Monthly Archives: June 2010

Midwestern Roots 2010 Family History and Genealogy Conference in Indianapolis, IN on August 6-7, 2010

Hi Everyone!

I just became aware of this soon to occur Midwestern genealogy conference that will occur on August 6th and 7th in Indianapolis, IN with a pre-conference set of programs on August 5th.

I saw a full page ad for this conference in the April-June 2010 edition of the NGS Magazine.

The conference is being hosted by the Indiana Historical Society.

Four top-notch speakers are being advertised as speakers at the conference.  They are:

  • John Phillip Colletta, Ph.D
  • George G. Morgan
  • David E. Rencher
  • Loretto “Lou” Szucs

Visit the web site directly at:

http://www.indianahistory.org/our-services/family-history/midwesternroots/midwestern-roots#documentContent

You will find informational material at this location for:

  • Pre-Conference Events
  • Conference Schedule
  • Conference Registration
  • Library Education Units
  • Maps and Directions

There are a variety of fees to attend based on full participation at the event, being a member of the society, participating in only one day etc.  The full fee to attend both days of the conference while not being a member of the Indian Historical Society is $150.  Being a member reduces the fee to $125.  Attending only on Friday or Saturday is $90 for non-members and $75 for members.  If you are a student under the age of 23 the fee would be $75 for the entire conference.

There is even a pre-conference set of programs scheduled for August 5, 2010 from 3 PM to 8PM.

All of the information for the entire conference can easily be accessed from the link above.

I am glad I discovered the advertisement for this program in the NGS Magazine with some lead time in order to make you aware of this conference.

Consider attending if you are ambitious and it fits your schedule and the fee is not too much!  The list of speakers is well worth attending!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township in Illinois Honors Military Veterans

Hi Everyone!

Our library’s Local History Librarian also made me aware of an ongoing program through Schaumburg Township in which they are honoring military veterans that live within Schaumburg Township.

While this information is not so much for pure genealogical research, I wanted to make everyone aware of this program, especially for the veterans themselves.  You can personally nominate yourself if you qualify according to the program requirements.  Or you may know a military veteran that lives in Schaumburg Township that you might want to nominate for military recognition.

The specifics of the program were sent to me as an e-mail.  The verbiage follows in Italics:

Veterans Honor Roll:

 Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of want and freedom of fear! We want to thank all those who are or have served our Country so we may enjoy the freedoms of our great nation.

We honor our veterans at our regularly scheduled Board Meetings each month. If you know a veteran or you are a veteran and would like to be recognized for your service to our Country, please fill out an Application.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Served during a time of conflict
• Honorable discharge
• Reside within Schaumburg Township
• Township Application with DD-214 form.

All Applications must be submitted with a DD-214 form.
The Applications can be mailed or dropped off at:

 Schaumburg Township
C/o Veterans Honor Roll
1 Illinois Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169-3314

 All Applications will be accepted and reviewed. Applicants will be contacted by the Schaumburg Township Clerk’s Office.

You may request a copy of your DD-214  form by filling out form SF-180 Request for Military Records or visiting www.archives.gov.

Click here to view the Veterans Honored in 2009.

Special thanks to The Finer Line, Inc. located at 1036 Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4546 for their generosity in providing quality plaques to our wonderful veterans. www.finerline.com

We know in genealogy the importance of using military records in our own research.  Too many times our ancestor with a military record has long passed this life and was unable to be honored by his descendants.  What better way to turn this around and honor our living military veterans while they are still here with us living within Schaumburg Township.

Consider honoring a veteran that lives in Schaumburg Township that may be too shy to submit himself for this recognition.

For those military veterans that attend our genealogy program, don’t be shy!  Submit your name for this honor.  You deserve it!  Think of the wonderful trail you will leave for your own descendants when they discover your great service to our country!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Phone Directories in Our Library’s Collection

Hi Everyone! 

Our Local History Librarian made me aware of some reference material in our collection that might be of some use to anyone that is searching more recent “roots” in Schaumburg, IL.  

City Directories have been a valuable resource for genealogical researchers.  They morphed in the late 1920s into what we have today as Phone Directories. 

If anyone local to our area is personally researching Schaumburg “roots”, be aware that our library has Schaumburg telephone directories for the following years: 

 1928                            

 1948 

 1949 

 1953 

 1956 

 1957 

 1958 

 1959 

 1991 to Present 

Unfortunately, you can see that what material we have only goes back as far as 1928 with significant gaps of material from that point on until 1991. 

Perhaps our earliest telephone directories can help someone researching more current “roots” in Schaumburg, IL. 

I hope this information can help someone make some more recent connections to their Schaumburg genealogical roots. 

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FamilySearch Pilot Search Copy and Paste Process

Hi Everyone!

At our last program on June 8, 2010 a question was raised about the difficulty of being able to copy data that is seen in a record from the FamilySearch Pilot Project to another location.  We are used to being able to highlight material we find on the web and just copy and paste as we see fit.  It does not work that way for this data that is found in the Pilot Project data.

You can copy and paste from the FamilySearch Pilot Search Project.  You just have to use the tools that FamilySearch provides from within the results of the search and the data you find.

Here is the text of an e-mail I received from a participant at the program that describes his efforts to copy and paste.  I have also verified that this is easily done from the FamilySearch web site in the Pilot Search.

The text of the e-mail sent to me follows in Bold and Italics:

Tony,

At this week’s meeting, during your demonstration of FamilySearch’s Pilot Record Search, somebody asked about a problem with trying to do a copy-paste from the text transcript window for a record.  I tried this at home and found that indeed the traditional method of selecting text on the screen does not work, but they do provide an alternative in the form of the “Copy” button that appears above the record.  When you click on “Copy” it will copy the text to your computer’s clipboard and then you can switch to your word processing application of choice and execute the Paste command.  Below I have done a Paste from an example of this type of copy.

    Bruce

 Name: John Chown

Gender: Male

Baptism/Christening Date: 07 Jul 1831

Baptism/Christening Place: INDEPENDENT,BRIGSTOCK,NORTHAMPTON,ENGLAND

Birth Date: 29 Sep 1830

Birthplace:

Death Date:

Name Note:

Race:

Father’s Name: Thomas Chown

Father’s Birthplace:

Father’s Age:

Mother’s Name: Mary

Mother’s Birthplace:

Mother’s Age:

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C07446-1

System Origin: England-ODM

Source Film Number: 825336

Reference Number:

Collection: England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

As you can see, the process works well.  You do not have to laboriously re-type anything.  Just use the “Copy” command from the record you found that is of interest to you.  This copies the data to your clipboard.  Just paste the clipboard data to a blank Word document or to wherever you want to save the data.  You can then choose the data for your own use in your research into some other document.

You will also notice that the “Field Names” are copied even if there is no data in the field itself.  This allows you to see the the total amount of data that might have been able to be captured.

I would like to thank Bruce for sharing this solution with all of us.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

June 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for June 8, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the June 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

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, June 8, 2010 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.

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

June 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for June 8, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the June 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Take a look at if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, June 8, 2010 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

June 8, 2010 Genealogy Program Reminder at the Schaumburg Township District Library at 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

Don’t forget that our next genealogy program at the Schaumburg Township District Library will take place tomorrow evening, June 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the main library. 

Our program tomorrow will be one in which participants will break out into various research groups focusing on an area of ethnic research.  We will also have a Beginner’s Group and a general Troubleshooting Group.  The computer and projector hook-up will also be available to use during this session.  Everyone is welcome.  You do not have to be a Schaumburg Township District Library card holder to attend this program.  You do not have to pre-register.  There is no charge to participate.

Come join us for a great time to learn new things in genealogy and to share knowledge you have acquired from your own research with others.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, June 8, 2010:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  There is no formal presentation for this gathering.  Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic.  The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.
 
We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities.  These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American.  There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a general all-purpose “troubleshooting” group. 

A laptop computer hooked to our projector will also be available to use during this program.
 
Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial.  Some groups that have not been identified may be added. 
 
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 PM.  Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of any handouts and genealogical matters.  It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 8 PM.  We will end the session by 9:30 PM at the latest.
 
For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 8, 2010 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, June 8, 2010:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom.  There is no formal presentation for this gathering.  Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic.  The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.
 
We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities.  These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American.  There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a general all-purpose “troubleshooting” group. 

A laptop computer hooked to our projector will also be available to use during this program.
 
Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial.  Some groups that have not been identified may be added. 
 
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 PM.  Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of any handouts and genealogical matters.  It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 8 PM.  We will end the session by 9:30 PM at the latest.
 
For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library