Monthly Archives: February 2012

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

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

Hi Everyone!

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

February 2012 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, February 14, 2012 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 February 14, 2012

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, February 14, 2012 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, February 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Craig Pfannkuche. Craig will present a program titled “Using Railroad Records in Your Family History Research”.

Craig Pfannkuche is President of Memory Trail Research, Inc. since 1993, and is the Genealogical Archivist for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Historical Society since 1984. He is on the Board of Directors of the McHenry County, Illinois Genealogical Society & the Chicago Genealogical Society. He has presented numerous workshops in history, historical & genealogical research & archaeological techniques at both the local and national level.

Craig has previously presented genealogy programs at our library on a myriad of genealogical topics. Craig always leaves us with a little laughter and a lot more information to help us in our genealogical 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

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2012 Annual Conference Information Now Available from FGS Online

Hi Everyone!

It seems like information on various local, regional and national genealogy programs is becoming available in a fast and furious manner of late!

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is now making available all of the information related to its upcoming Annual Conference.

This year’s 4-day program will take place from August 29, 2012 through September 1, 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The program is being hosted by the Alabama Genealogical Society.

The title of the event is “Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the “Old Southwest””.

Please take a look at the following link to the FGS web site that contains all of the information on the conference:

2012 FGS Annual Conference

Once you get to the FGS Conference site for information and click on one of the conference “boxes”, take a look at the left side of that page for a list of sub-links that will take you to the various pieces of conference information that will be at your fingertips.  I did not see where the FGS was providing the entirety of the conference information via a PDF file.  Instead you can work your way through the conference information section by section via the links for each section.

You will find the following components of the program and the links to get to those pieces of information:

  • Registration
  • Conference Activities
  • Exhibits
  • Travel and Lodging
  • Blog
  • FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Media

Everything you need to know about this great annual conference is available at your fingertips from the above 2012 FGS Annual Conference link.

I would always encourage fellow genealogists to attend, at some point in their research career, a national genealogical conference of such magnitude.  Learning from other researchers is the key to advance your own skills and to be more productive and effective in your own research efforts.  The program topics that you will discover at these conferences can be very narrowly “niched”.  But that “niched” topic may be exactly what you are looking to learn!

A large multi-day conference such as this will be overwhelming.  But I can tell you that it will be overwhelming in a very good way!

Even if you do not plan on attending this particular conference I would still encourage you to take a look at all of the conference information, especially the individual programs.  It is by doing this that you will see if there is a topic out there that may be of special interest to you that may be the topic that might make your brick wall tumble-down!  Take note of it and put it on your “to-do” list to maybe even contact the speaker about the information being presented.

The FGS does a great job in offering such a large annual event.

Take a look at the material.  Consider registering.  You can register for the entire 4 day program or you can register for anyone of the individual day’s programs if you don’t or can’t be there for all the days.  You can save a good amount of program costs if you register for the entire program or for a day’s programs by July 1, 2012.  After July 1, 2012 the registration costs increase for both the entire conference as well as for the individual day registration.

Take a little bit of time and see all there is about this upcoming FGS Annual Conference from August 29, 2012 to September 1, 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Even if you can’t go this time, you will plant the seed in your head to consider future programs.

Take a look at all of the conference information via the above link.  Especially look at the list of programs and speakers to see if there are any that really match research interests you may have. 

Enjoy the above material.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Season 3 Premier Episode With Martin Sheen; What Did You Think About This Show?; I Am Looking For Comments

Hi Everyone!

Well, the Season 3 Premier episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” just aired this last Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7 PM Chicago time.  I hope all of you had the chance to view it while it was airing or after you recorded it.  Maybe you even viewed it online at the NBC website. 

What’s the buzz level?  Maybe as intense as the picture above with a lot of conversation? 

 If you have not yet seen it, you can view it on the NBC site.  You need Adobe Flash 11.1 to view the video at the following NBC website link: 

Season 3 Premier of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Online Video Link

NBC will be airing 12 episodes this year.  In the past seasons NBC aired about 8 or 9 episodes.  So I guess you can take it that 12 episodes is good because viewership is good and profitable for NBC. 

I would sure like to hear some feedback from readers of the blog as to what you thought of this episode!

Keep your comments clean and on-topic!

Please leave your comments as part of this blog post so others can see them.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library