Moravskoslezsky (Moravian-Silesian) Czech Republic
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The Kosariska Cemetery is located by the village of Košariska in the Frýdek-Místek District, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic. This cemetery sits on a hillside near the east border of the Czech Republic, overlooking the Olza river valley below and into the western lands of Poland.
This cemetery and village should not be confused with Košariská in the Trenčín Region of north-western Slovakia.
Interments are from the mixed population of Czechs and Poles. The local language is a mixture of Czech and Polish, with some German influence. The dialect is sometimes referred to as "po naszemu" [~our way].
Headstone inscriptions provide genealogical clues to family heritage. The word "Rodina" is Czech while the word "Rodzina" is Polish for "Family".
Another difference is the surname suffix (-ova and -owa). There is no "V" letter in Polish. Also, an inscription may include the "L with slash" letter, unique to Polish. This information is offered as clues to ethnicity, not documented facts.
In addition to those guidelines, the spelling of surnames within the same family can be different. A male may be known as Bruk or Szmek. The female gender in the same families would be Brukova or Szmekova. This is a Czech naming tradition still in use today.
The majority of the headstones are inscribed with the feminine surname. I decided to list the males using the root form of their family name. This will appear to be a discrepancy between the photographs and the memorial names but this technique will aide anyone searching for their ancestors using either form.
Although this cemetery is in a remote location, the grounds were clean and well kept. Fresh flowers were placed on many of the gravesites.