Family research update

28-MAY-2008: The telephone call I mentioned in my previous note was from Roma Angelika Czudek (nee Cholewa) and her husband Jerzy Włodzimierz Czudek. They discovered my genealogy work on the internet while they were building their own family tree. Roma and Jerzy live in Cieszyn, Poland.
This is the area where the Olza river creates the border between the Czech Repubic and Poland. This area was split into Český Těšín, Czech Republic on the west side and Cieszyn on the east side of the river. An agreement for division came after an armed conflict between Czechoslovakian and Polish forces soon after WWI. The division and agreement were reached in July of 1920. That’s your history lesson for today!
The Roma & Jerzy Czudek family in Poland invited me to participate in their online family tree. They have accumulated over 100 family members, including many photographs, in their family project. Although we have not discovered a connection between my family and theirs, we did add a Chudek family who immigrated to Scotland after WWII and became "detached" from the original Czudek family.
Since my introduction to this new internet technology a few months ago, I have uploaded my family history into two different websites. The first site is here:  and a second internet site is here:  Both sites provide for complete privacy by requiring you to be an invited member to participate in viewing and building a family tree. This collaborative approach can help move your family history research forward into collateral lines of relatives previously unknown!

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Telephone call from Poland

16-APR-2008: Today I received a telephone call from a Polish woman asking about the Czudek family connections. I do not speak Polish so we communicated in English as best as possible. We exchanged email addresses and will exchange information to see what can be discovered. I didn’t think to ask her name while on the telephone.

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Oral history confirmations

20-SEP-2007: Yesterday I re-discovered a copy of a page I received from Helena Czudkova [Milikov, Czech Republic] in 2000. She sent this copy to me along with a letter about my grandfather Johann Czudek and the early history of the Czudek family. I decided to post the image to my website and ask for translation help on the Czechlist@yahoogroups site.
The next morning I had numerous messages from the list members. The consensus was this is a page from a book of Silesian folk stories [fairytales]. It might be from a bedtime storybook by author Antonin Satke. The story title is "The Glass Hill" which tells about three common girls living together of which one marries a king. It was also suggested Maria Czudkova was the story narrator. In order to be published in a book, she would have to be a recognized regional storyteller.
List member Matej Klimes said "It’s in the dialect spoken in the North Eastern corner of the Czech Rep, the Suddetenland, areas around Cesky Tesin, Hlucin, NE of Opava, etc. It (the dialect) is sometimes referred to as "po nasemu" [~our way] and yes, it’s a mixture of Czech and Polish with a few German words…" [Ed note: The Suddentenland is the NW region of the CR, whereas the NE area described is called ‘Silesian Moravia’.]
This information supports the comment by our translator that she [20-ish] had some difficulty understanding Helena Czudkova [70-ish] when she spoke.
My thanks go to the listmembers who helped identify this piece of our family history.

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Added a third photo album

5-JUL-2006: Today I added a third photo album which chronicles the first year of our puppy, Brogan. Well he’s hardly a puppy anymore! We got him last August, 2005 and he has grown to nearly a hundred pounds of muscle and energy. I swear Mary feeds him better than me!

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A new website

3-JUL-2006: Well here we go… The original web server bit the big one and is history after a 7-year flawless run… It’s time to try something new…
Here’s two photo albums for you…
The first one contains select pictures from our European vacation during the spring of 2001… We visited Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria… Landing by air in Frankfurt we rented a car for our 3-week adventure.
We visited the Delicia accordion factory in Horovice, the Egermann glass factory in Novy Bor, the Moser showroom and mineral springs in Karlovy Vary, the Moravian Karst north of Brno near Blasko, the Priessnitz Spa Center in the Jesenek Mountains, The regional genealogical arhive in Opava, toured the vineyard region around Znojmo, a fish farm near Jablunkov, and of course numerous days with relatives in Stepankovice, Bystrice, Milikov, and surrounding villages.
The photos in the second album are compliments of Daniel Talbot who attended the wedding of Doctors Daniel Niesner and Jirina Czudkova. The three young interns, including brother MUDr Petr Niesner, were guests at our home in Minnesota during the summer of 2000.

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