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Little Pearls from Hospodář

October 18, 2022
Let’s start with the power of the Hospodář - Farmer eats at the table, reads the Hospodář while eating, and in there is a question,“ Farmer, do you have all your tools already…
Tags: Hospodář
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Get Ready for the 1950 Census Release

March 8, 2022
The National Archives (NARA) will be releasing a digitized version of the 1950 census on April 1, 2022. Ancestry will create an initial searchable index using artificial intelligence and handwriting…
Tags: US Census
Slovak, Arkansas

Reflection on My Summer Trip to Slovak, Arkansas

August 20, 2021
This summer, our family decided to explore Arkansas and its natural and cultural beauty including a town named Slovak.
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Print A Large Format Family Tree

May 5, 2021
I recently shared a story of how I try to connect attendees at our annual family reunion with our shared genealogy. One way I do this is by printing a family tree that measures two feet high and…
Tags: software
Map of Austria-Hungary military regions

A Memoir from World War I's Eastern Front

May 1, 2021
Learn more on Saturday, May 15 at noon Central Time as Kawczak’s grandson Andrew Kavchak of Canada talks about a new English translation of his grandfather’s book Dying Echos: Memoirs of the War 1914…
Tags: History, Czech
Vedute Karlovy Vary, 1652

Czech and Slovak Vedute

April 27, 2021
Are you as fascinated by vedute as I am? Did you know the Czech and Slovak Archives have an impressive collection of the vedute up until 1850? Vedute (in Czech, pl.
Tags: veduta, vedute, veduty
Getting Ready for the (Slovak and Polish) Census

Getting Ready for the (Slovak and Polish) Census

February 19, 2021
In every census since 1989, the number of Rusyns in Slovakia has grown, as has the number of Lemkos in Poland. This year, 2021, is our chance this decade to help grow those numbers even more. Long-…
Tags: Rusyn, Slovak
Slovak Mountain

A List of the Free Royal Cities in Slovakia

January 25, 2021
László Hudec was a Hungarian-Slovak architecture from the 19th century, and will be one of the subjects at our upcoming webinar on 30 January 2021 about…

Iranistan: everything you ever want, everything you ever need

January 22, 2021
Leopold Eidlitz (whose life and work will be discussed in…
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