Bohemia (Czech republic)

Budweis nowadays

Some Hutsteiner emigrated to Rudolfstadt / Budweis ( Rudolfo /  České Budějovice), Kingdom of Bohemia, a part of the Austrian Empire, which is neighbouring to Passau and only 60 km far from Wegscheid parish. Vitus Hutsteiner in Rudolfstadt and later Severin Hutsteiner in Budweis are mentioned in Budweis church records around 1650. 

Rudolfstadt / Rudolfov



Rudolfov is a city in the České Budějovice District in the South Bohemian Region, about 5 km north-east of České Budějovice.
Rudolfstadt/Rudolfov was protestant before the Thirty Years‘ War. It was occupied and destroyed by catholic troops in 1619 and all protestant records were lost during this time.
By 1627 all protestants in Southern Bohemia were forced to convert or to leave the country. Unfortunately, the catholic church books from Budweis/České Budějovice have a gap from 1630 to 1644, but the existing records up to 1630 do not show any baptisms of adult „heretics“, and many families found in Rudolfstadt after 1644 have their roots in Budweis or other South Bohemian and Upper Austrian towns. Probably protestant inhabitants of Rudolfstadt were either killed or went into exile and the town was repopulated with catholics from Budweis and other catholic areas.


Thomas Hutsteiner from Kollerschlag parish, upper Austria, married in Deutsch Reichenau (Rychnůvek) in the disctict of Krumau (Český Krumlov). All his children were born there. Later he moved back to Upper Austria.