Monthly Archives: November 2010

Preserving Your Family History Records Digitially – Great “How To” Guide at FamilySearch Wiki

Hi Everyone,

I also came across this piece of information from an October 21, 2010 post at Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter at

Preserving our hard work we have done in our genealogy research can be daunting.  Dick Eastman notes that a wonderful guide exists that was created by Gary T Wright in October 2010 that can help us with all the myriad questions we have on just how to accomplish this miracle to preserve our research in digital format.

The document is in PDF format and is available from the FamilySearch Wiki site at:

Once at the site from the above link, click on the link that guides you to the PDF formatted file for this wonderful document.

Key high-level topics included in the “white paper” for preserving your research that are mentioned are:

  • Why digital Records?
  • Digital Record Requirements
  • What Is Digital Preservation?
  • Digital Preservation Challenges
  • Archival Storage Media Challenges and Solutions
  • Addressing the Challenge of Obsolete Storage Technologies
  • File Format Challenges and Solutions
  • Addressing the Challenge of Obsolete File Formats
  • Getting Started with Digital Preservation
  • Adding Descriptive Information to Records
  • Copyright Considerations
  • Archiving Records
  • Sharing Your Digital Records
  • As Time Goes by …
  • Introducing a Personal Archiving Internet Service
  • Putting It All together
  • Final Thoughts
  • References

The paper is 15 pages in length and does look to appear to be very well thought out and put together.

It would be a shame that all of our hard work in researching could disappear once we are gone.  Take some steps now to see that this does not happen.  Invest some time in informing yourself about what you would need to do to preserve your material digitally.

I think this paper is one of those that you will want to print out a copy or bookmark the site for future use should the notion of preserving your material is not yet on the top of your list.  When the urge strikes, you will know where to look for how to accomplish saving research you worked so hard to create.

I am so glad I noticed this at Dick Eastman’s site.

Check it out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library Is Now Part of

Hi Everyone!

I just noticed this bit of information from an October 21, 2010 post on the Dick Eastman Genealogy Newsletter (, a popular subscribable genealogy database has been acquired by, also a very popular and the largest subscribable genealogy online database product.

The merry-go-round of mergers and acquisitions in the world of genealogy subscribable database providers continues at full speed!

Our library subscribes to both of these products.

As of now it appears that will continue to be accessible as a standalone product but yet be under the control of  This looks similar to the situation with, also under the control of but yet accessible by itself without going through has grown from 5 million online records to 70 million over the last four years since inception.  There are also 1 million members accessing the data.

Only time will tell how the alignment of within shakes out.

As of now there is no difference in accessing from within our library.

If things change in the future, I will let all of you know.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 9, 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, November 9, 2010:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Patricia Reaves. Patricia will present a program titled “How to Read and Understand the Hamburg and Bremen Passenger Lists”.

Patricia is a native German who came to the United States at 11 years of age. She is skilled in reading German script, has a Master’s Degree in German, and currently teaches Advanced Placement courses at Riverside-Broofield High School. She is also a professional translator and researcher for the UW Madison Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies.

Patricia previously presented a German genealogy program at our library some time ago. We look forward to another visit from her on another great genealogical research topic.

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 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

“2011 Programs” Added As A New Page on the Blog at the Top of the Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2011 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2011 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2011 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2011 for these programs.

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2011!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library