I have been asked several times to act as an interpreter, driver and a contact person when looking for the family roots and the relatives in the Czech Republic. I would be very happy to assist you in this matter.
The people send me some info about the family members who were born in Czechoslovakia, their names, dates of birth, maiden names and other info if possible.
Then I contact the local authorities and with a piece of luck we manage to trace the relatives back. I also contact the local priests who might help me to arrange a visit since they know lots of people from the parish. Then we go to see the local cemetery or a church.
The Czechs who are distant relatives of my clients were always were nice and were nicely surprised to discover they have some relatives abroad. The local people were hospitable and my clients left the newly discovered relatives with some home made cakes .
It is a fun job, very emotional, brings people together and this is what I enjoy doing.
Helena, October 2014
It's now two weeks since our wonderful visit to Brno and Nosislav. We completed our vacation with a few days in Amsterdam, returned home, spent several days adjusting back to our time zone, took care of all of the clothes to be washed, and paid bills that arrived while we were gone for 18 days.
We've now had some time to reflect on what a great time we had with you, although it seemed very rushed. We realized we made a big mistake not allowing more time in not only Nosislav, but Brno and the whole southern Moravia region. We are already thinking of how and when we might return. We would love to spend some time in Brno and see the many UNESCO sites in the area. Both of us enjoy wine and have come to realize the area is also a great place to find locally made wines.
When I first contacted you, my only expectation for Nosislav was to be able to spend some time looking around the cemetery and maybe walk around the town for a few minutes in order to fill in some blanks in my genealogical research. Little did I realize there were so many of my relatives in the area. We believed my great grandfather's brother only had 1 child and it turned out he had 5 children!!
Everyone was so kind and generous to meet with us and spend time talking to us. The time and effort Milena spent preparing the meal as well as the treats in the afternoon was so thoughtful, although you prepared us for the potential of such generosity. I hope we didn't come across as rude foreigners for having to rush out of there so quickly.
Your help with not only the transportation, but contacting the minister ahead of time as well as your translation assistance made the day very special. It must have been exhausting to have to listen to and translate so many different conversations. We cannot thank you enough. We are going to post our recommendation on Trip Advisor as well as on a forum for Rick Steves Tours (www.ricksteves.com), a very popular tour company in the US.
Thank you again for helping to make the most memorable day out of
our entire trip to Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and the Netherlands.
Carolyn and Mike Dupre, USA