Monthly Archives: September 2011

DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference to Take Place on Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hi Everyone!

It is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs! 

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming Annual Conference that is held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at www.dcgs.org.

Their conference will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL from 8 AM until about 4 PM.  At 8 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered, have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 3 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “Tracking Your Ancestors’ Footsteps”.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own programs and have provided those in attendance with a paper handout of the conference details.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information directly at the following link:

 At their site in the above link you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the Hilton Garden Inn and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Vendor Information
  • Other Societies Information
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:30 PM and one at 3 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 3 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear four unique programs among the 12 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Maureen Brady
  • Tony Burroughs
  • Jennifer Holik
  • Paul Milner
  • Juliana Smith
  • Loretto (Lou) Szucs

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.

I have previously attended this conference.  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the link I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear four presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flys.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FamilySearch.org Now Has Unindexed Chicago Archdiocese Catholic Record Images Online Covering 1833 – 1925; Only 178,000 Images So Far

Hi Everyone!

Thanks to Ann M. for sharing a note to me about this.

FamilySearch.org now has added a new database of Chicago archdiocese Roman Catholic Church Records.  So far, the data is UNINDEXED.  Only images are available and so far only about 178,000 images are present on the entirety of the file.

Here is a link that will get you to the entire list of Roman Catholic churches that are contained in the database:

FamilySearch.org Chicago Archdiocese Roman Catholic Church Records

FamilySearch has set up the process in a way that once you open up the general file you will be presented with a master list of the churches that are contained in the entire database.  If you know of an ancestral connection to a particular parish you can select that parish and focus on the data that is there for you to BROWSE through because the file currently contains only unindexed images of material.

But what a goldmine of data if your research connects back to these Roman Catholic church records for the Archdiocese of Chicago!!!

At this point, if you have an “Account” with FamilySearch, you will need to enter that information in.  I have an account as an indexer.  If you don’t have an account, it is a piece of cake.  You will want to do this if you visit here frequently.  At first I did not enter in my account information and when I tried accessing the images I was getting a message that said “Images Not Available.  Try Again Later”.  I did not pay close enough attention at this point but it also had a message that said “Sign In”.  I signed in and the data I was looking for was there when I re-entered the church of interest to me.

I was personally interested in the St. Mary of the Angels church records.  Within this series of church records, FamilySearch indicated there were 9 subfiles for the church covering Baptisms, Communions, Confirmations, Marriages and Deaths.   Now I can view the images as if I were looking at a microfilm reader.

If you are doing Chicago Catholic Church research on your ancestors, please make note of this newly added database to the FamilySearch series of material we can access.

Look at the large list of the churches that are being set up for data ultimately coming to them.  See if there is a church that applies to your own research.  Give it a try.  See if you see any images you can browse through until the data becomes indexed.

So the lesson to be learned here is that you now know this data exists but that you will have to return frequently to see if data for your church of interest is actually present.  In either case, you will initially start using the image data as if you were looking at it on a microfilm reader because the names are not yet indexed.

DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN IN WITH YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION (USERID AND PASSWORD).  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ACCOUNT WITH FAMILYSEARCH, NOW IS THE TIME TO SET ONE UP.

I want to offer a big thanks to Ann M. for giving me an idea that this database is at least in the FamilySearch series of databases under North America and specifically under Illinois.  I am sure I would have stumbled into seeing it at some point in the future when I make my rounds looking for new stuff.  But I am so glad I found it now and can share this with all of you, especially with those having Chicago Catholic ancestral connections.

Take a look at the setup of this material and maybe your ancestors’ images are contained somewhere among all of the churches present in this large list.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for September 13, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

September 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, September 13, 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 Hyperlinks and Bookmarks from within the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document. 

Use the Hyperlink function from within the Table of Contents of the file or use the Bookmark function within the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access in that manner.

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

September 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for September 13, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

September 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, September 13, 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 September 13, 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, September 13, 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, September 13, 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 7:45 to 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

We Have Resolved the Printing from Home Problem When Using GenealogyBank

Hi Everyone!

On August 24, 2011 I published a blog post indicating that we discovered a Printing problem when Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders were accessing GenealogyBank from home and were trying to print their results.  Users were always able to search the database and see the results on-screen but were unable to save the results as a PDF or print them to paper from home.

I am happy to report that the problem has been resolved!

To get to America’s GenealogyBank you simply go to our website at www.schaumburglibrary.org, select the link at the home page that says “Local History and Genealogy”, then scroll slightly down that page and look for “GenealogyBank” database access on the right side of the page under the “Research Databases”.  Click on that link, enter in your STDL card number and you will be taken to databases from NewsBank.  Look for “America’s GenealogyBank” within the list of NewsBank databases and you will be on your way to great research!

Once in the database you will be able to search the material AND will now be able to use the “Print” and “PDF” commands to print the data you found or save the data as a PDF file for your use.

Part of the fix involves the one additional “click” to select America’s GenealogyBank from the list of NewsBank databases.  That does not seem too onerous of a task as part of this resolution!

I want to thank Bruce C. for making us aware of the initial problem.  Thanks for your very observant eyes and willingness to report the problem back to us!

Thanks also to our great staff that worked with GenealogyBank to help us resolve this issue!

Take advantage of this newly acquired genealogy database our library now offers for home access to STDL cardholders.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Footnote.com Will Be Changing It’s Name to Fold3 After Having Been Purchased by Ancestry.com

Hi Everyone!

One of the genealogy databases that our library makes available to both users on our premises as well as to Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders from home is one known as Footnote.com.

Footnote.com has been acquired by Ancestry.com and apparently as a part of this merger will be changing its name from the Footnote .com name we are all familiar with to Fold3.

The Fold3 name is derived from the third fold in a traditional military flag folding ceremony which “is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.”

Footnote.com, now Fold3, has been known for its focus on military records in its collection.

Dick Eastman had an extensive blog post in his online newsletter about this event.  You can read the full posting at the following link:

Footnote.com Purchased By Ancestry.com and Footnote to Change Name to Fold3

I thought I would give you a “heads-up” in case you start seeing the name of Fold3 appearing throughout the web and may be wondering what happened to Footnote.com.

As of now our own internal references to Footnote.com will still be as that.  You should still see Footnote.com listed as that name in the series of genealogy databases we offer.

As always, the perpetual “dance” is always going on among providers of genealogy data and Ancestry.com snares another one!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library