January 2020 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 14, 2020 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2020 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 2020 Handouts for your convenience:

January 2020 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 14, 2020 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 2020 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for January 14, 2020 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2020 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 2020 Newsletter for your convenience:

January 2020 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 14, 2020 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 January 14, 2020

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, January 14, 2020:

Tina Beaird

Our Genealogy Program will take place on Tuesday evening, January 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the 2nd floor Classroom. The title of our program is “Pins and Needles, Adding Social Media to Your Genealogy Repertoire”.  Our guest speaker is Tina Beaird.  

Guest speaker Tina Beaird will present a program on the changes many social media sites are making to add some fun to the search for family and ancestors. Join Tina for a lively session on how to use sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and more to find, identify and share ancestors.

Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a Genealogy & Local History librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs. 

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.  The speaker will start the presentation between 7:45 – 8 pm.  We will end the program by 9:30 pm.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 18, 2020 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “A Walk Down Memory Lane”; Presented By Rochelle Pennington

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, January 18, 2020 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.   All are welcome to attend.  (Please note that this is NOT a library sponsored program.  CAGGNI is offering the program and is just using our meeting room facilities.)

The title of the program is “A Walk Down Memory Lane”.  Speaker for the program is Rochelle Pennington.

I received the following from the CAGGNI group:

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Program description is:

A Walk Down Memory Lane

by Rochelle Pennington

Author Rochelle Pennington will transport all to the “good old days” of the 1930s, 40s and 50s in this lighthearted presentation detailing everyday life and featuring vintage photographs of bygone years of corner photo booths, party lines, hand-me-down clothes, wringer washing machines and outhouses.

Speaker information is:

Rochelle Pennington is an award-winning newspaper columnist and bestselling author of 10 books who gives hundreds of presentations a year. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

For more information: A Walk Down Memory Lane

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 14, 2020 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, January 14, 2020:

Tina Beaird

Our Genealogy Program will take place on Tuesday evening, January 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the 2nd floor Classroom. The title of our program is “Pins and Needles, Adding Social Media to Your Genealogy Repertoire”.  Our guest speaker is Tina Beaird.  

Guest speaker Tina Beaird will present a program on the changes many social media sites are making to add some fun to the search for family and ancestors. Join Tina for a lively session on how to use sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and more to find, identify and share ancestors.

Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a Genealogy & Local History librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs. 

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.  The speaker will start the presentation between 7:45 – 8 pm.  We will end the program by 9:30 pm.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Another “Remodeled” Part Of The Blog Home Page Appearance; Created A New “Page” For “Newsletter Archive” and “Handout Archive”; Removed Many Of The Sidebar Links To Older Newsletters And Handouts

Hi Everyone!

I just want readers to know that you will see another view of a slightly “remodeled” Home Page of this blog.

Over the years I have been adding monthly “Newsletters” and “Handouts” to the Sidebar of the blog under a Links category.  They were added month by month in chronological order so that you would have to scroll down a long list of previous Newsletters and Handouts to get to the more current ones.  I did not think I had the ability with the blog theme to change the order of these uploads to latest first and earliest last.

In order to streamline the appearance, I decided to create 2 new Pages at the top of the blog home page where many other pages exist e.g. 2020 Programs, 2002-2019 Previous Programs etc.  I created a new page for a “Newsletter Archive” and one for a “Handouts Archive”.  Within each of these new pages I have moved links from the older Newsletters and Handouts for the years 2018 going back to 2009.  This will allow me to remove the links to the older Newsletters and Handouts from 2018 back to 2009 that were in the right sidebar listing of these documents.

Here is a direct link to the “Newsletter Archive” page of the blog:

“Newsletter Archive” Page of Tony’s Genealogy Blog”

Here is a direct link to the “Handouts Archive” page of the blog:

“Handouts Archive” Page of Tony’s Genealogy Blog

On the regular right sidebar of the blog you will continue to see links to the more recent Newsletters and Handouts starting with the year 2019 and now adding in links for 2020 Newsletters and Handouts as they are added.

Visually, you will not need to scroll down the massive lists of these documents to get to the current one.

For many of you it may not make a difference since you accessed the most current Newsletter and Handout via a blog post I did each month that included a link to where the document was located.

I just felt the need to tidy up the appearance of the blog home page and allow access to the older Newsletters and Handouts from within the new “Archive” pages at the top of the blog homepage.

Explore the site and especially the new “Newsletter Archive” and “Handouts Archive” pages at the top of the blog homepage.

All the data is there, just in a different location.

Over the years, this update has been a “New Year Resolution” that has gone unfulfilled.  No longer.  My 2020 New Year Resolution for the blog appearance has come to fruition!

Hope you like the cleaner looking and shorter looking blog homepage, especially on the right sidebar!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I “Remodeled” A Part Of The Blog Home Page; You Can Use A Drop Down Menu Function Within The Archive Of Blog Posts To Look At An Individual Month’s Postings

Hi Everyone!

Yes, after many, many years I have decided to finally follow through on a New Year Resolution!

This blog has been active for about 10 years.  Within the WordPress.com visual appearance of this blog page, I created an “Archive” capability on the right sidebar of the blog page years ago.  In this “Archive”, on a month-by-month basis identified by year, you could see the total number of posts that existed within that given month for that given year.

Each month a new “archive” item is created with the total number of blog posts for that month.  In the early years of a blog, the list of these months is fairly small.  In the case of this blog, the list now contained 120 months of this information.  It just gave the blog a very congested appearance with a long list to scroll through.

WordPress.com provides the capability for me to streamline the appearance of this “Archive” of blog posts by month.  It allows me to create a “Drop-Down” menu for the Archives.  So instead of seeing a long list of 120 individual months on the right sidebar of blog post activity, you will now see just the title of “Archives” with the ability to click it open and select from the list of months/years of blog posts contained in the Archives.  This visually frees a lot of space on the right sidebar of the blog where the list was contained.

It just looks cleaner.

The best thing is that I continue to highlight the most recent 20 blog posts I create.  This is the spot where readers look to see what topics or information has been recently posted.

You also always have the ability to use the “Search” function of the blog on the blog homepage to search through the entirety of all blog posts using a keyword search for all posts I have created since the beginning of the blog.

See what you think about the improved visibility of the basic homepage.  The right sidebar simply looks cleaner.

I have a few more “New Year Resolutions” related to the blog appearance that you will be seeing shortly.  These too will add to a better visual appearance and make the right sidebar of the blog less cluttered with long lists of items to scroll down through.

I will let you know when these changes also occur.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library