My maternal grandparents came from Bohemia in the 1880s also.Not sure exactly where in Bohemia as we have heard several names, e.g., Budweis, Kunas, etc. and since we haven't been able to find any reliable documentation, letters, etc. to show ships they sailed on, family members left behind, etc., we just aren't sure.This is what we have:Henry Straka,b July 15, 1867, d 11-13-1953, parents:Andreas "Andrew" Straka and Elizabeth Schneider, brother (we think) John Straka, 6-24-1859, d 1-26-1947, sister (we think) b 1850, d 9-12-1886.All 3 of the brothers and sisters were buried in St Joseph's Cemetery, Atkinson NE, where I now live.All obits indicate these people were born in Bohemia and immigrated to Nebraska where they homesteaded land.
To further complicate my genealogy, the Maria/Mary Straka mentioned above married my paternal grandfather, JOHANN KOLLMANN, who was also from Bohemia.However, on the few documents we found of his, he indicated he was from Austria.
In a book of Czechs in Nebraska, several other Strakas are mentioned.
Would love to hear from you if you think our Strakas could possibly be connected.Do you know where Podoli, Caslav is actually located?We are having trouble with finding Kunas on current maps.
Also, how did your Strakas pronounce their name?My folks here pronounced it as Strock.Just curious.
Many regards, Bill Kollman (my grandfather dropped the other n)