Monthly Archives: October 2011

October 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for October 11, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

October 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, October 11, 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 October 11, 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, October 11, 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, October 11,2011 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Maureen Brady. Maureen will present a program titled “Family History Research in Illinois and Wisconsin”.

Are your ancestors tied to Illinois or Wisconsin? If so, discover the resources that exist for these two states that you may not be aware of that can help you in your Family History research. This presentation will first examine the similarities between Illinois and Wisconsin family history resources, and then look at the records of each state, including ethnic, religious and governmental archives and repositories. The discussion will also include a brief review of the history of this part of the old Northwest Territory and how that history affected records that were created.

Maureen Brady, a former school librarian and computer educator, has over twenty-five years experience with family history research and is now a professional genealogist. She has traced her own Scottish roots back to the end of the 17th century and beyond, and has also pursued Chicago area, the trans-Allegheny U.S., Irish and Swedish research. She is the co-director and trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center. She is a life member of the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History Society, the Chicago Genealogical Society and the Ohio Genealogy Society. She is also active in the British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois, the Illinois St. Andrew Society’s Scottish Genealogical Group, the National Genealogical Society, the Lake County (Illinois) Genealogical Society and the Clan Donnachaidh Society, for which she serves as one of the U.S. clan genealogists.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Saturday Morning, November 5, 2011 At 10:00 AM – “Polished Gems: Property Records of Cook County” by Jeanne Bloom

Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

Please remember that the society will be meeting on a new day, at a new time and at a new location starting with programs in August 2011.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

The speaker for the morning program will be Jeanne Bloom.  The speaker will present a program titled “Polished Gems: Property Records of Cook County“.

Researchers can arrive as early as 9:30 AM to have informal conversations and share knowledge and seek research advice.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) November 5, 2011 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jeanne Bloom, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FamilySearch Has Added 65,000 More Images to the Illinois Probate 1819-1970 Database File

Hi Everyone!

I just noticed from a September 28, 2011 Dick Eastman post on his blog at www.eogn.com that Family Search has announced adding an additional 65,000 records to the Illinois Probate 1819-1970 database file.

This database file now contains almost 600,000 images of information.

Here is a direct link to this specific Illinois Probate database among the many databases contained within all of the databases online at FamilySearch.org:

Illinois Probate 1819 – 1970 Database at FamilySearch.org

Please note that you can only browse through and look for images of interest to you.  You can select a county of your choice.  There are images for 44 counties of Illinois.  All counties are not present at this time.  Cook County and most of the collar counties around Cook are not yet included.   Once you select a county, you can then select the Probate records for a given year range of data.  It is a very nice way that allows you to get to the geographic area of interest to you as well as the year range of interest to you.

You do not have to browse through almost 600,000 images to get to what might be of value to you.

Find the county and select the years of interest of material for that county.

THIS DATABASE IS UN-INDEXED.  YOU CANNOT DO A SURNAME SEARCH ON THIS DATA.

Remember, just because it is un-indexed does not mean it is of no use to you.  Just put on your “microfilm reading hat” and browse through what might unlock information on an ancestor of choice.

Give the database a try!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Great Article in “Internet Genealogy” (October/November 2011) on Free, Paid, and Web-Based Genealogy Software

Hi Everyone!

One of the more frequent questions I receive is about “genealogy software”.

What software exists?  How good is it?  Is it free?  If not free, how much does it cost? etc., etc.

I try to keep up in general on what exists for genealogical uses, but let’s be honest, it is not easy to know about all the variety of genealogy software that exists.

That is even getting more complex because of the development of tablet computers and smartphones, each of which has is its own target for software development over and above desktops and laptops.

So when I see an article or a web site that details information about genealogy software I try to incorporate that information into my newsletter or my handouts package.

I have just come across a very good article in the October/November 2011, Volume 6, Number 4 issue of Internet Genealogy.  The title of the article in this issue is “Genealogy Software: Free, Paid and on the Web”.  The author of the article is Tony Bandy.

There is really too much great information in this article for me to summarize or incorporate into my handouts or newsletter without leaving something out.  So rather than not do a good job of summarizing this article, I thought it would be best to let my readers know of its existence in this genealogy journal that our library has in our magazine collection on the 2nd floor of our library.

It was hard enough to know everything about desk-top or lap-top software for genealogy.  It is now becoming exponentially more complicated with the advance of tablet computers and smartphones!

Oftentimes an existing developer of genealogy software for a desk-top or lap-top modifies their existing program to run on either a tablet or a smartphone or both.  So we now have even more devices that software will run on and yet while being developed by the same developer may look different on a tablet or a smartphone simply because of the smaller screen “real estate” that is the reality of these devices.

But Tony Bandy does an outstanding job in this article of really making the reader aware of all the variety of software that exists.  Each piece of software he notes in the article is described according to the following categories:

  • Software Name – Name software is known by.
  • Cost – That product is free or costs something
  • Company Name – Who produces the software.
  • Website – URL for you to find more information, download.
  • Category – Software intended for desktop, mobile etc.
  • Thoughts – author’s personal thoughts/comments on the software.

This is a great article that will provide you with current information about the myriad of existing genealogy software.

You will be very surprised about how much software the author has identified over and above the basic software packages we are most familiar with e.g. Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy, Master Genealogy.

I am currently still reading through this recent journal addition we received.  This journal will not be back on the magazine shelves in our collection until about October 10, 2011.

This is an article you will definitely want to read.  There is just too much good stuff for me to summarize parts but not the whole!

Plan on looking at this article when the journal is back on the shelves.  If you are already a personal subscriber to Internet Genealogy, then by all means make sure you read through this article.

You can also visit the Internet Genealogy web site at www.internet-genealogy.com to learn more the publisher of this journal and all of the other services they have available.

Enjoy the voluminous amount of information contained in this feature article!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Access State Digital Resources from the Library of Congress (Link Included)

Hi Everyone!

One of our librarians made me aware of a very nice web site from the Library of Congress.  At this site, you can get access to the Digital Archives that have been created by the various state libraries or archives.

What makes this very nice is that through this one site you can get access to the links that will take you to the digital resources that have been created by each state.

Our genealogical research may start out with research that keeps us searching in the state of origin of our ancestors.  But it does not take too long before our research expands as we discover information about our ancestors.  Soon, we are interested in a few more states and by the time you research has advanced, you may be interested in knowing a great deal about many states.

I would encourage my readers to really take advantage of the digital resources being made available by the states.  In this compiled list of resources from the Library of Congress, you may find such resources as:

  • Digital Resources from the State Library
  • Digital Resources from the State Archive
  • An Encyclopedia of a state e.g. Encyclopedia of Alabama
  • Interfaces That Gets You Access to Digital Resources for an Entire State
  • Memory Projects At A State Level

I personally have researched what is available from the Illinois Digital Archives.  I was amazed at the discoveries that I made.  Much of what was found was material that was in a local library that provided digital data of what it had through one collecting point that all libraries funneled their material to.

I was able to discover uploaded pictures of cousins that served in World War II, pictures of cousins when they were in grammar school in the 1930s and images of gravestones of some of these people and the cemetery location where they were.  I was lucky to actually be able to see these images that were properly identified as to who was in the picture.  The names of these people were on the pictures and each name was entered into the database as a search term under the surnames category.

How lucky is that!!

Surely, you have felt the same giddiness when you try searching a database expecting to find nothing and then discover “golden nuggets” of information that just mesmerized you.  This is how I felt after accessing the Illinois Digital Archives and discovering photos that contained my cousins.

Through this nice portal from the Library of Congress, you can now quickly find the links to any state that is of interest to you in your research and search to your heart’s content, making discoveries you never would have anticipated.

You can reach this very nice and handy portal at the Library of Congress at:

State Digital Resources from the Library of Congress

Check it out and give it a try for the state of interest to you.

Feel as good as I did when I made unexpected discoveries.

Enjoy the link.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening October 11, 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, October 11, 2011:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 11,2011 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Maureen Brady. Maureen will present a program titled “Family History Research in Illinois and Wisconsin”.

Are your ancestors tied to Illinois or Wisconsin? If so, discover the resources that exist for these two states that you may not be aware of that can help you in your Family History research. This presentation will first examine the similarities between Illinois and Wisconsin family history resources, and then look at the records of each state, including ethnic, religious and governmental archives and repositories. The discussion will also include a brief review of the history of this part of the old Northwest Territory and how that history affected records that were created.

Maureen Brady, a former school librarian and computer educator, has over twenty-five years experience with family history research and is now a professional genealogist. She has traced her own Scottish roots back to the end of the 17th century and beyond, and has also pursued Chicago area, the trans-Allegheny U.S., Irish and Swedish research. She is the co-director and trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center. She is a life member of the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History Society, the Chicago Genealogical Society and the Ohio Genealogy Society. She is also active in the British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois, the Illinois St. Andrew Society’s Scottish Genealogical Group, the National Genealogical Society, the Lake County (Illinois) Genealogical Society and the Clan Donnachaidh Society, for which she serves as one of the U.S. clan genealogists.

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