Monthly Archives: June 2013

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow June 11, 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, June 11, 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, June 11, 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

1921 Census Of Canada To Be Released “Shortly”; No Exact Date Established For Release

Hi Everyone!

Library and Archives CanadaFor those of you that are doing Canadian research you may want to take note of some recent developments.  The 1921 Census of Canada will soon be made available for research.  Dick Eastman had a post in his online newsletter making readers aware of the pending release of this valuable information for Canadian ancestral researchers.

Here is a link to the article noted in Dick Eastman’s Online Newsletter:

1921 Canadian Census Data To Be Released Soon News Item From Dick Eastman’s Online Newsletter Dated June 4, 2013

You should also be aware that Canada has its own “privacy” limits on release of data such as this census data.  Under Canadian law, census data is withheld from public viewing for 92 years after the data was gathered.  For comparative purposes, census data in various European countries is often withheld from public access for 100 years.  Yet we here in the United States only have to wait a mere 72 years for U.S. Census data to be released to the public.  We all experienced that put into play last year in 2012 when the 1940 U.S. Census was released.

We in the United States have to be thankful that we still have a 72 year period of privacy before release.  I do worry that someone is going to suggest that the United States needs to withhold data like this for an even longer period of time so that we are more in step with other countries that hold the data for as long as 100 years before releasing it.

I hope we never see that long of an interval to keep things private.  Perhaps the 72 year interval originated when that was the approximate life expectancy.  That is no longer true as life expectancy has increased to approximately 8o years.

Cross our fingers and hope the 72 year rule stays as is!

If you are doing Canadian research,  you may want to stay “tuned-in” over the next few weeks in anticipation of release of the 1921 Canadian Census data.  More detailed information on the release of the data by the Library and Archives Canada will be expected shortly.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Ginger Frere, Our Upcoming Genealogy Speaker On August 13, 2013, And Her Appearance On Chicago Tonight From WTTW In April 2012; She Was Interviewed By Phil Ponce About The Release Of The 1940 Census And Other Genealogy Stories

Hi Everyone!

Ginger Frere PhotoIn advance of Ginger Frere’s guest appearance at our library to make a genealogy presentation on Tuesday evening, August 13, 2013, I wanted to share with you how knowledgeable Ginger is about genealogy.

She made an on-camera guest appearance on WTTW, the local PBS station in Chicago with the host Phil Ponce back on April 12, 2012 at the time of the release of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census data.

The video segment is archived at WTTW.  Because it is not a YouTube video I cannot directly embed it here in the post.  That is a WordPress limitation.  Even without a direct embed of the video in this post, I can simply provide you with the direct link itself so you can easily get to it and view the 9 minute segment of Ginger with Phil Ponce.

The focus of the entire interview is not only about the release of the 1940 census data.  It is broader in context with some interesting stories provided by Ginger about research she has done for her clients as well as including some “house history” research she did on the home that Phil Ponce lives in.  It is just a “feel good” segment about the fun of genealogy and the interesting stories that can be uncovered about our ancestors.

Here is that link:

April 12, 2012 Ginger Frere Interviewed By Phil Ponce On WTTW Chicago Tonight

Ginger is a wonderful speaker.  It is a pleasure when we have her at our library for a genealogy presentation.

The fact that WTTW had her on Chicago Tonight speaks volumes for what they think of her also.

If you have 9 minutes and would like to see and hear Ginger Frere before she returns to our library in August, then just take a look at this wonderful archived segment from Chicago Tonight on WTTW!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 11, 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, June 11, 2013:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 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