Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 24, 2014 And Saturday, October 25, 2014 In O’Fallon, IL; Conference Brochure Now Available

Hi Everyone,

illinoisgensoc-logoI have looked at the website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society and noticed they have the brochure for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2014.  The “theme” title of this event is called “Illinois: Land of Opportunity”.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 24, 2014 and Saturday, October 25, 2014.  The conference will be held at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, IL.  Lodging is being mentioned at the Hilton Garden Inn.   O’Fallon, IL is about 290 miles from Chicago and is about a 4 hour 30 minute drive.  It is south of Springfield, IL.  It is near St. Louis, MO.

Here is a PDF of the brochure available from the ISGS:

October 24-25, 2014 Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Fall Conference Brochure For Registration, Programs and Speakers

Here is a link to what is posted at the website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society regarding information about the upcoming conference:

ISGS 2014 Annual Conference Program Description

There will be a total of 5 speakers for the 2 day program.  There will be a total of 16 programs taking place over the 2 days from among the 5 total speakers.  Take a look at the link at the beginning of this post to the PDF that highlights all of the programs and the biographies of the speakers.  The registration forms are included as well as the program costs (not including your hotel costs if you stay).  Costs vary as to whether you are a member of the ISGS or not.

The roster of speakers certainly looks good.  The variety of the programs looks to have something for everyone that is doing genealogical research.

Check out all of this current information about this annual program put on by the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

There is plenty of time to consider attending this 2-day program on Friday afternoon, October 24, 2014 and Saturday, all-day, October 25, 2014.

Check out all of the information from the ISGS!  Consider attending this great annual 2-day conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FamilySearch Indexers “Start Your Engines!”; Worldwide Indexing Event To Take Place On July 20 and July 21, 2014; FamilySearch Needs 50,000 Indexers To Submit 1 Batch During This Period; New Indexers Also Being Sought

Hi Everyone,

 

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Dick Eastman

I just saw an item from a Dick Eastman blog post that indicated that there is an up and coming Worldwide Indexing Event that will occur on July 20 and July 21, 2014 (right around the corner!).

What is this all about?

What is the goal?

For 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period! Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record!

Why?

To break the record previously set on July 2, 2012, when a total of FamilySearch.org Logo49,025 FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators joined together to set the all-time record for the most indexing participants in a single day!

Are you an indexer?  If so, mark your calendar to do one batch of records and submit them on that day.  One batch might only be 25 records.

Not an indexer?  Now might be the time to help contribute to a record by becoming an indexer, not only to break a record, but also to keep contributing your newly found indexing skills and talent!

Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s post about the topic from his blog:

Dick Eastman June 29, 2014 Post On FamilySearch Worldwide Index Event

Within Dick’s post is a link to the FamilySearch blog that provides even more information about this upcoming effort to break an existing indexing record.  You can read all about this event in the FamilySearch blog at:

Worldwide Indexing Event July 20, 2014 and July 21, 2014 From FamilySearch

Are you up for a challenge?  Would you like to be part of a record-setting effort?  Are you an indexer that has not indexed in a little while?  Have you never become an indexer but like challenges?

Mark your calendars and start your engines!

For those that need to refresh their indexing participation or for those that would simply like to find out about indexing, you can take a look at what is all involved through FamilySearch at:

FamilySearch Indexing Information

Take a look at the various links noted above.

Start your indexing engine or re-start your indexing engine!

Help break a record.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 8, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the July 2014 Handouts for your convenience:

July 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 8, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the July 2014 Newsletter for your convenience:

July 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow July 8, 2014

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

Kristen McCallum PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Kristen Newton McCallum. Kristen will present a program titled “Getting the Most Out of Internet Archive”.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” To overcome the challenge of selection when collecting the internet, Internet Archive subscribes to the theory of bulk archiving in which it tries to archive as much of the public web as possible.

Kristen McCallum, a librarian at the Algonquin Public Library, began researching her family history after her grandfather passed away and since 2001 she has been gathering information about her family and helping others.

According to McCallum, a few reasons why researching family history has become more popular is that some people want to know where they came from, connect with family traditions, availability of records and seeking information about medical history.

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

August 23, 2014 All-Day Genealogy Program Being Offered At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library; “Norwegian Genealogy Research”; Registration Begins July 1, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Michael Mulholland of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has informed me that his library will be offering a special daylong genealogy program on Saturday, August 23, 2014.  The program is titled “Norwegian Genealogy Research” that will take place from 9:30  AM until 5:00 PM.

Registration for the event is required.  Registration starts on July 1, 2014.

What follows after the line separator in Italics  is the text of the e-mail I received from Michael that provides more description and information about the day’s genealogy program at the library on that day.

More details will be available in the near future.

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Norwegian Genealogy Program

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

9:30am – 5:00pm

Join us for an interesting day of Norwegian genealogy research. Learn how to use resources in the U.S. and Norway to help you follow your Norwegian family back in time and perhaps find your “family farm”. Online resources will also be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to bring their research materials and their own laptops.

Open to the Public

 Thank you,

Michael

Register by calling 847-392-0100 or online at www.ahml.info

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Mark your calendar down for this wonderful program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Just a reminder, If you plan on attending this program you will need to register your intent with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library by calling the number noted above or by self-registering via the website of the library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; “DNA For Genealogists” On Saturday, July 26, 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 July 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.

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 July 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

“DNA For Genealogists”  And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago July 2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday July 26, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM at the Museum.  The title of the program is “DNA for Genealogists”.   From their website, here is a description of the program:

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DNA FOR GENEALOGISTS

DNA seems to always be in the news or showing up in our favorite television shows. Now DNA testing has become a growing part of genealogy studies, but what does it mean? Dr. Dan Hubbard will explore what DNA can and can’t do for genealogists in this genealogy session hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Genealogy SpeakerJoin us as Dr. Hubbard addresses whether DNA is worth all the fuss. Some questions that will be addressed include: What are the different tests that can be done today, and what can they tell us about our own genetic heritage? Why do these tests tell us different things? Who should be tested? How can DNA testing be used to attack genealogical problems? In short, Dr. Hubbard will help you uncover what you need to know to start to think about DNA testing in regards to your own genealogical research.

Cost for this program is free for Genealogy Center members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated. You may email the Genealogy Center to RSVP or ask any questions you may have about this session or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.

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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 July 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library