Category Archives: Blog Functionality

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

Added A New SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG Capability in the Sidebar

Hi Everyone!

Please note that another new capability was added to the right sidebar of this blog.

You will now see a SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG in the right hand sidebar.  This is the RSS Feed that you can subscribe to.  You will notice you can subscribe to either the POST feed or the COMMENTS feed or to both of them.

If you click on either of these RSS Feeds or both, a feed link will be created for your use that can be read by a browser or by a stand-alone RSS Reader like Google Reader.  When I click on this link, a link address appears that you save as a bookmark like entry.  I saved mine in a folder I created in Safari, the browser I use.  When I create a new post, you will see a counter in this link when I read it in my browser that tells me that a new post has occurred on the blog.  I can then go directly to the feed that I saved and see what the post is.  I do not have to go directly back to the blog to see if any new posts have occurred if I activate the RSS Feed.  I can read the most recent post, and others, from within the RSS Feed link to my machine.

WordPress allows me to create an RSS link for either Posts or for Comments.  Again you can activate only posts if you only want to know when I create a new post.  Or you can activate the Comments links if you only want to know when Comments have been left.

If you want to be notified if either a Post or a Comment was left, then activate both of the RSS Feeds.

I think I will work on creating a new page within this blog that will appear on the top of the blog that may have an even better description of what this RSS feed is.

I have personally activated both of the RSS Feeds on this blog and have seen within my browser Safari that in effect I am notified that a new post was created on this blog.  I click on that link within what I saved as a Bookmark and it takes me to the feed for the blog that shows all the postings.  I can read all the posts within this feed or I can click on the most recent notification of a post or any post and I will be taken directly to the blog itself.

I may not be doing as good a job of explaining this RSS function but I can tell you it works and I was able to successfully activate it and see notifications of posting coming to me!

It is really not as hard as it may sound.

So now you can sit back and be notified of any new Posts or Comments occurring on the blog when you activate both of the feeds.  It makes it easier to see what has been added since the last time you may directly visited the blog site.

Give it a try.  If I can do it I know the area’s best genealogical researchers can certainly successfully activate the RSS Feeds!

I hope you like the recently added capabilities to the blog.

Enjoy.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

A New SEARCH Feature Added to Sidebar

Hi Everyone!

Please note that you will now see a new SEARCH feature added on the right sidebar of this blog

This search feature will allow you to search all the blog posts that are part of this overall blog.

Try a keyword or a phrase to see if it was mentioned among the various posts.

One other thing I did notice with the SEARCH feature is that if WordPress gives you a list of result “hits” in which the search term is contained among the posts,  IT DOES NOT HIGHLIGHT the hit.  You will still have to read through the entire post to find the words you used in your search.  So you will have to do a little bit of work.  I sure wish WordPress at least highlighted the search term used among the various hits.

Another thing I did notice in this SEARCH feature is that it will not find keywords or phrases that may be contained in the COMMENTS left by readers.  I was a little surprised at that inability by WordPress but it is what it is.

If you remember that something was mentioned in the blog but you just can’t remember when it was mentioned or in what particular post, then just try the SEARCH feature in the Sidebar using some creative search terms to see if you can find it within a post.

Thank you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New ABOUT Heading and New PROGRAMS Heading At the Top of the Blog by the FRONT PAGE Section

Hi Everyone,

In case you have not noticed,  I have added a full description of the purpose of this blog in the ABOUT section at the top of the blog page.  I simply try to describe what the purpose of this blog will be for those who read its entries.

I have also added a section at the top of the blog titled 2010 PROGRAMS.  This is just a one-click link at the top of the blog that will allow you to see the genealogy programs we have planned for 2010.  This way you will always know what is coming in for your planning purposes.  You won’t have to search through the blog for a post I did previously that also summarized what our programs will be for 2010.

I hope that the convenience of this information at the top of the blog will help you when you visit the blog.

Thanks.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Thanks for the Nice Comments!

Hi Everyone!

I want to thank those that have left comments to date on the posts that I have done since I started the blog.

Looking at the comments and deciding what to do with them is also part of learning the blogging process.  So far, so good!  All the comments I have received have been have been good and have been allowed to be posted.  Should a post comment seem inappropriate, I have the choice to review it and allow it or delete it.  I don’t expect to have to do anything like that but WordPress allows me to screen comments in advance before allowing them to show up on the blog.

I encourage comments and I can also respond to them if needed which is another nice feature.

Thanks again to all that have taken the time to leave their comments.

I appreciate that you have taken time to express your thoughts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Archives of Posts and PDF Genealogy Newsletter Now Available

Hi Everyone,

Please take a look at the right side of the blog page.

You will now see that we added a WordPress Widget to create an archives of our posts.  You will now see them categorized by the month they were created.  You often find this as “standard” on most blogs.  I just wanted to make it easier to look at posts over a given span of months.

The other new category you will see on the right side of our blog is the “Newsletter” category.  In this section you will now be able to find PDF images of the Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter that I create each month.  In this newsletter you will find some of the following information on a month to month basis:

  • Our feature program for the following month.
  • Information on numbers of participants at our programs and the number of surnames these participants are researching.
  • A list of “short” and “timely pieces of genealogical news, often originating from Dick Eastman’s genealogy blog.
  • Upcoming program information for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, Du Page County Genealogical Society and the Computer Assistance Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois.
  • An “Internet” section often containing longer items of interest that apply to news items that pertain to the Internet, often coming from the Dick Eastman genealogy blog.
  • A “Periodical Section” in which I summarize some of the recently added genealogical journals we may have just received into our collection.  This is a great place to see what articles appear in these journals so you will know to read the entire article that could help with your own research.
  • A “Books in Print” section in which I make note of recently added genealogy books to our collection.
  • A “Software/Hardware” section in which I make note of items of interest that are software or hardware related that can have some impact on your genealogical research or methodology.  These items often come from the Dick Eastman genealogy blog.
  • A “Funny Bone” section in which I like to include some form of genealogical humor.
  • A “Calendar” section in which I like to include known local upcoming genealogical programs, including that of our library, for up to one year out into the future.

The newsletter was one of the handouts I included at our monthly genealogy programs.  I plan on making this newsletter available on the blog so I can stop making paper copies for handouts and for mailing.

You should easily be able to look at the newsletter from our blog or even print it up for your own reading at leisure.  I caution you that our newsletter is often at least 30+ pages each month.  So you may want to think about printing it!  But at least you will now know you can look at it here via the blog.  It is also hyperlinked so you can quickly move within the newsletter to the sections highlighted.  You can also visit the web site links that are contained in the newsletter.

So I do have a lot of “stuff”” developing with the blog that I am just learning and beginning to feel comfortable with.  Be patient with me as my “blogging” skills improve over time.

A big thanks to Kris in our Reference Department for guiding me through this blogging process!

Keep coming back to our blog to find new and interesting parts.

Thanks for visiting.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library