Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday October 8, 2016

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHave you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has a DNA special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2016 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming DNA SIG:

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CAGGNI’s genomic genealogy group continues into its second year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. Throughout the year we will study autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third party tools for analyzing your raw data and comparing DNA and gedcom data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how.

The SIG will combine short 15-20 minute lectures with interactive workshop-style activities. 

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!

Facilitators:  Al & Michelle Wilson

More information: DNA Special Interest Group

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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Consider connecting with this special interest group local to our area.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 1, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions To Common Genealogical Brick Walls” Presented By Marsha Peterson-Maass

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, October 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 1, 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 Marsha Peterson-Maass.    The speaker will present a program titled “Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 1, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Marsha Peterson-Maass, 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

Newberry Library Offering Seminar Over 4 Consecutive Wednesdays Starting On October 19, 2016 Titled “It Didn’t All Go Up In Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago”

Hi Everyone!

Newberry Library LogoI recently received a notice from Ginger Frere, one of the speakers we have used many times over the years, that both her and Matt Rutherford of the Newberry will be presenting a seminar at the Newberry titled “It Didn’t All Go Up in Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago” that will be presented on 4 consecutive Wednesdays starting on October 19, 2016 and ending on November 9, 2016 from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.   (Program dates will be Wednesday, October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9, 2016.)

I received the following description from Ginger Frere about this series of programs:

In four jam-packed sessions, starting October 19th,  we’ll talk about pre-Fire treasures including maps, diaries, church records, newspapers, and sheet music. Selected primary source readings will inform our discussions about what life was really like for early Chicagoans. It’s always a lot of fun and we all learn something new.  If you know of anyone with an interest in Chicago history/genealogy, I’d truly appreciate you’re passing along the information. People can find out more and register at: http://www.newberry.org/F16PreFireChicago

Please use the link above to be directed to the Newberry site location where the program is described along with the location for the link to register for these 4 events spread out over four Wednesdays.  Registration is required in order to participate.  Please note there is a cost of $176 to the participant to attend all 4 sessions.  Free online access to course materials will also be provided.  For an additional fee of $15 to $30, participants will be able to obtain a print version of the course materials upon registering.

If you have pre-fire Chicago ancestral research it looks like this series of programs would certainly provide you with some insights into what it was like living in Chicago before the great fire.

Ginger and Matt are two incredible presenters on genealogical topics.  You would be in for a treat.  Something to consider.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

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

The video is an approximate 15 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 –  Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, October 13-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.  All major national conferences are completed for 2016.  Planning is going on for major programs for 2017 such as RootsTech, NGS, SoCal Genealogy Jamboree, FGS etc.
  • Ancestry Site – Provide feedback to Ancestry.com (not Ancestry Library Edition) on any and all things related to the site.  When you are at their site look at the top for “HELP”, click on it look for “SUPPORT”, click on it and then enter in “FEEDBACK” to search for an article on how to provide feedback.  (Here is the link for you that I already found – https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Providing-feedback-about-Ancestry-1460088569413)
  • Ancestry Academy – New video.  “Getting Started Right: Documentation for New Genealogists” by Thomas Jones
  • New Databases – Ireland Police Gazzettes, 1861-1893This new database contains about 151,000 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.  There are images associated with the indexed text results that are in print.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, criminal event type, event date and event place.
  • New Databases – Medway, Kent, Poor Law Union Records, 1836-1937This new database contains about 217,000 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.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, admission date to poor house, discharge date and Parish union.
  • New Databases – Bexley, Kent Electoral Registers, 1734-1965This new database contains about 3.2 million 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.  You can search with sub-geographical areas within Kent.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, residence year, residence city.
  • New Databases – California, Indian Census Index, 1928-1933This new database contains about 26,000 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.  There are images associated with the indexed text results that are printed text.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, tribe.
  • New Databases – New Jersey, Episcopal Diocese of Newark Church Records, 1809-1816, 1825-1970.  This new database contains about 326,000 records.   The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  You can choose from a list of town names within the diocese to search.  It is linked to images of the original records that for the most part are handwritten.   You can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, relatives noted in the record.
  • 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

September/October 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Online Newsletter Available To All; 21 Pages; Many Different Topics; Archive To Previous Newsletters From 2008-2016

Hi Everyone!

ISGS LogoJust want to let you know that the September/October 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Online Newsletter is available for you to read.  You do not need to be a member of the society in order to access this material.

You can find it here:

September/October 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletter

Some of the things you could expect to see in this newsletter are:

  • President’s Column
  • Book Reviews
  • New Members List
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Upcoming Conference News
  • Webinars Offered by the Society
  • Governing Board Meeting Schedule
  • Calendar of Genealogy Events
  • Tips
  • Resources

Lots of good material throughout the newsletter to keep you informed on many genealogical topics applicable to the state of Illinois.  Plenty of embedded links for you to access from the PDF file of the newsletter.

You can also access the archive of previously published Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletters from 2008-2016 at:

2008-2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Online Newsletters

Check out the current newsletter as well as the archive of newsletters spanning 2008-2016.

You can visit the main website of the society at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for September 13, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

September 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, September 13, 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

September 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for September 13, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

September 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, September 13, 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