Czech Out Your Ancestors - Ideas for 2018
Thank you for your willingness to take this survey. Your answers will help inform ideas for offerings and improvements for 2018 including blog post ideas!
How old are you?
If there was an option to donate money to Czech Out Your Ancestors "just because" (you like the site, you've used it, you've found it useful in the past, etc.) would you?
Have you ever paid a genealogist to research your Czech lines? If so, why did you hire the person you did? Tell me about your experience.
Czech Emigration Applications exist in various local archives. They are not available online. What would you pay to access them on an internal database on Czech Out Your Ancestors?
I would rather buy a book with the information translated than try to make out the squiggly writing on my own.
I would pay for a yearly subscription to the site for $10-20 *if* I knew that records I cared about were there.
I would donate up to $100 in 2018 to help Czech Out Your Ancestors acquire the records I care about if it meant I would always have access to them.
I would donate up to $100 in 2018 to help Czech Out Your Ancestors acquire the records I care about, and I would be willing to pay for a yearly subscription in 2019 and thereafter.
I am not interested in these records.
I don't know anything about these records, so it's hard to say.
How much would you pay for a monthly e-newsletter about Czech Genealogy?
Nothing, and I'm not interested.
Nothing, but I would gladly subscribe if it were free.
I would be willing to pay $5+ if it were sent via regular mail
I do not know. It depends on what is in this newsletter. Tell me more.
Which of the following handwriting aids would you be interested in?
A physical, laminated cheat sheet with common shapes of historic Czech and German letters which I could buy in an online store for $5-10
A book about how to read old Czech and German handwriting which would cost between $30-50
An online, self-paced tutorial with lots of images which costs between $20-50
A free online tutorial which I could take and retake, but which has the option of paying for extra help and corrections from a real person.
An online tutorial which gives me the option of paying a donation of my choice both at the beginning and at the end once I've realized how valuable it is
A series of free YouTube video tutorials
Matriky are the bones of Czech Research. What would you be willing to pay for to improve your understanding of the matriky?
A book about Czech Matriky records with self-quizzes after every section, available for $20-30 in an online store
An online class consisting of learning sections followed by a series of 30+ quizzes graded and commented on by a real person, available for $20-30
A series of YouTube videos available for free
A series of quizzes available for free, like the Church Record Sunday series done on this blog in 2017.
I would rather just lurk on the Czech Genealogy Facebook page and not pay someone to teach me these skills
I don't need this
If there were an online store, which items might I buy?
Funny and quirky sayings that make sense only to a Czech Genealogist, put on a t-shirt, tote-bag, or mug
Beautiful old script put on a t-shirt, tote-bag, or mug
A book about Czech Handwriting
A book about Czech Matriky
A general book about Czech Genealogy Research
A Czech-English Genealogical Dictionary
A book about Czech Land Records and how to use them in Genealogical Research
A book of the transcription of emigration applications of emigrants from Frenštát and Trojanovice and the surrounding areas
What kind of genealogy product can you imagine yourself buying?
subscription to a huge database site like
a DNA test
transcriptions, translations, and abstracts of difficult to read records
a researcher who is fluent in Czech to do some research for me
a book (well, depending on what it was about...)
a subscription to a small database which is relevant to me
a subscription to an e-newsletter
a subscription to a paper newsletter
Would you be interested in getting your distant cousin in the Czech Republic to take a free 23 marker Y-DNA test?
Yes, definitely! What do I need to do?
Yes, definitely, and I would probably pay for help figuring out what the data means!
I would, but I don't know any distant cousins yet.
I would, but I don't even know where my Czechs came from yet.
What sources of original records do you use for your Czech genealogy? Check all that apply.
online land records
online census records
online school records
records from the archives which I have hired someone to acquire
translations of records from the archives which I hired someone to acquire
none of these
What research aids do you use in your Czech genealogy research? Check all that apply.
Blanka's blog: Czech Genealogy for Beginners
Czech Out Your Ancestors
Czech Genealogy Facebook Group
CGSI internal databases
My local Czech Genealogy newsletter or publication
FamilySearch's Czech Parish Finder
What are you interested in reading about on Czech Out Your Ancestors in 2018? Check all that apply.
Guest posts by interesting authors
Tutorials for how to use archives
Czech Time Travel Series! (Cesta z Čech až na konec světa). Those are fun to read!
Information about DNA
Information about CGSI
Czech culture in the past
How to use cadastral maps
Czech Land Records: what they are, how to find them, how to read them
more Matriky Quizzes
Tutorials about how to use the Matriky
How to use Czech School Records
How to use Czech census records
How to find and use Czech military records
What less commonly used records exist, and how to find them
Conferences relevant to Czech Genealogy
More personal feelings
More stuff about researching Czechs in the USA
I'm so overwhelmed. I need more beginner material. "How to start"!
Would you be willing to write a guest post for my blog about your Czech heritage?
Yes! Please email me about details.
No, not now.
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