CGSI Traveling Library
With members throughout the United States and other countries, CGSI continuously searches for ways to assist members in their research. At the 2005 annual membership meeting, a member proposed to have part of the CGSI library travel to other locations. The CGSI Traveling Library was created to provide members with new information and to introduce new people to the field of family history and genealogy, and has been a popular staple at the past several CGSI Conferences.
The CGSI Traveling Library requires volunteer leaders able to travel, a budget plan for mileage and lodging, and copies of appropriate materials. Some material available in the CGSI Traveling Library are as follows:
- Czech, Slovak and German dictionaries and sources of common words written in documents, on graves, and in personal family papers
- Maps with indexes and gazetteers of villages
- Passenger lists of ship arrivals with Czech or Slovak surnames
- Indexes of land holdings and religious censuses of the 1600s
- Materials specific to the local areas where the library is traveling
Requirements to host an on-site library include a local sponsor, a location with adequate lighting and quiet workspace, and knowledgeable volunteers to operate the library for an all-day session. The volunteers help visitors navigate the available materials and answer their questions. By special request only, complex and foreign language materials may also be made available.
Through its facilitation of genealogical resources to locations outside the physical library at its headquarters, CGSI continues to support and expand with the help and interest of volunteer members.