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I am planning a trip to Europe in Mid August of this year. I will be able to spend 2 weeks in Poland and one week in Czechoslovakia. I’ve done extensive research in Poland but do need to fill in several missing links. I have not touched my genealogy since 1993 and at that time there was nothing available for me to research on my Bohemian line. I am hoping that things have chaned over the years. My paternal great grandparents came from Bohemia to Chicago, IL in 1880. His name was Lucas Florian and her’s was Rosie Novak. They had 4 children born in Bohemia and 4 more born in IL. I would love to have a little more info on them prior to embarking on a trip. We would also need a guide and translattor. I’m hoping that your society will be of help. Thank you, Mary Lou Kozub 2027 Finch Ct. Simi Valley, CA 93063 805-584-1809 Home 805-630-0119 Cell



Mary, I have 2 Lucas Florians in my tree related to my paternal great grandfather Jacob Florian from Hrdlorezy in Southern Bohemia. Jacob had a brother named Lucas (son of Josef Florian) born 1834 and died in Chicago April 1915. He was married to Katerina Lexa and they had 6 children. He immigrated in 1891. He would be my Great Grand Uncle.

I also have a Lukas Florian married to Anna Pavlicek who immigrated on Ship Strassburg from Bremen to Baltimore in 1879. He was born in Bohemia in 1862 to Matej and Rosalie (nee Soudek) Florian and died in Chicago in 1945. He had at least 4 children Anna, Tom, Edward and Agnes who were born in Illinois. He had brothers Veith, Franz and Johann who also immigrated the same year to Chicago. He would be my 1st cousin twice removed.

We visited relatives in Suchdol nad Luznici (near Hrdlorezy)a couple years ago and hired a translator named Marie from Pathfinders P.A.T.H. FINDERS Intl. – She also drove us to Suchdol and was excellent. We were on a Heritage Tour at the time out of Forest Lake Travel in Minnesota. We had excellent guides. We also got pictures of the Florian home in Suchdol if you are interested contact me.

Kathy Sigdestad