Wenzel Fischer

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Hello. I am looking for any information on Wenzel Fischer and his wife, possibly from Prague.  I have some information regarding his son Frank (Franz, perhaps?) - 1900 U.S. Census shows Frank born in Bohemia in 1866 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1888; marriage records show parents as Wenzel and Catharina Fischer (from Germany on this record); and Frank's death record shows he was from Prague, and he died in 1901 in Texas and was buried in a Catholic cemetery.  My problem is that I don't know exactly where the family came from - and there are Fischers in all the European countries, from Switzerland to Russia and beyond.  

Nancy Fischer - 27154 Cedar Mesa Rd, , Cedaredge, CO 81413


Hello Ms. Fisher. If you want to find your ancestor in records overseas you must have the name of the village that they came from, or at least the parish. All records are organized according to the region of the village. Unfortunately, there is no grand index where you can look up a name. Here is a link to some hints on what kind of records to look at if you need to discover the village of origin. Perhaps you have already looked at these types of records. I would encourage you to go local if you must, looking at the records held in the American towns in which they settled. Church records and small local papers are not usually covered by the super huge databases at Ancestry or Family Search. Also talk to cousins who might have letters, or other papers from these immigrants. Sometimes looking at Ancestry family trees or Family Search World Tree will lead you to others who already know this critical fact about your ancestor. -Judi