“What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2016” 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 a April 2016 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2016”.

The video is an approximate 30 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.

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

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences –  National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 4-7, 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June 2-5, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 7-12, 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 31-Sept 3, 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry Site – “color preference” was added for backgraound of your family trees.  Look in top right corner by log-in.  Site Preference there.  Scroll down for tree color preferences.
  • Ancestry Blog – Records Preservation and Access Committee monitoring what states are threatening legislation to limit access to records.  The committee is working to represent the researchers to keep access to records unimpeded.  Video by Jan Meisels Allen on the Genealogist’s Declaration of Rights.  Sign the petition to help keep records accessible.
  • Ancestry Academy – new tutorials on “Beginning Irish” by Eileen O’Duill; “War of 1812” by David Rencher.
  • New Databases – Arizona Voter Registrations, 1874-1932This new database contains about 151,000 thousand records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  This database can help you find ancestors in-between the census years.  View the geographic areas contained in the database on the right side.  Only 3 of 15 Arizona counties currently represented.
  • New Databases – Baden, Germany, Lutheran Records, 1502-1985.  This new database contains about 24.3 million records in German.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  It is not linked to images of the original records.  Contact original archive holder to find where images can be looked at.  You might be charged to obtain the image.
  • New Databases – North America Family Histories, 1500-2000.  This new database contains about 4.2 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the date intervals of these records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data when it is available.  You can choose the letter of the alphabet you want to search within.  Good database to see if a family history might exist for a name of interest to you.
  • New Databases – Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Index, 1647-2008.  This new database contains about 436,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  This is a web-based database offered by Ancestry.com.  You will leave Ancestry.com to get further details from within this web-based database.  You can stay within Ancestry and use the text base results without seeing the image.  Images or pictures may still not be available at the website.
  • Tip From Crista – A particular database may have no connection to your research but you may still benefit from knowing about it.  As an example, there may be an Australian Outbound Passenger List database.  You may not have an Australian connection, but discovering that Outbound passenger records exists may allow you to consider to see if such records exist for the country associated with your ancestor.
  • 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 has noted on past videos 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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” 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 Ancestry.com.

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 Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” 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 Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, 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 Ancestry.com.  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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 7, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Reading Between The Lines Of The City Directory” Presented By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I 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, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road 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.    The speaker will present a program titled “Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) May 7, 2016 Program Notice

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

You can always visit the website of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society to see what they are all about at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for April 12, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the April 2016 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 April 2016 Handouts for your convenience:

April 2016 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, April 12, 2016 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

April 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for April 12, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the April 2016 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 April 2016 Newsletter for your convenience:

April 2016 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, April 12, 2016 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 April 12, 2016

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, April 12, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Debra Dudek. Debra will present a program titled “What’s the Buzz About BillionGraves?”.

What’s the Buzz About BillionGraves? – BillionGraves is contending to be the top cemetery search site on the web. Toting a hot new app and an easy interface, BillionGraves is making cemetery transcription projects and research information more accessible to tech-friendly users. Get a look at this site as a researcher, transcriber, and in-the-field data gatherer.

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

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

Irish Genealogy Webinar From Fountaindale Public Library March 16, 2016 Program In Bolingbrook; Videos Only Available Until April 15, 2016; About 5 Hours Of Video Material Available; Links To Programs And Handouts Included

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek, our guest speaker for our own upcoming April 12, 2016 genealogy program and librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library, has made me aware that there was a wonderful Irish Genealogy Webinar that was put together by the Fountaindale Public Library of Bolingbrook and the  Ulster Historical Foundation.

Ulster Historical Foundation LogoThe program occurred on March 16, 2016.  There was a series of 4 Irish Genealogy Programs presented by members of the Ulster Historical Foundation at the Fountaindale Library.  The 4 programs were recorded and were initially live streamed on the day of the presentation.  The 4 recorded programs are available for viewing BUT ONLY UNTIL APRIL 15, 2016.

Just as important is the fact that a full set of downloadable handouts from these 4 programs is also available for you to access up until April 15, 2016.  You can access these handouts here:

Researching Irish Ancestors – An Introduction (2016)
National Library of Ireland Guide to Family History
National Archives of Ireland General Guide
National Archives of Ireland Help Notes
Ulster Historical Foundation – Historical_Timeline
Timeline for the Plantation of Ulster
PRONI Guides to Family History
PRONI Guides to Local History
PRONI Guides to Emigration

Here are the titles of these four programs:

  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research Parts 1 and 2
  • Using Land Records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and Estate Records
  • Census Substitutes and Other Important Sources for the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries and Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland (2 Programs in this Session)
  • Sources for Finding Seventeenth Century Families in Ireland

You can connect to all these programs via the Fountaindale Public Library  Genealogy Blog at:

March 16, 2016 Irish Genealogy Webinar Videos from the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL

I started watching one of the videos and it had a long introduction of music playing.  Video loaded fine and video started fine.

If you have Irish ancestors here is a chance within a short timeframe to view these presentations from members of the Ulster Historical Foundation.  Remember, they are only available for viewing until April 15, 2016.

Enjoy the videos while they last!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening April 12, 2016 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, April 12, 2016:

Dudek photoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Debra Dudek. Debra will present a program titled “What’s the Buzz About BillionGraves?”.

What’s the Buzz About BillionGraves? – BillionGraves is contending to be the top cemetery search site on the web. Toting a hot new app and an easy interface, BillionGraves is making cemetery transcription projects and research information more accessible to tech-friendly users. Get a look at this site as a researcher, transcriber, and in-the-field data gatherer.

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

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