Emigration from Bohemian-Moravian Highlands of Czech Republic to America


Research of emigration from Czech Republic to USA, especially from the villages of Dusejov, Opatov and surrounding villages.


Surnames researched include: Vopalensky, Vopal, Piemeisel, Piemeisl, Duba, Forman, Vasick/Wasicek/Washicheck, etc.; and related families.


Susan Chapman, whose immigrant ancestor is Joseph Vopalensky of Dusejov, is the webmaster of this website. This website contains the combined genealogy research shared by several other researchers including Jaroslava Paulusova, Doreen and Arlo Duba, Nancy Anderson, Jinny Hopp, Rich Maresh, and more. We have shared our research that related family members can learn more about their family histories. Additional genealogy information is always appreciated!


This website is dedicated to Miloslav Cizek,
Michal Vopalensky
and Jaroslava Paulusova.

Thank you Miloslav Cizek for the treasured gift in 1998, the Dusejov book. Thank you Michal Vopalensky for contacting Katy J. Vopal and Susan Chapman, after seeing Katy J. Vopal's family website in 2001. Thank you to Jaroslava Paulusova for writing the Dusejov book, the Opatov book, the Borsov book, and thank you for your generosity, friendship, and making many people's dreams come true. You have all helped us to understand our ancestral roots, culture and heritage; and meet our Czech relatives. Thank you for bridging the gap between our hearts and our ancestors homeland.


Any and all contributions to this website are welcome and will be greatly appreciated. This is the story about our families, our legacy. Thank you to all the relatives that have contributed photographs, documents, and stories.

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For privacy, information on living individuals can only be viewed by registered users.

Some registered users are now able to add media to this website, but cannot edit or delete media.


Please note that not all data in the family file has been verified and some requires additional research. This website is updated as additional data becomes available.


"Dusejov Rody A Popisna Cisla"
by Jaroslava Paulusova
; a Czech book about the family history of each house in Dusejov, written in 1995 and revised edition written in 2013.

"Opatov - Obec, Domy, Obyvatele"
by Jaroslava Paulusova
; a Czech book about the family history of each house in Opatov, written in 2010.

"Borsov - v Minulosti I Soucasnosti"
by Jaroslava Paulusova
; a Czech book about the family history of each house in Borsov, written in 2015.

"The Czech Community Of Milwaukee 1848-1998, Dejiny Cechu V Milwaukee"
by Anton Daniel Acker
; a book about the history of Czech in Milwaukee, written by a Dusejov immigrant descendant.

"The Dubas of Opatov, Bohemia; Grant Co., Wisconsin; Brule Co., South Dakota"
by Arlo D and Doreen E Duba
; a book about the Duba family, written by an Opatov immigrant descendant.

Duba Family Book Index

"The Forman Family; Descendants of Jan Evangelista Forman and Terezie Dubova"
by Doreen E Duba
; a book about the Forman family, who came from Opatov, Bohemia; to Trego County, Kansas; Grant County, Wisconsin; Brule County, South Dakota; Dixon County, Nebraska.


This website opened in May 2007.
Home page revised on March 23, 2017.
Family tree updated on September 26, 2016.
TNG v11.0.2 web software updated on September 17, 2016.
Installed new google map key, converted TNG to UTF-8 site format, AND updated database to UTF-8 charset character: database collation utf8_general_ci

Behind The Scenes...

Emigration from Czech Republic to America at www.Vopalensky.biz/genealogy maintained by Susan Chapman. Copyright 2007-2017.

Desktop genealogy software used is Family Historian v6.2.2 Copyright 2007, published by Calico Pie Limited.


Hold on to what is good, even it it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe, even it it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do, even it's a long way from here.
Hold on to your life, even it it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand, even it I've gone away from you.
-----Pueblo Indian Prayer-----

Feature Articles

feature 1 REPORTS - complete list

See "Reports" for various interactive reports, including:

CZECH organizations and research centers around Milwaukee, Wisconsin

About the Webmaster, Susan Chapman; and other RESEARCHERS


All known VOPALENSKY or VOPAL immigrants by date of ship arrival

All known PIEMEISEL or PIEMEISL immigrants by date of ship arrival

All known DUBA immigrants by date of ship arrival

All known FORMAN immigrants by date of ship arrival

All known VASICEK or WASICEK, etc. immigrants by date of ship arrival

All known immigrants from DUSEJOV by date of ship arrival

All known immigrants from OPATOV by date of ship arrival

All known immigrants from NOVY RYCHNOV by date of ship arrival

All IMMIGRANTS by date of ship arrival

All EMIGRANTS by date of ship departure from Hamburg

All Birth - Marriage - Death records found in the CZECH ARCHIVES

feature 2 PLACES

All Churches and Cemeteries in "Places", start with CHURCH or CEMETERY. Press the little "magnifying glass" next to the name of the place - to see a list of all baptisms, marriages and funerals at the Church; or list of burials at the cemetery.

Milwaukee County Cemeteries on Google Maps:

Czech Historial Sites in Milwaukee area on Google Maps:

Czech Immigration and Settlements;
and Czech research Archives on Google Maps:


For individuals in the tree - Either select the "Suggest tab" at the top of most pages, and enter information into appropriate boxes and then submit.OR, press the "book icon" symbol, located next to the event, and enter information and then submit.To add new individual not in the tree - Please use the contact us form, to send the new information to the webmaster.The webmaster will look at each entry and manually update the master file with the information.


Thank you to the many relatives for sharing your photographs and stories. In the early 1990's, Caroline Fischer Goetz, Clara Vopalensky Ueberfluss, Margaret Vopalensky, Chester Vopal and my mom, Lorraine Vopalensky Bigalke; allowed me to make color photocopies of many of their old family photographs. I had also met with James Vopal, Elmer Vopal, Hildegarde Vopal, Sally Vopal and Katy J. Vopal; and I had phone conversations with George Vopal and Gladys Vopal; to discuss and share family history. To my cousins: I am still learning about how to scan photos correctly. The photos displayed on this website are sized and formatted for web viewing. I had scanned many photographs as jpg files, and am now rescanning photographs as tiff files for archival storage. If you would like any photographs, please email me and I can send you a good quality jpg or tiff file. I would appreciate any photographs that you would like to contribute for the website and the family archive of photographs.

Thank you to Paul Vopal for taking digital photos at the Milwaukee cemeteries of the Vopalensky / Vopal family tombstones.

feature 4 HOW TO SETUP A FAMILY WEBSITE similar to this website

Basic information about setting up a website - Hosting Service, TNG genealogy internet software, FTP, and HTML software

Contact Us

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