​​Links & Information to all things Czech​​​​​​​​​​​​





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Genealogy

Here you can find websites, tools, information, links, DNA, etc.  Some sites are fee-based and indicated
with $.  However, most offer a Free trial and will periodically offer discount subscriptions.

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​Ancestry.com
         - - Family tree builder and DNA collection - USA based/huge Worldwide collection 
Myheritage.com     - $ - Family tree builder and DNA collection​ - European based/Worldwide collection
FamilySearch.com      -​ Family tree builder - Free - (LDS - Mormon Church) huge Worldwide collection
Czech Genealogical Society International - $ - Research Czech and Slovak genealogy
Czech Bohemian Ancestry/Genealogy - Research Czech & Bohemian genealogy​​​
ThoughtCo - Reference site​ - get Free Family Tree Charts here.
Findagrave - World’s largest gravesite collection
BillionGraves - World's largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data
Newspapers.com  - $ - Newspapers from all States online & going to way back in time.
Old Family Recipes - Finding Your Family & Family's Recipes in Old Newspapers ​- Video
Google Books - Search for ancestors in Google Books (books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) ​  Video
Czech Heritage Project - UNL Nebraska Czech Heritage Project
Czech Parish Records - High level introduction on how to search for ancestors in Czech Parish Records​ 
Czech Genealogy for Beginners - This is a huge site filled with invaluable information  ​
Cadaster Maps - Stabile cadaster maps - Who owned the land?   How to read Cadastral maps
LLCGS - Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society​  - Facebook
NSGS - Nebraska State Genealogical Society​                      - Facebook (private group)
Fold3 - $ - Discover your family's military past​
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DNA - $ - Used as an aid in finding where your ancestors originated & who they were/who they are  
AncestryDNA, MyHeritage DNA, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA - All are major DNA testing companies​
DNA Problem Solving - Beginning steps, genetic genealogy principles & case study examples - Video ​

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Nebraska Czechs / Chapters

There are 12 Active Chapters belonging to Nebraska Czechs Incorporated.

Not all chapters maintain active websites however, links are provided for those ​that do have websites
​and/or Facebook pages.

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Butler County
- No Website - Facebook only
Clarkson         
Dwight - No Website - Link provided is for the village website
Komensky Club at UNL
Lincoln      - Facebook
Milligan - No Website - Link provided is for the Facebook page 'St. Wenceslas Brewfest'
Omaha Czech-Slovak Culture Club - No Website - Facebook only
Panhandle  - Facebook
Prague       - Facebook
South Central Czech/Slovak Society - No Website - Facebook only
Wilber       - Facebook
York​​​​​​​​​​​          - Facebook

Miscellaneous

​Czech Americans
- Cultural background on Czechs who became Americans
Czech Republic Radio Stations - Live Radio from the Czech Republic - many different genres to choose
Czech Republic Webcams - Views from 1,064 Live Webcams in 14 Regions of the Czech Republic
Carp Hunting - Carp (the fish) in the Czech Republic 
Hunting in Czech Republic - A field guide to Czech hunting​ small and large game
Sedlec Ossuary - The Church of Bones - Located in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora​ 
Haunted Places - Haunted Places in the Czech Republic - as if the Bone Church wasn't enough for you 
​Shocking Czech
- 10 Shocks of Visiting The Czech Republic - Video - Wolters World
Prague Food Tour - Ultimate Czech Food + Street Food in Czech Republic! - Video - Mark Wiens 
ŠKODA - Škoda Auto Company - The most popular brand of automobiles in the Czech Republic
Christmas Ornaments of Bohemia - Hand made beautiful ornaments since 1931​
​​Czechia World Fact Book - Informational Facts provided by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency​​     
State Partnership Program - Nebraska National Guard & Czech Republic Armed Forces SPP  Facebook
Pearl Ornaments - Rautis – Handmade pearl ornaments from Poniklé  - The Krakonoš.....Video  
Czech Stop - Famous Czech Stop and Little Czech Bakery in the city of West, Texas - They will ship! 
​Mushrooming - Mushroom foraging - a national pastime in the Czech Republic - Video1Video2  
Rybička - "Little Fish" knife​ - Given to Czech children as Christmas gifts - fascinating 100 yr history!


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Q:  What do you call someone who is part Czech?       A:  Czech Mix

 
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Surrounding States - Czech Organizations/Chapters

​​Kansas - 
   Kansas Czechs Inc.
   ​Miss Czech/Slovak Kansas Pageant
   Czech and Slovak Club of Kansas City  -  Facebook
   Republic County Czech Club - Republic County & North Central Kansas    
​Missouri -
   Miss Czech-Slovak Missouri Pageant ​​​
South Dakota -
   Tabor South Dakota Czechs​ -  Facebook
Iowa -​​​​
   Northeast Iowa Czechs          - Facebook for Czech Heritage and Masopust​
   Czech Heritage Foundation   - Facebook
Colorado -
​   The Colorado Czech/Slovak/Rusyn Interest Group
Wyoming -
   None found so far
Minnesota -
   Czech Heritage Club         - Facebook​​
Wisconsin -
   Wisconsin Czechs             - Facebook​
Oklahoma
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​   Oklahoma Czechs Inc.     -  Facebook
Texas - 
​​​​​   Texas Czechs


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Festivals

Nebraska Festivals

​APRIL
   Omaha Czech/Slovak Cultural Club Festival ​
​​MAY
​   Annual Czech Festival - Lincoln Nebraska - Nebraska Czechs of Lincoln
JUNE
   South Central Czech Festival - Hastings, Nebraska - South Central Nebraska
   Milligan June Jamboree - Milligan, Nebraska-
   Clarkson Czech Festival - Clarkson, Nebraska  ​
JULY
   Dwight Czech Festival - Dwight, Nebraska
AUGUST
   Wilber Czech Festival - Wilber, Nebraska 
   Czech Heritage Day (Beer Barrel Days)​ - Prague, Nebraska
SEPTEMBER
   St Wenceslaus Brewfest - Milligan, Nebraska
​​​​​OCTOBER
   Annual Czechfest of York - York, Nebraska​​​​​​

* For updated information for the above local festivals, please visit: nebraskaczechs.org​​​

Out-of-State Festivals
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WestFest - West, Texas   ....September/Labor Day weekend​   
Masopust - Protivin, Iowa​   .....in February (Mardi Gras)
Czech Festival - Yukon, Oklahoma​​​​​   .....in October
Tabor Czech Days  - Tabor, South Dakota  .....in June ​
Houby Days - Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Czech Village)  ....in May​
Sugar Creek Slavic Festival - Sugar Creek, Missouri (Kansas City area)​    ....in June
Czech-Slovak Festival - Phillips, Wisconsin   ....in June​
Cesky Den Festival - Hillsboro, Wisconsin​    ....in June (also have something in October)

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Czech Culture and Tradition     

Kroje - Traditional Czech, Moravian, Silesian, Rusyn, and Slovak folk-dress - for men & women. (Kroj) 
The Kroj - ​​A Connection to Czech Heritage - Czech Center Houston.
Kroje Online - A site made to help the traditional Czech and Slovak kroje live on.
Czech Costumes - Blog​ dedicated to the beautiful costumes of the Czech/Slovak people.
Czech Kroj - Focus on traditional folk costumes in the Chod region. 

Music & Musicians in Nebraska
"Where is my home?"  - The Czech National Anthem with English lyrics
“Going Home”  - Classic work of  Antonin Dvorak (Symphony #9 - 1893) - Being sung by Alex Boye  
Czech Music in Nebraska - Historical account of Czech Music in Nebraska - Vladimir & DeLores Kucera 
Czech Moravian Folk Music - Sample of Moravian traditional music or Moravian folk music 
Classic Praha - Live Classical Music direct from Prague - click on the Listen Now button.
Old World Czech Music - Online Czech Republic radio station featuring brass-band  & folk music​   ​​

   ​What is the most famous Czech polka?  It is "Škoda lásky" ("Beer Barrel Polka") or ​("Rosamunde")
    is the most known Czech song ever.  Composed by Jaromír Vejvoda in 1925 as "Modřanská polka".  
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Angie Kriz and the Polkatoons - Polka or Die!                   Facebook​
Brad Husak Band - Polka! Polka! Polka! 
Leo Lonnie Orchestra - A musical treat for dancing feet!   Facebook    
Barry Boyce Band - The Boyce Band plays Czech, German and Polish polkas and waltzes!   Facebook
Mark Vyhlidal Orchestra - Just a good old Polka Band!
Addie Hejl Band - It's Polka Time! 
The Accordionettes Polka Band - Playing polkas, waltzes and old-time modern music!​
The Happy Players - Polka Power! 
Polka Players of Nebraska - A fun group of weather forecasters and polka players. ​
Nebraska Czech Brass Band - "Old World" polkas, waltzes, traditional marches, Dixieland, and classics.​​​
Wilber Alumni Band - Nebraska Czechs of Wilber Alumni Band (not for hire-but for fun)
Bolzen Beer Band - Not a Czech band, they're German...and play extreme party punk polka!  Facebook 
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Czech Republic Travel & Tourism

​Czech Heritage Tours
 - Czech Heritage Tours - 30 years of traveling with Janet Jeffries (Crete, Nebraska) 
Czech Tours and Travel -  Tour operator based in Lincoln, Nebraska - Contact person: Peter Walter
AmeriPrague - Specialized travel agent in the Czech Republic - Contact person: Jana Křížová ​​(She's great!)
​​​My Czech Republic - Resource site for travel & information in the Czech Republic 
Visit Czechia - Czech Tourism Authority - Czech Tourism - All about visiting the Czech Republic!
Ruční papírna Velké Losiny - Handmade paper mill products - foothills of Jeseníky mountains  Facebook
Novosad & Son - Novosad & Son Glassworks - Tour the oldest still-working glassworks in Bohemia
Five Petalled Rose Festival - Historical Festival in  Český Krumlov - time of the noble Rožmberk family
Liberation Festival Pilsen - Liberation of Czechoslovakia by the allies May 1945 - Celebration Facebook​  ​ 
Travel by Train - Czech Train Travel - It's a great way to travel the Czech Republic - More Train Info
Travel by Motorcycle - Harley-Davidson Plzeň - Rent & ride beautiful Czechia!  Facebook  /  Facebook ​​
​​Village Life - Video of village life in the Czech Republic...visit the countryside of Nový Hrozenkov
Beyond Prague - Rick Steve's Europe Travel Guide - Rick's videos are wonderful & informative
Colours of Ostrava - Annual multi-genre music festival - Largest international music festival in Czechia 
KVIFF - ​Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - one of the world's oldest film festivals - Facebook
​​CNSO - Czech National Symphony Orchestra - International Music Festival Prague Proms   Facebook
Czech The World - Czech Republic travel blog with helpful tips produced by Czech locals
Holiday Info - Winter Skiing information​ (a little summer too)       Facebook
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​​​​Language & Education & The Arts
 
Language:  ​The Foreign Service Institute categorizes 'Czech' as a level IV language, which means it is a
​very hard language that takes 44 weeks or 1,100 hours to learn at a basic conversational level. 

http://www.czechlanguagefoundation.org/​  - The Czech Language Foundation         Facebook
https://www.unl.edu/komenskyclub/czech-language  - UNL​ Czech Komensky Club
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Museums:  Many Czech related museums may be found across the U.S.  - these are but a few.
https://ncsml.org/   - National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library - Cedar Rapids, IA 
http://libraries.ne.gov/wilber/  -  Dvorak Memorial Library - Wilber, NE 
https://czechandslovakmuseum.org/   -  Omaha Czech and Slovak Museum​​ - LaVista, NE 
https://www.czechcenter.org/ - Czech Center Museum Houston​ - Houston, TX

Art:  Traditional and non-traditional artists are in abundance among the Czechs
https://art-facts.com/famous-czech-artists/  - Famous Czech Artists
https://czechtheworld.com/the-most-famous-czech-writers/ - Famous Czech Writers​
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Czech_artists - List of Czech Artists of various genres ​
​​​http://www.kayjuricek.com/  -  Contemporary Colorado artist Kay Juricek - paintings, pastels & drawings

SVU - Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Inc.    Facebook​
Czech Universities - Study in the Czech Republic in the heart of Europe - Public and Private
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A History of Czechs (Bohemians) in Nebraska​ - An account of Czech organizations, publications, schools,
artists, religion, settlement of counties and other items where Czechs in Nebraska have created/been
part of history.      Compiled by Rose Rosicky, Omaha 1929


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Czech Newsletters, Blogs, Etc.

Newsletters & Archived Information - Nebraska Czechs of Lincoln
​Nebraska Bohemians - What it is like being Bohemian from Nebraska
Czech Slavnosti - Newspaper covering Czech-American customs, culture, food and music  Facebook​
Tres Bohemes - Influencers on Everything Czech (for English speakers)        Facebook 
Dream Prague - An American living in Prague - Fun & Informative Videos!   
Radio Prague - Radio Prague International - News from the Czech Republic  Facebook
​​AFoCR - American Friends of the Czech Republic - Czech-U.S. relations      Facebook
​iROZHLAS - Internet Radio from Czech Republic - Media/News                   Facebook


Czech Republic Links

​Seznam
   -   General information internet search site for Czech Republic​
Mapy - Map application for Czech Republic​ (click on 'change map' in upper left for options)
Expats CZ - Daily News & information from the Czech Republic​
Government - Government of the Czech Republic
Czech Embassy - Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington DC    Facebook
US Embassy - Embassy of the United States in Prague​                            Facebook
​​​Recipes, Food & Drink
Czech Food:  Is hearty, filling, and comforting.  This is heavy cold weather food. 
​This is food that wants to instantly lay down a layer of fat to keep you cozy throughout the
​dark times of winter.  Czech food wants to hug you, and it will.  It will also notch your ​clothing
sizes up a few digits.  But, it is worth the mountain of calories because Czech foods are delicious!​
“Dobrou chuť” - Said before eating in The Czech Republic meaning, “good taste” or "enjoy your meal".

Eating Establishments & Food Suppliers:  Please support these hometown Czech businesses!
Fox Hole Tavern - A legendary Wilber, Nebraska landmark, established in 1945     Facebook
Hotel Wilber - ​​Historic hotel located in downtown Wilber, Nebraska                       Facebook
​​Kolache Korner Cafe - Kolache Korner Cafe located in Prague, Nebraska
Clarkson Bakery - Clarkson Bakery located in Clarkson, Nebraska​ ​​                         Facebook
Wahoo Bakery - Wahoo Bakery located in Wahoo, Nebraska                                    Facebook​​​​
Karpisek's Market - Home of the Wilber Weiner - located in Wilber, Nebraska
Frank's Smokehouse - Meats and more! - located in Wilber, Nebraska since 1966   Facebook ​​
Recipes:  Here are just a few of the many recipe websites & Facebook pages worthy of visiting
Czech Regional Recipes - Recipes from the 13 Czech regions - cooking with Czech-American TV
​​​​​From Our Czech Kitchens - Sharing traditional Czech cuisine and travel in the Czech Republic
Czech Cookbook - Keeping Czech culture, cuisine and traditions alive for generations! Facebook
Cook like Czechs - Top 30 most traditional Czech foods                                                  Facebook
Video Kucharka - "Video Cookbook" - Daily Czech Cooking with Ivana Malatincová​
Czech Beers, Wine and Spirits: ​ The Czech Republic consumes the most beer per-capita than any other
country.  As of late 2020, there are more than five hundred breweries in the Czech Republic. 
​Czech wines are world-class while Czech liqueurs are known the world over.   – Na zdraví!​
Czech Beer Insiders Guide - ​Czech Beer Insider’s Guide – All you need to know + Beer map
Pilsner Urquell - Original Czech Pilsner (1842) - brewed in Plzeň - the Czech Republic's favorite beer!
Czechvar / Budweiser Budvar - The original Budweiser brewed in České Budějovice, South Bohemia
Kozel Premium Lager - The world’s favourite Czech beer! Brewed in Velké Popovice since 1847
Bernard - World famous beer from Humpolec -the south-eastern part of historical region of Bohemia
Staropramen - World renowned Pilsner brewed in Prague - Taste the pleasure from Prague                                           ​
Znovín Znojmo Winery - Winery Located near Brno
Templar Wine Cellars - Mysterious Knights Templar vintners in Čejkovice since the early 1200's
Wines of Czech Republic - Your guide to the world of Moravian and Bohemian wines
Wines of Bohemia - Bringing you the best wines from the Czech Republic
Becherovka - Unique taste & aroma of the legendary Czech herbal liqueur!  Facebook
R. Jelinek Slivovitz – The Vizovice region produces great plum brandy & other fruit spirits! Facebook​​​

   * When discussing beer with the locals in the Czech Republic, they say, "...it's all about the foam!" *
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