Monthly Archives: March 2011

Photo Restoration Service Local To Our Schaumburg Area for Your Consideration

Hi Everyone!

I am often asked about who to suggest as a Photo Restoration Service for those of us that have old, faded or damaged photos that we are considering having repaired.

I was made aware of a possible service for you to consider to have your old photographs fixed and made better for viewing.

I have personally not used the service of this business so this is not a personal endorsement.  However, the provider of this service is someone who has attended our monthly programs and is offering this service through his business.   As a genealogical researcher himself, I just wanted to make you aware of his service and for you to take a look at all that is at his website related to the services he offers.

Please check out the services of this business related to photo restoration at:

www.glmetz.com

Perhaps you will see magic worked on your old photos should you pursue restoration.

There is a great deal of information you can obtain from the web site.  There are samples to view of the photo restoration you can expect to see with your own material.  There is plenty at the site for you to read and see about the services that are offered.

Give Jerry Metz a try to see if he can help with your photo restoration.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Additions to My Favorite Links List on My Blog

Hi Everyone!

I realized I did not include 3 great Illinois/Cook County genealogy resource links in my Favorite Links page of my blog.

I have added the following three links to my Favorite Links page of my blog:

COOK COUNTY (IL) LINKS

ILLINOIS GENEALOGY RESOURCES

The CookCountyGenealogy.com web site will get you to the site that you can access the index of Birth, Marriage and Death Records for Cook County that are available to search and find in their index and then for you to purchase copies of the certificate from Cook County.  Please note the time interval limits in years of material that is allowed to be accessed.  Each Vital Record category has its own limits.

The Look At Cook site can give you access to many resources pertaining to Cook County that can assist you with making sense from a variety of census material as it pertains to Cook County, IL over a variety of Census years.  You will also find some great PDF files associated with the 1909 and 1911 Street Number Changes as well as a PDF on the historical Street Name changes that have occurred in the City of Chicago over time.

The Illinois Genealogy Resources from Linkpendium is a site that gives you access to genealogical reference information and insights on a county-by-county basis for each county of Illinois.  There is a lot of material here that you can access on a county-by-county basis.

You can access these additional sites directly from this post from the links above as well as now seeing them in the “Favorite Links” page of this blog that you will find in one of the Tabs across the Home Page of this blog.

For those doing Illinois or Cook County, Illinois research you will want to visit these sites frequently to discover new additions of materials and resources that will be added to the site by the producers of the sites.

I think you will like these if you have not ever been aware of them or had never visited them before.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Convert Your Home Old Home Movies, Audio Cassettes, VHS Tapes etc. To Digital Media / A Local Company Can Offer This Service

Hi Everyone!

I have made mention numerous times that it is important for those of us that have old home movies, old VHS tapes, old audio cassettes and the like that we need to consider converting these to digital media so that important family history information that may be on these materials can be saved for future generations.

This old format of media is deteriorating over time.  Devices you may have today that work to play the media may no longer work in the future and you will discover then that you cannot replace the device because it is no longer manufactured.

Don’t wait to act to convert your media in these formats to digital media.

One of our participants in our monthly genealogy programs has indicated that he has had his material digitally converted.  He would like to recommend the services of a company that has personally done the work for him in these conversions.  Our participant is completely satisfied with the work performed by the digital conversion company that was used.

I have personally not used this company so this is not a personal recommendation.  Our library itself is not making a recommendation.  I am simply providing the name of a company to consider doing your digital conversions because of a very satisfied customer that has been participating at our monthly genealogy programs.

The company to consider is:

Promo Video
593 N. York Rd.
Elmhurst, IL  60126
(630) 832-6767
Contact: Dave Price 

Whether you try the service above or find some other service of your choice, the importance of acting sooner than later to convert your old media to digital format is the important thing to consider.

Give it some thought!

It is very important not to lose the ability to listen to or view old films or cassettes because the media itself will deteriorate over time or you will discover you have no device to play it on.  Your family history captured on this old media is too valuable to take a chance and lose forever.

Don’t take the chance!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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