Onward To Our Past®
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GROUND BREAKING CZECH GENEALOGY PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
Unified effort created to locate, preserve, index, and translate all 79 years of the exceedingly rare Czech genealogy and history journals of Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
Genealogical historian, Scott Phillips, owner of Onward To Our Past® Genealogy & History Services, (http://OnwardToOurPast.com) located in Michigan City, Indiana today announced the first ever partnership created with the never before undertaken goal of locating, preserving, indexing, and translating the incredibly rare and exceedingly valuable 79 annual editions (1878-1957) of the Czech-American journal Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
Onward To Our Past® will be the lead organization on this crucial Czech-American project for everyone with an interest in Czech-American genealogy, history, and culture. The project will focus on completing and enhancing not only the work already completed by Onward To Our Past®, but also adding the tremendously valuable work previously accomplished by Judy Nelson, creator of the website “Small Towns”, found at the following site, http://www.oxfordjctgenealogy.com/main/, on her efforts to preserve, index, and document information found in many editions of Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
Scott Phillips said “Onward to Our Past® is thrilled to be taking the lead on the world’s only effort to locate, document, preserve, index, and translate the seventy-nine years of Amerikán Národní Kalendář, which are wide acknowledged to be the premier source of first-person accounts of the life and times of many of the earliest Czech immigrants who settled across America. These journals contain thousands of surnames and histories of both famous and common Czech immigrants! We are flattered Judy Nelson, who has completed some absolutely terrific work in this area, has chosen to entrust the future of this effort to Onward To Our Past®. Judy has worked for decades on indexing Amerikán Národní Kalendář and now our work will dovetail with, build on, and enhance her previous successes in this area.”
Czech history and genealogy experts from across the globe and from past to the present cite Amerikán Národní Kalendář as the most valuable repository of first-person accounts of the lives and times of early Czech immigrants from across all of America. However, due to these journals being published only in the Czech language and having been printed for mass consumption and not for durability, the remaining copies of these journals are rare, often hard to locate, frequently literally disintegrating, and for some years perhaps even non-existent. This, combined with the vast wealth of information found in these volumes, makes this partnership and their work necessary and incredibly urgent.
Judy Nelson said “I could not be more pleased than to have Scott Phillips and Onward To Our Past® partnering and leading the future of this effort, which is so close to my heart and in which I have invested so many years of work. I have found no one, anywhere in the world, who has a deeper passion for, and understanding of, the importance of preserving the Czech and American genealogy and history found in the pages of Amerikán Národní Kalendář than Scott.”
All of the work product from this partnership will be available free on the Onward To Our Past® website at http://OnwardToOurPast.com as well as via their Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OnwardToOurPast.
In addition to being a regular contributor of genealogy articles to Czech Slavnosti newspaper, Huffington Post-United Kingdom, and the e-publications of GenealogyBank.com, Scott has been published by organizations such as MyHeritage, Save Ellis Island, the Ohio Genealogical Society, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Archives.com, Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, and multiple local, state, and special interest genealogy and history societies.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Scott Phillips, please call (312) 718-1769 or email Scott at OnwardToOurPast@gmail.com.