New YouTube Teaching Aid Screencast Created By Me; “Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District LIbrary … What’s That All About?”; 34 Minute Tour Of Features And Functions Of This Blog; You Can View The Video Right In This Post

Hi Everyone!

STDL Central Summer LgMy creative juices were flowing a couple of weeks ago when I decided to create another teaching genealogy screencast.

The topic I chose to screencast was about this very blog and all of the features and functions that can be found in it.   Those features and functions include the main home page where frequent “posts” are made, the “Pages” at the top of the homepage where all kinds of important information reside,  and even the right sidebar where Polls, Newsletters and Handouts exist.

For any followers of the blog I am hopeful that you have already explored all of these features.  But maybe you have not.  So that was another reason for me to describe all that can be found at this genealogy blog.

For anyone new to this blog as well as new to genealogical research, what better way to make you aware of all that exists within this blog than through an informative screencast.

This screencast currently exists within the Schaumburg Township District Library YouTube Channel.  Our library has a multitude of online videos across a variety of subjects, topics and events.  The “genealogy” component is also identified on our channel where you can now find 2 screencasts related to genealogy insights.  The other genealogy screencast that exists on our channel is titled “Using America’s Obituaries and Death Notices Database”.  Check that one out if you were not aware of it.   Become familiar with the “how to use that database” screencast to help you make more ancestral discoveries.

You can get to all of the Schaumburg Township District Library YouTube videos at:

Schaumburg Township District Library YouTube Channel

But enough about all of our wonderful library YouTube videos!

I know you are looking at this post to see THE  YouTube screencast  video about this very blog!  So here it is.  Get yourself in a nice comfortable chair.  Relax and enjoy the 34 minute tour right below direct from YouTube:

My plan is to create even more helpful screencasts in the future related to resources and tools that can help you in your own genealogy research.  Visit our library’s YouTube Channel linked above to access more genealogy screencasts that I plan on creating.  “Follow” this blog since I will let you know of new screencasts with published new posts.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my blog through the eyes of the above screencast.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 11, 2014 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, November 11, 2014:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Marsha Peterson-Maass. Marsha will present a program titled “Swab Your Cheek – How To Make the Most of DNA Kinship Results”.

“Swab Your Cheek: How to Make the Most of DNA Kinship Results” will help you make sense of today’s three commercially available DNA tests (mtDNA, Y-DNA and Autosomal-DNA), which ancestral lines of descent each test applies to, and what your current options are for networking to find DNA kinship matches (including the accredited method for preparing your Pedigree Charts to share on those networking databases). We’ll even take a look at real life DNA results and the kinship networking opportunities they have revealed.

Topics are covered from the Fundamentals of Genealogy(R): Medical Family Tree Workbook and Fundamentals of Genealogy(R): Basics for Everyone . . . textbooks are distributed before the lecture so participants can peruse them during the lecture and can optionally purchase to take home for $20/each (this price is a 20% discount).

Marsha Peterson-Maass got her first formal training in genealogy at the Newberry Library-Chicago, in the beginner’s class that she now teaches called “Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone” (with accompanying textbook she wrote). This is a 13-hour class that Newberry offers for three consecutive Saturdays every March, as part of Newberry Adult Education Seminars. Today, along with teaching and lecturing on a wide range of genealogy topics, Marsha has a thriving forensic genealogy practice.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have Your Ordered A Microfilm Reel Using The Online Ordering Process Through (Mormon Site)?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You  Ordered A Microfilm Reel Using The Online Ordering Process Through (Mormon Site)?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since August 26, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 38 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 19 responses (50%) noted they have discovered “famous” or “infamous” ancestors  while 19 responses (50%) indicated they have not discovered any “famous” or “infamous” ancestors in their research.

A dead heat!

I am actually surprised at the high number of “Yes” responses indicating individuals discovered “famous” or “infamous” ancestors in their research.  Maybe I am biased because I do not think I have made any discoveries of these kind of ancestors, other than a few that had a run-in with the law!  No Presidents or Generals or Kings for me! (of course maybe my deep Polish ancestry might yet still connect to a King or two just waiting for my discovery!!).

I guess what is my definition of “famous” or “infamous” might not be your definition of the same term as you relate it to your ancestral discoveries.  Maybe the uncertainty of such a clear-cut interpretation might have contributed to the 50/50 response that I saw.

Glad I left this poll so not exact and left it to your imagination to determine the “famousness” or “infamousness” of your own ancestors.

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 18 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their November 9, 2014 Meeting/Program at 2 PM at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library; The Program Will Be A Live Webinar; Translation Assistance Available From 12 Noon To 2 PM

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library about the upcoming Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) meeting that will take place at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program and get to meet other members of the society.

The formal presentation program will be a live Webinar.

The Webinar speaker will be Jim Pula, Professor of History at Purdue University.  Jim will present a webinar program titled “Kosciuszko Squadron in the Theatre of World War II”.

Two points to note.

1)  If you are going to attend the program in person at the library you will need to register your intention with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library but you do not need to register with the Webinar provider.  The library can accommodate 100 people.

2)  If you do not plan to physically attend the program at the library and you are still interested in participating in the Webinar then you must register for the Webinar and you do not need to register with the library.  Please use the link just below that will get you to the Webinar registration process that has no connection with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  The Webinar can accommodate 100 participants.

What follows after the line separator in Bold and Italics is what I received from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library about this upcoming program that also includes the link for Webinar registration.


11/09/2014 – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Come to the quarterly meeting of the Polish Genealogical Society of America and network with others researching their Polish roots. Their guest speaker will be Jim Pula, Professor of History at Purdue University who will speak on the famed Kosciuszko Squadron in the European theatre of war of World War II.

Register here for the webinar.

Need some translation help? From 12-2 p.m. experienced translators in Polish, Russian, and German will be available to assist in deciphering letters and documents. Upon arrival, sign up for a 15-minute session.

No Library Card Required


Please note that there will be some assistance with document translation prior to the formal program that starts at 2 PM.  You are encouraged to take advantage of that activity prior to the actual meeting/program.

You can visit the Arlington Heights Memorial Library website at:

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

You can visit the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA)

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership.  Also take the opportunity to learn about the genealogy material in the collection of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Will Present Genealogy Program On Saturday November 8, 2014 From 10 AM To 12 Noon; “Guide To Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866, On Microfilm At The Family History Library”; Presented By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Hi Everyone!

Hanover Military Records Book CoverI received a program notice from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on an upcoming genealogy program they will offer on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

The program is titled “Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library”.  The presenter will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG,  the author of the book upon which the presentation is based.

Registration is required through the library website at  Or you can call the library directly at 847-392-0100 for help to register.

Here is the text description of the program provided to me by Michael Mulholland, the Genealogy Librarian at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library:


Cardinal Room

11/08/2014 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist and German research expert will discuss her research and publication of Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514–1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library. Military records for the former Kingdom of Hanover in Germany can include a soldier’s date and place of birth, his father’s name, and widows’ pensions. This publication is the only English-language guide to this gold mine of information for genealogists. With this guide, a researcher can quickly determine all available records for a regiment and time period and know where to find them in the Family History Library’s (FHL) microfilm holdings in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Presenter Teresa S. McMillin, C.G.
No Library Card Required


Teresa is an outstanding genealogy speaker.  We have had her at our own library making genealogical presentations.  She will return back to our library for a future presentation in April 2015.

We have added her recently published book to our own circulating collection to help you  in your own Germanic research.

If you have any research that connects you to the Hanover area of Germany for your own ancestors, this might be a good opportunity to hear Teresa share her knowledge about the military records that exist for this area of Germany.  Your own German ancestors may have served in the Hanover military and you might be able to be found in the records Teresa has written about in her book.

Just knowing what resources exist for your own research needs is often half the battle!

You can also visit the website for Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG to see further information related to her and her book at:

Hanover Military Records by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

Check out her upcoming program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


“Beginner’s Guide To Genetic Genealogy”; Series Of 16 Lessons; Can Help You Better Understand The Process From A Layman’s Point Of View; From The Wheaton Surname Resources Website

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoI was browsing through the October 2014 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) newsletter and saw what looked like a very interesting suggested Internet link they identified in their “Around the Web” part of the newsletter.

The link will get you to the “Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy”.  This guide is part of the Wheaton Surname Resources blog that you can access directly at:

Wheaton Surname Resources Blog “Beginner’s Guide To Genetic Genealogy”

Let’s be honest.  If you are not scientifically oriented, DNA for genealogy can make your head spin and your eyes glaze over!  Most of us get lost in the weeds when we try to better understand the background of a DNA test and how it can improve your understanding of your genealogy connections to others in the test pool of other DNA submitters.

Here is another chance for you to improve your understanding of DNA and genealogy.

The site itself provides some good general DNA background information before you even get to the lessons.

The guide consists of 16 Lessons.  The lessons are presented as text lessons.  They are not audio or video lessons.  You just have to get comfortable and work your way through them by reading.

The 16 Lessons are titled as follows:

  • LESSON 1: An Overview of the Types of DNA Used By Genetic Genealogists
  • LESSON 2: Which DNA Test
  • LESSON 3: YDNA Exploring the Y Part 1
  • LESSON 4: YDNA Part 2
  • LESSON 5: Introduction to atDNA
  • LESSON 6: atDNA Nuts and Bolts
  • LESSON 7: atDNA Ancestral Origins Part 1
  • LESSON 8: atDNA Ancestral Origins Part 2
  • LESSON 9: atDNA Matches
  • LESSON 10: atDNA More with Matches
  • LESSON 11: Deeper Exploration by Subject
  • LESSON 12: Chromosome Mapping
  • LESSON 13: Privacy, Paranoia, Patience and Persistence
  • LESSON 14: More With the Y
  • LESSON 15: The Future of Y Testing is Here
  • LESSON 16: Using Third Party Tools for Medical Implications

Even I was beginning to get a better understanding of the overall process.

I think this is a site that can really help you better understand DNA and genealogy.  The lessons are not overwhelmingly long.  You will find further resources at the end of each lessons as links to other aids.  Many of the lessons include charts and other visuals.

I would recommend taking a real good look at Lesson 2 that identifies and compares the top DNA testing companies that are available to pick from.  The companies noted in Lesson 2 are:

  • Family Tree DNA(FTDNA)
  • National Genographic 2.0

Sometimes just selecting a DNA tester is the hardest part.  The “Pros” “Cons” and the “DNA Tester Future” are very handy to help you through ultimately choosing a DNA tester.

It was sure timely for me to notice this great link mentioned in the October 2014 CAGGNI Newsletter!

I think you will like what you see when browse through the lessons.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library