Chicago Genealogy – Chicago Bohemian, Czech, and 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, Footnote, 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.
Bohemian Genealogy at the Newberry Library
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)
Bohemian National Cemetery of Chicago
Chicago Genealogist– Fall 1994 issue contains a number of helpful articles on Bohemian research in Chicago.
Czechoslovak Heritage Museum, Library and Archives
122 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-1557
Genealogy Library is open:
Tues 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Friday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois http://www.csagsi.org/csagsi.htm
The group has produced Denni Hlasatel Obituary Index 1891-1970. The index contains entries for over 85,000 Denni Hlasatel-published obituaries from 1891 to 1970.
Czech and Slovak Roman Catholic Churches in Chicago
Jen’s Chicago research blog often addresses Czech records:
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(mail mode) or email@example.com(digest mode)
CHICAGO-CZECHS. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Czechs who settled in the Chicago, Illinois, area. To subscribe send “subscribe” to firstname.lastname@example.org(mail mode) or email@example.com(digest mode)
Illinois Newspaper Project
These Czech newspaper titles with publishing span dates are available at participating institutions:
(“u” indicates that the exact publishing span dates are unknown.)
Miller, Olga K. Genealogical Research for Czech and Slovak Americans. Detroit: Gale, 1978.
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
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.
87 Sixteenth Ave. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
The Museum is currently closed as they restore exhibitions. Some oral histories for Chicago are online:
Schlyter, Daniel M. Czechoslovakia: A Handbook of Czechoslovak Genealogical Research. Buffalo Grove, IL: Genun, 1985.
Availability at: http://www.worldcat.org/title/handbook-of-czechoslovak-genealogical-research/oclc/12033141&referer=brief_results
United Moravian Societies