Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow June 10, 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, June 10, 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:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

Dick Eastman Has A Great Post At His Site Titled “The Death Of Microfilm”; Well-Worth Reading; Link To Article Included

Hi Everyone!

Microfilm LDS ReaderI was just perusing some of the recent posts at Dick Eastman’s online blog and saw a fascinating post about one of the most important genealogical resources that has been available to researchers.

Microfilms!

Yes, microfilms have been the storage media of much of the material genealogists, especially more-seasoned researchers, have been tapping into for years.

However, more and more of “new” genealogical researchers may have never had the privilege to tap into these powerful storage reels.  Rather, they immediately and only go to tap into digital online data.  If only they could realize how potentially limiting that behavior is to thwart their own research efforts!

Online digital access is the way it is done today because it is simply there to access in that manner.  But everything you may need is not included in these large-scale online digital depositories.

But as you can see the title of Dick’s post “The Death of Microfilm” is one that genealogical researchers cannot turn a deaf ear to.

I wanted to give you a direct link to Dick’s post in my post because I Microfilm Rollthink the well-written and lengthy article should be reviewed by all genealogists, whether or not you have ever utilized a microfilm to advance your genealogical research.

You can see Dick Eastman’s “The Death of Microfilm” article here:

Dick Eastman’s May 29, 2014 Post “The Death of Microfilm”

The article that is accessible via the above link should be a “Must Read”.

It is not only microfilms that are on a steep-slope of decline.  It is also all the surrounding technology, manufacturing and the like that supports microfilming that will disappear in the future.  No one is making microfilm cameras.  Microfilm readers are not being made.  The film itself is not even being manufactured anymore!

Any institution utilizing the microfilming industry has been in a long transition to eliminate that storage media within their organization and transition to the new digital age where images are online on gigantic servers and either available for free or via subscription services.  I don’t think that trend is going to change which can be looked as a great thing for genealogical researchers.  The data you seek to look through can now be discovered and viewed in milliseconds instead of in hours of hand cranking a microfilm reader.

Microfilm data will still be around for some time to come.  But we all know the inevitable end result.

So next time you are researching your ancestors on that microfilm reader at a local family history center thank your stars that the equipment is still working.  Because when those break down and are not fixable because no replacement parts exist, we will all be in a world of hurt!

Know what the road ahead looks like for microfilms and all the supporting industry components surrounding the production of a microfilm.  Read Dick’s article.  It is well worth the time to be informed on this topic that has been so instrumental to the research for many of us.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 10, 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, June 10, 2014:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

June 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; “A Dream Of America Guided Exhibit Tour” On Saturday, June 21, 2014 At 11:00 AM

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 June 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 June 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

Guided “Immigration” Tour And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago June 2014

There is a tour scheduled for Saturday June 21, 2014 starting at 11:00 AM at the Museum.  The title of the program is “A Dream of America Guided Exhibit Tour”.   From their website, here is a description of the program:

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A DREAM OF AMERICA GUIDED EXHIBIT TOUR

Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m.

permanent exhibit pic 1 Please join the Museum for a guided tour of our permanent exhibit, A Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21. This fascinating tour starts in the mid-1800s in Sweden and takes the visitor on a journey from Sweden to the New World, providing insights into the struggles and triumphs of Swedish immigrant life in Chicago. We meet Stina Olofsdotter, whose son is leaving Sweden with his family in 1868, Karl Karlsson and his family who emigrated in 1893, and Elin and Birgitta Hedman, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1924. Cost for the tour is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, and Museum members are free. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended. Please call 773.728.8111 or email museum@samac.org to reserve your spot.

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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 June 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Family History Centers Will Be Having Scanning Equipment Available To Use On-Site

Hi Everyone!

Family-History-Center-logoI was just reading through some of the summaries that Dick Eastman was posting on his blog related to his attendance at the recent National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Conference.

One item caught my eye that he  reported on within his summary of the Day One proceedings.

He noted that all Family History Centers (FHC) now have quality scanners at their locations for researchers to use.

Here is the quote Dick Eastman had in his post about this new development:

“FamilySearch has installed new scanners at all North American local Family History Centers with overseas locations being added now. Anyone who visits a Center is invited to use the local scanner to scan old family photos and upload directly to FamilySearch.org and/or to save to a local flash drive. The service is aimed at those who do not own photo-quality scanners. There is no requirement to upload to FamilySearch.org although that is suggested. However, all visitors do have the option to only save digital images to a local flash drive which they can then take home and use as they wish.”

The intended use is that a researcher who does not own a personal scanner can use the scanner at the center or someone who does can still use the FHC scanner.  It is also thought that the scanners would be used for material that would be uploaded to the FamilySearch website into the Family Trees that exist.  A user of the scanner can use the equipment and does not have to upload any material.  All scans can be saved by the researcher to do with as they please.

So if you are an individual that does not have a scanner at home or have one but just happen to need one while at the FHC, this may be a workaround alternative to get your material scanned.  I think a 5 minute training session from the volunteer on duty would be enough to get you going.  But as Dick Eastman’s comments were noted, plan on bringing a flashdrive with you to put your scanned material onto.

So now you have a reason to use the facility for more than just microfilm reading.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township district Library

Military Records Are A Very Valuable Resource For Genealogy Information; MyHeritage Will Be Offering Free Access To Military Records From May 23, 2014 to May 26, 2014 (Over Memorial Day Weekend)

Hi Everyone!

MyHeritage LogoMilitary records can be a very valuable resource for your genealogy research.  Oftentimes voluminous amounts of data can be found for ancestors whether they served in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I or World War II.  Do not overlook these records on those ancestors that had been in the military.

I just happened to be visiting the Dick Eastman online blog and the most recent post I noted was related to military records.  And it was related to these records with the famous buzzword “FREE”.

According to the post,  MyHeritage will be offering “FREE” access to its online military records over the Memorial Day weekend.  The dates cover Friday May 23, 2014 to Monday May 26, 2014.

You will be able to access the “FREE” military records via the following link when it has opened for searching:

pages.myheritage.com/memorialday

MyHeritage is a subscribable site.  For those of you subscribed to it these military records are available to you already.  For those of you not subscribed to MyHeritage you will be able to now view these military records for free over the Memorial Day Weekend.  If you find good material by accessing the data freely then perhaps you would even consider subscribing to the service offered by MyHeritage.

Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s exact post about the “FREE” offer by MyHeritage:

MyHeritage Offers FREE Access To Military Records Through Memorial Day Weekend From May 23, 2014 To May 26, 2014

Check out the data when it becomes available and see what you can find on your ancestors with military service that perhaps you were not aware of.

You can always visit MyHeritage and see all that they offer at www.myheritage.com.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, June 7, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Place” By Jane Haldeman; Special “Make-Up” Program For February 2014 Program Canceled Due To Bad Weather

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

This is a special “make-up” program.  This program was originally scheduled for presentation in February 2014.  It was canceled at the time due to bad weather.  The society normally does not offer presentations in the month of June.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Jane Haldeman.    The speaker will present a program titled “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Place.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) June 7, 2014 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jane Haldeman, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library