My name is Katherine Elizabeth Vasicek Challis, but I go by Kate. I studied Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic but, realizing I wanted to teach instead of become a spy, I graduated with a BA in French Teaching with a minor in TESOL K-12 (BYU ’09). I taught Arabic to grades 6-9 at a charter school for a little over two years. Somewhere in there I married my true love, and I currently stay home with our four children, ages 2-7. I also teach Chinese students English online, which has been extremely rewarding.
I have been actively researching my own family since 2007, with a special focus on my Czech Ancestry. I have been able to solve many difficult problems and trace my direct line ancestry back further than anyone had previously thought possible. I have made contact with distant cousins here and in Moravia. I am learning Czech online with the collaboration and help of some dear Czech friends.
I am highly proficient at reading and analyzing Czech Parish Registers. I understand the history and culture of the Czech lands, and the motivations for immigration. I specialize in finding the village of origin for Czechs immigrating to the United States. I am positive that my skills can help you discover more about your loved ones of the past. If you have ancestors from Frenštát or Trojanovice, we are probably cousins.
- Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists since February 2017
- Member of Czechoslovak Genealogical Society since July 2016
- Member of the Iowa Genealogical Society since October 2013
- Member of the National Genealogical Society since May 2013
- Local LDS Temple and Family History Consultant since 2012
- Member of the Texas Czech Yahoo Group since 2008
- Czech Out Your Ancestors czechoutyourancestors.blogspot.com