DNA Testing For Genealogy; Look Before You Leap!; Life-Changing Events Can Happen From Your Results; Link To Article Included

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share with you a link that was sent to me from one of our genealogy program participants.

The link will get you to a lengthy story from the July 27, 2017 Washington Post about how your DNA testing for genealogy can provide you with more mysteries and life-changing possibilities than you ever wanted to discover.

DNA testing for genealogy is the hot thing.  Many of our genealogy programs participants have submitted their DNA for testing, often initially being tested with autosomal DNA analysis.  I have submitted my DNA for such testing and have recently had a wonderful connection to an unknown cousin who is an outstanding genealogical researcher.  Results like this are the really positive side of DNA testing for genealogy.

Check out the link below to get a different perspective on DNA testing for genealogy.  The results are not always what you expect which can be challenging and life changing.  After reading the article I am thankful that my DNA results were completely boring and matched to the assumptions I have carried throughout my whole life.

July 27, 2017 Washington Post Article Titled “She Thought She Was Irish — Until a DNA Test Opened a 100 Year Old Mystery”

I have personally heard the stories of at least 2 individuals whose test results showed that they were not who they thought they were.

You have to be prepared to receive results that will turn your world upside down!

Thank you Francis for sharing the article link with me!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

My Video Interview With The Schaumburg Park District TV Show “Schaumburg Heartbeat” Is Now Available For Viewing; Shared Tips About Beginning Genealogy And Resources Our Library Has For Genealogy

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Today, I’d like to inform you about a recent television interview I did on genealogy research using the many resources right here at the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL). You can view this show in its entirety on the Schaumburg Park District’s cable access station WSPD, if you live in Schaumburg.  The show is also available to EVERYONE on the Internet (Link will be found below).  The show is called “’Schaumburg Heartbeat”- July, 2017, hosted/reported by Burke MacDonald.  On it, I share a lot of tips, insights, and resources to help you with your genealogy efforts including how to begin your search for family history…. or to review the basics for all of you who are seasoned genealogy researchers.

Well, I guess my ship has come in!  No, not the passenger ship of my ancestors, rather just the ship of good fortune to allow me to share with viewers of the video all things about starting your genealogy using resources from the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Normally, “Schaumburg Heartbeat” consists of 3 segments, each maybe running about 10-15 minutes.  The July 2017 edition of the show consists of only one segment, focusing on genealogy for 26 minutes.  It is interesting to note that the show is produced, directed, videoed, and reported by senior citizen volunteers at the Schaumburg Park District. The show is then edited by the Park District’s professional editor.

Just a heads up, in the middle of the video (around 11 minutes and 3 seconds) you will see a quick transition to a 90 second “commercial” of all things related to the Schaumburg Park District.  Our interview then continues to other areas of the library.

Just don’t want you to miss the full video.

Here is the link to this informative genealogy video in which yours truly shares a lot of tips and insights and resources to help you with your genealogy efforts (Click on the blue link or cut and paste into your browser):

Video Interview of Tony Kierna About Genealogy for the Schaumburg Park District July 2017 TV Show “Schaumburg Heartbeat”

Get comfortable.  Have a cup of coffee or tea and see if you want to see me talk for about 25 minutes about genealogy.  (Hope so!)

I would like very much to hear your comments.  Maybe there is another life for me after genealogy.  Either in front of the camera or behind the camera.  This was fun to do and fun to see how it is done!

Tony Kierna (L) Burke MacDonald (R)

A big “thank  you” to Burke MacDonald and what he does as volunteer Segment Producer and Field Reporter for the show.  I think Burke is a fabulous interviewer no matter what the topic is or who he is interviewing.  Also,  big thanks to Jay O’Toole the volunteer videographer for the program who captured all of the on-site video material and interview at our library.     Also want to thank the Schaumburg Park District’s professional editor, Chip Hess, on how he put together the entire finished product and all of the video inserts that appeared during the interview portion of the video …. photos, questions to ask for interviewing relatives, “flyer” of our upcoming programs, crawlers on the bottom noting when our monthly genealogy program takes place etc. and etc.  They all seemed to appear at the best time on the screen.  Video editing is truly an art when it comes to creating a polished product!  I am not even sure what might have been cut out but I am sure there was material that did not make it.   Those editing functions really make the video look great.

I would encourage all of you to take a look at the myriad of “Schaumburg Heartbeat” shows that exists on the Schaumburg Park District Website (www.parkfun.com) or go to www.vimeo.com and search on Schaumburg Heartbeat. (Again, click on the blue link or cut and paste into your browser.)

Enjoy the video!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 19, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Bringing Life To Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections” Presented By Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

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 at our library on Saturday, August 19, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM.

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 “Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections”.  Speaker for the program is Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.

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:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories.

On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for 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. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops and institutes.

She is trustee and president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. 

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

Correction Update – – – August 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For August 26, 2017; “What Is New In ArkivDigital” Presented By Kathy Meade; Free For Members Of The Swedish American Genealogical Society; $10 Fee For Non-Members

Hi Everyone!

I need to make a correction to a recent post I made on the upcoming August 26, 2017 genealogy program that will take place at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

My original post that is below the separator lines indicated that only members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society were to attend which meant the program was not open to the public.

That is INCORRECT.

Members of the society can attend the program for free.

Non-members can attend the program but there is a $10 charge to them.

Please check the original post down below the separator line to access any of the embedded links in the original post.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the August 2017 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

The Swedish American Genealogical Society has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  There is a program scheduled for Saturday August 26, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon.  This program is titled “What Is New in ArkivDigital?” and is presented by Kathy Meade.

Here is the text from the program description contained in the Cirkular:

MEMBERS ONLY GENEALOGY SESSION (Not open to the general public)

ArkivDigital is an online service that provides access to over 68 million newly photographed color images or about 136 million pages of Swedish historical records. About 600,000 new records are added each month. Now, more searchable name registers are being added to the product. Kathy Meade, the North American ArkivDigital representative, will demonstrate the new features that will help and ease your search to discover your rich Swedish heritage.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:

Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events

You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at genealogy@samac.org.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during August 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago August 2017

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of August 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, August 26, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “Preserving Your Family History On Family Tree” Presented By Maureen Brady

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, August 26, 2017 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.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 Maureen Brady.    The speaker will present a program titled “Preserving Your Family History on Family Tree.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) August 26, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Maureen Brady, 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

August 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for August 8, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 2017 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 2017 Handouts for your convenience:

August 2017 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 8, 2017 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 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for August 8, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 2017 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 2017 Newsletter for your convenience:

August 2017 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 8, 2017 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