Monthly Archives: November 2009

Upcoming Genealogy Programs for 2010 at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would just post a listing of our planned Genealogy Programs for 2010.

Please remember that our programs are always held on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, IL at 7:30 PM.  The program is generally held in the 2nd floor Classroom but you should just check when you come in to be sure it is still in that room or may have been moved to another room.  It does not happen too often that it is moved but it might be to accomodate other programs.

The doors to the room open at 7:00 PM.  The program starts at 7:30 PM during which time I introduce new participants, review any handouts and the newsletter and take any questions or hear any comments.  At 8:00 PM we start with the speaker and or the break-out sessions.  We end the program at between 9:15 PM to 9:30 PM.  We must end the program for sure by 9:30 PM. 

Here are the scheduled programs we have on tap for 2010:

  • January 12, 2010 – “Interpreting Headstones” by Craig Pfannkuche
  • February 9, 2010 – “Social Security Death Index (SSDI) – New Things to Know” by Larry Olson
  • March 9, 2010 – “Break Out Groups/Ethnic Research Groups/Beginner’s Group (No Speaker)
  • April 13, 2010 – “So You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin – Now What?” by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
  • May 11, 2010 – “20th Century Military Records” by Marian Richter Schuetz
  • June 8, 2010 – “Break Out Groups/Ethnic Research Groups/Beginner’s Group (No Speaker)
  • July 13, 2010 – “Getting the Most Out of Heritage Quest” by Kristin Newton Smith
  • August 10, 2010 – “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places; the Search for Marriage Records” by Ginger Frere
  • September 14, 2010 – “Break Out Groups/Ethnic Research Groups/Beginner’s Group (No Speaker)
  • October 12, 2010 – Program and Speaker To Be Determined
  • November 9, 2010 – “How to Read and Understand the Hamburg and Bremen Passenger Lists” by Patricia Reaves
  • December 14, 2010 – “Break Out Groups/Ethnic Research Groups/Beginner’s Group (No Speaker)

See what interests you from the above and come visit us at the library for these great upcoming programs.

We often have 50 to 65 people in attendance when we have our very popular speakers.

For our Break Out/Ethnic Groups/Beginner’s Table, we often have 25 to 35 people in attendance.  It is at these sessions you can work with others sharing the same ethnic area of research interest e.g. Irish, German, Polish, Italian, Czech, Scandinavian etc.  I also lead the Beginner’s Table working with newcomers to genealogy to get them started in the right direction.  We also have the laptop hooked up to the projector for anyone to use during this time to show sites of interest that can benefit all of us in our particular area of research.

So we are looking forward to 2010 with a great slate of upcoming programs.

We hope to see you for as many as you can make.

Tony Kierna – Genealogy Coordinator

Take Advantage of Holiday Family Gatherings as the Family Historian

The Holiday Season is one of the best times of the year to move your genealogy research forward!  You are circled by family members who may be very interested to know of your research.  Not only can you share what you have discovered but you may have willing family members that can’t help but share more with you during this season of sharing!

Now is the time that family members will really see how serious you take your family research.  They may not open up to you as a willing participant at this time.  But you may have planted the seed in their mind that will come to grow at a future date when their assistance will become invaluable.

Bring some copies of research documents you may have uncovered to date as well as copies of pictures to share with the family members present at the gathering.  Keep the originals at home for safety and security!  If you have digitized your discoveries as .JPG images then bring your laptop with the data or your netbook if you have one that contains the images.  Even having the images on a flash drive will help because you can plug that into a computer that may exist in the house.  Even new HDTV sets often have a USB connection to the HDTV that you can plug into.  You can then look at the images on the TV screen!

What a great time to share family information as well as to gather more if you can.  Bring a digital recorder or a camcorder with to document the new information family members will be willing to share.  Don’t leave all of the stories to your memories.  Get the stories in the voice of the orignal provider for further analysis down the road.  Ask their permission to audio or videotape what they have to say.  Respect their wishes if they choose not to be recorded.  Then take notes.

Always remember to be a good guest if you are visiting.  It is the Holiday Season after all and not necessarily a genealogical convention!  Don’t make yourself a genealogical nuisance at this time but see if you can arrange a time in the future to revisit with key family members to obtain further information in a non-holiday pressured setting.

Share your family history stories and research.

Keep an ear open for other family history stories.

Plant those seeds among family members for future help.

But most importantly, enjoy your family during this Holiday Season!

Tony Kierna

Genealogy Coordinator

Welcome to Our New Library Genealogy Blog!!

Hi Everyone!

I am so glad you have found our new genealogy blog at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  I am going through a learning process to really get to know how to do blogging so bear with me in my early posts as I make this blog a very good tool to share genealogy information that is applicable to our library.

I have many great ideas that I plan on putting into effect through this blog.  Some of the more ambitious items will be:

  1. Be able to post PDF versions of the monthly Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter on this site archived over time.  You will be able to view the newsletter here and print it if you like, read it online directly, or even download the PDF onto your own system.  Our newsletter is lengthy usually consisting of at least 30-35 pages monthly.  It is full of great genealogy information in general and will often include information on genealogical journals we have in our collection, new genealogy books added to our collections, other local genealogy programs and meetings local to our area, some humorous items and blog items that have been posted by Dick Eastman from his own blog site on genealogy.  These PDF files will allow me to eliminate the printing of the newsletter and the mailing of the printed copy to participants at our monthly genealogy program.
  2. I hope to produce a monthly “handouts” writeup that will be an electronic substitute for the “handouts” that occur at our monthly genealogy program.  Today I make paper copies for handouts of key items of note for genealogy e.g. program dates for other societies, interesting links to new genealogy web sites etc.  Rather than printing these up I will create some verbiage describing these points of interest and include links to the web sites I want to share.  Once again I hope to eliminate paper and the associated mailing costs.  These will also be archived over time.
  3. I plan on publishing our upcoming programs through our blog so you can always be aware of who is coming to give a program and what the topic of the program will be. 

So you can see I have some great plans to make this blog informational and useful to those that connect to it.

Be patient as I learn all about blogging.  Come back and visit often to see what new things have been posted on the site.

Thanks for your interest.


Tony Kierna                                                                                                                                                           Genealogy Coordinator                                                                                                                                       Schaumburg Township District Library