Monthly Archives: December 2010

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