The following was written by the folks at Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services:
Crowdsourcing to be used to identify, research, document, and preserve the first Czech/Bohemian immigrants to cities and towns across America.
Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services Company is pleased to announce the first-ever initiative to identify, research, document, record, and preserve the names of the first Czech/Bohemian immigrants to cities and towns all across America. From the largest to the smallest, “Czech, Please!” will be a unique project in the history of Czech and American history.
Historically, the Czech immigrants and their communities have been some of the least studied of all the immigrant groups that came and established themselves in America. In an effort to bring to light one important historic aspect of the Czech/Bohemian immigrants, Onward To Our Past® has initiated this project called ‘Czech, Please!’.
Scott Phillips, founder and owner of Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services Company located in Duneland Beach, Indiana, announced the initiation of this exciting, never before attempted project in Czech genealogy. Scott said “Never before has any attempt ever been made to identify, document, and preserve who the first Bohemian/Czech immigrant settlers were in the cities and towns across America. In our view, this should be an integral part of Czech immigrant and American history, but it is not….yet. Onward To Our Past® is coordinating a crowdsourcing initiative to make this history happen and be available, free of charge, to all genealogists in the future.”
Acknowledging that this undertaking is a huge project that will reach from New York to California and Texas to Minnesota, Onward To Our Past® is calling on all genealogy fans, especially those with Czech roots and heritage to help out by joining this crowdsourcing initiative.
Scott continued “‘Czech, Please!’ will have a significant geographic reach, touching almost every state in America. Consequently, we are seeking help from anyone and everyone who’s interested. The project’s hefty scope is what drove our decision to ask for crowdsourcing to make our vision become reality. Crowdsourcing should also make the project move faster and be a lot more fun. In order to help, all you need to do is post a comment on our website at http://onwardtoourpast.com/genealogy_blog/czech-genealogy/whos-on-first-bohemian-czech-genealogy-and-immigration-across-the-united-states.html, comment or private message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/OnwardToOurPast, or email our offices directly at OnwardToOurPast@gmail.com. We will follow up with specific assignments that match your ‘Czech, Please!’ interests. We look forward to every Czech-American giving us a helping hand.”
In addition to being a regular genealogy columnist for Huffington Post United Kingdom Scott also writes a regular series for the e-publications of GenealogyBank.com. He has been published by Internet Genealogy Magazine, Family Chronicles Magazine, and organizations such as the National Genealogical Society, MyHeritage, Save Ellis Island, the Ohio Genealogical Society, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Archives.com, Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, Minnesota Genealogical Society, and others.