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Dr. Miroslav Koudelka
Ancestry Research, Tours, Translation






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Qualifications

To perform successful ancestry research in the Czech Republic, one has to be able to decipher the so-called “kurrent” because most of the needed records are handwritten in that specific, originally medieval (Gothic) script rather than the Latin alphabet we use both in Czech and English today. Also, it is necessary to have a mastery at least to a certain degree, of German and Latin because records up until the mid-1800s were conducted in those two languages. Additionally, one has to understand ancient Czech with the then spelling and vocabulary today already forgotten. And last but not least, one needs to be versed in Czech history in general, including the development of administration and church structure.

These needed qualifications were achieved by Dr. Koudelka through studies of History, Czech and English (including courses of German and Latin) with a master’s degree in Teaching History and a higher degree in Czechoslovak History. This education has been enhanced with decades of experience as a professional genealogist. These credentials are well documented by hundreds of performed research projects for clients from eighteen countries on five continents, including the United States, New Zealand, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, and Germany — as well as through a number of articles, books, and translations focusing on genealogy and heritage in addition to presentations at genealogical conferences in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States.

Additionally, Dr. Koudelka is an active member of societies crossing national borders: The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota) and its Regional Representative for the Czech Republic; a Charter Member of the Texas Czech Genealogical Society (Angleton, Texas); and a member of the Slovak Genealogy and Heraldry Society (Martin, Slovakia).

Lists of Dr. Koudelka’s publications and presentations, as well as client testimonials can be found on this website.