I agree with Peter Sint that Felix Gundacker's books are also very useful and
I would recommend that anyone interested in directories like Peter describes
should be sure to visit Felix's web site.
I know that it is not allowed to offer things for sale on this list and that
means that all we can do is tell each other about things we have found that
are useful without meaning to promote one or the other. Felix knows
personally that I have great respect for his books.
For many of us the directory of places is a bonus on a CD we might want
because of the other things on it...the Heimat literature and Egerland
dialect. Many people have no opportunity to ever see a Heimatbook and this
will at least give an introduction to the photos, maps, drawings and general
content of these books. The material that will be on the CD is from the
Egerland -- the largest contiguous area of the German-Bohemian Sudetenland so
it represents a large number of immigrants.
Some list members may have ancestors from the Tepl or Luditz area and that
would make the Heimat information especially nice to have.
Anyone who is doing research on German Bohemians and Czechs before the end of
the 19th Century knows that you have to learn to deal with the German
language sooner or later. You don't give up your research because you don't
know the language...you find ways to cope and that is often easier and more
rewarding than you might anticipate. You can always have documents and other
texts translated if you are unable to succeed with translation software and
internet translation services. It is slways better to have something in
German that we can eventually find a way to use than to have nothing at all.
Those of us whose ancestors arrived in the US at the turn of the century may
have to deal with Czech as well as German.
As soon as the CD is available I hope that we can get started translating
parts of it.
I don't know if it is really necessary to translate the directory because
anyone who needs one or two entries translated can usually get that done
without difficulty. Finding the entry you want only requires that you have a
reasonably accurate spelling of the place name you are looking for. That
should be true of any place name directory that you use. After some practice
you catch on to the sound-alike similarities.