Monthly Archives: October 2012

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

October 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for October 9, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

October 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, October 9, 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

October 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for October 9, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

October 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, October 9, 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 October 9, 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, October 9, 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:

Steve Szabados

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Steve Szabados. Steve will present a program titled “Organize and Share Your Family History”.

After some initial successes while researching his family’s history, Steve developed a passion for genealogy research and now wants to share his research experiences with others. He has given a number of presentations on his experiences to local genealogy societies and workshops for the Champaign Historical Archives. Steve is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. His roots are Polish and Hungarian plus he has also researched German, Irish, English, Scottish, Slovenian and Bohemian records. He has been able to trace one branch of his Polish family back to the 1730s, his wife’s Slovenian and Bohemian ancestors back to the 1750s and his son-in-law’s Bohemian ancestors back to about 1650.

Steve is also the author of two very fine genealogy books that can help the new genealogical researcher get started as well as help the Eastern European genealogical researcher.

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

Pointers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Research Group To Meet At The Italian Cultural Center In Stone Park, IL On Saturday, November 10, 2012, From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Hi Everyone!

I just received a notice of an upcoming Pointers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Group meeting that will take place at the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park, IL on Saturday,  November 10, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Details of the upcoming PIP program follow in the PDF file sent to me by the group:

November 10, 2012 POINTers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Research Program

It looks like participants will be able to explore the Florence Bartolomei Roselli Library that is located at the center.

The flyer also indicates that pizza will be served after the session at a cost to those attending of $15 per person.

If you are doing Italian genealogical research and were not aware where to connect, then this is a great opportunity to attend and interact with the PIP group that is geared to Italian genealogical research.

Check them out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library