Steve Szabados Has Authored Another Genealogy Help Book; The Title Is “Write Your Family History: Easy Steps to Organize, Save and Share”; Available At Amazon.com

Hi Everyone!

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados, a recurring genealogy program presenter at our library, has informed me that he has another new genealogy help book that has been published.

The book tries to explain the process he uses to go from his research to pages that he shares with family members. These pages turn into a family history that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The title of the book is Write Your Family History: Easy Steps to Organize, Save and Share.

I plan on adding this book to our library’s circulating collection so it can be checked out.

Steve is an avid Polish genealogy researcher and wants to share his publication successes with all other researchers regardless of what they are researching.

Steve informs me the book is available through Amazon.com.  Here is a link to Amazon.com providing information about Steve’s new book:

Steve Szabados Newly Published Genealogy Help Book; “Write Your Family History: Easy Steps to Organize, Save and Share” At Amazon.com

Steve also offers personal help to those doing Polish genealogical research through his volunteer efforts at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  Steve is there on each Friday morning from 9 AM to 12 Noon.

Steve knows his stuff about all things “genealogy”.  He also knows his stuff about “Polish genealogy”.

Consider picking up a copy of this new book through Amazon.com.  Let Steve’s words and guidance allow you to take your genealogical research material from what you have to a more polished, publication-ready document that can easily wind up in the hands of all of your extended family members giving them the chance to get a better picture of where everyone came from!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2014″ YouTube Video

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ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now an April 2014 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2014″.

The video is an approximate 14 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.  This is a short presentation because Crista has created this presentation while she was having some down time being on vacation.   Normally her presentations are in the 25 minute range.

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – National Genealogical Society in Richmond, VA (May 7-10, 2014), Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA (Jun 6-8, 2014), International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) in Salt Lake City, UT  (July 27 – August 1, 2014)
  • New Content! – 13 Million new records added for 13 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Research Reminder #3 – Look at the “related” data collections noted on the right side of the view of the newly created database.  This will provide you with other suggested databases to consider searching that may have a connection to the database you are looking at.

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at Ancestry.com that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to Ancestry.com.

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on Ancestry.com.  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Has A 1 Month “Trial” Subscription To Origins.net That Runs From April 1, 2014 To April 30, 2014; Origins.net Has 130 Million British And Irish Records

Hi Everyone!

STDL Central Summer LgI am happy to announce  that the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL) has obtained a one-month “trial” subscription to the Origins.net set of genealogical research databases.  These databases focus on British and  Irish records used to help you on your ancestral quest.

The database offering from Origins.net contains 130 million records that Origins.net Logocan be accessed online through this “trial” subscription.

The Origins.net database can ONLY be accessed from within our library.  The limited access is due to licensing restrictions from the provider.  Access to the database is only available on the 2nd floor of our library on the “Ask Us” computer stations Number 2 to Number 8.

During this trial period you will not see it in our list of databases offered by the library.  So you will only be able to access it from the desktop of the “Ask Us” computers.

All you have to do is look at the “desktop” screen of the computer and look for the Internet Explorer “icon” that says “Origins.net”.  Click on it and you will be connected to the website of the provider and all of the data.

I have done some searches.  All seems good.  If you get results you can click on the link for image.  Just note that there will be a JAVA pop-up that will ask you to continue to run an app to get the image.  I accepted and the image popped up right away.  Our IT staff will be working on a future permanent fix to make this disappear if we permanently add this resource to our database collection after the trial.  But for now it does appear and it is not a dealbreaker!

You can also save any “images” of records you discover onto your own flashdrive that you can connect to the computer you are on.  Images are saved as TIFF images.  I saved an image to my flashdrive and I looked at it later.

You can see that the one, and important drawback of the product, is that it is only available for use in our physical library building.  It is not available to STDL library cardholders from home!  Even if we continue to subscribe after the trial, database access can only occur from within our building.

This is no different from access to Ancestry Library Edition which also only allows access to data from within our library building and not via home connection.

The clock is running.  If you have British or Irish ancestry and have not ever used this database, now is your time to give it a try.  If you are coming to our library building for other purposes, just stop on by the computers behind the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor and take a look at the database.

Don’t forget to take a good look at all of the “teaching” aids that are part of access to this database.  There are lots of links that can give you tips on how to use the database as well as some nice descriptions of each of the individual database that comprise the whole of the product.  There is much to be learned about all that is there even if it turns out your searches are not successful.

Enjoy the database.  We have access to it until April 30, 2014.  Let me know what you think of it.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

April 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for April 8, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the April 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the April 2014 Handouts for your convenience:

April 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for April 8, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the April 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the April 2014 Newsletter for your convenience:

April 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow April 8, 2014

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here is a summary of the information about the program:

Dr. Dan Hubbard PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Daniel Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard will present a program titled “Researching At Appomattox Court House: Genealogy through the Lens of the Civil War”.

This talk reviews how Civil War era records aren’t just about soldiers and sailors. Before, during and after the war, a wealth of different types of unusual records were produced that speak of that time and tell the story of a whole generation.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer, strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation, he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history. Daniel now combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry, analysis of 19th century letters and photographs, and extensive research into colonial families.

His goal as a speaker is always to inform in a memorable and entertaining way. He likes to come at his topics from slightly unusual angles making speaking more fun and he hopes this technique encourages people to take a fresh look at each subject.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday April 26, 2014; “The Viking Discovery Of America”

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the April 2014 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during April 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago April 2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Viking Discovery of America”.  From their website, here is a description of the program:

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THE VIKING DISCOVERY OF AMERICA

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – noon

 Intrepid Viking seafarers leapfrogged their way across the North Atlantic from the 9th century CE. Their voyages led them to settle Iceland and Greenland; and forge contacts in Canada and North America. This presentation about the Viking discovery of America will be given by Dr. James Borg, Swedish-American scholar, university professor, businessman and collector of Viking antiquities. He will have some of his Viking and Eskimo artifacts from his extensive collection on display at this lecture hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center. Cost to attend the lecture for non-NFGC members is $10 that can be paid at the event. You may email or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer with any questions or to RSVP.

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See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of April 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library