Bohemian (Czech) Genealogy & Amerikán Národní Kalendář: An Amazing Resource Now At A New Location


Bookmark it. Save it. Make it a favorite. Remember it and visit it often. This link is the updated link from the University of Chicago to their digital collection of the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář.

I have written about one of my very favorite Bohemian (Czech) genealogy resources, Amerikán Národní Kalendář before. However, as we here at Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Resource Company continue our work translating all of the Tables of Contents from each issue of Amerikán Národní Kalendář we just keep getting more and more excited!

The items we are constantly uncovering are so exciting that they continually threaten to derail our Table of Contents project and take us off to investigate many of these new and exciting finds!

It may have been published in Chicago, but let me tell you, just as Sherwin-Williams’ paint logo says “Cover the Earth” so did Amerikán Národní Kalendář!

I always liked this logo -- since those are my initials too!

I always liked this logo — since those are my initials too!

You can read a more extensive background on the Amerikán Národní Kalendář by clicking here and wonderfully you can see many of the issues held by the Archives of Czechs and Slovaks Abroad (ACASA) of the University of Chicago at this address: http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10017213. More issues are being copied in their ongoing effort to digitally preserve their most complete set of Amerikán Národní Kalendář in the nation and perhaps the world. As you can see by the photo below these annuals were not made for longevity so this digital effort is fabulous for all of us genealogy fans.

We are blessed ACASA has such a great set of these in their archive!

We are blessed ACASA has such a great set of these in their archive!

But back to covering the earth. As we look at each issue’s Table of Contents we are amazed at the reach this journal had for Czech-Americans. The following list is a sample of the locations we found in some of the articles or biographies about Czech-Americans:

1886: Tabor, Wisconsin; Monticello, Minnesota; Praze, Texas; Amana, Iowa; and Twin Brooks, Dakota Territories

1896: Long Island, New York; and Chicago, Illinois

1911: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; New York, New York; Oakland, Montgomery, and Owatonna, Minnesota; Vancouver, Washington; and Omaha, Nebraska;

1912: Caldwell, Texas; Little Ferry, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; Yuba, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Haugen, Wisconsin; Little Rock, Arkansas; Long Island, New York;

1915: Toledo, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri; Rio Grande, Texas; New York, New York; and Abie, Clarkson, Milligan, Crete, Dodge, and Leigh, Nebraska.

1916: San Diego, California; Indiana; Long Island, New York; Ennis, Texas; Newburg, Wisconsin; Mosinee, Wisconsin; Crete, Nebraska; Solon, Iowa; Wilber, Nebraska; Medford, Wisconsin; and Clarkson, Nebraska.

As you can see, Amerikán Národní Kalendář did cover the earth – or at least the United States. Plus each of these articles, stories, or biographies mention hundreds of villages and locations across the lands of the Czechs.

And did I mention photographs? Every genealogy fan loves photographs? Each edition is full of wonderful photographs!

So don’t forget this great resource and watch here at Onward To Our Past® as we translate more Tables of Contents and even more articles from Amerikán Národní Kalendář!

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