In a message dated 2/19/2005 11:49:51 A.M. Mountain Standard Time,
Unfortunately I do not have the means to hire a czech researcher. I believe
the German name would be Kamenitz. I also read that their is a village
called Kamenice in northwest Jihlava.
Wasn't Jihlava called Iglau in German?
Iglau was a German "Sprach-Insel" meaning that there
was a relatively high density of German-speaking people
there. There may be Heimatbuch in German from
that place. Whether Kamenice is included would depend
on whether it had many Germans living there who were willing
to document the place after they were expelled.
When I started research about 1993 I realized that there was
almost nothing available in English. I started to teach myself
to read German right away using scans of German pages
converted to ASCII text in an OCR program and then dumped
to translation software.
It took a lot of effort and dedication but was well worth it to
be able to look at a German web page and have an idea
what is on it.
I still have German-speaking friends help me out fairly often and there are
people on the list who will usually work with you on a sentence or two.
All you have to do is find a text and do a paragraph a day. You need older
dictionaries (pre 1918 if possible) that will include some
of the obsolete words found in Heimat books and other Heimat
I found some at Alibris.com
and in local used books stores.
Buying dictionaries can be cheaper than hiring a translator or a Czech
researcher if you have the energy to invest in learning to
read German or Czech.
The CGSI library in St. Paul has a catalog on line and you might
contact one of the librarians to learn what they have about
I hired a Czech researcher to visit my home village and take photos.
He called the mayor and the people living in the ancestral homestead and
made arrangements to get into all the places associated with my ancestors.
He visited Slavice, the parish town north and the town to the east (Ksice)
where my ggdad went to school.
It took him two days and he sent me 65 photos with explanations for $125.
I don't think it would cost very much at all to find out from a Czech
Researcher if there is a book that describes Kamenice and what the title is.