You mean, two Radnice in Czech Republic?... one in Bohemia and one in Moravia? Frank Zavoral never called himself anything other than a Bohemian, never a Moravian, but he didn't talk much about his family or his place of birth except to say that he was angry because it didn't exist anymore and he couldn't go home. That was because Bohemia wasn't Bohemia anymore, just part of the "new" Czech Republic after 1920, which he never recognized as a legitimate entity.
I'm familiar with the Radnice near Plzen and I believe that is the one that my relatives are from, but I'll check out this other one, just in case, if I can find it. My Bohemians are/were mostly Catholic. Moravia is/was mostly protestant, isn't it?, which this family mostly isn't, but we'll see. He died when I was a baby and my grandmother not long after, so I don't recall from memory anything much about them.... only what has been told to me by others.
I've also a clue from one recently acquired document (his declaration of intent for citizenship) that he might have been from Lubna and I found one Lubna in east Bohemia. I know my grandmother's family.... the Svobodas are from Radnice in west Bohemia. Well, I just discovered another Lubna WEST of Prague, but north of Radnice near Plzen....nearest town of any size to it is Rakovnik, so now... 'tis more of a puzzlement. Well, I just found a third Lubna in Moravia, so that adds to the confusion.
We just don't know much about my Grandfather Zavoral's family at all. My grandmother put Radnice on his death record, but she may have been confused... both her son (my father) and her husband had just died within 4 weeks of each other. I know her own father... Charles Svoboda was from Radnice. But she and all her siblings were born in Chicago.
I'll check this actapublica.eu out and see what it is and if it has anything of him in it. I'd just love to find his parents and any siblings, whether they came to US or not.
Well, I found a "guide" to using this website... the meanings of some of the tabs... search = Hledat, etc...all in English and I've found how to get to the Radnice records, but it's going to take some time to go through all this.
Thanks so much for suggesting it. The records are fascinating, even if I don't find anything pertinent. I've already seen the name "Lubna" in some of the Radnice records, so maybe their documents are here, too. Lubna is supposedly a very tiny place, so maybe their records were kept by Radnice. This is getting to be exciting.... I'm seeing actual pictures of the pages of the Radnice records kept at Plzen.... for decades and centuries.
Unfortunately, the dates of these files I'm in now, as near as I can make out, only go to 1860 and I need records from 1863 and 1878. So I'll have to see if I can find more info in other "books". I am learning how to get around at least. Now I'm in a book of baptisms from 1878 to 1884... some of this is in Latin and some in German... both of which I understand a bit of. Nothing in this Baptism book, so onto the next. And I'm picking up a bit of Czech... my Aunt Marta always said if I wanted to learn to speak Czech, I'd have to put a bunch of marbles in my mouth first. She's a funny lady! Always making jokes.
Well, this will take awhile, but I'm having fun slogging through it all. Thanks so much.
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