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A List of the Free Royal Cities in Slovakia

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

Leopold Eidlitz (whose life and work will be discussed in…

How did house numbers work in the Czech lands?

An excellent resource for those just getting started in Czech genealogy is the Czech Genealogy for Beginners blog.…

"Did Catholics write their genealogies on the insides of their family bibles?"

I have personally wondered this, and posed this same question to many different people both in the United States and abroad.  It seems that the answer is, "Not traditionally, no. This is more…

Ano, I could have won half a million!

Any Who Wants to Be a Millionare? fans out there? J.D. Barton was thrown a basic question about the Czech word for "yes", and rather than go for the 500,000, instead he played it safe. Read more…
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Design for The 8th Continent

Slovak architect to speak at Jan. 30 webinar

Slovakia and the United States are separated by thousands of miles.  Slovak architect Lenka Petráková is hoping to make the waters that have historically connected us – the world’s oceans – a…
Tags: Slovak, Czech

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library: January Exhibits

Czech spice container in the immigrant home, which you can tour as part of the permanent exchibit.
Saint Vitus Saints

Saint Vitus Saints

If you've been to Prague, most likely you've been to St. Vitus Cathedral (I mean, it's rated #1 of 1,220 things to do in Prague on…
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Looking for Hospodář Issues

CGSI is in the process of digitizing as many issues of the magazine Hospodář as we can find. If you have issues, especially the oldest ones starting in the late 1800's, we need your help!
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