Monthly Archives: March 2012

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow March 13, 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, March 13, 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, 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

Chicago Street Names Guide; History Of The Street Names Included

Hi Everyone!

One of my library colleagues shared a link with me to a very useful resource from the Chicago History Museum.  If you have any Chicago ancestral connection, you will want to save this link.

The Chicago Street Guide resource is a 201 page PDF file compiled in 1948 by William Martin that allows you to discover all of the streets of Chicago as well as to understand some of the history behind how the street was named.

The guide gives you information on where a street is located by using the “hundred” street guide e.g. 1800 West, 1800 North, as well as giving you information on how long the street runs from north to south or east to west etc.

If you have ancestors living on certain streets and addresses that you already know, you may want to look at the guide to gain some further deeper insights on the street itself.

I grew up on “North Paulina Street” in Chicago.  This is a sample description of the street contained in the guide:

Paulina St., 1700W 1 to 7759N 1 to 9200S. Named after Paulina Taylor the wife of the subdivider Ruben Taylor. Ashland Ave., Commercial St., Forest Ave., Houston St., Jones St., Page St., Ridgeville Rd., 2nd St., Stinson St., Van Buren St., Wright St., Eulette Ave., Schiller Ave.

 

I found this to be a very useful resource to gather even more historical background on the lives of our Chicago ancestors and the streets they lived on in Chicago.

You may also see for a particular street a long list of additional names of streets at the end of the listing for the one particular street.  I contacted the Chicago History Museum to ask what this meant because the guide itself did not have an introductory page that would have explained all the nuances contained in the guide.

They did respond to my query with additional information that indicated that if you see this added list of streets it signifies this is a list of former street names for the street in the list.

You can find this great resource from the Chicago History Museum at:

Chicago Street Guide from the Chicago History Museum

Take a look at it.  Bookmark the address of the site for future use, or download the PDF to your computer or even flashdrive to have with you when you need it.

Enjoy the resource.  Thanks to my colleague Tom for sharing this with me.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference Held On February 25, 2012 Was A Rip-Roaring Success!

Hi Everyone!

I am happy to report that the recently held DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference was an astounding success.  From the society website they are reporting that the conference was attended by 337 excited and motivated researchers.

I actually was a part of this excitement and decided at the last-minute to attend as a “walk-in”.  When I announced my intentions via this blog,  a commenter warned me that the society had already determined that attendance was going to be spectacular and that “walk-ins” were being “discouraged” from just showing up.

I took a chance and drove to the venue being held in St. Charles at the Hilton

Large Group Of Researchers Checking Out The Vendor Booths During The Lunch Hour Break

Garden Inn across from Pheasant Run.  I arrived at about 8 AM.  Yikes!!  Access to the parking lot was already under strict control and panic set in for me that I literally would not be able to find a parking space!. I meandered around and tried another area for parking and to my happy surprise did find a nice parking spot.

Now the challenge … Walk in and announce to whoever wants to hear me that I am your proverbial “walk-in” that was warned via the DCGS website to think twice about showing up.  The registration table was hopping as “pre-registered” attendees showed up to start their day.

Many Participants Learning About Social Media In One Of The Programs

I probably had a sheepish look on my face when I was already telegraphing a “pleading” look to let me in!  Oh please don’t turn me away!

It worked.  I was told my presence was greatly appreciated but with two caveats as a “walk-in”.  One, I would not get any lunch provided by the facility.  Two, I would not be able to attend one of the final day’s sessions being offered by Maureen Brady on using the “New FamilySearch Website” because the amount of pre-registered participants for that session had reached the meximum.  Missing lunch was expected as a walk-in.  But I was sorely going to miss Maureen’s presentation which I was counting on seeing.

Oh well, such are the “lows” of being a “walk-in”.  But I was here.  I was accepted.  And I was ready for the day.

The conference facility also had an incredibly large room for the vendors that

Paul Milner, One Of The Major Speakers, Listening To A Question

are another part of these large conferences.  If you ever wanted to just “shop til you drop” for genealogical materials, be they books, be they clothes, be they other societies, be they Chachkies (spelling?), then the vendor area was the place to be at least some time during the day.

I did get to spend a good time in this area during my missed lunch time.  I could

have gone out to get some lunch but I was still apprehensive about returning and not finding a parking place for the afternoon session.  So instead of going out for lunch I feasted on a $1.50 Snickers bar complements of this little tiny store right by the main hotel desk.

What a “walk-in” won’t do to participate in such a vibrant conference.

Large Group Of Participants Checking Out The Books At A Vendor Booth

I did run into a few of some of you that attend our library’s monthly program.  It was good to see familiar faces in this massive sea of energized researchers.  I enjoyed talking with you and even sitting in on some of the day’s programs with you.

I even ran into many of the speakers I have had at our own program or will have in the not too distant future.  It was nice to be able to rub shoulders with some of the best speakers in our own local area.

I did sit in on the following program segments:

  • “Advanced Search Tips for Ancestry.com” (Juliana Smith)
  • “A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Project” (Lou Szucs and Juliana Smith)
  • “Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest?” (Paul Milner)
  • “Branching Out: Connecting with Others Using Social Networking and Online Family Trees” (Jennifer Holik-Urban)

The day went fast.  Excitement was in each program session I attended.  Just

Jennifer Holik-Urban, One Of The Major Speakers, Responding To A Question

think 337 people moving between sessions, the vendor area, the hotel areas, the lunch area.  It sort of reminded me of my days in High School trying to get to point A from point B when the entire school lets out between classes!  But it was fun!

By the time the day ended, I knew I felt all charged-up to take the new tips I learned and start applying them to my own research.  Attending a conference as this is a motivating experience that you want to act on quickly and start thinking about your actions even as you are driving back home.

What a turnout!

What a great set of speakers!

Two Members Of The Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Manning Their Booth During The Lunch Hour

What a nice thing for the society to accommodate “walk-ns” even when they know the facility limits are being stretched just to accommodate those that did register.

The DCGS in times past may have had attendance figures in the lower to upper 200 range.  But 337 attendees was astounding and well-deserved because of the program topics and the speakers that were part of the makeup of the annual conference.

My hats off to the society.

Bravo!  You did an outstanding job and deserve to take a bow!

Being a “walk-in” was sort of an “edgy” thing to do.  It worked for me this time.  But I think in the big picture, mark the conference on your calendar and just plain register in advance to take advantage of the discounted prices, the guaranteed lunch and the ability to see all the programs you want to see.

One conference down.

Next year’s conference for the DCGS is already on the calendar.  Mark it down now.

February 23, 2013!

See you then.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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
PGSA

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