Monthly Archives: October 2013

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 2, 2013 At 10:00 AM; “The Curious Case Of The Disappearing Dude” By Debra Mieszala

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Debra Mieszala.  The speaker will present a program titled “The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) November 2, 2013 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Debra Mieszala, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Your Ancestor’s Surname Was Not Changed Upon Arrival In The US At Ellis Island; Dick Eastman Has Updated His Writing On The Subject; Link To His Post Included

Hi Everyone!

Ellis Island PhotoIn being the genealogy coordinator at our library, I hear many stories from the people I am providing assistance to as they embark on their genealogy research journey.  I hear many stories from those in attendance at our monthly genealogy program about their ancestors.

One recurring story I often hear mentioned to me from these stories is that researchers like to share with me that the name of their ancestor was changed when they disembarked from the ship that brought them to the United States at Ellis Island!

First, I like to expand their knowledge and prepare them for future research efforts by letting them know that Ellis Island (New York) may be the point of arrival for them but they should be aware it is not the only port of arrival of our ancestors.  There can also be Boston, Philadelphia, Galveston, New Orleans, Baltimore and others.  The port of New York, both Ellis Island and Castle Garden that predated Ellis Island, often accounted for about 50% of the arrivals of our ancestors.

Secondly, I try to politely indicate to them that the likelihood of the name of their ancestor being changed upon arrival is literally zero, especially at Ellis Island.

Family stories are going to be just that.  Researchers need to look at the historical context of the times as to how passengers were documented and processed.

Much of the hype lately in the genealogy community about “name-changing” at Ellis Island stems from a recent episode of the “Genealogy Roadshow” during which one of the hosts/experts seemed to have misspoken and let open the possibility that names were changed when in fact they were not.

Dick Eastman had a very well-written article about the subject of names “not” being changed at Ellis Island and felt the need to review and update this article and re-post it on his blog to allay any confusion of the belief on how frequently ancestors’ names were changed at Ellis Island upon their arrival.

Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s wonderful update on the topic that may make you want to reconsider the stories you may heard about your own ancestors and how their names were changed.

“NO, Family Names Were Not Changed at Ellis Island” By Dick Eastman October 2, 2013

Read his article and the copious amounts of details on the process our immigrant ancestors underwent as they left their country and arrived at Ellis Island.

You may want to reconsider your stories passed down to you as an example that they may not necessarily be true or they may have been embellished over the time that the story has a life of its own independent of the facts surrounding it.

Oh well, the story was good while it lasted!

Now, “just the facts ma’m”!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

Indian Trails Public Library Genealogy Program On Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7 To 8:30 PM; “No, The Census Taker Didn’t Miss Them: Finding Online Census Records” By Marsha Peterson-Maass

Hi Everyone!

Indian Trails Public Library System LogoI received a notice from the Indian Trails Public Library that they will be having a Genealogy Program on Thursday evening, November 7, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 PM.  The program notice indicates that registration for the program is required.

The program is titled “No, the Census Taker Didn’t Miss Them: Finding Online Census Records”.  The speaker will be Marsha Peterson-Maass.

The library is located at 355 Schoenbeck Road in Wheeling, IL.  The phone number of the library is 847-459-4100.

Here is a PDF “flyer” I received from their library with information about the program:

November 7, 2013 Genealogy Program At Indian Lakes Public Library

Mark your calendars for what looks like a very good program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

October 2013 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday October 26, 2013; Group Discussion To Help You Break Through Your Brick Wall Problems

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the October 2013 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

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

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history and ancestry.

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The title of the program is “Hit A Brick Wall: Group Discussion”.  There is no formal speaker presentation.  It appears participants will interact among themselves and offer genealogy help to each other.

Members of the Swedish American Museum can attend the genealogy program at no cost.  Non-members of the organization can also attend but there will be a $10 cost.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during October 2013 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago October 2013

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for October 8, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

October 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, October 8, 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

October 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for October 8, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

October 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, October 8, 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 October 8, 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, October 8, 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:

Jeff Bockman PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jeffrey Bockman. Jeffrey will present a program titled “Using Maps in Genealogical Research”.

Jeffrey will present an overview of both physical and online maps including: Historical Atlases: State and County, Plat (Land ownership), inside details on Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, along with Panoramic, Migration, Topographical, and others. Looks at using maps with other records and using them to help find other records.

Jeff is a past five-term President of the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society and DCGS 2010 & 2011 Conference Chair.
He was Chairman of the 2006 Chicagoland Genealogical Consortium
He was the Local Arrangements Chair for the 2006 NGS Conference.
Jeff is also a prior four-term Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Jeff is also the DuPage County IL GenWeb Project webmaster since Sept. 1996

He has applied his engineering, management, computer, and organizational development background to help with the analyzing, problem solving and organization of records necessary for genealogical research. He has been doing genealogical research since 1987 and has been active in societies, society management, classes, and presenting lectures since 1994.

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