THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL
Because Frank and Adolph were the only two individuals that were known to have come to the United States, I considered them the "1st Generation," at least until I found out who their parents were. On Frank's death certificate, his parents were actually listed! For the first time ever, good documentation was found. While Adolph's death certificate only listed their father, I had what I needed. Frank and Adolph were the children of Josef Schad and Cecelia Scendulka.
When my grandfather and I traveled to Europe in April, 2005, we went to the Czech archives for the Ohrnes/Wojes/Moletein region located in Olomouc (German- Olmütz). From the archives, we learned about many more siblings of Frank and Adolph. However, because we were so wild with excitement and plans to see the towns and the church, we looked at a limited number of birth records. We did locate records for Frank, Adolph, Theresa (Montag), and three children of Frank & Theresa: Amelia, Frank, and Frances. For whatever reason, we never looked for or found Theresa, the oldest child. Frank Jr. (not to be confused with the Frank Jr. born in Minnesota) died at just 37 days old. This left Frank, Theresa (Montag), and their kids Theresa, Frances, and Amelia, to come to the USA. The siblings of Frank and Adolph are listed on the page for Josef.
When I go back to Olomouc, and I ABSOLUTELY intend to go back, I will definitely find all of the information we missed the first time. I will find birth records, marriage records, death records, the works.... One nice thing about the records is that they list a lot of information. For Frank,
it lists who his parents are, his grandparents, and each grandmother's father (his great-grandfathers). The towns in which they lived are also documented. This makes it much, much easier to locate subsequent records. Oh how I can't wait to return to Olomouc!
Until then, the information I have now will have to do. Read all about Josef and the rest of the Schads by clicking here or by clicking the arrow in the upper right corner of the page.
page last updated: 8/15/2014