Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for March 12, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

March 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, March 12, 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

March 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for March 12, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

March 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, March 12, 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 March 12, 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, March 12, 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:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 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 “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Uploaded Your Genealogy Research To A Site Like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, GENI.com etc.?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

This time I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Uploaded Your Genealogy Research To Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, GENI.com etc.?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Uploading your family history research to many of the popular online genealogy sites opens up the possibility for you to make connections to as yet unknown cousins who are probably searching online sites to make connections themselves.  You yourself are also probably searching these sites to make connections to unknown cousins.

These uploads provide you with the ability to be discovered and maybe even form collaborative relationships with these unknown cousins to increase even more of the family history you are researching.

Many may still feel a little squeamish about uploading material because you are now “out there”.  Being private does still have its benefits!  Being discovered can have some unplanned effects, many good, some bad.  But as they say “If you take no chance, you have no chance!”

What kind of researcher are you?  One who looks forward to new connections with total strangers each of whom shares the same family connections as you.  The more connections you make the happier you are!  The more the merrier!

Or are you still operating below the radar.  The horror stories are just too much to bear and the uncertainty of what could happen still makes you play on the sidelines!

Which one are you?

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Registered For And Participated In A LIVE Online Genealogy Webinar ?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since January 15, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have ever registered for and participated in an online LIVE genealogy webinar?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 44 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 11 responses noted they had participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar (25%) while 33 responses indicated they had not participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar (75%).

I personally have not participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar, but I have looked at many, many recorded online webinars from a variety of sources such as FamilySearch, RootsTech, Legacy Family Tree etc.  So though I may not have gotten the immediate benefit of participating in a topic of interest to me in real-time when it is initially offered, I still find a way to learn from looking at previously recorded ones.

So to each their own on keeping informed and educated.  Participate immediately LIVE, or learn and participate when it is a month old!

So there you go.  A little bit more information to file away in your dusty archive vaults to compare your own experience to on participating in LIVE online genealogy webinars.

I will say, there were about  the same number of respondents in this just closed poll as there were in the previous poll before this!  Could it be the same interested readers responded to that poll as they did to this just recently closed poll!

I am still looking for a larger response than even that!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 9 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 12, 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, March 12, 2013:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 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 “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

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

The DVD Recording Of Our Special Ancestry.com Program From January 19, 2013 Is Now Available To Check Out From Our Audio Visual Collection On The 1st Floor

Hi Everyone!

DVD Clip ArtOn January 19, 2013 our library co-hosted a Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) genealogy program.  On that day a presentation was made by Loretto (Lou) Szucs and Juliana Smith from Ancestry.com.  The title of the program was “Hidden Gems At Ancestry.com – And How to Find Them!”.

We were given permission by Loretto and Juliana to video record the program.

The recording would then be added to our library collection making the recording available to be checked out locally or via interlibrary loan.

The DVD recording is now available on the 1st floor DVD shelves in Audio Visual to check out from our library.  We created 3 DVD copies of the program.  The call number of the DVD of this special program is DVD 929.1 HID.  The program recording length is 1 hour and 44 minutes.

We had a very large interest in the program.  It was attended by 138 avid genealogy researchers.

Now, for those that may have missed the program or even for those that just want to see an “encore” presentation, the DVD recording is now available to check out from our library.

Enjoy the program!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library