“What’s New At Ancestry.com September 2014″ YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

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

The video is an approximate 24 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.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at Ancestry.com for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from Ancestry.com that you can access at:

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – Tennessee Ancestry Library Day, September 19-20, 2014, Nashville, TN; URL Bit.ly/TALE_tickets; Oklahoma City Ancestry Day, November 7-8, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK; Roots Tech 2015 and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) (Combined Conferences), February 12 to 14, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Ancestry Updated iOS Mobile App; Hints, Push Notifications
  • New Content! – 1.2  Million new records added for 4 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • Updated Data Base – 1920 US Federal Census – more indexed fields have been added to the data allowing more search entry fields in the template, e.g. marital status, own home etc.
  • Updated Data Base – United States Yearbooks Collection – 26,000 new yearbooks have been added containing 296 million records.
  • Updated Data Base – New York City Birth Index, 1878-1909.
  • Updated Data Base – Philadelphia Passenger Lists – now includes passenger records that includes 1944 to 1948 records.
  • 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.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

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

Chicago Genealogical Society “Chicago Fire” Bus Tour All Sold Out; No More Bus Seats Available

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoHi Everyone!

I just made a post the other day about an upcoming bus tour being hosted by the Chicago Genealogical Society.  The theme of the tour was “The Chicago Fire”.  Here is a link to that previous post:

Chicago Genealogical Society “Chicago Fire” Bus Tour Posting on September 10, 2014

Well, if you did not jump on the bandwagon right after that posting, then start looking for another bandwagon!

The website of the Chicago Genealogical Society has now noted that the tour bus has sold out.  No other seats are available.

I am sorry if you were interested but were not able to get a seat for yourself.  This is a very popular bus tour offered by the society.

I think they have done it in previous years and hope they will offer it again sometime in the future.

Just wanted to let you know that the trip is closed and has been completely filled in case you had any ideas of trying to get yourself signed up.  Maybe next time.

You can always connect with the Chicago Genealogical Society via their website at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

and stay in touch with all that is going on with the society.

Congratulations to anyone lucky enough to have made the trip reservation.  Enjoy the trip!  I would love for you to share your experience of the tour with all of us.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Local History Programs At The Schaumburg Township District Library October 2014 To August 2015

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Sometimes genealogy and local history go together.

Sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes you are doing your genealogy and just want to take a break from research.

Sometimes learning about  local history can be a great change of pace from genealogy.

Jane Rozek is our library’s Local History Librarian.  Just as I put together genealogy programs on a variety of genealogy topics, so too does Jane for Local History.  She provides these programs under a great “umbrella” name called “Chicagoland: Read All About It!”  This upcoming season of programs is Jane’s third series of programs of this nature being offered.

I wanted to share with you what these upcoming Local History programs will be.

Here is a list of the up and coming Local History programs:


Season Three will feature these local authors who will bring you into the worlds of comedy clubs in Chicago, the local WWII home front told from the perspective of a young girl and all of the best, hidden gems in the Chicago restaurant scene!

October 8, 2014, Wednesday, 7 PM                   
Graveyards of Chicago
Presented by Ursula Bielske
Registration required

November 12, 2014, Wednesday, 7 PM               
Carsons:  The History of a Chicago  Shopping  Landmark
Presented by Gayle Soucek
Registration required

December 10, 2014, Wednesday, 7 PM               
The 1937 Chicago Steel Strike
Presented by John Hogan
Registration required

January 21, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                    
The Chicago “L”
Presented by Greg Borzo
Registration required

February 11, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                  
Stand-up Comedy in Chicago
Presented byVince Vieceli and Bill Brady
Registration required

March 11, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                     
The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats
Presented by Christopher Garlington
Registration required

April 8, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                          
Wrigley Field:  One Hundred Stories for One Hundred Years
Presented by Dan Campana
Registration required

May 13, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                         
Home Front Girl:  A Diary of Love, Literature and Growing Up in Wartime America
Presented by Susan Signe Morrison
Registration required

June 10, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                         
A History of Violence:  An Encyclopedia of 1400 Chicago Mob Murders Presented by Dr. Wayne A. Johnson
Registration required

July 8, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                            
Chicago River Bridges
Presented by Patrick McBriarty
Registration required

August 12, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                     
Food Lover’s Guide to Chicago
Presented by Jennifer Olvera
Registration required

Call 847-923-3347 or stop in at the Ask Us Desk on the second floor to register for the programs in this yearlong series.  All programs will begin at 7 p.m.


You can always access the list of these programs online via our library website at:

“Chicagoland: Read All About It” Programs for October 2014 to August 2015 At the Schaumburg Township District Library

Want to take a break from your genealogy research?

Check out any or all of the Local History programs that our library will be offering through August 2015.

One good thing I can tell you is that all of the above noted programs take place on a Wednesday evening at our library.

Why is that important??

Because you can still come on over to our library for our Genealogy Programs that occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month!

How about that!  No conflicts!

Check out the “Chicagoland: Read All About It!” programs.

There is always more you can learn about local Chicagoland history over and above genealogy.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Carl Sandburg Institute Of Genealogy In Galesburg, Illinois Will Be Holding 4 Day Genealogy Institute From May 28, 2015 To June 1, 2015; 4 Well-Known Genealogy Experts Will Provide Instructions

csi-genealogy2Hi Everyone!

I recently received a notice from the Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy in Galesburg, IL that they will be a holding a 4-day genealogy institute from May 28, 2015 to June 1, 2015.

Four nationally known genealogy experts will be providing instructions on various aspects of genealogy to those registered in attendance;

The 4 speakers and the program topic each will present are:

  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle of CyndisList)
  • Advanced Methodology and Analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill of Genealogy Tip of the Day)
  • The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, and Records (coordinator Debbie Mieszala, CG)
  • Germanic Research Sources and Methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin, CG)

Here is a link to a PDF that provides information on the program:

May 28, 2015 to June 1, 2015 Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy Conference

The registration process is expected to start sometime during September 2014 for this lengthy educational program.

I did not see anything at this time that indicated the costs to attend this 4 day program.  That will probably be made available when registration opens during this month.

Teresa McMillin, CG, has been a speaker at our own genealogy programs.  Her specialty area in genealogy is Germanic research.  She is in fact the leader at this program for the Germanic Genealogy track.

Debbie Mieszala, CG, is also local from our area associated with the Lake County Genealogical Society.  She too will be one of the track coordinators during this program.  I have also seen her make a presentation.

Both of the above researchers are well-skilled and knowledgeable and can certainly provide you with many research insights to make your own genealogical research efforts more successful.

I realize this is quite a way down the road but these Institute programs are limited in size to make the educational experience more productive as well as providing a smaller classroom setting for better interaction.

Use the above link as a starting point to obtain initial information.

More information will be released via the Institute website noted in the above link as it becomes available.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) Offering A Genealogical Bus Tour That Focuses On “The Chicago Fire”; Craig Pfannkuche Will Be The Guide; Saturday, October 4, 2014 From 9:30 AM to 4 PM; Also Open To Non-Members Of The Society

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoHi Everyone!

The Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) will be offering a genealogical bus tour on Saturday, October 4, 2014 between 9:30 AM and 4 PM.

The theme of the tour will be “The Chicago Fire”.

The tour will be led by Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago Genealogical Society who specializes in Chicago family history research and whose father was a Captain on the Chicago Fire Department.

The tour bus will be ready for boarding at 9:30 AM and will depart from and return to the northwest corner of the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Madison and Clinton Streets) in Chicago.

You do not have to be a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society in order to participate.  However, your cost will be slightly higher than for members ($45 non-members; $35 members).

Take a look at the link to a PDF of a full-page description of the event that contains even more background and details about the events of the day.

Here is a link to the one page PDF with all of the details:

October 4, 2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Genealogy Bus Tour – “The Chicago Fire”

I have had Craig as a speaker at our genealogy programs.  He is fantastic in that setting.  I can’t even imagine how good he will be at being a guide for an all-day event on a subject he knows a great deal of information.

If interested, you must submit payment using the form that is the PDF above by September 27, 2014.  Space is limited.

Sounds like a great local trip on a topic that always comes up in October each year when the Chicago Fire of 1871 is the topic de jour of the month!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Parking Lot Is Still Under Construction; South Side Area (Near Drive-Up Window) And West Side Area (Near Main Entrance) Available For Parking; Former Dominick’s Lot Also Available; North Side Area (Marathon Station Side) Is Closed

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In anticipation of you coming to our Tuesday evening, September 9, 2014 Genealogy Program, I need to make you aware that our parking lot construction project has not yet been completed.  I thought that by the time this program was to occur that the project would have been completed.

Unfortunately, the project is still ongoing!

There is parking in the normal south part of our parking lot (on the side of former Dominick’s near the Drive-Up Window).  There is also regular parking along the West Side of our building (near the normal main entrance area).  Parking is also available in the former Dominick’s parking lot in the south side area.

There is no parking available on the north side of our area (the side where the Marathon Gas station is located).

So if you are coming to our Genealogy Program tomorrow, just continue to follow the signs to get you to locations for you to park.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for September 9, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the September 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 September 2014 Handouts for your convenience:

September 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, September 9, 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