Dagmar's Blog

Ancestry, genealogy, and Czech Republic through the eyes of genealogist

Christmas of our Czech ancestors

Today, Christmas is the most important holiday of the year for us, and it exists in three forms in our world. They are church holidays celebrating the birth of Christ, others are folk, full of traditions and customs, often even from pagan times, and then also commercial Christmas, full of hustle and bustle and an […]

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Slavs, Bohemians…or Bohunks?

If we are demonstrably Czech from our ancestors, we have inherited a mixture of genes from various nations that have shaped Europe for at least the last 2,500 years. According to the latest findings, only about one-third of the Czech population is typically of Slavic origin, while Germanic (from Germanic tribes), South Slavic (from South […]

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What our Ancestors Ate

Traditional folk menu The rural people have always eaten simply, efficiently, naturally and healthily. Even in the first half of the 19th century, only what was grown and harvested in the rural economy was cooked and eaten. The folk menu reflected the employment of the people, and especially the seasons. In spring and summer, meals […]

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Uniqueness of Czech Beer

Czech beer brewing has a long tradition and is one of the most famous in the world. According to Czech regulations, beer means a frothy drink made by fermenting wort prepared from malt, water, untreated hops, processed hops or hop products and brewer´s yeast. From a sensory point of view, Czech beer can be characterized […]

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Kris Quinn's Review of her Ancestry Tour

Visit to the Czech Republic Hi, my name is Kris Quinn and I am a US citizen from the state of Maryland. During the Fall of 2019 I visited the Czech Republic for nine days, living a childhood dream. To fulfill this dream and find where my maternal and paternal grandparents were born and where […]

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Czech Footprints in the USA

… A brief history of immigration from the Czech Republic to the USA In 1840, a potato crop failure caused by mold hit Europe. Famine broke out in Ireland and drove thousands of emigrants to America. Hunger also affected Bohemia, but the country still had an almost medieval serf system that did not allow free […]

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