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Correction To My August 2014 Newsletter And August 2014 Handouts Related To Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois August 16, 2014 Program

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHere is a correction update to some calendar items that were contained in my just recently published August 2014 Newsletter and August 2014 Handouts.  These can be found in the right sidebar of this blog under “Newsletters” and “Handouts”.

In each I included incorrect information for the upcoming August 16, 2014 CAGGNI program as to program title, presenter and location of the program.  Please note that the program will not be occurring at our library where CAGGNI normally holds the majority of its programs.  Program will take place at the Wheaton Public Library.

Here is the correct information for this upcoming August 16, 2014 CAGGNI program:

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Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program Notice Correction for Upcoming August 16, 2014 Program….

 The Corrected Program Information Is:

August 16, 2014
Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
“Researching Your Chicago Ancestors”
Presented by Steve Szabados
Wheaton Public Library
225 N. Cross St. Wheaton, IL

caggni.org

 Program Title, Presenter and the Location Have Changed from My Original Posting in the Newsletter and the Handouts

 My Newsletter and Handouts Material Were Already Finalized Before I Found Out About the Change of Program Title, Speaker and Location

 Caron Primas Brennan Will NOT Be the Presenter As Originally Scheduled

 The Program Title Will NOT Be “Organizing for Genealogists”

 Location for the Program Will NOT Be Schaumburg Township District Library

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I discovered this change when looking at the CAGGNI website.

This is why I encourage anyone interested in attending a genealogy program to always check out the web site of any organization presenting programs before they head out for any program.  Changes to their programs can be found at their own society website.

At least I discovered this prior to the actual August 16, 2014 program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Rachel And Kayleen McAdams Airs Tonight On TLC At 8 PM Central Time; “Encore” Episodes Of Originally Aired Episodes Will Also Appear On TLC

Hi Everyone!

The Learning ChannelI wanted to remind you that the 3rd “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs tonight on TLC at 8 PM Central time.

Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen are featured on this episode.

Try to watch the original airing on TLC tonight if possible.

TLC kindly provided me with a link to get you to the preview of tonight’s episode.

Here is a link to the preview of this episode that you can find at TLC:

Preview of August 6, 2014 Rachel and Kayleen McAdams Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

TLC also provided me with some other descriptive information about this episode as well as indicating that TLC now has the ability to also air episodes of the series that were formerly on NBC.  So it appears viewers on TLC will now see the current “new” episodes as well as be able to see many of the “encore” episodes when they are scheduled for viewing on TLC.

Based on the text from TLC, you can view an  “encore” episode of the series at 9 PM Central time tonight.  The “new” episode precedes the “encore” episode tonight.

So you can actually make a night of “Who Do You Think You Are? tonight.   You can watch the episode featuring Cynthia Nixon that kicked off the new season on TLC at 7 PM Central time (I discovered this by looking at the Schedule of Programs for tonight at TLC).  Then watch the brand new episode at 8 PM Central time tonight.   Then cap off your evening viewing with an “encore” episode featuring Gwyneth Paltrow at 9 PM Central time.  A “mini-marathon” it is!!

Here is the text shown in Italics from TLC (I did change the reference to the airing of this episode from “tomorrow” to “tonight” since the information was sent yesterday.)

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TLC’s Emmy-nominated series continues, and this week actress Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen dig into their family roots  tonight, August 6 at 9/8c. In their episode, Rachel and Kayleen discover an English ancestor surrounded by a privileged world, but forced to separate from those he loved. They connect with relatives uprooted by war, and uncover the harrowing circumstances behind their Canadian roots.

 In addition to this season’s new premieres, TLC has also acquired episodes from previous seasons of the series, marking their first debut on cable. Following Rachel and Kayleen McAdams’ episode, an encore of Gwyneth Paltrow’s episode airs at 10/9c. 

 Next week’s episode airing August 13 will feature Valerie Bertinelli, with Kelsey Grammer the following week on August 20. Future encores include Brooke Shields on 8/13, Vanessa Williams on 8/20, Rita Wilson on 8/27, and Reba McEntire and Tim McGraw on 9/3. 

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Get yourself in the rhythm of the day and the time the show airs for both “new” episodes as well as the “encore” episodes both from this season as well as the encore episodes from the original airings on NBC.  View the new episode when it is happening so you can start gathering the tips you view and put them into practice the very next day on your own research.

Thanks to TLC for providing me with the information and the link above.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” tonight at 8 PM Central time featuring Rachel and Kayleen McAdams!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library Parking Lot Will Be Under Major Reconstruction Starting August 12, 2014; Reconstruction Project Could Last For 3 Weeks; You Can Park In The Former Dominick’s Food Store Parking Lot Right Next Door To Us

Hi Everyone!

STDL Central Summer LgStarting  August 12, 2014 (the day of our genealogy program!) the Schaumburg Township District Library will begin undergoing a total reconstruction of our entire parking lot.  The project is expected to last 3 weeks.

During this major project visitors to our library can still park in areas of our parking lot that will still be open.  Parking will also be available in the parking lot of the former Dominick’s Food Store that is right next door to us.

Please note that one major impact of the re-construction is that our “drive-up” window for dropping off material and for picking up material will be CLOSED during this project.  You will need to enter our building during this time period to drop off material or pick up materials.

Also, handicapped parking spaces will be maintained and be available during the entirety of the project.

The following description of the parking lot reconstruction project comes from our home page of our library’s website:

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Phase One of the parking lot construction will begin on Tuesday, August 12th, and cover the north and west sides of the library. Work on the south side will take place during Phase Two. Since the parking lot will be completely torn out and replaced, construction is expected to last approximately three weeks.

During that time, parking will be available in areas that are not closed off, or in the Dominick’s parking lot. The Drive-up Window and book drop will be closed while work is underway. Handicapped accessible parking spots will be maintained for the duration of the project. When the south lot is under construction and closed off, temporary spots will be created on the north perimeter of the building. The paving company staff will fence off the areas under construction. Additionally, they will provide signs to direct traffic and parking to available entrances and the Dominick’s lot.

“The repaving project will provide a much safer experience for cars and people,” said Director Stephanie Sarnoff. “Potholes and puddles will be eliminated. We will have the same number of parking spots, but the entire lot will be re-striped. I appreciate your patience and cooperation during the repaving. The benefits will far outweigh the temporary inconvenience.”

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You can always visit our library’s home page to see if there are any new updates on the project.  Just take a look at the home page part where “banners” are displayed.  You can visit us at:

Schaumburg Township District Library Website

Be cautious and alert when coming to our library during this project.  Follow the posted signs that will help you get to the areas of available parking.  Our parking lot is truly in need of a major project like this.  Seal coating it will no longer be effective!

While our August 12, 2014 Genealogy Program may be slightly affected, the project should be completed before we have our September 9, 2014 Genealogy Program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Jesse Tyler Ferguson Airs Tonight On TLC At 8 PM Central Time; Links To Preview And Photographs Provided By TLC; “Encore” Episodes Of Originally Aired Episodes Will Also Appear On TLC

Hi Everyone!

The Learning ChannelI wanted to remind you that the 2nd “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs tonight on TLC at 8 PM Central time.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson from TLCJesse Tyler Ferguson is featured on tonight’s new episode.

Try to watch the original airing on TLC tonight if possible.

TLC kindly provided me with links to get you to the preview of tonight’s episode, as well as a link to some photographs associated with the episode.

Here are those links provided to me directly from TLC:

Preview of July 30, 2014 Jesse Tyler Ferguson Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Preview Photographs of July 30, 2014 Jesse Tyler Ferguson Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

TLC also provided me with some other descriptive information about this episode as well as indicating that TLC now has the ability to also air episodes of the series that were formerly on NBC.  So it appears viewers on TLC will now see the current “new” episodes as well as be able to see many of the “encore” episodes when they are scheduled for viewing on TLC.

Based on the text from TLC, you can view “encore” episodes of the series at 7 PM Central time tonight and also another one at 9 PM Central time tonight.  The “new” episode is sandwiched between the two encore episodes tonight.

So you can actually make a night of “Who Do You Think You Are? tonight.  Whet your appetite and view an “encore” episode featuring Lisa Kudrow at 7 PM Central time.   Then watch the brand new episode at 8 PM Central time tonight.   Then cap off your evening viewing with an “encore” episode featuring Rob Lowe at 9 PM Central time.  A “mini-marathon” it is!!

Here is the text shown in Italics from TLC (I did change the reference to the airing of this episode from “tomorrow” to “tonight” since the information was sent yesterday.)

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“TLC’s Emmy-nominated series premiered last week, and this week actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson will dig into his family roots tonight, July 30 at 9/8c. In his episode, Jesse Tyler Ferguson follows the life of his great-grandfather, whom trouble seemed to follow at every turn. Throughout his journey, Jesse discovers a shocking crime within his family, and comes to learn that his great-grandfather led an unprecedented expedition to the Alaskan Klondike in search of gold.”

 “In addition to this season’s new premieres, TLC has also acquired episodes from previous seasons of the series, marking their first debut on cable. Alongside Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s episode, encores of Lisa Kudrow’s episode airs at 8/7c and Rob Lowe’s episode airs at 10/9c.”

 “Future encores include Gwyneth Paltrow on 8/6, Brooke Shields on 8/13, Vanessa Williams on 8/20, Rita Wilson on 8/27, and Reba McEntire and Tim McGraw on 9/3.”

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Get yourself in the rhythm of the day and the time the show airs for both “new” episodes as well as the “encores”.  View the new episode when it is happening so you can start gathering the tips you view and put them into practice the very next day on your own research.

Thanks to TLC for providing me with the information and the links above.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” tonight!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists Will Be Undergoing A Name Change On August 1, 2014; The New Society Name Will Be The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society; Same Website Address; Same Location For Programs

Hi Everyone!

NWSCG LogoThe Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, a local genealogy society that holds its meetings/programs in Arlington Heights, IL, will be undergoing a name change effective August 1, 2014.

(Their logo still shows the old name of the society.  That will probably be updated in the future.)

The new name of the society will be the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.

You can still find the society at their current web address of http://www.nwscg.com.

Their website is already reflecting their changed society name.

You can visit them at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

It appears that nothing else is changing for the society except the name.  They will be having their meetings/programs at the Arlington Heights Senior Center in Arlington Heights, IL.  Their web address is still the same as before at http://www.nwscg.com.

It appears to be business as usual for the society.  There is no need to think that there is a new society in the area when you start hearing and seeing the new name of Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.  You just need to start putting the new name of the society in your head and start using it in your discussions and in your own writing.  I know, old habits die hard, especially with a name change.

Just remember, that it is still the same great society local to our Northwest Suburban area that you have always known about.

I have already started making changes to where I have referred to it in my various calendars.  Hopefully, I won’t slip up and refer to it as its former name.

Congratulations to the Society.  Be understanding as the new name takes a foothold.  Same great society with the same great members!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

DuPage County Genealogical Society Will Be Offering 4 Genealogy “Classes” That Will Be Held At The Wheaton Public Library; Saturdays; October 4, October 18, November 1, and November 15; 1 PM to 3 PM; $10 Fee Per Class; PDF “Flyer” Included

Hi Everyone!

DCGS LogoAs I troll  a variety of genealogy society websites local to our area in search of new calendar dates for programs, I did happen to notice that the DuPage County Genealogical Society has updated their Calendar of Events with some new “classes” that I had previously not seen.

The society will be offering a series of 4 genealogy “classes” that will take place at the Wheaton Public Library at two-week intervals starting on October 4, 2014.  Classes will be held on Saturdays from 1 PM to 3 PM.

There is a $10 fee per “class”.  Registration with the library is kindly requested for planning purposes and handout purposes but is not required.

The information at the society webpage does not indicate who the instructor(s) will be for the programs.

It also appears you can pick and choose any of the classes to attend and you do not have to attend all of them.

Here is the upcoming Fall schedule of the 4 classes:

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “Get Ready To Climb Your Family Tree”
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “File Organization”
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “FamilySearch.org – The Ultimate Free, On-Line Genealogy Resource”
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “Making Ancestry Work for You”

These “classes” look as if they are intended for the beginning genealogist.  The fact that you can attend all 4 if you choose within about 6 weeks can provide the beginning researcher with a nice “Kick-Off” as they embark on their research activity.    However, it sure looks like the topics can apply to just about any level of researcher.  If the subject interests you and you consider yourself an established researcher, then by all means consider attending!

I am so glad I happened to come across this nice offering by the society with plenty of time to go for your planning purposes.  If you think you are interested, please consider registering in advance so the providers can be sure they have enough handout material for those that actually participate.

You can actually take a look at the details of the above events by looking at the PDF “Flyer” of the upcoming programs at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) “Classes” For 2014

I have also added the events to my Google Calendar as part of this blog located at the top of the homepage as “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”.

Consider attending.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

“What’s New At Ancestry.com July 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 July 2014 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com July 2014″.

The video is an approximate 26 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 – 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! – 75  Million new records added for 17 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • Database with Expanded Records – Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906 – 1944 (Added Records)
  • New Data Base – U.S. Register of Civil, Military and Naval Services, 1863-1959
  • If you have a country specific subscription to Ancestry.com only (you do not have full world-wide subscription), you can always look at the card catalog for countries of interest to you to see if it is worth your while to upgrade your subscription to a worldwide access to gain access to those records from that country.
  • 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