Monthly Archives: March 2010

British and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Certificate Document Fees Are Increasing Significantly on April 6, 2010

Hi Everyone!

I want to make all of you aware of some recent news that has come to my attention from Paul Milner, one of our Genealogy Program speakers. 

This is a very timely notice mainly geared to anyone that is doing British research.

Paul has indicated that fees to order key vital records data will be increasing significantly starting on April 6, 2010.  All of the details are in the text sent to me by Paul.  His text that came from his e-mail is in Italics in this post following my preface.

If you were planning on ordering any material for these British Vital Records, you may want to accelerate your order to take advantage of the still lower costs to do so.  On April 6, 2010 the costs appear to be increasing by about 50%.

Read Paul’s text contained in this post and act now to save yourself some money.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Have you been putting off getting those birth, marriage and death certificates for your English and Welsh ancestors? Here is an incentive to motivate you. The British government announced March 1 that effective 6 April 2010 the cost of obtaining a certificate will increase from 7 pounds ($10.60 ) to 9.25 pounds ($14).

 You can read the full story at www.ips.gov.uk/cps/rde/xchg/ips_live/hs.xsl/1569.htm.

 You can obtain any birth, marriage or death certificate for any event since 1 July 1837 in England and Wales. You don’t even have to prove a relationship to the person.

 So how can you quickly do this? I would suggest the first place to start is FreeBMD at www.freebmd.org.uk. The big benefit here is that this is a computerized index of the entries in the national civil registration indexes. This pulls out all entries for a given name you are seeking, with options to limit the search parameters (time, location, etc). This index covers a lot of entries up into the 1930’s, the later in time period the less complete the coverage is so check the coverage statistics if you can’t find here what you are looking for. When you find what you are looking for confirm that the information given matches what is provided in the original index by viewing the digital scan of the index. If you make a mistake you won’t get the certificate you are seeking.

 If you can’t find what you looking for here you can see digital scans of the pages from the national indexes at Ancestry – www.ancestry.com and at FindMyPast – www.findmypast.com Both of these are subscription services provide access to the civil registration indexes. In addition they provide access to indexes and images for the 1841 through 1901 census returns. Additionally, FindMyPast is the only place you have access to the 1911 census. Using the census returns in conjunction with the civil registration records will help you expand the family information you have.

 When you have found the index references you need you can order the certificates online at
http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/ and pay with your credit card.

 You will get your certificates back in about 10 days. So between now and April 6 you have time to order some certificates and get them back in time to order another batch, for you know each certificate will produce another lead to follow.

 I ordered the first batch of my own certificates last night.

 This message is brought to you as a timely courtesy update.

 

Paul Milner

March 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Handouts Uploaded as PDF File for March 9, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

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, March 9, 2010 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.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded as PDF File for March 9, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Take a look at if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, March 9, 2010 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.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 9, 2010 Genealogy Program Reminder at the Schaumburg Township District Library at 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

Don’t forget that our next genealogy program at the Schaumburg Township District Library will take place tomorrow evening, March 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the main library.  I don’t think we will get snowed out for this program as we did for the last one in February!

Our program tomorrow will be one in which participants will break out into various research groups focusing on an area of ethnic research.  We will also have a Beginner’s Group and a general Troubleshooting Group.  The computer and projector hook-up will also be available to use during this session.  Everyone is welcome.  You do not have to be a Schaumburg Township District Library card holder to attend this program.  You do not have to pre-register.  There is no charge to participate.

Come join us for a great time to learn new things in genealogy and to share knowledge you have acquired from your own research with others.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, March 9, 2010:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  There is no formal presentation for this gathering.  Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic.  The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.
 
We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities.  These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American.  There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a general all-purpose “troubleshooting” group. 

A laptop computer hooked to our projector will also be available to use during this program.
 
Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial.  Some groups that have not been identified may be added. 
 
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 PM.  Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of any handouts and genealogical matters.  It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 8 PM.  We will end the session by 9:30 PM at the latest.
 
For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 9, 2010 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would send out this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  It seems like it has been forever since we last gathered.  This was due to the cancellation of the February 2010 program at our library due to the heavy and lingering snowstorm that hit us that day.  Well as Clint Eastwood would say “Do You Feel Lucky?”  I have to think that all of the bad weather we experienced since December 2009 surely will leave us for this program.  It is uncanny how all of the bad and threatening weather seems to target the 2nd Tuesday of each month when we have our genealogy program.  We need a weather break!!

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, March 9, 2010:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  There is no formal presentation for this gathering.  Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic.  The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.
 
We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities.  These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American.  There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a general all-purpose “troubleshooting” group. 

A laptop computer hooked to our projector will also be available to use during this program.
 
Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial.  Some groups that have not been identified may be added. 
 
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 PM.  Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of any handouts and genealogical matters.  It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 8 PM.  We will end the session by 9:30 PM at the latest.
 
For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

POINTers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Group Will Have a Program at Schaumburg Township District Library on March 20, 2010

Hi Everyone!

I have just received a notice from the local Italian Genealogy Group commonly known as POINTers In Person (PIP) that they will be having a genealogy program at the Schaumburg Township District Library on Saturday morning, March 20, 2010 from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM.

They will be using the Rasmussen Conference Room on the 2nd floor of our library.

Their speaker for this program will be Diane Dassow.

Diane will give a program titled “Get the Scoop: Interviewing to Gather Family Stories”

Please visit the web site for this group to obtain further detailed information about the program and about the group.  You can visit them at POINTers In Person Chicago North Chapter 27.

For those doing Italian genealogy research you will want to become aware of this group as a great resource for your own Italian research.  Participating with groups that focus on your own ethnic area of genealogical interest is one of the best ways to advance your own research.  You can learn from those that have been researching longer than you on the subject and you can also teach those that may not have the depth of research knowledge that you may have acquired.

The PIP group often uses our library for its programs.  As I become aware of any future programs I will certainly share that via this blog.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library