Monthly Archives: January 2010

Our January 12, 2010 Genealogy Program Was Outstanding!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that our January 12, 2010 Genealogy Program was outstanding!

Craig Pfannkuche was our guest speaker for the evening.  Craig presented a program on Cemetery Research and Cemetery Inscriptions.

We finally caught a “weather break” for the evening of our Genealogy Program during the winter months and experienced no significant storm as we seemed to have had lately.  Instead, the weather cooperated greatly and presented us with a rather balmy and calm evening.  This great night of weather allowed 64 people to come out to our program and hear a great speaker give us a great program!

Did anyone else feel like I did that Craig Pfannkuche was “on fire” this evening??

What a great way to start a new year with a dynamic and exciting presentation on cemetery research.

Craig was intense and animated in conveying the message to all of us that we must consider doing cemetery research if we have not already done so in our genealogical research.

Craig provided us with background on cemeteries in general and what the researcher could expect to find when researching at a cemetery.  He then provided us with a long slide show of pictures showing us all what we might expect to see when researching at a cemetery.

We were able to see pristine cemeteries filled with great monuments honoring the deceased.  We saw cemeteries that one would not even recognize as cemeteries because they were completely overgrown.  We saw large urban cemeteries.  We saw tiny rural cemeteries.  We saw what appeared to be dangerous looking cemeteries in which the grounds provided us with a challenge to even walk safely among the graves.  We saw well-manicured settings that were inviting for us to research.  We saw large and artistic monuments.  We saw unmarked graves.  We even saw exposed bones on the ground by a particular grave associated with that of a known “radical”.  Other radicals were so enamored of this “radical” that they wanted to have their bones deposited on the grave site so they could be one with the “radical”!

In other words, Craig showed us all the things we might expect to find when we visit a cemetery to do our research.  Most of the things we see will be good but you have to expect that some of the things you will see will not be so good.

While Craig was showing us this massive set of slides he would often pose many a question about what we thought was being shown in the slide.   Answers were coming back to him fast and accurately in such a way that he kept telling those in attendance that we were one of the “smartest” and “most knowledgeable” of groups to reply back to him to the questions he posed.

Hats off to all of you giving such great responses!  I know you are a great group with deep amounts of research knowledge, all of which you showed the other night!  Great job on impressing Craig!

Craig’s program went as far into the night as we could allow since we needed to start ending the program by 9:30 PM.

I am so sorry for those that were unable to attend and thus missed a great presentation.  To those present that night, you saw an inspired and fiery presentation by one of our great local speakers!

Now is the time to really start planning your cemetery research that you can embark on in about 3 months.  Start working now with the cemeteries where your ancestors are buried while the staffs of the cemeteries can offer you more guidance during the winter months when researchers can’t easily be researching on site.

Use Craig’s presentation as the inspiration to get your own cemetery research moving into full gear now!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New ABOUT Heading and New PROGRAMS Heading At the Top of the Blog by the FRONT PAGE Section

Hi Everyone,

In case you have not noticed,  I have added a full description of the purpose of this blog in the ABOUT section at the top of the blog page.  I simply try to describe what the purpose of this blog will be for those who read its entries.

I have also added a section at the top of the blog titled 2010 PROGRAMS.  This is just a one-click link at the top of the blog that will allow you to see the genealogy programs we have planned for 2010.  This way you will always know what is coming in for your planning purposes.  You won’t have to search through the blog for a post I did previously that also summarized what our programs will be for 2010.

I hope that the convenience of this information at the top of the blog will help you when you visit the blog.

Thanks.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Scheduled for Tomorrow January 12, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Don’t forget that our next Genealogy Program at our library is scheduled for tomorrow evening, January 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Craig Pfannkuche.

Craig will present a program titled “Cemetery Inscriptions”.

Craig’s program should start at around 8 PM after we have introduced new participants and have reviewed genealogical matters of interest.

We will be done between 9:15 PM and 9:30 PM.

Hone your skills on this topic as you prepare to research the cemeteries of your ancestors when the snows are long gone in 2010!

So far the weather report for Tuesday evening looks to be uneventful!  Imagine that, an uneventful weather report for the night of our program.  Apparently, we will have no snow and we should not have the frigid temperatures we have had of late!

Come on out and hear Craig present another one of his great programs.

We hope to see you then!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Program Handouts Category Has Now Been Added Along with December 2009 Handouts!

Hi Everyone!

I have just added another new category on the right side of the blog.

This new category is titled “Program Handouts”.  It is in this category that you will find what is our new electronic version of the “paper program handouts” that would have been physically distributed at our monthly genealogy program to those in attendance.  These files are PDF files that will provide you with a summary of an item that I thought was worth mentioning at our program as a former “paper” handout.  Within the PDF you will be able to access directly, via the links that are embedded, the websites that were being mentioned.

I have now uploaded the December 2009 “electronic” set of handouts that people received in December as actual paper handouts. 

The December 2009 “handout” looks good and all of the links appear to be good!

Give it a try yourself and see how it is.

This is another effort to cut down on our costs while making the information readily available, readable and downloadable via the blog for those unable to attend the program.  It is a great method of archiving the material so you can access it here and not worry about keeping files for yourself on your own computer.  But you can download the file to your own computer if you want to.

I hope you enjoy this new category of electronic  files that will cut back on paper accumulation in your own setting.

Thanks

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

What Is “STDL”?

Hi Everyone!

You may occasionally see the acronym STDL appear at times throughout my blog posts.

It is a shortened form for the full name of our public library that is the Schaumburg Township District Library. 

I can save a lot of typing by simply putting in the acronym of STDL to refer to our library name.

So now you will know what STDL stands for if you see it crop up in any of our blog posts.

I hope this clarifies any confusion as to the meaning should you see this acronym pop up anywhere in text.

Thanks.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Next Genealogy Program Scheduled for Tuesday Evening on January 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would just post some information about our next upcoming Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program that is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on January 12, 2010.

There is no cost for anyone to attend.  There is no pre-registration for this program. 

Just come on down and have a great time learning some new facets of genealogy that can help with your own research efforts.

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Craig Pfannkuche. Craig will present a program titled “Cemetery Inscriptions”.

In addition to teaching, from which he is now retired, Craig has held several leadership positions in area genealogical and historical organizations. He is currently the president of Memory Trail Research, Inc., on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Genealogical Society, he is the Genealogical Archivist for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Historical Society, and he’s on the Board of Directors for the McHenry County (Illinois) Genealogical Society.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the meeting 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 8-8:15 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

Let’s cross our fingers that our midwest weather will moderate for this planned program.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have just a 30 degree evening with no snow for a change!!

Our weather during the most recent winters has seemed to be very challenging for the evenings on which we have our Genealogy Program.  Winter storms of the last few years seem to just wait until the evening of our Genealogy Program!!  Let’s hope this upcoming program will not be impacted by the brutal weather we have had of late.

I hope to see many of you at our upcoming genealogy program on January 12, 2010.  Craig is a great speaker and we are looking forward to see him again with another one of his great presentations.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library