The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International will host its 17th Genealogical/Cultural Conference Oct. 15-19 at the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.

Program and registration booklets, with the complete schedule, are now available at cgsievents.com and conference registration is open. There is also a link to make hotel reservations.

The focus of the biennial conference is to learn about techniques for genealogical research in the areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics, and to explore the history and culture of the people who lived in the area.

The 2019 event features five speakers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Marek Blahuš of Brno, the Rev. Jan Dus, Mirek Koudelka of Olomouc, Blanka Lednická of Prague and Michal Razus of Slovakia. There are about 20 additional speakers, many with direct ties to the Czech Republic/Slovakia and family history research/techniques. Keynote speaker is Mila Saskova-Pierce, professor emerita of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, speaking on “On Czech Immigration and Language Influence in Lincoln.”

The conference includes daylong tours scheduled to Saline County/Freethinker Territory Wilber/Czech Capital of the US, Omaha Czech Community and Nebraska’s Bohemian/Moravian Alps. Entertainment includes the “Parade of Kroje” (Czech/Slovak folk dress), the Southeastern Nebraska Bohemian Bagpipe Band directed by Sue Placek and the Wilber Czech Dancers directed by Dirk Altman.