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The Origin of the Gostl Name
Little is known about the Jews in Kostel before about the year 1100. In 1125 the Prague writer Cosmas wrote that the castle known as Podivin was built by a Jew named Podiva, with the help of the Christians of the adjacent territories of Moravia. This later became the town of Kostel.(See the references in Tykocinski in Germania Judaica I., pp. 147-148.)
Nothing else is known about the Jews in Kostel until the 17th century. As a result of the atrocities of the 30 Years War (1618-1648, one of the longest wars in modern history), by 1647 there were only 4 Jews left in Kostel. (Modern Times, 1895, p.40)
This is a rough translation I made from the book, "THE JEWS AND JEWISH MUNICIPALITIES IN MORAVIA PAST AND PRESENT", a compilation published by HUGO GOLD in Brno, Czech Republic,1929
"Up to this point the building of synagogues had been outlawed since 1421. In nearly every major city in Europe Jews were granted access to trade fairs. They had been systematically banished from all trade fairs because they were competition for Christian merchants. They were allowed back into the fairs because it increased their financial security, and thus. More money could be extracted from them. Thus, as a result of the cost of the war, Jews were reintegrated into society"
Below is a before and after example of a damaged and fixed photo. Its about the best I could do with it..
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A term often found in genealogy is "removed," specifically when referring to family relationships. Indeed, almost everyone has heard of a "second cousin once removed," but many people cannot explain that relationship. Of course, a person might be more than once removed, as in third cousin, four times removed.
In short, the definition of cousins is two people who share a common ancestor. Here are a few definitions of cousin relationships:
First Cousin: Your first cousins are the people in your family who have at least one of the same grandparents as you. In other words, they are the children of your aunts and uncles.
Second Cousin: Your second cousins are the people in your family who share the same great-grandparent with you.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Cousins: Your third cousins share at least one great-great-grandparent, fourth cousins share a great-great-great-grandparent, and so on.
Removed: When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. "Once removed" indicates a difference of one generation, "twice removed" indicates a difference of two generations, and so forth.
For example, the child of your first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. That is, your cousin's child would be "almost" your first cousin, except that he or she is one generation removed from that relationship. Likewise, the grandchild of your first cousin is your first cousin, twice removed (two generations removed from being a first cousin).
Many people confuse the term "first cousin, once removed" with "second cousin." The two are not the same.