Monthly Archives: June 2012

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.

Yikes!

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

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

Hi Everyone!

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

June 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, June 12, 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 June 12, 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, June 12, 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, June 12, 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

For Those Doing Irish Genealogical Research; Antrim Records Now Available; Tyrone and Fermanagh Gravestone Records Now Available

Hi Everyone!

Barb P., a frequent participant at our monthly genealogy program, made me aware that there are some online Irish genealogical records that are available for the areas in Ireland of Antrim, Tyrone and Fermanagh.  These records are being made available by the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) and RootsIreland.ie.  You do need to be registered with the group and there is a cost to obtain full access to the material.

If your research has indicated a possible connection to these areas of Ireland then you may want to discover more about these organizations that help Irish genealogical researchers.

If you are not familiar with these organizations just follow their embedded links that follow to their site for further information about them and costs associated to participate and obtain records.

What follows in Italics are the contents from the 2 e-mails forwarded to me by Barb P. describing this available data:

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Antrim Records Now Available

The Irish Family History Foundation’s Online Research Service (ORS) are pleased to announce the availability of an additional 23,500 birth and burial records from the Antrim Family History Centre in Co. Antrim.

The following parishes have now been added:

Burials

Church of Ireland Aghaderg 1818-1886
Church of Ireland Aghalee 1811-1874
Church of Ireland Ballinderry 1840-1865
Church of Ireland Ballyclug 1841-1871
Church of Ireland Ballymena 1780-1871
Church of Ireland Ballymoney 1807-1888
Church of Ireland Ballynure 1840-1880
Church of Ireland Ballywillin 1827-1871
Church of Ireland Christ Church 1837-1902
Church of Ireland Dromore 1784-1873
Church of Ireland Drumballyroney 1839-1873
Church of Ireland Finvoy 1811-1885
Church of Ireland Glenavy 1707-1840
Church of Ireland Layde 1824-1872
Church of Ireland Magheragall 1825-1842
Church of Ireland Muckamore 1859-1921

Births

   
Roman Catholic Shankill 1817-1927

See the Antrim Sources List for full details.

Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details.
http://antrim.rootsireland.ie

We now have over 19 million records online.

Remember that you can purchase and spend your credit at any of the IFHF online centres.

Family History Research, Lectures & Tours – try an activity holiday with a difference. To find out more on some of the summer schools and events happening over the summer click here.

If you have any questions or comments please check our Online Help and if this does not provide an answer, then do not hesitate to contact us or one or the county centres.

Yours sincerely
IFHF

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Tyrone and Fermanagh Gravestone Records Now Available

The Irish Family History Foundation’s Online Research Service (ORS) are pleased to announce the availability of an additional 65,000 Gravestone Inscriptions from the Irish World Heritage Centre for parishes in Co. Tyrone and Fermanagh.

Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details.
http://www.rootsireland.ie

We now have over 19 million records online.

Remember that you can purchase and spend your credit at any of the IFHF online centres.

Please check out our interactive map to see which centres are currently live.

If you have any questions or comments please check our Online Help and if this does not provide an answer, then do not hesitate to contact us or one or the county centres.

Yours sincerely
IFHF

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Thanks to Barb P. for providing me with the above information.  The links embedded in the above information can shed further insight into the organizations that are providing this Irish data.

I hope the above can help someone to further their own Irish research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Czech Obituaries Article (Part II) Appeared In The “Chicago Genealogist” Spring 2012 Issue, Volume 44, No. 3; List Of About 150 Obituaries Included In The Article

Hi Everyone!

For those of you doing Czech research in the Chicagoland area, you may want to take a look at a recent article that was published in the Chicago Genealogist, Spring 2012, Volume 44, Number 3 issue.  The article is titled “Czech Obituaries Part II: Lusk to Zimney”  The author of the article is Gail Santroch.

Our library has this journal in our collection.

I did make a blog post on February 8, 2012 about a similar Part I article that appeared in the same journal in the Fall/Winter issue, Volume 44, No. 2.  Here is a shortlink to that post:

http://wp.me/pIDzY-Pt

You may want to take a quick look at this new article because the author has included a list of about 150 additional entries of individuals for which obituaries have been extracted from the researcher’s own research on their Bohemian ancestry.  The surnames in this Part II start with the letter L and go through the letter Z.

The obituaries originated from the Denni Hlasatel, a Czech-language paper from Chicago.

The author noted in the Part I article that data that was extracted includes the following pieces of information:

  • Death Date
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Years in America
  • Cemetery
  • Family

The author also notes that the following pieces of information were not extracted and included in this article’s listing of the obituaries:

  • Undertaker
  • Church
  • Lodges
  • Member Organizations
  • Names of Grandchildren

If you are in our library and if your research area of interest is inclusive of Czech ancestors living in the Chicagoland area, then you may want to take a very quick look at this issue of the journal to see if any name you are researching may be included in this list of 150 names in the Part II article.  I know the chances may be slim, but if you are here you will be able to look at the list in less than one minute.

Here is a link to the local Czech and Slovak Genealogical Society that may also be helpful to you in your Czech genealogical research:

Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois (CSAGSI)

I hope you find someone of interest to your research from the above Part II article by Gail Santroch.

I am currently looking at this journal so it should be back on the magazine shelves by about June 12, 2012.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library