For you will find it after many days. Come and listen to my real life experience with this, because it is all kinds of crazy awesome!
First, some back story. Hovorka is of Czech descent, this much I know. However, as far as Czech customs, not so much. I married into that name, Kim's Great Grandparents came to Chicago from Czechoslovakia and Kim's uncle has taken that part of the family to do research on. Over this last year or so as more Czech records have become available, I've gotten curious but it is still Kim's uncle's domain so I'm a bit rusty on the ins and outs of the deep roots in my husband's Hovorka history. I really don't know much about the history even though I carry that name. To quote Dickens, "This must be distinctly understood, or
nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going
I have spent a great deal of time in pulling together my Zap the Grandma Gap Children's Activity Books for British, German, Swedish, and Civil War ancestry. I am also working on some for Jewish, Mormon, Pioneer, and Danish ancestry right now that we hope to have ready for Christmas. But, I know so little about Czech ancestry and knew that was an undertaking I could probably never get to, as much as my heartstrings pulled me in that direction. So, how should my bread return to me after the work I have set out for others? The answer comes in the form of Texas. More specifically the Texas Czech Genealogical Society. That's right folks, I went to a genealogical conference and found help with my family's genealogy. Why am I even surprised?
I was walking through the vendor hall at FGS in San Antonio when I saw their booth and stopped to see some books like mine but for Czech ancestry!! Can you believe it? I'm telling you, doors open in the most unexpected ways and places when you reach out and help others with their genealogy. Again, no surprise, right? Look what I found:
Their website is currently under construction but I wanted to pass along their contact info just in case any of you, like me, are looking for something to incorporate your Czech ancestry into your family or holiday traditions. You can reach them at 979-848-6517.
The activity books were actually compiled and written by Daniela Mahoney, Catherine Macaro, and Mary Jo Macaro and can be ordered directly from Daniela's website. She also has lots of great Czech related products and books and I actually just ordered some more things for some Christmas presents (Shhh...Don't tell my kids. I'm really sure they aren't reading Mom's blog so if one of you squeal, I'm going to know). I am so excited to see someone doing this for Czech traditions and I have been quite giddy this morning flipping through the books I already have. I can't wait to get the new ones I just ordered.
So in the end, the wonder of this story is this: keep doing what you are doing, even if you feel like you are making little progress with your own family. What you send out always returns in the most unexpected of ways. This experience has been such a reminder of that for me.