Language & Online Classes


CGSI partners with member language and other instructors to offer classes in both the Czech and Slovak languages, and other topics of genealogical interest. These fee-based courses are conducted online so they are available to anyone with a computer or tablet, and a quality internet connection.



Czech Language Instruction

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Scheduled Courses

Beginner's Czech Language & Culture I
Saturdays 8 - 9:30 am (Central Time), January 13 - March 23, 2024
(no class March 16)

Course Descriptions

Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I

A 10-week, 15-hour group online course.  Learn to read, write, and speak in Czech!

  • Maximum of 20 students
  • Easy online access
  • Course materials included
  • A systematic approach using parts of speech
Anna Cooková


CGSI member Anna Cooková lived in Opava, Czech Republic from 1994-2002. She returned to the Czech Republic in 2008-2009 to  interpret for the delegation from Rice Lake, Wisconsin to their Sister City, Žamberk. She has been offering Beginner & Intermediate courses for the community in Czech Language & Culture in Czech-American Communities since her return in February 2009. In 2012 she began teaching via Skype, and in 2013 she was awarded a grant to attend Methodologies of Teaching the Czech Language course in Prague by the Czech Government for Czech teachers in expatriate communities.

In 2015 Anna became a Registered Court Interpreter with the State of Illinois Courts and is involved with several Czech-American organizations including Wisconsin Czechs, Inc., Chicago Czech Center, Bohemian Lawyers´ Association of Chicago, and others. In 2017 she was selected to serve as a Sister City delegate on behalf of Two Rivers, Wisconsin to Domažlice, Czech Republic, served as President of Wisconsin Czechs, Inc., is currently 2nd Vice President of Sokol Milwaukee and Education Director for our national American Sokol. She has been teaching and translating since February 2009, and tries to visit the Czech Republic once or twice a year!

Course Pricing

CGSI Member price: $230          Non-member price: $255
                (Compare to private lessons for $550)                


For more information on these Czech language courses and a registration form, email Anna, phone (715) 651-7044. or visit CzechTalk.com.

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Slovak Language Instruction

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Scheduled Courses

Slovak Language and Culture for Beginners
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Central Time), March 27 - May 29, 2024

Course Description

A 10-week, 20-hour group online course.

  • Maximum of 12 students
  • Easy online access
  • Course materials included
  • A systematic approach using parts of speech

Course Pricing

CGSI Member price: $210          Non-member price: $235


For more information or to register for this Slovak language course, contact Marta Sevcova (marta.sevcova@gmail.com).

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Genealogy and Writing Instruction

Courses offered by the Research Write Connect Academy

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Scheduled Courses

Self-Paced Learning
All courses are self-paced education and for every skill level. Facilitating your journey into the past and connection to the future.

Course Descriptions

Over 15 courses to choose from

Genealogy, Writing, and Coaching courses cover topics to increase your organization and improve your research skills through building exciting and engaging ways to share your family history with your entire family.

Lisa Alzo


The creators and instructors for these courses are all well-respected names in genealogy circles. All our courses are taught by a team of experts who have been selected for their proven experience in their subject areas. Meet our instructors.


For more information on these self-paced courses, visit the Research Write Connect Academy website.

University Czech and Slovak Language Programs in North America

  • The Ohio State University: Czech
  • The University of Chicago: Czech
  • The University of Kansas: Czech
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Czech
  • The University of Texas at Austin: Czech
  • University of California, Berkeley: Czech
  • University of California, Los Angeles: Czech
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Czech
  • University of Michigan: Czech
  • University of Pennsylvania: Czech
  • University of Pittsburgh: Slovak
  • University of Washington: Czech
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: Czech
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Czech