In a message dated 7/23/2004 12:00:49 PM Eastern Standard Time,
I agree, hire a local researcher to do the preliminary work locally.
Several years ago I visited Einsiedl/Mnichov near Marianske Lazne and arranged for
a local researcher to act as my driver/translator for an 8 hour day. Before
I arrived she contacted the local town hall and the village woman that held
the keys to the church, so that it could be opened for us. In the village
she translated the one page history of the church from Czech and had it
photocopied at the town hall office for me. The unexpected highlight of the visit
was when the caretaker/keylady asked (in Czech) if we wanted to see the
mummies in the crypt. Sure enough there they were-naturally mummified bodies in
the low basement along with several dozen closed coffins as well as several
piles of bones. On my own I would have on been able to drive to the village and
walk around the few streets. As I had German ancestors in the village there
are no descendants there, all were expelled nearly sixty years ago.
I hope this may be of some help. Bob Buckler