10 February 2014

Travel Log: October 7th, Part 1, Carlsbad, Fischern, & Putschirn again

“. . . So we just arrived in our hotel in Litomerice because we have an appointment in the State Litomerice Archives tomorrow. Hopefully the census records are held there at that archive, and we will see what else we can find there too.

Today we packed up, had breakfast, and then walked over to the hot springs to get a Karlovy Vary cup for Jennifer because she asked Mom to get her one (that's what everyone does there, I guess, they get a special cup and sip the hot spring water - yes, I tried a tiny taste, and yes, it was hot and gross). But the cool thing is we have two photos of ancestors (their names are unknown to us so far) that were taken at a photo studio that used to be right there at those famous hot springs in Karlovy Vary.

Then we left the hotel and headed to the local archive in Karlovy Vary-Rybare, because before we left town Mom had emailed one of the State Archives asking them where to find census records for our ancestral towns around Karlovy Vary, and they wrote her back and told her to go there. We were excited to look at the censuses to hopefully fill in some gaps and figure out who went with who. But they don't have census records there. They told us the censuses for the towns in the Karlovy Vary region are in the State Archives in Pilsen, which was not close to where we were so we couldn't go there. They did tell us that they had something for the town of Imligau (Jimlikov) that was translated as Chronicles or Annuals for the town (possibly including school or church information?) from 1924-1942. But they showed us that that book was also online at www.portafontium.eu, and so we decided to look at it later -- it's got much later dates, but we could at least check it for our surnames to look for any descendants who stayed here, or see if they have Annuals for any of the other towns online. 

Oh, but we did find the old church in Fischern quite by accident -- when we parked to go into the archive, the church was right there. That would have been where our Strunz family went to church while they lived in Fischern.
Catholic church in Fischern

I loved the decorative work over this arched doorway.

Then we went to those other towns and photographed the remaining ancestral houses that I had found on Google Maps the other day. We went first to Putschirn and found houses 25, 17, & 7.

House No. 25 was my favorite of the day. Putschirn No. 25 is the house where my 3rd great grandparents, Maria Anna Strunz and Joseph Ott, were married.  We never would have found it without Google Maps: Besides the fact that it didn't have a house number on it at all, it wasn't even on a road -- it was in the same yard as another newer house, and the old house No. 25 was back away from the road, beyond a little green house in the yard. There were red vines growing over it and the door was missing, with an open door frame. No one lived there, but the new house on the lot was inhabited. And there was a big Rottweiler in the yard that was only separated from us by a flimsy looking fence, so when it jumped at the fence and snarled at us that made us rather nervous.  I told mom to just keep walking and not to look it in the eyes, and we got back to the car alright after taking our pictures.
Putschirn No. 25
No. 25 beyond the little greenhouse in the yard.
No. 25 from the back.
Then we found Putschirn No. 17, which had been rebuilt and was a light green house.  No. 17 is where my 4th great grandparents, Anton Strunz & Katharina Möckl, lived at the time of the birth of their son, Joseph Strunz, who died as a baby.
Putschirn No. 17

Then No. 7, which was a tan house on the Main Street with an original looking roof.  Putschirn No. 7 is the house that Anton Strunz & Katharina Möckl had moved into by the time of the birth of their youngest son, Joseph Strunz (who was given the same name as his older brother who died as a baby). . . .”
Putschirn No.7

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