This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010


This is a review of ground already covered here--but it's worth repeating:

Let's say you're trying to find the village that was mentioned in great uncle Anton's obit.  The village was "Niedermuhl".  We also know that Anton's brother Mathias claimed a place called Neuhaus in his obit.  Both look like they're German names (one translates to Upper Mill and the other, New House).  Chances are, these two sons were actually born in the same area of Bohemia, and most likely in the same village.

Ok, you could try searching every inch of a map from the period (I did, and lemme tell ya, it's impossible).  Or, try finding a list of villages and guessing which Niedermuhl is the right one...(every little stream had many mills, upper and lower).  But you need a Niedermuhl that's close to a Neuhaus (which, btw, was also a popular town name back then).  If you start with Neuhaus, you'll see there were SIX towns/villages called Neuhaus. 

The best place to check is Jewish Genealogy's ShtetlSeeker online.  If you know they came here from Bohemia, type the name of the village and click Czech Republic in the drop-down list for "country/region".  ShtetlSeeker works for all the countries on that list because there were Jewish people in all of them. 

As it turned out, "our" Neuhaus is the one also known as Jindřichŭv Hradec.  Mathias was citing the nearest market town, like someone from Buckman might say "Little Falls".  For heavens sake, WHO would ever check anyway?

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