While I was in the SLC FHL last week, I did find a few books in the
Czech section written in English of the history of Bohemia.
My ggrandparent imigranted from Western Bohemia (Zinkovy area)in 1867 to
St. Louis with other families from the same estate (Zinkovy). They were
cottagers and very poor. I was able to find their history back to the
1651 Berbi Rula as property owners in the same village they immigrated
from in 1867. They were farmers with trade to pay taxes and property
fees for their land. With premission, they worked in their trade before
they could farm their land, to pay the high taxes and fees. There was
great enomic depression in during the 1866+. My ggreatfather was a
stonesman, and other members were bricklayers. Single women were usually
"maids" for a household.
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In a message dated 9/18/2006 7:43:48 P.M. Mountain Standard Time,
So, what was it like to live in the mid nineteenth century in
villages located in the hills and valleys of western Bohemia? I
There was a seriest of somewhat poor harvests, an economic
depression, and rinderpest in the early 1860s.
When the 1866 war was lost Prussian soldiers came to each village to
demand their "share" of war reparations to be taken to Pilsen within
a certain time (not very many days). Peopls who were already
mortgaged to the hilt had to come up with cash as their share of the
village assessment. Most of the villages made up the sum and got
it to the central collection point on time.