Category Archives: Blog Functionality

I Added A “Contact Me” Page on the Home Page of the Blog

Hi Everyone!

In the past I realized that people often just wanted to contact me about something unrelated to a particular post.  But there was no real way to reach me directly.  So they often left me something as a “comment” within a post that did not connect with the post.

I generally contacted them “offline” and really never left the “comment” to post because it just seemed like an awkward match.

Now I realize that within WordPress I can allow readers to reach me more directly through a WordPress Contact Form.

I have now created the new “Contact Me” Page at the top of the blog.  If anyone just needs to contact me you can now use the contact form within the page rather than through leaving a “comment” on a post.

You will be required to provide a Name, E-Mail Address, and your question or comment in the Comments part of the form.  I will then receive your query to me after you submit it by delivery from WordPress to my own WordPress e-mail ID.  I can then respond directly back to you via the e-mail you will have supplied.

I am glad I discovered this method from within WordPress.

You should be able to easily see this new Page at the top of the Home Page of this blog.

So if you were ever wanting to contact me but just did not think that leaving a Comment was the right way, then just take advantage of this more direct route to reach me.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2011 Programs” Added As A New Page on the Blog at the Top of the Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2011 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2011 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2011 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2011 for these programs.

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2011!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Recent Posts” Summary Added to Right Sidebar of This Blog

Hi Everyone!

You may notice something a little different on our blog on the right “sidebar”.

I added a “widget” to the blog that provides a small summary list of the 10 most recent posts to the blog.

This allows the reader to see an overview of these recent posts and go to one directly of interest rather than scrolling down through all of the recent posts.

I thought I would give it a try for the appearance of the blog as well as to give readers a quick look at what has been recently posted.

I hope you enjoy this “snapshot” view of recent posts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New “Genealogy Program Flyer” Page Added To the Top of Our Blog

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let you know that there is a new “page” on our blog.  At the top of the blog you will now see a “page” that is titled Genealogy Program Flyer

Our Graphics Department put together a very nice 1 page “flyer” that provides information on our monthly genealogy program.  The flyer is a JPEG file.

This flyer will be posted by our reception desk of the main library on the first floor.  Handouts of the flyer are available at the reception desk.  The image of the flyer will also be show “electronically” on various TV monitors scattered throughout our library.  Other library information is also shown on these monitors.  So now, genealogy has been added as an additional piece of information that we include in this series of information messages we broadcast on our TV monitors in our building.

Take a look at the flyer.  I think it is very well put together and is a very nice visual flyer highlighting general information of our monthly genealogy program.  Contact information to myself as well as our blog is included in the flyer.

Please share this piece of information with whomever you think would benefit from knowing of our monthly genealogy program.

Enjoy the flyer!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Added PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2009 Page to the Blog

Hi Everyone!

I just added a new PAGE to the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2009 to the blog.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2009 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Added a New Page of FAVORITE LINKS to the Top of the Blog

Hi Everyone!

I just added a new PAGE to the top of the blog called FAVORITE LINKS.

The core of these links are what our library makes available at the Reference Desk to help genealogical researchers become aware of key genealogical web sites in paper format.

I decided to make these available as direct links within the blog rather than the need to be entered in manually from the handout paper we offer.

For most researchers, these will seem very familiar.

For new researchers, consider this your starting point to build from.

I plan to add to these routinely.

I did check them out and the links behind the title of the site all seem to link to the site OK.  You should not have any problem in accessing the sites.

Enjoy the links.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Added New CATEGORIES Groups on Sidebar

Hi Everyone,

I have also added a new CATEGORIES capability on the right sidebar of this blog.

This allows me to create a variety of categories of the types of posts that I am doing.  Once I create the post I can then put this identifier on the post so that all like posts group together under the category I have established.

As an example, when I make a post about a notice of an upcoming genealogy program, I can post it and categorize under that category.  It will post routinely on the blog but will also show up under the category I chose so that you can just open up the one category and see all of the posts grouped under the category title if you choose.

When I upload a Newsletter or a Handout Summary, I will make note of that post and categorize the post into that grouping.

It just makes browsing through the totality of posts a little easier if one of the categories is of interest to you for a quick review.

Right now I want to be cautious of doing too much categorization because I do not want the reader to have to scroll down a huge, long list of categories.  So right now I have what I need on the blog to separate the posts into some common categories.

Just visit the right sidebar and look at the CATEGORIES section after the Newsletters and Program Handouts and see what you think.

Thanks.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library