FamilySearch Announces “Free” Access To Ellis Island Passenger Records Data; 3 Databases; Records Include 1820-1957 Time Period; Contains About 64 Million Records

Hi Everyone!

Melissa G. who is a regular participant at our monthly genealogy programs just made me aware of an announcement by FamilySearch regarding some passenger record databases in their online searchable collection.

“Thank You” Melissa for the “heads-up”!

FamilySearch and the The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced on August 14, 2018 that the entire collection of Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957 are available online on the FamilySearch website as well as still available on the Ellis Island website.

The amount of records contained in these passenger record collections is about 64 million.

There are three distinct time periods and databases that contain these records:

  • New York Passenger Lists (Castle Garden) 1820-1891
  • New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1892-1924
  • New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists 1925-1957

Here is a link to the full press release from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Announces Expanded Ellis Island Immigrant Records 1820-1957 Online

Perhaps you had been accessing all of this data through the Ellis Island website.  For those that did not access the data previously via Ellis Island you now have the choice between the two sites to search the data.  If you use FamilySearch more regularly because of the magnitude of data that exists there, you now have an even greater reason to visit and have access to about 64 million more records.

Check out the press release and then visit Family Search to see the databases.  Here is a link to the 50 or so databases associated with the state of New York in FamilySearch.  Just browse through the list looking for the titles of the 3 database titles mentioned above.  Please note that the title in FamilySearch for the Castle Garden database noted above is listed as “New York Passenger Lists. 1820-1891.  The name “Castle Garden” is not included in the title:

FamilySearch New York Databases Containing Recently Added Ellis Island Data

Hope you make even more discoveries with this data.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

National Genealogical Society 2019 Annual Conference Announcement Brochure Available; May 8-11, 2019 In St. Charles, Missouri; “Journey Of Discovery”

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

The 2019 program is scheduled for May 8, 2019 through May 11, 2019 in St. Charles, Missouri.  The title of the 2019 conference is “Journey of Discovery”.

You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.

You can view the full-color 4 page “announcement” brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

It is still too early for any information on the registration costs or the programs being offered, but the “announcement” brochure is the teaser for the 2019 program for now.  Be patient as more details for the conference unfold as we get closer to the date of the conference.

Registration for the conference will start on December 1, 2018.

You can visit their main website at www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

These are incredibly well attended conferences, both live at the venue itself as well as via the ability to participate during “live-streaming” of many of the various programs.  According to statistics provided to me from the NGS, the 2017 Conference in Raleigh, NC had 1,936 registered participants present at the conference plus an additional 268 participants that had registered for the live streaming programs.  Total attendance near the 2,200 number.  Pretty good turnout!

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out my future blog postings as I post updated material for the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Genealogical Society when it becomes available.  For now at least refer to the “announcement” material for the 2019 Annual Conference in the link above.

Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for August 14, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 2018 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 August 2018 Handouts for your convenience:

August 2018 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, August 14, 2018 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

August 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for August 14, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 2018 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 August 2018 Newsletter for your convenience:

August 2018 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, August 14, 2018 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 August 14, 2018

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, August 14, 2018:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday evening, August 14, 2018.  Our guest speaker will be Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.  Jeanne will present a program titled “Sharing with Others: How to Convey Genealogical Evidence with Others”.

Techniques to construct and arrange genealogical reasoning so that our research is useful to future generations and facilitates effective collaboration with other genealogists.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSMis a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, family researchers. Her clients are international and include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Israel, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. On behalf of the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force, Jeanne searches and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications and is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She served as the editor of Chicago Cemetery Records 1847–1863; Sexton’s Reports and Certificates, Treasurer Receipts, Deeds, and Undertakers’ Reports.

Jeanne researched the ancestry of actor-comedian Jason Sudeikis, for the television series, Who Do You Think You Are?, and appeared in that episode that first aired in May 2012. In April 2012 she was interviewed by National Public Radio about the release of the 1940 U.S. census.

She is a trustee and the treasurer of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a member of National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and a multi-year alumnus of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and the National Institute of Genealogical Research at the National Archives, Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts [History] from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a second-year certificate from the University of Chicago’s publishing program.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening August 14, 2018 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, August 14, 2018:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday evening, August 14, 2018.  Our guest speaker will be Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.  Jeanne will present a program titled “Sharing with Others: How to Convey Genealogical Evidence with Others”.

Techniques to construct and arrange genealogical reasoning so that our research is useful to future generations and facilitates effective collaboration with other genealogists.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSMis a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, family researchers. Her clients are international and include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Israel, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. On behalf of the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force, Jeanne searches and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications and is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She served as the editor of Chicago Cemetery Records 1847–1863; Sexton’s Reports and Certificates, Treasurer Receipts, Deeds, and Undertakers’ Reports.

Jeanne researched the ancestry of actor-comedian Jason Sudeikis, for the television series, Who Do You Think You Are?, and appeared in that episode that first aired in May 2012. In April 2012 she was interviewed by National Public Radio about the release of the 1940 U.S. census.

She is a trustee and the treasurer of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a member of National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and a multi-year alumnus of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and the National Institute of Genealogical Research at the National Archives, Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts [History] from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a second-year certificate from the University of Chicago’s publishing program.

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 18, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Beyond The Census” Presented By Janis Minor Forte

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next program on Saturday, August 18, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

The program is open to any and all interested in learning more about genealogy as well as learning more about this wonderful genealogy group and meeting its members in attendance.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  This is not a program sponsored by our library.  CAGGNI is using our meeting room to conduct their own program.  All are welcome to attend.

The title of the program is “Beyond the Census”.  Speaker for the program is Janis Minor Forte.

Program description is:

If our genealogical research is limited to the Who, When and Where questions we compile a collection of skeletons. To answer the interesting questions the What, the Why and the How we can use manuscript collections. These underutilized collections bring our ancestors to life and put flesh on their bones. 

Speaker information is:

Janis Minor Forté is an experienced genealogists, writer and lecturer.  She has presented at  FGS, NGS, OGS, Roots Tech, ISGS  and local conferences.   In 2014 she was the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecturer at the FGS Conference.   In 2013  she won First Place in the ISFHWE  Excellence-in-Writing Competition  and her family newsletter won Honorable Mention in their Genealogy Newsletter Category.  She is a member of CAGGNI . 

Find out more about the CAGGNI group and all that they do.  Visit them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library