Monthly Archives: July 2011

Can’t Get Enough of Local Area Genealogy Programs? Consider Attending the “Second Saturday Workshops” Being Offered by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Hi Everyone!

The CAGGNI group uses our library meeting facilities both at our main branch at also occasionally at our branches to have their monthly meetings/programs. 

They normally meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at our main library starting at 10:30 AM.

The group has had such great success that the leadership of the group has actually began adding on a “second” monthly program to their meeting/program agenda.  This second “program” is a real bonus for the organization.  It may not occur in every month which is why it is a “bonus”!

So far the group has the following “Second Saturday Workshops” on their agenda:

  • September 10, 2011 – “Creative Memories Digital Scrapbooks”
  • October 8, 2011 – “Getting the Most Out of a Visit to the Newberry Library”

So if you can’t get your fill out of the already existing genealogy programs that occur in our library and elsewhere throughout the Northwest Suburbs, then consider attending one of the “bonus” programs being offered by CAGGNI that meets at our library.

These “bonus” programs meet at the same time on these Saturdays as their normal programs from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM at our library.

My hats off to the CAGGNI group and their leadership.

It is not too often that you hear of “bonus” offerings being offered by genealogy groups and societies.

Here is your chance to take advantage of these bonus programs.

Don’t forget to visit the CAGGNI website routinely to see all that is on their upcoming schedule for programs and all kinds of other genealogical help and resources.  Visit their site at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Enjoy these “bonus” programs and don’t forget to thank the leadership of CAGGNI for this great addition to their program/meeting schedule.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Wisconsin Historical Society Adds New “Wisconsin in the Civil War” Segment to Their Website

Hi Everyone!

I was browsing through the recent July 2011, Volume 19, Number 7 Newsletter that was published by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) and came across a nice article in the newsletter.  The article informs the reader as to the newly created website segment of the Wisconsin Historical Society that focuses on the historical connection of Wisconsin to the Civil War.

This is the 150 year celebration of the beginning of the American Civil War.  The Wisconsin Historical Society has created a vast amount of information on the Wisconsin involvement in the Civil War at their website.

One very nice feature of the site contains many of the actual stories of the times of Wisconsites and their involvement in the Civil War.  At this portion of the website you can discover many newspaper stories, photos, books and actual letters written by Wisconsites serving in the Civil War.  Actual images of the documents are available at this part of the site.

To see some of these stories, newspaper account and letters take a look at the following link:

Wisconsin Civil War Stories from the Wisconsin Historical Society

At the main part of the Wisconsin Civil War site, you will also find links to the following categories created by the Wisconsin Historical Society:

  • Stories
  • People
  • Places
  • Regiments
  • Battles
  • Search
  • Help
  • About

If you have any ancestral connection to Wisconsin during the time of the Civil War then you will definitely want to tap into this great resources to see what you can possibly discover about your ancestor, your ancestor’s military regiment, battles fought by Wisconsin military personnel and much, much more, especially the “Stories” part where you may find images of original letters penned by Wisconsin Civil War soldiers.

The general link to this information can be found at”

Wisconsin Historical Society Civil War Collection

There is a great deal of information that you can access through the society.

If you are just interested in the Civil War and have no ancestral connection to Wisconsin I do feel that you will still enjoy the material from this website.

Try the above links and then just work your way around the Wisconsin Historical Society Civil War website.

You will not be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 12, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

July 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy 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, July 12, 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

July 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 12, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

July 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, July 12, 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 July 12, 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, July 12, 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, July 12,2011 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Niemiec. Dan will present a program titled “Who Sank Grandpa’s Boat?: Effective Techniques for Finding Passenger Manifests”.

Passenger lists can provide immense amounts of useful genealogical research information. But they can be challenging when your initial searches don’t produce the results you expect. Dan will give us some insights into how we can discover the data that is there but is just difficult to find.

Dan Niemiec is the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi. He is
co-founder, co-chair and webmaster of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together).

He has given presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid-1700s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found more than 69,000 relatives, the result of 20 years of original research.

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

Get Your Old Family Films and Audio Tapes Converted to Digital Before It Is Too Late!

Hi Everyone!

Over the recent 4th of July Holiday, I was able to play a couple of DVDs that were created for me from 8 MM and Super 8 MM home film movies that were originally shot in the 1972 to 1980 time period.  I did not have a lot of film material even at that time.  In my possession I had only about 800 total feet of film.  Some families may have thousands of feet of raw film of home movies in their possession.

But whether it is 800 feet of film or 8,000 feet of film, there are precious memories on those films that do not exist anywhere else.  I was lucky enough to have the 800 feet of material in my possession.  It is probably a worse feeling if you know great memories exist on films that are not in your possession, knowing that every passing day the film material itself deteriorates and that equipment and projector bulbs are becoming less and less available to even view this material in its original projection method.

I was able to thoroughly enjoy the material on DVD because I committed myself to the time and money that were needed to convert these older 8 MM and Super 8 MM films to DVD.  I chose to have the conversion done by outsourcing it to a professional.

If you have film material in your possession that has not been converted to digital format, please, please, please convert the material to digital as soon as possible!!

I feel good that I made the commitment to convert the relatively small amount of material I had to digital format.  There are just too many BAD things that can happen to the only material you have that is just full of precious memories.

Do not walk, RUN, to a professional that can help save your memories forever!

With that in mind, I want to provide you with the name of the local professional in our Schaumburg area that I used personally to convert my films.  I found that the work he did for me about 5 years ago was excellent, completed in a short time and was fairly priced.

Please visit the web site of the small business that did this conversion work for me.  The name of the company in Roselle, IL is MWH Video Productions.  You can visit the web site and obtain much more information about the company, their full line of conversion services and the prices they have for their services.  I did visit the web site and it is very easy to move through providing you with all you need to know about each service they provide.

Please visit MWH Video Productions at their website at:

MWH Video Productions – Film, Audio Tape, Photo, Slide Converted to Digital

Your captured memories are deteriorating each day on film, audio cassette, reel-to-reel and as slides.  Those memories may be lost forever whether the material disintegrates enough over time or you discover there is no longer a film projector or audio cassette player or a reel-to-reel tape player or a slide projector that exists or functions anymore for you to enjoy these memories.

Take a look at the MWH Video Productions web site as a starting point to motivate yourself to take action on the memories you may have in your possession that need digitization.  If not MWH Video Productions, then find someone else to work with to convert your old material to the digital format of today.  Regardless of who you hire to do the work, DON’T DELAY THE CONVERSION THAT IS NEEDED NOW TO PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES!

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the DVDs that were created from film for me over this recent holiday!

I am hoping that you can say the same about your material by the time your next family gathering occurs when you can show them your new digitized family history memorabilia!

Find a professional!

Commit to the Conversion Project!

Enjoy and share the fruits of your efforts from then on!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Complicated Family Trees for Future Genealogy Researchers To Figure Out!

Hi Everyone!

I received a link to a rather interesting news article to the New York Times from a fellow librarian at our library that shows how family trees of the future, and even of today,  will certainly be more complex to understand than family trees of the past.

It is a fascinating article that shows what individual choices and science and technology can do to make family trees of today and tomorrow a little harder to figure out.

I thought you may want to look at this article that you can reach at:

The Complicated Family Tree from the July 5, 2011 New York Times

Future genealogy researchers will certainly have many more complex issues to piece together in order to get the full understanding of a family tree.

Enjoy the article.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 12, 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, July 12, 2011:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 12,2011 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Niemiec. Dan will present a program titled “Who Sank Grandpa’s Boat?: Effective Techniques for Finding Passenger Manifests”.

Passenger lists can provide immense amounts of useful genealogical research information. But they can be challenging when your initial searches don’t produce the results you expect. Dan will give us some insights into how we can discover the data that is there but is just difficult to find.

Dan Niemiec is the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi. He is
co-founder, co-chair and webmaster of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together).

He has given presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid-1700s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found more than 69,000 relatives, the result of 20 years of original research.

To subsidize his genealogy, he works full-time as a logistics manager in Mundelein, Ill.

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 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