn die Höfe 11 und 12 durch Heirat
einer Verwandten zusammenlegt. Erst 1923 ändert sich der Besitzername
durch Einheirat meines Grossvaters Adolf Dietl aus Polehrad .
Bis zu Mathes Struempel ist die Ahnenliste nun komplett;
es freute mich besonders, dass unsere Vorfahren offenbar nicht im
Zuge der Rekatholisierung Böhmens, sondern als friedliche
Kolonisatoren ins Land gekommen sind.
Der Schlussstein an der Eingangstür des Hofes Nr. 11 wies bis zum
Abbruch des Dorfes 1981 die Jahreszahl 1548 auf, sodass die Vermutung
naheliegt, dass mindestens zu dieser Zeit bereits unsere Vorfahren
dort lebten. Wie könnte ich weiter forschen, da die Möglichkeiten des
Archivs in Leitmeritz wohl erschöpft sind ?.
Im Internet versuchte ich, die Bestände des Prager Archivs zu
erschliessen, aber meine Unkenntnis der tschechischen Sprache hat
Haben Sie einen Tip für mich, wie ich den augenblicklichen
Forschungsknoten lösen könnte ?
Vielen Dank für Ihre Mühe und Grüsse
Maria Dietl-Beissel, Grossjena b. Naumburg/Saale
For the persons wanting to know the definition of "Baca Books."
Incase knowone answered your question yet.
Published in USA, Leo Baca: Czech Immigration Passengers Lists, Richardson,
TX 1986. Persons who moved from Czech Republic To USA. These books are 4
volumes and contain "accurate" place (sometimes incomplete) of origin of
persons from Czech Republic. Also called the "Immigration Passenger Ship
Helpful hint from years of research: Once you get the exact year your
came to USA from Czech and you know the city they came into (from their
obituary or other info you have) If you don't find them in Baca
Books.........remember that it was sometimes cheaper and faster and for
other reasons.....they may have taken a boat from Germany or other ports to
get to USA faster or cheaper...
so check other ship ports if you don't find your ancestry in the Czech ship
lists. (Yes, it can get confusing and be a long search, but rewarding in
Ms. Kris Durschmidt, Chandler, Az, USA
> [Original Message]
> From: Kris Durschmidt <kristico(a)earthlink.net>
> To: Czech-d-request <Czech-d-request(a)rootsweb.com>
> Date: 7/20/03 12:09:23 PM
> Subject: FW: Durschmidt/Buschka/Fiderlick/Fibicker/Kvechala/Kreisenger
>---Our Mrs. Anna Kreisenger was last know to live in Denver, Co....probably
>Still looking for exact address of my earliest descendent's (known). (The
most help may come from people living in this area) Rudolph William
Durschmidt, son of Farz Durschmidt and Barbara Buschka. He was
> > > > born 1-12-1860. I only have that it was in Pilsner, Bohemia (near
Prague) Austria. They were raspberry farmers (later I think) They came to
USA in 1867
> > > > (Rudolph would have only been seven) according to Obit. They came
in through New York, USA.
> > > > I have already checked:1. Czech Immigration Passenger Lists, NY
list 1847-1869(Baca Books). 2. Wrote the Archivex Praha Director, Ing. M.
Slovicek, several time with funds, to no avail.
> > > > 3. USA, Salt Lake City Family History Library, Salt Lake City,
Uhta, USA Czeck Specialist-Sylie Pysnakova, International Reference Unit.
> > >
> > > Would be great to know if any living descendents to us in Pilsner,
> > > >
> --- Kris Durschmidt
> --- kristico(a)earthlink.net
> --- EarthLink: The #1 provider of the Real Internet.
--- Kris Durschmidt
--- EarthLink: The #1 provider of the Real Internet.
for the list
could someone tell me if leopold & joseph or emile are the same name.
also wendel & wenzel are they interchangeable.
also joseph & julius or venzil are they the same.
would there be a e-mail site for name designations
I'm searching for information on the WOEHRL and LASHEK/LOESHECK (var.
spellings) surnames. Are these recognized by anyone?
Our ancestors, Andreas WOEHRL, son of Adam WOEHRL and Anna Maria BLEICHER
and Anna LOESCHECK, d.of Joseph LOESCHECK and Anna LOEVY came to the US
prior to 1860 and were married in Milwaukee at Old St. Mary's in 1862. At
various times, he was listed as being from Austria, Bavaria, Aust-Bohemia,
and Germany. She was listed as being from Aust-Bohemia, Bohemia, and
I have no idea where they came from. I've been able to find very few
family members in Milwaukee records. Unfortunately, I didn't know of the
original surname, WOEHRL, and spent most of my time searching for "BELL".
They lived in the areas near St. Mary's, St. John De Numoc, and St.
Joseph's. He was, at times, a Brewer, a Teamster, and brakeman.
Although I've found a few female LASHEKs, there have been very few males.
Do Bohemian females return to their maiden names when their husbands die?
Can anyone be of any assistance?
I am a descendant of a Hessian Soldier named Jacob Rasnick of SW
Virginia. In my research in trying to discover his true name and
identity back in Germany, I am pretty certain that his name was Johann
Ruehrschneck, a soldier documented in the Ansbach-Bayreuth Troops
during the American Revolutionary War. The problem is that
Ruehrschneck is a very rare name in Germany and the family appears to
have originated elsewhere and emigrated to Germany from possibly
Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, etc. Bohemia has been
specifically mentioned as one point of origin in family lore. One
family member in Germany says that his father told him that the family
was part of the group of religiously persecuted Protestants who
emigrated to Coburg, Germany from Salzburg, Austria in the 1630's
during the 30 Years War. However, there is no trace of the family
name in Austria today, so they evidently were just passing through. I
have learned that there was also another wave of emigration almost 100
years later. This information coincides with the first chronilogical
place and date found for the family name by a professional genealogist
in Germany. I have read on the Internet that there are a few books
that may chronicle this emigration, and possibly document family
names, and I guess what I'm asking is for advice of which resources
could possibly be helpful in my search. Is there any organization or
researcher who specializes in tracking migration patterns of such a
difficult family, or possibly some linguisitics expert who could at
least better pinpoint the origins of the name, thereby narrowing our
Thanks for your help.
Marie Rasnick Fetzer
We recently had a geneaology search done by Felix Gundacker in Austria of our
Bohemian ancestors. He said that he could not find the translation of an
occupation of one of the discovered ancestors. The spelling is Bespannten and
Bespanntenstochter. Does anyone recognize these words?
Deb Ranthum and Ida Jaglo, descendents of Ludwig Grossmann.
I notice on 07/30/03 you mentioned the name KREISSINGER I have on
my side of the panzner name a Joseph gressinger or greisinger he
married bebianae or vabianna pansenier,panserir, panzner about 1869
or 1870. they lived in Michigan.
pl;ease contact me. I also have the surname of cervenka.
I am going to Chicago next week and I would like to try to find my
great-grandfather's naturalization records. According to the Chicago
voter's registration, he filed his naturalization papers on Sep 24 1888 at
the 'County Court of Cook'. I wrote to the Circuit Court of Cook County,
but their search failed to turn up anything. Does anyone have any
suggestions of what other records I might search and where I might find
Also, any recommendations for German or Bohemian restaurants?