This should be some great discussion. These are the same questions that I
have asked. I will look through the note that I made when my dad was alive.
I do know one story that he told me. His dad would do a lot of fishing in
the mill pond at Heligen Kruz. They caught mostly ells. I'll do some more
Please keep us posted.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Paulson" <rpaulgb(a)comcast.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2006 12:01 PM
Subject: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Family History
Dear List Members,
I need your help!
I am finally putting pen to paper and beginning to write my family
I have been collecting all the necessary documents: birth, death and
burial records, naturalization and ship manifests, land records from
the old world and the new, histories of villages and world events,
There is still much that I do not know about my family.........!
Most, but not all, of the immigrants who came to Minnesota and
northeastern Wisconsin between 1850 and 1890, came from the South
Egerland and the Böhmerwald, from the counties of Bischofteinitz,
Mies, Tachau, Mark Eisenstein and Krummau.
So, what was it like to live in the mid nineteenth century in
villages located in the hills and valleys of western Bohemia? I
cannot find anything about everyday life written in English.
You can help ......
I know many of the list members are émigrés from Czechoslovakia after
W.W.II. What was it like for your grandparents and great grandparents
to live in the villages of Bohemia? This information would be of
great interest to those of us whose grand parents or great
grandparents emigrated over one hundred years ago.
Our immigrant ancestors were, for the most part, peasant farmers.
How large were the farm holdings in acres? What were the the homes
made of, squared lumber, thatched roofs? What buildings were there in
a typical farmstead? What field crops, vegetables did they grow?
What and how many animals did they have? Did they plow with oxen or
horses? What was the everyday routine of a farmer, a farm wife? What
were the chores of the children?
In the coming weeks I will be posting additional questions about
everyday life in Bohemian. I hope these questions will bring back
fond memories that you will be able share with all of us.
Thank You for all your help!
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