Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Anna (Jaros) Brycha

ZDE ODPOČIVA
ANNA JAROŠOVA
BRYCHOVA
NAR.18.PROSINCE
1882
ZEM.29.CERVENCE
1908
SPI SLADCE DRAHA
DCERO NAŠE

Here lies
Anna Jaros 
Brycha
Born 18 December 
1882
Died 29 July 
1908
Sleep well our dear daughter

This Czech inscription is found on a larger monument dedicate to her parents Matthias and Mary Jaros (here).  Anna (Jaros) Brycha is my wife's second great aunt, who died in Chicago as the result of a premature birth. Most of the features of the inscription have been explained in earlier posts (here and here).

One new feature is the forms of the surnames.  The maiden name Jaroš is rendered as Jarošova, and the married name Brycha is rendered as Brychova.  In some languages like Czech, surnames can have both a masculine form used with men and a feminine form used with women.  In this case, the feminine form is created by dropping the final vowel of the surname and adding the suffix -ova.  It is important to keep this in mind when searching for Czech ancestors.  If you are searching for a woman, search under both the masculine, "Anna Brycha", and the feminine forms, "Anna Brychova".  Both variants of the name may occur in records, so it is important to consider both.  Also, if you have, the feminine form, you will need to remove the feminine ending when searching for a male relative.    
 
Anna Jaros and John Brycha


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