A simple family history research project evolved into a detailed examination of a significant German Bohemian immigration to Calumet County in eastern Wisconsin. Highlighted by scores of family names that populate northeastern Wisconsin to this day, the research and resources provide a context to a wealth of information compiled from sources in Germany and the Czech Republic.
The area of western Bohemia, located in today’s Czech Republic, in which these families resided saw an end to feudalism at roughly the same time as Wisconsin earned statehood in 1848. These changes brought about high hopes for a better life on both sides of the Atlantic, leading to a steady stream of German Bohemian emigrants that lasted for several decades.
Dr. Steiner will describe her research process that resulted in identifying 570 German Bohemians who relocated to Calumet County and/or used Calumet County as a steppingstone to their final destinations farther west. The stories of five Calumet County German Bohemian families will be highlighted.
The program will be held in the 1st floor Shattuck Community Room.
Please contact Mike at the Reference Desk at 920-886-6315 for any questions.