Monthly Archives: April 2012

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening April 10, 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, April 10, 2012:

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

Don’t Forget To Access And Use 1940 Census Form Templates To Know What You Are Looking At; Templates At Ancestry.com; 2 Pages; Links Included

Hi Everyone!

While you start looking at the 1940 Census data as it becomes available online, don’t forget to print up the 1940 Census Form Templates and use while you are looking at the data so you know what data is included in the 1940 Census.

I see that Ancestry.com has a 2 page 1940 Census template you can download and print up to keep with you for reference.

You can access this two page template at the following links:

1940 Census Form Template (Page 1)

1940 Census Form Template (Page 2)

It always helps to have a map to help you decipher what you are looking at.  There are certainly many fields of information that were included in this census that are easier to read from the paper rather than twisting your head sideways while trying to read the fields of information online!

As the excitement continues to build as more data is released for the 1940 Census, print up these handy tools to keep with you as you start perusing the online images.

Enjoy the forms.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

My First Look At The 1940 Census Images; Delaware Data Seems To Be Out First; Ancestry.com Has A Variety Of State Data

Hi Everyone!

The 1940 Census is now starting to trickle out online as images only.

I visited both FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com.  Each has images available online to browse through at very small geographic units for the state of Delaware.  Ancestry.com does have images for more than just Delaware at this time.   If you do not know exact addresses, you can still make some headway by looking through these small geographic units of images.

One thing I noticed right away.  You can go directly to FamilySearch, select the map for United States and browse through the results list looking for United States.  In this grouping of records you will see an item for the 1940 Census.  The records as of the time I write this at 9:45 AM are all for Delaware from FamilySearch.  You can click on the geographic areas of interest to you for Delaware and start looking.

You can access more than just  Delaware records at Ancestry.com.  At Ancestry.com you can access records at this time for the following locations:

  • American Samoa
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Guam
  • Indian
  • Maine
  • Nevada
  • Panama Canal
  • Rhode Island
  • Virgin Islands

The link to get to these Ancestry.com uploaded images is at:

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2442

The big difference is that you will need to register for the “free” access before you can look at image number 1 at Ancestry.com!

You do not have to register at FamilySearch to begin accessing the Delaware image data.

Right now I prefer to follow the images being released at FamilySearch and avoid any connection to registering at Ancestry.com for the free access.  Here is the link to get you to the FamilySearch Delaware records:

https://www.familysearch.org/1940census/1940-census-delaware/

I actually browsed through a geographic area of some of the Delaware records and did in fact print an image from FamilySearch.  It came out fine but it is still a challenge to read it when you print the full-page image.

Remember, you can always download the image and work with it with your own image software to zoom in on the image for readability.

I looked at the National Archives site to see if there was any guidance given as to the order of the data images that will be released day by day.  I did not see any information that gave me that information.  So right now, as with so many other databases, you just need to visit frequently to see what new data now exists since your previous visit.

You can see all of this unfold over time at :

http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/

The time has arrived.  Data is now beginning to become available.  Take the time to plan more of your research strategies so you can start working with the un-indexed images as best as you can.

Check things out.

First and foremost, be patient!

Enjoy the exciting new data.  Hopefully, your images will be the next ones to be released!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library