We have this gentleman who was born in the 1800s in the Czech Republic. In his marriage record and some other records, his mother is listed as Ludmilla Vrba. Over and over, it's Ludmilla Vrba, and his name is given as Jakob Drozda, and a few times his father's named as Wenzl Drozda (such as his marriage record!). I couldn't find a baptismal record for him, so on a whim, I had looked up a Jakob Vrba, son of a Ludmilla Vrba.
I found one, imaged below, in Bezpravovice during the year 1817... (Polen 07, Image 114).
It appears here his mother's name is Ludmilla Vrba, at least, with her parents being Jakob Vrba and Anna.
At this point, I looked for any baptismal record I could find for a Ludmilla Vrba. I couldn't find one that fit her age in the Polen books (I went through a lot of those...). So I decided to look for a marriage record instead, between a Wenzl Drozda and a Ludmilla Vrba.
I thought I might have found it, but I'm having trouble determining if it's Ludmilla Vrba or Ludmilla Blaha. Here's the image (Polen 09, image 75):
At the time of their marriage (1826), Wenzl is 40 and Ludmilla is 36. First thing to note is that this appears to be Ludmilla Blaha, not Ludmilla Vrba. Ludmilla in this record has a father named Jakob and a mother whose name I cannot read... maybe it's Anna, I can't tell.
It made me want to go looking for a Ludmilla Vrba again in baptismal records, plus or minus five years of the calculated birth based off this marriage record (1790 +- 5 years). I didn't find a Ludmilla Vrba. I did find a Ludmilla Blaha born and baptized on 13 Nov 1792 (Polen 07, image 100).
As we can see, this Ludmilla Blaha has a father named Jakob and a mother named Anna... no idea what Anna's surname is in any of these cases.
My thoughts are one or more of the following:
- Ludmilla lied about her surname when she was getting Jakob's birth/baptism recorded to hide that he was born out of wedlock; Jakob's parentage remains unknown
- Ludmilla had Jakob with Wenzl Drozda, and he later legitimized Jakob
- Jakob and Ludmilla lied about Wenzl Drozda being Jakob's father
Are these records pointing to the same woman, or a different one altogether? Did I miss Ludmilla Vrba's baptism and you found it on your own?
Edit: To confuse things further, Ludmilla has a daughter named Anna on 25 Oct 1820, in Bezpravovice, with a record that looks like this... and Ludmilla's surname here is clearly Blaha: