Monthly Archives: March 2011

Roll of Honor Book Online of Pre-WW II Military Personnel Buried in the Cemeteries of Cook County, IL

Hi Everyone!

I noticed a small mention made in the Chicago Genealogist, the newsletter of the Chicago Genealogy Society,  of a web site that provided online access to images and the online ability to search a book that has been digitized by the Allen County Public Library of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The book basically lists all of the pre-World War II military veterans that are buried in Cook County, IL.  The material came from the following long title of the book known as The Roll of Honor, Containing the Names of Soldiers, Sailors and Marines of All the Wars of Our Country Who Are Buried in the Cemeteries of Cook County.  The author of the book is Eli Robert Lewis.  The book was published in 1922.

Because I do not have an actual copy of the book, I am uncertain as to the scope of this project that created the book.  I am not sure where this material was obtained by the author or how inclusive the number of Cook County cemeteries really is.

Nonetheless, this appears to be a great online resource for anyone that may have Chicago/Cook County, IL ancestors that were in the military and were buried in Cook County, IL after their death.

You can visit this search site at:

Roll of Honor – Pre-World War II Deceased Military Servicemen Buried in Cook County, IL

You will see a large list of cemeteries you can search individually or you can search all of them if you scroll down the bottom of the page.  If you browse the cemeteries and look at the material you will see scanned images of the actual pages of the source book.  Once you select the cemetery to view, it does appear that the surnames are in alphabetical order so you can look to the spot you expect to see a name. 

You can also just browse through the material page by page by using the Backward or the Forward arrows on the page.

If you search the entire file and get some hits on the name entered, you will be able to select the linked page where the material occurs and it will take you to an image of the page itself.  The name will NOT be highlighted on the page you see but just visually scroll down looking for the surname you searched.

You will find the following information on the deceased service person in the image of the page:

  • First Name, Middle Initial (If Available) and Surname of the deceased.
  • Their Rank if Available
  • Company Served In If Available
  • Military Unit If Available
  • Date of Death If Available
  • Grave Number If Available
  • Lot Number If Available
  • Block Section If Available

There is some good information  Just browsing through many pages you may find more often than not just the name of the person and the cemetery burial information.  There did seem to be many gaps on the military information when you look through it. 

Perhaps you will have luck and discover an ancestor in here with full information shown.

There are some tips at the bottom of the web page to offer search suggestions.

I could not find any information indicating how many names are contained within the book or the searchable database.

This is a very nice resource for your Cook County, IL military research on deceased military personnel buried within the county, having died prior to 1922 when the book was published.

Give the site a try to see if you have any luck discovering an ancestral military person buried in Cook County, IL.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL) Now Allows the Checking Out of Magazines

Hi Everyone!

A little while ago I mentioned in one of my blog posts that our library was setting up a process that would allow Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders the ability to check out magazines.

I am happy to say that the process has been activated and is now in place.

There are conditions that go with this process for checking out magazines and journals. 

Here are the rules that apply:

  • The current issue of the magazine does NOT circulate.
  • The ability to check magazines out is limited only to those customers that have had their library card issued to them by our library e.g. only STDL cardholders.  You will not be allowed this privilege if your library card was issued to you from another library.  Registering that card with us for other borrowing privileges does not qualify you to participate in this new magazine policy.
  • There is a limit of 5 issues to check out per customer.
  • There is a 1 week check out period.
  • No holds for magazines are allowed.
  • No renewals of magazines checked out are allowed.
  • There is a late fee of 10 cents per day for adult magazines not returned on time; there is a late fee of 5 cents per day for children’s magazines not returned on time.
  • If the magazine is not returned, lost, damaged or destroyed then a charge of the retail cost of the magazine will apply to the customer for that issue.

This new policy will now allow genealogy researchers the ability to check out magazines and journals on the subject according to the above rules.  This will obviously give you more time to read the material and the ability to do it off-site.

We hope that this new policy will make it easier for you overall to use this material in a more productive manner.

Please be aware that many of the genealogy journals are on a bi-monthly (every two month) schedule of issuance or a quarterly (every three months).  This will mean that we will have to receive the next issuance of the magazine before we can allow the most current issue to circulate.  We will just need a little time over the next months to receive more issues so that we will have on hand more than just the most current issue that is not allowed to circulate.

Feel free to call our Magazine/Info Desk for any clarification on this new policy.  They can be reached at 847-923-3347.

Our library is happy to be able to offer this new service.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Tuesday Evening, April 19, 2011 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 19, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

The speaker for the evening will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin.  The speaker will present a program titled “Hunting Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals”.

Teresa is a wonderful genealogy speaker that provides the audience with great presentations.  We have had her speak at our library genealogy program on German research.  If you have not seen a presentation by Teresa then you have missed out on a great opportunity to advance your research skills.  Take the opportunity now to participate in a program being offered by Teresa through the NWSCG.

Researching collaterals is a great way to uncover family history material when you have been having a hard time finding material on your primary research individuals.  Discovering material on siblings of the person, friends, neighbors and associates may be the clues you will discover to help your research move further on the primary research person for which you have had no luck discovering information.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) April 19, 2011 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, the speaker for the evening from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Take A Look At 6 Videos of Key Speakers from the Recent Roots Tech 2011 Conference (Link Included)

Hi Everyone!

A new annual Genealogy conference just closed its doors recently in February 2011.  Based on the “buzz” it sure sounds like it was very successful and that it will hopefully be an annually recurring event.  Its focus was on bringing together technology developers and genealogists and to showcase where the technical aspects of genealogy are headed.

If you were not an attendee in person at this great conference, the conference itself is making 6 online videos available for general consumption by those of us unable to attend in person.  These appear to be some very high level “keynote” addresses by those from the genealogy side of the house and those from the technology side of the house.

The videos are excellent in quality and most run about 1 hour in length.  So you have about 6 hours of watch time ahead of you if you choose to view all 6 of them.

You can see these videos by clicking on the following link:

RootsTech 2011 7 Key Speaker Videos

Key speakers from the conference you will see in the 6 videos are:

  • Jay Verkler, “RootsTech: Turning Roots, Branches, Trees Into Nodes, Links, Graphs”
  • Barry Ewell, “Digitally Preserving Your Family History”
  • Curt Witcher, “The Changing Face of Genealogy”
  • Brian Pugh, “Cloud Computing: What It Is and How Its Being Used”
  • Thomas MacEntee, moderator, “Virtual Presentations Roundtable”
  • Brewster Kahle, “Personal Archiving and Primary Documents”

I have so far viewed the first 4 speakers.  The first two are very good.  The Curt Witcher video is outstanding and highly recommended if you want to motivate yourself with your genealogy research.

Unfortunately, the 4th speaker, Brian Pugh on Cloud Computing, was soooooooo technical I could not get past the first 15 minutes.  It is not that he was not a good speaker but it was pure “geek speak” at a level I just couldn’t get and did not want to get!  Sorry Brian.

I still have two more viewings to see.

So take a look at the above link and spend some time viewing the videos.  If you have only one hour then make it a point to view the Curt Witcher video.  It is excellent and highly motivating.

Also, still take a look at the website for RootsTech itself even though the conference is ended.  You can get a good flavor for what was happening at the conference by looking at the list of programs and speakers that were offered in February 2011.  You can visit the conference web site at:

RootsTech Conference 2011

It sure sounds like this new conference has “legs” and will hopefully return again for a new conference in 2012.

Enjoy the videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Will Be Offering Another Genealogy Document Translation Program on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 1 To 4 PM

Hi Everyone!

I just received this “short notice” of another Genealogy Document Translation program that is going to take place at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 1 to 4 PM. 

The library is located at:

500 N. Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

The program will be held in the Hendrickson Room North.

Here is the text description of the program I received via e-mail from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library:

Having difficulty reading that old German script? Not sure what that word is in Polish? Bring a copy of your document and meet with a translator to solve those languages mysteries. Languages will include German, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian and others. Call 847-870-3643 for more information.

It appears there is no charge to attend this program or to obtain any of the translation services.  It also appears there is no pre-registration required.

You can contact Michael Mulholland, the Genealogy Librarian of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, for any further clarification for this upcoming event.

Michael Mulholland can be reached at:


This translation program was offered by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library just recently within the past 6 months I believe.  It appears it was a big success at that time that is leading to this program being presented again.

Get your documents ready for the languages indicated above and drop in for this helpful translation program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their August 14, 2011 Meeting/Program at 2 PM at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Hi Everyone!

A special welcome to any local members of the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) who may want to consider attending this program on August 14, 2011 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

You can vist the PGSA at to see material about the society as well as see their Calendar of Events that includes this program.

This is the first time EVER that the society will be having one of their meetings/programs away from the normal society “home” at the Social Hall of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, IL.  The Society “home” is located in Old Polonia in the vicinity of Ashland, Milwaukee and Division. 

This is near the actual area where I grew up in Chicago so I have a personal sense of connection to the area!!

The library is located at:

500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

The program that will be presented on this day at this location starting at 2 PM is:

“How Libraries Can Help With Your Genealogy Research”

Michael Mulholland will speak and then give a tour of the genealogy collection in the library. The library opens at 12:00 noon and closes at 5:50pm.

Michael is the Local History/Genealogy Librarian at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. He has been doing genealogy for over 32 years. While living in Salt Lake City for 2 1/2 years, he did personal and freelance genealogy research. His research has taken him to the ethnic neighborhoods of Chicago, downstate Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Ireland, and Poland. He has presented programs for local and state genealogical societies, libraries, and various civic organizations.

Visit the Arlington Heights Memorial Library at

I am so glad the PGSA is trying this experiment by having their program in the Northwest Suburbs rather than having members or potential members that live in the suburbs drive into the heart of Chicago.  I am a member of the PGSA and found it difficult at times to drive over 35 miles to attend the programs in Chicago.  There may be a “convenience opportunity” by trialing this program in the suburbs to gauge how attendance is there rather than in Chicago.

This is really a “historic” occasion that has more meaning to PGSA members and possible members.

If you are a member of the PGSA or considering joining, then consider attending this program and be part of “history”!

Michael Mulholland will give a great tour of the library and make visitors aware of their resources and their specific Polish related genealogical resources.

Mark the date down on your calendar!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Variety of Chicago City Directories Available from Sassy Jane Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

One of our library’s librarians made me aware of this nice blog post from “Sassy Jane” that provides the readers with many links to a large variety of different Chicago City Directories.

For anyone doing City of Chicago ancestral research, this is a site you will definitely want to save and bookmark.  City Directories are valuable tools to reference in your genealogical research.  They are generally printed and therefore should be readable!  They pinpoint an ancestor in a very specific location at a very specific time!  City Directories should also be used to discover so much more about a city that is contained with the pages of a directory over and above the name index that we all tend to only search.

The blog post from “Sassy Jane” has multiple references to different locations where these Chicago City Directories can be found.

Browse through the entirety of the blog post from “Sassy Jane” to see all of the directories that are available.

The site to visit is:

Sassy Jane Blog Post on Chicago City Directories

I browsed through some of the blog post contents on the directories and saw the following years indicated:

  • 1844
  • 1855
  • 1866
  • 1870
  • 1871
  • 1875
  • 1880
  • 1885
  • 1892
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1923

Thanks to Tom H. of our library who made me aware of this great resource to help those of you doing City of Chicago ancestral research.

Take a look at all of the links on the blog to the variety of different years of Chicago City Directories over and above what I indicated in the above list.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library