Monthly Archives: June 2012

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Announces Its Genealogy Programs for 2012-2013; View The Schedule From The Embedded PDF

Hi Everyone!

I just received a notice from the DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) announcing their genealogy program schedule for September 2012 through May 2013.  Included in the announced schedule is also high-level information about the society’s Annual conference that will take place in February 2013.

The “Dog Days” of Summer appear to already be here in June, so why not take the time to review their schedule of the upcoming programs for 2012-2013 and see what is of interest to you during the “cooler” months of the year.

You can view their upcoming schedule on the following embedded link to a PDF  at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Genealogy Program Schedule For 2012-2013

Also, just visit the DCGS website to see what they are all about and what nice resources they have at their site for you to discover.  If you have any DuPage County, IL ancestral connection, you may want to consider joining the society to access even more resources through the society’s site.  You can visit the DCGS web site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society

Cool down a little, plan your genealogy program attendance at DCGS starting in September 2012.

They have many interesting programs on their schedule.  Increase your genealogy knowledge and skills.  Attend one of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Nice Insights Into Using Google Even More Powerfully For Your Genealogy Research

Hi Everyone!

One of my colleague librarians shared a link with me to an article about how to use Google in an even more powerful way than we think we may already do.

There is even a teaser puzzle at the beginning of the article that on the surface we would think would have no way to solve it.  Yet, not only is there a solution to the puzzle, but someone from Google shares insights into how the puzzle can be solved using Google!

Google is the Go To Tool of the Genealogist!

Why not take a look at the article to see if you are using Google in the most effective manner possible to provide you with good, meaningful genealogy searches.

See if you are familiar with all of the powerful capabilities of Google mentioned in the article.

Take a look at the full article at the following link:

Daniel Russell’s Awesome Google Search Techniques

Enjoy the article and see how your skills and techniques with Google stack up.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 25, 2012 Genealogy Program Being Offered By The Nordic Family Genealogy Center; “Google For Genealogists” By Thomas MacEntee; Program Will Take Place At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone!

I just received notice from the Swedish American Museum located in Chicago, IL that the Nordic Family Genealogy Center will be offering a Genealogy Program on Saturday, August 25, 2012 titled “Google for Genealogists”.  The speaker for the program will be Thomas, MacEntee.

Registration for the program will occur at 10:15 AM on the day of the program.  The program itself will start at 10:30 AM and will last until 12:00 Noon.

Interested participants are being asked to contact the Swedish American Museum at 773-728-8111 to make a reservation to attend the program.

The program cost is free to Museum and Nordic Family Genealogy members.  Non-members can also attend for a $10 fee.

Please look at the following PDF flyer for more details of the program.

August 25, 2012 “Google For Genealogists” Program Offered By The Nordic Family Genealogy Center

You can also visit the web site for Nordic Family Genealogy Center as part of the Swedish American Museum at:

Nordic Family Genealogy Center/Swedish American Museum

Mark your calendars for this upcoming event at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Elgin Genealogical Society And Their 1940 Census Transcription “Parties”; Consider Transcribing Data At A “Party” And Not Alone!

Hi Everyone!

I received an e-mail from the Elgin Genealogical Society that conveyed some interesting information on their approach as a society to be involved in the 1940 Census Indexing effort that is taking place around the world at this time.

Unfortunately, I was unable to post this in advance of their most recent “party” that just took place on last Wednesday evening, June 20, 2012.

However, they are still busily engaged in indexing the 1940 Census so the following overview of their effort can still allow you to contact them and offer your services at any future indexing “parties” the society will have.

What follows after the separator line in Italics is the text of the e-mail I received from describing their efforts:


Hi All,

 I can’t remember when I’ve had such a good time working with a group of people as I had yesterday morning. We met at Gail Borden for our first indexing party and, I think, fun was had by all. I know I had a great time.

 We went through the process of getting started, from setting up a family search account to indexing a page from the 1940 census and everyone had success. The more experienced indexers were more than happy to help the newbies and it’s always nice to have someone around when you have a question.

 If you’ve thought about getting involved with the indexing but have been reluctant to try it on your own, now’s you chance to jump in!! We’d love to have you come to our next party.  (If you’ll be setting up a family search account at the party, you’ll need to access your email account to accept an activation email, so be sure to remember or bring the username and password for your email account.)

 The party will be held at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove, in Elgin from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the computer class room. You’re welcome to use the computers in the class or bring your own laptop. All levels of indexers are welcome!!

 Since we started in April the ISGS group (EGS is working within this group) has indexed 226,042 names and arbitrated 44,703 and Illinois is now 38% complete. We still have a lot of work ahead but we’ve come a long way so far.

 If you are not in the area and want to help out, drop me a note and I can email you the instructions so we can get Illinois indexed quickly.

 Come along and join us in this important effort.

 Sincerely, Becky


Becky Higgins is the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) 1940 Census Indexing Administrator working within her own genealogical society which she is a member, the Elgin Genealogical Society.  She even asked me to share her e-mail address if anyone wants to contact her directly to find out more about all the fun and indexing “parties” that are taking place out in Elgin, IL.

Becky can be reached at

You can also visit the website of the Elgin Genealogical Society to find out information about them as a society at:

Elgin Genealogical Society

It really is amazing about what is taking place with the indexing of the 1940 Census and the creative ways in which it is occurring.

While you may have missed the opportunity to “party” at the last session, contact Becky Higgins to find out more about what will be happening in the future regarding any more indexing “parties” that will be held by the society in Elgin, IL.

Congratulations to the society and the creative ways they have devised to make indexing the 1940 Census a lot more fun!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Some Interesting Statistics On The Use Of The Internet, E-Mail, Social Media And Cell Phones By Senior Citizens; How Do You Compare?

Hi Everyone!

One of our Reference Librarians here made me aware of a very interesting Internet site that is put together by the Pew Internet Organization.  This group does frequent surveys on a variety of topics.  This particular survey caught my attention because it focused on statistical results generated by Senior Citizens and their Internet/E-Mail/Social Media/Cell Phone usage and habits.

Here is a short summary of some of the highlights of the findings of the survey:

Older Adults and Internet Use – from Pew Internet & American Life Project. As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email.  As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, email use continues to be the bedrock of online communications for seniors. As of August 2011, 86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day. A growing share of seniors own a cell phone. Some 69% of adults ages 65 and older report that they have a mobile phone, up from 57% in May 2010. Report also compares usage in various age groups.

You can visit the following web site for even more details of the actual survey itself:

Pew Internet and American Life Project (Older Adults and Internet Use)

I find these studies fascinating because I like to compare the results obtained in the studies to my own personal habits as they apply to my Internet activity, E-mail activity and the like.

How do you compare?  Similarly or just the opposite?

While this is not directly related to genealogy, in  a way it is because our research efforts are often so dependent on our Internet access to find answers to our own research.  Social Media use, Cell Phone use and E-Mail use are key ingredients today in our genealogy research efforts.

Check out the above link to the full survey to see how your own habits fit in with the results of this interesting study.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DVD Recordings Of Our Genealogy Programs From February 2012 And April 2012 Have Been Added To Our Library’s Audio Visual Collection; You Can Check These Out For Home Viewing

Hi Everyone!

For those that have been recently attending our monthly genealogy programs since February 2012, you may have noticed that I have been in the back of the room with our library’s camcorder recording the programs of our speakers.  I have started doing this, when permission is given to me by our speaker, so that the program can be recorded, transferred to a DVD and then made available to check out from our library as a DVD for viewing at home.

So if you were unable to attend one of our genealogy speaker programs from February 2012 going forward, there is a good chance that the program will have been recorded for you to view at home and catch up on the material presented by the speaker.  Or perhaps you did attend the program but may have missed a critical point emphasized by the speaker.  Now you have the chance to view an “encore” performance of the program in the comfort of your home.  You can “rewind” and “replay” key points made by the speaker over and over.

The program presented by Craig Pfannkuche on February 14, 2012 titled “Using Railroad Records in Your Family History Research” is now available as a DVD to check out from our Audio Visual (AV) circulating collection.  The call number of this DVD is:

DVD 929.1072 PFA

The program presented by Paul Milner on April 10, 2012 titled “Making Sense of the English Census” is now available as a DVD to check out from our Audio Visual (AV) circulating collection.  The call number of this DVD is:

DVD 929.3 MIL

I plan on making future recordings as long as I have the permission of the speaker to do so for a particular program.

I currently have the most recent speaker program that was held on May 8, 2012 from Kathryn Barrett titled “Military Records” in the process of being added to our AV circulating collection.  I will let our readers know when this DVD is available in our library to check out.

I hope this availability of these recorded programs for checkout will further assist you in advancing your genealogy research skills by affording you the opportunity to see programs that you may have missed or that you simply want to see again.

Enjoy these new DVDs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Do You Have A Facebook Account?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

This time I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Do You Have A Facebook Account?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Facebook is such a world-renowned Social Media platform that can serve as a connecting point for many genealogists doing research.  So I wanted to see how many of the readers of the blog have an account on Facebook.

One would think that just about everyone is on Facebook.  Let us see what the readers of the blog say as to their own participation on Facebook with an account they set up.

Facebook can be that perfect point where family connect.  Genealogists can connect.  Collaborators on Family History can connect.  New, undiscovered descendants can connect to someone actively researching a particular family line.  Facebook provides a great tool for the Family Historian to expand their research simply by allowing a meeting of the minds full of family knowledge to connect and share.

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Time For A New Poll; Current Poll On Favorite Genealogy Journals Is Not Getting Very Many Responses So I Am Closing It Down

Hi Everyone!

I have been looking at the results of the current poll that exists on the blog and to put it bluntly the participation and results for this one have been dismal in comparisons to the previous polls.

To date I have only received about 10 responses on the entire poll over about a 7 week appearance on the blog when previous polls have elicited about 40 to 60 replies.


Maybe it was too complicated with the selection list.  I hope it was not because the readers are not familiar with the journals I selected that are really the core of genealogy journals and simply did not want to comment on a journal for which they did not have an opinion.  I know my reading audience is very intelligent and use genealogy journals to increase their research skills by learning about new things in genealogy via the journals.

So let’s just have a “do over” and eliminate this poll and put up another one that might elicit more responses.

I will put on my thinking cap and see what new poll I can come up that will generate a larger response and be more direct.

I certainly welcome poll suggestions about genealogy from readers of this blog.  Leave a comment on a blog post or use the “Contact” form from the Pages at the top of the blog home page.

Thanks to those that did participate and expressed their views on the most recent poll on genealogy journals.

Keep watching.  Some new poll will appear soon.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Update On Status Of 1940 Census Indexing Project; Great Progress Being Made; 50% Of The Census Has Been Indexed; Alas, Not Yet For Illinois

Hi Everyone!

Steve Szabados, a frequent participant at our genealogy programs and an author of two genealogy books, made me aware of a nice little PDF file that summarizes the current status of the 1940 Census Indexing effort that is ongoing.  The PDF lists 22 states for which indexed data is now available.  The full complement of 22 states is not all available at one location.  The PDF does note on a state-by-state basis where the data can be found for you to search.

Take a look at the following PDF file provided to me by Steve.  This will help you match your current research efforts for the 1940 Census to the states that are indexed and where you can find this data.

1940 Census Indexing Project Status As Of June 10, 2012

Unfortunately, Illinois is not yet one of the states that has been completed for indexing!

The project is moving at a rapid pace.  Fully, 75 million names have been indexed so far in comparison to the 132 million total of names that were captured during the census.

So if your research connects you to one of the above mentioned states then happy hunting to you while the rest of us wait a little longer until our more populous states of interest become indexed.

Keep up to date with where the project is at the moment so you can jump into the searching part of your research if one of the indexed states is one for you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

June 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for June 12, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

June 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, June 12, 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