Monthly Archives: May 2011

Were Your Ancestors Omitted in a Federal Census? Maybe A Local Newspaper Actually Published a Report Naming Names on Those Omitted from the Census?

Hi Everyone!

I just came across a wonderful article published in the Chicago Genealogist, the genealogy journal published by the Chicago Genealogical Society.  The article was in the Spring 2011, Volume 43, Number 3 issue of the journal.  Craig Pfannkuche of the society made the discovery on this fascinating article that was published by the Chicago Tribune on August 18, 1890 that actually listed those people who were omitted in the 1890 Federal Census from the City of Chicago!

This may be a very incomplete list, so do not get your hopes up too high!

Can you imagine discovering your ancestor listed in a local newspaper indicating that they were omitted from a census?

I would have never thought that newspapers would do something like this.  Imagine taking this idea and using it in your searches for missing ancestors from federal censuses.

This article specifically mentioned the 1890 census.  But you can possibly now research newspapers for just about any census when you may have an ancestor that you simply cannot find in the regular census.  Obviously, if you search digital newspapers for the area, you may very well find your ancestor’s name contained in an article that states they were omitted from a census.  What a nice discovery! 

Our library has this most recent publication of the Chicago Genealogical Society.  You may want to take a look at.  The article itself probably lists only about 150 names of individuals as well as some businesses that were omitted from the 1890 Census.  So your chances are small you may actually make a discovery.  But the fact that this article provides information on names associated with the 1890 Census makes this a nice discovery, especially if one of the names may be for someone you are researching for which the 1890 Census does not exist.

In fact, some of the listed information just provides an address of a residence and states “3 families omitted”.  No names, just a family count, not even a people count!

Open up your search strategy to consider newspapers in the area of your ancestors as a possible source to potentially find ancestors omitted in the Census that were then reported on as being omitted in the local newspaper.

I would have never thought of that idea!

Thanks to Craig Pfannkuche for having noted this discovery in the Chicago Genealogist. 

What an interesting discovery!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Now Is the Time To Do Your On-Site Cemetery Research

Hi Everyone,

You can see from the terrible Spring weather we have had so far that the window of opportunity to do on-site cemetery research is definitely small in the Midwest.  Before you know it the leaves of Fall will be dropping on the graves of our ancestors making it that much harder for us to do our research.

I kid you not.  The window of opportunity is small for us do on-site cemetery research in our area.

I just happen to have connected an ancestral KIERNA to the Omaha, Nebraska area.  It was while digesting what I had found that I came across the website for the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society.  In their website they have a wonderful “How To” page that contained a fabulous piece of material on Cemetery Research and some guidelines on how to set up procedures for documenting the information you discover at the cemetery.

The information in the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society website on Cemetery Research came from the following source:

This article has been updated from the original, which appeared in the August, 2006 issue of Westward Into Nebraska, a publication of the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society, and was also published in an online subscription genealogy magazine, The Digital Genealogist, several years ago.

You can see the full “How To” on Cemetery Research at:

Greater Omaha Genealogical Society “How To” on Cemetery Research and Documenting Your Discoveries

I know you will find this article very helpful for you to plan out your cemetery research.  The tips are good especially if you have not established any personal system in tracking your cemetery research information.

Much of what you will read is based on the cemetery research that is often done by a genealogical society when they are documenting a cemetery “en mass”.  I certainly think those techniques as described in the article could certainly be applied to a smaller scale of research you may do on your own ancestors’ graves in the cemetery.

One additional item of note for you to consider is to possibly upload your pictures and cemetery information on your deceased ancestors to FindAGrave.com.  This is a wonderful organization that provides the space for you to upload and store your cemetery research information.  It also makes your research visible to others that may be searching the same lines thus allowing you the possibility of connecting with other researchers.  You can visit FindAGrave at:

FindAGrave.com

I think the article from the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society is a fine article that can give you some great directions on how to do your cemetery research as well as to document your findings in a manner that makes it easy to find and understand.

Give the article a very good look by clicking on the above link to it.  You will not be disappointed.

Do your cemetery research now before the leaves of Fall and the snow of Winter delay your efforts once again until next Spring and Summer!

Now if only I can figure out what KIERNA I discovered in Omaha that led me to the great piece of information on Cemetery Research!!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 24, 2011 (Saturday) Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Program To Be Held in Naperville, IL

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 24, 2011 date on your calendars.  This is the date for the Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The guest speaker for the day will be Christine Rose.  She will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case
  • Local Land Records in Depth
  • Avoid the Crooked Path! Genealogical Problem Solving
  • “Solving” the Problem Onsite in 25 Hours or Less

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Look for the “Annual Conference” link on the left side of the web page.  Click on the link and it will get you to information about the program as well as a  PDF of material that is associated with the annual conference, including registration material.  Browse around in the material for the conference that will tell you more of location, time, cost etc.  All of the information is here.

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program with a great speaker providing some great topics on genealogical research.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for May 10, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the May 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 May 2011 Handouts for your convenience:

May 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, May 10, 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

May 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for May 10, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the May 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 May 2011 Newsletter for your convenience:

May 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, May 10, 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 May 10, 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, May 10, 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, May 10,2011 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Paul Valasek. Paul will present a program titled “Why My Austro-Hungarian Ancestors Were Neither Austrian or Hungarian”.

Paul will provide us with research tips on Eastern European research that can help those of us researching this ancestral connection to more effectively find information on these Eastern European ancestors.

Paul Valasek, DDS, is a three time graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, earning his Doctorate in Dentistry in 1984. Born and raised in Chicago, he and his wife Andrea, have always been interested in their ancestries and where their families came from in Europe.

Paul’s first of numerous trips to Europe was in 1974 with his immigrant grandfather Joseph Valasek, a major turning point in his life.

Dr. Valasek has written numerous articles for genealogical publications, as well as being an international lecturer. He recently completed his first book, Haller’s Polish Army in France which makes available long lost and obscure material detailing the formation of this fighting force of over 23,000 Polish Americans in World War I and the subsequent Polish Soviet War of 1919-1921. He also has the most complete database of the army with over 3 million facts accumulated to date.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any 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 7:45-8:00 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

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Adds A Weekly “Radio Show” Focusing on Genealogical Society Issues

Hi Everyone!

The Genealogy Guys Podcast made me aware of a new feature that has just been developed by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  The FGS is creating a weekly “radio show” that you can participate in directly live when it is in progress.  The name of the show is titled “My Society”.  It is being offered by a web site that goes by the URL of

www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety.

It appears that to participate live for the scheduled broadcast, all you have to do is dial into the number that is posted for the program.  I did not see any pre-registration noted for the next scheduled upcoming broadcast.

It also appears that if do not participate live for the event, you will be able to access and listen to the archived copy of the radio show broadcast within a week after the live broadcast.  Listening to this copy does not require you to register for the service or provide any information.  You will however face an initial 30 second “commercial” you will need to endure before the actual archived broadcast starts.

This “audio” service just started on Saturday, April 23, 2011.  It appears that all “live broadcasts” take place on Saturdays from 1 PM to 2 PM (Central Time).  The shows appear to be hosted by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers.  Thomas hosts the show and presents the speaker and interacts with the speaker during the broadcast.

The titles of the two shows that have already been broadcast were “Bringing Genealogy Societies Into the 21st Century” with Kurt Witcher and “Genealogy Society Initiatives That Work” by Kathryn M. Doyle.

It does appear that the topical material provided focuses on aspects of genealogical societies and not on individual research topics.  So you will be actually listening to material on genealogy from the perspective of a society and not on how to find Uncle Charley in your own research.

As researchers we should always consider joining a genealogy society that fits with our areas of research.  Being a member allows you to see how a society works on behalf of its members.  It makes sense to have these topical discussions on genealogy societies offered by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  We all want our own societies to be the best they can be.  This sure seems like a natural fit for the FGS to offer such a “radio program” on topics that can do just that to improve the performance of genealogical societies.

Visit the link I provided above to get you to this newly offered service by the FGS.  Listen to the two archived broadcasts that are already available at the site.  Consider participating on Saturday afternoons when the broadcasts are live.

Genealogy is getting more and more exciting each day through the efforts of Thomas MacEntee and the focus on using technology to share information with fellow researchers and with fellow society members.  This service is just another adjunct similar to “webinars” and “podcasts” that can provide the researcher with great topical insights in the world of genealogy.

I personally always like where “archived” material can be accessed.  But if you want “instant” access to good topical material you can always participate live.

Hats off to the FGS for creating this new “blog radio” show!

Hats off also to be able to get a perspective on genealogy from the society side of genealogy.

Good luck to the FGS and many thanks to Thomas MacEntee who is a driving force behind using all of this technology to make it easier for researchers and society members to be on top of things in the world of genealogy.

Check out this new feature.  Click on the link I provided above.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library