Great News! Our Library Is Now A FamilySearch Affiliate Library; Gain Access To More Digital Microfilm Data When Using FamilySearch Within Our Main Library Location And Our 2 Branch Locations

Hi Everyone!

For those of you who have attended some of our very recent genealogy programs, you have heard me announce that our library had applied for and was in the process of becoming a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.

I am happy to announce that we are now in fact a functioning FamilySearch Affiliate Library!

What does this mean?

It means that for those doing Family History research, our library as an Affiliate Library will have access to more digital microfilm data for those viewing the FamilySearch website (www.familysearch.org) from within all of our library locations than a researcher can access from their home location.  Users of FamilySearch from within our library locations simply need to log-in to FamilySearch with their FamilySearch Username and Password and then start using the FamilySearch website.

You don’t have a Username/Password with FamilySearch?  No problem.  Just sign up for a FREE Username with FamilySearch directly at their website at www.familysearch.org.

Use our library computers or use your own laptop, tablet or smart phone while in any of our 3 locations when you are connected to our Wi-Fi network at that location.

It’s as simple as:

  • Visit one of our 3 library locations
  • Use one of our library’s public computers or connect your laptop, tablet or smart phone to the Wi-Fi network of that location.
  • Go to the FamilySearch website at www.familysearch.org and sign in with them with your FREE FamilySearch Username and Password
  • Search for FREE for your ancestors among the FamilySearch databases using a surname OR search the FamilySearch catalog for FREE for a geographic area associated with your ancestors.
  • Add to your family tree with the surname search results you receive for FREE.
  • Add to your family tree with the additional digital microfilm data images of records you can view for FREE when searching the FamilySearch online catalog for the places where your ancestors lived.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library status can connect you to more FREE digital data (previously in the form of microfilms) than you can get access to from home. The additional data is especially noticeable when using the FamilySearch online catalog and looking for geographic locations where your ancestors may have lived.  In most cases, more of those digital data films are available to you from within our library than if you did the same geographic search from your home in the FamilySearch online catalog.

That is the benefit to you of us becoming a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.

Personally, when I access the FamilySearch online catalog from home and do a “place name” search for various ancestral Polish villages, I see the various digital data files but they are indicated to me as restricted from home.   These can be viewed at a Family History Center or at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library such as we are now.  I can now view a significantly larger amount of the digital microfilm data material of my Polish ancestral villages from within our library.  YIPPEE!

Start your family tree or add to your family tree with more data that you can now access from our library’s locations through our library’s FamilySearch Affiliate Library status than you can access from home!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 21, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Using Social History To Build An Ancestor’s Story” Presented By Susan Mayer

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, July 21, 2018 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.  This is not a program sponsored by our library.  CAGGNI is using our meeting room to conduct their own program.  All are welcome to attend.

The title of the program is “Using Social History to Build an Ancestor’s Story”.  Speaker for the program is Susan Mayer.

Program description is:

What happened between the who, what and when of census data and birth, marriage and death certificates? Researching social history, the study of time and place of everyday people, lets you develop intriguing narratives that will transport readers back to the world your ancestor inhabited. Websites, archives and libraries for discovering a variety of social history themes will be discussed.

Speaker information is:

Susan Mayer holds a master‘s degree in library and information science with a certificate in special collections from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a full-time researcher, DAR member and presents classes on genealogy around the Midwest.

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

July 14, 2018 (Saturday), Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering A Special Interest Group (SIG) For Apple Mac Users That Use “Reunion” As Their Lineage Program; From 12:45 PM To 2:45 PM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email notice from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) that the next meeting of the  Reunion (Mac Lineage Software) Special Interest Group (SIG) is coming up soon.

The meeting of this SIG group will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018, between 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.  Our library is located in the Town Square complex at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road.

All are welcome to attend. You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI to attend.

Bruce Christopher of the CAGGNI group will be acting as facilitator for the group.

Here is a description of the program from the CAGGNI email:

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Reunion Special Interest Group

Calling all Apple users!  Reunion is a genealogy software designed specifically for Macintosh and also available as an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Learn the tips and tricks that will have you utilizing this highly regarded program to its fullest.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. Learning software is enhanced in a hands-on environment.

Facilitator:  Bruce Christopher

For more information: Reunion Special Interest Group

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Apple Mac users using Reunion, now is your chance to really learn a lot more about your own program from others that are also using the product.  Maybe you are already a good user of the product.  Consider sharing your skills with others using the Apple Mac system and Reunion.

More and more computer users have been switching over to Apple products over the last few years and this includes the desktop/laptop machines as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to really become more skilled at using an incredibly well-rated lineage product on your Apple products.

Check out more about the CAGGNI organization itself and all that it offers.  Keep in touch with them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your Mac genealogy lineage software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 14, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers Internet Genealogical Services Special Interest Group (SIG) At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logo

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

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

All are welcome to attend.  You do not have to be a member of the group in order to participate.  See what this SIG is all about as well as see what CAGGNI is all about.

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

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Welcome to the CAGGNI INTERNET SIG!

Internet Genealogical Services include Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage, Find My Past, WikiTree and many others.  The Internet Special Interest Group intends to review questions about these services and have a dialog on the advantages and features of the services used by members.  This complements the features available from computer programs such as Family Tree Maker or RootsMagic that exploit the on-line databases available from the internet services.

Facilitator:  Alan Wilson

For more information: Internet Special Interest Group

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Consider connecting with this special interest group within the CAGGNI organization that is local to our area.  You may have a vested interest with personal subscriptions to many of these services.  Why not get to know how to better use them in your online searches or uploads.

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 Internet SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with all things related to online Internet Genealogical Resources.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 10, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2018 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 July 2018 Handouts for your convenience:

July 2018 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, July 10, 2018 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

July 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 10, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2018 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 July 2018 Newsletter for your convenience:

July 2018 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, July 10, 2018 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 July 10, 2018

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, July 10, 2018:

Marsha Peterson-Maass

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Marsha Peterson-Maass shares 10 solutions to common genealogical brick walls that most genealogists encounter, including search strategies, helpful record types, networking tips and more.

Marsha got her start in genealogy in high school when she entered a family history project in the State of Illinois History competition and tied for state champion. Her first formal training in genealogy was at The Newberry Library, Chicago, in a beginner’s class that she now teaches. She is the author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series, and today, along with teaching and lecturing on a wide range of topics.

Fundamentals of Genealogy®: The Most Helpful Tools You’ve Never Used and Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Basics for Everyone will be available for purchase for $20 each (a 20% discount).

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library