German-Bohemian Heritage Society

Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde e.V.


German-Bohemians are people who have either lived in or have ancestry in the outer rim of the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is comprised of the former countries of Bohemia and Moravia, which were part of the Austrian Empire and ruled by the Habsburgs from 1526 until the end of WWI. When the nation of Czechoslovakia was created in 1919 out of the former Austrian crown colonies of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia, the German-speaking outer rim came to be known as the Sudetenland. It was named for the Sudetes or Sudeten mountain range that borders todays Poland and the eastern region of Germany and the Czech Republic.

Contact Information:


Mailing Address:
PO Box 822 – New Ulm, MN 56073

Contact language:  English


Heritage Society


The German-Bohemian Heritage Society objectives are:

  • Promote, develop, and maintain the strong German-Bohemian culture and heritage.
  • Help with individual research and provide for sharing of research information. Conduct interesting and informative meetings for members.
  • Organize tours to and study of the homeland.
  • The organization publishes and mails a newsletter to each member several times a year. The newsletter contains information about society events, history and research information.


One year plan: $25.00

Membership Benefits:

Help perpetuate the German-Bohemian heritage and culture by supporting this society through membership.

Your dues allow us to publish our quarterly newsletter The Heimatbrief which is packed full of articles about German-Bohemian culture and heritage which is worth the price of membership alone. Your dues also make it possible for us to hold twice yearly general member meetings where speakers enlighten and educate us about various topics related to our heritage. Publication of books such as the new Heimatbrief book, Stories of German-Bohemians, the only one of its kind in English published in 2013. Publishing costs are high and it takes several years to recoup the investment. And last but not least, to purchase books and research materials for our library and research center which is free of charge to our members. Add this all up and you will see that the price of membership is a great value.