Czech it out: Czech American Biography Source
Just this past July, Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr. (Mila) published his latest book on Czech-Americans and Czech-American history. I may not have bought the first copy off the printing press, but my copy had to have been in the single digits.
This book joins Mila’s previous seventeen books on Czechs and Czech history and with it being the prelude to his current manuscript, I wanted a copy for my Czech reference bookshelf. I also thought I’d give the readers of Onward To Our Past® a bit of a peak into Czech it out.
The tone is set immediately by the Forward penned by Petr Gandalovič, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States.
Ambassador Gandalovič says in part:
“This particular book, which represents decades of tedious and meticulous work, is a unique comprehensive reference guide which provides information about a plethora of sources where one could find the biographical data on literally thousands of Czech Americans…” and this
“I highly recommend this book which helps us – Czech Americans – find ourselves in the mirror of time…”
Now that is some high praise indeed!
Running just under 900 pages, Mila breaks out the thousands of biographies for the reader in a very convenient fashion by the following chapters:
- Single biographies and autobiographies
- Biographies in national and regional biographical compendia
- Biographies in state and local sources
- Biographies in Czech and ethnic sources
- Professional and subject biographical sources
- Family histories and genealogies
Mila then adds a chapter on Biographical Sources and one for all the Abbreviations he uses.
As I began reviewing Czech it out I quickly realized I had seen no other work quite like this volume. From the very famous, such as Augustin Heřman, Thomas Čapek, and Madeline Albright to the well-known and the lesser known, these pages are Czech genealogy gold!
Speaking of Czech genealogy gold no reader will want to miss the sixty-one, yes 61 pages of genealogies and family histories listed. Mila has looked high and low and found a truly impressive and amazing array of Czech genealogies for us to be able to access.
I recommend this reference book as a truly unique and wonderful addition to anyone’s Czech genealogy and history bookshelf. It is destined to be a ‘go to’ resource for all of us Czech genealogists and for generations to come.
Be with us tomorrow when we bring you an exclusive interview with Mila right here at Onward To Our Past®