“What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2017” 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 January 2017 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2017”.

The video is an approximate 16 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 –  Large conference dates for 2017 have been set.  These are:  February 8-11, 2017, RootsTech in Salt Lake City; May 10-13, 2017, National Genealogical Society in Raleigh, NC; June 9-11, 2017, Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA; July 23-28, 2017, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations, Orlando, FL; August 30-September 2, 2017, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • New Databases – Ancestry.com has released about 86 million new records that are identified as marriage records for a variety of states.  The states identified and the date span of these records are as follows:Colorado, 1862-2006
    Oregon 1851-1975
    Maine 1670-1921
    District of Columbia 1810-1953
    New Jersey 1670-1965
    Connecticut 1620-1926
    Kentucky 1783-1965
    Michigan 1822-1940
    Pennsylvania 1845-1963
    Kansas 1811-1911
    Alabama 1805-1967
    Ohio 1774-1993
    Illinois 1800-1940
    Texas 1817-1965
    New York 1847-1849, 1907-1936
    North Dakota 1877-1929
    Indiana 1810-2001
    Florida 1823-1982(Sorry, they are not in alphabetical order on the YouTube Video)

    These records have been provided to Ancestry.com from FamilySearch.  The data consist of a searchable index to names but there are no links to images of the original records from within Ancestry.com.

    You can expect to  find the name of the person, age at marriage, marriage date, spouse name, marriage place, name of parents (these can vary).

    Your best bet is to search the individual databases rather than the entirety of the Ancestry.com collection.  Search the Ancestry.com card catalog using the search term of “marriage” or “marriages” to find these newly added state databases of marriages when you also look at the “Sort by Date Added” selection.

    Crista did emphasize to scroll down to the end of the card catalog database description and look to see the link to FamilySearch that will take you to the FamilySearch Wikipedia entry for the database for a full description of what is all contained and what is not included.  The Ancestry.com database description is basic highlighting what is contained in the database.  See the FamilySearch description for a complete description.

  • 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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The Schaumburg Township District Library On Saturday January 21, 2017 From 12:45 PM To 2:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoAncestry.com announced in December 2015 that it will be “retiring” their lineage software program Family Tree Maker.  If you are a user of the product you may be uncertain how that decision does or does not affect you as a user of Family Tree Maker.

Perhaps you are a user of the lineage product from Roots Magic.  Perhaps you are a user of The Master Genealogist lineage program that is no longer being updated or maintained.

Perhaps the Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) can be of immense assistance to you.  The CAGGNI group now is offering a combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist SIG .  Perhaps you did not take advantage of this resource in the past.  Perhaps now would be the time if you are in a state of confusion on all things related to any of the three lineage software products being offered in the SIG.

The combined lineage program SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at our own library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg,IL.  They will be meeting between 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM.

You can see details of this event in the CAGGNI Calendar of Events at:

January 21, 2017 Combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Schaumburg Township District Library

The CAGGNI group will be having their regularly scheduled program also on this date at the same location.  Their regular program will start at 10:30 AM and is titled “Navigating the Illinois State Archives”.  The speaker will be Tina Beaird.

You can make it a long day if you wanted to attend both the SIG and the regular CAGGNI program.  You do not have to attend both programs if you choose.  Pick the one of interest to you.

All guests are welcome to attend either program.  You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  I am sure if you attended and were not a member you may very well think of becoming a member of this wonderful genealogical organization.

You can also check out the CAGGNI group website itself at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 21, 2017 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Navigating the Illinois State Archives” Presented By Tina Beaird

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, January 21, 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 “Navigating the Illinois State Archives “.  Speaker for the program is Tina Beaird.

Program description is:

“The Illinois State Archive holds an astonishing amount of information that can be used for genealogical research. Learn what records are available in the archives and tips for finding them”.

Speaker information is:

 Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a midsize Chicagoland public library and owner of Tamarack Genealogy. She provides lectures on genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences.  She is a governing board member of the Oswego Heritage Association and also volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies.

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

Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Offers Death Certificate Lookup Service; Much Lower Cost In Comparison to Other Services; For Members And Non-Members

Hi Everyone!

ISGS LogoWhile looking through the recent Winter 2016 issue of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal (Vol. 48, No. 4), I happened to see a full-page ad in the issue placed by the ISGS.

The ad highlighted a wonderful “lookup” service offered by the society to both members and non-members for non-certified copies of death certificates that are contained in the Illinois State Archives Death Certificate Index, 1916-1950 database that exists at the Illinois Secretary of State’s website.

Here is the ad in the Winter 2016 issue of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal:

Finding the Dead: Illinois Death Certificates Lookup Service at ISGS

The ISGS is offering the service to members for a cost of $6.  For non-members of the society the cost is $10 per non-certified death certificate.  Each of these costs is significantly lower than the $15 + cost (think Cook County!) you might expect to pay to request a copy of a non-certified death certificate within Illinois.  Obviously, being a member of the ISGS really gives you the best cost possible.  If you have many, many death certificates you would like to order, consider becoming a member of the society just for this benefit.  However, you will see many more resources of the society available to members over and above death certificate look-ups.

The ISGS accepts credit card payments for the service as well as PayPal.

Here is a link to the part of the ISGS website that describes the service of its Death Certificate lookup service:

Illinois State Genealogical Society Death Certificate Lookup Service 

Just remember, you search the Illinois Secretary of State database mentioned above.  If you find a result in that searchable index, then you can provide the details of that to ISGS for them to provide you with the copy of the non-certified death certificate.  That is what they have access to.

Check out all the above links.  Consider trying the service even if you have just one non-certified death certificate you are in need of that is contained in the database noted above.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0)” Program With The West Suburban Irish On Thursday January 26, 2017 In Naperville, IL

Hi Everyone!

west-suburban-irish-logoAt our library’s genealogy program last night on January 10, 2017, one of our participants provided me with a “flyer” of an upcoming “Irish” genealogy program.  The program is titled “Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0)”.  The speaker for the evening will be Ellen Driscoll of Chicago’s Ancestry Sisters.  The program is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 26, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm at the Naperville Women’s Club located at 14 S. Washington St. in Naperville, IL.

The program is being offered by the West Suburban Irish (WSI) group.

Attendance is free but any donations to attend would gladly be accepted.

Here is a PDF flyer of the program announcement provided to me.

January 26, 2017 Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0) Program in Naperville, IL

Glad I can make you aware of this upcoming program.  I have no previous knowledge of the group or any of the programs that it offers.  The flyer above does provide a web address as well as a phone number to call should you feel the need.  Web address on the flyer is www.wsirish.org.  Check them out!

Give it a try if your Irish heritage research is calling!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 10, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

January 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, January 10, 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

January 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for January 10, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

January 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, January 10, 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