Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday January 25, 2014; “Ellis Island Film Screening”

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 January 2014 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.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during January 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago January 2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday January 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Ellis Island Film Screening”.  From their website, here is a description of the program:

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On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session focused on Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million people were pushed and pulled through the often humiliating bureaucracy of Ellis Island on their way to becoming Americans. Come hear their story at this special video screening to be followed by a discussion on how our own ancestors came to America. You may email genealogy@samac.org or call the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of January 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 14, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2014 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 January 2014 Handouts for your convenience:

January 2014 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, January 14, 2014 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

January 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for January 14, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2014 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 January 2014 Newsletter for your convenience:

January 2014 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, January 14, 2014 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 January 14, 2014

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, January 14, 2014 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:

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana. Laura will present a program titled “Archivist’s Notebook: Who Will Look At Your Genealogical Collection?”.

Laura will explain how the components of an Archivist’s job can be applied to how genealogists care for and manage their own collections. Laura truly believe it’s up to us as genealogists to begin to take responsibility for preserving what we can before it disappears forever.

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a consulting Archivist and Genealogist currently working in an Archives located in the heart of Kane County. With expertise in both Archives (7 yrs) and Genealogy (15+ yrs) Laura hopes to not only assist in tracing family histories, but in educating how best to ensure the documents, photographs and other supporting materials are organized, arranged and described so they are easy to find and ready to pass to the next generation or a repository for perpetual care.

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

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 1, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Places” By Jane Haldeman

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, February 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 1, 2014 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 Jane Haldeman.  The speaker will present a program titled “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Places.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) February 1, 2014 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At Ancestry.com December 2013″ YouTube Video

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a December 2013 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com December 2013″.

The video is an approximate 30 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming genealogy conferences for RootsTech and NGS
  • Branch Out contest every other month – you could win 20 hours of professional research and a 1 year subscription to the World Explorer from Ancestry.com.  You could also win a DNA submission kit.  Provide a Family History story of 500 words or less to Ancestry.com.  Ancestry.com will pick winner from submissions.  You need to re-enter a story for each upcoming contest.  One submitted story is not carried over into each contest.
  • Watch for upcoming Texas Resource Guide in PDF format from Ancestry.com.
  • New Content! – North Carolina Native American Census 1894-1913
  • New Content! – Associated Press Records (Searching them is a little tricky!).  These are abstracts of articles.
  • New Content! – England and Wales Quaker Birth, Marriage, Death Records for 1578 to 1837 (Quaker Records used “old” calendar method.
  • New Content! – Texas Birth Certificates 1903-1932 – 2.2 million records.
  • New Content! – Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982 – 6 million records.  Actual death certificate image included.

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at Ancestry.com that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to Ancestry.com.

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on Ancestry.com.  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Have Added A “Calendar Of Local Genealogy Events” Page To The Top Of The Blog Using Google Calendar; It Will Show Events For Other Local Genealogy Groups And Societies All In One Calendar Via This Blog

Hi Everyone!

Google LogoFor readers of this blog you are well aware that I create blog posts providing information on the genealogy programs being offered by other groups and societies.

I also include a “Calendar of Events” in each monthly edition of the genealogy newsletter I create and post in the right sidebar of this blog each month.  Unfortunately, I am not sure how frequently anyone looks at that material for the calendar of local genealogy events.  I know the material is helpful, but I think I can present this calendar information in a little better way and give readers a better “birds eye” view of what local genealogy groups are offering for programs in a real “calendar” view.

Using this WordPress blog I discovered that I can actually bring in a Google Calendar.  In the Google Calendar I can add as many of the events that I become familiar with from the various local genealogy groups and societies.  Right now, I am looking to incorporate into the calendar genealogy events for the following organizations:

  • Schaumburg Township District Library
  • Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)
  • Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG)
  • Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL.
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Casa Italia Chicago Genealogy
  • Elgin Genealogical Society

My intent is not to be a universal clearing house for any genealogy program from any group.  I am targeting events to be included as somewhat local to our own Schaumburg area.  The list above is my starting point.

But I am open to consider how this will all happen.

I am not sure how this will evolve over time and what more may be included, but I wanted to give this Google Calendar a try.

To check out this new calendar, just look at the top of the blog homepage where all of the other “special” points of interest can be found such as “Favorite Links”, “Poll Archive” and “Contact Me”.  The “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events” will be added just before the existing “Contact Me” page at the top of the blog.

One quick suggestion.  Y0u can look at the calendar in a multitude of ways such as a monthly view, by week, by day or in an agenda view.  I actually like looking at it using the “agenda” view because it is presented in “list” form and you can read more fully the name of the group offering the program.  I noticed that if you view the calendar on a monthly basis, the box for the date is too small and you can not easily know the name of the group offering the program without opening the event itself because much of the group name is truncated.

You can then click on the event to open up the full description information for the program.

As with so much with Google, when you open the event to fully read the description, you will also see a link for a Google map for the location.

You do not have to have a Google account in order to view the calendar.  It is not intended to be an interactive calendar where anyone can add items.  But that is why I am going to trial this to see how it works.

If you do use a personal Google account yourself, you can add the events in my blog calendar to your own Google calendar if you so choose.

Like anything else with this blog, I am willing to give it a try.  If it does not work in a meaningful way then it will be “Goodbye!”

Take a look at it and see what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library