What genealogy resources will you find here at Onward To Our Past® that you won’t find elsewhere?
We are glad you are here with us at Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services Company. We offer a wide range of information to help you along your journey as you research your genealogy, ancestry, and family history.
In addition to our three Genealogy Knowledge Hubs for Czech (Bohemian) genealogy, Cornish genealogy, and Italian genealogy, we have a wide variety of original resources we guarantee you will not find anywhere else.
Here is a list of these unique resources Onward To Our Past® has here to help you in the area of Czech genealogy and we’d like you to remember every one of these are free for the use of our readers:
Our ‘crown jewel’ is the only English translation of the 1895 book by Hugo Chotek “Ceska Osada, a jeji Spolkovy Zivot u Cleveland, Ohio, v Severni Americe, (A Bohemian Settlement and Her Social Life in Cleveland, Ohio, North America). This book, which contains 192 pages was written for the 1895 Prague Ethnographic Exhibition. It was the first book written on the history of any Bohemian immigrant community in the United States. For genealogists it holds over 2,500 surnames and wonderful detail regarding early Czech immigrants to America.
Next up is the only English translation of the 1878 article by Vaclav Snajdr, titled “Cleveland and its Czechs”. Again, this is the only available English translation of this work anywhere.
You will also find our translation of another work by Hugo Chotek. This one is titled “History of the First Czechs in Cleveland, Ohio” from 1895.
If you are familiar with Czech genealogy and history, then you certainly know the name of the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář. This annual ran for 80 years and holds some amazing first-person stories, articles, and information regarding Bohemian (Czech) settlers and immigrants across the United States. Onward To Our Past® is undertaking the project of translating to English all of the available Tables of Contents for those 80 editions. .
With many more in our queue, at this time you will find the following Tables of Contents in English:
1881, Volume IV
1895, Volume XVIII
1929, Volume LII
Additionally we have created a Finding Aid for all of the digital volumes you will find in the digital collection of Amerikán Národní Kalendář held by the Archives of Czechs and Slovaks Abroad (ACASA) at the University of Chicago, Regenstein Library.
Exclusive English translations are also on our site for the following:
“Where to Settle in America?” – 1881
“Experiences of one Bohemian in the Mexican War” – 1881
“BRIEF STATISTICS of settlements, places, towns, and counties in the United States inhabited by Czechs” – 1881
“Officers of the National Main Order of the Č.S.P.B.J. (Czech Slavic Brotherhood Support Federation)” – 1895. This article contains five wonderful biographies.
“The Story of Jan Kříž” – 1920.
“The Biography of Hugo Chotek” – 1912.
“The Establishment of Bohemian National Hall in Cleveland, Ohio” – 1898
“Memoirs of Czech Settlers in America” – 1895
Plus we have dozens of posts covering our research into who exactly the first Bohemian immigrant settlers to northeast Ohio actually were.
You can add to these items dozens of hints, tips, and opinion pieces covering a wide variety of topics concerning how to undertake high quality genealogy and you can stay occupied on our site for a nice long time.
So as they used to say ‘put your feet up and sit a spell’ and enjoy visiting Onward To Our Past®