Reminder – Informal Zoom “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Scheduled For Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, 2020, From 2-3:30 PM; Limited To 20 Participants; Registration Required; “Schaumburg Township District Library As A FamilySearch Affiliate Library” As Discussion Topic; 1 Slot Still Open; Open To Your Questions

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our next informal “Genealogy Chit-Chat” program is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 2-3:30 pm.

We have a limited number of participants for the program to keep it informal and interactive.  Limit of 20 participants.

I will bring to the program a topic to have in my back pocket on the “Schaumburg Township District Library As A FamilySearch Affiliate Library” if need be.  If participants just want to ask questions about any genealogical topic that is fine also.  I will give it my best shot to provide good answers.  In a small group setting other participants too can provide helpful information.

I have scheduled it as a Zoom meeting and not a webinar.  You will have the ability to turn on your camera if you so choose or just leave your audio on if you prefer.  So this will not be a one-way feed of information from me to you.  We will all be able to interact with each other.

Here is a direct link to the entry of this program in our library’s Calendar of Events.  You will need to register for it if you want to participate and you will need to supply your email address so we can send you an email 1 hour before the program starts with the Zoom connect information:

September 22, 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Program 2-3:30 PM Registration Information

As I write this, there are currently 19 registered for the program.  1 slot is still open.

The program is open to all.  You do not need to be a Schaumburg Township District Library cardholder for you to participate.  All are welcome!

To all of you already registered for the program, I will see you tomorrow.

I am looking forward to do this again and be able to help those who participate with their questions.

Remember, limited number of participants.  Only 20 total can participate.

Hurry and register to get that last opening!

Come join us for an afternoon of fun and learning!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Online Telephone Directories At The Library Of Congress (LOC); Over 3,500 In Their Collection Covering The United States; Not Directly Searchable But Still Very Helpful To Discover Ancestors In The Telephone Listings

Hi Everyone,

While reviewing the April/May 2020 issue of Internet Genealogy, I noticed a very wonderful article titled “Hold the Phone …. Book!” authored by Tony Bandy.

Telephone books are the rage of late.  Our library has a nice collection of print telephone directories, one going as far back as 1919 for Chicago.

The article is about the online digital collection of over 3,500 digital telephone books held by the Library of Congress (LOC).

The nice thing is you can go the LOC website where this material can be examined and used for your own research.  While the telephone books in our own collection are more local by nature, the collection at the LOC covers all of the states.  So your research of ancestors in Wisconsin may allow you to see what telephone books exist online for Wisconsin for you to use and move your research forward.

Here is a link to the website:

Online Digital Telephone Directories At The Library Of Congress (LOC)

When you visit the site you will click on the tab at the top that says “Collection Items”.  That will take you to the actual directories in their collection.  By default the directories appear to be in order by state, e.g. Alabama is first.  Just go to the left side of the page and you will see a nice long list of information pertinent to the directories.

By state location, there are 192 directories for the state of Illinois.  Most appear to be for the City of Chicago.  Always look on the left side of the page where the specifics of geographic distribution of the material is noted e.g. Chicago 131 directories, Chicago Suburban 12 directories, Chicago Suburban North 10 directories etc.

You cannot directly search within any of the directories.  You have to select images to gauge where you are and then increase or decrease the image number to guess which image may contain the surname of an ancestor.  Not a problem but it does require a little work on your part.  Once found, download the image and make a note for yourself which image number it was in comparison to the total images for the resource e.g. KIERNA found on image 272 of 510.  We always seem to go back to a discovery in the future.  Save yourself the time of searching for it again by capturing the image number you originally discovered that contained listings for your ancestor.

This could potentially be a great resource for you to bookmark for your research.  It is also a site that you should explore at length to better discover those directories they have that may have a direct connection to your own areas of research.

There is nothing better than to use “print” material to discover information about your ancestors and not have to deal with illegible handwriting.

Don’t forget to look at the beginning pages of the directories to better know what is and is not included in the material.  There can be some great historical descriptions in the beginning of the older books.  This background information can be as important as the listings of your ancestors because it can provide the context of the time period in which they lived.

Enjoy the link!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

The Research Wiki Of FamilySearch; A Great Tool For Your Research; Links To A 6 Part Video Tutorial On Using The FamilySearch Wiki

Hi Everyone,

If you have participated with me on the many genealogy programs our library offers, you have certainly heard me speak of the FamilySearch Wiki.  It is a great resource that is online that is not used by researchers as often as it should be.  Far too much time is spent by researchers on the “searchable” parts of websites where the proverbial search boxes exist to enter in the surnames of our ancestors.

This blog post wants to make researchers aware of the wonderful resource at FamilySearch that is called the “Wiki”.

Here is a link to this fantastic “Wiki”:

FamilySearch Wiki

While I was catching up on reviewing some genealogy journals our library received, I came across a nice article from the April/May 2020, Volume 15, Number 1 Issue, pages 6-8 of  Internet Genealogy titled “FamilySearch Wiki: Reliable All-Around Research!”.  

I was doing some other searching related to the Wiki article above and came across a nice 6 video tutorial to help you learn all about what this Wiki is and how to best use it.  The videos are all relatively short in length, generally 5 minutes or less.  It is well-worth a 30 minute investment in time to view these videos.  The videos were created by Kathy Austin.

The titles of the videos are:

Check out all there is about the Wiki itself.  Spend some time with the video tutorials noted above.

I think you will find yourself becoming a better researcher if you first do some research in the Wiki above about geographic locations connected to your ancestors and the kinds of records often associated with them instead of immediately entering in ancestor surnames in the search boxes at the top of so many websites.

Enjoy the videos!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2020 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For Saturday, September 19, 2020, From 10 AM To 12 Noon; “How Lennart Setterdahl’s Work Has Benefited Swedish Genealogical Research” Presented By Lilly Setterdahl; 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 September 2020 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).  A Genealogy Program is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 10 am to 12 noon via Zoom.   The program is titled How Lennart Setterdahl’s Work Has Benefited Swedish Genealogical Research.  The presenter will be Lilly Setterdahl.

Here is a description of the program from the Swedish American Museum Genealogy Center:

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Genealogical research has changed immensely in recent years, but in order to be successful in finding Swedish ancestors, we still need one vital piece of information—the name of the birth parish in Sweden. The best chance of finding the correct parish is in the Swedish-American Church records. Although, the membership books have been digitized and the information is available on ancestry.com you still might not know the immigrant’s live story.

We will learn about the work of Lennart and Lilly Setterdahl and how they have preserved the many stories for generations to come. They interviewed, taped, and microfilmed lots of records so the stories could be told to many.

The latest book she has written the text for is, “Swedish-American Portraits 1972-1994: Photographed by Lennart Setterdahl.” Her son Stephan Setterdahl is the photo editor and designer.”

We are thankful to Lilly Setterdahl for continuing the work of her husband and for her time to tell us about the work and to learn more about some of the people they interviewed.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations are required to receive a Zoom code.

If you are a member, email genealogy@samac.org to receive a zoom code for the meeting.

If you are not a member, click here for your payment in order to receive a zoom code.

You can reach the Swedish American Museum Genealogy Center at:

Swedish American Museum Genealogy Center

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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@samac.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 September 2020 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September 2020

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 September 2020

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their Next Meeting/Program On Sunday, November 15, 2020, At 2 PM As An Online Webinar; The Program Title Is “75 Years After: Stories And Artifacts Witnessing World War II And The Holocaust” Presented By The Spungen Holocaust Collection

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 that will take place as an Online Webinar on Sunday, November 15, 2020 starting at 2 PM.

The formal presentation is titled “75 Years After: Stories and Artifacts Witnessing World War II and The Holocaust”.  The presenter is the Spungen Holocaust Collection.

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 as well as has information about the group making the presentation:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For November 15, 2020 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

Our Upcoming October 13, 2020 And October 27, 2020 Genealogy Programs Are Now In Our Online Library Calendar Of Events; You Can Now Register To Participate In These Programs

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our library has published to our online Calendar of Events the upcoming Genealogy Programs that will take place in October 2020.

You will now be able to access these events and register yourself if you intend to participate.  Registration is required in order for us to send you the Zoom connect link for the program 1 hour in advance of the start time.

The October 13, 2020 program will be a Tuesday evening program from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  The speaker for the program will be Steve Szabados.  Steve will present his program titled “Researching Chicago Ancestors”.

“Do you have Chicago Ancestors? This program reviews what sources are available and where they can be found. Databases discussed will include vital records, church records, state records, federal records, employment records, histories of the neighborhoods and much more. The sources that are reviewed will include online websites, genealogy collections held at the major libraries, collections at local libraries and collections compiled by area genealogical societies.”

You do not have to be cardholder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to participate.  Program is open to the public.  All are welcome to join.

Here is a direct link to this program in our online Calendar of Events:

October 13, 2020 “Researching Your Chicago Ancestors” Program, Tuesday Evening, 7 pm To 8:30 pm, Presented By Steve Szabados Via Zoom For The Schaumburg Township District Library

The October 27, 2020 genealogy program will be our monthly “Genealogy Chit Chat” program that will take place on a Tuesday afternoon from 2-3:30 pm.  No speaker.  No PowerPoint presentation.  Just a good discussion of all things genealogy including your questions.  I do bring with a mini-topic in case for some reason no one has any questions.  The mini-topic for this program will be about the Cook County Vital Records at FamilySearch and what that means for the researcher.

I limit the number that can participate for this program to 20 because it is informal and I want us all to be able to easily speak.  Also, the program is set up as a Zoom “meeting” rather than a Zoom “webinar”.  In a “meeting” format both the “video” and “audio” feeds are activated so participants can more easily interact with me as the host and with other participants.

You do not have to be cardholder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to participate.  Program is open to the public.  All are welcome to join.

Here is a direct link to this program in our online Calendar of Events:

October 27, 2020 “Genealogy Chit Chat” Program, Tuesday Afternoon, 2 pm To 3:30 pm, Presented By Tony Kierna Via Zoom For The Schaumburg Township District Library

There are plenty of slots to register for both of these programs right now.

Consider joining us for either program or both if you would like to.

See you then.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

To Our Schaumburg Township District Library Cardholders; You Will Continue To Be Able To Access Ancestry Library Edition FROM HOME Until December 31, 2020; This Is Another Extension!; Our Provider Is Making Access To Home Users Due To Corona Virus Pandemic; THANK YOU ANCESTRY AND PROQUEST!

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Just discovered that Ancestry Library Edition will continue to be available to Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders FROM HOME  THROUGH AT LEAST DECEMBER 31, 2020.

Temporary access for home users is being granted by Ancestry.com to ProQuest, our supplier of the service.  So now you have access from home that will be allowed through December 31, 2020.

This is a change in comparison to previous access extensions that were of a 1 month length.  This is an almost 4 month extension for access to Ancestry Library Edition to Schaumburg Township District Library Cardholders from home!

If you have not taken advantage of the opportunity to access this material from home in the last 6 months,  you now have another opportunity extended to December 31, 2020, a whopping additional 4 more months.

Access to this service is available to our own cardholders who will sign in with their library card and PIN number.  If you are from another library, please take a look at your library website for information on availability through them.  Such availability appears to be happening for all libraries that take advantage of this opportunity to make the service available to users from home.

You can access Ancestry Library Edition from our library here:

Direct Link To Log In To Ancestry Library Edition At Schaumburg Township District Library

If you are a current personal subscriber to Ancestry.com then this permitted access to us does not matter since your personal subscription provides you access from anywhere.  However, if you are NOT a personal subscriber to Ancestry.com, then this is a wonderful opportunity for you to access this material FROM HOME during the next approximately 4 months.  Prior restrictions placed on our library from Ancestry.com only allowed access to the Library edition from within any one of our library buildings while you were present in them.  You could not access the material from home due to restrictions placed on us.

Life has changed for all of us in the short-term.  Gaining access to this material from home is a wonderful opportunity for your own research to continue during this time.

Our library re-opened to the public on July 6, 2020.  While open, we have restrictive hours when you can physically be inside of our library, and limited numbers of customers allowed in the building at any onetime.  Access to our library via email, telephone, messaging is available more in line with our normal extended hours.

Yes, you can access Ancestry Library Edition in our library if you come in for a personal visit.  Access is available to our cardholders from home so it makes sense to give it a try and save yourself a trip with our limited hours, limits on how many people can be in the building and required reservations to use our computers.  These are the restrictions now in place as we follow guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enjoy access to Ancestry Library Edition from home with your Schaumburg Township District Library card through December 31, 2020.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Upcoming Monthly Genealogy Program On September 8, 2020 At 7 PM; Online With Zoom; “Beginning Genealogy” Presented By Jacquie Schattner; Registration Required At Our Library Calendar Of Events In Order To Receive Zoom Invitation; Registration Link Included

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Mark your calendars for Tuesday evening September 8, 2020 at 7 pm.  Our online Zoom genealogy program is titled “Beginning Genealogy”.  Jacquie Schattner will present this program via Zoom and offer up all kinds of ways for how to start researching your ancestors as a “newbie” along with some online resources to tap into to make your research more successful.

All are welcome to join the program.  You do not need to be a cardholder with the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Program is open to the public.

Registration within our library online calendar of events is required in order for us to send you the Zoom connect link.

There are plenty of spaces still open for you to register.

Here is a description of what will be presented:

Have you been thinking: who are my ancestors that came before me? Now is the time to start your family history journey and discover your family tree of your ancestors. Let us provide you with a road map on how to discover your family tree. Using a list of more than 25 free websites, this class will help you start your journey into family history and uncovering your ancestor’s stories. We’ll discuss tips to using genealogical websites more efficiently and organizing your information. This can serve as a great refresher course for experienced genealogy enthusiasts, too.

Here is some background on Jacquie Schattner:

Jacquie Schattner

Presenter Jacquie Schattner has been actively researching her family’s ancestors since 1996. She currently volunteers at the Arlington Heights Library Genealogy Room, and teaches genealogy for District 211 and 214 Adult Continuing Education. She is active in several genealogy societies, including CAGGNI and Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.

Here is how it will work to participate in this Zoom online “Beginning Genealogy” program offered through our library:

  • Program does occur on September 8, 2020 (Our past genealogy programs always occurred on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  This one fits into that past schedule.)
  • Program starts at 7 pm and will last to 8:30 pm.  (In our real life onsite programs we started at 7:30 pm.  So note the earlier start time.)
  • You will need to register your intention to participate by going to our online Calendar of Events (our previous onsite genealogy programs were considered “drop in” and did not require registration.  This online program DOES require registration), select the September 8th date, find the “Beginning Genealogy” program and register yourself.  Your email address will be required for you to provide.  You will receive a confirmation of your online registration.  Here is a direct link to our calendar entry for this program:
    https://schaumburg.libnet.info/event/4494031
  • On the day of the program you will receive an email from us that contains the Zoom invitation information link for you to get to the program.  (Please be sure to check your Inbox/Spam folders starting at 6 pm the evening of the program.  I have participated in many Zoom programs from our library and have always received the Zoom invite at around 6 pm.)
  • Also on the day of the program and before you receive your formal Zoom invite, I plan on sending a reminder email to the registered participants around 5 pm that will also include a PDF file of any handout material the speaker will provide to me.
  • When you join, you will see that your audio will be muted and you will not be able to activate the video.  If you have participated in family Zoom calls, audio and video are generally available for you to be heard and seen.  In these large-scale webinars that becomes an impossibility for all to have video and audio.
  • If you have questions during the presentation, you will use the “chat” function of the webinar.  It will be an icon that could be on the top when the speaker is speaking.  Just move your cursor to the top or bottom of the screen and you will see the “chat” icon.  Open it up and type in your questions.  I as host will be monitoring them while the speaker is presenting.  Generally, the questions are held until the presentation is over and then they are presented to the speaker to respond to.

So mark your calendars for this program.  Hoping that many of you that have previously attended our programs will join us for this online version as a substitute for a traditional “face-to-face”.  Looking forward to have many “new” researchers join us to pick up tips on how to start your genealogical research journey.

Looking forward to connect with all of you.

September 8, 2020, “Beginning Genealogy” presented by Jacquie Schattner by Schaumburg Library Live starting at 7 pm.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August/September 2020, Volume 15, Number 3 Issue Of “Internet Genealogy”; Overview Of Article Titles And Article Content

Hi Everyone!

In an earlier blog post I mentioned to you that I had picked up to review many of the more recent genealogy journals and magazines that were coming into our library during the time of our closure because of COVID-19.

I have now caught up and I am up to date in reviewing journal material we are receiving.

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.

Internet Genealogy, August/September 2020, Volume 15, Number 3, Cover Page

One of the journals we have recently received is the August/September 2020, Volume 15, Number 3 issue of Internet Genealogy.

I did check the website of Internet Genealogy and did find some nice summary information on the August/September 2020 issue that is identified as the Volume 15, Number 3 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, August/September 2020, Volume 15, Number 3  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

Reminder – Informal Zoom “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Scheduled For Today, Tuesday, August 25, 2020, From 2-3:30 PM; Limited To 20 Participants; Registration Required; “Church Records” As Discussion Topic; 6 Slots Still Open; Open To Your Questions

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our next informal “Genealogy Chit-Chat” program is scheduled for today, Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 2-3:30 pm.

We have a limited number of participants for the program to keep it informal and interactive.  Limit of 20 participants.

I will bring to the program a topic to have in my back pocket on the “Church Records” if need be.  If participants just want to ask questions that is fine also.  I will give it my best shot to provide good answers.  In a small group setting other participants too can provide helpful information.  That actually happened during the July 28, 2020 program where many of the participants were helping others out with their skills and knowledge.  We can also just do your questions to me about any genealogy topic if that will be the desire.

I have scheduled it as a Zoom meeting and not a webinar.  You will have the ability to turn on your camera if you so choose or just leave your audio on if you prefer.  So this will not be a one-way feed of information from me to you.  We will all be able to interact with each other.

Here is a direct link to the entry of this program in our library’s Calendar of Events.  You will need to register for it if you want to participate and you will need to supply your email address so we can send you an email 1 hour before the program starts with the Zoom connect information:

August 25, 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Program 2-3:30 PM Registration Information

As I write this, there are currently 14 registered for the program.  6 slots are still open.

The program is open to all.  You do not need to be a Schaumburg Township District Library cardholder for you to participate.  All are welcome!

I am looking forward to do this again and be able to help those who participate with their questions.

Remember, limited number of participants.  Only 20 total can participate.

Come join us for an afternoon of fun and learning!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library