Wednesday, September 15, 2010


O’Fallon Family History Center
255 Fairwood Hills Dr
O'Fallon, IL
Phone: 618-632-0210

Researching Czech Immigrants in the Greater St. Louis Area
Saturday, October 16, 2010
1-2:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

The first permanent Czech (Bohemian) settlement in America was in St. Louis. The Czech immigrants in St. Louis formed two parallel sets of institutions: the Czech Catholic church and the Cesko-Slovanska Podporujici Spolku (Czech Benevolent Society). These two institutions formed the pattern for the American Czech national experience. This lecture will explore the Czech immigration process and the Czech immigrant split. The unique records created by the Czech immigrants and how to access them will be explored.

June M. Sommer holds a B.S. Degree in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and a M.A. Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is a Charter member of the Missouri State Genealogical Association and was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the St. Louis Genealogical Society. June is a retired Branch Manager, St. Louis County Library. She is currently serving on the Local Planning Committee for the 2011 Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference to be held in St. Louis.

June's forthcoming article:

Sommer, June M. “Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in East St. Louis, Illinois,” Naše rodina “Our Family", v. 22, no. 4 (Winter 2010). This was the only Catholic church organized in East St. Louis specifically for the Czech immigrants.

Naše rodina “Our Family” is published quarterly by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) PO Box 16225, St. Paul, MN 55116-0225. Naše rodina promotes genealogy of the ethnic groups that comprised Czechoslovakia as it was formed in 1918. Back issues of Naše rodina “Our Family”, may be purchased for $5.00 either online or by sending a check in the mail. Order information is available at:

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