Monthly Archives: September 2014

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; New Location Than In Past Years

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 40th Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 4 PM.  (Please note that this is a new location for the society’s annual conference; previous conferences have recently been held in St. Charles, IL.  This is a change in venue for the 2015 conference.)  At 7:30 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered, have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The Opening Comments will take place at 8:30 AM.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 3 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “Connecting Past to Present Through Educating, Preserving and Publishing”.

Please note that the society is noting in their brochure that there will be a limit of 250 people who will be able to register.  So if you are interested you might want to take action by registering in advance while there are openings rather than taking a chance as a walk-in on the day of the event and be turned away because capacity has been reached.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own program.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the NIU Conference Center and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome assuming the 250 limit on capacity has not been reached.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:30 PM and one at 3 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear 4 unique programs among the 16 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Stephen P. Morse (Creator of “One-Step” Website)
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass
  • Katherine R. Willson

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.  To date at our own library we have had 1 of the speakers present an individual program at our own monthly genealogy program.  Marsha Peterson-Maass has previously presented one program at our library and will soon present another program on November 11, 2014.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014 as a walk-in.  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the link I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear 4 presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

(Updated) Newberry Library Offers Genealogy And Local History Tours And Orientations On First Saturdays Of The Month In 2014 – 2015

Hi Everyone,

Newberry Library LogoGinger Frere, a frequent speaker at our own genealogy programs and a librarian at the Newberry Library, has made me aware that the Newberry offers an introductory genealogy orientation and tour of the Newberry on Saturdays.

She has just provided me with an updated schedule of these events for the balance of 2014 and for the full year 2015.

Here are the dates for the balance of 2014:

  • October 4, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
  • November 1, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
  • December 6, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

There are times when the library needs to change the date from the 1st Saturday of the month to the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Oftentimes it is as a result of a holiday occurring in the first week time period.  Please be aware that this can happen.  Such changes are always noted by the Newberry.

Here are the dates for 2015:

  • January 3, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • February 7, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • March 14, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • April 4, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • May 2, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • June 6, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • July 11, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • August 1, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • September 12, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • October 3, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • November 7, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • December 5, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

The Newberry is located at 60 West Walton in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the Newberry is 312-255-3700.

The program/orientation on using the Newberry’s collection starts at 9:30 AM.  The initial orientation takes about 1 hour.  A short tour of the library follows the orientation.

There is no pre-registration.  There is no cost.

The program is aimed at those new to using the Newberry and those new to the genealogical process.

Here is a link to the flyer that you can read from the Newberry that provides a description of the event:

2014/2015 Genealogy and Local History Tours and Orientation Programs of  the Newberry Library

If you have never been to the Newberry but are an experienced genealogy researcher, you may want to take advantage of these programs for the balance of 2014 and for 2015 to learn about the collections and resources of the Newberry.

If you are a new genealogy researcher, this orientation is also geared for you to learn how to begin your research plus you too will also learn about the Newberry and how it can  help your research.

I have placed these event dates into the Google Calendar that is also part of this blog.

Read the full flyer that is linked above.

Sounds like a great opportunity to visit the Newberry if you have never previously been there and then be able to get a nice orientation and tour of the facility.

Something to consider!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

The Swedish American Museum Will Be Offering A “Genealogy Open House: Exploring Your Swedish Roots” Program On Saturday, November 15, 2014 From 11:00 AM To 4 PM

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 genealogy program update 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.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

The Swedish American Museum will be offering a Genealogy “Open House” on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 11 AM to 4 PM that will allow you to meet “one-on-one” with genealogy experts to help you with your Swedish genealogy research.

Here is the text I received from the Museum describing the events of the day regarding this program:

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Genealogy Open House: 

Exploring Your Swedish Roots

Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Are you new to genealogy or an advanced researcher? There is something for everyone including individual attention just for you at our annual genealogy open house! Meet one-on-one with our experts for answers to questions relating to translation of documents, location of genealogy centers in Sweden, how to begin genealogy research, location of a parish, and more. Stations will be set up in the main floor gallery pertaining to different genealogical topics. Cost: $10 for members and non-members and can be paid at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

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Sounds like this is a great opportunity for anyone new to researching their Swedish roots or for the experienced researcher that has perhaps hit a brick wall in their Swedish genealogy research efforts.

There is plenty of time to fit this event into your calendar.  If you have been thinking about taking the plunge into researching your Swedish ancestors, this event may be the best “starting” place to begin your research process.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 4, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “Finishing the Story” By Jennifer Holik; Please Note That This Program Will Take Place At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library at 500 N. Dunton, 2nd Floor, Hendrickson Room in Arlington Heights, IL. (Please note this is at a different location than usual just for this program.)

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.  Use this time for “show and tell” of World War I and II memorabilia and artifacts for this program.

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 Jennifer Holik.    The speaker will present a program titled “Finishing the Story.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 4, 2014 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jennifer Holik, 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 September 2014″ YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

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

The video is an approximate 24 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 – Tennessee Ancestry Library Day, September 19-20, 2014, Nashville, TN; URL Bit.ly/TALE_tickets; Oklahoma City Ancestry Day, November 7-8, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK; Roots Tech 2015 and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) (Combined Conferences), February 12 to 14, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Ancestry Updated iOS Mobile App; Hints, Push Notifications
  • New Content! – 1.2  Million new records added for 4 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • Updated Data Base – 1920 US Federal Census – more indexed fields have been added to the data allowing more search entry fields in the template, e.g. marital status, own home etc.
  • Updated Data Base – United States Yearbooks Collection – 26,000 new yearbooks have been added containing 296 million records.
  • Updated Data Base – New York City Birth Index, 1878-1909.
  • Updated Data Base – Philadelphia Passenger Lists – now includes passenger records that includes 1944 to 1948 records.
  • 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.
  • 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

Chicago Genealogical Society “Chicago Fire” Bus Tour All Sold Out; No More Bus Seats Available

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoHi Everyone!

I just made a post the other day about an upcoming bus tour being hosted by the Chicago Genealogical Society.  The theme of the tour was “The Chicago Fire”.  Here is a link to that previous post:

Chicago Genealogical Society “Chicago Fire” Bus Tour Posting on September 10, 2014

Well, if you did not jump on the bandwagon right after that posting, then start looking for another bandwagon!

The website of the Chicago Genealogical Society has now noted that the tour bus has sold out.  No other seats are available.

I am sorry if you were interested but were not able to get a seat for yourself.  This is a very popular bus tour offered by the society.

I think they have done it in previous years and hope they will offer it again sometime in the future.

Just wanted to let you know that the trip is closed and has been completely filled in case you had any ideas of trying to get yourself signed up.  Maybe next time.

You can always connect with the Chicago Genealogical Society via their website at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

and stay in touch with all that is going on with the society.

Congratulations to anyone lucky enough to have made the trip reservation.  Enjoy the trip!  I would love for you to share your experience of the tour with all of us.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Local History Programs At The Schaumburg Township District Library October 2014 To August 2015

STDL Central Summer LgHi Everyone!

Sometimes genealogy and local history go together.

Sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes you are doing your genealogy and just want to take a break from research.

Sometimes learning about  local history can be a great change of pace from genealogy.

Jane Rozek is our library’s Local History Librarian.  Just as I put together genealogy programs on a variety of genealogy topics, so too does Jane for Local History.  She provides these programs under a great “umbrella” name called “Chicagoland: Read All About It!”  This upcoming season of programs is Jane’s third series of programs of this nature being offered.

I wanted to share with you what these upcoming Local History programs will be.

Here is a list of the up and coming Local History programs:

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Season Three will feature these local authors who will bring you into the worlds of comedy clubs in Chicago, the local WWII home front told from the perspective of a young girl and all of the best, hidden gems in the Chicago restaurant scene!

October 8, 2014, Wednesday, 7 PM                   
Graveyards of Chicago
Presented by Ursula Bielske
Registration required

November 12, 2014, Wednesday, 7 PM               
Carsons:  The History of a Chicago  Shopping  Landmark
Presented by Gayle Soucek
Registration required

December 10, 2014, Wednesday, 7 PM               
The 1937 Chicago Steel Strike
Presented by John Hogan
Registration required

January 21, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                    
The Chicago “L”
Presented by Greg Borzo
Registration required

February 11, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                  
Stand-up Comedy in Chicago
Presented byVince Vieceli and Bill Brady
Registration required

March 11, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                     
The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats
Presented by Christopher Garlington
Registration required

April 8, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                          
Wrigley Field:  One Hundred Stories for One Hundred Years
Presented by Dan Campana
Registration required

May 13, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                         
Home Front Girl:  A Diary of Love, Literature and Growing Up in Wartime America
Presented by Susan Signe Morrison
Registration required

June 10, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                         
A History of Violence:  An Encyclopedia of 1400 Chicago Mob Murders Presented by Dr. Wayne A. Johnson
Registration required

July 8, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                            
Chicago River Bridges
Presented by Patrick McBriarty
Registration required

August 12, 2015, Wednesday, 7 PM                     
Food Lover’s Guide to Chicago
Presented by Jennifer Olvera
Registration required

Call 847-923-3347 or stop in at the Ask Us Desk on the second floor to register for the programs in this yearlong series.  All programs will begin at 7 p.m.

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You can always access the list of these programs online via our library website at:

“Chicagoland: Read All About It” Programs for October 2014 to August 2015 At the Schaumburg Township District Library

Want to take a break from your genealogy research?

Check out any or all of the Local History programs that our library will be offering through August 2015.

One good thing I can tell you is that all of the above noted programs take place on a Wednesday evening at our library.

Why is that important??

Because you can still come on over to our library for our Genealogy Programs that occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month!

How about that!  No conflicts!

Check out the “Chicagoland: Read All About It!” programs.

There is always more you can learn about local Chicagoland history over and above genealogy.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library