“What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2015″ YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a April 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2015″.

The video is an approximate 23 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at Ancestry.com for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from Ancestry.com that you can access at:

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Conference, May 13-16, 2015 at St. Charles, Missouri; Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, June 4-7, 2015, Burbank, CA, www.genealogyjamboree.com.; IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies) July 6-10, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – updates and recaps of “Who Do You Think You Are?” can be found at Ancestry.com if you missed an episode.  Search Ancestry blog using “Who Do You Think You Are?” search phrase.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry DNA is noting that there are “new ancestor discoveries”.  If you submitted DNA to Ancestry.com you may want to go revisit your information because approximately 30% of those that submitted DNA may discover that there are “new” discoveries you may see associated with your DNA.
  • New Databases – Pennsylvania Birth Records – 1906-1908 – About 638,000; could be more records but access is  limited by Pennsylvania due to privacy restrictions to the small year range.
  • New Databases –  Australia – World War I Service Records – 1914-1920 – About 375,000 records; indexed with images.
  • New Databases – New York Guard Service Records for both World War I and II – About 286,000 records; indexed with images.
  • New Databases – Hungary – Civil Records – 1895-1980 in Hungarian – About 472,000; indexed with no images.
  • New Databases – North Carolina Marriages – 1741-2011 – About 10.8 Million records; indexed with images; very helpful for those doing African-American research because marriages may have been forbidden for African-Americans but the records show “cohabitation” status.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at Ancestry.com that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to Ancestry.com.

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on Ancestry.com.  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Bill Paxton Airs Sunday, April 19, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 19, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

Bill Paxton is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“Actor/Director Bill Paxton researches his paternal lineage, uncovering the captivating life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle and who shaped politics and society during a turbulent era.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  You can see that there are only 2 more “new” shows scheduled.

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 19, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring Bill Paxton on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for April 14, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the April 2015 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 April 2015 Handouts for your convenience:

April 2015 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, April 14, 2015 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

April 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for April 14, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the April 2015 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 April 2015 Newsletter for your convenience:

April 2015 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, April 14, 2015 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 April 14, 2015

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, April 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

Sandra Trapp Feb 24 2014The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Sandra Trapp. Sandra will present a program titled “Using FamilySearch.org”.

FamilySearch.org is the largest, free genealogy resource on the internet. This program will cover why you want to have an account; tips for searching the records; creating and editing your Family Tree; adding photos, stories and documents, accessing FamilySearch’s digitized books, how to get help, searching the catalog and ordering film and a few other features of interest.

Sandra Trapp has provided genealogy programs for various local genealogy organizations and libraries. She volunteers at the Naperville Family History Center as its Resource Chairman and is a former Director of the Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst and CAGGNI program chair. Sandra has been researching her ancestors, her husband’s son-in-law’s and friends’ families for 16 years.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 2, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Researching American Colonial Ancestors” By Jane Haldeman

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Jane Haldeman.    The speaker will present a program titled “Researching American Colonial Ancestors.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) May  2, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jane Haldeman, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

You can always visit the website of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society to see what they are all about at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing America Ferrera Airs Sunday, April 12, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 12, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

America Ferrera is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“America Ferrera searches for a connection to a father she barely knew, and discovers a great grandfather who led multiple revolts against the government and left an enduring mark on Honduran history.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 12: America Ferrera
  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  You can see that there are only 3 more “new” shows scheduled.

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 12, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring America Ferrera on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library