Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for April 10, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

April 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, April 10, 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

April 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for April 10, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

April 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, April 10, 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 April 10, 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, April 10, 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, April 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Paul Milner.  Paul will present a program titled “Making Sense of  the English Census”.

Paul Milner is a professional genealogist and lecturer. He is a native of Northern England and has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for the past 22 years. Paul is co-author with Linda Jonas of A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors (2000) and A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors (2002). He is currently the book review editor for the FGS FORUM.

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, May 5, 2012 At 10:00 AM; “Finding Online Newspapers” by Sarah Kirby

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, May 5, 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, May 5, 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 Sarah Kirby.  The speaker will present a program titled “Finding Online Newspapers”.

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) May 5, 2012 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FamilySearch Tech Tips And Genealogy; Keeping Up With All Things Technology That Can Improve Your Genealogy Research

Hi Everyone!

In this day and age one of our worse nightmares is simply knowing that we are not keeping up with new technology that intersects with our genealogy research.

I know I feel it all the time and yet I feel I am somewhat informed on many things “technology” and how that relates to our genealogy research.  I am sure you feel the same.  For every one thing we feel we have just learned that related to new technology, we all know that by tomorrow there will be five more “new” things to consider putting on our “bucket list”.  There are scanners, digital cameras, smartphones, eBay, PayPal, online ordering of LDS microfilms etc. and etc.

Technology is just not about equipment.  It is about new methods of doing things using tools that are not always obvious.

Sometimes we do not even know we are behind.  That is one of the worse discoveries to make!

I just saw that a very helpful website exists within FamilySearch that may actually be a great source to keep us genealogy researchers informed on new technology and how we can best incorporate it into our own genealogy research.  In the recently received genealogy journal, Internet Genealogy (April/May 2012, Volume 7, Number 1), I noticed within the section titled “Net Notes”, that Diane L. Richard made mention of FamilySearch Tech Tips as a source to help us all alleviate our fears of how we are falling behind the technology curve.

Diane mentioned we should consider visiting the following web site to peruse for tips on technology that can help us to better genealogy research.  You can visit this site at:

FamilySearch Tech Tips

Some of the topics mentioned by Diane in her small article about this resource listed some of the following “technology” topics:

  • Digitizing Techniques for Old Documents and Books
  • What Can I Do To Preserve or Restore An Old Book?
  • Publishing With Google
  • Be Prepared for Genealogical Research with Your Smartphone
  • Going Digital At the Cemetery
  • Diigo: GPS for the Web
  • Research Delivered: the Newsreader
  • Data, Back It Up, Migrate It, Or Lose It
  • Step by Step Summary of Personal Archiving
  • Personal Publishing: Blog Your Family History

This is a very helpful site to visit frequently and just peruse through the various topics presented at the site.  This is often the way you discover a shortcoming in your technology skills without even knowing you have a gap in your own technology skills.  Browse around all of the various topic categories they offer at the site to see if there is a question you may have that is actually discussed on the site within one of the many articles you discover.

Thanks to Diane L. Richard and Internet Genealogy for identifying this nice resource.

Check it out and return frequently.  Maybe there is a solution there to a problem you did not even know you had!!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook, IL Will Be Having A Beginning Genealogy Class On Wednesday Evening, April 11, 2012, From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I did receive a notice from the Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook, IL that they will be offering a Beginning Genealogy Class on Wednesday evening, April 11, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Fountaindale Public Library.

You do need to register in advance with the library in order to attend the class.

You can visit the website of the Fountaindale Library at:

Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook, IL

What follows in Italics after the separator line is the text of the e-mail message I received from them about this program:

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Hi Tony,

The Fountaindale Public Library District is  hosting a Beginning Genealogy class on Wednesday, April 11 from 7-8:30 pm at the Fountaindale Library.  The class is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Attendees can register online through our library calendar at http://host7.evanced.info/fountaindale/evanced/eventcalendar.asp or by calling the 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4201.  For questions and concerns, contact Debra at (630) 685-4201 or ddudek@fountaindale.org.

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I just wanted to share this opportunity with my readers, especially to those that may be more closely located to the Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook, IL.

Take the opportunity to begin the process to learn about genealogy.  Take the time to learn about how to discover your family tree!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

My 1940 Census Search Experience; Don’t Forget To Check The End Of The 1940 Census Page To See If Your Ancestors Were Included In The “Supplemental” Questions; Leave Comments On Your Own Experience

Hi Everyone!

I have had very good luck in finding my grandfather’s census image from the 1940 Census in Chicago, IL.

I was able to convert the known street address to the Enumeration District at the Steve Morse website at:

Unified 1940 Census Enumeration District (ED) Finder

It is important to enter into the Steve Morse ED Finder not only the street address of interest but the cross-streets that intersect the location so it can calculate for you the one ED to look at rather than giving you multiple ED locations.

I then went over to the National Archives Census website where I could input the ED information into the search field provided by the National Archives.  You can get to the National Archives (NARA) website at:

National Archives 1940 Census Official 1940 Census Site

You enter in the state you are looking for and the ED for the state.

It did not take too long, but very shortly the ED was found.  It was a 28 image file of the total pages for the ED.  I found my grandfather’s information on Page 4 of the 28 images.  I felt lucky with this because you cannot enter in a specific page of the multi-page set of images and see if you can find something faster.  You have to go page-by-page until you find what you seek.

Remember Murphy’s Law — if you have a 28 page set of images, the one that applies to you is going to be number 28! (Thank goodness for me that was not the case.)

I did discover two interesting points — my grandfather stated he had a 4th grade education and that my father was not living in the house (or could he have been omitted??) at the time of the census.  I was surprised at that and now will need to wait until the indexing is completed to find him.

I do want to remind everyone that the 1940 Census has 2 lines at the bottom of the page in which pre-set selected line numbers of those responding were then asked to respond to additional questions.  My suggestion is to look at the posting I made the other day on the 1940 Census Template and download the form to see what these supplemental questions were.  You can see that posting at:

http://genealogywithtony.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/dont-forget-to-access-and-use-1940-census-form-templates-to-know-what-you-are-looking-at-templates-at-ancestry-com-2-pages-links-included/

Your ancestor may have been one of the lucky ones selected for this added information.  You have to scroll all the way down the image to discover this.  Don’t get too excited about finding your ancestral information higher up in the page and then forget to check out the “supplemental” questions.

None of the members of my grandfather’s household fell into this “supplemental” questioning.

Shucks!

Darn it!

All in all, I am very happy with the fairly easy effort I had to expend today to find my grandfather’s information.  I think NARA responded quite well to the system crashes they were experiencing yesterday on the first day of the release.  It was not too painfully long today to find what I did.

Be patient as the system processing gets better as the initial surge of those searching dissipates somewhat over the next few weeks.

I wish all of you as much luck as I seemed to have in finding the information for my grandfather.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library