Monthly Archives: March 2011

Summary of Our Most Recent Genealogy Program That Was Held on March 8, 2011 (Pictures Included)

Hi Everyone!

We had our most recent Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, March 8, 2011.  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.

Early Arrivals At the Polish Research Table

We had group tables set 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.

It Is Always Nice To See Someone Helping Someone Else on Connecting to Our WiFi Network

We had a total of 43 researchers in attendance for the program.  This was one of our larger turnouts of researchers for the quarterly breakout sessions program.

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

We had 6 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 minimally reviewed the “handouts” package electronically from what was posted on this blog for this program, focusing just on the upcoming programs for a variety of genealogical societies in the area.  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 am leaning more to just verbally making note in the Handouts Review of just those

Boy! WE Had A Very Popular Irish Research Table At Our March 2011 Breakout Evening!!

 upcoming programs local to our area.  Because there is a great deal of detail in the handouts and they are available online for easy access, searching, saving and linking to links within the package, I wanted to forego repeating much of that and leave it to the researcher to review the material in more detail at their leisure.  This would afford me the chance to start the breakout groups closer to 7:45 PM rather than 8:00 PM.

We had a table full at the Beginner’s table having about 18 people sitting there listening to me give advice and direction on what to focus on and how to progress with research.

Early Arrivals At Our German Research Table for the March 2011 Breakout Evening Program

I especially want to say a big “thank you” to those that were still there at 9:30 PM and helped rearrange the room back to its original arrangement of the tables and chairs.  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.

Two Of Our British Isles Researchers Arriving Early for the March 2011 Breakout Program

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 good turnout of very highly motivated researchers who were craving to learn new things and to share the things they know 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

March 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for March 8, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the March 2011 Handouts for your convenience:

March 2011 Program Handouts

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, March 8, 2011 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” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  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 on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

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

March 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for March 8, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the March 2011 Newsletter for your convenience:

March 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

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, March 8, 2011 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 March 8, 2011

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, March 8, 2011 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, March 8, 2011 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

Pointers-in-Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Research Group to Meet at Schaumburg Library on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 10 AM to 1 PM; Urgent Participation Needed

Hi Everyone!

I just received an e-mail from the Pointers-in-Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Research Group that they will be meeting at our library on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

The group is undergoing a change in leadership and is seeking participation from fellow Italian researchers to discuss what lies ahead in the future for the group.

Dan Niemiec, leader of the group for the last 10 years, is stepping down from the role.  Dan is a wonderful leader and a great genealogy speaker who we have had at our library’s Genealogy Program on numerous occasions.

What follows in italics is the text from the message I received from the group about this upcoming meeting and what is trying to be accomplished at the March 12, 2011 meeting.  Dan Niemiec has also included a message to fellow Italian genealogy researchers:

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Please attend!   PIP Chicago-North will be choosing new leadership and planning our future meetings.

Dan will be stepping down as Leader after this meeting.

 PIP Chicago-North Meeting Notice: Saturday March 12th from 10am-1pm , Schaumburg Library in Rasmussen North meeting room.

 note from Dan:

 Fellow Italian Genealogists,

 I have decided, after long and careful thought, to step down as chairman of the POINTers in Person Chicago-North chapter.

 After ten years, it is time for someone else to bring new ideas, enthusiasm, and a fresh approach to the chapter.

 I plan to stay involved, and I’ll be happy to speak to the chapter if the new leader is so inclined. There is a lot of work in planning the meetings, booking speakers and rooms, updating the web site, and coming up with new and interesting things to do. I do not feel I have done my best the past 2-3 years, so I hope that someone can step forward to take my place.

 The March meeting will include an election of a new chapter chairperson.

 Ideally we should have more than one officer. Specifically we should have a vice-chairperson (who can cover for the chair in case they can’t make it), and a recording secretary (who can take good notes and forward them to Dr. Tom Militello of POINT in a timely manner).

 Between now and then, we need people to step forward to fill these roles and place their names in nomination.

 If you believe you might be a good chairperson for the chapter, please send a short note to Terry Jackson at terenzio.antonio@gmail.com and cc: me at pipnorth@comcast.net and explain why you would make a good chairperson and what you might plan to do if you became chairperson. We will forward that e-mail to everyone so they can think about it. At the March meeting, you will be given the chance to explain to the group why you would make a good chapter chair.

 If you are NOT interested in holding office, please attend the meeting anyway so you can vote for the candidate of your choice.

 Voting will be done by secret paper ballot, so nobody has to openly choose between two friends.

 The term of office should be two years.

 It is very important that people step forward for this. I do not want to see our chapter fade into obscurity because no one wants to take charge. I don’t think anyone wants that.

 So, please let us know if you think you might want this challenge. If you want more information about what goes into being chapter chair, please e-mail me at pipnorth@comcast.net and I can explain in detail.

 I’m looking forward to PIP Chicago North going in a new and exciting direction!

Thanks in advance for your input and see you at the March meeting.

Dan Niemiec
PIP Chicago-North Chairman

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So to all Italian genealogy researchers you may want to consider attending this upcoming important program at our library that will set the tone and direction of this wonderful research group into the future.

They need your help!!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Offering Annual Tour of Springfield, IL Genealogical Resources on Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hi Everyone!

I received a notice from Thomas MacEntee the publicist for the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) about an annual tour put on by the Society in Springfield, IL on Saturday, April 2, 2011.

I have included in this post the verbiage of this annual tour that was provided by Thomas in an e-mail to me.

I am also posting the PDF file supplied by Thomas that is a one-page description of the program.  You can find this flyer at the following link:

April 2, 2011 Illinois State Genealogical Society Springfield, IL Genealogy Resource Tour

There is a small fee of $10 per session for members of the society and $12 per session  for non-members of the society mentioned in the material.  If you attend all three events multiply the above cost per session mentioned to come up with your total cost to attend all three sessions.

What follows in Italics is the program notice provided to me by Thomas MacEntee, publicist of the ISGS:

Dear friend of ISGS: Please help us get the word out on our 2011 Spring Tour – some neat “behind the scenes” stuff here! Attached is a PDF flyer you can print out and post at your library or genealogical/historical society.  Thanks! 

For Immediate Release
February 24, 2011

ISGS 2011 Spring tour comes to Springfield, Il

“Behind the scenes” Tours with Genealogical Research Assistance

February 24, 2011 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society announces its annual “behind the scenes” tour of various libraries and archives in Springfield, IL on Saturday, April 2, 2011.

The ISGS 2011 Spring Tour is an annual event held each April to assist genealogy researchers in learning more about various archives and libraries and the vast resources available for pursing the “ancestral hunt.” The Tour is open to the public and participants can visit any or all of the following locations:

  • Illinois State Archives: located in the Capitol Complex in Springfield, the Illinois State Archives is home to the ISGS office and provides access to censuses, military service records, vital records and land sale records.
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library: located at 112 N. Sixth Street in Springfield, the ALPL is home of the ISGS genealogical library collection and offers valuable resources including family genealogies; county histories, atlases and plat books; census schedule indexes and/or particular county transcriptions of enumeration records; cemetery inscriptions; and birth, death, naturalization and marriage transcriptions and/or indexes.
  • Lincoln Public Library: located at 326 South 7th Street in Springfield, the Lincoln Library is home to the Sangamon Valley Collection providing in-depth resources for the study of Springfield, Illinois, Sangamon County and the eleven adjacent counties.

In addition to touring these locations, attendees can sign up to learn how to locate Illinois death certificates from 1916-1947 using microfilm at the Illinois State Archives.

The cost for each “tour session” is $10 for ISGS members and $12 for non-members. Reservations are required as space is limited and this event sells out each year. For more information and to register online please visit the ISGS website at http://www.ilgensoc.org.

About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was organized in October of the Illinois Sesquicentennial Year, 1968, and is a non-profit, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

The ISGS genealogical collection is located in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield and an administrative office is maintained in the Illinois State Archives. For more information visit http://www.ilgensoc.org.

Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ILgensoc), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ILgensoc) and on our blog at http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com

Check out all of the links that are included in this post for further information on the Illionois State Genealogical Society in general and on this particular program offered by them.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Have You Been Watching “Who Do You Think You Are?” on NBC on Friday Evening at 7 PM?

Hi Everyone!

I sure hope you have found some time to watch NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” on Friday evenings at 7 PM Chicago time.

So far there have been 4 episodes broadcast for this new season of material.

If you have not been able to view them or save them on your VCR or DVR you can always check out episodes you have missed and stories about the show by visiting the NBC web site at http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/ .

I will say the episodes have been very good and have been especially filled with emotion.  So far Vanessa Williams, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell and Kim Cattrall have been featured in the 4 episodes that have aired.

Each star has been seen as researching their ancestral roots by tracing from the “known” to the “unknown” a technique which is critical to successful research.  Each discovery then builds a base upon which to work further back.

Many of the stars have been able to trace back on direct lineage on names that are not their own surnames.

Librarians and researchers have helped them in their quest for information and have passed the star over to another researcher as information is discovered and other facts are discovered needing further research.

I don’t want to give out any of the surprises that were discovered other than to say you may not have a “dry eye” in the house by the time you get to the end of the show.

It appears that there will be at least 5 more new episodes to follow over the next five weeks.  These shows are very good.  You will discover pieces of research resources and techniques that may apply to your own research efforts.

It is really heartwarming to see these “major” stars experience the same feeling and emotions that you and I have routinely experienced.  Their reactions are very sincere, touching  and honest as I perceive them.  They have discovered good and bad about their ancestors just as we have.

If you have not experienced this show you should give it a try.  I think you will be more informed after viewing a show and I also believe you will be even more motivated with your own personal research.

Enjoy the balance of the season of “Who Do You think You Are?”

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 8, 2011 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, March 8, 2011:

The Genealogy Program will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Tuesday Evening, March 15, 2011 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Tuesday evening, March 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

The speaker for the evening will be Kathryn Barrett.  The speaker will present a program titled “Military Service Records”.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) March 15, 2011 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Kathryn Barrett, the speaker for the evening from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library