Photographs of ancestral houses, churches, and cemeteries

We can provide high quality digital photographs of your ancestral towns or villages, including specific houses, grave markers, and any other local memorials or points of interest. Sometimes it is even possible to find historical photos of the village - whether in the archive collections, publications about the village history, chronicles, or postcards.

Most Czech cemeteries are located in the same spot like centuries ago, in villages usually next to a church. Due to limited space though, more family generations are buried in the same grave. Relic bodies rest on top of each other, there is however lawful time-period for the interment into same place. Some graves have 2 sites for case that 2 persons die subsequently. It is a very old custom that if the grave is opened, bones of previous person(s) are put into a small cloth bundle and left in the grave. In recent times many people prefer cremation.

It’s probable that the grave markers of your ancestors were replaced by new ones. These graves are most likely still held by the same families; your related cousins. Sometimes you can be lucky, especially in the case of German or Jewish cemeteries that are often abandoned, and find grave markers that are 100 years old or even more with pictures of the buried persons. If the grave markers have already been replaced, cemetery records or funeral books can be searched to determine your ancestor's final resting place.