Czech and Slovak Genealogy 101 (9/8/14 - 10/3/14)

Course Id: 2131-37
Course Start Date: 09-08-2014- Course End Date: 10-03-2014
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 20      
Tuition: $99.99

Researchers with Czech or Slovak roots often battle certain brick walls—do surname issues, border changes and language troubles sound all too familiar to you? Lisa A. Alzo, a specialist in Eastern European genealogy, will show you tools and tricks for tracking down those hard-to-find ancestors from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Czechoslovakia.

Course Outline


  • How to locate immigration and emigration documents
  • Key Slovak and Czech history, including the significance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Czech and Slovak surname and given name patterns that will help you trace your family
  • How to locate your ancestral village
  • Records and strategies for finding your ancestors in the old country


  • Genealogists with known Czech or Slovak roots who want to "cross the pond" and begin their overseas research (this class isn't designed for intermediate to advanced researchers who have significant experience using sources from Slovakia and the Czech Republic)
  • Members of Slovak and Czech heritage clubs or churches who wish to expand their family trees and honor their heritage
  • Researchers with Eastern European roots in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, which controlled the Czech and Slovak lands at the time many immigrated to America
  • Librarians serving areas where many Eastern Europeans settled, whose patrons are descendants of Czech and Slovak immigrants