To Our Schaumburg Township District Library Cardholders; You Will Continue To Be Able To Access Ancestry Library Edition FROM HOME Until March 31, 2021; 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 MARCH 31, 2021.

Temporary access for home users is being granted by to ProQuest, our supplier of the service.  So now you have access from home that will be allowed through March 31, 2021.

The previous extension of access by ProQuest and was also of this 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 9 months,  you now have another opportunity extended to March 31, 2021, 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. Access to Ancestry Library Edition from home must be done through your home library using your library card issued to you by your library.

To our cardholders, 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 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, 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 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 buildings are currently closed to public access due to a spike in COVID-19 across all of Illinois. What better opportunity than right now to take advantage of access to Ancestry Library Edition from home using your Schaumburg Township District Library library card as your key to unlock access to this great product, especially when you do not have your own personal subscription to

Enjoy access to Ancestry Library Edition from home with your Schaumburg Township District Library card through March 31, 2021.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Trial Access To “Try It Illinois 2020” For Illinois Residents Will Be Coming To An End Soon; Last Day To Try It Is November 30, 2020; Read My Full Blog Post Via The Link In This Post About This Free Trial

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick reminder that the “Try It Illinois 2020” database access trial will soon be ending.  November 30, 2020 is the last date to take advantage of this wonderful free offering by the Secretary of State of Illinois for Illinois residents.

Take a look at the blog posting I made about this trial earlier this month.

You can find this blog post at:

Try It Illinois 2020 Blog Post

You will need to request a login ID/password from the Illinois Secretary of State in order to access and use the databases in the trial.  Plus, it is open only to Illinois residents.

All of the details are in the link above.

Time is running out.

Check out all that is available, especially the genealogy databases you can access and use.

Enjoy it while you can until November 30, 2020.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder – Informal Zoom “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Scheduled For Tuesday, November 24, 2020, From 2-3:30 PM; Limited To 20 Participants; Registration Required; “FamilySearch Wiki” As Discussion Topic; Still Openings; If Full Capacity Reached You Can Go On The “Wait” List For Openings; Open To Your Questions

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our next informal “Genealogy Chit-Chat” program is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24, 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. If capacity is reached, feel free to put your name on the “Wait List” for openings. I do have the ability to add those on the wait list into the program.

I will bring to the program a topic to have in my back pocket on the “FamilySearch Wiki” 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:

November 24, 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Program 2-3:30 PM Registration Information

As I write this there are still openings to register. 

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 on the program.

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

Zoom Recorded Video Of October 13, 2020 Genealogy Program “Researching Your Chicago Ancestors” Presented By Steve Szabados Is Now Available For Viewing On Our Library YouTube Channel; Will Only Be Available To View Until December 4, 2020

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let everyone know that the October 13, 2020 Genealogy Program we recorded and presented online via Zoom is now available to view at our library’s YouTube Channel.

On that evening Steve Szabados presented his program titled “Researching Your Chicago Ancestors”.

You can view the video that runs 1 hour and 44 minutes directly below:

Our speaker for the program, Steve Szabados, has granted us permission to present it in our YouTube Channel for a limited period of time.  The program will be removed from our library’s YouTube Channel on December 5, 2020.

If you were unable to participate in the original online Zoom program that was held on October 13, 2020, here is your chance to catch up and view Steve’s program on “Researching Your Chicago Ancestors”.

If you were able to participate in the original program on October 13, 2020, here is your chance for an “encore” viewing of the program to pick up tips from Steve that you may have missed in your original viewing.

It was a challenging evening with “audio” problems that we were able to overcome.  Overall, the recorded program came out remarkably well throughout.

Hope you enjoy the program.

View it now as I will be deleting it on December 5, 2020 from our library’s YouTube Channel.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October/November 2020, Volume 15, Number 4 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 October/November 2020, Volume 15, Number 4 issue of Internet Genealogy.

I did check the website of Internet Genealogy and did find some nice summary information on the October/November 2020 issue that is identified as the Volume 15, Number 4 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, October/November 2020, Volume 15, Number 4  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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); Program Will Take Place Online Via Zoom On Saturday November 14, 2020 From 12:45 PM To 2:45 PM; Open To CAGGNI Members Only; Consider Becoming A Member; You Can Request A “Guest” Pass

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logo announced back in December 2015 that it was “retiring” their popular lineage software program Family Tree Maker.  If you are a user of the product you may be uncertain how that decision does or does not affect you as a user of Family Tree Maker.  Software MacKiev ( has purchased the product line from and has been supporting and developing the product further into the future.

Perhaps the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) can be of immense assistance to you.  The CAGGNI group has had a Family Tree Maker SIG for quite some time.  Perhaps you did not take advantage of this resource in the past.  Perhaps now would be the time if you are in a state of confusion on all things related to Family Tree Maker lineage software.

The Family Tree Maker SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting online via Zoom  on Saturday, November 14, 2020.  They will be meeting between 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

CAGGNI has just recently revised its guidelines on these Special Interest Group (SIG) programs. They are now open only to CAGGNI members.

If you like the topic and would like to participate and find out more about the group consider becoming a member. It does appear from the contents below that you can also send a request to CAGGNI to join the program as a “guest”.

This is what CAGGNI sent to me about their program:


Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group – Nov 2020

This interest group was originally formed to provide a forum for Family Tree Maker users to share their knowledge and build their expertise with Ancestry’s FTM desktop software.

This group continues to explore old and new features of Family Tree Maker software, now with developer MacKiev.

Facilitator: Cathy Gulbrantson and Liz Ross

Zoom meeting Access to this page requires a CAGGNI member login.

If you wish to join as a guest, please email ftm @ or webmaster @

For more information: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group – Nov 2020

Best regards,


You can also check out the CAGGNI group website itself at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Let the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI make some sense of Family Tree Maker for you as a current user of the product under the new owner Software MacKiev. (  Family Tree Maker is still alive and kicking under a new owner and developer.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday November 14, 2020 From 10:30 AM To 12:30 PM As An Online Zoom Program; Program Is Only Open To CAGGNI Members; Consider Joining If Not A Member; Request A “Guest” Privilege For The Program

Hi Everyone!


Have you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

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

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM as an online Zoom program. 

CAGGNI has just recently revised its guidelines on these Special Interest Group (SIG) programs. They are now open only to CAGGNI members.

If you like the topic and would like to participate and find out more about the group consider becoming a member. It does appear from the contents below that you can also send a request to CAGGNI to join the program as a “guest”.

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


DNA Special Interest Group – Nov 2020

This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. We study topics such as autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third-party tools for analyzing your raw data and comparing DNA and gedcom data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how.

This SIG endeavors to be interactive and welcomes your questions. Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!

Nov 2020 Meeting Topics

We will start by spending a few minutes looking at the fabulous DNA toolkit offered by MyHeritage and answering any questions pending from September’s DNA Primer offering.

Then, for an enjoyable end-of-year topic, we will take a look at research into the relatedness of all humans, including the Most Recent Common Ancestor and the Identical Ancestors Point. Are you descended from Charlemagne? The results may surprise you! We will feature the groundbreaking modeling by Rohde, Olson and Chang done in 2004, and investigate whether the 2013 DNA studies on Europeans by Ralph and Coop line up with the earlier simulation work.

Lastly we will take your inputs on topics and presenters for our SIG meetings in 2021!

Facilitator: Michelle Wilson

Zoom meeting Access to this page requires a CAGGNI member login.

If you wish to join as a guest, please email DNA @ or webmaster @

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: DNA Special Interest Group – Nov 2020

Best regards,


Consider connecting online via Zoom with this special interest group local to our area via membership with CAGGNI or through the special “guest pass” request they offer for the program.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

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 DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Good News Story On Ancestral Research From One Of Our Genealogy Program Participant Researchers; Access To “Try It Illinois 2020” Led To Patent Discoveries For An Ancestor

Hi Everyone,

I would like to share a wonderful upbeat piece of news related to one of my recent blog posts.  Thank you Eric V. for sharing!

Eric commented to me via email that he saw the blog post I made on accessing “free’ databases available until November 30 from the Illinois Secretary of State via an annual offering that goes by the name “Try It Illinois”.

If interested in this post or if you missed it you can get to it here:

“Try It Illinois 2020; Free Database Access To Hundreds Of Databases, Including Genealogy Ones, Until November 30, 2020

First off, you do need to be a resident of Illinois in order to gain access to a Secretary of State of Illinois “login” and “password” to use to access the databases.  Sorry to any “out-of-staters” who read my blog posts.

Our program participant said he tried the databases after obtaining the “login” and “password” from the Illinois Secretary of State.  He tried “” as one of the trial databases and found some interesting discoveries about his ancestors that mentioned their connection to having some “patents” issued to them under their name.

The participant then started investigating data from the U.S. Patent Office of the United States and was able to discover patent information for fully 20 inventions for his ancestor.

Other helpful databases were also used in the search.

How about that, all from starting with access to some free databases online that will be available to Illinois residents until November 30, 2020!

Our participant wanted to share a small summary of some links he used to make discoveries on his ancestor’s patents.

Here is what he shared:


Patent Search Tips:

  • US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
    • Post 1975 Fully Searchable (e.g. Inventor Name, etc.)
      • Very outdated search syntax (Google Patents has more modern search capabilities)
    • Pre 1975 Searchable only by Patent Number
      • Need to have index for each year’s patents to find number.  (Available in Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents)
  • Google Patents
    • Fully Searchable (e.g. Inventor Name, etc.)
    • Appeared to only have coverage back to 1900
  • HathiTrust Digital Library


As you can see from the above resources, there is more than just the U.S. Patent Office to use in your ancestral research for ancestors who may have been involved in establishing a patent.

What great news from our genealogy program participant and kudos to him for creating the above guide on patent resources.  Plus, he also wanted to share how to go about accessing information to others who may want to consider to discover patents for their own ancestors.

You too may have ancestors with patents that you have not looked for.  Such information can be discovered on your ancestors.

Thank you Eric for sharing your good news research story and for putting together the nice set of tips and links for other researchers to tap into related to patent searches that may exist for our ancestors.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Upcoming Monthly Genealogy Program On November 10, 2020 At 7 PM (Central Time); Online With Zoom; “FamilySearch – The Digital Age” Presented By Maureen Brady; Registration Required At Our Library Calendar Of Events In Order To Receive Zoom Invitation; There Are Openings; Registration Link Included

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Mark your calendars for Tuesday evening November 10, 2020 at 7 pm (Central Time).  Our online Zoom genealogy program is titled “FamilySearch – The Digital Age”.  Maureen Brady will present this program via Zoom and offer up all kinds of ways to get the most from the digital data on FamilySearch.

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 still openings for you to register.

Here is a description of what will be presented:

FamilySearch®, a free website sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, provides family history researchers with access to original digitized historical records from around the world and indexes linked directly to many of those records.  Even experienced researchers often do not know how to locate FamilySearch’s full digitized records collections. Guest presenter Maureen Brady provides an overview of the digital records collection and suggests search strategies for locating historical records.

Here is some background on Maureen Brady:

Maureen Brady

Maureen Brady is a former school librarian and computer educator. She has over 35 years experience with family history research, is a professional genealogist and owner of Bare Roots Genealogical Services. Ms. Brady is a staff member at the Crystal Lake (Illinois) Family History Center and is a member of many genealogical and family history societies in the U.S. and Scotland.

Here is how it will work to participate in this Zoom online “FamilySearch – The Digital Age” program offered through our library:

  • Program does occur on November 10, 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 (Central Time) and will last to 8:30 pm (Central Time).  (In our real life onsite programs we started at 7:30 pm (Central Time).  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 November 10th date, find the “FamilySearch – The Digital Age” 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:
  • 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 at least 1 hour in advance of the program.  (Please be sure to check your Inbox/Spam and any other social media folders starting at 6 pm (Central Time) 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 (Central Time).
  • 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 4 pm (Central Time) 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.  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.  The speaker has indicated that she will ask if questions have been submitted during the presentation and will respond to the questions at this time.  If there are many questions or complex questions, I as the host, may suggest to the speaker that she continue with the presentation and the questions will be addressed at the end of the presentation.  The speaker has stated her willingness to stay past 8:30 (Central Time) to answer questions if the volume of questions is high.

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 to help find more information on all of the digital data at FamilySearch.

Looking forward to connect with all of you.

November 10, 2020, “FamilySearch – The Digital Age” presented by Maureen Brady by Schaumburg Library Live starting at 7 pm (Central Time).

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Is Offering A Remarkable Series Of Webinars With Polish Research Experts From Poland; 12 Total Lectures; 2nd And 4th Saturdays In January, February And March 2021

Hi Everyone!

I received some information from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) regarding a massive set of online webinars they will be offering through the months of January, February and March of 2021.

Anyone can participate in this series of webinars. Registration will be required in order to receive any connection link to the webinars.

There is a cost of $40 to non-members of the society to participate. Members of the society receive a discount. The cost to them to participate is $20. The cost covers participation in ALL of the scheduled programs.

If Polish research is your thing and you are NOT a member of PGSA and the webinar topics look interesting, consider becoming a member of PGSA and take advantage of the 50% saving in cost offered to members for these webinars early in 2021.

I am including the full PDF flyer of the series of webinars here:

Polish Research Webinars (12) Presented By Professional Polish Researchers In Poland; January, February, March 2021; 2nd And 4th Saturdays, 11 AM Chicago Time

The above flyer includes the list of the webinar titles, the names of the professional Polish researchers that will be presenting the material, the cost, and other details for your planning purposes to participate.

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 PGSA 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 topics being presented for these events in early 2021.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library