Database of Czech immigrants in USA

This database contains the names of 5600 Czech immigrants living in Nebraska and parts of Kansas as reported in the Hospodar newspaper of the early 1890s and a few immigrants to Canada. These adventurous souls came from all corners of the Czech lands: Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia. A few people with Slovak ancestry are also recorded. Only landowners and business people are listed; it does not include the names of all family members. Importantly though, the database does list the town of birth for most of these individuals, which is essential information if you’re just beginning your genealogy research and you hope to find your ancestors’ records in the archives of the Czech Republic.

The mass overseas emigration of Czechs, primarily to the USA, began in the second half of the 19th century. The first wave of Czech emigrants included “The 48-ers” who were fleeing persecution after the failed revolutions of 1848 in Europe. A second, larger wave began after the Austrian government passed a law in 1867 allowing legal emigration out of the empire. The Homestead Act of 1862 in the United States, offering free land to settlers, coupled with the end of the U.S. Civil War, helped spark the age of mass migration. During the initial phase, most emigrants were peasants who had no prospects of acquiring land in their ancestral homeland and who generally aspired to earn a living by farming in their new home. Later emigrants were increasingly urban craftsmen and laborers hoping for better compensation in the burgeoning economy of the United States.

Even though this database mainly lists Czech immigrants living in Nebraska and parts of Kansas in the early 1890s, many of these families, or their children, eventually moved to nearby states (e.g. South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma).

In February 2017 we added over 3300 names compiled from Moravian Heritage Society ("MHS") and 200 individuals listed in the webpage dedicated to the nineteenth-century German-Bohemian villagers who emigrated from Markt Eisenstein, now Železná Ruda ("Markt Eis") to northern Wisconsin. 

In February 2018, we added an additional 2100 names which were compiled from Rose Rosicky's book, "A History of Czechs (Bohemians) in Nebraska". Please note that the 'Arrived' date in the Rosicky entries refers to the year an individual arrived in that particular Nebraska county, not necessarily when they arrived in America.

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 First Name   Last Name   State   County   Post Office   Birthplace   District   Region   Born   Arrived   Died   Occupation   Notes   Source 
Agnes(Barta) SmrhaNEFillmoreMilliganKamenRosicky
Christina(Bartos) BrazdaNEDodgeRosicky
Mary(Bayer) RosickyNEDouglasOmahaKlatovyBohemia8 Dec 185418761912Wife of John RosickyRosicky
Anna(Bouril) WittNERichardsonRosicky
Anna(Brt) HusaNEThayerGileadRybi LhotaSobeslav18561883Rosicky
Annastazie(Civis) DvorakNEBox Butte18861896Sister of Vaclav CivisRosicky
Alzbeta / Elizabeth(Duchon) ValtaNEBox Butte1885Rosicky
Mary A.(Dvorak) HorskyNEGageCharlestonDlouha VesRychnovBohemia18771906Retired to Wilber, Saline Co., NERosicky
Johanna(Ericksen) FoldaNEColfaxSchuyler18681914Came to Manitowoc, WI in 1854Rosicky
Frances(Folda) SeibertNEColfaxSchuylerHolovousyCame to Manitowoc, WI in 1854Rosicky
Marie(Folk) BelohlavyNECassPlattsmouthChotinaPlzenBohemia25 Oct 1871Came to KS in 1883Rosicky
Emily(Gruntorad) ProchazkaNEButlerAbie1870Came to WI in 1866Rosicky
Mary(Gruntorad) SchornyNEButlerAbie1870Came to WI in 1866Rosicky
Clara(Gruntorad) SvobodaNEButlerAbie1870Came to WI in 1866Rosicky
Marie(Hajny) Sonka / ShonkaNEButlerAbie1830187114.2.06Came to Cedar Rapids, IA in 1867Rosicky
Anna R.(Hamouz) SmrhaNEFillmoreMilliganRosicky
Anna(Hulec / Huletz) Scheinost / SajNEThayer1883Rosicky
Anna(Husa) JanecekNELancasterCrete1869Rosicky
Marie(Husa) SchlajsNELancasterCrete1869Rosicky
Rose(Jaros) MasekNEButlerAbie1873Rosicky
Katherine(Jeffekensky) LangerNECumingWest Point1868Wife of Anton Langer, Sr.Rosicky
Theresa(Jurka) SadilekNESalineWilberRosicky
Veronica(Kavan) BartaNEHowardSt. Paul18771927General merchandiseRosicky
Mary(Klojda) BrockmanNECumingWest PointBudejoviceBohemia1865Came to Manitowoc Co., WI in 1852. Married Carl BrockmanRosicky
Theresa(Klojda) GreweNECumingWest PointBudejoviceBohemia18441865Came to Manitowoc Co., WI in 1852Rosicky
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