December 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for December 12, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

December 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, December 12, 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

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December 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for December 12, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

December 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, December 12, 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

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow December 12, 2017

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, December 12, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday December 12 2017 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian and Colonial American. There will also be a “new” DNA/Adoption table. Finally there will also be a Beginners Group.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

Curiosity Question About Recent Poll Question In This Blog That I Created; Have 8 Of 18 Respondents Actually Visited Their Ancestral Town/Village Outside Of The United States?; That Is An Amazing High Number Already!

Hi Everyone!

I am really surprised already about the results showing up in the recent poll question I placed in the right sidebar of this blog.

The question being asked is “Have You Gone To Visit Your Ancestral Town/Village Of Origin Outside Of The United States?   “Yes” or “No”

I actually thought that I would get very few respondents who would have indicated that they have visited their ancestral town/village outside of the United States.  Instead, I see that 8 of the 18 responses received so far have noted that they have visited their ancestral town/village outside of the United States.  WOW! I never would have thought that many researchers have actually visited their ancestral town/village outside of the United States from just a total of 18 responses.

This is where I can go wrong on my anticipation on what results I could expect to see!  I should not guess the results before they actually happen!!  The poll has only been open for a short time so I wonder if the numbers will actually continue to grow from future responses.

I would sure be curious to hear what some of the ancestral towns are outside of the United States that have been visited.  For those that responded to the poll with a positive answer, could you leave a comment on this blog post and let me and other readers know where you have visited and connected with your ancestors area of life.

Thanks again to all that have already responded on the poll.  I hope you enjoy that part of this blog allowing me to ask a lot of different aspects of genealogy that you and me are curious about.

Let’s hear about where you visited.  Leave a comment.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Upcoming Genealogy Programs At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago; January 2018 To May 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago in which they provided to me the schedule of the upcoming genealogy programs that will take place between January to May 2018.

Oftentimes I become aware of their programs on a more short-term basis as they publish the information in their monthly newsletter Cirkular.  Glad to see they have a much longer series of scheduled programs.

Take a look at the upcoming genealogy programs at the Swedish American Museum in the link below:

January to May 2018 Genealogy Programs at the Swedish American Museum

The programs are free to attend for members of the Swedish American Genealogy Society.  Non-members are welcome to attend for a $10 fee.  The museum does ask that you contact them in advance if it is your intention to attend a program.  Many of the programs appear to be oriented for those doing Swedish genealogical research.  Can be very helpful to you if you are doing Swedish research.

You can visit the web site of the Swedish American Museum in Chicago at:

Swedish American Museum

You can also visit the Swedish American Genealogy Center website that is part of the museum at:

Swedish American Genealogy Center

Enjoy the museum and the programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening December 12, 2017 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, December 12, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday December 12 2017 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian and Colonial American. There will also be a “new” DNA/Adoption table. Finally there will also be a Beginners Group.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

Sales For DNA Products For Genealogy Abound During The Holiday Season; Some Savings Can Be Significant; Keep Your Eyes Open For Sale Opportunities Across All Of The DNA Products Offered

Hi Everyone!

I submitted my DNA for testing for genealogy a couple of years ago.  As a full disclosure, I submitted my DNA with Family Tree DNA.  So my experience with all things DNA for genealogy is through Family Tree DNA at the moment.

Once I submitted my DNA, I did find that Family Tree DNA is on top of their marketing efforts.  I would not say that I am overwhelmed with marketing emails from them but I do know they send just the right volume of reminders to me reminding me of other DNA tests that I have not utilized that I could consider to purchase.

During the various holidays throughout the year, I have received notices to consider other tests to purchase.  It is not even so much to consider the other tests, but Family Tree DNA also includes in their marketing emails consideration to actually purchase a test not for you but for someone else.  Presumably for you to give to a cousin or someone you think is related to you.  I think that is a good idea and broadens their marketing appeal.  However, know in advance that a cousin would accept the test kit and would actually take the test and submit it for analysis.  No sense giving a surprise kit to someone who would never use it.  Maybe you could do a little arm-twisting and tell them how important it would be for you to solve an age-old research problem with their results in the database!

From Thanksgiving and through the Christmas and New Year’s season, you will see much more about sales being held for the various tests.  If you have not yet done your DNA test for genealogy, it is probably worth being aware of the various companies and the various sales going on for each of their “entry” level tests.  It is the “autosomal” test that I consider as the entry-level test and usually the most inexpensive test to take from the variety they offer.  That is the test that I started with.  With Family Tree DNA, it is called “Family Finder”.  The product name can be different with other providers but it should be their version of an “autosomal” test.

As a point of comparison, just a few years ago the entry-level tests were in the $199.  I waited until a sale existed within Family Tree DNA that had the product on sale for $79, down from $99.  Now, some of the companies might be offering this test in the range of $59.

You can really get some great bargains for entry-level tests during the holiday season.  Even their higher end products such as for Mitochondrial DNA or Y-DNA are offered with some big sales.  So if you have taken the entry-level test, you could still save significant dollars on the other DNA test available to you that you have not yet taken.  But be aware, you could save big dollars, but the savings are based on significant costs in the hundreds of dollars for these other products.  And don’t just take a higher end DNA test because it is on sale.  Know that it can help you in possibly giving you other clues to help with your research.

Thought I would at least give you some links to the major companies offering DNA testing so you can see what some of the sales are for your consideration.  Take a look at the following as of today, December 4, 2017.  Sales are not open-ended.  They are often for no more than a week, but they often re-occur while the holidays are still coming up.  Check out:

Family Tree DNA

Ancestry DNA

23AndMe

MyHeritage

National Geographic Genome Project

I have no regrets having done an autosomal genealogy DNA test.  I have connected with newly discovered cousins as a result of the test.  It can and probably will happen to you also.  The prices are incredible compared to just those that were offered just a few years ago.  The holiday season offers some of the best prices you will find.

Take the plunge if you have not done so already.  The entry-level prices are really low.  Consider taking advantage of the sales of their other products if you wanted to add another new test over and above the basic one you may have already taken.

The sales will not last forever.  The sale prices now do not automatically become the new price in a few weeks after the holidays.  Check out the sites above for all of what they are offering now and through the next 30 days.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library