Croatians in the Czech Republic

Another day, another regret that I didn’t take a European history class. I’ve been continuing my search for the elusive original Zaumeyer by zeroing in on my Czech DNA connection. The surnames I’m finding are also common in Croatia, so now I’m learning as much as I can about migrations among Croats (and their political alliances, by proxy). If I can find a connection, it would explain why my DNA test disclosed Southeast Europe but not Balkan or Eastern European (which is a little strange given one of my great-grandmothers was 100% Polish).

I’m also lowkey in love with the Czech language, even though it makes records so much harder to search. A birth index will have an S section as well as an Š section, for example, CH comes after J and before K. But the names and words can be so beautiful, even if the town names vacillate often between Czech, German, and some oddball in-between spellings. The accent marks scramble me when I’m deciphering old script, but the sweeps and swoops add a visual element that’s a tad more pleasing to look at than, say, a U.S. state census.





This week’s focus

Keep digging for Brittle, Jones, McMurray, and Rockhold(t) pre 1850

I need information on Eldridge W Jones (and his connection to the Amonett family), Sarah McMurray, Milton P Brittle, and Minnie C Williams (or Esom). All are ancestors of mine who lived in the Wilson/Davidson county area, starting in the 1820s. Affiliated families include Creath, Carter, Abernathy, and Galloway/Halloway.

Looking at Polish and Hungarian DNA matches

I have Southeastern Europe and Scandinavian DNA not accounted for, which (in addition to making me audit the F out of my existing research) has me sorting around looking at matches to find common ancestors. Unfortunately, these names are insanely hard to search for because of spelling variations and name-changes based on region. (Or in the case of Scandinavia, a distinct patronymic naming system that is equally challenging to a ‘murican like myself.)

Playing with maps

I have finally discovered the Library of Congress’s map archives, which have been fascinating and helpful in placing some hard-to-find relatives. I also learned that map files have to be huge in order to be useful in most cases. I had previously referenced cadastral maps in the Czech Republic so I’m surprised it took me this long to utilize this resource.