Genealogy TV Shows Everywhere You Look!; Now CNN Is Getting Into The Action; Starting Sunday October 12, 2014 At 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central; 12 CNN Personalities Explore Their Roots Through October 20, 2014

Hi Everyone!

CNN LogoAre you getting overwhelmed with all of the variety of TV shows about some famous personality having their “roots” exposed?

Well if you are getting tired of all of these shows then you will soon have more pain to bear.  If you can’t get enough of these shows then consider that your ship has come in with more personalities to learn about.

CNN has announced that starting Sunday October 12 a new short-lived series titled “Journey to Find Their “Roots” will air.

Here is a link to the CNN portion of their website where you can find all of the detail about “who” “when” and “where” for you to tune in to this 8 day series:

October 12, 2014 to October 20, 2014 CNN “Journey to Find Their “Roots”” Series

The link will give you a list of the CNN personalities that will be part of the series and when their individual episode will air.  There will be a lot of TV time activity showcasing the personalities during a relatively short time interval.

Some days will have multiple CNN personalities showcased at different times throughout the day.  The link above gives you all of the details about what personality’s story will take place and what time it will air.

It is always worth taking a look at and compare to the existing genealogy TV shows like “Who Do You Think You Are?”,  “Genealogy Roadshow” “Finding Your Roots” just to see how this new short-term entry competes in this group.

I just wanted to share with you that another genealogy TV series awaits you should you choose to take the mission.


Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Has Purchased A 1936 “Chicago Suburban Telephone Directory” Published By The Illinois Bell Telephone Company; We Purchased It From eBay

STDL Central Summer LgHi Everyone!

Just to let you know of an interesting purchase our library recently made that will now be a resource.

Jane Rozek our Local History librarian arranged to make purchase of a 1936 Chicago Suburban Telephone Directory from eBay.  It is being processed for addition to our collection.

The directory is a straight alphabetical listing that incorporates residences and businesses into one list.

Jane noted to us that even back in 1936 towns such as Crystal Lake, McHenry, Antioch, Fox Lake and Zion were considered Chicago suburbs as there are listings for these towns in the directory.

A nice thing about this print directory is that it is dated in-between the 1930 and 1940 US Census.  This means it can be a useful tool for tracking ancestors in-between census years, assuming they lived in a “suburban” area outside of the city of Chicago.

One major issue is that the paper directory is in a very “fragile” state.  Because of this it will NOT be made available for public use.  For the time being it will be in the possession of Jane Rozek our Local History librarian.  Perhaps at some point in the future the directory can be digitized and made available electronically at some future date.

Jane has offered to do “look-ups” for names in the directory.  You can send Jane an e-mail request to do a look-up at   I actually looked up the name of my “uncle” that lived in Cary, IL at this time.  I found him listed, with an accompanying address and “occupation”.  Please remember, this is considered a “phone directory” not a “city directory”.

What is the difference?

A city directory captured the names of anyone living in the town.  This process was done generally before 1930 when phone service was not so dominant.  This is a phone directory, hence, a family had to have a phone and phone service to be considered for entry in this book.

Consequently, an ancestor of yours might very well have lived in one of the suburbs included in this directory.  Unfortunately, they might not have had telephone service and would therefore not be listed in the book.

I will let you know of future developments for this directory as to its availability to the public.  For now if you have an interest in getting a “look-up” of an ancestral name perhaps living in the suburban Chicago area in 1936 (hopefully with a telephone!) then contact Jane at

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Finding A Long-Lost Ancestor On The Streets Of Chicago; Concise “How To” Using Good Research Logic From The Huffington Post

Hi Everyone!

Huffington Post LogoA colleague of mine at the library provided me with a link to a very nice little “tip” on how to go about discovering some information about a Chicago ancestor that you may have.

The “tip” was found at the Huffington Post.  It looks like it was authored by both Loretto Dennis Szucs and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., both well-known genealogy figures.  Loretto is connected with  Henry is connected with the PBS Genealogy TV show “Finding Your Roots”.

Thanks to my colleague Tom for making me aware of this.

I always enjoy being able to see a question submitted to experts turned into a great learning experience that also answers the question at the same time.  That is what this little “tip” entails.

It is nice for both “problem-solving” as well as providing some nice graphic document examples used in the problem-solving experience.

If you have Chicago ancestors and are doing research in this area, this is worth your while to take a look at via the following link:

Finding A Long-Last Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago Teaching Tip From the October 5, 2014 Huffington Post

I liked the question posed to the experts.  It has good details from which to start researching.   The experts take you through the analysis process bringing in to bear the many genealogy resources we have to consider when researching, e.g. City Directories, Street Maps, Census Data etc.

Check it out.  It can help you with a “road-map” to uncover information about an elusive Chicago ancestor or just about any ancestor when you think through your research strategy starting with what you know.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


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



Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening October 14, 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, October 14, 2014:

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Steve Szabados. Steve will present a program titled “Genealogy Research – Beyond the Basics”.

Learn techniques to solve your brick walls. Overcome problems with the spelling of surnames; learn to search in the correct location and review cases that will help unlock the early U.S. census records. Steve reviews various advanced search techniques that he has used to find the documents for his family histories

Steve Szabados is a retired project manager. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and a MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

He has been researching his ancestors for about ten years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. His goal is to share his passion for Family History.

He is a board member for the Polish Genealogical Society of America and is a member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society and he is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Illinois Library. He is the author of multiple genealogy books.  These books are a must have for the beginning genealogist as well as for anyone looking for their European heritage. Steve is also the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.

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

October 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; “Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs In Chicago’s History” On Saturday, October 25, 2014 From 10:00 AM To 12 Noon

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the October 2014 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during October 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

“Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History”  And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago October  2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday October 25, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History”.   From their website, here is a description of the program:



Genealogy Session Explores Swedish Club History in Chicago

Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m. – noon

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center’s October genealogy session will focus on the rich stories and heritage of Swedish clubs and organizations in Chicago. 

 The session, titled “Ties That Bind–Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History,” will be led by Swedish American Museum curator Veronica Robinson. Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members; non-members pay $10. Reservations are appreciated and can be made via  email. To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center click here.


See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of October 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; New Location Than In Past Years

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 40th Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 4 PM.  (Please note that this is a new location for the society’s annual conference; previous conferences have recently been held in St. Charles, IL.  This is a change in venue for the 2015 conference.)  At 7:30 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered, have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The Opening Comments will take place at 8:30 AM.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 3 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “Connecting Past to Present Through Educating, Preserving and Publishing”.

Please note that the society is noting in their brochure that there will be a limit of 250 people who will be able to register.  So if you are interested you might want to take action by registering in advance while there are openings rather than taking a chance as a walk-in on the day of the event and be turned away because capacity has been reached.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own program.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the NIU Conference Center and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome assuming the 250 limit on capacity has not been reached.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:30 PM and one at 3 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear 4 unique programs among the 16 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Stephen P. Morse (Creator of “One-Step” Website)
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass
  • Katherine R. Willson

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.  To date at our own library we have had 1 of the speakers present an individual program at our own monthly genealogy program.  Marsha Peterson-Maass has previously presented one program at our library and will soon present another program on November 11, 2014.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014 as a walk-in.  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the link I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear 4 presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library