Czech-Slovak Interest Group of Eastside Genealogical Society: Meeting Reports - 27 Mar 2004

Czech-Slovak Interest Group
Meeting Report for
27 Mar 2004

Group Chair: Rosie Bodien

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Another good meeting! Thanks to all who contributed. We were half Czech and half Slovak this time!

Mary Klander came from Bellingham. When discussing the Ellis Island website, Mary reminded us about the Stephen Morris website that helps you find names! I sent that out separately along with the email concerning keyboard hints!

Needless to say, my latest adventure was oral surgery last week on a root in a root canal that was abscessed. Today I feel better. So I have been slow getting this out!

I shared THE CZECHS IN OKLAHOMA book I bought on eBay and THE TRUE STORY OF A WORLD WAR II UNDERCOVER TEENAGER that I received from my sister about a Slovak girl who got involved in the Munich underground. Norb Zigler is happily at the point where he can research his ancestral village. He shared his plan of attack with the group. He also is reviewing websites here that are helpful, like the Newberry Library in Chicago (

Barb Callahan reminded us about the ROOTS SEARCH II Seminar that be June 18-19 at Lake Washington Technical School. It is being presented by Eastside and South king County Genealogy Groups! We will have a table. She showed a home video from Slovakia sharing the rites of her relative's death. We had a good discussing about that. Next time Barb will share other parts of that video. We also hope Barb can bring two Czech natives to the next meeting!

Barb sent this interesting material on THE CREEK CATHOLICS IN AMERICA for us to read: is a Slovakia website!

Florence Zarro is going to the Czech and Slovak republics with Helene Cincebeaux this summer. So we brainstormed good hostess gifts for her to take. That was fruitful! Good other hints surfaced! Florence shares these with you:

"Hi Rosie,
    I think you wanted the following information to pass on to others. A great website to learn and ask questions can be accessed as follows: Click on "my forums" in upper left hand corner of screen and then click on "genealogy - Czech & Slovak" on the next screen.
    You may be asked if you are a member. If not, you will be asked to 'join'. I do NOT pay to access or to ask questions or just read what other Slovaks/Czechs are saying. You may have to pay if you want other services. There is some very good information being discussed on this forum. I highly recommend it. This is where I got help locating my father's Ellis Island info. Some of the people with the most information live in Slovakia or were born there.

The second item is the name of the geneology researcher in Slovakia that Helene recommended: Vlado Flak: [email protected]

Last and not least is the name of the person I am using to translate English to Slovak etc. using email instead of post office: Martin Hyross: [email protected]

Hope this info. helps some of the members. As usual, I enjoyed our last meeting. Florence"

Martha Soltesz read an interesting article in "FAMILY CHRONICLE" on organizing your research material so your family won't throw it away! GOOD ADVICE!

Mary Kizer shares these websites with us for baking kolach! She has won the challenge of baking good kolachy!

EZKolachy: 1.php3?rid [NOTE: Bad link -- URL problem?]

Jo Herber sent this website for us to use: "Here is the correct URL for German ships from Bremerhavn (Bremen) carrying emigrants to North America:" Jo also enjoyed the Czech DVD "Autumn Spring" which she rented from Hollywood Video.

Collum Liska brought pieces of his lovely Czech pottery collection to share. He inherited some pieces of the bright Mrazek pottery and that got him going. He is looking for old maps on which to find his ancestral village. He shared some interesting "finds" from eBay. very impressive.

Gladys and Bob Shipek shared two Czech calendars that they received form their Czech contact in Melnik, CR.

Eric Taylor looked up "Flags of the World" on google and came up with interesting Czech results. He's still waiting for his info from the Czech Archives.

Speaking of the Czech Archives, the CGSI spring issue of "Nase Rodina" had an interesting report on page 34 of a person writing the Slovak Archives, which Florence Zarro agrees with!

Also is stated on page 3 that REGIONAL ARCHIVES accepting requests are Prague, and Litomerice. Write directly to them! That is not the National Archives in Prague. The two are located side by side. This is for the region that would be of Prague county.



I knew I couldn't remember everything! Plus a little more info has arrived.

ONE!!!!! Please email Mary Kozy with your name, names you are researching, places in the US you are researching and places in the old country. You give her permission to put them on our website, then your info will be on google and popele researching those names can contact you! She will put whatever contact information you want on the list!

TWO!!!!!!! Contact me for the three researchers info from Moravia, given to us by the CzechEmbassy. Mary Stevenson has used one with good results. The others I am sure are good, too.

THREE!!! Janell Grayson from EGS places high school students from the Czech and Slovak Republics in homes for the school year. She sent me the info about Milan Horak form the CR. He could be placed anywhere in the Pacific NW. He was born in Jilemnice. Email Janell at :[email protected]

FOUR!!! If you want to attend the Czech Fulbright Scholar's lecture at the UW on Saturday at 3:00, Some of us are meeting at the South Kirkland Park and Ride (SE corner) at 2:15. There will be lovely music and Czech goodies afterward!

FIVE! Barb Callahan has some super info for the Slovak researchers!

A woman named Zlatica, who has helped me in the past with Slovak research, listed the following sites as helpful. Please pass them on to our group.

Some websites to help in your search :

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