Chicago Genealogy: Bohemian, Czech & Slovak Resources is today’s topic.
Please note: This list is meant to include resources in addition to the ones found at the traditional genealogical sites like FamilySearch, Ancestry, Fold3, and the like. And the lists are by no means exhaustive, so if you know of other resources that you’ve found useful in your research, please let me know.
Burial records from the Bohemian National Cemetery, passenger lists, fraternal organization, and more. In the print collection, there’s a Bohemian-American Chicago city directory: Chicago Bohemian-Americans 1915 (Call no. F 548.9 B614 1915)
Chicago Genealogist– Fall 1994 issue contains a number of helpful articles on Bohemian research in Chicago.
And there’s a Friends of the Bohemian National Cemetery as email@example.com
Genealogy Library is open:
Tues 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Friday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
The group has produced a major genealogical resource – the Denni Hlasatel Obituary Index 1891-1970. The index contains entries for over 85,000 Denni Hlasatel-published obituaries from 1891 to 1970.
The NCSML Library sustained heavy damage during the Flood of 2008 in Des Moines. While nearly all of the archival materials and much of the English-language book collection were removed before the flood, the rest of the collection was damaged.Kosek Building
87 Sixteenth Ave. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
The Museum is currently closed as they restore exhibitions. Some oral histories for Chicago are online:
Lists and Blog
CHICAGO-BOHEMIANS. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Bohemians who settled in the Chicago, Illinois, area. To subscribe send “subscribe” to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen’s Chicago research blog often addresses Czech records
Books & Newspapers
These Czech newspaper titles with publishing span dates are available at participating institutions:
- Chicagske Listy, 18uu – 1uuu
- Chicagsky Vestnik,1874 – Uuuu
- Denni Hlasatel, 1891 – 1994
- Duch Casu, 1885 – 19uu
- Narod, 1894 – 1975
- Republikan, 1884 – Uuuu
- Spravedlnost, 1uuu – 1940
- Svornost, 1875 – 1957
(“u” indicates that the exact publishing span dates are unknown.)
Miller, Olga K. Genealogical Research for Czech and Slovak Americans. Detroit: Gale, 1978.
Schlyter, Daniel M. Czechoslovakia: A Handbook of Czechoslovak Genealogical Research. Buffalo Grove, IL: Genun, 1985.
So that’s it for Chicago Genealogy: Bohemian, Czech & Slovak Resources today. For links to other Chicago resources, click here.