Genealogy

Pursuing the Pertls – Is this Bertel a Pertl or just a distaction

Pertl Anton 1870 chicago census

I know other researchers might say at this point I should continue the path I was on researching Vincent/Jim Pertl before jumping down the rabbit hole I found at the end of the last post. And maybe I should. But, I’m not going to. I’m comfortable that my research has been documented well enough that I can pick up where I left off with Vincent if this bright shiny object (BSO) turns out to be nothing. For more information on BSOs just google “genealogy and bright shiny objects” and you will find plenty of information, mostly about how to record them to research later. In my case however, although I was in the process of researching Vincent, my true goal is to find where Anton and his family came from in Bohemia. This may lead me closer to that goal, and so I am going to pursue it.

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Orange for St. Patrick’s day

Dingle Penninsula, Ireland June 2008

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow.. the day where college students drink green beer, adults drink Irish whiskey and children everywhere are dressed in green . My girls will be wearing orange… and green. In Ireland, orange is associated with Protestants and green with Catholics. Most people are familiar with the numerous conflicts that have happened in Northern Ireland over the years – notably Bloody Sunday and the hunger strikes. From what I can tell, neither side is innocent in the bloodshed that has happened in the past. And it’s not for me to say who is right or wrong – I’ll leave that to people more familiar with the facts. What I do know is that my grandmother always told me that our ancestors were Orangemen and, as such, our family wears orange on St. Patrick’s day.

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Pursuing the Pertls – Searching for Brothers

In my last post, I was looking at different methods I could use to track down Anton’s origins. One of these was to look into Anton’s potential siblings. Again I want to start with the information that I have. In this case, that information is mostly secondary, handed-down information.  After looking back through my original version of this post, I realized that I do not know if some of the people mentioned below are still alive – therefore a couple of the names have been changed.

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Pursuing the Pertls – The Starting Point

Pertl Anton obit Oct 16 1911 dh

Do you have a brick wall in your genealogy? I would venture that most people have at least one. I have several, but the one that bothers me the most is in my Pertl line. My great-grandmother’s name was Mary Frances Pertle (the e was added on by Mary). She was born in 1875 to Anton Pertl and Lucinda Angeline Hollandsworth (Hollingsworth). Anton Pertl, and his progenitors, is the line I am interested in tracing. The information I have points back to Bohemia, but I have not been able to trace exactly where in the old country he and his family came from. Pursuing the Pertls will be a series of posts that follow my attempts to break down this wall.

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From Prague to Kansas with love – an orphan’s story

At the young age of 10, Marie Frances and her younger brother Frank Joseph, age 8, headed off from Chicago, Illinois to live with the Susank family in Hoisington, Kansas. I do not know if they really knew any more than the fact that their adoptive family shared the same ethnicity – Bohemian. Marie had already experienced a lot in her short life. She was born Marie Františka in Prague – which was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – on September 6, 1905. She was the second child – and the first daughter – of Frank William Macháček and Marie Macek. Her brother, Václav (Jim) was two years older. Her father, Frank, was a cabinet-maker by trade. Her parents had been married in Prague, where her mother was born.  The couple and their young children lived with Marie’s family in Nusle (Prague) prior to leaving for America . I’m not sure what precipitated the move. The only family either of them had in America was Frank Hodek, Marie’s great-Uncle, who had immigrated there in 1902. But by June of 1906, the family had left Prague for the land of opportunity.

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