The first ever translation to English form Czech of rare 1895 book offers look at early Czech immigrants, community life, and the people themselves. Available free.
Genealogist Scott Phillips, owner of Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services, is pleased to announce that his firm has just recently completed an extraordinary project that is now available to historians and genealogists free of charge on the Internet.
For the first time ever in English, the translation of this rare book offers an insightful look at life in an early Czech immigrant community as well as more than twelve hundred family surnames from the crucial 1890 time period. Scott Phillips, Owner of Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services Company headquartered in Duneland Beach, Indiana, USA announced the completion of project that spanned more than a year from discovery to finished product. In partnership with KENAX Translations, Onward To Our Past® is now providing this exceptional historic material free of charge on their website at http://OnwardToOurPast.com.
In 1895, the Bohemian Czech author and newspaperman Hugo Chotek was commissioned to write a book entitled Ceska Osada, a jeji Spolkovy Zivot u Cleveland, Ohio, v Severni Americe. In English this translates to Bohemian Settlers and Their Social Life in Cleveland, Ohio, North America. According to the publisher everyone involved in the project was “proud that Czech Cleveland is the first Czech settlement that can boast of its history”. The book was provided 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 and includes some excellent period photography of the City and Bohemian community.
“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 early 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 all the more 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 350 hours to translate. The translation was augmented with an additional 14 hours by subject matter experts and more than 37 hours by the proofreading team. All told, more than 400 hours of work went into this project, which is the equivalent of just over 50 8-hour work days or 10 full workweeks for the KENAX team.
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 columnist with his “Scott’s Travels Through Genealogy” column for FindMyPast.com, Scott is a contributor of genealogy articles to Huffington Post United Kingdom and the e-publications of GenealogyBank, and 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.