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Daily Herald Interview Of Jennifer Holik Regarding Genealogy And World War I And World War II Military Records

Hi Everyone!

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

Military Records research can often be a large part of your genealogy research.  Many of us might focus on the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American War, Civil War and other more distant past wars that our ancestors may have been involved in as participants.

World War I and World War II research can now be a large part of our own research in a more contemporaneous manner because of their proximity to our own lives.  It really is hard to believe that World War I is actually being commemorated with the 100th year anniversary this year in 2014.

Jennifer Holik is known for her expertise in World War I and World II military records research.  She was recently interviewed extensively by the local Daily Herald newspaper about the very subject.  I think reading the article about the subject is something that could really help you in your own approach to searching for the World War I and World War II records that may be out there related to your more recent ancestors (and many that are still with us who served so honorably in world War II).

Jennifer will be coming to our library on Tuesday Evening, May 12, 2015 and Tuesday evening, November 10, 2015 and making her presentations related to World War I and World War II Military Research for genealogy.

Here is a link to the September 30, 2014 online version of the article interviewing Jennifer Holik:

September 30, 2014 Online Daily Herald Article/Interview of Jennifer Holik, World War I and World War II Military Records Expert

The article was published in the “real” paper version of the Daily Herald on October 2, 2014 in the Neighborhood Section of the issue.

I encourage you to take note of the series of Q & A that appears in the article past the initial paragraphs.  I thought there was some very good questions posed and some equally great responses from Jennifer.  If nothing else you actually do have a good chance of making some military records discoveries from World War I and World War II.  All of the records did not burn in a fire.  Plus you now have more open accessibility to the records, no longer having to show you are next of kin when the records you seek are for someone who has died or who was discharged by 1952.

You can also visit the website of Jennifer Holik and take a look at her “Resources” and “World War II Toolbox” links to obtain further help in your quest for tracking down World War I and World War II Military Records.

Jennifer Holik, Author Website

I am looking forward to having Jennifer at our library in May and November 2015 to make her presentations.  Her expertise and popularity continue to grow and grow!  Jennifer notes her upcoming visits and presentations in her website noted above.

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

“What’s New At 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 that is titled “What’s New At September 2014″.

The video is an approximate 24 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of should be aware of.

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

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – Tennessee Ancestry Library Day, September 19-20, 2014, Nashville, TN; URL; 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 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 site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At” 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

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

“What’s New At” 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 and where they are located.

Because so many of us use, 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  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:


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.


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


Our Parking Lot Is Still Under Construction; South Side Area (Near Drive-Up Window) And West Side Area (Near Main Entrance) Available For Parking; Former Dominick’s Lot Also Available; North Side Area (Marathon Station Side) Is Closed

STDL Central Summer LgHi Everyone!

In anticipation of you coming to our Tuesday evening, September 9, 2014 Genealogy Program, I need to make you aware that our parking lot construction project has not yet been completed.  I thought that by the time this program was to occur that the project would have been completed.

Unfortunately, the project is still ongoing!

There is parking in the normal south part of our parking lot (on the side of former Dominick’s near the Drive-Up Window).  There is also regular parking along the West Side of our building (near the normal main entrance area).  Parking is also available in the former Dominick’s parking lot in the south side area.

There is no parking available on the north side of our area (the side where the Marathon Gas station is located).

So if you are coming to our Genealogy Program tomorrow, just continue to follow the signs to get you to locations for you to park.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Recent Additions Have Been Made To The “Favorite Links” Page Of This Blog; Added A Significant Number Of Blog Links; Added A New Category For Family History Centers (Local); Direct Link To “Favorite Links” Included

STDL Central Summer LgHi Everyone!

I have just recently updated the “Favorite Links” Page of this blog that you can access from the home page of this blog.

You can get to the “Favorite Links” part of my blog at:

“Favorite Links” At Genealogy With Tony Library Blog

A very good article by Tony Bandy has just appeared in the recent issue of Internet Genealogy (August/September 2014, Volume 9, Number 3) in which Tony wrote about the “Top Blogs of 2014″.  I looked at some of the blogs I provided links to in my “Favorite Links” part of my blog and noticed that I did have many that Tony had indicated.  However, his current 2014 list was so good that I thought I would re-visit my own list and add a good amount of the blogs mentioned in the article by Tony Bandy.

I added about 14 new blog links for you to take a look at.  You will find these under the category “Genealogy Blogs” in my Favorite Links page of the blog.

I have also created a written overview of what was contained in the recent Internet Genealogy issue we received mentioned above.  That will appear in the September 2014 Genealogy Newsletter I author as well as appearing as one of the “handouts” in the September 2014 package that will be uploaded on Monday, September 8, 2014.  The Tony Bandy article overview will be included in the September 2014 Handouts package  and all of the Top 2014 blogs mentioned by him will be included along with their web link.

If you have not seen my “Favorite Links” part of the blog, now would be the time to take a look at it to see all of the links that are there for you to visit and experiment with.

Also, while I was in the “Favorite Links” part of the blog, I thought it would also be advantageous for me to create a new section for “Family History Centers”.  Each local Family History Center has its own web address.  Each local Family History Center website is a great place to visit to check out the location, phone number, directions, hours, e-mail address,  calendar of events and anything that might pop up related to that particular local Family History Center.

I have provided links for each center that is geographically near our library.  You will now be able to find links to the following local Family History Centers noted below and now included in the Favorite Links part of this blog:

You may read about descriptions of what is unique to each center both in terms of hours open as well as resources held by any one of them different from any other.  It is well-worth taking a look at the website of any Family History Center you use.

I thought I would share this piece of updated information made to the blog.

Enjoy the new blog links as well as the newly created local Family History Center links.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library