Our Genealogy Translation Partner: KENAX Translations!
As I posted the other day, we are getting ready to launch the first of the original translation sections on the Hugo Chotek article on Cleveland Czechs (Bohemians) for your genealogy and family history work.
I thought it important to give you some background on the partner that Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services is using for this terrific effort.
So …. I am pleased to introduce Karel Kosman, owner, KENAX Translation Services Company!
What’s the current status?
Over the past several months, the team at KENAX Translations has been hard at work on the almost two hundred pages of Hugo Chotek’s work on the early Cleveland Czech (Bohemian) community from 1895.
Karel’s team has been doing terrific work, especially considering that they are working with what Karel tells me is ‘old Czech’, which is quite different than how ‘new Czech’ is written and used today.
A Sample of What is to Come:
The team points out that you will notice that the old Czech is almost backwards from English and this segment is a perfect example of that. The team said “More modern Czech has come closer to English and this old Czech is almost backwards to modern Czech. Quite the chopped up and reversed phrases. I have to juggle in my mind as I try and formulate the English. Interesting challenge and the proofreading will definitely require a lot of work.” If you know Czech you may well find the old Czech a bit humorous and if you know Ohio you will most decidedly notice the name of Put-In-Bay!
The first draft English translation is as follows for this passage:
“After this, once the remaining committee members of M. Fnouka, Fr. Hruby, Jos. Nrovec. Vacl. Ryhclik and Fr. Kohoutek concluded their work for the administrative year 1893-4, another 128 zl. r. c. was sent to Prague on Feb. 15, 1894. Then, on August 8 of 1894, the Club organized an excellent outing to Lake Erie at Put-in-Bay, where it drew proceeds of $105.75, which was sent to Prague as part of its $200 donation on Sept. 11. Even so, $69.70 remained to spoil the coffers.”
From the perspective of genealogy and family history, I love that in just this one short paragraph we find a place name, how money was used, and best of all five surnames!
I have to say one of the best parts of partnering with KENAX Translations has been the opportunity to get to know the owner, Karel Kosman, a Czech expat currently working out of Thailand. I love his work! I enjoy his views on life and I really enjoy his sense of humor. To get an idea, take a gander at this link for his background.
So get ready! There is going to be some wonderful information here! For those who are searching for their family surnames in Cleveland, Ohio and for those interested in Cleveland history.
Remember, the only place you will find this exciting slice of historic Cleveland, Bohemia, Czech immigration, and genealogy all together and in English will be here at Onward To Our Past Genealogy Services!
As they say …. watch this space … or Coming soon!