Monthly Archives: January 2013

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Have Their Next Meeting/Program On Sunday, February 10, 2013, At 2 PM In Chicago; Program Title Is “Mining For Gold: Online Historical Newspapers” Presented By Robin Seidenberg

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received word from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) that they will be having their next meeting on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 2 PM in Chicago at the Social Hall of the Polish Museum of America located at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, IL.

Robin Seidenberg will present a program titled “Mining for Gold: Online Historical Newspapers”.

Take a look at the following link that provides you with the program notice information that I received from PGSA, along with some other information the society is sharing about its Annual Conference on September 13 and 14, 2013 and the recently published Polish Surnames, 3rd Ed. book:

February 10, 2013 Polish Genealogical Society of America Meeting/Program

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.

Visit 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

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 2, 2013 At 9:30 AM; “CSI: Cemetery Search And Investigation” By Tina Beaird; PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME FOR THIS PROGRAM

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, February 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME FOR THIS PROGRAM!

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9:30 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. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Tina Beaird.  The speaker will present a program titled “CSI: Cemetery Search & Investigation.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) February 2, 2013 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Use Geneabloggers To Search For Your Surnames Of Interest Among Over 3,000 Blogs; Comprehensive Search Engine For The Site

Hi Everyone!

Geneabloggers LogoIf you are reading this then you are very aware that my thoughts are contained in a blog post that I author.  Geneabloggers has noted my blog and also has it in its list of what it considers genealogy blogs of note within the Archives and Libraries Category.  There are over 3,000 blogs of note you can look through to find a favorite writer about genealogy issues that you may want to follow.

Thank you Geneabloggers for the recognition!

Geneabloggers is even better than the recognition it provides for this variety of genealogy bloggers.  If you visit the Geneabloggers website at www.geneabloggers.com, you will find a very nice tool that will allow you to enter in a surname of interest to you and be able to search that surname among the over 3,000 blogs in the Geneabloggers system with the click of just one “Search” command.

Look for this “tool” on the home page of Geneabloggers at the very top in the right sidebar area.  Look for “Search Your Surnames In Over 3,000 Genealogy Blogs”.  Look right there for the search box.  Enter in your name of interest and see what results you receive.

There may be a blogger out there that you are not aware of or have yet to discover.  Perhaps that blogger is writing about his own research that might overlap with your own.  Perhaps the blogger is writing about a geographic area that matches with your own geographic area of interest.  The point is that this powerful search engine that spans the 3,000 + blogs might actually help you uncover a lead to your own research by discovering a surname in a blog that actually is one you are researching.

It will even discover hits of interest to you that are contained in PDF links within an individual blog post!

This search capability may be of more value to you if the surnames of interest to are more unique than a “Smith” or “Jones”.

You can combine your surname of interest with another search term such as “Kierna and Poland” to narrow down your results even more.  You can use a search term that is not necessarily a Surname.

The key in research is to “discover” as well as “to be discovered”.  Give this nice tool a try if you were not aware of it reaching across over 3,000 genealogy blogs.

Without a doubt, the best place to find something that can help your own research is to tap into information of genealogical interest.  What better place to tap into than 3,000 + blogs all written by someone who certainly has a burning interest in genealogy just as you do!

Now start searching the genealogy blogs at Geneabloggers!

I hope you find your connection within a Geneablogger’s blog!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Casa Italia Chicago Creates New Genealogy Department

Hi Everyone!

Casa Italia Chicago LogoFor those of you that are doing Italian Genealogy research in the Chicago area, I think you will want to take notice of the following piece of information that I received from Jennifer Holik (our guest speaker for our February 12, 2013 genealogy program).

Casa Italia Chicago is a non-profit organization in Stone Park, Illinois, where people meet to pursue common goals, preserve our past, celebrate our heritage and ensure passage of values to future generations. Casa Italia offers a children’s summer camp, Italian language classes, and cultural programs throughout the year.

Take a look at the full press release provided to me by Jennifer that notes the creation of the new Genealogy Department within Casa Italia Chicago.  You can look at the release here:

Casa Italia Chicago Creates New Genealogy Department

It sure sounds like the Italian genealogical research community in our area is really ramping up the resources available to help the Italian Genealogical researcher.

Take a look at the above detailed press release as it may give you some good insight into new things that are taking shape with the formation of this new Genealogy Department.

It also sounds like this new department will be presenting programs of interest to the Italian genealogical researcher in the near future.

Jennifer Holik will be the new Genealogy Department Manager for Casa Italia Chicago.

Check it out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 8, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2013 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 January 2013 Handouts for your convenience:

January 2013 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, January 8, 2013 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

January 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for January 8, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2013 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 January 2013 Newsletter for your convenience:

January 2013 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, January 8, 2013 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 January 8, 2013

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, January 8, 2013 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:

Caron Primas Brennan

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Caron Primas Brennan. Caron will present a program titled “Where Did I Put Great-Grandpa? – Organizing for Genealogists”.

Organization is one of the most important aspects of your genealogical research. Don’t frustrate yourself because you cannot find what you need! Organize your materials!

Caron loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy research! She has been researching her family history since a 6th grade school project got her interested. She has been using the computer and internet since before it was “cool”. She uses The Master Genealogist as her primary software and also uses Family Tree Maker and Ancestry to share with others in her family. Caron’s only vice is genealogy research so she has subscriptions to many resources including Ancestry.com, Genealogybank.com, NEGHS, Footnote, and Godfrey Memorial Library. She belongs to several local genealogy groups and is the Webmaster and Newsletter Publisher for CAGGNI (www.caggni.org).

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 8, 2013 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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 are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, January 8, 2013:

Caron Primas Brennan

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Caron Primas Brennan. Caron will present a program titled “Where Did I Put Great-Grandpa? – Organizing for Genealogists”.

Organization is one of the most important aspects of your genealogical research. Don’t frustrate yourself because you cannot find what you need! Organize your materials!

Caron loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy research! She has been researching her family history since a 6th grade school project got her interested. She has been using the computer and internet since before it was “cool”. She uses The Master Genealogist as her primary software and also uses Family Tree Maker and Ancestry to share with others in her family. Caron’s only vice is genealogy research so she has subscriptions to many resources including Ancestry.com, Genealogybank.com, NEGHS, Footnote, and Godfrey Memorial Library. She belongs to several local genealogy groups and is the Webmaster and Newsletter Publisher for CAGGNI (www.caggni.org).

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