Monthly Archives: September 2010

Civil War Regimental Information Available Online from “A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion” by Frederick H. Dyer

Hi Everyone,

Larry B. who is a participant at our monthly genealogy programs made me aware that he has a print volume of Frederick  H. Dyer’s “A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion”.  This is a great source to discover information about the regimental unit activities of any of your Union Civil War ancestors.  This is a great print source although it is huge in size.

Larry’s information made me do some further looking online to see what can be found online that is a much easier alternative to the print source.

I was able to discover a great web site that fits the bill of easily providing this regimental information.

I would like to direct readers to the following site:

You will find information categorized by state, Union first, then Confederate.  You will only find a list of the regiments by state for the Confederacy but no information about the regiment simply because it was not contained in the Compendium because it was a Union document.  Within each state you will find an identification of the number of organizations within the state.  Organizations just refers to the various regiments that may be found within the state.  Click on the link to the state of interest.

As an example for Illinois, you will see that there are 239 organizations indicated for the state.  When you click on the state link, you will then see that you can select by category of military unit e.g. Cavalry, Artillery, Infantry and any other categories that may be identified for a state.

If you click on “cavalry” you will be directed to another listing of all of the various regimental cavalry units from Illinois that fought in the Civil War.  If you know the regiment of your ancestor, you can then click on the regiment.

Once you have selected a regiment, you will then see a great summary of the regimental activities in a timeline order that occurred during the Civil War for the regiment.  You will see what brigades, divisions etc. the regiment was part of during the timeline indicated.

You will also then see a “Service” history for the campaigns/battles the Union regiment participated in also in chronological order.  So you will now know in what engagements your ancestor participated in during their Civil War service with their regiment.

At the very end of the “Service” information you will also see a very short summary that provides statistics both on officers and enlisted men that were killed in battle or died from their wounds as well as seeing numbers on officers and enlisted men that died from disease.  A grand total of the combined killed in action and died from disease is then provided.

You can really picture the activity level your Union ancestor endured during their regimental involvement over a span of time.  How wonderful a feeling this can be to realize you can track your Union Civil War ancestor through such a timeline of events and geographical dispersion of their regimental movements.

I want to thank Larry B. for making me aware of a resource he had in print form that led me to do some further online searching to find a better alternative available to all online.

The link above looks like it does the job in fine form!

All of the above is predicated on the fact you know the regiment of your Union Civil War ancestor.  If you don’t know that you will need to research further, possibly with the help of the National Archives and Civil War material they have or material that exists within an individual state archives often contained within “report of the adjutant general” material issued by a state that contains names of individuals that served during the Civil War within various regiments for the state.

Hopefully the Union name you search for within these resources to find the regiment is a name that is not too common!  Knowing the geographical area your ancestor lived may give a hint as to what regiment they may have been in because enlistees often joined regiments that were close to the area where they lived.  (Please note that this may not always be the case because an ancestor may have enlisted 100 miles away from where they lived because he received MONEY from that recruitment effort farther away from home than for enlisting for nothing closer to home!)

For those of you with Union Civil War ancestors that already know the regimental information then take a look at the above link if you have not already investigated the regimental movements of your ancestor during the Civil War.

For Confederate research, the above web site will at least provide you with a listing of the regiments identified for each Confederate state.  This will at least give you some resource to refer to as your Confederate regimental identification process proceeds.

You will obtain a far more insightful view of where your Union ancestor was and in what battles they may have fought.  This can lead you to even further research at a much more specific level of time and geography.

I hope this all helps you.

Thanks again to Larry B for making me aware of a resource he had that led to me doing some other research to find a better alternative to the print source.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

November 13, 2010 Lake County Genealogical Society of Illinois 18th Annual Genealogical Workshop

Hi Everyone!

After visiting and re-visiting the Lake County Genealogical Society website, I do now see that they have current online information regarding their upcoming 18th Annual Genealogical Workshop on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

I had received a paper handout of their upcoming program but I wanted to share the information electronically.  Unfortunately, their web site had not been updated with this program information.  Now it is updated and I can more easily direct you to the information.

This is an all-day conference that is taking place at the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach that is located at 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach, IL.  A contact phone number for the program is 847-201-9032.

Registration and browsing of materials starts at 8 AM.

Programs run from 9 AM until 3:30 PM.

Guest speakers for the day are D. Joshua Taylor, MLS and Dan Niemiec.

Josh Taylor is presenting 4 programs during the day and Dan Niemiec is presenting 3 programs during the day.

It looks like the costs for the program are:

  • $35.00 if you are a member of the society (program registration prior to October 15, 2010)
  • $40.00 if you are not a member of the society  (program registration prior to October 15, 2010)
  • $45.00  (program registration after October 15, 2010)

It does not mention that they accept “walk-ins” on the day of the program but societies generally will allow such a process but may indicate that you are on your own for lunch.  You would pay the highest fee on that day.

Please use the following link that will get you directly to the PDF file that has all of the information about the day including the registration material, program titles and times, speaker biographies and directions.

Check out all of the details at:

I have been to their programs some time back and I always felt that they had top-notch speakers.  I would definitely recommend attending this annual event.

I know you will enjoy the day.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Summary of Our Most Recent Genealogy Program That Was Held on September 14, 2010

Hi Everyone!

We had our most recent Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, September 14, 2010.  It was one of our quarterly “break out” sessions.  We did not have a speaker for the program.  Instead we had our “break out” work groups giving the opportunity for those interested in various ethnic areas of research to sit with fellow researchers and both learn new things about the topic as well as to share items of interest to help make researching the topic more productive.

We had groups for:

  • Irish Researchers
  • German Researchers
  • Polish Researchers
  • Czech Researchers
  • Italian Researchers
  • Scandinavian Researchers
  • British Isles Researchers
  • Colonial American
  • General “Troubleshooting” Group
  • Beginner’s Group

We also had the laptop computer set up and connected to the projector to allow anyone to use during the session.

We had a total of 37 researchers in attendance for the program.

It did appear that the vast majority of attendees were situated at the Irish, German and Polish tables as well as at the Beginner’s Table that was being led by myself.

We had 3 new people attend the program.  I asked them to introduce themselves.  Each was given a welcoming package of genealogical material to assist them in their research.

I then reviewed the “handouts” package electronically from what was posted on this blog for this program.  Just look at the right sidebar of this blog for an “archive” of past “Newsletters” and “Handouts”.  I want to use the handouts to keep those in attendance informed of upcoming genealogy programs, news of note in genealogy as well as some summaries of interesting magazine/journal articles that seemed to really hit home with some new research information on a particular genealogical topic.

I do want to apologize for the delay on the “break out” groups.  I normally target a start of these groups by no later than 8 to 8:15 PM.  We did not actually start until about 8:30 PM because I spent a good amount of time sharing with the attendees that I had become an LDS Indexer with the Records Pilot Project.  This is the ongoing project that anyone can sign up with the LDS to become an Indexer assisting with indexing the 2.5 million microfilms the LDS is digitizing and indexing, thus making this data available to fellow researchers for free on the Internet.

I did ask those in attendance if anyone else was involved in doing LDS Indexing.  If I remember correctly, two other attendees indicated they were doing indexing and one other attendee was involved as an “arbitrator” who makes the final decision on what will be uploaded if 2 indexers had differences on what was in the record they were indexing.

My excitement in participating in this project was evident and it caused me to talk about it far longer than I expected.  Many questions from those in attendance did arise from my comments.  I hope I was informative and was able to encourage those in attendance to also consider becoming Indexers or Arbitrators.

I hope to shortly make a rather “large” post to this blog about my experiences being an Indexer.

I also hope to see if I can put the material together and actually present information on this topic at some future date as a program unto itself.

Again, I apologize for not getting us started with the “break out” groups until 8:30 PM.

We had a table full at the Beginner’s table having about 12 people sitting there listening to me give advice and direction on what to focus on and how to progress with research.

I did notice that the German, Polish and Irish tables were so intense on their sharing of information that I had to indicate at 9:30 PM that we needed to end the groups so we could start closing down and rearranging the tables to their original layout ion the room before the library closed at 10:00 PM.

I especially want to say a big “thank you” to those that were still there at 9:30 PM and helped rearrange the room.  I could not do it without your help!!  Thank you, all of you!!

I also want to thank those of you that took many of the newcomers under your wings to help them with individual one on one time while I was busy assisting others.  You are so sharing!  You know who you are!  Thank you so much again for offering such personal assistance.

Based on an observation, I would certainly encourage future participants at these quarterly sessions to consider bringing in a laptop or a notebook to have to use at the table you choose to participate at.  Because of our wonderful Wi-Fi setup, you can easily tap into our Internet setup directly from your laptop or notebook and not have to worry about using our own laptop/projector set up to show someone some piece of information.  It looked like at least one person at each of the major tables had a laptop.  It looked like it worked out quite well.  Please bring your laptop or notebook to these special sessions in the future because it looks like the work at the tables can be even more productive using the laptop or notebook to tap into the Internet via our own Wi Fi setup.

Please remember that we have these special “break out” sessions in the months of March, June, September and December on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month.

We certainly had a great turnout of very highly motivated researchers who were craving to learn new things and to share the things they knew about with others.  My hats off to all of you for such enthusiasm you brought to the program.

Thank you again to all of you that came out to participate.

We hope to see you again at our upcoming programs.

Keep coming back to this blog to stay in touch with what is going on about our genealogy programs as well as other genealogy programs in our general area.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Recent Posts” Summary Added to Right Sidebar of This Blog

Hi Everyone!

You may notice something a little different on our blog on the right “sidebar”.

I added a “widget” to the blog that provides a small summary list of the 10 most recent posts to the blog.

This allows the reader to see an overview of these recent posts and go to one directly of interest rather than scrolling down through all of the recent posts.

I thought I would give it a try for the appearance of the blog as well as to give readers a quick look at what has been recently posted.

I hope you enjoy this “snapshot” view of recent posts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for September 14, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the September 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, September 14, 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

September 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for September 14, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the September 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 it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, September 14, 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

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow September 14, 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, September 14, 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:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 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 connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance.
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 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.
For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Biography and Industry File Spanning 1876 to 1937 at the Newberry Library As A PDF File

Hi Everyone!

One of our librarians made me aware of a resource that is available from the Newberry Library of Chicago.  The material  is titled “Chicago Biography and Industry File”.  It is a 359 page PDF file that consists of 6 pages of bibliographic material in the Newberry collection covering Chicago biographies in the area of industry.  The balance of the pages in this document is a gigantic list of names of individuals linking the name in the index to the page in the resource where the name can be found.

If you have any ancestors of note in the areas of business or industry in Chicago between 1876 and 1937, your ancestor’s name may even appear in this great index!  Finding a name in this resource will automatically provide you with the resource from which it was found.  You can then do further research in the material and see how your ancestor gained notoriety within the Chicago business and industry community during the time period covered.

You can see this possibly valuable resource material for your research by visiting it at:

See if you possibly have any famous ancestors in this massive list of names of important people in the area of business and industry from Chicago during the 1876 to 1937 time period.

Even if you do not find an ancestor in the name index, browse through the bibliographic material.  There are some interesting titles that appear to provide a good overview of an industry or business that may still connect with some aspect of your genealogical research.  Many of the titles appear to indicate that the material may connect to your ethnic area of interest e.g. I saw titles that focused on Germans, Poles, Swedes, Czechs, Norwegians and their contributions to Chicago business and industry.

Maybe you do not find a specific name in the index, but seeing the generality of the bibliographic material may make you aware of a resource that may help your research efforts in the ethnic groups mentioned in the title of the material.

Check out the material via the link and see if any of it can help you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists Has Posted Their Genealogy Programs for September 2010 to May 2011

Hi Everyone!

The Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) has posted their programs for the upcoming 2010-2011 “genealogy” year.

Here is a month by month summary of the programs they will be having during this time period:

  • September 21, 2010 – Family History Research in Illinois and Wisconsin – Maureen E. Brady
  • October 19, 2010 – Data From a Stone: Cemetery Research – Craig Pfannkuche
  • November 16, 2010 – He Took Her Name: Understanding German Farm Names- Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
  • January 18, 2011 – GenSmarts – R. Aaron Underwood
  • February 15, 2011 – Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places – Ginger Frere
  • March 15, 2011 – Military Service Records- Kathryn Barrett
  • April 19, 2011 – Hunting Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals- Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
  • May 17, 2011 – Uff Da! Researching Norwegian Roots- Caron Brennan

There is no program scheduled during the month of December 2010.

Please be sure to visit the web site of the society directly at to see biographical information about the speakers for each of the above programs as well as information for the location for the programs.  Also visit the site above to just see what great information you can garner from the site about all things related to the society itself.

Mark your calendars for all of the above exciting topics the society will be presenting during 2010-2011.

This is the time of the year when many of the societies re-activate themselves after the summer “hiatus”.  This society is one of those that was “dormant” during June, July and August.

They sure look like they have a great series of programs on tap for 2010-2011, all of which can help us learn a little bit more on how we can improve our own research skills.

Check out the society web page at and mark your calendars!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Pointers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Research Group to Meet at Our Library on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Hi Everyone!

I just received a notice of an upcoming Pointers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Group meeting that will take place in the Schaumburg Township District Library this Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 10:30 AM.

Details of the program follow in Bold and Italics:

Meeting Notice, PIP North, Saturday, September 11, Schaumburg Library

POINTers In Person Italian Genealogy Group, PIP #27 Chicago North

Saturday, September 11


 Schaumburg District Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd.

2nd Floor Conference Room – Rassmussen North

 Discussion about success/failure while researching in Italy PLUS updates on Chicago Vital Records on-line.

 PIP North Meetings are free and open to all.  Please join us. 

 Lunch at Dominick’s after the meeting.  Buy your own lunch and share in more discussion with your fellow Italian Genealogists.

 Visit our site for additional Italian Genealogy information.

Please mark this quickly upcoming date on your calendars to attend the program if you are doing any Italian genealogy research.  This group frequently meets at our library.  There is no cost to attend this program that is open to everyone!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library