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Bohemian Family Towns 2012

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Podolí I in south Bohemia is where Jay's great-grandfather Josef Kálal was born
Podolí I in south Bohemia is where Jay's great-grandfather Josef Kálal was born
we'll find lots of evidence of Kálals here...
we'll find lots of evidence of Kálals here...
...though many are not closely related
...though many are not closely related
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we have a meeting with the town's Mayor Michal and his assistant Mrs. Tupá
we have a meeting with the town's Mayor Michal and his assistant Mrs. Tupá
lucky for Jay, Mr. Michal is a skilled genealogist and knowledgeable historian
lucky for Jay, Mr. Michal is a skilled genealogist and knowledgeable historian
he's already found additional information on Jay's tree...
he's already found additional information on Jay's tree...
...and corrected an error as well!
...and corrected an error as well!
comparing the Kálal family on vital records and the emigration ship record
comparing the Kálal family on vital records and the emigration ship record
the Mayor's office is busy; we were lucky to get so much of their time
the Mayor's office is busy; we were lucky to get so much of their time
Jay's head is spinning a bit when it's time for an official picture
Jay's head is spinning a bit when it's time for an official picture
on the wall in the office, a good aerial view of Podolí I
on the wall in the office, a good aerial view of Podolí I
now Mr. Michal takes us on a tour of former family residence areas
now Mr. Michal takes us on a tour of former family residence areas
here's Podolí I #30, where Polívkas lived when Marie married with Ferdinand Kálal
here's Podolí I #30, where Polívkas lived when Marie married with Ferdinand Kálal
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here's Podolí I #20, where Kálals first settled in town (from Opařany)
here's Podolí I #20, where Kálals first settled in town (from Opařany)
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143331487.HnPIl28P.jpg the original house would have stood between these newer buildings
the original house would have stood between these newer buildings
now we're at Podolí I #30, where Josef Kálal was born
now we're at Podolí I #30, where Josef Kálal was born
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143331490.eznZ6YCc.jpg the current owner (Dr. Harcuba)...
the current owner (Dr. Harcuba)...
...who has extensively rehabilitated the property since he bought it in the 1980s
...who has extensively rehabilitated the property since he bought it in the 1980s
a picture of the house with his son, from soon after his purchase
a picture of the house with his son, from soon after his purchase
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143331494.2g6DhB0U.jpg Dr. Harcuba is only the second owner since the Kálal family
Dr. Harcuba is only the second owner since the Kálal family
a view out an attic window toward the front
a view out an attic window toward the front
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a view out a rear window
a view out a rear window
the fields behind belonged with the property before Communist rule
the fields behind belonged with the property before Communist rule
here we depart from Podolí I for the day...
here we depart from Podolí I for the day...
...and head for nearby Bernartice, the parish center for smaller towns in the area
...and head for nearby Bernartice, the parish center for smaller towns in the area
the town center square has a war memorial
the town center square has a war memorial
here again there are plenty of Kálals, likely not related
here again there are plenty of Kálals, likely not related
the name shows up all over...
the name shows up all over...
the parish church of St. Martin is just beyond the square
the parish church of St. Martin is just beyond the square
this is where Jay's great-grandfather Josef Kálal...
this is where Jay's great-grandfather Josef Kálal...
...married his first wife...
...married his first wife...
...in 1881
...in 1881
not far away in town is the parish cemetery
not far away in town is the parish cemetery
here we will find many family names...
here we will find many family names...
...including Kálal from Podolí I...
...including Kálal from Podolí I...
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...and Blažeks...
...and Blažeks...
...and Trojášeks...
...and Trojášeks...
...but we can't relate any of these families to ours, yet
...but we can't relate any of these families to ours, yet
now we're heading north thru family towns of Opařany...
now we're heading north thru family towns of Opařany...
...and Strýchov...
...and Strýchov...
...to Hodušín, the parish center for Strýchov
...to Hodušín, the parish center for Strýchov
at the church
at the church
in the cemetery, again there are family names in our tree...
in the cemetery, again there are family names in our tree...
...especially Blažeks
...especially Blažeks
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143331550.a2orxwlM.jpg as the day ends, we leave Hodušín...
as the day ends, we leave Hodušín...
...and head back thru Strýchov and Opařany...
...and head back thru Strýchov and Opařany...
...turning east toward Tábor for the night
...turning east toward Tábor for the night
the next day we are back in Podolí I, where the Mayor has a surprise for Jay...
the next day we are back in Podolí I, where the Mayor has a surprise for Jay...
he's found records which extend our family tree two generations on some lines!
he's found records which extend our family tree two generations on some lines!
and another surprise: he knows of a likely living relative nearby!
and another surprise: he knows of a likely living relative nearby!
we head to the adjacent village of Olešná
we head to the adjacent village of Olešná
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143331568.Tt5Hb8p8.jpg in this house, generations of Polívkas have lived
in this house, generations of Polívkas have lived
and one still does: this is Věra (Polívka) Kalousová
and one still does: this is Věra (Polívka) Kalousová
the farm was taken from the Polívkas during Communist times, but they got it back after Czech independence
the farm was taken from the Polívkas during Communist times, but they got it back after Czech independence
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143331574.i6bYyuXV.jpg an odd coincidence: their dog is named Max
an odd coincidence: their dog is named Max
Věra had an interesting set of family photos; this is the farmhouse with her family from 1922
Věra had an interesting set of family photos; this is the farmhouse with her family from 1922
another picture from a bit later, with an additional building
another picture from a bit later, with an additional building
Věra's grandfather Josef Polívka
Věra's grandfather Josef Polívka
her grandparents Josef Polívka and Marie Jedličková
her grandparents Josef Polívka and Marie Jedličková
a family group with her grandparents, and at front right her father František Polívka
a family group with her grandparents, and at front right her father František Polívka
the wedding photo of her father and her mother (Anna Procházková)
the wedding photo of her father and her mother (Anna Procházková)
and finally, with one of her sons, Jindřich Kalous
and finally, with one of her sons, Jindřich Kalous
back in the city car, the Mayor drives us across the Vltava bridge to the community of Chřešťovice
back in the city car, the Mayor drives us across the Vltava bridge to the community of Chřešťovice
this is the former parish church for Olešná
this is the former parish church for Olešná
Polívkas would have been buried here in the 19th century
Polívkas would have been buried here in the 19th century
we search and find no Polívkas, but it is good to be here anyway
we search and find no Polívkas, but it is good to be here anyway
finally, a view across the Vltava valley at Podolí I; we will be back!
finally, a view across the Vltava valley at Podolí I; we will be back!