Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday 10/28/09: Happy Halloween!

This has nothing to do with genealogy, but so what...I love the Peanuts Gang. "I got a rock..."
(sorry the images are a bit blurry; couldn't find the camera and did a quick snap with my cell phone)

Pumpkin Patch Express. Digital images t
aken by Lisa Alzo 10/28/09

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pitt Annual Slovak Heritage Festival

The University of Pittsburgh's annual Slovak Heritage Festival will be held this Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 1-5 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning.  The event features food, music, lectures and a vendor area and is free and open to the public.

I have been a lecturer at this event for many years, and this year my talk will focus on the historical importance of Slovak women immigrants.

Click here for further information and the full schedule of lecture topics.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday: 10/022/09 (on Friday): Dad's Ruler

I know it's Friday... What can I say, I always seem to be "a day late and a dollar short..."

This is a ruler my father used in grade school.

Wordless Wednesday 10/21/09 (on Thursday): Book Signing at CGSI Conference

I'm a day behind with this posting...

John a
nd Jeannie Sabol. Digital image taken by Lisa Alzo, October 15, 2009.

Lisa Alzo and John Sabol. Digital image taken by Lisa Alzo, October 15, 2009.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Announcing the Publication of Cleveland Czechs and Cleveland Slovaks

I'm a bit behind on this posting, but I'm pleased to announced the recent release of Cleveland Czechs and Cleveland Slovaks by Arcadia Publishing. I co-authored these books with Cleveland native and freelance writer, John Sabol. The books were officially released on October 5th. These titles are my 8th and 9th books (my 4th and 5th for Arcadia)!

It was truly an honor to work with John on these special keepsake books documenting the history of the Czechs and Slovaks who settled in Cleveland, Ohio. The books can be purchased from Arcadia Publishing or from, or in many local book stores in the Cleveland area.

Friday, October 02, 2009



October is National Family History Month and GenClass will give away a free course of choice to one lucky winner.

Describe in 1200 words or less the most creative way you’ve honored your ancestors and what inspired you to do so. It could be in a book, a quilt, music, artwork, etc. The description should be in words only (no images, please).

Please type or paste your text into the body of an e-mail message and use the subject line: GenClass Celebrate Family History Contest and send your submission to:

Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 5th (midnight Eastern Standard Time). One winner will be randomly drawn from all submissions received by the deadline, and the winner will be announced in the next GenClass newsletter on October 20th.

Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

Good luck!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday: 10/01/09: Grandma's Passport

I missed last week--just too busy with other tasks to get a post in...

These are three of the inside pages of my maternal grandmother's passport.  She arrived in the U.S. at Ellis Island, (NY) from Czechoslovakia on August 7, 1922.