Monthly Archives: June 2011

Want To Know More About Current and Future Activities With Listen To Dick Eastman’s Podcast Interview With David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer Of FamilySearch

Hi Everyone!

Because the LDS and FamilySearch are such an integral part of the lives of genealogists, isn’t it nice to know about all of the activities that are going on at that organization that will positively affect genealogy researchers in the future?

And as they say, “Why not hear it directly from the horse’s mouth!”

Dick Eastman has posted on his blog that he had a one-on-one interview with David Rencher, the Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch.  This interview with David is available as a podcast from Dick Eastman’s blog.  Just click on the link below and you will be able to hear first hand from the head of the organization about all of the activities that are currently taking place at

You can listen to the podcast at Dick Eastman’s site.  Just put your cursor in the wide gray rectangular box in the blog post where the name “David Rencher” is visible.  You will see that your cursor will activate the media player to play the podcast.  Don’t click on the part of the post that says “Listen Now”.  That is not the media player for the podcast, rather that is a feature that allows you to hear the post read to you.  That is also a nice feature if you have not tried it!!

Go to:

Dick Eastman Podcast Interview of David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch

At the above site you will also see a small list of topics that are discussed on the podcast.  You can then choose to listen to all of the podcast or the parts that interest you the most.

Go to the source and hear about the future for FamilySearch.  What they will be doing will certainly affect all of our future research.

Enjoy the podcast.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Resource Scavenger Hunt” Contest With Prizes Being Offered by the Illinois State Genealogical Society

Hi Everyone!

I recently received a publicity notice from Thomas MacEntee, Publicity Chair of the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS).

It sounds like the ISGS is running a “Scavenger Hunt” within Illinois, looking for genealogical resources that would be placed in an ISGS Wiki entry that exists at .  Resource information would be contained in this Wiki for all counties of Illinois.

The contest runs from June 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011.  Prizes include a RootsTech 2012 conference registration and a one-year ISGS membership.

I have provided in this blog post after the plus sign separator lines the full verbiage of the e-mail in Italics I received from Thomas .  Please look at the details of what follows and consider providing some great Illinois resources, both in narrative form created by you as well as hyperlinks to web sites you are familiar with.

It is definitely beneficial to click on the links provided by Thomas within his e-mail to me so you get all of the details on the rules to participate as well as a link to the Wiki so you can see what is already there so you don’t duplicate submissions.

Even if you have no intention of participating, I think it would be good for you to at least visit and bookmark the Wiki site itself on Illinois information.  There already appears to be quite a lot of information on the site.  The Wiki itself resides as part of the FamilySearch website and the massive Wiki of information that is being created there.

Read what follows and consider becoming a “scavenger hunter” to add resource material you know about from your own genealogical research that relates to Illinois.

Don’t forget to just visit the ISGS website at just to see what they have to offer in general.

Please note the time frame for the contest.  It ends on June 30, 2011.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


For Immediate Release
June 1, 2011

The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt

Help Find Illinois Genealogy Resources and Win Prizes!

June 1, 2011 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt, June 1 – June 30, 2011 and invites all family historians to participate in this unique community effort.

ISGS, in partnership with FamilySearch, is hosting a virtual, online scavenger hunt and asks the public to submit their favorite Illinois genealogy resources to be included in the FamilySearch Research Wiki ( Described as “free family history research advice for the community, by the community,” the research wiki contains a page for each of the 102 Illinois counties as well as many other subject matters related to genealogy.

Find Illinois Genealogy Resources and Win Prizes!

Between now and June 30, 2011, the public is invited to locate information on Illinois genealogy-related resources and tell us why a resource is worthy of inclusion in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Examples include links to research websites and genealogy databases, as well as original articles on repositories, archives and other resources. A complete description of The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt can be found on the ISGS website at

Prizes include a RootsTech 2012 conference registration and a one-year ISGS membership. In addition, a prize will be awarded each day between June 1 and June 30, 2011 to one lucky winner drawn at random. For complete details, please consult the contest rules at

How to Enter The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt

Participants should first visit the Illinois pages of the FamilySearch Research Wiki at and consult the various pages, including the county pages, to see what content has already been added. Next, submit your original narrative article or Illinois genealogy-related hyperlink using the entry form at

Illinois Roots Run Deep . . . We’ll Help You Dig For Them!

Through The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt, ISGS, together with FamilySearch, hope to provide genealogists and family historians with the best set of Illinois-related resources available.

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.

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Contact:       Illinois State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10195
Springfield, IL 62791-0195
+1 (217) 789-1968

Join the Federation of Genealogical Societies for Pathways to the Heartland, A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists, September 7-10, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois. For more information, visit

Thomas MacEntee


Publicity Chair, Illinois State Genealogical Society
+1 (773) 661-3080

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Now Has Annual Conference Program Guide Available and Online Registration Activated for the Upcoming September 7-10, 2011 Conference in Springfield, Illinois

Hi Everyone!

The FGS now has the Annual Conference Program Guide available to look at and save as a PDF file for the upcoming September 7-10, 2011 Annual conference that will take place in Springfield, Illinois.

The FGS has also activated the online registration process to get yourself registered for this conference.

You can view the 16 page conference program guide here at:

2011 FGS Annual Conference Guide

I had previously provided a post on this blog on February 4, 2011 providing notice of this upcoming annual conference of the society.  At that time all of the detailed information of the conference programs, registration process and costs for the conference were not available.  All of this is now currently available at the FGS web site at

The society will take online registration but will also take registration by mail.  You can just download and print the online form, fill it out and mail it back to the FGS.

It appears the costs are as follows:

  • Early registration prior to July 1, 2011 for full conference is $185
  • Late registration after July 1, 2011 for full conference is $235.
  • Early registration prior to July 1, 2011 for a single day of the conference is $75
  • Late registration after July 1, 2011 for a single day of the conference is $99

In addition to the basic fees noted above, the conference brochure notes that there are other fees related to the conference syllabus and a host of other workshop fees should you choose to participate.  There are also separate fees for individual luncheons on each day of the conference should you choose to participate in these programs.

Take a look at the link I provided to the full program guide.  All of the programs, registration material, fees, special programs, keynote speeches are noted.

I encourage the genealogical researcher to at least once in their lifetime attend one of these multi-day national genealogical conferences.  You will be in genealogy research/education heaven!

Please take a look at the society website I mentioned above.  You can easily navigate to the material, including online registration, for this annual conference.  While at the site, see all of the other resources and materials that are offered by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Enjoy the program material, see what interests you, and make your plans to go to this annual conference that while not directly in our local area is at least downstate in Illinois.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 14, 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, June 14, 2011:

The Genealogy Program will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 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

Genealogy Research As A Prize in An American Association of Retired People (AARP) Contest

Hi Everyone!

I just came across this piece of information from Dick Eastman’s blog.

I did not realize how important and fashionable genealogy research really has become.  So important and so noteworthy that some genealogy research and other genealogy oriented gifts are actually the “prize” in a contest being run by the American Association of Retired People (AARP)!

That is correct.  Genealogy has risen so high that genealogical research and materials are being offered as a prize in a contest.  Granted, the prize is coming from AARP which is a society for retired people.  And retired people are often older.  And older individuals may tend to be genealogists.  Therefore, genealogical prizes are being offered by AARP. 

The one big component of the prize is that the winner will be able to receive 5 hours of private consultation via phone with Megan Smolenyak, a renowned genealogist.  There will also be some signed books from Megan, a one-time DNA test through, a 1 year subscription to and a $1,000 gift card.

No purchase of anything is required.  The rules are detailed.  The entrant to the contest must be at least 45 years in age.  Be sure to read the rules that appear via the links in Dick Eastman’s blog entry on this subject.

Take a look at the full blog post by Dick Eastman that describes this unique contest and prize.  You can see the blog entry and the accompanying links that will get you to the rules and the registration process at:

Genealogy Prize in AARP Contest

Check it out and get your entry in now.

Having 5 hours of phone research help direct with Megan may be a very worthwhile prize that could really blow down your brick walls in your own personal genealogy research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library