BLAHNIK Family From Chodsko, Bohemia (Czech Republic)
(Modern coat of arms)
Literature from the
Institute for Slavic Studies
"Last September I commissioned Slavic Research Institute to find the homestead of Geog and Katharine Blahnik, our immigrant ancestors. I received the results of their efforts on the 8th of March. They did not live in Kdyne as I thought. Instead their home was a few kilometers west, the town of Starz or Starec in German. They owned #17. Georg's father Georg, his grandfather , Jacobus, was also born there. The records they sent go back to 1749 with parents listed before that time. . . "
On April 22, 2002 Francis
writes that he sent, "Copies of what the Institute of Slavic Studies sent me.
(There) are translations of the original church records that are written in
Bohemian. I received them already translated. . At the time the entire area
was of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (and) the official language of which was
German. . .(The official papers) were hand-written in gothic script, which few
people can read. I had them translated by a retired German teacher from
our local high school. She first translated the Script into modern
German then translated the German into English
The ancestral project of the family BLAHNIK from the village Starec in western Bohemia. Compiled by David Kohout, Prague, Czech republic October 2001-Feb 2002:
"ONLY FEW WORDS ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
The information from the client show that:
-Joseph Blahnik was born in NOVY GDYN
For me was quite simple to identify the place
of the origin of the family: it was the town in western Bohemia with the present
name Kdyne, quite close to the border with Germany. Originally was also
for this town used the German name Neugedein, which is possible to translate to
Czech language like Nava Kdyne or Novy Gdyn/in English New Gdyn/.
On 23.October I came to the archive in Plzen
to start the work on this project. I took the alphabet register/No.34/ of
all church records of the parish Kdyne from the years 1836-1855.
Because the surname Blahnik is around Kdyne
quite usual, I tried to find out the family of Georg Blahnik in neigbour
parishes. I searched the parishes Loucim, Mrakov, Uboc, Dlazov,
Slavikovice and Pocinovice. It was quite a lot of work, but without any
success. I did not know, how to continue with this project.
When any family in 19.century wanted legally
emigrated from Bohemia to US, the family had the duty to ask the passport on the
local County office. If this request was difficult to decide, the County
office sent this request to Vice government in Prague: to decide that.
It was a good idea - in the box No. 15 of this fund I really found out the emigration act of George Blahnik!!! (The copies of this act enclosed). The family was mentioned from the village Starz /today Starec?. But: the village Starec is the part of the parish Kdyne, so why I did not find the records of Blahnik family in the book No. 34 (see above)???
It is simple: it was the mistake of the
Archive in Plzen - the book No. 34 was only for the town Kdyne. The
original information of inventory /that the book No.34 is for all parish
Kdyne/, was wrong!!!
In the first register of the family Blahnik /from client/ is mentioned the brother Georg, in the year 1856 cca 15 years old (born 1841). The same brother George is mentioned in the act from the fund of District office in Plzen/the request for passport/>
But: I absolutely did not find the birth
record of this Georg between the children of Georg Blahnik and Katerina, nee
Blahova. He was not born in Starec and also not in Hradiste, in the
birthplace of Katerina, nee Blahnova. The chance, that the vicar forgot to
write the birth record of Georg to church records, is quite small... I do not
know, WHO was this Georg - maybe some relative. Maybe is the chance, to
find out this information in the County archive of Domazlice.
If the client will be interesting in finding the living relatives between this Blahnik's, let me know. I was also interesting, who lived after the year 1856 on the Blahnik's farm No. 17 in Starec: beginning the year 1856 is many times mentioned on this farm the family of Georg Stary.
Anyway: between the years 1857-1888 is in
Starec mentioned no birth, wedding or death record of any Blahnik.
Like the COPY NO 2 I am sending 4 pages of the act of George
Blahnik from the fund of District Office in Plzen. See above.
RECORDS (pdf form):
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