Monthly Archives: October 2012

All Of The FamilySearch Indexing Project Newsletters At Your Fingertips; Newsletters From July 2010 To October 2012

Hi Everyone!

I was doing some searching for one thing and came upon something else that may actually be more interesting and valuable than my initial search.

FamilySearch publishes Newsletters relating to the massive indexing project they have going on.  I had been a heavily involved indexer in the past but have not been as active lately.  I believe FamilySearch was e-mailing these Newsletters to me when I was more active.  I have not been receiving these Newsletters directly of late.

I found them to be fascinating and informative both intended for those that are indexing and arbitrating as well as motivational to those that may not have yet taken the plunge to index but are interested in knowing more of what is going on with the project.

I did discover where in FamilySearch all of these published Newsletters exist .

I thought this would be good to share with all of you.  You can see current Newsletters through October 2012 as well as those going back to July 2010.  Lots of interesting news and information related to “indexing” and “arbitrating” can be found here.

Maybe we as researchers only care about the fact that there is data out there for us to use.  How this all comes about for all of us to use is another interesting story.  These are the kinds of things you can find in the Newsletters that will make you appreciate even more what the volunteer indexers and arbitrators are accomplishing.

Maybe just reading about the excitement that is going on with taking data from microfilms and ultimately getting it into searchable databases might interest you to give indexing and arbitrating a shot yourself and be a part of this exciting group of volunteers.

Here is the link you can use to get to a listing of all of the Newsletters from Family Search Indexing Project:

FamilySearch Indexing Project Newsletters July 2010 to October 2012

You just click on the Newsletter of interest to you from a small summary description of the contents of the particular Newsletter.

The Newsletters are even available to read in 10 different languages other than English.  The default is English but you can select the Newsletter to appear in the language of your choice from the list of languages for the Newsletter.  FamilySearch Indexing reaches worldwide as world records are read, transcribed, indexed and arbitrated.

I think you will realize there is an incredible amount of effort and energy that goes on behind the scenes in making records available for the rest of us to access online.

A big “Thank You” to all of the volunteer indexers and arbitrators and to FamilySearch for making us aware of these activities via the Newsletters.

Take a look at one.  You probably won’t stop looking at one since the stories are fascinating.  As you open up and read the various stories you will see that the stories are part of an online blog format in which many readers of the stories also left comments.

Take a look at the Newsletters.

I think you will like what you read.

Next time you see an “indexer” or an “arbitrator” take the time to offer them a big “thank you”.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society Will Be Having Their Annual Conference On Saturday, November 10, 2012, From 9 AM Until 3:30 PM In Round Lake Beach, IL; “Just Plain Folk: Searching For Ancestors”; Link To Conference Brochure And Registration Information Included

Hi Everyone,

I just realized that I forgot to share information about the upcoming Annual Conference that is held by the Lake County Genealogical Society.  Their program for this year will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Round Lake Beach, IL from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM.

It looks like the society will be having two top-notch genealogical speakers as presenters at this program.

Paula Stuart-Warren and Jeanne Larzalere Bloom will be the speakers for the all-day session from the society.

Because I am posting this rather late compared to the actual event date, the brochure does note that you would have to pay the highest fee either by registering at this time or coming in on the day of the event as an unregistered “walk-in”.

Right now your best bet is to simply view the program detail information for the location, the program topics, the speakers and their biography information and the cost and lunch information by looking at the program information as posted by the Lake County Genealogical Society.

You can visit them and get the information at:

2012 Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information

Better late than never.  You still have two weeks to stir up your interests especially if the topics and the speakers fit your research agenda.

Check out the above link and see for yourself all the details about this soon to be upcoming all-day Annual Conference.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Very Nice Graphical Overview Of United States Census History And Statistics From Archive.com

Hi Everyone!

I received an e-mail from someone at Archive.com noting that they had a very nice graphical historical overview of all of our United States Censuses.

You can select the Census year of interest for you from what looks like a large board game.  When you select the year of interest, you will see a nice summary of the population statistics as well as the ability to access all of the questions that were asked during that particular census year.

You can also access from the “board” links to get to information about “Housing”, “Occupations” and “Free Tips”.

The information is put together in a very appealing visual manner.

Archives.com is a “subscribable” service.  This Census history information can be appealing to someone who is interested in also subscribing to their data.  Their link to subscribe to them is hovering just below this nice Census piece of historical information.

Once you access a particular census year summary, you will find an ability to actually search the census data at Archive.com.  I did see that a search that you try required both a “first name” and “last name”.  It would not let me search with just a “last name”.  You can at least get a feel for the data they have and how they present it should you have interest in signing up for a “free” 7 day trial.  You will not be able to access any found data until you subscribe.  However, you will get “indexed” results for a particular person you search for indicating what records exist for that person in Ancestry.com.

I think you will enjoy having all of this statistical summary information , especially all of the questions for all of the years, at the tip of your finger.

Visit the site and explore all of the census data that exists at the following link.  Give the site about 20 seconds for it to load this graphical summary information as the “board” game.  The “board game” will appear after the text introduction at the beginning of their website.  Just scroll down a little on the first page of the site to see the “board game” of census appear.

Archives.com US Census Historical Summary Information 1790 – 1940

Enjoy the site.

It is fun!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Ancestry.com To Be Sold For $1.6 Billion Dollars To European Private Equity Firm Permira; See Details At Dick Eastman Blog Post

Hi Everyone,

Well it looks like the rumors have finally come to fruition.

Ancestry.com is being sold to a European private equity company called Permira for $1.6 billion dollars.  (That is correct, 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS!)

It does appear that Ancestry.com will no longer be a publicly traded company but will return to being a private company.

All of the details are noted at a recent blog post by Dick Eastman.

You can see the details of the pending transaction noted by Dick Eastman at:

Sale Of Ancestry.com Details At Dick Eastman Blog Post On October 22, 2012

It would appear that Ancestry.com will still be Ancestry.com and that genealogical researchers will still be able to subscribe and search all the data that exists through them without any noticeable changes.

Only time will tell how this privatization will impact the role of Ancestry.com in the future.

For now it is business as usual.

Enjoy the details of the pending sale of Ancestry.com via Dick Eastman’s blog post link noted above.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Elgin Genealogical Society Will Have Their Holiday Luncheon On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 At Noon At Villa Olivia Country Club

Hi Everyone!

I just received an e-mail from the Elgin Genealogical Society indicating that they have completed their plans for their Annual Luncheon for 2012.

The society will be holding their luncheon on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 12:00 Noon at the Villa Olivia Country Club in Bartlett, IL.

I have included a link to the PDF file they provided to me with the luncheon menu selection you have and what the cost will be as well as where to return the completed form with check.

If you are not a member of the society, perhaps it is time now to become one and guarantee yourself a spot at this annual luncheon.

Reservations for members of the society need to be returned to the society by Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

Take a look at the following link for details of this luncheon:

2012 Elgin Genealogical Society Annual Luncheon on December 4, 2012

It is never too early to start getting in the Holiday Spirit!

Join the society if you are currently not a member in order to participate in this luncheon.

If you are already a member, consider attending the luncheon.

Details are all included via the above link.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

History/Genealogy Events From The Swedish American Museum During The Week Of October 22, 2012

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.

I thought I would share with you what I have been receiving as a link to what I received via e-mail.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history and ancestry.

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 4 PM.  It is a time period for genealogy research and for the ability to meet on a one-on-one basis with someone there than can help you with your research.

The cost to participate at this hands-on learning program for Swedish genealogy is $10.  It is recommended you make a reservation if you are interested in attending although walk-ins are welcome.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing during the week of October 22, 2012 at the Swedish American Museum:

Activities And Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago During The Week Of October 22, 2012

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Saturday Morning, November 3, 2012 At 10:00 AM; “Genealogy 101: From Seed To Tree” By Jacquie Schattner

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, November 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 3, 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 Jacquie Schattner.  The speaker will present a program titled “Genealogy 101: From Seed To Tree.

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) November 3, 2012 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jacquie Schattner, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

The DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Of Illinois Has Updated Their Website Appearance With A New Look

Hi Everyone!

The DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) of Illinois has just informed me that the society has updated the appearance of the society website.  The web address for the society has not changed.  You will see a new and improved view of the site.

The following text after the separator line in Italics is the text given to me by the society that highlights some of the new features at the website:

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The DuPage County Genealogical Society welcomes you to visit our “new” improved website.  The web address is the same, http://www.dcgs.org, but the look and features have changed.

  • There is a new Members section, with secure access by members only, to our current eNewsletter and past issues, a Membership List enabling you to collaborate with other members, and the ability to add family surnames you are researching to our Surnames section.
  • Check out the Events page for monthly meetings with guest speakers, classes held at the Wheaton Public Library, and our annual conference.
  • You can still shop for Publications, find DuPage County data compiled by DCGS volunteers, and access other useful links.

Visit and enjoy the features of the new website!

Jerry Gieraltowski
Publicity Chairperson – DuPage County Genealogical Society

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Check out the newly updated site yourself.

One of the biggest changes is the “new” members section of the site.  More and more genealogical societies are moving in this direction to offer “special” access to materials to members over and above what the general public has access to.  Unless you are a member of the society you will not be able to dig deep into the site to see exactly what these “perks” are.  Becoming a member may be well-worth the effort to gain access to the special material.

Visit the website at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society of Illinois Website

See for yourself the newly revised site.

Meander around.

Explore.

Look at the data that is available to non-members.

Consider joining the society to gain access to the material available to members only.

Thanks to Jerry from DCGS for letting me know about the changes you will now see at the DCGS website.

Enjoy the new website.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL) To Co-Host Upcoming Quarterly Meeting Of The Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) On Sunday Afternoon, November 11, 2012, From 2 PM Until 4:30 PM; Program Registration Is Required

Hi Everyone!

The Schaumburg Township District Library will be co-hosting the upcoming quarterly meeting of the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) that will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 11, 2012, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM in the combined Rasmussen North and South Rooms on the 2nd floor of our library.

Our library is located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.  The library building is located in the Town Square which is at the intersections of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road.

Registration for the program is required. This can be done by visiting the library web site at:

Schaumburg Township District Library Web Site

Click on the “Events” tab at the top.

Then click on “All Programs” under the Central Library column.

Scroll through the calendar to select November.

Look for the November 11, 2012 date and click on the PGSA Program.

Enter in your First Name, Last Name and Phone Number (Required).

Your e-mail address is optional.  If you add it in you will receive an e-mail reminder from us a few days in advance of the program.

Click on the “Complete Registration” Button and you will be registered.

It’s that simple!

You can also register by calling our main library number at 847-985-4000 and ask that you want to be registered for a program.  Our staff will be able to register you if you are unable or unwilling to do the online registration process yourself.

The guest speaker at the PGSA meeting/program will be Jeff Bockman – genealogy lecturer and writer. His presentation is titled “Cemetery Records – Search High & Low, Above & Below”.

His presentation is expected to start between 2:15 to 2:30 PM after the PGSA conducts some society business.  The guest speaker’s program should last until approximately 3:30 PM to 4 PM.

He will provide information that will include finding cemeteries, cemetery records, funeral home records and will show photographs of unique tombstones and monuments.

Jeffrey Bockman is a Genealogy Lecturer & Writer. He was a contributing editor for the former Everton’s Genealogical Helper and a feature writer for the former Heritage Quest Magazine. His articles have also appeared in various other publications. He was the President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society for 5 terms. He is the author of Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy, a book that encourages people to record and preserve their family’s history.

Refreshments will be provided.

The PGSA will also have genealogical research books of interest to Polish researchers for purchase at the program.

The program is open to all who have registered.  You do not have to be a library card holder of STDL to attend.  You do not have to be a member of PGSA to attend.  (If you are interested in becoming a member of PGSA, this is a great opportunity to see what a PGSA event is like and to meet and interact with those that are members.)

Visit the PGSA web site itself to see what the society is all about and what genealogical resources they have online both for the public and for registered members to use to help in your genealogical research.  You can visit the society web site at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Mark your calendars for this wonderful program.

Learn more about genealogical research on the topic of the program that can help you in your own research efforts.

Meet the PGSA and its members.

Enjoy.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DNA And Genealogy Online Tutorial Videos; Learn About The Mysteries Of What This Is All About And How It Can Advance Your Research

Hi Everyone!

DNA and genealogy are a hot topic in the genealogy community!

But it can be confusing, scientific, complicated and even costly to consider doing.  But it is another resource tool to consider to use in your ancestral quest search for interesting connections.

Don G. a frequent attendee at our monthly genealogy programs shared a nice link with me that may be very helpful to learn the basics of DNA and genealogy.  Better yet, the link gets you to a series of “video” lessons online that can remove the veil of confusion as to what DNA and genealogy are all about.

The web site is provided by GeneTree.com.

The link to the tutorial videos  is at:

GeneTree DNA Genealogy Video Tutorials

Check out the above videos and learn more about DNA and Genealogy and how you may want to jump in with both feet into this growing research tool.

The video length in minutes is not identified at the site.  I wish that were present so you could gauge how much time you will spend in viewing the material.  However, I did look through a couple of them and the viewing time seems to be about 2 to 3 minutes each for the 6 mini-videos.  They are short enough to get a basic exposure to DNA and genealogy.

It is nice to be able to see how the technicalities of the science of DNA can be made to be more understandable through a series of short and informative teaching lessons.  The videos are short, sweet and to the point so you will know more about DNA and genealogy than you did before!

Give the videos a try.

Thanks to Don G. for sharing this information with me.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library