Czech Genealogy: Beyond the beer, the kroj, and the koláče.
I absolutely love being a genealogical historian. It combines the best of two worlds I can really lose myself in; genealogy and history. Plus to get the best out of our genealogy we must understand and weave history into the tapestry of our genealogy and family history to attain the best understanding of it we can.
I’ve said it before, but I think it bears being said again. When you get into your Bohemian (Czech) genealogy some fantastic discoveries await when you go beyond the beer, the kroj, and the koláče.
Not that there is anything wrong at all with enjoying the fact that beer (pivo) is a fixture of Czech culture (heck, Pilsner Urquell happens to be my favorite brand), some folks enjoy dressing up in their kroj, and you will never find me shying away from a koláče (especially if they are apricot-filled), but there is so much more to the richness that is Czech culture than these that gain the lion’s share of the attention.
If you follow our posts on our website at http://OnwardToOurPast.com you have seen our most recent series, which was the five installment translation of the 1896 Amerikán Národní Kalendář article “Czech Americans and the Czechoslavic Ethnographic Exposition”. Just before this series you can read about the ‘Little Mole’ Krtek with a dash of genealogy thrown in. If you missed it you can read it by clicking the following link http://onwardtoourpast.com/genealogy_blog/czech-genealogy-a-fun-czech-puzzle-that-came-together-by-chance.html.
These is just two of the ways we are working to expand the Czech culture horizons and information available online for anyone who has an interest.
In the coming weeks and months we will be continuing this effort by bringing to our readers more exclusive translations and information on various aspects of Czech culture, most of which will combine Bohemian (Czech) genealogy, history, and culture. There is so much that we can celebrate in our Czech heritage. Music, poetry, prose, books, famous Czech-Americans, Czech customs, Czech heritage sites, Czech media, historic newspapers, and current newspapers such as Czech Slavnosti, and of course Czech glass.
We will be focusing on genealogy of course, but we will also be featuring those areas that combine genealogy and family history with events of note in the history of Bohemia, people who were key figures in Bohemian history, and topics that can be of use to all of us as we attempt to entice more of our family members to enjoy the richness that is our shared Czech heritage.
There is much to celebrate in the fabulous and colorful tapestry that is Czech culture and history.
It was Czech-American writer Josef Jiri Král who perhaps said it best when back in 1893 he wrote the following for Music magazine:
“Bohemia is one of those happy countries whose people may truly be called a race of poets and musicians.”
It is also interesting to note that Mr. Král dedicated this statement in honor of the great Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák.
So it is that tomorrow we will begin bringing you the story of that great Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. We will mix in some genealogy, some family history, and bring you a snapshot of the life and times of this great musician and especially focus on his time here in the United States.
It’s going to be a great ride, we promise!