Monthly Archives: May 2012

June 9, 2012 Genealogy Programs Being Offered At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library; “Very Beginning Genealogy – From Scratch” And “Genealogy Research And Translation Help”

Hi Everyone!

Michael Mulholland of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has informed me that his library will be offering two genealogy programs on Saturday, June 9, 2012.  One program is titled “Very Beginning Genealogy – From Scratch” that will take place from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  The other program being offered is titled “Genealogy Research and Translation Help” that will take place from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  Both programs will occur in the library’s Hendrickson Room.  Registration for the programs is required by the library.

What follows after the line separator in Italics  is the text of the e-mail I received from Michael that provides more description and information about the day’s genealogy programs at the library on that day.

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Very Beginning Genealogy – From Scratch

Saturday, June 9

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hendrickson Room

 Beginning genealogists, start your family history now! Local History/Genealogy Librarian, Michael Mulholland will show you how.

Register by calling 847-392-011 or online at www.ahml.info

 Genealogy Research and Translation Help

Saturday, June 9

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Hendrickson Room

 Need help with your ancestor hunting? Can’t read that old document? Genealogy volunteers and translators will be available to help with your research. Languages will include German, French, Russian, Polish, Swedish, and Ukrainian. Call 847-870-3643 for details.

Register by calling 847-392-011 or online at www.ahml.info

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If you are brand new to embarking on researching genealogy, then it sure looks like the first program is truly geared for you to learn the process of researching utilizing a myriad of resources for you to use.  Michael Mulholland will present this program.

The second program does not appear to be a speaker-oriented program but rather an open time period for you to seek research help with translating some of your ancestral documents that may be in German, French, Russian, Polish, Swedish and Ukrainian.  For many of us not being able to understand our foreign language documents in our possession certainly can hinder our further research.  Here is an opportunity to get your documents in the languages above translated so you can move on with your research knowing exactly what the document tells you.

Mark your calendar down for this wonderful set of program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

If you plan on attending either program you will need to register your intent with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Other” Poll Results Category For The New Poll On Favorite Genealogy Journals; Results Only Seen By Me Was Not Anticipated

Hi Everyone!

Hopefully, you are aware that I created another new poll on the right sidebar of this blog.  This poll asks you to select your favorite genealogy journal from a pre-set list of popular journals still published.  I also included an “Other” category for the responder to “write in” their favorite journal that is not in the pre-set list.

I thought that when used, the write-in would appear in the poll results for all to see when someone clicks on the link to “View Results”.

Unfortunately, I discovered it does not work that way with PollDaddy.  I do see that someone entered in a genealogy journal in that “other” category.  However, the actual “other” category is only visible to me when I log into PollDaddy.  Not what I wanted or expected!  The joys of learning how some processes work.

The response that was entered into the “other” category was Family Tree Magazine for those of you that also would like to know.

PollDaddy allows me to consider adding in those journals that appear in the “other” category into the poll itself.

So you only learn by trying!

I thought I would let you know what is happening because I truly believe you would expect to see what respondents entered into the “other” category.  Sad to say you will not see them until I report them in a blog post.

Maybe if other journal names appear in the “other” category, I will just take advantage of the PollDaddy ability to enter those into the list I created.

Another mystery solved!

I apologize for any confusion.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

BIGWILL (British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois) Has An Upcoming All-Day Program On Saturday, May 19, 2012 In Richmond, IL; Michael John Neill Will Present “Courting Your English Ancestors”

Hi Everyone!

I just received an e-mail notice from Maureen Brady letting me know that the BIGWILL (British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois) genealogy group will be having an all-day program on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  The program will take place in Richmond, IL.

The program title is “Courting Your English Ancestors”.  The speaker for the all-day program is Michael John Neill.

Check out the website for the organization at:

British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIGWILL)

Here is a link to a “flyer” provided to me by Maureen that gives further details of the day’s program.  Registration is required and the soon closing registration date is approaching.  Registration information is contained in the following flyer.

May 19, 2012 BIGWILL All-Day Program “Courting Your English Ancestors” Presented by Michael John Neill in Richmond, IL

What follows after the separator in Italics is the e-mail text I received from Maureen describing more of the program:

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Hi everyone.  Just wanted to send a reminder about our BIGWILL seminar on May 19th.  I have attached a flyer.

 The deadline for pre-registration is this week, so I thought that a reminder might be in order.  Michael John Neill is a terrific presenter who focuses on organizing our research to set goals and also analyzing what we have to lead us to new record possibilities.

 Though the title infers that this will be about English records, Mr. Neill’s presentation will mainly focus on US records and how we trace our ancestors through those records.  It should be a wonderful day.

 If you can, I would appreciate you passing this on to your mailing lists.

 Thank you.

 Maureen Brady

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Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event if you decide to go at the last-minute.  However, the lunch is not guaranteed.

If you have English ancestors, this sounds like a very good program to help you with your research.  If you are not a member of BIGWILL, perhaps you may want to consider joining the group and work with others doing similar research on English ancestry.

Check out the group and this program.  You can energize your English ancestral research by tapping into this great group and this great upcoming program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

How About That — Another Milestone! Blog Post Number 400 Has Just Been Released!

Hi Everyone!

I have just completed another milestone related to my authoring this  blog.

I have just posted what is identified as my 400th blog post!

It just seems that I just cranked out blog post number 300 a few weeks ago. (The 300th post occurred on November 16, 2011!)  It seems the blog posts are happening at the speed of light lately.

I hope you enjoy these blog posts as much as I enjoy creating them.

Thanks for spending your time reading through the material I am posting that does hopefully make a positive impact on your genealogical researching.

Thanks for your kind words about what I do both on this blog and in the library!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for May 8, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

May 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, May 8, 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

May 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for May 8, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

May 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, May 8, 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 May 8, 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, May 8, 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:

Kathryn Barrett

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Kathryn Barrett.  Kathryn will present a program titled “Military Service Records”.

Kathryn Barrett is a genealogy researcher, teacher and lecturer at the local, regional and national level. Kathryn has been a volunteer at the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) at the Great Lakes Regional Center for more than 15 years. She recently organized a local homeowner association genealogical group and makes monthly presentations on a wide variety of genealogical topics, including Naturalization, Evolution of the Federal Census and The Orphan Train. Kathryn is a professional member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Society (FGS), and the Wisconsin State Historical Society with 35+ years of genealogy experience.

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.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library