Czech Republic Obituaries
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An excellent source of information for those that are researching Czech (Bohemian) ancestors is the popular Czech-language newspaper called the Denní Hlasatel that has been published in the Chicago area since 1891. It used to be published daily and almost all issues of the newspaper have been preserved on microfilms. Please note that many Polish and Slovak entries may be found in the newspaper as well.
The Denní Hlasatel provides a wealth of information for anyone conducting genealogical research. Over the past one hundred years it has been common to place obituaries there which reveal a great deal about the deceased relatives including in many cases the area they originated from and their associated family members. The obituaries that were published provide detailed information, including information regarding social organizations and worker's unions. Although the amount of information available in obituaries varies, it includes many of the following items:
- name of the deceased individual, including maiden name for the woman
- date and time of death
- age of the deceased
- village of birth in Europe and/or district and/or closest large city
- number of years in America
- date and time of funeral
- home address of the deceased
- name of Funeral Director, cemetery where buried
- names of surviving relatives, including relationship to the deceased
- organizations'of participation
- work affiliation
Searching the Denní Hlasatel Obituary Index is the first step in finding detailed obituaries in the newspaper. Currently, there exists an index to obituaries in the Denní Hlasatel that covers the period from 1891 to 1970. Once you have located the name of the deceased relative and the date of obituary publication, you may then obtain the complete detailed obituary from the actual Denni Hlasatel issue via one of the microfilm repositories:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Newspaper/Microfilm Section 112 N. State Street Springfield, IL 62701 217-558-8844
The University of Minnesota Elmer L. Andersen Library Immigration History Research Center 222 21st Ave S., Suite 311 Minneapolis, MN 55455 612-625-4800 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ihrc.umn.edu
The Center for Research Libraries 6050 South Kenwood Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60637 773-955-4545 Ext. 347
Please refer to the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois website for detailed information on how to order the microfilm.
According to the Chicago Genealogical Society, not every issue of the Denní Hlasatel is on microfilm. In the case of the 1930's, the months of November 1932, December 1932, March 1934 and September 1935 are missing. Also, there are probably some errors of interpretation due to the poor quality of some of the microfilm.
Please note that although the Denní Hlasatel is still in existence, it is not possible to receive any information from the publisher.