Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening February 9, 2016 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, February 9, 2016:

MilnerPaulThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Paul Milner. Paul will present a program titled “Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland”.

This program provides a good overview of procedures to follow in performing Irish research. Lots of examples illustrate the wide variety of records that can be utilized in the research process.

Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research.

Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

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

“What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2016” 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 January 2016 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2016”.

The video is an approximate 29 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 Annual Conference, May 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 2016, Springfield, IL.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Navigational updates done to online family trees.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Visual changes made to online family trees.  Not dramatic but done in response to customer feedback.
  • Additional Records to Existing DatabaseU.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012.  About 58,000 new school yearbooks have been added to the collection.  Crista recommends you select the database by itself before searching all the databases.  Then scroll down to browse the collection box.  Here you will be able to see what states have yearbooks, what towns within the states are in the database and finally what schools within the towns are in the database.  This is a way to determine if a school of interest for you is in the database.  You will also be able to see the total number of yearbooks in the collection for the school by year.  Crista also mentioned it is worth looking at the yearbook page by page.  There may be handwritten notes in the book that have not been included in any of the indexing.
  • New Databases – Many new Germany databases have been added to the collection.  These databases are based on specific geographic town locations.  It can be very difficult for you to meaningfully use these individually if you do not have a town location for your ancestors.  About 23 databases added.  Some have birth, marriage and death records in one file.  Some may just have births or marriages or deaths or combinations.  Looks to be about 60 million records.
  • New Databases – Indiana Marriages Index, 1993-2015.  Searchable but no images.  Web-based so you will leave Ancestry to access the data outside of the index.  About 1.9 million records.
  • New Databases – Victoria. Australia Outbound Passenger Lists. 1852-1915.  Contains about 1.8 million records.  Searchable database from data outside of Ancestry.  No images.  Index leads you to text record.  You can leave Ancestry and go to site where indexed record was obtained to see image of record.
  • New Databases – Alabama, Episcopal Church Registers, 1832-1972.  About 14,000 records.  Data is searchable and will lead you to text record.  You can leave Ancestry and go to site where indexed record was obtained to see image of record.
  • New Databases – Pennsylvania, Chester County, Poor School Children, 1810-1841.  About 63,000 records.  Data is searchable and will lead you to text record.  You can leave Ancestry and go to site where indexed record was obtained to see image of record.
  • Tip From Crista – A particular database may have no connection to your research but you may still benefit from knowing about it.  As an example, there may be an Australian Outbound Passenger List database.  You may not have an Australian connection, but discovering that Outbound passenger records exists may allow you to consider to see if such records exist for the country associated with your ancestor.
  • 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

February 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Orphan Train Video” On Saturday, February 27, 2016, From 10 AM To Noon

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 February 2016 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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016 titled “Orphan Train Video” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the newsletter for the event:

“Learn more about the Orphan Trains that sent over 100,000 homeless children from cities to rural communities in the Midwest and beyond between 1854 and 1929. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.”

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 February 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago February 2016

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of February 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Access The Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletters Online From 2008 To 2015; Handy Way To Keep Up With Society Activities And Research Tips; PDF File Lets You Access All Embedded Links

Hi Everyone!

ISGS LogoI just saw a Dick Eastman post that noted you can access the Newsletters of the Illinois State Genealogical Society online via their website.

After visiting their site, I see that you can access the newsletters from 2008 through 2015, plus the first one for 2016.

The newsletters are dated in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November of each year.

Here is the link to get you to these newsletters:

Newsletters from the Illinois State Genealogical Society 2008-2015

The link above should work fine as new additional newsletters are added to the site.

Some of the things you could expect to see in these newsletters are:

  • President’s Column
  • Book Reviews
  • New Members List
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Upcoming Conference News
  • Webinars Offered by the Society
  • Governing Board Meeting Schedule
  • Calendar of Genealogy Events
  • Tips
  • Resources

You do not have to be a member of the society in order to access this very nice archive of materials.  These newsletters can be helpful to you and your research.  Plenty of links you can visit for more details on items mentioned in the newsletter.

Check these out and bookmark the site from the above link.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 6, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Irish Emigrants To North America: Before, During And After The Famine” Presented By Paul Milner

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, February 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 6, 2016 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 Paul Milner.    The speaker will present a program titled “Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) February 6, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Paul Milner, 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

Reminder – RootsTech 2016 Will Take Place February 3- 6, 2016 In Salt Lake City, UT; See What It Is All About By Viewing Selected Videos From The 2015 Conference On Various Programs; Some Classes To Be Available For Online Streaming From Upcoming 2016 Conference

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoJust a reminder that the 2016 version of RootsTech will take place on February 3 to February 6, 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dick Eastman just had a recent post about the upcoming 2016 conference.  You can see that post with the information here:

January 8, 2016 Dick Eastman Post Reporting On Upcoming 2016 RootsTech

This has proven to be  a wildly successful major genealogical conference that brings together genealogy researchers and genealogy software developers under one roof.  Dick Eastman reported in a March 18, 2015 blog post that 23,918 people attended the 2015 RootsTech conference.  Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s blog post reporting on information from the previous 2015 conference:

March 18, 2015 Dick Eastman Blog Post About RootsTech 2015

You can view the conference website for information about this 2016 RootsTech Conference at:

RootsTech 2016

If you want to know more about what RootsTech in general is all about, visit the following link to a series of 20 Videos produced by RootsTech from their 2015 program.   These are videos of stunning quality!  I think you may want to look at what the videos showcase about what RootsTech is all about.  They may not all be at a very specific research level, they are often at a “larger view” of what technical developments are occurring that connect to genealogical research.

You can really get the “big picture” by looking at any one of the videos.

Take a look at these videos at:

2015 RootsTech Videos

Enjoy the 2015 videos.

Consider going to Salt Lake City, UT to connect with the soon to take place 2016 version of RootsTech!

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); This Group Could Be Helpful Knowing That Ancestry.com Is “Retiring” Family Tree Maker; Group Is Meeting At The Bloomingdale Public Library On Saturday January 16, 2016 From 12:45 PM To 2:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoAncestry.com announced in December 2015 that it will be “retiring” their 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.

Perhaps the 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 this coming Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Bloomingdale Public Library located at 101 Fairfield Way in Bloomingdale, IL.  They will be meeting between 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM.

You can see details of this event in the CAGGNI Calendar of Events at:

January 16, 2016 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Bloomingdale Public Library

The CAGGNI group will be having their regularly scheduled program also on this date at the same location.  Their regular program will start at 10:30 AM and is titled “Publishing Your Book: Tips and Tricks for the Writer”.  The speaker will be Regina Yuill, a member of the organization.

You can make it a long day if you wanted to attend both the SIG and the regular CAGGNI program.

All guests are welcome to attend either program.  You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  I am sure if you attended and were not a member you may very well think of becoming a member of this wonderful genealogical organization.

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 the “retirement” of Family Tree Maker for you as a current user of the product.  Put your mind at ease by getting the real low down on what you should be aware of as Family Tree Maker is put to pasture over the next year!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library