The Germans

"Can this be possible?" I wondered. "To receive a photo from the someone in the U.S. that shows the same persons like a photo from our old shoebox". It wouldn’t be the last time that something like this happened. The photo from Ben answered half a dozen questions all together. No one from my family had a clue that some of our ancestors moved to Germany and some of them even moved on and went to the United States. Now I had a point to start from to discover more about this part of my family.

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How to cooperate digitally

When I started to exchange documents, photos and even parts of the family tree with close and distant relatives I discovered, we originally used email. That worked quite well as long as I exchanged information with just two or three persons.

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How I planned my Trip to Bohemia and which Resources I used.

I was really excited when I started to plan the trip to the remains of the villages in the Bohemian Forrest where my ancestors lived. It meant so much to me to find and visit those places. The entire planning wasn’t easy. The area was abandoned since the end of World War II and off limits for decades. Since many of the villages were destroyed and the inhabitants expelled, you won’t find those villages on a current map of the Czech Republic.

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The Trip.

For the last 90 minutes I drove a winding road through a beautiful, hilly and pristine landscape: Spacious patches of grass, woods and only a house now and then. The navigation system ordered with its synthetic voice “In 100 meters, turn right”. I only saw a small dirt road. “Really”? I wondered. And as if the navigation system could read my mind it demanded “turn right now”.

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