Monthly Archives: August 2013

“New Tools For Finding Old Stuff” Handout From Ginger Frere Genealogy Program Presentation On August 13, 2013

Hi Everyone!

Blackboard NotesGinger Frere, our genealogy program speaker at our just recently held August 13, 2013 genealogy program,  indicated it was OK for me to make her handout from the program available for all to see via a blog post.

You can find her 2-page handout titled “New Tools for Finding Old Stuff” right here as a PDF:

August 13, 2013 “New Tools for Old Stuff” Genealogy Program Presentation  Handout at the Schaumburg Township District Library

You can quickly access all of the links embedded throughout the handout without having to re-type them from the paper copy you picked up.  There are plenty of them there for you to make new discoveries.

I want to thank Ginger for allowing me to share the handout to our readers.

If you missed last night’s program, you can at least take a look and use the handout to expand your skills using tools and resources you may have not been aware of.

Enjoy her handout!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for August 13, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

August 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, August 13, 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

August 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for August 13, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

August 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, August 13, 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 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