Entertaining And Informative Set (Part 2) Of More Teaching Genealogy Videos From GenealogyMagazine.Com; Think Of Monty Python; Thank You James Pylant!

Hi Everyone!

Back in October 2017 I made a blog post about some very informative and hilarious “mini videos” that were created by James Pylant.  For those of you that go back to the 1960s and 1970s think “Monty Python” to grasp the style of humor and entertainment.

Here is a link to that original posting I made of the discovery of these wonderful little videos:

October 2017 Blog Posting Of James Pylant Monty Python-like Genealogy Videos

The videos were really, really, informative and funny at the same time, a difficult accomplishment to say the least.

Looking at those videos really made my day.  I am still smiling about what I saw and still remembering the major “lessons” to be learned from within the subject covered in each video.

James Pylant actually contacted me via my blog and was very thankful of the blog post I had put together in October 2017 highlighting his original series of “mini” videos on genealogical topics.

James has also shared with me links to 4 more of his entertaining genealogical videos on a variety of genealogical topics.  The visual creativity he exhibits with photos, vintage movies and Monty Pythonesque visuals is stunning.  Do you need to put a smile on your face? …. having a bad day? …. then just click on one of these videos and all your cares of the moment will disappear for the length of each video.

Here are the links to the next 4 original genealogical videos created by James Pylant:

#4) Episode 4: Longevity Lies (4 mins)

#5) Episode 5: Graphology for Genealogists (4;30)

#6) Episode 6: Celebrity Research Pitfalls (5:24)

#7) Episode 7: Interlibrary Loan (4:57)

Additionally, James has shared a much longer informative and entertaining genealogical video that reflects on the research of one of his ancestors.  This latest video is titled “Titanic Widow: The Mystery of Addie Bracken,” which is the story of the search for his elusive great-grandaunt.

You can find this 15 minute video here:

“Titanic Widow: The Mystery of Addie Bracken” by James Pylant

Words from my first blog post describing these creative videos still apply to this 2nd set of videos from James Pylant.

“Sometimes our research efforts create more stress than we can imagine.  These videos will help alleviate that tension and also give you some insights to improve your genealogy research skills.”

“View the videos … enjoy … get tense again …. view the videos again … and again … and again!  Smiles and laughs will soon follow!”

Thank you GenealogyMagazine.com for the creative and informative work done by James Pylant, editor of GenealogyMagazine.com.  Check out GenealogyMagazine.com at:


Thank you James Pylant for sharing links with me to this new set of incredibly entertaining yet informative videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Recorded Webinar With Thomas MacEntee On May 8, 2018 Is Available For Online Viewing Via The Link In This Post; Thomas MacEntee Has Also Granted Permission To Post A PDF Of His Lengthy Handout; Thank You Thomas!

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

On May 8, 2018 our library conducted its first ever Genealogy Program via a live webinar.  Thomas MacEntee was our off-site presenter of a program titled “How To Deal with Other Genealogists without Going Crazy!”

We initially had some glitches in getting our internal laptop connected to our projector to project the audio through the room’s speakers.  But thanks to our great internal IT staff we were able to resolve the issue just before we started.

Thomas’ presentation was presented via a PowerPoint slide show.  Once we got started the entire program went off without any problems of sight or sound.

Normally when we have a speaker and that speaker has given us permission to video record the program I do the recording in the back of the room and make the recording available on DVD as a part of our collection for customers to check out.

Thomas MacEntee

In this case Thomas was recording the program and has kindly made it available for viewing as a mp4 file on Vimeo.  He has taken steps to protect his intellectual property while still allowing the regular user to view the recording.

Additionally, Thomas has also granted permission for me to include a PDF copy of his lengthy handout that is associated with the program.  Thank you Thomas for allowing our readers to view the handout.

Here is a link to the recorded webinar program from Thomas MacEntee titled “How To Deal with Other Genealogists without Going Crazy!”

Here is a link to the 6 page handout provided by Thomas for the webinar:

Handout for “How To Deal with Other Genealogists without Going Crazy!”

I asked our audience what they thought of our first ever webinar for a Genealogy Program and they thought it was a big “thumbs up”.  I was so happy to have heard that from our audience.  There just may be more genealogy program webinars on the drawing board for some of our future programs.

I can’t say enough about the generosity of Thomas MacEntee allowing access to the recorded program as well as online access to the handout for the program.

If you were unable to attend you now have the chance to view the program and review the handout.

If you were in attendance, you now have a chance for an “encore” viewing of the program and pick up some tips that perhaps escaped you during the presentation itself.

Check out the material and feel more comfortable dealing with other genealogists without going crazy!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Special Edition” Of American Ancestors In Our Library; Contents Of The Magazine Highlights 400th Anniversary Of The Mayflower Arrival; Magazine On 2nd Floor On Magazine Shelves

Hi Everyone!

Per our library’s subscription to the American Ancestors genealogical database through the New England Historic Genealogical Society, we do receive the quarterly journal that they also publish titled “American Ancestors”.

The society and the journal are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrim ship Mayflower.

As part of the celebration the entirety of the contents of this issue of the magazine (Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2018) is dedicated to all things pertaining to this historic event of 400 years ago.

For those of you lucky enough to know you have an American Colonial genealogical connection that perhaps goes all the way back to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, then check out this special edition to see if any of the articles gives you even deeper meaning to your own Mayflower connection.

Here are just a few of the article titles within this issue:

“Following in the Pilgrims’ Footsteps in England” by Martin Jackson

“Following in the Pilgrims’ Footsteps in Leiden” by Jori Zijlmans, Ariela Netiv and Michael Roumen

“A Guide To Proving Mayflower Ancestry” by Scott Andrew Bartley, Katrina Fahy and Lindsay Fulton

“Intellectual Baggage: Examining the Books of Pilgrims” by Jori Zijlmans

“Notable Mayflower Descendants: A List of 100, with Sources” by Gary Boyd Roberts

There are many, many more articles worth taking a look at if you are connected to the Pilgrims arrival on the Mayflower.

If you come to our library to check out this special edition magazine, also check out the “American Ancestors” genealogical database that our library subscribes to.  This database is only available for use in the library building itself by anyone.  This database is restricted to access from outside the library so Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders cannot access this database from home through the use of their library card.  The database is available via the Internet computers by Computer Assistance or from the database computers behind the “Ask Us” desk.

Alas, I know I do NOT have a connection to any Mayflower ancestor to the best of my research.  My Polish ancestors were probably  digging in the fields for whatever they could scrounge up back in 1620.  Still looking to see if I have any connection to Thadeus Kosciuszko, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Boleslaw I The Brave or “Killer” Kowalski!!

Check out this issue of “American Ancestors” on the 2nd floor of our library on the Magazine shelves.

See what you think of all these wonderful Mayflower articles.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library



Re-Post Reminder: Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their May 20, 2018 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library; The Program Title Is “Cook County Circuit Court Archives” Presented By Ray Johnson ; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

Just thought I would send out a re-post reminder for an upcoming program.  The Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) will be having their next meeting/program this coming Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  Program starts at 2 pm.  Lasts until 4 pm.

If you plan on attending in person, please get yourself registered for the program with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  The program is open to everyone.  You do not need to be a cardholder with the library.  You do not need to be a member of the PGSA.

Ray Johnson will make a presentation titled “Cook County Circuit Cork Archives”.

Check out all the details from my original post down below the separator line.


Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement via a Program Flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, IL on Sunday, May 20, 2018 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program for free at the library and meet other members of the society in attendance.  You do not have to be a PGSA member to attend in person.  You do not have to be a cardholder with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  There is no charge incurred to attend the program in person.  If you do plan to attend in person at the library please contact the library and register for the program.  You can call the library at 847-392-0100 and ask to register for the program.

The formal presentation is titled “Cook County Circuit Archives”.  The presenter is Ray Johnson.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.  Again, you do not have to be a member of the PGSA in order to participate via the webinar.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-PGSA members to participate via the Webinar itself.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering as well as has information about the speaker:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For May 20, 2018 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 19, 2018 Genealogy Day At The Fountaindale Public Library In Bolingbrook; Free 3-Program Online “Streaming” Available; No Registration Needed To Participate In Online “Streaming” Access

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek, genealogy librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, has made me aware that they will be having a Genealogy Day this Saturday, May 19, 2018 that starts at 9:30 am and lasts until 4:30 pm CST.  They will be offering 3 genealogy programs that day.  The day’s programs as of this post today still shows 7 openings for those that would be interested in participating on site at the library.  The library is located at 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440.  The phone number of the library is (630) 759-2102.  Give them a call for help to register yourself for the few remaining openings.

However, Debra has noted that all three programs are available for “live” streaming access online for anyone that is interested in attending “online”.

You do not have to register in advance for these “streaming” sessions.  There is no cost to you to view the streaming sessions.

The overall “theme” for the day’s programs is “In Sickness, In Health and In Handwriting”.

The three programs that will be taking place and their “start” and “end” times are:

  • Session 1 – 10:00 am to 11 am – “Dropsy, Quincy, or Consumption: Just Exactly What Did My Ancestor Have” presented by Kimberly Nagy
  • Session 2 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – “Death Demystified: Understanding Coroner and Undertaker Records” presented by Tina Beaird
  • Session 3 – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – “Your Predecessor’s Personality on Paper: Using Handwriting Analysis in Genealogical Research” presented by Gina Pommier

You can go directly to the webinar link on May 19, 2018 and just scroll down slightly to the May 19, 2018 webinar post at:

May 19, 2018 Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Day Free Online “Streaming” To 3 Genealogy Programs

Also, Debra has made me aware that even if you cannot participate in the free “streaming” of these programs you will have yet another opportunity to view this material after the fact on YouTube.  Just come to the Fountaindale Genealogy Blog a few days after the program and look for access to these YouTube program videos at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog

You will be able to then see the videos of the programs that you were not able to attend in person or participate in during the “live streaming”.

There is even more!

You can go to the Fountaindale Genealogy “streaming” link above now (scroll down slightly to the May 19, 2018 Genealogy Day post) and you will be able to access the multi-page PDF handouts for at least 2 of these programs RIGHT NOW!  So even if you cannot participate in person, or participate in live streaming or have no time to view the recorded videos after the event is over, you can still at least go now and capture the handouts for review at some convenient time for you in the future!

Sounds like you can’t lose!

Sounds very simple!

Participate in the “live” streaming on May 19, 2018.

Thank you Debra for sharing all of this and working your magic to make this event so accessible in so many different formats!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 29, 2018 (Saturday); “Venturing Through Miles And Bytes”; Jill Morelli, CG, Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 29, 2018 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2018 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference (25th Conference and State of Illinois Bicentennial).

The conference title is “Venturing Through Miles and Bytes”

The guest speaker for the day will be Jill Morelli, CG,.  She will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Road Trip: Exploring Midwest Repositories
  • FamilySearch: the Other 70%
  • Finding Our Women: 25+ Places To Find A Surname
  • I Got My Ancestry DNA Results: Now What?

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program, including location, lunch information, pricing, registration form, plus some biographical information for the speaker as well as a small description of each of the programs.  You can access this PDF at:

2018 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2018 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 19, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates; “Gone But Not Forgotten” Presented By Bob Allen

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, May 19, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the NIU Conference Center located in Hoffman Estates, IL at 5555 Trillium Blvd. (The group normally has their programs at our library but they were unable to get a presentation room for this program.)

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.

The title of the program is “Gone But Not Forgotten”.  Speaker for the program is Bob Allen.

Program description is:

Over the years people have “touched” me and probably you. They have entertained, educated, inspired and influenced us in many ways. In their remembrance, we will share information about their lives, watch and listen to videos about them, explore their ancestors via various genealogical sources and sometimes surprise people to whom they are related and identify places on the internet to learn more about them.

Speaker information is:

Bob Allen received a B.A. in political science and an MBA from the University of Kansas. He then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in Austin. He held executive positions with Container Corporation of America and Baxter Healthcare. Bob lives in Barrington with his wife, Audrey. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He currently serves as treasurer of CAGGNI. Bob has been conducting genealogical research for 30+ years.

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