Monthly Archives: July 2013

Using Google Powerfully For Your Genealogy Research (Part 2); Devin Ashby Video On Using Google Alerts And Google Books

Hi Everyone!

Google LogoGoogle is one of the most powerful tools that exists for genealogists and their research.  We feel great when we do some simple searches and get some great results.  But we may be leaving so much more on the table and settling for basics!

I recently made a post noting that there is a wonderful series of YouTube videos put together by Devin Ashby on using Google to get the most out of that search resource when doing your genealogy research.

I want to continue highlighting those videos put together by Devin Ashby.

Here is Part 2 of the five-part series put together by Devin Ashby.  This one runs about 9 minutes.

The developer focuses on using Google Alerts and Google Books in this video.  You can use Google Alerts without having a Google Account because you submit your e-mail address to them when you establish the alert of interest to you.  If you have a Google Account, you receive Alert information within your account.

Google Books is a great source of genealogical information because historical books containing genealogical information might often be outside of the scope of copyright protection, thus making them candidates for digitization within Google Books.

You do not need a Google Account to access and use Google Books.

Take a look and listen to what Devin Ashby says about Google Alerts and Google Books.

Here is the embedded video from YouTube, Part 2 of  Devin Ashby’s series on getting the most out of Google in your genealogical research:

Take a look at it and see what you think.

Enjoy the above video.  I hope to be making future posts about these great videos to help you in your research efforts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Have Their Next Meeting/Program On Sunday, August 11, 2013, At 2 PM In Chicago; Program Title Is “Swab Your Cheek: How To Make The Most Of DNA Kinship Results” Presented By Marsha Peterson-Maass

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, August 11, 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.

Marsha Peterson-Maass will present a program titled “Swab Your Cheek: How to Make the Most of DNA Kinship Results”.

Take a look at the following link that provides you with the program notice information that I received from PGSA.

August 11, 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.  More importantly, think of connecting with like-minded Polish researchers as you yourself may be.

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

July 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 9, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

July 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, July 9, 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  “highlight” 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

July 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 9, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

July 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, July 9, 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 July 9, 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, July 9, 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:

Robin SeidenbergThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Robin Seidenberg. Robin will present a program titled “Skeletons in Our Closets: Researching A Family Scandal”.

Robin B. Seidenberg reveals an intriguing tale of wealth, romance, betrayal, jealousy and murder. After investigating rumors of an old family scandal that took place during the Roaring Twenties in Chicago, Robin uncovered a sensational story that made newspaper headlines across the entire nation.

While Robin expected to find information in Chicago, she was amazed to discover sensational news stories from New York to California, Wyoming to Texas. She even learned of one great aunt’s career on Broadway and in Hollywood. Robin will tell the fascinating story of the scandal and explain how she found the information about these beautiful sisters.

Discover the identity of the “Kissing Blonde” and learn how Robin researched historical newspapers to unravel this family mystery.

While researching a family scandal involving her great aunt, “the kissing blonde”, Robin B. Seidenberg realized historical newspapers were a fantastic resource.  No one remembered or was willing to tell her much.  People again seemed to have some form of amnesia when she started asking questions about her movie producer uncle.

Robin is executive vice president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, is its co-president designate. She currently serves as president of Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts and vice president of Personal Computer Business Users Group, and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

In addition to lecturing in the Midwest and Florida, Robin spoke at the 32nd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Paris, France last summer, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain’s Northern Conference in Manchester, England in May.

Robin specialises in using historical newspapers to research family history, and frequently lectures about “family skeletons”.

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

Upcoming Events From The Swedish American Museum In Chicago For July 2013; Genealogy Program, Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10 AM To Noon Visit To The Wilmette Historical Museum

Hi Everyone!

Swedish American Museum LogoI recently received the July 2013 Newsletter from the Swedish American Museum.  The Newsletter is called the “Cirkular”.

Here is the July 2013 newsletter I received from the Swedish American Museum:

July 2013 Swedish American Museum Newsletter “Cirkular”

The newsletter highlights many of the upcoming programs and events that will be occurring at the Swedish American Museum.  There are many programs that are more cultural in nature than genealogical.  But if you are doing Swedish genealogical research, these cultural events are still important to you.

The museum does present genealogy programs.  The one mentioned in this newsletter notes that there will be a genealogy program on Saturday, July 27, 2013 that will take place at the Wilmette Historical Society between 10 AM to Noon.

Here is the text description from the newsletter about this genealogy program to the Wilmette Historical Society:

“The Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on Saturday, July 27. Tentative plans for this session include a visit to the Wilmette Historical Museum. To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center visit our Swedish American Museum/Nordic American Genealogy Center. You may also e-mail the Center or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.”

I also noted another program on the same date, July 27, 2013 at 11;00 AM that is titled “A Dream of America – Swedish Immigration to Chicago”.  While not formally noted as a genealogy program in the newsletter, the topic is certainly one of interest to genealogists with Swedish ancestral connections to immigrants arriving into Chicago.  Here is the text description of this program as noted in the newsletter:

A DREAM OF AMERICA – SWEDISH IMMIGRATION TO CHICAGO

Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m.

permanent exhibit pic 2

“Please join the Museum for a guided tour of our permanent exhibit, A Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27. This fascinating tour starts in the mid-1800s in Sweden and takes the visitor on a journey from Sweden to the New World, providing insights into the struggles and triumphs of Swedish immigrant life in Chicago. Cost for the tour is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, and Museum members are free. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended.  Please call 773.728.8111 or e-mail Museum@samac.org to reserve your spot.”

The Swedish American Museum is very active in all things Swedish, including genealogy.  You can visit their website directly from the link above within the description of the program that will take place on July 27, 2013.

If you have Swedish ancestral connections, you want to make a connection with the Swedish American Museum located in Chicago, IL to see what resources they have that can help in your own Swedish research.

Look through the newsletter for the many and varied programs and events being offered by the museum during July 2013.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“How To Find A Revolutionary War Patriot?” Posting By Dick Eastman; Very Concise And Informative To Help You Discover Revolutionary War Patriots And “Loyalists”

Hi Everyone!

Revolutionary War 1776I was looking through Dick Eastman’s Online material today and saw that he had a very wonderful post on “How To Find A Revolutionary War Patriot?” at his site.

Here is the link to the Dick Eastman post:

“How To Find A Revolutionary War Patriot?” Post By Dick Eastman

For my own personal research my ancestral connections will never take me back to the Civil War or the Revolutionary War.  I wish that could happen but I need to deal with reality.

For many of you, there may be a wonderful ancestral connection leading you back to ancestors that may have already been born by 1760 and who were living in our original 13 colonies at that time.  Male ancestors that fit that requirement are often prime candidates for some involvement in the Revolutionary War period activities.

Congratulations if you have already established the Revolutionary War connection to your ancestors!  If you have not yet made the connection, then the Dick Eastman article is a nice short, sweet and concise guideline full of tips in a short amount of text space that can help you uncover your Revolutionary War connections.

The article also presents some information about how to pursue discovering information on Revolutionary War ancestors of the time that may have been identified as “Loyalists”, those that still gave their allegiance to the King of England and did oppose the Colonial Revolution.

You know genealogy research can take you down paths that produce results that may not be to your liking.  Your ancestor  may have been one that did not want to gain freedom from England but one that rather wanted to still be connected under the terms and conditions of the “colonial” mindset.

Have an open mind in your research.  Let the facts create the story for your ancestral connection.

Revolutionary or Loyalist!

You make the discovery.

Military Pension records are often the best source to discover on ancestors and their connection to the Revolutionary War.  The posting by Dick Eastman is loaded with insights into the military pension process in 1778, 1818, 1823 and 1832 and 1848 all of which are important to be aware of and how they may have affected a Revolutionary ancestor of yours.

I enjoyed the posting by Dick Eastman a great deal and wanted to make you aware how much good research help is packed into such a short post.  It is a fast read that really provides a great deal of information to help you in your pursuit of uncovering information about your Revolutionary War ancestor.

I only wish I had the ancestral connection to that time period!

Maybe you do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library