Monthly Archives: February 2012

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Is Offering 3 Training Classes Geared To “Intermediate” Genealogy Researchers On March 3, March 17, And March 31, 2012 At Wheaton Public Library

Hi Everyone!

This is somewhat short notice as one of the events I will mention occurs on this Saturday, March 3, 2012.  I just became aware of this wonderful learning opportunity that is being offered by the DuPage County Genealogical Society.

The society is offering a 3 training sessions geared to those that might consider themselves “intermediate” skilled genealogy researchers.   The programs will take place at the Wheaton Public Library on Saturday March 3rd, March 17th and March 31st between 1 to 3 PM.

You can participate in any one, two or all three programs.  You do not have to take all of them if you choose to participate.  Choose whatever fits your interests.  It is advised that you pre-register, but you do not have to.  You can pay at the door.  Each program is $10.

The programs that will be held, one on each of the above Saturday dates, are:

  • March 3, 2012 (1 – 3 PM) – “File Organization”
  • March 17, 2012 (1 – 3PM) – “Tips For Successful Searching Using Ancestry”
  • March 31, 2012 (1 – 3PM) – “What Is A Reasonably Exhaustive Search?”

Here is a direct link to the DCGS website where you can find all of the details in expanded form and description about this upcoming offering to further develop your genealogical research skills:

DuPage County Genealogical Society Intermediate Genealogy Classes on March 3, March 17, and March 31

All of the details you need to know to make a decision about attending are at the above direct link to the DCGS website part about “Classes”.

The “Ancestry” program appears to be a “hands-on” computer experience with the computers at the Wheaton Public Library.  You can even bring your own laptop and access online material through the library’s WiFi.

Consider attending any or all of these programs.

Keeping yourself on top of the learning curve is always a good goal.   Our genealogy researching skills should be as current as possible.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Is Having Major Construction Work Done On Our 2nd Floor; Things Have Been Moved Around; Construction Zone Walls Are Being Erected

Hi Everyone!

I just want our library users to know that you will be seeing some major construction activity taking place on the 2nd floor of our library that will occur over the next 6 months.

Our library is building a 6,000 square foot “Teen Center” on the 2nd floor in the area where our Information Desk was located and extending back into the “deep bowels” of our library building that was set up for staff offices and materials.  The new location of the Information Desk is accessed on the 2nd floor by turning left from the stairwell or the elevator instead on walking straight across what used to be the open floor.

Also affected is our Magazine collection location that has been moved over to the Reference area.  Our newspaper storage and microfilm storage areas out of the view of the public have also been moved.  This move affects more our own internal change of where this material will be stored and accessed and not so much for you, the library customer.  Requests for this kind of material will still be able to be fulfilled but our staff will just be getting to the material in different manners and different locations within our building.

Things are just going to look different on the 2nd floor.  Old habits of accessing and viewing materials in locations you were familiar with will have to change during the construction period.  Be patient while both you and me acclimate to the temporary changes to accommodate the construction work.

Come on in and re-familiarize yourself with the new configuration of materials on our 2nd floor.

We will all get through this time of change!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference Appears To Be Full; Walk-Ins Are Being Discouraged From Coming To The Conference Due To Capacity Limits

Hi Everyone!

If you saw my earlier post today I indicated that the DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference is taking place tomorrow on Saturday, February 25, 2012 in St. Charles, IL at the Hilton Garden Inn.

I had indicated that I was going to try to attend as a “walk-in”.

“Cathy” left a comment to that post that indicated she had visited the DCGS web site and the site was “warning” that the conference is all full-up and that “walk-ins” are being discouraged from attending.

Visit the DCGS web site and take a look at the news you will find on their site under the part of the site for “Conferences” at:


That is a surprise to me or to anyone that was going to walk-in and attend at the last-minute.

That is obviously great news for DCGS that the conference is turning out to be at capacity and bad news for people like myself and Cathy that were going to attend as walk-ins.

I may still try to see if I can get in.  If I am turned away then so be it.  I will just head back home.  I am not that far away.

I want to thank Cathy for leaving the comment on the post.  That allowed me to write this post and let readers know they may want to think twice about going to the conference as an unregistered “walk-in”.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Last Minute Reminder; DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Will Take Place Tomorrow, February 25, 2012 In St. Charles, IL

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to give you a final reminder that the Annual Conference of the DuPage County Genealogical Society will take place tomorrow on Saturday, February 25, 2012 in St. Charles, IL at the Hilton Garden Inn.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will actually be able to attend this conference tomorrow as a “walk-in”.  So there is a very good chance I will see many of you there.

I have previously posted this information in this blog so I am just going to link to the most recent post for you to get all of the information for the conference.

You can find this conference information reminder from my blog at:

February 25, 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information

Perhaps our paths will cross tomorrow if everything aligns up for me.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend a top-notch local annual conference that has a tremendous roster of great local genealogy speakers.

If I can make this conference as a “walk-in” you can also if it fits your schedule.

Crossing my fingers I will be able to be there.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

The Internet Polish Genealogical Source (iPGS); Another Online Resource For Polish Researchers

Hi Everyone!

For any of you doing Polish research, I would like to make you aware of some additional online Polish resources.  One of our very own participants is the driving force behind creating this great Polish resource website as well as identifying the wonderful resources contained within the site. 

Our very own Stan S. is the researcher behind creating this wonderful site you can find at:

The internet Polish Genealogical Source (iPGS); Stasiu’s Sources

At the above site you will find resources for those researching Polish ancestry that you may not be aware of that can help your Polish research.  Additionally, a good amount of the online material comes from Iwona Dakiniewicz, the Polish correspondent for this wonderful site.

Some of the material you can find at this site includes:

  • Dachau German Concentration Camp Records
  • Iwona’s Research, including information on about 52,000 names and about 2,800 towns
  • Roman Catholic Church in Belarus
  • GenealogyInTime Magazine
  • Genealogy guide to About 130+ Google Search Engines
  • Information from and about Iwona Dakiniewicz
  • 1907 Atlas (Kingdom of Poland Maps)
  • Herbarz Polski (Surname Heraldic Descriptions)
  • Iwona Articles (Polish Genealogical Information)
  • Parish Histories (Histories of US Parishes)

You will also find a nice table of countries, often associated with Polish research, that contain links within each country to archives, cemetery records, family websites, heraldry, newspapers, researchers, surnames and a whole lot more.

Stan has been doing Polish research for a good amount of time.  These resources have worked for him.  He would like them to work for you.

Take a little bit of time to view the site and the variety of resources that are accessible through the site.  If you have hit a “Polish Brick Wall”, then maybe there is a great resource awaiting your investigation within the site that can make that wall come tumbling down!

I want to thank Stan S. and James K., participants at our program, for making me aware of this wonderful resource for Polish researchers.

Iwona Dakiniewicz is a wonderful researcher in Poland and all of us here of Polish ancestry researching our roots in Poland should be thankful that Iwona is such a wonderful resource in Poland.  Her knowledge and documentation of Polish resources can certainly make our own research that much easier.

Take a look at all of the material from within the above resource link to the iPGS.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

A Little Bit Of Non-Genealogical Excitement At Our Library!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to share with you a link to a Daily Herald news item from yesterday, February 21, 2012.

A mini-van crashed through our front entrance of the building yesterday afternoon about 4:45 PM.  Thank goodness no one was hit by the mini-van as it crashed through our front doors.  The driver and passenger suffered some cuts from the broken glass.

If you are coming to our library, you will have to enter our building from the “east” side of the main entrance in the parking area.

These are the kind of stories we all have in our lives that will make for interesting reading for our descendants 100 years from now!

Here is a link to the news item from the Daily Herald:

Mini-Van Crashes Through Schaumburg Library Entrance February 21, 2012

I was not here when the event occurred so I missed all of the actual excitement.

Today our library will start picking up the pieces and putting things back together.

We are opened for business in a normal fashion.  You will just have to enter our library from the “east” side of the entranceway on the side of Dominick’s Foods.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Stand Up For Continuing Access To The Social Security Death Index (SSDI); It Is In Danger Of Being Made Inaccessible; Sign Petitions

Hi Everyone!

You may have been hearing some nasty rumors of late that the SSDI we so commonly use in our genealogical research, may soon no longer be available.  I have recently made you aware of this development via a recent blog post.

These are not rumors.  The SSDI is in jeopardy!!

Privacy seems to be the main force behind the idea to limit or even eliminate access to this wonderful genealogical research resource.

Barb P., a frequent attendee at our monthly genealogy programs, has provided me with a link to a “movement” that is taking place to tell our federal legislators that they need to re-think these draconian measures they are considering to limit or eliminate access to this wonderful resource.

Please take a look at the following link provided to me by Barb P. if you want to get involved via a petition to express yourself and indicate you want access to this data to still be available:

Oppose H.R. 3475 Keeping IDs Safe Act

You will need to register yourself with the site.  You cannot just sign a petition in an anonymous manner.

Negative actions are already being felt within the genealogical community.  A wonderful “free” SSDI accessible database “formerly” existed on RootsWeb (  It was a wonderful database that a very good template from which you could construct your searches.  If you have been late to the SSDI party at RootsWeb you will now discover that it is gone.  For now it appears “free” access to the SSDI database is being curtailed.  If you are a paying subscriber to you will still be able to find the SSDI database there.  I guess our legislators must think that if you are paying for it that somehow privacy is more protected.

So you can believe me that losses to valuable material are taking place if you have been a user at RootsWeb previously accessing the SSDI they had at their site.

You can also find information about the jeopardy the SSDI is in at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) web site.  They also have a part of their site dedicated to  disseminating information about the SSDI as well as offering the ability to get involved with a petition to our federal representatives to stop this pending action.

You can find information from the FGS about the help they are seeking via petition at the following web site link:

SSDI Call To Action Kit from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

As with the first link above, you will need to register yourself so you can participate in the petition.  You cannot sign a petition anonymously.

Check out the links.  Get involved.  Speak your mind.

Leave access to the SSDI alone!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Consider Hiring A Private Investigation Service To Find Ancestral Descendants; Anecdotal Example Of Success

Hi Everyone!

Doing genealogical research is exciting and invigorating.  We can make great strides through our own efforts of tracing ancestral connections to the past as well as discovering living cousins as descendants of many of our ancestors.

Discovering living cousins and descendants can be challenging because record information is simply not as available as it is for the deceased.  Name changes for women descendants can be difficult as name changes occur as a result of a marriage.

Depending how intense you are on trying to find a living relative, you may just keep trying to find these elusive descendants with online phone books, records, FaceBook or whatever means you can think of to uncover these cousins no matter how distantly related to you they are.  They may have nuggets of information that can potentially expand your research by quantum leaps.

Are there other alternatives to finding these cousins when all of your efforts have been unsuccessful?

Let me relate to you a personal anecdotal case from a recent call I received.

A person discussed with me that they had tried every means to find a living descendant.  They tried more of my suggestions but were still not able.  They did have some information on the person they were seeking but could just not make the connection.

I offered one final suggestion to them.

Perhaps they should contact a “private eye” or a “detective agency” to help them discover records of how a relative could be discovered and perhaps contacted via records that are only available to these kind of agencies.

To make a long story short, the person took my advice, contacted a local investigative agency (A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau) and was provided with some contact information for this long-lost relative within 3 HOURS!

This was a happy story as I was told.

Do not expect results like this to occur all  of the time.  Also be prepared that the person you seek may not be happy at all to have been discovered.

I do not know what the cost incurred was by the person seeking the relative.  They were very, very happy in working with the investigative agency.   The results they received in just obtaining some contact information were fantastic.   The final part of the story was the happy result for both the researcher and the long-lost relative!

So miracles do happen and do happen quickly once you make the commitment of some time and money to work with a professional agency for investigations.

You may want to keep this trick in your back pocket, but you should not expect you will get the same results as was related to me from a general inquiry call I received.

If you are desperate to find that elusive living relative then you may want to consider this really different form of research to take!

It can and does work!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Saturday Morning, March 3, 2012 At 10:00 AM – “A Brief History of Germany, Poland and Russia” by Walter Marzinke

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, March 3, 2012 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, March 3, 2012 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 Walter Marzinke.  The speaker will present a program titled “A Brief History of Germany, Poland and Russia”.

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) March 3, 2012 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for February 14, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2012 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 February 2012 Handouts for your convenience:

February 2012 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, February 14, 2012 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.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

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