Czech-Slovak Interest Group of Eastside Genealogical Society: Meeting Reports - 04 Apr 2011

Czech-Slovak Interest Group
Meeting Report for
04 Apr 2011

Group Chair: Rosie Bodien

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Many thanks to Jo Herber and Martha Soltesz for bringing treats!!


May 3rd, 2011 The CCEC is delighted to host a Cocktail Reception welcoming Mr. Michal Sedlacek, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, to Seattle. The CCEC is hosting the reception on the evening of May 3, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Utina Wardroom. Jerry Jandacka already found out there will be Slovak folks there, too! Utina Wardroom 509 Dexter Avenue North. RSVP HERE:

May 21st the Seattle Gen Soc is having their Spring Seminar. Colleen Fitzpatrick is the main speaker.

Oct. 26 -29 is CGSI's Conference in St Louis, MO. Rebekka Geitner, Historian at Ballenstacht Emigration Museum in Hamburg, Germany, is one of the guest speakers.

May 2011 The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids IA will be moving their 1400 ton building to a new foundation this week. Watch it move!

JOYCE VODICKA shared the book The Weekend Genealogist by Marcia Melnyk. It is full of great tips to doing your research. Joyce came armed with information from relatives and Delores Duy from Chicago. She is slowly putting her family history together. Next she will be getting family obituaries from the DENNI HLASATEL newspaper. It started in 1891. Both Jo herber and I have gained important research information using this tool.

CAROL STEINHAUER thinks her Matash line came into America from Canada and now has to find that information. She borrowed Helene Cincebeaux's Slovakia! Traditions Old & New and loved learning about her ancestor's thru Helen's book.

MARTHA SOLTESZ's daughter MARY ANN is going to the Czech and Slovak Republics in July. So we had a great session with JO HERBER and JERRY JANDACKA sharing their travel expertise with Mary Ann. She will be visiting the Soltesz ancestral village of Sabinov in Slovakia. We went thru Martha's papers looking for a house number. In 1771 the Austrian Empire degreed that every house should have a number. That has really helped many researchers. Could not find a house number in Sabinov tho.

JO HERBER shares this information with us about getting obituaries from the DENNI HLASATEL newspaper. This newspaper covered the Chicago area and parts of Wisconsin and Indiana. Molly Kennedy is the person in Springfield IL who will search records for the DH obits. Here's her contact info: ;[email protected] Address: P. O. Box 5785, Springfield IL 62705." When you get the obituary paper date, send Molly that date and your relative's name. Molly will get the obituary for you for a reasonable cost.

Jo also sent this information: Access UK an dCanadian marriage records for FREE April 22 -30. //

JERRY JANDACKA found some very interesting resource websites on the Center for Czech Education and Culture website > Go to resources, Czech those out and then go further to Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences and look at the Czech & Slovak language pages and the genealogy pages. Good work, Jerry!

Next meeting is July 9th!! Our website Meeting Calendar

Happy researching,


Rosie Bodien

Researching Los(s), Kure, Kubes, Smetka, Kratina, Pavlica, Jirinec, Hytych, Vasicka, Kopecka, Vojkovska, Uhlika, And Zindulka

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