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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The Brick Wall

Well, I haven’t yet found the billion possible relatives; I did however find proof for births, marriages and deaths for almost all people from the proof of ancestry I inherited from my grandfather… Almost. The documents I have list Martins’ grandparents as the earliest people in the tree. Lauras’ report contained a note about them; it said, that the researcher was unable to find the exact date and location of their birth. For days, I tried to find clues about their birth date and location. I focused on Martins’ grandfather first. “Damn, where is he” I grumbled. 

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