Monthly Archives: July 2012

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Begin Offering A New Special Interest Group (SIG) For Apple Mac Users That Use Reunion As Their Lineage Program; Saturday, August 11, 2012, From 1:00 To 2:30 PM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

I just noticed in the July 2012 CAGGNI Newsletter that the organization is going to start up a new Special Interest Group (SIG) that will be focused on Apple Mac users that use one of the best lineage software products out there, Reunion.

The first meeting of this SIG group will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2012, between 1:00 to 2:30 PM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.  Our library is located in the Town Square complex at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road.

Marscha Chenoweth of the CAGGNI group will be acting as facilitator for the group.  Like any other group, the more interest that is shown for such a program, the better are that the chances the group will be able to continue offering help at future dates.

Here is description of the program from the CAGGNI website:

Reunion Special Interest Group

Calling all Apple users!  Reunion is a genealogy software designed specifically for Macintosh and also available as an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Learn the tips and tricks that will have you utilizing this highly regarded program to its fullest.

Facilitator:  Marscha Chenoweth

Mac users using Reunion, now is your chance to really learn a lot more about your own program from others that are also using the product.  Maybe you are already a good user of the product.  Consider sharing your skills with others using the Mac system and Reunion.

More and more computer users have been switching over to Apple products over the last few years and this includes the desktop/laptop machines as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

So with a growing base of products in the hands of genealogy researchers, it appears the CAGGNI group is responding to this growth by trialing this new SIG group geared to Mac users that utilize the lineage software product called Reunion.

Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to really become more skilled at using an incredibly well-rated lineage product on your Macintosh.

Here is wishing this start-up group great success!

Check out more about the CAGGNI organization itself and all that it offers.  Keep in touch with them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Have Their Meeting On Sunday, August 12, 2012, At 2 PM In Chicago; Program Title Is “Paderewski: Musician And Statesman” Presented By Richard Kujawa

Hi Everyone!

I received word from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) that they will be having their next meeting on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 2 PM in Chicago at the Social Hall of the Polish Museum of America located at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, IL.

Mr. Richard Kujawa will present a program titled “Paderewski: Musician and Statesman”.

What follows in Italics after the separator line is what I received from the PGSA describing the event of the day:

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PGSA’s Summer Meeting

August 12th – 2 p.m.

“PADEREWSKI”

Mr. Richard Kujawa, Operations Manager of the Polish Museum of America will discuss the ways in which Paderewski supported and encouraged the Polish Community in the United States.

 His talk will be followed by a tour of the newly renovated Paderewski Room, completed in 2009. The Polish Museum of America lays claim to having a collection of the most significant artifacts of his life: both as a musician and statesman.

 The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL. There is a large enclosed parking lot adjacent to the museum

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Please mark your calendar for this upcoming meeting.  Doing Polish research?  Here is your chance to connect to the PGSA in Chicago and all of the rich historical items that exist within the Polish Museum of America.

Check out this wonderful organization and all that it has to help you in your own Polish research.

Vist the PGSA website to find out all about them and the wonderful resources they have to facilitate your Polish genealogical research.  You can find them at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

We Have Added “The Guide To FamilySearch Online” To Our Circulating Genealogy Collection; There Is A Good Overview Of The Book At GenealogyBlog.com

Hi Everyone!

What is one of the most frequently used free online genealogy resources that genealogy researchers tap into?

If you said FamilySearch.org you are correct.

Yet do you feel you are completely knowledgeable about all that is there for you to use?

Probably not, but at least you get some search results that help you advance your research!

Well James L. Tanner has created a book that is a great guide to help us better understand all the things that you find at FamilySearch.org.  There is often no better way to learn about something than through the comfort of reading all about it and simply becoming aware of a resource.

Our library has added this book to our genealogy section as a circulating book.

I also came across a very good review/overview of the book from GenealogyBlog.com.  Rather than reinvent the wheel on my own overview, I thought I would just steer you to GenealogyBlog for you to take a look at the overview created by them about this wonderful new resource to help you to really learn about FamilySearch.org.

You can look at this review at the following link:

Book Review of “The Guide To FamilySearch.org” At GenealogyBlog

The book consists of 359 pages of jam-packed information that takes you step-by-step through all of the information you find at FamilySearch.org.  Sometimes just clicking through the links themselves does not really give us a full-fledged explanation of what the link is about and how it can best help us.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to become familiar with more than just the “Search Surnames” sections of websites.  Other valuable learning resources can be found throughout these sites, but especially at FamilySearch.org.

The author does a great job in really opening our eyes to so much more than just “Search Surnames”!

This book should be on our circulating shelves within about 3 days.  I am currently browsing through the book now and should be done shortly.

I highly recommend checking this book out and spending some time learning about all that exists at FamilySearch.org.  It will make you a better researcher to understand all of the resources that exist through this wonderful organization.

You will be able to find this book on the 2nd floor of our library.  The call number of the book in our library is 929.10285 TANNER, J.

Enjoy the book and the above review of the book.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society Has Posted Their Upcoming Genealogy Programs For September 2012 To December 2012 At Their Website

Hi Everyone!

As our hot, hot, hot summer really gets into the “dog days”, maybe now is the time to turn our attention to future genealogy programs in our area.

I just noticed in the recent July/August 2012, Volume 45, Number 1 issue of the Newsletter of the Chicago Genealogical Society, they made mention of their upcoming programs through the balance of 2012, starting in September 2012.

They have these programs posted at their website with a nice long detailed description of their programs from September to December 2012.

Here are the titles of the programs.  Some are noted as “tours”; some are “programs”:

September 8, 2012 – Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary: The United Library (tour)

October 6, 2012 – “Chicago Bus Tour: Dark Alleys of Chicago Family History” (tour)

November 3, 2012 – “History of the US Federal Census” (program)

December 1, 2012 – “Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture” (tour)

Visit the website of the Chicago Genealogical Society at their Calendar of Events section at the following website for more detailed descriptions of the above programs:

Chicago Genealogical Society Calendar of Events – September to December 2012 Programs

Get your genealogy “mojo” ramped up for what is often the start of “genealogy season” that starts in September for many genealogy societies that take the summer off.

See if any of the above programs has a good fit for your own research needs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

Hi Everyone!

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

July 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, July 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

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

Hi Everyone!

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

July 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, July 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 July 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, July 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:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.  Jeanne will present a program titled “Hiring A Professional Genealogist”.
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG(SM) is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Illinois (particularly Cook County), problem solving, and compiling multi-generational family histories.

As a case manager for the American History Company, she works for the Repatriation and Family Affairs Division of the Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operation to determine the Primary Next of Kin on to identify eligible family members that can provide Family Reference Samples (mtDNA) to aid in the possible identification of unaccounted for soldiers from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War of the soldier. Her other clients include authors, professional genealogists, heir-search firms, and family researchers in the United States and internationally. She is a member of NGS, BCG, APG, GSG, ISFHWE, is a multi-year alumnus of IGHS at Samford, and an alumnus of NIGR.

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