Czech-Slovak Interest Group of Eastside Genealogical Society: Meeting Reports - 3 November 2018

Czech-Slovak Interest Group
Meeting Report for
3 November 2018

Group Chairs: Jo Herber and Norb Ziegler

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COMING SOON - Seattle Symphonic Band celebrates 100 years of Czecho-Slovak independence at 7pm, Sunday, November 18th at Ballard High School Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a concert of music by Czech composers including Dvorak, Smetana, and Fucik. Although the school's address is on 65th, the easiest access is from the parking lot on 67th.

The Czech/Slovak Genealogy Group will have an opportunity to do a little fundraising by selling baked goods and treats at the concert. Please plan to attend and bring some goodies to sell. Contact Rose G at [email protected] to let her know that you will be bringing a contribution to this effort. Let's make this a successful evening!

KUSAK'S IS CLOSING! Helen recently visited Kusak Cut Glass Works and reported that their building will soon be demolished and that they are selling off their inventory. There are many beautiful items, including some older glass pieces marked "Made in Czechoslovakia," indicating that they were made prior to 1989. Kusak's is located at 1911 22nd Avenue South, Seattle. Perhaps you could get an early start on your holiday shopping?


Barbara J from Mt. Vernon recently visited Slovakia and found numerous relatives - all of whom wanted to "meet the American." She had brought along a long scroll detailing her family tree which she developed with the use of Legacy software. Barbara said she would unroll the document and ask her relatives to mark it up to confirm or correct the entries. It was an excellent way to engage her relatives and to make lots of progress in her family history research. She also recommends keeping a daily journal so as not to forget any details. Barbara is very knowledgeable about DNA analysis and warned that the reported results may vary widely from company to company and so should not be completely trusted. [NOTE FROM MARY KOZY: This applies to ethnicity estimates, but not to matches. For the most part (excluding matches in the "distant cousin" range at most companies), DNA matches can be trusted.]

John has contacted his nephew in Southern California and plans to visit before the end of the year.

Marilyn brought two books that were from her long-time church in Tacoma; the books honor a Slovak poet. One will be kept in our C/S library and will be available at meetings.

Mike reported that the Facebook page has been linked to the website, which has been enhanced, thanks to Mary Kathryn. He will upload photos from the Thanksgiving luncheon. Check it out at

Jo reported that she had received a number of messages from people who "liked" our Facebook page. She will develop a reply to thank them for their "like" and to ask if they would like to be included on our email distribution list.

The group discussed the best times to travel to the Czech or Slovak Republics; the consensus was that weather was agreeable (not too hot) and airfares and hotel rates were less expensive in Spring before Easter and after Labor Day. Holidays were also fun and not too costly.



Saturday, February 2, 2019. 9:30am at Fire Station 22, 6602-108th Ave NE, Kirkland.

Hope you will be able to join us!

Jo Herber

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