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Did you know? ….. Some interesting (at least to me) facts about our Bohemian ancestors:
  1. It wasn’t until 1882 that the U.S. Immigration department began to recognize Bohemians as a separate group.
    1. What this means to Genealogists:  For your Bohemian ancestors who emigrated from Bohemia to the U.S.A. before 1882, you will need to watch for entries beyond Bohemian.  Watch for German, Austrian, Hungarian, etc.
  1. According to Joseph Slabey Roucek in his 1934 work, “The Passing of American Czechoslovaks”, Czech immigrants “usually” brought their families with them, thus intending to stay in the new country, while Slovaks “usually” left their family in the old country, made money in the US, then returned to the old country. 
    1. What this means to Genealogists:  If your ancestors are Slovak, watch for single entry passengers on the arrival lists in Castle Garden, Ellis Island, Baltimore, Galveston, etc.  If your ancestors area Czech, then watch for family groups. 
  1. The individual States showing the largest number of persons speaking Czech in 1930 were:
    1. Illinois…………..53,797
    2. Ohio……………..21,820
    3. New York……….21,641
    4. Nebraska…………13,839
    5. Texas……………..11,093
    6. Pennsylvania…….10,006
    7. Minnesota……..….7,814
    8. Michigan…….……7,440
  1. The individual States showing the largest number of persons speaking Slovak in 1930 were:
    1. Pennsylvania……..88,353
    2. Ohio………………39,109
    3. New York………..22,211
    4. New Jersey………20,741
                                                               i.      What this means to Genealogists:  If you are having a hard time locating a Czech or Slovak ancestor, remember these numbers.  They might help you!
  1. The largest cities for Czechs and Slovaks, again in 1930, were:
    1. Chicago            136,148
    2. Cleveland           72,221
    3. New York           54,163
    4. Pittsburgh            35,000 (Almost all Slovak)
                                                               i.      What this means to Genealogists:  Again, if you are having trouble finding an ancestor, remember these cities. 
  1. Many Bohemians also continued in the agricultural mode of living here in the United States.  In the early days they established many Bohemian-named communities in the United States:  Praha in Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Texas; Plzen or Pilsen in Iowa, Kansas, and Wisconsin; Tabor in seven States; Protivin in Iowa; Vodnany and Pisek in the Dakotas; Melnik in Wisconsin; Malin in Oregon; and Brno and Slovania in Nebraska. 
    1. What this means to Genealogists:  Don’t forget to take a look at these small, Bohemian communities when you are doing your searching.  Many (often without Bohemian names such as Lidgerwood and Hankinson, ND) have wonderful anniversary books full of family names!  I have found genealogical gold in the anniversary books of Lidgerwood, Hankinson and Protivin!
  1. Lindsay Reply

    Interesting fact about 1882….though still doesn't help me in getting past Mary Burnes Hervert and Vaclav Hervert. I know Vaclav and Mary came in 1880 (census). Can't find any records for immigration – mainly b/c Hervert is so close to Herbert that i'm finding almost exclusively British immigrants! I will have to try looking under Austrian….they were often listed as Austrian in census records too.

    Also trying to figure out how this cousin of grandma's who actually lives in Austria. Grandma's lost contact with her, I can't recall her name right off the bat. I'm wondering if she might be a granddaughter of Johanna Anna Vicha?

    And Vaclav's mother Marie also came (not sure when??) and grandma's told me oodles of stories about here from her mom. Apparently she was a diabetic invalid, but chocolate cakes kept disappearing and Julia was blaming her brother Charlie for eating the cakes. Then Julia catches old Marie red handed….she would make her way downstairs in the middle of the night to eat the cakes!!

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