Hi Tess, I see on another forum that you are now actively searching records in Czechoslovakia. Bravo!
Trying to help, I googled "Frantisek Zavoral in Lubna" and got a number of "hits." None seem quite right - but I have posted a link to one website I found, below.
This link shows Frank probably = Frantisek
The Zavorals in Chicago are not necessarily related, as you pointed out in another forum, but some could be, and you might want to keep their names in mind as you search the Czech records.
This is the website I mentioned:
Creator of the website is Jan Zavoral of Prague. Jan writes: "This is a part of Czech genealogical website dedicated to all members of Zavoral family. Zavoral ancestry came from a small Czech village Lubna located near to Litomysl in east side of Czech Republic....You can find members of Zavoral family who immigrated to USA from Czech Republic (Bohemia)."
Sounds like a different Lubna than the Lubna near Radnice, but this Lubna is indeed in historical Bohemia. "Your" Frank Zavoral is not necessarily from the same area as Rose's parents.
Frank's death certificate and WWI draft registration use two different places names for his place of birth (see notes below). I would tend to trust the latter more - it is information given while he was alive. It states his birth place as Lubna. Naturally we bear in mind that a different place name could be referring to more or less the same place - as when a tiny town is not mentioned, and a larger nearby town is named instead, a common practice among immigrants giving place names.
Below is a summary of the information found in other forums where this query is posted.
S U M M A R Y
ABOUT ROSE SVOBODA
Rose Marie Svoboda born 03 May 1887 in Chicago, daughter of Karel (Charles) Svoboda and Anna Kozlik, who are said to be from Radnice in west Bohemia.
In 1909 Rose married Joseph Smejkal; he died January 1918.
Four children: three sons who died young and daughter Emily Smejkal, born about 1914. Emily appears in 1920 census and on her 1928 death record in Michigan as Emily Zavoral.
Rose’s paternal uncle Joseph Svoboda had an elderly mother-in-law (married name Marie Svoboda) who, in her last years, lived with Rose.
Rose Marie Svoboda
next married (in Chicago in about 1919)
Frank John Zavoral
ABOUT FRANK ZAVORAL
Alternate spellings: Zaboral, Zavaral
Is Frank an American alternate for “Frantisek”?
Frank born 28 September 1878. World War I draft registration gives his birth date as 28 September 1877.
There are two men of this same name and about same birth year in Chicago at same time.
The wrong Frank Zavoral was married to Frances (Fannie) and was from Hercogova.
NEED TO FIND FRANK’S BIRTH RECORD
Frank’s birth record not yet found. His parents and siblings not known. TC believes his birthplace may be Radnice, Bohemia, as listed on his death certificate (wife Rose was informant). However his declaration of intent to become a USA citizen states his birthplace as LUBNA. There are at least three Lubnas; one is a tiny place north of Radnice near Plnez in western Bohemia. A resource for births in this area: actapublica.eu
NEED TO FIND FRANK’S IMMIGRATION
Immigration record not yet found. Frank John Zavoral came to USA circa 1910-1912; 1920 census states immigration year 1912. He was in his early thirties. He referred to himself as from Bohemia but sometimes Austria; Bohemia was “owned” by Austria until 1920, when the present-day Czech Republic was established.
NEED TO FIND MARRIAGE
Frank and Rose married in Chicago or environs per family lore. Family papers state marriage in 1919. No marriage certificate has been found.
World War I DRAFT REGISTRATION
Frank’s birth date given as 28 September 1877.
Address 1355 Kildare Avenue.
Nearest relative Barbara, wife. [sic].
CHILDREN of Frank and Rose:
* Emily Smejkal (Rose’s daughter, called Emily Zavoral) 1914-1928; died at a tuberculosis sanitorium in Michigan.
* Rose Barbara Zavoral b 1920 Chicago d 2007 married Wm Truhn
* Frank John Zavoral junior b abt 1922 Chicago died March 1945 in Germany
* Charles James Zavoral (Chuckie) born Galien, Michigan abt 1925 died 2001
* Martha Virginia Zavoral (Mart) b Galien, Michigan abt 1927; married NN. Living.
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Frank Zavoral, 42 punch press operator, born Bohemia, to USA 1912
Rose Zavoral 32 b Illinois
Emily Zavoral 6 b Illinois died 1928 at a tuberculosis sanitorium
Lincoln, Berrien, Michigan
Frank Zavoral, 52, born Bohemia, fruit farmer
Rose 42 b Illinois age at first marriage 31
Rose 10 Illinois
Frank 8 Illinois
Charles 5 Michigan
Martha 3 Michigan
Lake, Berrien, Michigan
Frank Zavoral 67 born Bohemia, 8th grade education
Rose 52 born Illinois, 4th grade education
Frank 18 born Illinois
Charles 15 born Michigan
Martha 13 born Michigan
Frank John Zavoral senior died April 1945 in Michigan.
His wife Rose Marie Svoboda Zavoral died 1950 in Michigan.
All best wishes!
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