Czech Genealogy: Preparing for our next exclusive translation from 1878 for your Czech genealogy all across America!
We at Onward To Our Past® are excited to be working on our new, exclusive Czech genealogy translation for our fans. You can believe us when we say this one is a truly amazing piece! As we like to say here in the office it is a real Cracker Jack!
It will take you to early American Czech families from coast-to-coast and from the Gulf of Mexico to our border with Canada. It will feature more Czech information than any other translation we have completed with the exception of the 192-page book written in 1895 by Hugo Chotek.
But first let us set the stage for a moment…
The year was 1878. This edition of Amerikán Národní Kalendář was just Volume II and we are guessing the publisher, August Geringer of Chicago, Illinois, was wondering if his annual Czech-American journal was going to have any staying power. We believe it is safe to say between the combined facts of (A) Amerikán Národní Kalendář was published for 79 consecutive years and (B) we are here, some 137 years later using it as a key resource for Czech genealogy and history research he needn’t have worried.
So, what was happening back in 1878? Here are just a few of the highlights.
- The first telephone exchange was established in New Haven, Connecticut, the first full-time telephone operator, George W. Coy was hired, and the first telephone directory with a whopping 50 names in it was published.
- Greece declared war on Turkey.
- A fellow by the name of Henry Tibbe was granted a patent for an improved corncob pipe.
- The first weekly weather report was published in the United Kingdom.
- Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in F premiered.
- Fred Thayer patented the catcher’s mask (patent 200,358).
- Thomas Edison patented the gramophone.
- The Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico was fought.
- Harley Proctor introduced Ivory Soap.
- First Lady, Lucy Hayes held the first ever Easter egg rolling contest on the White House lawn and the first telephone was installed in the White House.
- The first ever fire pole was installed (in a firehouse in New York City).
- The good ship Azor sailed from Charleston harbor with 206 freed slaves bound for Liberia.
- The first unassisted triple play occurred in baseball (it was turned by Paul Hines)
- “HMS Pinafore” by Gilbert and Sullivan premiered in London.
- The Treaty of Berlin carved up Africa for future colonization.
- The outlaw known as ‘Black Bart’ made his last clean getaway.
- The American Bar Association was organized.
- Cleopatra’s Needle is installed in London.
- Vaseline received its patent (127,568)
- Joseph Pulitzer began publishing the St. Louis Dispatch.
- John Kehoe, the last of the “Molly Maguires” was executed in Pennsylvania.
- The first store in the U.S. to install electric lights flipped their switch on in Philadelphia.
And certainly our list would not be complete without mentioning Edward Pooley completed a record 8 stumpings in a cricket match!
You can see there was a lot going on in 1878 and of course one of those was the publishing of the second volume of Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
The writers and researchers of Amerikán Národní Kalendář must have been busy pre-publication given the breadth and depth of the article we have chosen for our newest translation.
Our translated article, which we will begin tomorrow, is titled “STRUČNÁ STATISTIKA. Osad, míst a okresů ve Spojených Státech Čechy obydlených (Jak daleko nám bylo možno letos dopátrati se dál. Budoucího roku budeme pokračovat)”, which is translated in English as “BRIEF STATISTICS. Of settlements, towns and counties in the United States inhabited by Czechs (as far as we were able to find this year. Next year we will continue.)” This article is going to be a wonderful resource as it gives us an intimate look at the status of the Czech immigrant population across America in 1878 – as they say ‘as far as we were able to find’.
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