Family History Research

Surname Saturday – Novak

I just wrote a post about a book I finished called Journey A Novel of America by James M. Vesely on my Chicago Family History blog. Please stop by and read it.

If you know of other books about the Czechs immigrating to the U.S. and specifically their experiences in Chicago, please post titles and authors in the comments. Vesely’s book is historical fiction but the experiences of the Novak family were similar to those I have read in non-fiction books. Most of us will never know exactly what our immigrants experienced but great books like this shed a little light on the topic.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Joseph Holik

Joseph Holik was my grandfather. He died 4 April 1964.

Pictured below are his Mass Card, Obituary in English and Obituary in Czech.

Mass card for Joseph Holik, Chicago genealogy











Joseph Holik obituaries Chicago























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Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International

I recently rejoined the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International and wanted to share what a great resource it is for researchers.

The society publishes a journal, Nase Rodina “Our Family” quarterly. It is filled with great research stories and tips. Members also receive research assistance, message board and query access, and searchable databases. Included in these databases is the set of Leo Baca’s Czech Immigration Passenger books.

The society will be holding its annual conference in St. Louis next October. 26-29. Speakers such as Leo Baca, Lisa Alzo, and Jan Dus will be presenting. I heard Rev. Jan Dus speak at a local Czech genealogy meeting in Chicago and he was fantastic. He also provides research services in the Czech Republic. The members of the genealogy society who used his services had nothing but praise for him.

The society has many other offerings so be sure to check them out if you are researching Czech, Bohemian, Moravian, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Jewish, Rusyn, and Silesian families.

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Losing a Son – day 4

Michael’s remains were brought back to Chicago late May 1921. His body was laid to rest in Bohemian National Cemetery. Below are photos of a couple documents and the funeral.