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

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)

Hospitality Volunteers Needed at the Symposium

Want to be part of the fun at the Symposium on September 29th? Here are some easy ways to help out:
1) Check in attendees, hand out information and name tags. Need to be at the library by 8 am.
2) Help set up the food for the continental breakfast, start the coffee and help clean up. Need to be at the library by 7 am.
3) Help set up lunch and help clean up.
4) Help set up beverages and dessert for the Anniversary Celebration.

Volunteer shout out-- Lynn Tenney

CGSI member Lynn Tenney just completed digitizing over 200,000 index cards in a collection given to CGSI by charter member Karleen Chott Sheppard. This collection will soon be added to our Member Home section as a new database. It contains births, marriages, deaths and other data for thousands of people in the upper midwest. Thanks, Lynn, you are helping make this available to all our members! (Sep 2018)

Thanks to our volunteers!

July and August have been busy times for the Traveling Library and Sales Table. Volunteers were in Montgomery, MN, Kewaunee, WI, and Wilber, NE. Thanks for volunteering: Suzette Steppe, Jerry Perupsky, Jolene Kass, Kathy Jorgenson, Mike Wolesky, and Jerry Martinek. (Sep 2018)