As you may have seen in my post yesterday, I found a truly wonderful find on my one Bohemian family branch. A whole page interview with him by a well-respected Czech author and then published in perhaps the most respected Bohemian journal of that day.
I found this wonder, not via Ancestry.com, nor any other genealogy-focused location, site, or group.
Rather I found it by sniffing out the tiniest of clues in history and academic resources.
The more I studied the history of the area of my ancestors that I was interested in, the more I became familiar with names, journals, studies, etc. Then I began to dig into the resources I could find regarding those figures rather than my ancestor.
In this case the circle closed! I began trying to find any esoteric pieces of work done on the early Cleveland immigrant community and Cleveland itself around the 1850-1899 time frame. The more I read and studied about the times, the more I began to understand more of the players of those times. I decided to follow one author, since he was well known and while he spent a great deal of his life and efforts in Texas, Nebraska and Missouri, the ended up in Cleveland.
In reading one of his books, I found the statement that in 1894 or there abouts he spent a year in Cleveland talking to the earliest Czech immigrants to document their experiences! He mentioned a portion of a name where he published his story and with some more digging I found who held those journals and then got a digital copy. There was the gold!
So …. follow the trail, and watch for even the tiniest of signs! You just never know which one will lead you right where you wanted to go!
Onward To Our Past,