The project seeks to assemble all of the Jewish families from the small town of Čkyně in Southern Bohemia.
Current Czech Name: Čkyně
Other Names/Spellings: Ckyne, Ckyn, Czkyn, Kieselhof, Tschkyn, Tschkyn
Location: Čkyně is a small town in Bohemia, Prachatice, Czech Republic, located at 49.07 longitude and 13.50 latitude. Ckyne is 120 km SSW of Prague, 16 km SSW of Strakonice, and 8 km NE of Vimperk
History: Chartered in 1537. The earliest known Jewish community in this town was perhaps 17th century, recorded in the 1724 census. A small Jewish community (about 10 families) existed in the 18th century growing to about 40 families (140-240 persons) in the 19th century. As the population moved to larger cities, the seat of the congregation moved from Čkyně to Vimperk. Only 3 Jewish families (11 persons) lived in Čkyně in 1930. The present town population is 1,000 - 5,000 with none Jews.
Genealogical Resources: Birth, Death and Marriage record books for Čkyně beginning in around 1800 are preserved and located at the Czech State Archives in Prague.
Notable Residents and Descendants: The grandfather of Henry Horner, governor of the State of Illinis, came from Ckyne. Ckyne is the native town of Alois Zucker (b. 1842 Ckyne, d. 1906 Prague), a famous attorney and dean of the Prague Faculty of Law, member of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts, the first president of the National Union of Czech Jews (founded in 1894). Rabbi Mathes (Mendel) Bloch (b. 1778) was the rabbi and mohel in Ckyne in the early 19th century. His granddaughter, Rosalia Feitler geb. Bloch (b. 1852 Ckyne, d. 1921 Vienna), moved to Cesky Budejovice (Budweis) and later Vienna. She was the maternal grandmother of (and a negative influence on) the composer Eric Zeisl (b. 1905 Vienna, d. 1959 Los Angeles). Eric Zeisl's grandson Randy Schoenberg, is a founder, coordinator and moderator of Jewishgen's Austria-Czech SIG and founder of this project.
Cemetery: Complete Cemetery List for Čkyně
Below is a list of profiles, one per family name, from which you can enter the tree: