Monthly Archives: July 2010

Illinois State Genealogical Society Has A New Blog

Hi Everyone!

Thomas MacEntee, the Publicity Chairman for the Illinois State Genealogical Society, has informed me that the ISGS has started a genealogy blog that is authored by him.

At the blog you can find information in the following categories:

  • Events
  • Services
  • Publications
  • Becoming A Member
  • About the Blog
  • Illinois Genealogy Resources

The blog was just started in May 2010.  There are about 30 posts to the blog at this time. 

You may want to bookmark the site for future visiting.  Or you can subscribe to the site with an RSS feed and receive new postings as they become available.  You can also follow the ISGS via Facebook and Twitter.

Check out the blog site at:

http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com

This is a good way to keep informed of genealogical matters at a state of Illinois level.

Enjoy the blog as it continues to grow over time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Program Notes from Our July 13, 2010 Program

Hi Everyone!

I want to thank Kristin Newton McCallum, our guest speaker for the evening, for dazzling us by showing us so much more of the functionality of Heritage Quest.  Heritage Quest is a mainstay genealogy data base product that is offered by many public libraries as a great resource of genealogical information.

WOW!  I did not even realize it that there are so many better ways to use the product to find information in the product.  I only wish that Heritage Quest would provide some better up front information to allow users to get the most out of using the product.

I also want to thank all of those that actually came out to see our program.  We had a total of 74 participants attend the program.  Literally, our room was about as full as we could have.  The attendance for this program ranks right up there at the top of the most attended.  Our record so far has been 76.  Our room limitations are just about at that level.  Those that attended can attest to the fact that it really was crowded in the room.

I got so into the presentation by Kristin that I literally forgot to take some pictures of our guest speaker as well as some pictures of our large crowd.  I apologize for those reading this post that there are no accompanying pictures to share.  I think that the next time I will keep my camera bag strapped around my neck for easy access and as a reminder to take some pictures!!

Kristin had a very good handout and has indicated that I can post the links that exist for this handout.  Anyone who may have missed the program now has the ability to fill in the blanks on the topic of using Heritage Quest through accessing the links for the handout.

Kristin has also been kind enough to provide a link to her actual PowerPoint presentation she used for her program.  It may be of some help  to those who saw the program and may act as a refresher.  For those that were unable to attend but are looking at the presentation for the first time, you may discover that some slides are intuitive enough but others may not be as clear without having heard Kristin expound on what the slide was attempting to show.

You can access the PowerPoint presentation of the material for the program directly at the following link:

http://www.slideshare.net/knewtonsmith/getting-the-most-out-of-heritage-quest

The links provided by Kristin for the handouts can be found at:

Handout #1 – http://www.proquest.com/assets/literature/products/databases/HQO.pdf

Handout #2 – http://www.proquest.com/assets/downloads/products/hqo_db_guide.pdf

Handout #3 – http://www.proquest.com/assets/downloads/products/hqo_ale_comparison.pdf

Kristin also had a 4th handout that was specific to searching PERSI.  The text for this handout follows in Italics:

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Searching PERSI in Heritage Quest

 What is PERSI (Periodical Source Index)?

 PERSI is an index of all the genealogical newsletters and magazines held by the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne Indiana.  It is estimated that ACPL owns 80% of all national genealogical periodicals published in the United States.

 What Kind of Information Might I Find in Genealogical Society Periodicals?

  • Transcribed or Abstracted Records
  • Indexes to Vital Records
  • Indexes to Historical Books
  • Census Indexes
  • Genealogical Queries
  • Family Histories
  • Pedigree Charts
  • Graduation Lists
  • Marriage and Obituary Abstracts
  • Transcribed Directories
  • Abstracted Diaries
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Naturalization Lists
  • Transcribed Bible Records
  • Transcribed Probate Court Records
  • Scrapbook Transcriptions

 

  How is PERSI Searchable?

By SURNAME
By Country
By State
By County
By Locale
By Subject (Record Type)
By Article Title (Keyword Search)
By Periodical Title

 What Will I Find in PERSI?

 Article Titles
Name of Publication
Date of Publication
Issue and Volume Numbers
Publisher
Where Available

 What Won’t I Find in PERSI?

  •  Full Text Articles – PERSI gives citations only.  To read the article, visit a holding library or request the article through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Abstracts or Summaries – Beyond the title and indexing there is no further description about the contents of the article.
  • In-Depth Indexing – Indexing does not include every place or name mentioned in an article. 

 People Searches in PERSI

Use this search to look for articles about a family.  This search function will have limited use, though, because unless your family is the main focus of the article, their names won’t be indexed.  Remember, PERSI does not have an everyname index to genealogy periodicals.  If your ancestor was simply in an article listing individuals buried in a certain cemetery, for example, their name is not going to show up in the index. 

 * Place Searches in PERSI 
 
Genealogists will find this the most useful search in PERSI.  Use a place search to locate genealogical records covering a town, county, state, or country.  Limit your search by record type for best results.  For example, you can search to see if Vital Records were ever published in a periodical covering McHenry County.  Once you have the citation for this article, you can request the article via Interlibrary Loan to see if your ancestor is mentioned.

 “How To” Searches in PERSI
 
Find an article citation about how to research a certain topic.

 Periodical Search in PERSI

  • Browse Periodical Citations by Year and Issue
  • View All Articles From a Periodical by Date
  • Locate a Periodical’s Publisher and Subscribing Institutions

 *Note: The list of subscribing institutions provided in Periodical Search is only a small selection of libraries. For a more complete listing of library holdings, see www.worldcat.org.

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Thank you Kristin for allowing me share this helpful series of handout information via our blog.

Take a look at the links above to some of the handout material and to the Italic text above of the PERSI material provided by Kristin.  With this information, head on back to Heritage Quest and give all of the individual data bases contained within Heritage Quest another try.

Remember that Heritage Quest is more than just access to searching the Census records with their accompanying images.  With Kristin’s aids don’t forget to take a deeper look at the following additional databases contained within Heritage Quest:

  • Books
  • PERSI (Periodical Source Index)
  • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Records
  • Freedman’s Bank Records (1865-1874) Founded to Serve African Americans
  • U.S. Serial Set for Searching Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress

I hope that everyone came away with some additional enthusiasm to go back and revisit a great electronic resource easily available from home for our registered cardholders of the Schaumburg Township District Library.

For those of you who have not had their library card issued by us but issued instead from your own home library, make sure you inquire as to whether Heritage Quest is available to you from home through your own library.

I sure hope everyone had  as great a time as I did at this program. 

Great program, great speaker, great turnout, great handouts, great tips.

I am definitely going back to revisit Heritage Quest!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Video Presentation of Teresa Steinkamp McMillin’s “So, You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin … Now What?” Available At FamilySearch.org

Hi Everyone,

I want to send many congratulations to Teresa Steinkamp McMillin. 

Teresa’s genealogy presentation titled “So, You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin … Now What?” has been video taped by the LDS in Salt Lake City.  The program is now one of many that the LDS are offering via their web site at www.familysearch.org under the link of “Free Online Classes” on the main page of their site. 

I would encourage everyone to visit the main Mormon web site for genealogy research and browse through what you can find within their “Free Online Classes” link on their main web page.  You can’t miss it.  There is a growing number of classes available on a variety of genealogical topics based on ethnicitye.g. English Ancestral tutorials, German tutorials, Polish tutorials, Irish tutorials, Italian tutorials etc.  There is also a significant amount of United States genealogical tutorials that covers a wide variety of US topics e.g. Courthouse Research, Military Research, Civil War Research etc.

These topics are high quality videos in which the speaker presents their topic.  The handouts of the program are also available to see as the speaker is giving the presentation.  This is quite a nice tutorial capability that is available for free.  Most programs run anywhere from 12 minutes to 63 minutes.  These are not little “soundbites”.

Teresa’s program is currently under the category of German Research and is the only one currently there under German Research.

Here is the direct link to Teresa’s video program at the FamilySearch site:

http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/fhd/Community/NGS/German_Town_of_Origin/Player.html

Teresa just recently presented this program at our library’s genealogy program in April 2010.  It was a great in-person presentation and I know it is as good at the LDS site.

For those of you doing any German research that saw Teresa in April 2010 and that that would like to be able to “see” the program again, then just head on out with the above link.  For those of you doing German research that were unable to make the program in April 2010, here is your chance to get some good tips to move your German research along.  Her handout is excellent and it is available at the LDS site.

Congratulations again to Teresa! 

We will all enjoy seeing your program again.

Thanks so much again for putting it together and sharing it with us personally in April 2010 and now sharing it again “over and over” again for those who did not have the chance to see you in person.  You did a great job!!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder – September 25, 2010 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Date

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would just remind everyone that the Fox Valley Genealogical Society is having their Annual Conference on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  The following information is from a previous post I published back on March 29, 2010.  We are now closer to the date.  Check out the web site for the society from the link in the post to look at all of the detailsa for the all-day conference.

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Please mark Saturday, September 25, 2010 date on your calendars.  This is the date for the Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The guest speaker for the day will be D. Joshua Taylor.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends
  • On and Off the Net: Locality Searching
  • Successful Searching Online: Clustering for Genealogists
  • Vanity Sketches: Sources and Truths Behind Mugbook Entries

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Look for the “Annual Conference” link on the left side of the web page.  Click on the link and it will get you to a PDF of material that is associated with the annual conference.  Browse around in the material for the conference that will tell you more of location, time, cost etc.  All of the information is here.

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program with a great speaker providing some great topics on genealogical research.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow July 13, 2010

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, July 13, 2010 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 and the speaker:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Kristin Newton McCallum.  Kristin will present a program titled “Getting the Most Out of Heritage Quest”. 

Kristin Newton McCallum is a Reference Librarian at the Algonquin Public Library.  Heritage Quest is a common genealogical research product offered by many public libraries in the area.  Kristin will show us how to get the most out of this great product.  Look below the surface of this product for other than just searching and see what other great tools you can discover to advance your research.
 
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 8-8:15 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

July 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 13, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 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, July 13, 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.

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

July 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 13, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 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, July 13, 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.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 13, 2010 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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 are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, July 13, 2010:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Kristin Newton McCallum.  Kristin will present a program titled “Getting the Most Out of Heritage Quest”. 

Kristin Newton McCallum is a Reference Librarian at the Algonquin Public Library.  Heritage Quest is a common genealogical research product offered by many public libraries in the area.  Kristin will show us how to get the most out of this great product.  Look below the surface of this product for other than just searching and see what other great tools you can discover to advance your research.
 
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 8-8:15 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