The following announcement was written by Scott Phillips:
Unique Czech Genealogy Resource Available in English for the first time ever at Onward To Our Past
Writing for Huffington Post United Kingdom, GenealogyBank.com, and others in addition to releasing first ever translation of rare 1895 look at early Czech immigrants.
Genealogist, Scott Phillips, owner of Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services, located in Michigan City, Indiana, now writes for Huffington Post United Kingdom and the e-publications of GenealogyBank, a division of Readex, on a regular basis on genealogy topics of all varieties. Additionally, his firm has just recently completed an extraordinary project that will be available to historians and genealogists free of charge on the Internet.
For the first time ever in English, a rare look at an early immigrant community as well as more than one thousand family names will be available to historians and genealogists as a free, online resource. Scott Phillips, Owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services company, headquartered in Duneland Beach, Indiana announced today the completion of a nearly year-long project to locate, secure, translate, and then provide the genealogy community with a unique and first ever resource. In partnership with KENAX Translations, Onward To Our Past® will now be providing, free of charge on their website, (http://OnwardToOurPast.com) the first ever English translation of Hugo Chotek’s work entitled Ceska Osada, a jeji Spolkovy Zivot u Cleveland, Ohio, v Severni Americe (Bohemian Settlers and Their Social Life in Cleveland, Ohio, North America). This book was published by the Ohio Czech community for the Prague Ethnographic Institute and their International Ethnographic Exhibition in 1895.
Originally written in Czech, this 192 page book contains one of the most comprehensive and detailed views of the early Czech immigrant community in Cleveland, Ohio ever written and published.
“This is a unique resource for genealogists and historians everywhere as it not only contains a detailed look at Cleveland, Ohio and one of its immigrant communities in the 1890s, but additionally it contains over 1,200 surnames of the earliest Czech immigrants in this area of Ohio” Scott Phillips said. “Rarely does anyone interested in family history come across a resource so chockfull of surnames from this time period. As a historical genealogist the fact that this helps to fill the frustrating void caused by the loss of the entire 1890 United States Federal Census makes its availability incredibly valuable.”
Karel Kosman, owner of KENAX Translations (http://www.kenax.cz) calling the project “A difficult translation in places, but rewarding for certain,” also said “There were points where I was quite moved and accepted the challenge of trying to translate the same, moving words into another language”. The project took over 330 hours to translate, the equivalent of 41 8-hour work days or 8 full workweeks for the translation team at KENAX.
The work will be available free for everyone to access beginning Monday, September 23, 2012 at the Onward To Our Past® website at http://OnwardToOurPast.com as well as on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OnwardToOurPast.
In addition to being a regular contributor of genealogy articles to Huffington Post United Kingdom and the e-publications of GenealogyBank, Scott has been published by organizations such as MyHeritage, Save Ellis Island, the Ohio Genealogical Society, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Archives.com, Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, Greater Cleveland Genealogy Society, and others.
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