Sunday, October 22, 2017

CGSI Conference 2017, Pittsburgh, PA

The CGSI Conference ended yesterday evening and I finally have a chance to sit down and write at least few sentences... I originally planned to write two blog posts from the Conference, but with five lectures (three presentations and two workshops) I had no chance to do so.

I came in Pittsburgh on Monday late evening (and I almost missed my flight from NY as we had 3 hours delay on flight from Prague to NY, Delta even rebooked my flight to the morning as I had 1 hour in NY which most of people think impossible to change the flights after coming from EU - well, I did it! ;) ) and was welcomed by Paul Makousky, for what I'm really grateful.

On Thursday I took a "lone-wolf" tour to the Pittsburgh Downtown, visiting The Point, Fort Pitt and Andy Warhol Museum and also stopping by the Pittsburgh Agreement memorial. On Wednesday it was my honor to meet Jerry Martinek and his wonderful wife Marlene, who directly "adopted" me and helped me with any questions or problems I had during the Conference
 
Pittsburgh Agreement memorial, Penn Ave x 7th Street
 
There was registration running during Wednesday afternoon and a huge number of people came to greet me and tell me they are really happy to finally meet me in person - and believe me, I'm so happy I had the chance to meet all of you!

First Kurrent workshop took place on Thursday afternoon and it turned out great (and I even gave them a homework ;) ). Second workshop was on Saturday morning (like in 7:30, which was definitely tough for some of the people attending) and we had some really interesting discoveries there. 

I had two presentations on Friday - first of those presentations was "After the roof" Surnames where I presented a case study about Zetík or Justýn family from Velké Nepodřice in Písek region. I mentioned there existed something as seigniorial (estate) registers and people started to ask about them. After afternoon presentation about Homes of our Czech Ancestors which I took for Mirek Koudelka who couldn't make it to the Conference due to family reasons I decided that I'll change the presentation for Saturday afternoon and instead of doing Life in Bohemia and Moravia in the 18th century, I'll do the Estate Registers presentation. It was quite a challenge but I was able to prepare a presentation during Saturday morning and then present the topic which was never previously mentioned in the Conference. :)
 
 
I did translation sessions, answered questions about the Czech surnames, talked to so many people about their family history... What I'm really sorry about it the fact that I was not able to get to Michal Razus's, Jim Hudec's or Helmuth Schneider's presentations - but I'll definitely do that next time. I attended the Parade of Kroj and the Slavjane dancing group show and it was great to see the heritage of our ancestors is still alive here in the U.S. (I'm writing this post on Sunday morning, waiting for my flight back home).
 
I will prepare two blog posts that will introduce you the case studies I did as a part of "After the roof" Surnames and Estate Registers presentations - case study of Zetík or Justýn family for household surnames and case study of Dlabal or Krátoška family for estate registers. 
 
I'm really happy I had a chance to meet you all - and see you in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2019!

12 comments:

  1. All your presentations and the Kurrent workshop were helpful, informative, entertaining - and your ability to switch horses in midstream, as we say, and create in less than 24 hours a session on the seignorial registers is amazing! No one attending coffee have guessed that you hadn't given that presentation in English before, it was so well done! Thanks for coming!

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    1. Thanks a lot for your comment, as I'm the last minute person it's easy for me to switch horses in midstream (I love that expression!). ;)
      I have never done that presentation at all, not even in Czech, so it was all done from the scratch after the morning Kurrent workshop. :)

      Thanks for being there and see you in Lincoln! :)

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  2. It would be wonderful if these presentations could be preserved online so that they could be shared with others who could not attend. I would be happy to pay a small fee to view each one!

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    1. See Mary Jane's post just below. We would love to have you as a part of CGSI.

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  3. It was an honor to introduce you at two of your presentations. You are incredibly talented at researching and presenting, and you are a wonderful help to so many people. I hope to see you again in Lincoln.
    If people would like access to your Pittsburgh presentations, they can pay a minimal fee for a membership in the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International . This will entitle them to all of the resources and databases offers by CGSI. http://cgsi.org
    Mary Jane Liskovec Scherdin

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    1. Thanks a lot, Mary Jane, it was a pleasure to meet you. Looking forward to the 2019 Conference in Lincoln!

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  4. It was wonderful to meet you, Blanka! Thanks for all of your contributions in Pittsburgh, you were AMAZING. :)

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    1. It was great to meet you - and I'm so glad I found people of the same sense of humor. ;) See you in 2019!

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  5. I loved your 'After the Roof' class Blanka, you gave an excellent presentation and I learned so much, even going back over it later to learn more. Thanks for all of the work you do and I hope to get to meet you when our paths cross somewhere.

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  6. I live in Australia and it was not possible for me to attend the conference which I hear was wonderful. I am sure all presentations were interesting and full of information. Would it be at all possible to write a blog about "Life in Bohemia and Moravia in the 18th century", it would be so interesting to get an insight into the home lives of our ancestors. Thank you for your interesting and informative blogs from which I have learnt so much.

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  7. Was great to meet you at the CGSI conference. Great job on the Kurrent workshop and your many presentations. Sorry I missed your Estate Registers presentation, but I was across the hall giving one of mine. I look forward to your blog on that topic and will check out the video recording on the CGSI website when it becomes available. Look forward to seeing you again in 2019 at the CGSI Conference in Nebraska.

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