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Resources for Czech & Slovak Genealogical Research

The Skala Bartizal Library has a growing collection of genealogical materials that may be of interest to those researching their Czech or Slovak family histories. Because of the complexity of family histories and genealogical searches, library staff and volunteers are unable to perform the substantive research required to construct your family history. However, we can assist you in identifying relevant sources within the library and can help with questions about the original spelling of place-names and surnames. We can also recommend other organizations outside the NCSML that might provide additional information.

Genealogical Resources at the Skala Bartizal Library

Guides to Czech and Slovak Genealogy Research
Genealogical Research: Tracing Czech, Moravian, and Slovak Ancestry by Jana Fast. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Czech fine Arts Foundation, 1984.   Call Number: CS524 .F37 1984
Genealogical Research for Czech and Slovak Americans by Olga K. Miller. Detroit: Gale, 1978.  Call Number: CS524 .M54 1978
Czechoslovakia: A Handbook of Czechoslovak Genealogical Research by Daniel M. Schlyter. Buffalo Grove, Illinois: Genun, 1985.  Especially good for use with (Mormon) Family History Library holdings.  Call Number: E184 .S35 1986

The Denni Hlasatel Obituary Index: 1891-1970 and 1971-1995 by the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois.  Call Number: F548.9 .C94 1996
Ancestral Tree - Slovak Roots by Joseph Hornack. Cleveland, Ohio: Surname Location Reference Project (SLRP), 1995. Over 3,000 Slovak surnames arranged alphabetically by surname and by Slovak village.
Slovak Pride by the Slovak Heritage & Folklore Society International.  December 1997, 3rd edition. 8,000 Slovak surnames listed alphabetically by surname and by Slovak village.

Passenger Lists

Czech Immigration Passenger Lists by Leo Baca. Richardson, Texas, 1983.  Call Number: E184.B67 B32 1983
Vol. 1: Galveston 1846-1861, 1866-1871; New Orleans 1852-1879.
Vol. 2: Galveston 1896-1906; New Orleans 1879-1899.
Vol. 3: Galveston 1907-1914.
Vol. 4: New York 1847-1869.
Vol. 5: New York 1870-1880.
Vol. 6: New York 1881-1886; Galveston 1880-1886.
Vol. 7: New York 1887-1896.
Vol. 8: Baltimore 1834-1879.
Vol. 9: Baltimore 1880-1899. 

Maps and Geography

Historical Atlas of East Central Europe by Paul R. Magosci. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1993.  Call Number: G2081 .M34 1993

Conference Proceedings

Proceedings of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International biannual conferences (5-8).

Biographical Resources - General

The Cechs (Bohemians) in America by Thomas Capek. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1920. Call Number: E184 .C37 1920
The Czechs in the United States by Joseph Chada. SVU Press, 1981.  Call Number: E184 .C43 1981
Czech Contributions to the Growth of the United States by Francis Dvornik. [publisher?], 1961.  Call Number: E184 .D86 1961
Slovak Catholic Parishes and Institutions in the United States and Canada complied by the First Catholic Slovak Union. Cleveland: First Catholic Slovak Union, 1955.  Call Number  BX1407 .F57 1955
History of Czechs in America by Jan Habenicht. St. Paul, Minnesota: Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, 1996. English translation of Dejiny Cechuv Americkych. Rich in biography and family history.  Call Number: E184 .H33 1996
The Czechs in America, 1633-1977: A Chronology and Fact Book by Vera Laska. Oceana Publications, Inc., 1978.  Call Number: E184 .L371978
Biographical Directory of the Members of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Inc. (SVU Directory) by Eva Rechcigl and Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr.  Washington, DC: SVU Press, 1992.  History, Organization and Biographies of SVU Members. Call Number: DB2043.C93 B5 1987

Biographical Resources - Chicago

Adresar a Almanach Ceskiho Obyvatelstva v Chicago = Directory and Almanac of the Bohemian Population of Chicago by the Bohemian-American Hospital Association.  Chicago: Bohemian-American Hospital Association, 1915.  Call Number: F548.9 .B64 1915
Dejiny Cechu v Chicagu by Rudolf Bubenicek. Chicago, 1939. (Rich in biography and family history.)  Call Number: F548.9 .B83 1939
Czech and Slovak Leaders in Metropolitan Chicago by Daniel D. Droba. Chicago: Slavonic Club of the University of Chicago, 1934.  Call Number: F548.9 .D76 1934
I Remember the Czechs of Chicago by Grace Prewitt Kralovec. [publisher?], 1988.  Call Number: E184 .K73 1997

Biographical Resources - Florida

Slovaks in Florida by Andrew F. Hudak, Jr.  Agency Da Vel, 1991.  Call Number: F320 .H83 1991

Biographical Resources - Iowa

The History of the Czechs in Cedar Rapids, Volume I, 1852-1942 by Martha E. Griffith. Reprinted from The Iowa Journal of History and Politics and published by the Czech Heritage Foundation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Call : F630 .C94 1970
The History of the Czechs in Cedar Rapids, Volume II, 1942-1982 by the Czech Heritage Foundation. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Lilly Printing Company, 1982.  Call Number: F630 .C94 1982
Czech Settlement in Cedar Rapids, Iowa by Martha E. Griffith. Laramie, Wyoming: University of Wyoming master's thesis, 1942.  Call Number: F630 .G75 1942
They Came to this Place by Cyril M. Klimesh. Sebastopol, California: Methodius Press, 1992.  Call Number: F629 .K55 1992
They Came to North Tama by Janette Stevenson Murray. Lake Mills. Iowa: Graphic Publishing Co., 1973. (Originally published by Hudson Printing Co., Hudson, Iowa, 1953. See pages 68-71.)  Call Number: F627 .M87 1973

Biographical Resources - Minnesota

The Bohemian Flats by the Worker of the Writers' Program of the W.P.A. of Minnesota. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1986. (Originally published by the University of Minnesota, 1941.)  Call Number: F614.W67 1986

Biographical Resources - Nebraska

Czech Cemeteries in Nebraska by Vladimir Kucera. [publisher?], 1972.  Call Number: E184 .K83 1972
Czechs and Nebraska by Vladimir Kucera. Ord, Nebraska: Quiz Graphic Arts, Inc., 1967.  Call Number: F675 .K83 1967
A History of Czechs (Bohemians) in Nebraska by Rose Rosicky. Omaha: Czech Historical Society of Nebraska, 1929.  Call Number: F675 .R67  1929
A History of the Czechs in Knox County, Nebraska by Joseph John Van Hoff.  Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska, 1938.  Call Number: F672 .V36 1938

Biographical Resources - New York

A History of Bohemia, Long Island by the Centennial History Book Committee.  Saylorville, Long Island, New York: Weeks & Reichel Printing, 1985.  Call Number: F129 .C46 1985

Biographical Resources - Ohio

History of the Slovaks of Cleveland and Lakewood by Jan Pankuch.  Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International and The Western Reserve Historical Society, 2001.  Call Number: F499 P36 2001

Biographical Resources - Oklahoma

The Czechs of Oklahoma by Karel D. Bicha. University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.  Call Number: F705 .B53 1980

Biographical Resources - South Dakota

History of the Czechs in the State of South Dakota by Joseph A. Dvorak. Tabor, South Dakota: The Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc., 1980.  Call Number: F660 .D86 1980

Biographical Resources - Texas and the Southwest

History of Ethnic Cultures in the Ballinger Area by Mary Ruth Cervenka.  Abilene, Texas: R & R Reproduction Co., 1976.  Call Number: F394 .C47 1976
The Czech Texans by W. Phil Hewitt. San Antonio: University of Texas, 1983.  Call Number: F395 .H49 1983.
Krasna Amerika: A Study of Texas Czechs, 1851-1939 by Clinton Machann and James W. Mendl. Austin, Texas: Eakin Press, 1983.  Call Number: F395 .M33 1983
Czech Pioneers of the Southwest by Henry R. Maresh and Estelle Hudson. Houston, Texas: Western Lithograph, reprint 1996. (Originally published by South-West Press, 1934.)  Call Number: F395 .M37 1996
We're Czechs by Robert L. Skrabanek. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1988.  Call Number: F395 .S57 1988

Biographical Resources - Wisconsin

A Bohemian Girl in America by Emily M. K. Polasek. Rollins Press, Inc., 1982.  Call Number: F590 .P65 1982
Phillips Czechoslovakian Community by the Phillips Czechoslovakian Community. Park Falls, Wisconsin: F.A. Weber & Sons, Inc. Volume I, 1991; Volume II, 1995.  Call Numbers: F590 .P45 1991 v.1 and F590 .P45 1991 v.2

Biographical Resources - Civil War

Czechs in Gray and Blue, Too! by Jody Feldtman Wright. [publisher?], 1988.  Call Number: E540 .W75 1988

Individual Family Histories

We have a growing collection of individual family histories available on-site.

Czech and Slovak Genealogy Web Sites 

Acta Publica (includes digitized family records from the Brno, Plzen, and Prague regions. Czech language site)
Bohemian Genealogy (at The Newberry Library)
Carpatho-Rusyn Knowledge Base
CentroConsult - Research in Slovakia and the former Austria-Hungary
Chicago Ancestors (at The Newberry Library)
Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI)
Czech and Slovak Genealogy (Czech-language web site)
Czech Family Tree (links to regional and city archives, census records, military records, and more)
Czech Republic Genealogy GenWeb page
Czech Republic, Bohemia, and Moravia Genealogy Research
Czech Surnames from Czech-American TV
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI)
Czech-Slovak Interest Group (associated with Eastside Genealogical Society)
Directories of Cities, Towns, and Regions in Czech Republic
Directories of Cities, Towns, and Regions in Slovakia
Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies 
GenForum - Czech Republic Genealogy Forum
GenForum - Slovak Genealogy Forum 
JewishGen Austria-Czech Special Interest Group 
JewishGen Hungarian Special Interest Group
Kde Jsme (Czech-language web site mapping surname locations)
Selected Characteristics for Persons of Czech Ancestry: 1990 (U.S. Census Bureau)
Selected Characteristics for Persons of Slovak Ancestry: 1990 (U.S. Census Bureau)
Slovak Genealogical-Heraldic Society
Slovak Pride Database (Slovak surname database) 
Slovak Republic Genealogy GenWebPage 
Slovakia - Surname Location Reference Project (Slovak surname database)
Slovakia Genealogy Research Strategies
Small Towns: Southeastern Jones County, Iowa and its European origins
TexasCzechs (Texas Czech genealogy website)
Czech Settlements and Communities in the US - requires an AOL Lifestream account

Other Genealogy Web Sites ¬ Home of Online Genealogy 
CIMO - Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online 
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet 
Distant Cousins Genealogy Index 
East European Genealogical Society 
FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service 
Genealogical Research at the National Archives 
JewishGen: The Official Home of Jewish Genealogy 
Local History and Genealogy Reading Room - Library of Congress 
National Genealogical Society 
RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative 
Social Security Death Index (at 
American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau) 
USGenWeb Project 

Czech and Slovak Genealogy Organizations

Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois
PO Box 313
Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554
Membership and book sales:
Other inquiries:
web site:

Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
PO Box 16225
St. Paul, Minnesota 55116-0225
tel.: 651-964-2322
web site:

Moravian Heritage Society
6N432 Oakwood Dr.
Saint Charles, IL 60174
web site:

Texas Czech Genealogical Society
1231 CR 201A
Angleton, TX 77515-9212

Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, Inc.
PO Box 6      250 West Fairgrounds Road
La Grange, Texas 78945   
tel: 888-785-4500 or 979-968-9399
web site:

Slovak Heritage and Folklore Society International
151 Colebrook Drive
Rochester, New York 14617-¬2215
tel: 716-342-¬9383
web site:

Slovak Surname Location Reference Project (Slovak SLRP)
P.O. Box 31831
Cleveland, Ohio 44131-0831
fax:: 216-642-8954
web site:

To suggest other genealogical resources, contact David Muhlena, Library Director, at 319-362-8500 x202 or