Monthly Archives: December 2010

FamilySearch.org Site Is Now “Live”; Beta Version Trial Is Over

Hi Everyone!

I just visited the FamilySearch.org web site and discovered that what was previously available to check out as a “beta” site is now the “live” site.  If you visit the web site at www.familysearch.org you will immediately see a completely “remodeled” appearance to the site.  If you had not visited the “beta” site over the last few months then you will not recognize what you now see.

Visit the “What’s New” link on the site to obtain further insights into why the site was so redesigned and what new benefits you will reap via the new site that you did not get from the old site appearance.

I know that it may seem like a shock to your system having to navigate through a new appearance.  But be patient, explore the site looking for familiar landmarks.  Try out the search capability and see how you can modify the search terms to obtain better search results.  Some of the result hits may be accompanied by images, some may not yet have the images.  If an image is not available for a hit it will indicate that and give you an idea that the image will be there at some time.

You may not really pay attention to some links that are not obvious at first.  Our first inclination will be to start using the search box on the initial page of the redesigned site.  Before you only think that there are a few links at the top of the newly designed first page, take some time to scroll down fully to the bottom of the web site.  Here you will find in much too small type size, links to a variety of other resources.

More importantly, if you simply like the familiarity of the old page, the LDS has provided a link at the bottom of the newly redesigned page that will get you to the old site that is familiar to you!  I think that is a very nice gesture offered by the LDS.  However, I am not sure that you will have access to the newly designed material at the new site or to the increased number of databases from the new site.  So you may restore your comfort level at the old site but at the price of not moving forward with all the new things at the new site! 

I say go for the newly redesigned site and learn about all of the new things.  That is what genealogists do to keep their research skills at the cutting edge!!

Please remember the web address we are all familiar with HAS NOT CHANGED.  The site address is still www.familysearch.org.  The site itself at the same address is what is now different in appearance.

Enjoy the new site and be patient.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

Hi Everyone!

I have added the December 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, December 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.

You will also note that I have started “highlighting” key points within this newly published handout package by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan to continue highlighting the Handout document on a going forward basis on future uploads of this document.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

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

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

Hi Everyone!

I have added the December 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, December 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 December 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, December 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, December 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.

I would also encourage participants that attend to consider bringing in their own laptop or notebook to connect with our WiFi network.  Using these devices during the session at your table is a great way to show someone the work you may have done or key resources that you are using they may not be aware of.
 
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 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 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

New Links for Online Classes/Tutorials Added to “Favorite Links” Page of This Blog

Hi Everyone!

I have been very impressed with some online genealogy tutorials/classes that I have been using that I wanted to let you know about and add them as permanent links in the “Favorite Links” Page of this blog.

Legacy Family Tree offers some great “Webinars” that you can register for to participate in a “live” manner as well as viewing the webinars in an archive manner after they have been presented.  These are very well put together based on my observation of one of them that was in the archives that I viewed.  It was a 90 minute webinar that included a Power Point presentation as well as hearing phone-in questions.

I have also been very impressed with the “Online Classes” that are being offered by the Mormons at the Family Search website.  These classes are video presentations that have been created in a professional manner in which you will see and hear the speaker as well as seeing the presentation slides.  This site is well-worth visiting to access these great tutorials on a myriad of genealogical subject by some great speakers.

When you visit my blog, just look at the “Pages” that run across the top part of the home page of the blog.  Look for the page that says “Favorite Links”.  When it opens up, scroll down the list of the favorite links I have created and look for the new additional topic within the list that says “Online Classes/Tutorials”.  You will find the two links I have created in this category for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and for the Mormon FamilySearch Online Classes.

Give them both a try.  Look at what they offer.  Pick a topic of interest and listen to the class.  I believe you will like them and will feel it is well-worth the time you spend listening to them.

Enjoy the “new” favorite links!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening December 14, 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, December 14, 2010:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, December 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.

I would also encourage participants that attend to consider bringing in their own laptop or notebook to connect with our WiFi network.  Using these devices during the session at your table is a great way to show someone the work you may have done or key resources that you are using they may not be aware of.
 
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 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 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

Check Out Some Fascinating and Informative “Webinars” at Legacy Family Tree

Hi Everyone!

I was made aware of some fascinating archived online “webinars” that are being made available from Legacy Family Tree from the LDS in an e-mail.

Consider a Webinar as an online “Seminar”.  These are learning programs online for which you register to participate at the time the actual event is scheduled.  Participants can “attend” online from anywhere around the world at that particular time.  Many of these “webinars” can be as long as 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours in length.

Legacy Family Tree has at their website a calendar of upcoming “live” webinars that you can register to participate in.  Check out the variety of topics that are on the calendar for future dates.

More importantly, look at many of the “archived” webinars that are being made available from Legacy Family Tree.  They are fantastic!!!

I spent 90 minutes the other day looking at the webinar that was presented on October 6, 2010.  The webinar topic was “Helping Unlock the World’s Records – An Insider’s Perspective on Family Search Indexing”.  The presenter for the webinar was Jim Ericson.

Jim presented a wonderful overview of the LDS record gathering process that has been in place since 1898.  He showed how the process has migrated from paper to microfilm to digitization.  The webinar also focused on some tips for indexers currently  contributing their efforts to index records.

After the presenter finished the program the phone lines were opened for those participating to call in with any of their questions.

Everything technically went well without a hitch!  The sound quality was good.  The PowerPoint presentation was great and the call-in questions were of good quality both at a sound level and at an interesting question level.

I was quite impressed with the archived webinar.  It was impressive and I really learned a lot in the 90 minute program.

I highly recommend visiting the Legacy Family Tree web site and take a look at the webinars that are coming up “live” as well as for those that have taken place and are now in the archives.

Visit the “webinar” part of the Legacy Family Tree web site at:

www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp

I personally was focusing on the archived webinars and not so much the “live” ones to register for.  Those in the archives can be viewed on my schedule whereas the “live” webinars require a dedicated time commitment to participate in an uninterrupted manner.

You want to get better at doing genealogical research??

Check out the above web site and see what interests you to help you be a better researcher.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library