Koranda of South Bohemia

Descendants of Koranda who lived near Trebon in South Bohemia are lucky indeed.  Extensive work has been done on Koranda and is now ready for delivery.  Drs. Robert Dulfer and Olga Cerna of Rozmberk Society and Czech Ancestry have been involved with many worthwhile projects including but not limited to the Czech Emigration Museum (“Peasant Museum”) in Kojakovice,  the Emigrant Letters Project (EMILE), Sister City affiliation with Oxford Jct. IA, etc.  For the past several years they have been gathering Koranda data from every source of records available in the Trebon area, including the land books of 1602 and others that will not be published on the Trebon Archive website.  As time allowed, they made databases:  connecting families, tracking their moves from village to village, determining the ancestral origins of current research clients, etc.  The chances are good that they can take your Koranda line back to ca. 1600.   Also prepared for reporting is background material on life in South Bohemian villages, the historic emigration,  and on the Thirty Years War and its drastic effects on the people of the region.

Your cost?  Depends on how far back you have already taken your genealogy.  Dulfer and Cerna are happy to talk to you about your unique situation.  If you have proven your Koranda ancestry back to 1750, then the cost to go back to ca. 1600 will not be as much as if you know only that your emigrant Koranda left Hrdlorezy in 1870, for example.  Don’t hesitate to contact them via e-mail dulfer@rozmberk.org    There cannot possibly be another researcher who has more Koranda data.  They will deliver in English (other languages available) via e-mail and postal mail.  You even get a certificate from the Czech Emigration Museum stating “I traced my Czech ancestor back to 1600”, old maps, photos of pertinent places (your Koranda houses/farms if they still exist), and the proof of your ancestral lineage, of course.

Yes, many of you are pulling records from the online Trebon Archives.  I’ve had fun with that, too.  But we are limited.  If you can’t read archaic Czech, Latin, and the old German script, then you aren’t getting it all and might be making mistakes.  Even the months are hard to read in some records (8ber, Hornung, Xbris, etc.) and Suchdol nad Luznici’s parish registers go back to just 1670.  The early land records will not be published online (and we couldn’t read the 1602 writing anyway). Dulfer and Cerna have followed the bloodlines like Jan of Cloverfield, son of Fred of Snowy Meadow when surnames were scarce!  If you’re young you might be thinking that you’ll order your Koranda work “some day”.  Dulfer and Cerna are not immortal, folks.  Get this vital info while you can.                  Judy Nelson