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From: cul_washington [mailto:cul_washington@...
Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2002 8:35 AM
To: Mark Pustka
Subject: Re: Genealogy
Dear Mr. Pustka:
Following, please find some information regarding genealogy research:
Over the last few years, we have witnessed an increasing interest in
genealogical research among Czech Americans. Our Embassy has received
many requests for information on how and where to start researching
their Czech lineage. Aside from the several individual researchers
both in the United States and in the Czech Republic, the usual
procedure recommended by our Embassy in the past was always led
through the State Central Archives in Prague -- an umbrella
institution that coordinated research for non-citizens for all types
of records and in all areas of the Czech Republic. Unfortunately, the
Embassy has recently been informed that due to the overwhelming
number of genealogical queries from all over the world, the State
Central Archives is unable to guarantee individual requests to private
persons in a period shorter than one half of a year. Under such
conditions,the State Central Archives in Prague is seriously
considering the option of not accepting any further private requests.
This information led us to contact several officially certified
genealogical societies in the Czech Republic and to investigate the
possibility for research being done for private individuals from
abroad. Four societies sent us positive responses (please see the
list below). All of the societies operate throughout the territory of
the Czech Republic (i.e. the historical lands of Bohemia, Moravia and
Silesia). Although their price, duration of research and other
conditions vary slightly, the study takes approximately 1 - 2 months
(providing that you supply enough information to start the research,
such as date and place of birth, baptism or marriage of the
researched person, the correct name of the village/town, etc.).
Detailed conditions must be discussed with each individual society.
Please note that our Embassy bears no responsibility for the quality
and results of the services provided by these societies and that we
can not mediate your research requests to these societies:
1. Ceská genealogická a heraldická spolecnost v Praze,
Fantova ul. c.
1784/28 - suterén, 155 00 Prague 13 - Stodulky, Czech Republic, e-
2. Klub pro Ceskou heraldiku a genealogii, U Rajské zahrady 20,
Prague 3 - Zizkov, Czech Republic, e-mail: heraldika@...
3. Spolek pro stredoevropskou heraldiku a genealogii, Americká 32,
350 02 Cheb, Czech Republic, e-mail: spolgen@...
4. Heraldická a genealogická spolecnost prof. Antonína
Masarykovo nám. 1, 593 01 Bystrice nad Pernstejnem, Czech
tel.: 420-603-726 452, e-mail: heraldicka.spolecnost@...
Before approaching these societies, you may want to consider
contacting some of the Czech and Slovak genealogical organizations in
the United States. These organizations provide valuable information
of not only historical and cultural character, but also information
relating to the name and location of villages/towns from where your
ancestors came, your family names, and how to start your own family
history research etc. They also frequently advertise contacts to
private researchers. Sometimes people have found that the search they
had been trying to do in the Czech Republic had already been done by
some distant relatives who also lived in the United States. They
were then able to get in touch with their new-found relatives through
the genealogical societies. By utilizing the organizations in the
United States, people often save money, find interesting friends and -
- sometimes -- even find unknown relatives through their membership!
Please Note: The following list does not name all of the Czech and
Slovak societies and organizations in the United States, but rather
those that fully or at least partially dedicate their activities to
genealogical and family history research and are willing to provide
advice and assistance to both members and non-members.
1. The oldest of these U.S. based genealogical societies is the Czech
and Slovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI), which
headquarters in Saint Paul, MN. The CGSI, established in 1988, has
more than 4,600 members. The CGSI promotes genealogy of the ethnic
groups that comprise former Czechoslovakia -- namely Czechs, Slovaks,
Carpatho-Rusyns, Jews and Germans. Aside from a number of seminars
and workshops, the CGSI organizes excellent cultural/genealogical
conferences that always attract several hundreds of people. The CGSI
publishes a quarterly newsletter "Nase rodina - Our Family"
that contains a great amount of valuable information both on
historical, cultural and genealogical issues related to the Czech and
Slovak Republics. It also has its own special library in Saint Paul,
MN, containing hundreds of unique historical books, directories,
historical documents, maps and other resources indispensable for
genealogical research. For further contact information, please visit:
2. The second largest non-profit organization of this type is the
Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI),
which headquarters in Sugar Grove, IL. The CSAGSI organizes monthly
sessions and special regular workshops for those of Czech and Slovak
origin interested in genealogy. The CSAGSI publishes a beautiful
quarterly entitled "Koreny -- Roots," where people can learn a lot on
Czech and Slovak American history, find new contacts, or advertise
genealogical queries. As is the same case with the previous society,
the CSAGSI has its own special library where one can find resources
usually unavailable in regular U.S. libraries. For further contact
information, please visit: www.csagsi.org
3. The Czech and Slovak Genealogical Society of Arizona (CSGSA)
provides educational assistance and awareness in learning about Czech
and Slovak heritage and documents resources available for
genealogical research. You may contact this society through its
president, Ms. Dorothy Janca, by e-mail at: djanca@...
4. The Texas Czech Genealogical Society is was recently formed in
Texas. Formerly a part of the larger Czech Heritage Society of Texas,
whose newsletter "Ceský hlas -- The Czech Voice" covers issues of
traditional Czech culture and customs as well as a variety of
genealogical issues, the Texas Czech Genealogical Society focuses
exclusively on genealogical/historical issues. For further
information, please visit: www.txczgs.org. The Czech Heritage
Society of Texas - Bexar County Chapter is another branch with a
strong focus on genealogy and family history. For further
information, please visit: www.czechs.org.
Another good resource for further contacts and information on Czech
history and genealogy is the Czech Heritage Society of South Texas in
Corpus Christi. For further information, please contact the society's
president, Mr. Jerry Elzner at: Czech Heritage Society of South
Texas, P.O. Box 8731, Corpus Christi, TX 78468.
5. Texas is also the home of two large and very active Czech cultural
centers that may provide valuable historical and genealogical
information and contacts: The Czech Cultural Center in Houston, TX (at
www.czechcenter.org), which publishes the quarterly "The News of the
Czech Center," and the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, Inc.
in La Grange, TX (contact: czechtexas@org) which publishes a
quarterly "Nás Ceský zivot -- Our Czech Life."
6. Many people from the California area who are interested in their
genealogy are grouped into the California Czech and Slovak Club
. The Club publishes a quarterly "CCSC
Noviny - CCSA News."
7. The people of Maryland and surrounding areas may find valuable
contacts through the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association of
Maryland (visit www.czslha.org). A great number of its members are
dedicated to genealogy and may provide valuable information and
8. The Czech Heritage Foundation, Inc in Cedar Rapids, IA is one of
the largest Czech heritage societies in the Midwest area and partly
focuses on genealogy. The society publishes a quarterly "Nase
Dedictví -- Our Czech Heritage," dedicated to Czech customs and
9. Another excellent contact may be found through the Nebraska
Czechs, the largest Nebraska organization that includes several
branches located in individual cities or communities with large Czech
American populations, such as Lincoln, Wilber and others. For further
information, contact: Ms. Debra M. Polacek, President, Nebraska
Czechs, Inc., Box 487, Harvard, NE 68944.
10. Finally, very good directions to a great variety of genealogical
websites both in the US and in Europe can be found on a website
recently created by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences at
Best of luck in your research,