June/July 2021, Volume 16, Number 2 Issue Of “Internet Genealogy”; Overview Of Article Titles And Article Content

Hi Everyone!

In an earlier blog post I mentioned to you that I routinely pick up to review many of the more recent genealogy journals and magazines that come into our library through our subscriptions to them.

The best way for me to share information on the recent genealogical journals we receive is to take advantage of the website of the creators of these magazines.  Often, there is something on their sites that can give a good summary overview of article titles and content of articles but not the actual article content for their most recent publication.

One of the journals we have recently received is the June/July 2021, Volume 16, Number 2 issue of Internet Genealogy.

Internet Genealogy Cover June-July 2021I did check the website of Internet Genealogy and did find some nice summary information on the June/July 2021 issue that is identified as the Volume 16, Number 2 issue of the journal.  Each article title is identified and there is a very short, but helpful, description of what the article is all about.

You can find this overview here at:

Internet Genealogy, June/July 2021, Volume 16, Number 2  List Of Articles And Small Description Of The Content

It is worth taking a look at the article titles because there may be some that apply directly to your research that could be of help to you.

Maybe you already subscribe to this journal.  Good for you as you have already received it or have access to the digital copy online.

If you do not subscribe, for the short term I have this journal and am looking through it.  It should be back in our library in about a week and will ultimately work its way to its home on the Magazine shelves on the 2nd floor of our library.

See if there are any articles of interest to you in this recent issue I am reviewing.  The link above will get you to the summary of the articles in this issue that is viewable at the website of the publisher.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their Next Meeting/Program On Sunday, August 15, 2021, At 2 PM (CDT, Chicago Time) As An Online Webinar; The Program Title Is “Guide To Researching Family Roots In Lithuania” Presented By Laimonas Gryva

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement via a Program Flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting/program that will take place as an Online Webinar on Sunday, August 15, 2021 starting at 2 PM (CDT, Chicago Time).

The presentation is titled “Guide to Researching Family Roots in Lithuania”.  The presenter is Laimonas Gryva.

The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate.  Again, you do not have to be a member of the PGSA in order to participate via the webinar.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-PGSA members to participate via the Webinar itself.  There is no cost if you are an existing PGSA member.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the online Webinar:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For August 15, 2021 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider participating in this online program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Great Discovery Tool to Help You Find Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps At The Library Of Congress (LOC); Easily Find The Maps Of Interest To Your Research In A Few “Clicks”

Hi Everyone!

One of my colleagues at the library (thank you Tom!) shared a wonderful link with me regarding the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps that are a great tool for genealogy researchers.

These maps are available online through the Library of Congress (LOC).

The difference with what he shared with me is that there is a very nice tool created by an intern with the LOC that can make discovery of what maps are available for the places of interest to you even easier.  In other words a very easy process to get to the LOC maps of meaning to you.

You use the tool.  You find your state of interest.  You find your county of interest.  You find your locality of interest within the county.  You click on that and see what Sanborn maps exist for the local areas of the county.  Click on the map and you are taken to the map within the LOC collection.  It is that simple.

Here is the link to get you looking at these maps:

Library of Congress (LOC) Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Discovery Tool

Just before you leave the “tool” site to go to the LOC to look at the map image you selected, a nice message comes up letting you know that the “key” to interpret what you see on the map will be on  image one of a multiple image set of maps or just on image one if that is all there is.  You use this to interpret the colors and the markings you see on the map for that particular location of interest.  You have to Zoom in a great deal to read all that is there.  It is workable but I found a better “text” link you can use in a separate browser window to read all of this while you are still looking at the maps.  The link to this interpretative key is below:

Interpretation “Key” To Understand The Meanings Of the Different Colors On Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

The Sanborn Map “tool” throws in one additional feature over and above the maps.  It also includes an image of a historical newspaper that you can click into to see what it is about as it relates to the map area you are looking at.  It can make you aware of the digital newspapers that can be added sources of material for your research.

I found this Sanborn Map tool to be extremely helpful to discover a map from anywhere in the United States with just a few clicks.  

I think you will really like the simplicity of what this tool offers.

Definitely worth a bookmark!

Give it a  try.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Has Sent Me A Brochure For 2021-2022 Including Programs That Will Occur During 2021-2022; Brochure Link Available As PDF In This Post

Hi Everyone!

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a new brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) for their membership and the programs scheduled for 2021-2022.

Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society, membership benefits, programs they will offer during their upcoming 2021-2022 “season” and membership application.

Here is the newly revised NWSGS brochure for the society that includes their 2021-2022 programs.  The revision is dated as 2021-F when you look at the following PDF:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Brochure That Includes The 2021-2022 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print off this brochure and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BROCHURE STATES THAT ALL OF THE PROGRAMS FOR 2021-2022 WILL TAKE PLACE VIRTUALLY ONLINE.

Give the society a try and check out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS)

Enjoy the revised brochure and plan on virtually attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Genealogy Book Added To Our Circulating Collection At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History” By Brian Sheffey

Hi Everyone,

Practical Genelaogy CoverI have just added a new genealogy book to our circulating collection.  The title of the book is “Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History”.  The author of the book is Brian Sheffey.  The book was published in 2020.  It contains 178 pages.  The call number of the book is 929.1 SHEFFEY, B.

This book is considered NEW nonfiction and as such is placed on our “New Nonfiction” shelving on the 2nd floor of our main library location on shelves near the Reference Desk.  It stays as “NEW” for a period of 6 months after it is added to the collection.  At the end of 6 months the “NEW” category is removed and it then will placed on our normal circulating shelves on the 2nd floor of our main library location.

Here is a small description of the book from Amazon:

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Uncover facts and mysteries of your ancestors―a clear approach to genealogy

The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motives, including finding a larger familial historical picture, preserving the past for future generations, and storytelling. Practical Genealogy provides a method for investigating your family history by establishing an understanding of genealogy and the factors, tasks, and obstacles involved in the research. The end goal: find the information necessary to piece together your heritage.

Follow 50 steps that will fill in the puzzle of your lineage. Learn how to perform your own investigation through the lens of real-world obstacles like tracing ancestry through adoptions and orphanages. Practical Genealogy simplifies and breaks down the complex research process into actionable tips that can be conducted over a period of time. And most importantly, no blood test is necessary.

Inside Practical Genealogy you’ll find:

Break through barriers―Learn how to negotiate common “brick wall” issues like missing chunks of family history or multiple names found for the same person.

Case studies―Examples of actual genealogy research are provided to support the comprehension of each step of your exploration.

See the BIG picture―Large fonts and easy-to-read images make learning easy for older adults.

When you take genealogy research into your own hands, your potential for discovery is limitless.

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Here is a link to more information about the book from Amazon:

Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History by Brian Sheffey

I have been reviewing the book.  It should be back on our “NEW Nonfiction” shelves in a few days.


Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

June 19, 2021 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program As An Online Zoom Program; “Local Resources”; Presented By Sandra Trapp; Zoom Connect Information Included In This Post; Program Open To The Public

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next online Zoom program on Saturday, June 19, 2021 starting at 10:30 AM as an online Zoom program.

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 in an online setting.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.   All are welcome to participate.

The title of the program is “Local Resources”.  Speaker for the program is Sandra Trapp.

I received the following from the CAGGNI group:

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Local Resources
by Sandra Trapp

This program will provide suggestions for research opportunities at libraries, societies, educational facilities, archives and research centers.

Speaker: Sandra Trapp has presented programs for various genealogical organizations and libraries and has volunteered at the Naperville Family History Center since 2000. She has been researching her family, her husband’s, son-in-law’s and friends’ families for more than 20 years. Her primary areas of research include Italy, England, Pomerania, colonial New England and New York state. She has been a member of CAGGNI since 2010.

Zoom meeting info:

Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/85895968297?pwd=VEJmdm10UzkwVmMxa0VIcWYrY09SZz09

ID/Passcode: 858 9596 8297 / 278276

Attendees: When you join a Zoom meeting, please ensure your full name is visible. You may need to use the Rename function at the upper right of the window where your face (or name) appears or where your name appears in the participants list.

For more information: Local Resources

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

Zoom Recorded May 11, 2021 Genealogy Program Available To View; “World War I Genealogy: Where Do I Start?”; Presented By Debra Dudek; Available To View Until June 20, 2021

Hi Everyone!

Deb Dudek PhotoJust want readers to know that the Zoom recorded program of our recent May 11, 2021 Genealogy Program is available to view from our library’s YouTube Channel for just a little while longer.

The presentation was titled “World War I Genealogy: Where Do I Start?”  The program was presented by Debra Dudek.

The video runs 2 hours and 1 minute.

Debra has allowed us to post it to our library’s YouTube Channel for a limited time.  We have had it on our Channel for about 3 weeks and it will soon be removed from the Channel.

The video will be deleted from our Channel on June 20, 2021.

Here is a link to the video that resides on our YouTube Channel.  Click on the YouTube link within the video once you start it to view it from within YouTube for a larger viewing experience.

Plan your viewing time.  Enjoy the video while it is still available to view.  It will be removed on June 20, 2021.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

June 2021 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; NO Genealogy Program Scheduled For The Month Of June, 2021; You Can Sign Up To Meet With Knowledgeable Researchers For Assistance

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 June 2021 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 (now actually taking place as a Zoom program).  There is NO genealogy program via Zoom scheduled for June 2021.

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The newsletter also notes that genealogy researchers can schedule themselves for one-on-one research help on the right sidebar.  Times noted are on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 pm, 1 pm to 2 pm, and 2 pm to 3 pm.  Also on Saturdays from 1 to 2 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm.

Here are the stated costs for the one-on-one research help:

Genealogical Society members: No fee for first hour; $10 for each additional hour on the same day.

Museum member only: $10 for first hour and $30 for each additional hour on the same day.

Non-member: $30 fee for each hour

Please call the Museum at 773.728.8111 or e-mail genealogy@mac.org to make an appointment. Individuals with appointments have priority over walk-ins.

Please fill out a genealogy research request form here  if you are unable to attend an in-person genealogy research session. Forms can be returned to us electronically to genealogy@samac.org or faxed to 773.728.8870.

Based on the information you provide, we will research using the resources available at the Genealogy Center. Information might be available within three weeks. If we are unable to assist you, we will try to refer you to other possible sources.

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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 June 2021 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago June 2021

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 June 2021

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May/June 2021, Volume 7, Number 2 Issue Of “Your Genealogy Today”; Overview Of Article Titles And Article Content

Hi Everyone!

As our genealogy journals come into our library, I like to share with you the fact they have arrived and also to give you an idea of the contents of the journals when possible.  Knowing the kind of articles can allow you to discover the connection to your own research.  You can then consider coming to our library to actually review the journal and make a personal copy of the article that connects with your own research if you do not already subscribe yourself to the journal.

The best way for me to do that is to take advantage of the website of the creators of these magazine to see if there is something on their sites that can give a good summary overview of article titles and content of articles but not the actual article content.

One of the journals we have recently received is the May/June 2021, Volume 7, Number 2 issue of Your Genealogy Today.

Your Genealogy Today Cover May-June 2021I did check the website of Your Genealogy Today and did find some nice summary information on the May/June 2021 issue that is identified as the Volume 7, Number 2 issue of the journal.  Each article title is identified and there is a very short, but helpful, description of what the article is all about.

You can find this overview here at:

Your Genealogy Today, May/June 2021, Volume 7, Number 2  List Of Articles And Small Description Of The Content

It is worth taking a look at the article titles because there may be some that apply directly to your research that could be of help to you.

Maybe you already subscribe to this journal.  Good for you as you have already received it or have access to the digital copy online.

I have just completed reviewing this journal.  It will ultimately work its way to its home on the Magazine shelves on the 2nd floor of our library in the next few days.

See if there are any articles of interest to you in this recent issue I am reviewing.  The link above will get you to the summary of the articles in this issue that is viewable at the website of the publisher.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April-June 2021, Volume 47, Number 2 Issue Of “NGS Magazine”; List Of Article Titles In This Issue (With NO Small Summary)

Hi Everyone!

NGS Magazine April-June 2021 CoverOne of the journals we have recently received is the April-June 2021, Volume 47, Number 2 issue of NGS Magazine.

I did  discover a nice part of the  National Genealogical Society website where I could find both an image of the cover page as well as a wonderful summary of the Table of Contents of the various articles in the issues.  You won’t be able to read the articles in this summary.  Each article title is identified.  Unfortunately, there is no small summary of the content of the article itself in this listing, but there is a wonderful overall description of the contents of the magazine provided by the editor.

You can find this overview here at:

NGS Magazine, April-June 2021, Volume 47, Number 2 List Of Articles In This Issue

It is worth taking a look at the article titles because there may be some that apply directly to your research that could be of help to you.

Maybe you already subscribe to the the National Genealogical Society.  Good for you as you have already received it or have access to the digital copy online.

I just returned the journal back to our library today.  It will very shortly work its way to its home on the Magazine shelves on the 2nd floor of our library.

See if there are any articles of interest to you in this recent issue I am reviewing.  The link above will get you to the list of the articles  (with no small summary of the contents) in this issue that is viewable at the website of the publisher.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library