Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Are You A Paid Member Of A Genealogy Society/Group?”; 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 April 22, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Are You a Paid Member Of A Genealogy Society/Group?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 47 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 30 responses (63.83%) noted they are paid members of a society/group while 17 responses (36.17%) indicated they are not paid members of a society/group.

I am actually surprised at the high number of “No” responses indicating individuals are not paid members of a society/group.  Participating in such organizations is highly recommended, whether they be local to the area you actually live in or be perhaps in the geographic area where your ancestors lived.  These organizations can only help further your family history research.  I was unscientifically projecting that maybe only 10% to 20% might have indicated they are not paid members rather than the 36.17% the actual numbers showed.  But then again this is not a scientific poll and it is a small sample of 47 total respondents!

I guess I need to keep shouting from the mountain top — join a genealogy society/group!  It is well worth the nominal fee that is generally imposed.

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 15 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

Re-Post Reminder: McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 19, 2014 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL

Hi Everyone!

I made a post back on May 7, 2014 about the upcoming McHenry County Genealogical Society and their all-day conference they will be hosting on July 19, 2014 in Crystal Lake, IL at the McHenry County College.

Thought I would just send out a reminder of the event since we are that much closer to the date.

What follows is what was initially posted on May 7, 2014:

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Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “Genealogy Inside Out”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day two of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from while two other sessions will provide a choice of 3 programs to choose from.

Cyndi Ingle (from Cyndi’s List) and Thomas MacEntee (from Geneabloggers and High-Definition Genealogy) are two nationally known genealogy experts who will be providing presentations.  There will be 5 other speakers also presenting programs.

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration is done prior to June 15, 2014.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before June 15, 2014 – $40
  • Non-members registering before June 15, 2014 – $50
  • All registration after June 15, 2014 including walk-ins – $60

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to July 5, 2014.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after July 5, 2014 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 19, 2014 “Genealogy Inside Out” Conference

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

July is not that far away!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Wonderful Teaching Videos From Thomas MacEntee On Using Various Software Tools To Make Your Genealogy Research Better Managed And More Productive; Links Included

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoI love the ability to learn new things by being able to watch and listen to directions given by an expert presenter.

Translation… look for those nice teaching videos that exist on a variety of genealogical topics as well as on genealogical software tools to help you in all aspects of your research.

I was just browsing through the recent Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Newsletter for June 2014.  In the issue is a section titled “President’s Message”.  In this issue, Nancy R. Thomas, President of CAGGNI,  focused on electronic capabilities to learn more about genealogy via live online attendance of streaming educational programs, archived webinars from a software developer for a charge and some free online educational videos/screencasts created by a well-known speaker.

I took a look at the website noted in the article for Thomas MacEntee who was the CAGGNI Keynote speaker at their recently held first ever all-day genealogy conference.  Nancy noted in her article that Thomas has some wonderful educational and informative videos for the genealogical community to view and learn.

The topics are varied and presented in short run times like about 8 minutes as well as lengthy ones presented in as long as about 1 hour.

Here is a listing of the topics presented by Thomas MacEntee that can help you learn about various genealogically oriented software tools to help you create, manage and organize so much of what we as genealogists accumulate:

  • Project Management – Using a Simple Excel Spreadsheet to Track Tasks, Projects and Progress (About 9 minutes)
  • The Password Trick – How I Learned I Could Have a Different Password for Every Website … And Still Remember Them All (About 11 minutes)
  • Facebook Groups Versus Facebook Pages – Which One Should You Use? (About 1 hour)
  • EverNote – Easy Note-Taking for Genealogists (About 1 hour)
  • Weebly – Easy Web Site Creation for Genealogists (About 1 hour)

You can find these free and informative videos offered by ThomasHack Genealogy Logo MacEntee, a local genealogist and speaker at his web site at:

Thomas MacEntee’s HackGenealogy Website Videos Section

Also, just visit the entire website of Thomas MacEntee to see all of the other material he has out there to make your genealogical research efforts more productive and more manageable.  You can visit his full site at:

Thomas MacEntee Hack Genealogy Website

I am so glad I read the complete article by Nancy R. Thomas in the recent CAGGNI June 2014 newsletter.  The tips she provided for online webinars, streaming videos and the like are wonderful teaching aids.  I was familiar with the many that she mentioned but the ones from Thomas MacEntee were not on my radar.

It is always nice to make a new discovery of some valuable resources for genealogists to learn even more.

Thanks to Nancy for sharing the link to Thomas’ videos and thanks to Thomas MacEntee for making these videos available to the genealogy community.

Enjoy these videos so that you can learn even more about tools and methods that exist to help the genealogist connect!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Video “Capsule” Of The Recently Held GeneaQuest All-Day Genealogy Conference Held On May 17, 2014 That Was Put Together By The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI); Video Included In This Post

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoFor the last 3 or 4 months you probably heard me mention about the then upcoming GeneaQuest All-Day Genealogy Conference that was being created by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI).

The conference was held on May 17, 2014 at the Elgin Community College.

Were you unable to attend this first time all-day conference hosted by CAGGNI?

Do you wish you had gone?

Do you regret that omission now?

Wish you were there now?

Would you like to be able to make up for that omission now?

Well, redemption is just a short click away.

Thanks to the efforts of Elaine Beaudoin, a member of CAGGNI, you can actually view a picture /video “capsule” of the day’s programs that includes a collage of pictures as well as some video snippets.  It is about an 8 minute 30 second video that is posted on YouTube from the group.

The technical compilation of this video is spectacular.  It truly looks like a professionally created video that will not only fixate you on the sights of the conference but you will also be tapping your feet to the accompanying soundtrack on the video!

Once again this local genealogy organization seems to have outdone itself again.  What an organization!  They truly put into play the focus of technology on how it melds with genealogy by evidence of this great video.

If you were unable to attend or if you did attend and just want to re-live the day through an 8 minute 30 second video take a look at it right here:

If you are not a member of CAGGNI I think that after seeing this video you may want to run, that’s right, run over to the next program they offer and become a member.  Surround yourself with knowledgeable, energetic and helpful people.  Their enthusiasm will certainly rub off on you!

You might not have been at their conference but the above video will certainly make you feel like you were there!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

 

June 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for June 10, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the June 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 June 2014 Handouts for your convenience:

June 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, June 10, 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

June 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for June 10, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the June 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 June 2014 Newsletter for your convenience:

June 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, June 10, 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 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