Czech-Slovak Interest Group of Eastside Genealogical Society: Meeting Reports - 13 Jun 2009

Czech-Slovak Interest Group
Meeting Report for
13 June 2009

Group Chair: Rosie Bodien

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Nine of us shared ideas and culture items. My thoughts for the day. It was one year ago the terrible flood hit the Cedar Rapids Czech Village and the Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library.

Susan Casey had an article in the NASE RODINA about her Slovak Language Class in Pittsburgh, PA.

The CGSI conference is in Cleveland Oct. 14 to 17.

Malin, OR is celebrating their 100 year anniversary the weekend of July 17th.


Welcome to new member GEORGINA HYDE from Whidbey Island. Her Slovak ancestors were from the Roslyn area. She reported that the estate owners in the old countries let their people move around to different villages. So she now has more villages to research. MILLIE STANTON brought Georgina to our meeting.

JOAN & HAREY KNIZEK were beaming with the news from their trip to Europe. Harv visited his ancestral village in the CR, found relatives and is now researching even farther back into his family history. Harv found his ancestral village in the Austrian Military Records that are at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Yeah, a success story using the military records!!! Hana Skockova researched for Harv, then took them to his ancestral village. He will bring the whole file to the next meeting.

If you are 60 years old, you can audit the Czech Language class at the University of Washington for $5 per credit with the instructor's approval to be in the class. What a deal!!!! Instructor Jara Soldanova's email: Jara Soldanova

SHARON GLENN is leaving soon on Helene Cincebeaux's Slovakia tour. People suggested postcards from Bellevue, Almond Roca, books about WA State, and Native American Indian prints or artifacts as gifts for relatives. Sharon suggested the book "Zoli" about Slovak gypsies during the Second World War. A great way to "put meat on the bones" of your ancestral country!!!!

MIKE MECHAM suggested using Facebook to find your surnames. He is collecting information about his ancestors now before he finds a researcher in the old country. He uses message boards to find names he is researching, also. Google is making an Archive of newspapers to soon be on Google. He is going to send me the address for the Slovak white pages on the internet.

ED SCHULTZ got his grandfather's death certificate from Chicago. He would like to know more about the Chicago CZECH OLD FOLKS HOME. Anybody have any info for him? Ed did ask if -ice at the end of a village name had any significance. Well, I listened to the tape from the Oct 1997 CGSI presentation by Mirloslav Koudelka called "Origin & Meaning of Czech Town & Village Names." Ice at the end of a village name means "subject to," so Kralice means people are subject to the king (kral). I will being the tape to the August 8th meeting.

MARA PITKETHLY shared her delightful Czech/Slovak straw figures. Mara is our culture advisor who brings great treats!!!!




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

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