This is just the kind of puzzle that appeals to me. Sorting out a big mess of data. Making lists, filling in blanks. I now have over 41,000 individuals in my database!
Property, Posterity and Propriety
I am getting better about keeping track of where I found things. It's valuable to be able to say where a photograph or fact came from. I don't expect anyone to just take my word for it.
Feel free to copy and use any of the pictures or information on this site. I don't claim to "own" genealogical data. The added value I put in is for posterity.
That said, I would appreciate a byline when you find my website useful. Just my name and/or a link back to this site. Also, it would be nice if you would send me an email at haloupek at gmail dot com. I have corresponded with hundreds of genealogists, and I value my contacts and friendships.
I'm a retired mathematician, and I write science and science fiction, in addition to my genealogy hobby.
The big picture. Ancestors of my 4 grandparents came from Europe.
Ancestors of Frank HALOUPEK (green) came from the part of Bohemia east of Prague.
Ancestors of Katie SEVCIK (burgundy) came from the part of Bohemia west of Prague.
Ancestors of Milo POSEKANY (orange) came from the part of Bohemia south of Prague.
Ancestors of Nora KRUEGER (blue) are divided. Her father came from Prussia, ruled by Germany, now Poland. Her mother's parents came from Schleswig, Germany, near Denmark.
The modern Czech Republic. Each Region (color) is composed of several Districts (shades).
I received an obituary of František Posekaný, my gg-grandfather. It confirms that he was from Cetoraz, Bohemia. That, and the fact that the obituary was found in the belongings of the Vaclav Posekaný branch, is another bit of evidence that František, Vaclav and Joseph we related. I still don't know if they were brothers, cousins, or some other relation. See the Posekaný Branches page.
I am moving the "Unidentified" photos over to the Haloupek Photos site, because I'm running out of space here.
Take a look at this video of Vining, Iowa.
There are thousands of old photos of places in Bohemia on the FOTOHISTORIE website. These are posted by users, and I hope it's ok that I have re-posted some of them here.
I did a web search for one of town names of my ancestors in Bohemia, and came across this large database on the Genealogie pohodnych v Cechach website, maintained by Josef Vanek. I don't like to trust information form one source, but this seems well-researched, and consistent with my other data sources. It has information on 7,528 individuals, so it is a valuable resource for all researchers in Czech genealogy. It has taken me back three generations in the HOLZKNECHT line, and I've spent several days filling in hundreds of distant cousins. The HOLZKNECHT family branches off into the SCHLEHOFER family, which then branches into the UBL family. I also obtained some new data of the CHALOUPEK line from this database.
Another useful resource is the Digital Archives of the Benton County Historical Society. Here, I learned that my grandfather, Frank Louis Haloupek, had run for County Treasurer in 1912, and was a convention delegate in 1914, on the Socialist Ticket.
I've added several old photos on the Soenke page, and reworked the Immigration Timeline. My Aunt Diana tells me that Joseph and Frank POSEKANÝ were brothers, which I had long suspected. Although I still have no other evidence, I'm going on the assumption that this is true.
I have not heard any horror stories about identity thieves getting their information from genealogy websites. I'm sure there are easier ways to collect social security numbers, birth dates, and the other data that ID thieves need. On the other hand I have heard of people getting really hostile about any of their information appearing on a genealogy site. Seeing their full name in a newspaper would be ok, but on a website, it becomes threatening! To anticipate any concerns, I have tried to list no usable information on anyone living. Please let me know if there is anything on this site that you would like me to remove. I hope I can at least keep the "thanks to" names at the bottom of this page!
These charts will give you an overview of the website. In order to reduce file size while still having visible information, I have left out all data except names. You can find the data on the appropriate pages, listed in the column on the left.
First 3 generations of ancestors of my father. Blue-green indicates born in USA, pink means immigrant, and tan means lived and died in Bohemia. The background is a 1922 photo of Křivoklát Castle, between Kopidlo and Prague. The chart extends from my father to 8 of my gg-grandparents.
Continuation of the first chart. All these people lived and died in Bohemia. From my gg-grandfather all the way to one of my 6g-grandfathers.
Another continuation of the first chart. All these people lived and died in Bohemia. From my gg-grandmother to 2 of my 6g-grandparents.
First 4 generations of ancestors of my mother. Blue-green indicates born in USA, pink means immigrant, and tan means lived and died in Europe. From my mother to 5 of my 3g-grandparents. The background is Southwest corner of the Žižka's square as viewed from the church tower, in Tábor, Bohemia.
Continuation of the previous chart. All these people lived and died in Bohemia. Note: When Katherine (PRAGR) STANEK died, her husband Frank STANEK married her sister, Mary PRAGR. Frank and Mary and Katherine's children then immigrated to the USA. From my 3g-grandmother to 4 of my 5g-grandparents.
Continuation of the POSEKANÝ chart. Everyone here lived in Europe, probably all in Schleswig-Holstein. Christina was the only immigrant, as far as I know. From my 3g-grandmother to one of my 7g-grandfathers!
Another continuation of the Posekaný chart. This is new data, obtained from Denny Slehofr in Oct 2014. It shows the ancestors of both František and Marie, using one of their sons as a base. Note that Marie has had many names in different records, including Vlach and Tábor. The background is part of a letter from František to Marie (Posekaný) Pistulka. See the translation on the Czech Letters page.
I have first and last names for my 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 g- and 16 2g-grandparents, but only 10 out of 32 of my 3g-grandparents.
Individuals and Specific Families
I'm removing the Family Only website. I never really put very much data on it, and I was getting requests from people I don't know. If you are in the family, even a distant relative, please email me and I will send you the data you need.
haloupek at gmail dot com
Many thanks to:
My Grandmother, Nora (Krueger) Posekany (1904 - 1994).
Shirley Ann (Novotny) Behounek, who wrote a 13 page genealogy of the descendants of Frank and Marie (Vlach) Posekany, in 1971.
Kathy Posekany, for keeping me connected with the rest of the Posekanys. And for all those cemetery photos!
Joyce Ostrander, for help with the Hansens, and for showing me what you can learn from what is (and is not) in the Census data.
Sandy Thalmann, for helping me sort out the wives of Frank Chaloupek.
Kathie Nerlien, for help with the Chaloupeks and Kaloupeks.
Leighton Kaloupek, for even more help with the Chaloupeks and Kaloupeks! Not to mention all the Czech accent marks and other nuances.
Kimberly Lovin, who has done an excellent job on the Fugate-Lovin Family Tree, which includes a lot of Fairchilds.
Jean Stratton, who filled me in on her Posekany ancestors, who I have not yet been able to connect with mine.
Mac McDonald, with whom I have some Kruegers in common.
Joan Hayward Helm, who edits the quarterly newsletter for the Tama County Historical & Genealogical Societies based at the Tama County Museum in Toledo, Iowa. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-484-6767.
Melinda DeVries, who helped me with the Hattie Schier connection.
Dennis Lamb, for sending information on the Behounek line, and others. Dennis also sent me a very nice story he wrote about Charley "Lob" Chaloupek, which is attached at the bottom of the Chaloupek page.
Jean Morrow Crosswhite, my second cousin, and my Oklahoma connection.
Annie Chaloupka, who updated me on the Castolovice-to-Iowa-to-Nebraska Chaloupkas.
Nicole Kenjura, for more help with her branch of Chaloupkas.
My father's cousin, Hattie Violet (Haloupek) Van Waus, who sent me a bunch of old pictures and documents, and was able to identify everyone in the 1929 Chaloupek picture!
Donna Ryder, my wife's long-lost second cousin.
Susan Haslam, for help with the Creigers in my wife's line.
Earl Park, a Belle Plaine connection.
Sue Dyson, for help with one of the Posekany branches.
Jessica Schmidt at the National Archives in Kansas City, for sending me the file on Albert Yaroshek.
Bill Heald, for help with one Chaloupka branch.
Barbara Rice and Leigh Larson for help with Helen F. Baker.
Michael Sevcik, for posting hundreds of old pictures and newspaper clippings on Facebook.
Jeffrey Thompson for help with the Chicago Staneks.
Vicki Chaser for sending me some old pictures of Chelsea, Iowa.
Charles Macku for help with one branch of the Stanek family.
Tessa Parisek, Louis Zadnichek, Don Pistulka and Dorothy Jo Zmolek for pictures and info from the Vaclav Posekany branch.
Denny Slehofr, for translating some old Czech letters and documents.
Peg Homolar, for help with details on this entire data set.
Hans Werner Selken and Otto Husum for help with Soenke and other surnames in Schleswig-Holstein.
Karen Soenke and Nicole Hess for connecting me with their Soenke branches.
Updated on 27 Mar 2023 by William Haloupek. Contact haloupek at gmail dot com.