Monthly Archives: May 2014

Family History Centers Will Be Having Scanning Equipment Available To Use On-Site

Hi Everyone!

Family-History-Center-logoI was just reading through some of the summaries that Dick Eastman was posting on his blog related to his attendance at the recent National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Conference.

One item caught my eye that he  reported on within his summary of the Day One proceedings.

He noted that all Family History Centers (FHC) now have quality scanners at their locations for researchers to use.

Here is the quote Dick Eastman had in his post about this new development:

“FamilySearch has installed new scanners at all North American local Family History Centers with overseas locations being added now. Anyone who visits a Center is invited to use the local scanner to scan old family photos and upload directly to FamilySearch.org and/or to save to a local flash drive. The service is aimed at those who do not own photo-quality scanners. There is no requirement to upload to FamilySearch.org although that is suggested. However, all visitors do have the option to only save digital images to a local flash drive which they can then take home and use as they wish.”

The intended use is that a researcher who does not own a personal scanner can use the scanner at the center or someone who does can still use the FHC scanner.  It is also thought that the scanners would be used for material that would be uploaded to the FamilySearch website into the Family Trees that exist.  A user of the scanner can use the equipment and does not have to upload any material.  All scans can be saved by the researcher to do with as they please.

So if you are an individual that does not have a scanner at home or have one but just happen to need one while at the FHC, this may be a workaround alternative to get your material scanned.  I think a 5 minute training session from the volunteer on duty would be enough to get you going.  But as Dick Eastman’s comments were noted, plan on bringing a flashdrive with you to put your scanned material onto.

So now you have a reason to use the facility for more than just microfilm reading.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township district Library

Military Records Are A Very Valuable Resource For Genealogy Information; MyHeritage Will Be Offering Free Access To Military Records From May 23, 2014 to May 26, 2014 (Over Memorial Day Weekend)

Hi Everyone!

MyHeritage LogoMilitary records can be a very valuable resource for your genealogy research.  Oftentimes voluminous amounts of data can be found for ancestors whether they served in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I or World War II.  Do not overlook these records on those ancestors that had been in the military.

I just happened to be visiting the Dick Eastman online blog and the most recent post I noted was related to military records.  And it was related to these records with the famous buzzword “FREE”.

According to the post,  MyHeritage will be offering “FREE” access to its online military records over the Memorial Day weekend.  The dates cover Friday May 23, 2014 to Monday May 26, 2014.

You will be able to access the “FREE” military records via the following link when it has opened for searching:

pages.myheritage.com/memorialday

MyHeritage is a subscribable site.  For those of you subscribed to it these military records are available to you already.  For those of you not subscribed to MyHeritage you will be able to now view these military records for free over the Memorial Day Weekend.  If you find good material by accessing the data freely then perhaps you would even consider subscribing to the service offered by MyHeritage.

Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s exact post about the “FREE” offer by MyHeritage:

MyHeritage Offers FREE Access To Military Records Through Memorial Day Weekend From May 23, 2014 To May 26, 2014

Check out the data when it becomes available and see what you can find on your ancestors with military service that perhaps you were not aware of.

You can always visit MyHeritage and see all that they offer at www.myheritage.com.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, June 7, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Place” By Jane Haldeman; Special “Make-Up” Program For February 2014 Program Canceled Due To Bad Weather

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, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

This is a special “make-up” program.  This program was originally scheduled for presentation in February 2014.  It was canceled at the time due to bad weather.  The society normally does not offer presentations in the month of June.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, June 7, 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 Place.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) June 7, 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

May 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for May 13, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

May 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, May 13, 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

May 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for May 13, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

May 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, May 13, 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 May 13, 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, May 13, 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:

Matt RutherfordThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Matt Rutherford. Matt will present a program titled “Using Non-Population Census Schedules”.

When genealogists refer to “the census,” we usually mean the population census, in which households are enumerated. Invaluable though these are, we short-change ourselves if don’t use all the other census information that is available for our research. If you have ancestors who were farmers, slaves, or manufacturers, you’ll want to avail yourself of the non-population census schedules. Even those Americans who had other occupations often had a farming or manufacturing business on the side. Don’t lose out on all the census has to offer.

Matt Rutherford, MLIS, is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library. In addition to managing the Newberry’s renowned genealogy collection, Matt has also answered thousands of questions on a wide range of genealogy topics. He has spoken at the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Conference on Illinois History, as well as several local genealogy societies, including the North Suburban Genealogical Society, the Elgin Genealogical Society, Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst, and the Illinois St. Andrew Society.

In addition, Matt teaches seminars on a variety of genealogy topics, including beginning genealogy, researching at the Newberry Library, using respositories and archives, researching pre-fire Chicago, adoption searches, non-population census schedules, and the history of the federal census.

He is the co-author of A Bibliography of African American History at the Newberry Library (2005).

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

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 19, 2014 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL

Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “Genealogy Inside Out”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day two of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from while two other sessions will provide a choice of 3 programs to choose from.

Cyndi Ingle (from Cyndi’s List) and Thomas MacEntee (from Geneabloggers and High-Definition Genealogy) are two nationally known genealogy experts who will be providing presentations.  There will be 5 other speakers also presenting programs.

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration is done prior to June 15, 2014.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before June 15, 2014 – $40
  • Non-members registering before June 15, 2014 – $50
  • All registration after June 15, 2014 including walk-ins – $60

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to July 5, 2014.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after July 5, 2014 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 19, 2014 “Genealogy Inside Out” Conference

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

July is not that far away!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

 

 

 

“What’s New At Ancestry.com May 2014″ YouTube Video

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a May 2014 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com May 2014″.

The video is an approximate 25 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.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at Ancestry.com for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from Ancestry.com that you can access at:

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA (Jun 6-8, 2014); International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) in Salt Lake City, UT  (July 27 – August 1, 2014); Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas August 27 – August 30, 2014).
  • New Content! – 25 Million new records added for 32 countries in the Ancestry databases.  Quaker records have been added that constitute 11 million of the 25 million records added.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Research Reminder #3 – Look at the “related” data collections noted on the right side of the view of the newly created database.  This will provide you with other suggested databases to consider searching that may have a connection to the database you are looking at.
  • Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906 – 1924 – key database added this month.  This database is indexed and contains images of original documents.  Contains about 2.5 million indexed records and document images.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 13, 2014 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, May 13, 2014:

Matt RutherfordThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Matt Rutherford. Matt will present a program titled “Using Non-Population Census Schedules”.

When genealogists refer to “the census,” we usually mean the population census, in which households are enumerated. Invaluable though these are, we short-change ourselves if don’t use all the other census information that is available for our research. If you have ancestors who were farmers, slaves, or manufacturers, you’ll want to avail yourself of the non-population census schedules. Even those Americans who had other occupations often had a farming or manufacturing business on the side. Don’t lose out on all the census has to offer.

Matt Rutherford, MLIS, is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library. In addition to managing the Newberry’s renowned genealogy collection, Matt has also answered thousands of questions on a wide range of genealogy topics. He has spoken at the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Conference on Illinois History, as well as several local genealogy societies, including the North Suburban Genealogical Society, the Elgin Genealogical Society, Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst, and the Illinois St. Andrew Society.

In addition, Matt teaches seminars on a variety of genealogy topics, including beginning genealogy, researching at the Newberry Library, using respositories and archives, researching pre-fire Chicago, adoption searches, non-population census schedules, and the history of the federal census.

He is the co-author of A Bibliography of African American History at the Newberry Library (2005).

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

May 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday May 24, 2014; “Rune Stones and Research”; PROGRAM IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY

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 May 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, culture and ancestry.

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

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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday May 24, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Rune Stones and Research”.  This program is intended for existing members of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.  It does not appear to be open to the public or to non-members of the society.  From their website, here is a description of the program:

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GENEALOGY SESSION: RUNE STONES AND RESEARCH

Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.

Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Come hear about “Cracking the Runic Code: What were the Vikings thinking?” and spend some time afterwards doing your own research. This genealogy session is for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members only. RSVPs encouraged and can be made via email.

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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 May 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library