Monthly Archives: March 2012

Updated Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Annual Conference Information For April 20-23, 2012 Conference In Salt Lake City

Hi Everyone!

I just received an updated notice from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) on the finalization of information for their upcoming Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.

The program will take place from April 20th to April 23rd, 2012.

An e-mail from Eileen Carter, President of the PGSA indicated the following information noted in Italics:

Attached is an updated poster on the United Polish Genealogical Societies 2012 Biennial Conference, in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 20-23.  When I initially sent you a copy, all the details had not been finalized.  I’d appreciate it if you would post for Library visitors to view.

 We  are now pleased to announce that among the many speakers the following are scheduled:

 Dr. Barbara Berska – Deputy General Director of State Archives of Poland who among other topics is planning to talk about the digitizing of records in Poland and  what is happening in genealogy there.

 Steve Morse – Who will introduce his latest One-Step Webpage for the 1940 U.S. Census

Tomasz Nitsch – Noted Polish genealogist

Speakers associated with the Family Search Library who will lecture on the partitions: Austrian, German and Russian

 So much more, plus time to do your own research at the world-famous library

 Thank You,

Eileen Carter

The society provided me with an updated PDF one-page flyer of the program information.  You can see the flyer right here at:

April 20-23, 2012 United Polish Genealogical Societies 2012 Biennial Conference Program Flyer

This is going to be a large conference with some fantastic speakers.

Consider going if you really want to immerse yourself in Polish research as well as having access to the massive collections of Polish research material within the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Podcasts From BBC Radio; “Tracing Your Roots”; 11 Episodes To Help With Your English Research

Hi Everyone!

Thanks once again to one of our sharp-eyed readers for giving me a heads-up on a nice genealogical resource.  Thanks as always to Les U. for making me aware of a BBC Radio series of 11 genealogical podcasts to help with your English research.  It looks like the podcasts originated in the September-October 2010 and 2011 timeframe so are still rather current.  Each podcast appears to run approximately 30 minutes.

In genealogy, sometimes the time created is not critically important because the topic applies to researchers regardless of the create date.

I see podcast topics and dates created as:

  • Vanishing Without Trace  (14 Sep 10)
  • Tracing rootless ancestors  (21 Sep 10)
  • Radicals and Revolutionaries  (28 Sep 10)
  • Caribbean Roots  (05 Oct 10)
  • Objects and Heirlooms  (12 Oct 10)
  • Census Special  (20 Mar 11)
  • What’s in a name?  (13 Sept 11)
  • Life in Confinement  (20 Sept 11)
  • Following the Money (27 Sept 11)
  • What Happens Next  (04 Oct 11)
  • What Happens Next Part 2  (11 Oct 11)

Here is the link to this set of 11 podcasts having a varied category of topics:

BBC Radio Podcasts; “Tracing Your Roots”; 11 Podcast Episodes

The above link will also give you more background information on the series created in England titled “Tracing Your Roots”.  Look at the site for more than just the podcast information to help with your researching your English roots.

I am a big believer in podcasts as a very great learning tool.  I always listen to the episodes created by the Genealogy Guys.  I always feel I pick something up from the conversation I listen to.

Give these podcasts a try if you are doing English research.  Each is only about 30 minutes in length.  Chances are you will pick up some new information to help with your research.

Thanks again to Les U. for making me aware of the above site.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 13, 2012 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, March 13, 2012:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 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.  Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.
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 7:45-8:00 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, April 7, 2012 At 10:00 AM; “Searching for Great-Grandpa – Find Your Union Soldier” by Jerry Allen

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, April 7, 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, April 7, 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 Jerry Allen.  The speaker will present a program titled “Searching for Great-Grandpa – Find Your Union Soldier”.

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) April 7, 2012 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll Now In The Right Sidebar Of This Blog; “Have You Participated With FamilySearch As A Volunteer Transcriber?”

Hi Everyone!

I have added a new poll in the right sidebar of this blog right at the beginning of the home page.

I thought it would be a good idea to gather some responses and statistics as to whether readers of this blog have participated with FamilySearch as a volunteer transcriber of genealogical records.

Let’s see how many of you participate actively, have participated but are inactive now and how many have never volunteered to transcribe.

The records all of us like to access for free online are only created by the help of volunteers willing to transcribe them into actual online database components.  So let’s see how active or inactive a group of readers we have.

I am open to suggestions on future polls.  Drop me a line via the “Contact” Page of this blog at the top of the homepage.  Leave a “Comment” for me within this post on your topical ideas for future genealogical polls.  Your input is appreciated to pose polls that are of interest to you in the world of genealogy.

Take a look at this new poll.

Place your “vote” now and see how we stack up over the next 6 to 8 weeks as this poll stays open.

If you ever want to see what the results are of past polls, you can always visit the special Page at the top of this blog that is identified as “Poll Archives”.

Enjoy this new poll.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On This Blog, “Have You Ever Attended A Multi-Day National Genealogical Conference?” Now Closed; Observations and Analysis

Hi Everyone!

I hope all of you have taken the time to at least look at the “poll” that was part of this blog.  You really couldn’t miss it if you visit the home page of this blog.  It was located in the right sidebar right at the top.

The poll is now closed.

Participation in this poll has been much greater than the first poll that I ran.  This poll has garnered 59 responses as of today, much more than the first poll that garnered 39 responses in total for a longer running time.

I want to thank all of you that have taken the time to not only vote but who have also been monitoring  the vote tabulations as they have accumulated.

So far it looks like 35% of the respondents have indicated they have attended a national multi-day genealogical conference and 65% indicated they have not attended such a conference.

So what does mean??

In my unscientific analysis it would appear to me to indicate that I think many of our participants and readers of this blog are very experienced researchers and those with experience are ones that may tend to attend the conferences.  Those who are new often are plenty busy just learning about genealogy and beginning their research by digging into their family histories.  Perhaps this effort has not yet allowed new researchers to participate in such national multi-day programs.

My anecdotal expectation was that there were going to be far fewer numbers that attended such a conference.  Instead, the numbers show a larger amount of attendees than I would have thought.  That is what leads me to believe we have a very knowledgeable and experienced group of researchers that voiced their opinion via the poll.

I welcome analysis comments from any of my readers via the “Comments” part of the blog for this post.

I also welcome any ideas for poll questions you may think would be good to survey.

Thanks to all the participants who took the time to vote.

I hope you are enjoying these unscientific polls.

Time to put up a new poll.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

National Genealogical Society 2012 Annual Conference Brochure And Program Information; May 9-14, 2012 In Cincinnati, Ohio

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

This year’s program is scheduled for May 9, 2012 through May 14, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.

You can view the full-color 16 page registration brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

Also just visit the main NGS website to take a look at much more information and material that they have at the site.  There is much more information about this conference available through their main website.  Browse their site and see what other great resources they may have available online that can help you in your own research efforts.

You can visit their main website at

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

This brochure is one that in the past I would have made a copy for distribution to our genealogy program  participants.  However, now that I am writing this blog, it is more appropriate to direct you to the National Genealogical Society website directly for you to take a look at their full 16 page color brochure they have put together.

The above link will take you directly to this 16 page incredible brochure.

Even if you do not go to this program or another one down the road, I always recommend that you should take a look at the variety of programs being offered.  You may very well find a program with a great speaker that fits right in with your own research aspirations.  You will then possibly have a contact to make with the speaker to see if they can help answer a question you may have on the genealogical topic of interest.

Also take a look at the long list of world-renowned genealogical speakers that are in the brochure.

These are the best of the best!

Your paths may cross with them through material they may have already published.  Some may even be local to our own area.  Some may very well be speakers we have had at our library offering some great genealogical programs for you to learn from!

Take a look through the brochure to gain a sense of magnitude of what a national genealogical conference looks like.  It is amazing.  These conference are often attended by anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 fellow researchers.  Vendors are also present selling their wares.

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out the brochure.  Check out the NGS Program.  Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library