Monthly Archives: August 2013

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow August 13, 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, August 13, 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:

Ginger Frere PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Ginger Frere. Ginger will present a program titled “New Tools for Finding Old Stuff”.

Technology is changing the face of genealogy. Come take a look at some new online tools and techniques for finding our elusive ancestors. Bing, iPhone apps, software “to-go”, current maps overlain by historic maps, online classes, digital libraries, wikis and more! Learn how these tools can enhance your genealogical bag of tricks.

A life-long Chicagoan, Ginger Frere, has been involved in family history for over 20 years. She has an extensive technical and training background with years of experience introducing people to technology. In addition to working with private clients, speaking and teaching seminars, Ginger is a reference librarian in the Genealogy and Local History Section at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where her responsibilities include providing reference services and working on digital projects. She is co-director of ChicagoAncestors.org, a free website for finding and sharing historical information about Chicago.

Ginger has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) as well as the Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

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

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Will Keep “Family Finder” DNA Product At New Reduced Price Of $99; Their Recent Sale Was Successful Resulting In “Family Finder” Product Staying At New Lower Cost Of $99

Hi Everyone!

Family Tree DNAYou may remember that I made a post on July 17, 2013 noting that at that time Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) was having a “big” sale on one of its DNA products geared for genealogists called “Family Finder”.  At that time,  the sale was going to last until July 26, 2013.  The sale price was $99 instead of the usual $199 for the Family Finder product.

Here is a link to that previous post on the Family Tree DNA sale that was going to take place:

July 17, 2013 Post By Tony About Family Tree DNA Sale For Its “Family Finder” DNA Product

Apparently, the sale took place and was considered a great success.  A success to the point that Family Tree DNA plans on keeping the genealogy focused product Family Finder at that new price of $99.

So if you happened to miss the sale date of July 26, 2013, you now have a “reprieve” because the company did not restore the product price to the former price but instead has chosen to keep it at the sale price of $99.

Dick Eastman also had a post in his online newsletter dated July 26, 2013  about the new lower level price for the product.  You can read his news item about this Family Tree DNA price decrease at:

Dick Eastman News Item On Family Tree DNA Price Reduction For “Family Finder” Product

Once again you may be noticing that DNA testing costs seem to be coming down dramatically across the board among all of the providers of the services.  Competition is great isn’t it?  You are now getting much more “testing” for a whole lot less cost!

There are many genealogy researchers that have previously spent hundreds of dollars in getting their DNA tested years ago at what were very high costs to them.  Full-blown comprehensive tests that might have cost $300 to $400 dollars as recent as a few years ago, can now be had for about $100.

Cost barriers preventing you from having a DNA test are shrinking rapidly.  If you have not had your DNA tested as another “research tool” for your genealogy, now may be the time as the prices keep coming down.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Are You A Mayflower Descendant? Consider Becoming A Member Of The Society Of Mayflower Descendants In The State Of Illinois; Society Brochure PDF Included

Hi Everyone!

Illinois Mayflower SocietyI received a small brochure in the mail that I thought I would share with you.

Personally, I know of no Mayflower connection in my own lineage unless some of my undiscovered ancestral Poles of the Bydgoszcz area of Poland migrated to England before 1620!!

For many of us we could only wish our ancestral lines could go back to such a connection.  For many of you, the lineage lines do go back a long way to English connections and possibly to those that traversed the Atlantic on the Mayflower to arrive at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.

If you are one of the lucky ones that had an ancestor on this famous ship, you may not be aware but there is a society for you to consider to join that will honor that ancestral connection.

The brochure I received will give you all of that information to connect to the   Society For Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois as well as a General society to connect to as a Mayflower descendant in Plymouth, MA.

The brochure nicely provides a surname list of all the original Mayflower passengers.  So the list can help you muddle through your research data to see if there might be a possibility you connect to one of the original passengers on the famous ship.

Here is a link to the paper brochure I received that I converted to a PDF for ease of access in this post:

Mayflower Descendant Society/Illinois Membership/Plymouth, MA Membership Brochure

There are plenty of website links in the brochure for you to research for both the  Illinois society and the general society.  E-mail addresses are also included for you to use to find out more about membership.

Here is a link to the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois website for even more details about the society:

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois Website

Maybe you had famous ancestors.  Do some checking.  Flaunt your special lineage and join the prestigious society!!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening August 13, 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, August 13, 2013:

Ginger Frere PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Ginger Frere. Ginger will present a program titled “New Tools for Finding Old Stuff”.

Technology is changing the face of genealogy. Come take a look at some new online tools and techniques for finding our elusive ancestors. Bing, iPhone apps, software “to-go”, current maps overlain by historic maps, online classes, digital libraries, wikis and more! Learn how these tools can enhance your genealogical bag of tricks.

A life-long Chicagoan, Ginger Frere, has been involved in family history for over 20 years. She has an extensive technical and training background with years of experience introducing people to technology. In addition to working with private clients, speaking and teaching seminars, Ginger is a reference librarian in the Genealogy and Local History Section at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where her responsibilities include providing reference services and working on digital projects. She is co-director of ChicagoAncestors.org, a free website for finding and sharing historical information about Chicago.

Ginger has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) as well as the Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

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

I Have Added 2 New Links To The “Favorite Links” Page Of This Blog; Both Are About DNA; Link To “Favorite Links” Included

Hi Everyone!

DNA Clip ArtDNA testing for genealogical research is becoming a larger item as a resource in the genealogy research tool bag.  That being the case, I thought it would be appropriate for me to add a new DNA category in my “Favorite Links” page on the blog you will find at the top of the home page.

I added two links within that category.  One link will get you to the Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) website.  This company has been very popular in the growing field of DNA for genealogy.  I have heard much good about the company, the testing and the site.

I also added a link to a website for which the site author is known as the “DNA Adviser”.  His name is Richard Hill.  He has authored a book titled Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA .  I am in the process of adding that book to our circulating collection after I became aware of it via reading a review of it that was in the July/August 2013 issue of Family Chronicle.  I have looked at the website and it looks very good.  It contains great amounts of information on just about anything you might want to know about DNA and how to use it with your genealogical research.

The author is adopted.  He accidentally discovered that information which has led him on his quest to find his biological parents.  DNA was one process he utilized in his quest to uncover his birth father and mother.

If you have been wondering more about the science, the techniques and yes, the confusion, about DNA testing, then “meander” on off to the two new links I added to my “Favorite Links” page of the blog under the new category of “DNA”.  If you don’t want to “meander”, just click on the link that follows in this post that will get you there.

Tony’s Genealogy Blog “Favorite Links”

“To DNA or not to DNA …That is the question?”

You decide, but first check out the  new links!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

Upcoming Events From The Swedish American Museum In Chicago For August 2013; Genealogy Program, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 10 AM To Noon; “Viking Women” By Dr. James Borg

Hi Everyone!

Swedish American Museum LogoI recently received the August 2013 update on newly added programs being offered by the Swedish American Museum in Chicago,

Here is the August 2013 update I received from the Swedish American Museum:

August 2013 Swedish American Museum August 2013 Program Update

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

The main website for the Swedish American Museum is:

Swedish American Museum

The update 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 update notes that there will be a genealogy program on Saturday, August 24, 2013 that will take place at the Swedish American Museum from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

Here is the text description from the update about this genealogy program:

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on viking women led by Dr. James Borg.

To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center, please visit http://www.swedishamericanmuseum.org/genealogy/  You may also e-mail genealogy@samac.org or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.

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 update for the many and varied programs and events being offered by the museum during August 2013.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library