TIME: February 8, 1858
PLACE: Břeskovich, (now Vřeskovice) in the Plzeň region oof the Czech Republic
SUBJECT: Josef Dolanksy birth record
From: Porta fontium
After almost 9 years of doing genealogy, I was finally able to go “across the pond” and found my maternal, great-grandfather’s birth information!
This is what I knew: he was from Břeskovich Czechoslovakia; his father’s name was Charles; he had a birth date of February 8, 1858 and he immigrated to the US with the Jansky family..
I found a link to the Porta fontium site from Wesley Johnston’s “Researhing Czech Church Records on the Internet.
After blindly searching, I finally figured out how the things were organized (thank you Google translate) and performed a search with Břeskovich as the place and checked “Matrika narozených” (birth registers). I clicked on the result with the correct time frame and started looking page by page for the name “Dolansky”
It turned out to be easier than I thought.
Even though the registers are all in Czech, and the handwriting made it quite challenging to decipher some words, I actually found him quite quickly.
Now, I know the names of his father and mother :
Karel [Czech form of Charles] Dolanksy and Katerina Jansky
The names of his grandparents :
Paternal-Vavrince [Slovak form of Laurence] and Anna Dolansky nee Jicovy
Maternal-Vaclav & Katerina Jansky nee Hrebec
Where they are from and what they did for a living:
Father-a peasant cottager [an agricultural laborer who lived in a cottage on the landowners land] in Břeskovich (house #53);
Paternal grandfather-a owner of a farm in Chlumčany (house #4); Maternal grandfather-a peasant cottager in Jina (house #12)
This makes me so happy.
I love the Internets.