BLAHNIK Family From Chodsko, Bohemia (Czech Republic)
(Modern coat of arms)
I want to offer a special thanks to all Blahnik family members who have contributed to the efforts to maintain our family roots. This project is doing so well because we have so many family members who have made contributions of time, information, photos and more.
1- DNA PROJECT This is the most exciting addition to the genealogy of our Blahnik family. Ladislav Blahnik did a vast amount of research for the Blahnik family in Czech during the 1960's. From his Research he proposed that all Blahniks are related and go back to a man named Ondra in the 1400's. Joel Blahnik has shared this wonderful family tree which documents his family from Lipkov to Smrzovice to Wisconsin. Joel has cousins who remain in Czech and have helped maintain our family roots and contact.
I am from the Algoma Blahnik family and knew Wenzel Blahnik who did a tremendous amount of research of this family from the time of immigration into Wisconsin. What I did was to research the Blahnik families I could find in America and see how we connect. This web page has helped bring all of the many Blahnik researchers together to help contribute to the mission to connect all Blahniks. It has been with much pride and gratitude that to have spoken to so many of our family and share our findings. Francis Blahnik commissioned some research in Czech for the Algoma family. Joel Blahnik made contact with Jiri Kaiser, cousin of this family and photograph Starec 17. Jon & Cheryl Blahnik became interested in learning about their Blahnik family and commissioned a researcher in Czech also. This information aided in connecting other Blahniks I had in the family database that had not previously been connected. I discovered a pattern in the Blahnik family showing most all of the immigrants came from a small pocket area between Domazlice and Klatovy in old Chodsko. This is consistent with Ladislav's research.
Jim and Blanche Blahnik decided to hold the first Blahnik reunion at the new Blahnik Heritage Park in Algoma in 2012. Jim pulled Joel Blahnik and myself into this project to work on bringing all Blahniks together. Wenzel Blahnik's daughter Evelyn Brookhyser had donated his part of her father's land to honor the Blahnik family and reunions he used to host. Joel had contacts with his family in Czech, musical expertise in Czech music and Ladislav's research. I had been publishing this web more than 10 years and had many contacts to encourage participation in this event. Jim Blahnik opened up a Face book account called Blahnik Reunion and we had families from 8 different Blahnik families attend from all over the country along with Canada and Czech. Again I was able to gain more information to try and connect all Blahniks. Many of the old records are not readily available so I wanted to see if we could take the next step by using a DNA group.
Joel, Jon and Jim Blahnik all come from different Blahnik branches that don't have a common ancestor as far back at 1717. They volunteered to become involved and about that time Mike Glime contacted this editor to discuss the Blahnik family. Mike also comes from the Algoma branch and has done work with DNA groups. He was kind enough to step up to the plate and set up our group. He is also working on interpreting the data for us. This is an exciting new challenge and we encourage any and all Blahnik families to participate. The sample needs to come from a direct line male Blahnik - uninterrupted father to son line for Y DNA analysis.
We are getting some exciting results. See
DNA PROJECT for more results. So far 3
separate Blahnik families connect and 2 more have ordered tests to see if they
can connect their branch.
3-Addition of research on the Blachniks (Blahniks) of South Dakota.
4- Agnes Hallama commissioned further research in Czech for the U Blahnik-Canadian family branch. Two more generations are now Bob Blahnik from that branch has joined the DNA project.
5- The Blahnik family had been millers since the late 1500's at U Blahniku just east of Chodsko Lhota along the Andelice River. Please read the article about the History of Millcraft in Bohemia which mentions our family mills.
6- Historical Costumes of our Chod ancestors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Mrc-AyzGg
- email Lori if you have more info DNA Project is currently being discussed.
2008 Blahnik Heritage in Kewaunee County Opened. Paul and Evelyn (Blahnik) Brookhyser of Newport, Ore., donated the property to county officials at a ceremony in August 2005 (shown left). The park unites two of Kewaunee County's physical assets; the Ahnapee State Trail and the Ahnapee River, providing a place for residents and visitors to enjoy nature in many forms. Blahnik Heritage Park. The 23 acres of land donated by Wenzel F. Blahnik's daughter, Evelyn and her husband Paul Brookhyser. Wenzel did a great deal to collect family histories and holding reunions. He was descended from the Algoma Blahnik - John, son of pioneer Georg Blahnik. 2011 International Blahnik reunion was held there on 8/20/2011
If you like Kolaches visit Tom's Pastry Shoppe 409 Milwaukee St, Kewaunee, WI 54216-1023 Phone: (920) 388-2533. These are made in the way familiar to both the Smrzovice and Algoma families. They also have something they call Belgium cakes that are also Bohemian. The Poppy seed filling if fabulous. If you like to try making your own here is one from Bohemia.
Try https://www.oblaten.com/index.html for a wonderful Czech desert wafer. They are fantastic!
Bob Blahnik continues regularly search obits in the Wisconsin papers and they are updated in the family tree.
2007 GEDfile indexed 6811
Flag correction per Ludmila Nová http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemia I would have a little correction for your web site: so, the Czech / Bohemian flag looks like this: the red colour is down and the white colour up on the flag (the teachers say to the small children at school this "key": "the blood is falling down, but the peace dove is flying up". -Thanks Ludmila!
This web page is meant for all members of the
Blahnik family and its descendents. There is also information pages
about the American Immigrants, History of the family and Blahnik names we have
not yet connected to the main tree. I'm entering the Blahnik names I have
located in the County Register of Deeds
offices, Census records and Pilzn
Archives and trying to connect them to the tree as well. Any
assistance with information is greatly appreciated.
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