Czech-Slovak Interest Group of Eastside Genealogical Society: Meeting Reports - 21 Apr 2012

Czech-Slovak Interest Group
Meeting Report for
21 Apr 2012

Group Chair: Rosie Bodien

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THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of the great treats! Again we were well fed!!! Very impressive!!!

The decorated Easter Eggs were beautiful!! I should have taken pictures but was very busy with everything else. Jo Herber had decorated wood eggs, too, besides the many other varieties from Poland, Russia, Finland, Slovakia and the Czech republic. JoAnn Pesek had some intricate detailed eggs to share. I brought my Moravian decorated eggs. Carol Steinhauer brought decorated eggs from her relatives in Slovakia. They had tiny holes punched into the shell and were then painted around. Each one of these beautiful eggs must have taken a long time to do!!!!

A reminder that we collect used stamps (one quarter inch margin), Labels for Education, and used magazines as charitable donations through the WFLA Lodge #181. Thank you Joann and Jo for bringing them!

I passed out a handout from Margie Sobotka of disease translations for researching death records. Our next meeting is June 2nd, from 1:30 to 4:30 to view the documentary "The Accidental Army, Story of the Czechoslovak Legion" from WW I.

New attendee SHARON EVANS is researching the names Ivan, Varga and Ujlaski in PA,OH and NY in the USA, and Michalovce, Hatalov and Zemplin in Slovakia. JAN RODIGER was trying to use the 1940 Census. Not all states are indexed. We all learned a tip if you know the enumeration district from the 1930 Census. JO HERBER walked us thru the steps, using Ed's computer, of using the site to get the 1940 Census enumeration district. And that is what Jo has been doing, finding grandparents in Chicago!! MARY KLANDER has been using the 1940 Census by helping to index it!!!! MARTHA SOLTEZS has a dead computer so she is on hiatus but very interested in her research. MARY ANN SOLTEZS is her Mom's support team. STEVE SOUCEK is researching his Ptaks on his mother's side. ED SCHULTZ has been busy attending the German and Irish Interest Groups and using his computer and projector to help them both. JOANN PESEK recommends reading these books by Karel Capek: : WAR WITH THE NEWTS by Karel Capek, RUR, and THE INSECT PLAY by K and J Capek. CAROL STEINHAUER shared her special decorated Easter eggs and a letter from a relative about Easter traditions in Slovakia. Quite interesting! HARVE AND JOAN Knizek just returned from a research trip to Salt Lake City's Family History Library which started a good discussion on using its facilities. COLLIE LISKA went to the CGSI Symposium in Salt Lake City on March 17th. He shared that they hope to have the 1940 Census indexed in 6 months. He found information about his grandfather from naturalization papers and WW II registration papers. He didn't know there was a brother. He shared his information on Ed's computer which helped us see what problems can be encountered when using the regional archive birth records. ED SCHULTZ had on his computer and showed us Google maps, too So.. . we need to find that on our computers. GEORGE KELNER told us that when using the Czech Cadastral Maps, you can find information about the people who live in our ancesters homes now. GERI AND GEORGE KELNER helped translate a form for Carol.

Thank you to everyone who made this meeting a great success!

Happy researching,


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