Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, September 6, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “Truth Or Fiction: Unraveling A Family Yarn” By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, September 6, 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 Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “Truth or Fiction: Unraveling a Family Yarn.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) September 6, 2014 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Preserving Your Family Treasures; Resources Noted From The Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter; Article Written By Grace A. Horner; Links To The Resources Inlcuded

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I was just perusing through the July/August 2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter and happened to see an article written by Grace. A. Horner.  We have this newsletter on the 2nd floor of our library on the magazine shelves.  Grace provided a summary of a recent May 2014 program held by the society.  The program was titled “Preserving Your Family Treasures”.  It was presented by Rena Schergren.  Rena is noted as the current Archivist for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

Grace did a very good job of summarizing the program.  Her summary contained quite a few links to a variety of organizations and resources that can be helpful to you in preserving family treasures.

I would direct you to the above noted newsletter so you can read the full summary of the program on this important topic of preservation.

I would also like to provide you with the links that were included in the summary to direct you to resources of note to help in your own preservation actions of materials in your possession.

Here are the links:

  • For preservation of 8mm and 16 mm film, photos, slides, tapes and audio media consider Memory Keepers in Naperville, IL at

I still recommend taking a look at the full written summary in the July/August 2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter that you will find on the 2nd floor magazine shelves.

But short of that I at least wanted to be able to direct you to the links that Grace included in her summary.

Preserve your materials for now and into the far distant future.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Hired A Professional Researcher To Help With Your Genealogy Research?”; 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 June 16, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Hired A Professional Genealogist To Assist You With Your Research?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 37 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 6 responses (16.22%) noted they have used the services of a professional researcher while 31 responses (83.78%) indicated they have not used the services of a professional researcher.

I am not actually surprised at the high number of “No” responses indicating individuals have not used the services of a professional researcher to help with their research.  As individuals, we all like to keep plugging away with our own efforts at uncovering our lineage.  That is good because we become more knowledgeable of the resources as we use them in our searches.  However, sometimes we think the next effort we make will be the one that will allow us to overcome our brick wall in research.  Sometimes we are “penny wise and pound foolish”.

We should maybe make a quicker consideration to utilize a professional when we are stuck.  It is not that uncommon that a professional can get us past our brick wall quickly allowing us to pick up the research trail after that.  The professional can also tap into non-internet resources that may very well contain the answer to our problem.  If a researcher only thinks of internet resources then more and more brick walls might become routine.  A professional knows that non-internet sources are routinely utilized in their professional research efforts.

So for now you might not now have used a professional.   However, hiring a professional is something to consider.  This will allow you to break through your brick walls and pick up your research successes on your own again once the brick wall has been overcome.  Keep your options open to consider hiring a professional rather than to keep butting your head against that hard brick wall!

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 17 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

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Kelsey Grammer Airs Tonight, August 20, 2014, On TLC At 8 PM Central Time; “Encore” Episodes Of Originally Aired Episodes Will Also Appear On TLC

Hi Everyone!

The Learning ChannelI wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs tonight, August 20, 2014, on TLC at 8 PM Central time.

Kelsey Grammer is featured on this episode.

Try to watch the original airing on TLC tonight if possible.

TLC kindly provided me with a link to get you to the preview of tonight’s episode.

Here is a link to the preview of this episode that you can find at TLC:

Preview of August 20, 2014 Kelsey Grammer Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

TLC also provided me with some other descriptive information about this episode as well as indicating that TLC now has the ability to also air episodes of the series that were formerly on NBC.  So it appears viewers on TLC will now see the current “new” episodes as well as be able to see many of the “encore” episodes when they are scheduled for viewing on TLC.

Based on the text from TLC, you can view an  “encore” episode of the series both at 7 PM and again at 9 PM Central time tonight.  The “new” episode is sandwiched in between the “encore” episodes tonight.

So you can actually make a night of “Who Do You Think You Are? tonight.   You can watch the “encore” episode featuring Reba McEntire  at 7 PM Central time (I discovered this by looking at the Schedule of Programs for tonight at TLC).  Then watch the brand “new” episode at 8 PM Central time tonight.   Then cap off your evening viewing with an “encore” episode featuring Vanessa Williams at 9 PM Central time.  A “mini-marathon” it is!!

Here is the text shown in Italics from TLC (I did change the reference to the airing of this episode from “tomorrow” to “tonight” since the information was sent yesterday.)


TLC’s two time Emmy-nominated series continues, and this week actor Kelsey Grammer explores his family history tonight, August 20 at 9/8c. In his episode, Kelsey Grammer takes a trip into the past to explore his beloved grandmother’s family. He uncovers the story of a woman haunted by demons, and finds a connection to family who risked everything in one of the greatest migrations in American history.

 In addition to this season’s new premieres, TLC has also acquired episodes from previous seasons of the series, marking their first debut on cable. Tonight will feature encores of Reba McEntire’s episode at 8/7c, and Vanessa Williams’ episode at 10/9c.

 Next week Minnie Driver’s episode will air as the season finale on August 27. Next week’s encore episodes will include Tim McGraw and Rita Wilson.


Get yourself in the rhythm of the day and the time the show airs for both “new” episodes as well as the “encore” episodes both from this season as well as the encore episodes from the original airings on NBC.  View the new episode when it is happening so you can start gathering the tips you view and put them into practice the very next day on your own research.

Thanks to TLC for providing me with the information and the link above.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” tonight at 8 PM Central time featuring Kelsey Grammer!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Will Present A Program Titled “Turning The Century: Schaumburg Township Families Of 1900″; Presented By Larry Nerge; Sunday, September 7, 2014 At 1 PM; Registration Required

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I wanted to make you aware of an upcoming genealogy/local history program that our library will be having.  On Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1 PM, Larry Nerge will make a presentation at our library titled “Turning the Century: Schaumburg Township Families of 1900″.  The program is expected to last until 4:30 PM.

Larry has presented previous programs at our library about the historical families of Schaumburg Township.  He is an expert in this field.

Here is a little summary of what the program will provide:


Genealogist Larry Nerge returns to discuss his study of many families of Schaumburg Township who lived here at the turn of the century. Based on the 1900 census and a 1904 map of the township, Mr. Nerge will share information, photos and stories of our area’s German ancestors. His comprehensive research and ability to connect the families is always a highlight. Join us for an afternoon of information and social gathering!


Perhaps your own genealogical research connects to some of the early families of Schaumburg Township.  Here is an opportunity to hear Larry Nerge speak about these families that might even be one of your own ancestral families!  Larry is an expert regarding original families that settled in Schaumburg Township.

Perhaps you live in our area but do not have any ancestral connections to any of the early settler families of our area.  You still have an opportunity to hear and learn more about the local area you call home and the families that were here at the start  from an incredibly knowledgeable person.

Either way, you win!

If you do plan on attending it is important for you to register yourself for this program through our library.  You can register online via our “Events” tab at the top of our home page.  Select the program date in our calendar and complete the simple online registration process.  You can link to that here:

Schaumburg Township District Library Events Calendar

If you prefer not to register online, just give our library a call at 847-923-3347 and you will be connected to our program registration desk where our staff will gladly take your needed information and register you for this program.

This is a great opportunity to hear an incredibly talented and knowledgeable speaker present material on these “early” families from over 100 years ago when there was no development as we see the area today.  Just imagine wide expanses of open farm fields and a little village at the corner of Schaumburg Road and Roselle Road!  Larry will take you back to that time and tell you about the families that were here in 1900.

The program is only about 3 weeks away.

Get yourself registered now.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


“What’s New At August 2014″ YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now an August 2014 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At August 2014″.

The video is an approximate 28 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of should be aware of.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from that you can access at: Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas August 27 – August 30, 2014); Tennessee Ancestry Library Day, September 19-20, 2014, Nashville, TN; URL; Oklahoma City Ancestry Day, November 7-8, 2014, Oklahoma city, OK.
  • New Content! – 75  Million new records added for 8 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • New Data Base – Jamaican Church of England Records, 1664 – 1879.  Approximately 1,000,000 records.
  • New Data Base – Mexico Civil Registration, 1639 – 2005.  Records are broken out by individual Mexican states.  Each Mexican state is a newly added database.  Records are in Spanish.  These are image only records.  You will view images online as if a microfilm.  Many images have “marginal notes” that can provide some good clues to the lengthy text written description of the event e.g. surname of individuals could be named in these marginal notes.
  • New Data Base – Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592 – 1910; indexed data but no images associated with the indexed item.  Can obtain information on LDS film number from within description of the data for you to consider to order.  This addition has significantly increased the amount of data available online for Slovakian records available through Ancestry.  Approximately 33,000,000 records.
  • U.S. War Department Press Releases and Related Records, 1942-1945; you can find individual names as well as information on military units; easy to read because original material is typewritten.  Approximately 20,000 records.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at

“What’s New At” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at and where they are located.

Because so many of us use, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New German Related Genealogy Book Published By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin; “Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514–1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library”

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I just wanted to share that Teresa Steinkamp McMillin has just published a book that can be helpful to those doing German genealogy research that have a connection to the Hanover, Germany area.  Her recently published book is titled “Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514–1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library”.

Teresa is a specialist in German genealogical research.  She has her own company related website known as Lind Street Research that you can reach at:

Lind Street Research Website By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

Teresa has presented a couple of genealogy programs at our library over the past few years.  In fact, she will be presenting another program at our library on February 10, 2015 that is titled “Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory”.

Teresa was kind enough to provide me with a press release that describes her recent book publishing endeavor.  Here is that Press Release after the separator line in Italics:



Lind Street Research Publishes a New Guide for finding German Military Records for the former Kingdom of Hanover

INVERNESS, ILLINOIS, August 1, 2014 – Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified GenealogistSM and German research expert, is proud to announce the 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.

The records in this collection span 130 rolls of FHL microfilm and go beyond simply listing names of soldiers. In addition to the typical details in the muster rolls, transfers to and from other companies provide clues to additional muster rolls to review. The many other types of records in this collection include regimental journals, pension data, marriage consents, field church books, and even horse muster rolls, including physical descriptions of the horses and the names of the soldiers who rode them, and much, much more.

Easy to use, this guide is organized chronologically and includes brief historical overviews at the beginning of each major section. The book explains the history of the former Kingdom of Hanover and includes a detailed explanation of how to use this guide, demonstrated with examples.

This guide-book is a must-have for anyone researching ancestors from the former Kingdom of Hanover in Germany.

“McMillin has produced a thorough, detailed guide to the soldiers’ records, geography, and military history of the Kingdom of Hanover. Her book is the key that unlocks the puzzle of which microfilm your ancestor’s military record is found among the 130 Hanover military microfilms at the Family History Library.” — Ernest Thode

“Until now this collection has hardly been touched by family historians, mostly because of the difficulties associated with locating the…microfilms. It’s an incredibly helpful work.” – Baerbel

Johnson“The 400+ pages of this guide will save any genealogical or historical researcher dozens of frustrating hours trying to find valuable information in this collection. Although painstakingly detailed, it is ridiculously easy to use.” — Michael LacopoTeresa Steinkamp

McMillin, Certified Genealogistsm has had a life-long passion for genealogy. In 2006, Teresa founded Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping clients trace their German ancestry. Since then, she has helped many people discover their family history. Teresa also writes family history books and is a popular speaker for local and national genealogical societies, sharing her knowledge with the genealogical community.

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Contact:           Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG



 Teresa S. McMillin, CG

CG or Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certified genealogists after periodic evaluation.


I congratulate Teresa on her wonderful accomplishment!

I also plan on adding the book to our library’s circulating collection.

If you are doing German genealogy research with a connection to the Hanover area of Germany, this book may have special significance for your research efforts.

Hopefully, we will have it added to our collection soon.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library