Czech-Slovak Interest Group of Eastside Genealogical Society: Meeting Reports - 22March 2008

Czech-Slovak Interest Group
Meeting Report for
22 March 2008

Group Chair: Rosie Bodien

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March 22, 2008 Interest Group Report

Another good meeting!!! Sixteen of us met at the fire station. And of course the firemen were there this time to let us in if needed!! The treats were appreciated! Thanks to the folks who brought them!

Martha Soltesz. First of all let me say that it is the genealogy library at the Tacoma Library that has copies of the History of Czechs in America and the History of Slovaks in America. I believe they have Leo Baca's books, too. I said it was the Olympia Library.

We had decorated eggs, dolls, recipe and travel books, special Slovak music books from the Cleveland Slovak Singing Society, lovely cut and decorated crystal, and wonderful old wedding pictures shared!!!

Jan Roediger brought her husband Larry to the meeting. He is half Czech. They are researching Zdrahal and Sikyr (Sheker). Bonnie Hodgekiss came from Puyallup to get started on her research. Her names are Zbihley, Krusco/Crusco and Sokolov from the Carpathian Mt region.

It was very nice to have Judith Bazant Lum back researching her roots. She has been networking on the internet and visiting in Montana to research.

Janet Roach has been attending Genealogy sessions at Shoreline Senior Center on the 3rd Wednesday afternoon of each month. Millie Stanton is ready, she is bringing some of her music to the symposium singing session. Mary Trimmingham got some hints about finding relatives that are interested in the research she has done. The Czech and Slovak Library and Museum in Cedar Rapids is always happy to accept family history information,too.

Bev Ryder has been cleaning and had many wonderful periodicals, etc, to give away on the free table! JoAnn Pasek found lovely old family pictures to share to show she is now gathering all the information available at home as she starts her genealogy quest. JoAnn recommended the DVD, THE LIFE OF OTHERS. It depicts life in East Germany under communist rule, which easily applies to Czechoslovakia.

Jo Herber brought 5 Y-DNA kits from Family Tree DNA's Slovak project that she will have available at the symposium session on DNA. We will also have some Czech FamilyTreeDNA kits available at that session. Jo shared the booklet that a private researcher in the CR did for her, leading Jo to more researching on a trip to the CR this spring.

Bettelinn is diligently working on her Creative Memories album of her research information. She needed help with ideas for a map presentation. Martha Soltesz came to help with problem solving.

Eric Taylor suggested Edward Ball's new book on DNA- THE GENETIC STRAND, Exploring a Family History. . Ball also wrote SLAVES in the FAMILY. Reflecting on our conversation about researching ships records from Europe, Eric sent this email later on Saturday: At the meeting this morning, I mentioned a Web site for obtaining information about emigrants who left from Bremen. Here is the link to that site: It covers the years 1920-1939, a small window, but maybe of significance to some in our group.   Here's a link to Hamburg passenger lists:   Cyndi's List has a number of links to these and other ports of embarkation at:




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