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

75th Anniversary Slovak National Uprising

An International Conference and Remembrance
Twin Cities, Minnesota August 24 & 25

Meet experts & special guests from Slovakia & Washington

Saturday reception, Minnesota Genealogy Center, Mendota Heights
Sunday all day conference in St. Paul at C.S.P.S. Hall
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(Jul 2019)

75th Anniversary Slovak National Uprising

Distinguished Visitors at CGSI

View photos from the June 8 visit at CGSI. (June 2019)

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)