CZECH RESEARCH – I made a mistake!

After some further inspection on the Ship Manifest for Vaclav Dvorak, I discovered something written in the last column all the way to the right side of his line under place of birth. It said “Adler kosteletz.” Out of curiosity I searched the term and found that it was German for “Kostelec nad Orlicí.”

Kostelec nad Orlici is located in the north-eastern part of the historical region of Bohemia (and not even close to Pilsen). Now I could have gone back to my previous blog posts and edited and covered up my mistake, but I feel that it is through our errors that we learn best. Perhaps my sharing of this oversight will remind you to do double checking when you “find” the location of your ancestors. Who knew there was more than one Kostelec! The frustrating thing is that I spent quite some time looking through records in Pilsen. No wonder I had not found anything for this family! So always make sure you have the right location of birth! Study your maps! This one is fantastic by the way.

So here is Kostelec nad Orlici, according to wikipedia “The city is located seven kilometers southwest of Rychnov nad Kněžnou ( Reichenau an der Knieschna ) in the Wild Eagle Valley and belongs to the foothills of the Eagle Mountains . The Štědrý potok stream flows north of Kostelec, and the confluence of the Kněžná and Bělá rivers lies to the northwest.”

This map allows you to zoom in and see clearly all the written details and icons. The link to the main archive is:

Neighboring towns are Lupenice in the north, Rychnov nad Kněžnou and Popluží in the northeast, Vamberk and Doudleby nad Orlicí in the east, Suchá Rybná and Kozodry in the south and Častolovice in the west.

“Kostelec nad Orlicí was first mentioned in 1303 and belonged to Pottenstein until 1746 . For 1358 it is a market place, for 1568 it is a city. It was around this time that the manufacture of cloth reached an economic boom. In the course of the Reformation , the city became an important center of the Bohemian brothers . From 1580 to 1586 they built a church, which served as a Catholic church from 1620 and was consecrated to St. Wenceslas . In 1668, the then owner of the Pottenstein estate, Wenzel Zaruba von Hustířan, built a castle on the site of a fortress east of the city center , which was later called the Old Castle . In 1746 Kostelec was released from the rule of Pottenstein and in 1796 was sold by Count Harbuval de Chamaré to Count Josef Kinsky (1751–1798) from the Chotzen line of the Kinsky noble family . Whose grandson of the same Josef (1806-1862) built on the western outskirts 1829-1835 a castle in the Empire style , the Kinsky family served as a residence until the 1945th After the expropriation, it was initially partially used for laboratory rooms and later abandoned to decay. AfterVelvet Revolution , it was returned in 1997 to the Kinsky family. The population development of Kostelec increased continuously. At the time of the Thirty Years’ War it was around 1000, in 1836 it was 2565, in 1890 3793, in 1900 around 5000 and in 1937 5639 inhabitants.”

So now it’s back to locating the correct records in the Hradec Králové Region. This provides me another opportunity to provide resources for you in the eastern Czech area.

  1. The Zámrsk archive covers the eastern part of Bohemia and part of the Vysocina Region. The website contains 11,000 volumes holding birth, marriage and death records for Roman Catholic, reformed churches, Czechoslovak Hussite Church, and state registers covering the time frame from 1587 through 1949. The years covered vary by parish. There are no Jewish registers held here. They are in the National Archives in Prague.”

  2. “Digitized archival materials can be viewed in the e-research room . Currently, commemorative books of municipalities, selected oldest documents, sheets and official books from the archive collection of the City Archive of Hradec Králové and the City Archive of Nový Bydžov are digitized. Presently, census records from 1856-1921 of municipalities and towns of the Hradec Králové district have been added.”     

  3. Family Search Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981




Moving closer to finding the Dvorak family in Kostelec nad Orlici. I have found a few records with mention of a Vaclav Dvorak, however I’m not sure if this is the same person that I am looking for. I will need to translate these records to see what information they provide. The following list of Dvorak’s in Kostelec nad Orlici comes from the Zamrsk State Regional Archives.

Retrieved from: Hlavkova J. – Dubova Z. – Kuba J. – Novotny M.- Paukrt M.: Collection of the East Czech Region Matricks 1587-1949. Inventory, 2020, pp.2707, ev. No. 8700

If only this list went back to 1872 when Vaclav was born! Unfortunately it stops at 1879. That being said further digging provided the following “Vaclav Dvorak’s” which could possibly be him since he didn’t immigrate to the Untied States until 1907. These may be his children? Is Anna Markova his wife?

Retrieved from 998 index NOZ 1765-1886 ukn 5443 územní rozsah: farnost 22×35 cm, vazba: nová polokožená, 148 fol., čeština mikrofilm č. 293 (odkaz ke stažení) p219

Retrieved from 998 index NOZ 1765-1886 ukn 5443 územní rozsah: farnost 22×35 cm, vazba: nová polokožená, 148 fol., čeština mikrofilm č. 293 (odkaz ke stažení) p192

Retrieved from 998 index NOZ 1765-1886 ukn 5443 územní rozsah: farnost 22×35 cm, vazba: nová polokožená, 148 fol., čeština mikrofilm č. 293 (odkaz ke stažení) p103

Now I will go and try and transcribe and translate these documents to see what information they may or may not provide.

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