Here’s what has gone on and what is going on with CGSI.

2019 Conference Registrations in Process

Information about the 2019 CGSI Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska can be found at Registration is well under way. Reserve your spot today! (June 2019)

Finding the Graves of WWI Czech and Slovak Casualties

Just added to the Education and Webinar tab are three presentations made by Ron Matvijak and Michael Kopanic discussing the Carpathian Battlefields of WWI as presented at our June Quarterly Program. If you have relatives who were victims of WWI in this area this presentation will give you insights into the campaigns and leads on how to search for the military records of the soldiers who gave their lives. (June 2019)

2 Slovak and 1 Czech Language classes offered this Spring/Summer

Beginning this month, new offerings of beginning Slovak and Language classes available to anyone.
See More for details. (May 2019)

Previous Conference Audio Files

Just added to the Education and Webinars tab—40 audio presentations from the 1995 – 2003 CGSI conferences. More will be coming, but this will give you HOURS of learning! Look on the “recent additions” tab for the complete list. (Apr 2019)

2019 Conference Details

Information about the 2019 CGSI Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska can be found at

Karleen Chott Sheppard Database Now Available

Karleen was an original member of CGSI and over the years she created a database of over 200,000 index cards of information gathered from a variety of sources in the upper midwest. We have now digitized those cards and created a searchable database to help you in your genealogical research.

The Perfect Gift for You or a Family Member--Online Classes

Introducing our lineup of online courses. Learn to write your family history, begin learning Czech, begin learning Slovak. Make this the year; make this the time! Click Here for more details.

2018 Symposium a Great Success

Thanks to all the volunteers, speakers, and especially Kevin Hurbanis for chairing the 2018 Symposium. We had a great turnout. The presentations were very well received and, as usual, it was a super opportunity for members and guests to share the genealogy successes and opportunities. We have begun posting videos of the presentations by the speakers who have grantied us permission to post. Watch for them in the Education and Webinars section of the website. (Oct 2018)

Special thanks Mike Servais

Mike Servais has been a long time member from Tennessee and has been doing a great job of reviewing each of the Family Histories that have been posted. He is the person who is providing the introductory information such as author’s name, book size, abstract information, villages and surnames found. Huge thanks, Mike, for staying on top of adding that content for each new Family History we post! (Oct 2018)


Links to the 11 volumes of the Soupis poddaných podle víry z roku 1651 (List of Subjects According to the Faith of 1651) for Bohemia have now been added in the Member Home, Education and Webinars tab in the Research folder. Note that the books are only for Bohemia, not Moravia or Slovakia. Tip: You can open each book and use Ctrl F to search for a surname, and the map below the links gives a general idea of which areas the individual books cover. (Oct 2018)