Monthly Archives: September 2011

Oooooops! Our Library Printed Program Guide Is Mistakenly Indicating You Will Need To Register for Our Genealogy Programs for October and November 2011 – YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER!

Hi Everyone!

I received a call from a frequent attendee to our genealogy programs indicating to me that they saw our upcoming genealogy programs for October and November 2011 listed in our printed Program Guide as requiring “registration”.  The printed Program Guide is now showing a red “R” after any programs that require advance registration.  This was intended as a visual clue for anyone reviewing the guide to provide a “heads up” that registration is required for that program.

Unfortunately, the “R” notice was inadvertently inserted in the program description for genealogy for the October and November 2011 genealogy programs we are having.

You do NOT have to pre-register for the genealogy programs we will be having in October and November 2011.

That is a mistake.

All you need to do for our genealogy programs is “come on in” like we have always been doing in the past.

I apologize for any confusion this may initially cause, especially for all of you who regularly attend our program and know that I have never had any pre-registration for the genealogy programs.

I guess we can attribute this whole thing to a big:


Thanks for being understanding.  This will be corrected for any future  genealogy program descriptions we show in the printed Program Guide.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Upcoming Programs At the Chicago Genealogical Society for September 2011 to June 2012 (Link Provided)

Hi Everyone!,

In the recently received newsletter from the Chicago Genealogical Society, I noticed that the society has published notices and summaries for their upcoming programs they will have starting in September 2011 through June 2012.

You can visit their website at the following link to get all of the details about the dates, topic, speakers, activities that will occur at the society over the next 9 months.  Check out what they have going on.  Much of what is offered is offered to non-CGS members.  The fee may be higher for non-members but you can still take advantage of what is being offered even if you are not a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS).

Their website notes that “Visitors Are Always Welcome”.

Here is the link to the society web page calendar of events:

Chicago Genealogy Society Calendar of Events 2011 – 2012

See if anything is of interest to you.  At least you now have from the link above a nice long-term look at their upcoming activities.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Summary of Our Most Recent Genealogy Program That Was Held on September 13, 2011

Hi Everyone!

We had our most recent Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, September 13, 2011.  It was one of our quarterly “break out” sessions.  We did not have a speaker for the program.  Instead we had our “break out” work groups giving the opportunity for those interested in various ethnic areas of research to sit with fellow researchers and both learn new things about the topic as well as to share items of interest to help make researching the topic more productive.

We had group tables set for:

    • Irish Researchers
    • German Researchers
    • Polish Researchers
    • Czech Researchers
    • Italian Researchers
    • Scandinavian Researchers
    • British Isles Researchers
    • Colonial American
    • General “Troubleshooting” Group
    • Beginner’s Group

Researchers At The German Table Exchanging Ideas Before We Started

    We also had the laptop computer set up and connected to the projector to allow anyone to use during the session.

We had a total of 21 researchers in attendance for the program.

We had 4 new people attend the program.  I asked them to introduce themselves.  Each was given a welcoming package of genealogical material to assist them in their research.

I then minimally reviewed the “handouts” package electronically from what was posted on this blog for this program, focusing just on the upcoming programs for a variety of genealogical societies in the area.  Just look at the right sidebar of this blog for an “archive” of past “Newsletters” and “Handouts”.  I want to use the handouts to keep those in attendance informed of upcoming genealogy programs, news of note in genealogy as well as some summaries of interesting magazine/journal articles that seemed to really hit home with some new research information on a particular genealogical topic.

I am leaning more to just verbally making note in the Handouts Review of just

Two Of Our Researchers Hoping For Fellow Lithuanian Researchers To Be Present

those upcoming programs local to our area.  Because there is a great deal of detail in the handouts and they are available online for easy access, searching, saving and linking to links within the package, I wanted to forego repeating much of that and leave it to the researcher to review the material in more detail at their leisure.  This would afford me the chance to start the breakout groups closer to 7:45 PM rather than 8:00 PM.

I did spend some time informing those in attendance that the LDS has just begun adding to its website digital records of the Catholic Churches of Chicago from the Archdiocese of Chicago.  For those of you having Chicago Roman Catholic ancestors, this may be your goldmine of newly accessible online information.  Currently, only UNINDEXED data is available in the form of IMAGES ONLY at this time.  So you cannot search for your ancestor by surname but you can now look through the images of the records online as if you would be looking at them on a microfilm at a Family History Center.  You will want to establish an account with the LDS at the Family Search website at  Initially, when I tried accessing the data, I did not sign myself and I did notice that I was receiving a message that said “IMAGE UNAVAILABLE.  TRY AGAIN LATER”.  It also said “SIGN IN”.  Once I understood that, I signed in and was able to access the images with no problem.

Our Polish Researchers Preparing To Exchange Helpful Information

So establish an account with the LDS at the FamilySearch site and sign yourself in when you will be accessing any or all of their databases online.

We had about 8 people sitting at the Beginner’s Table listening to me give advice and direction on what to focus on and how to progress with research.

I especially want to say a big “Thank You” to those that were still there at 9:30 PM and helped rearrange the room back to its original arrangement of the tables and chairs.  I could not do it without your help!!  Thank you, all of you!!

Another big “Thank You” to Beverly G. who frequently takes the time to bake up some nice goodies in the form of cookies to share with those in attendance.  Beverly, the cookies sure beat the store-bought cookies hands down!!  Thanks again for bringing in your great treats!

I also want to thank those of you that took many of the newcomers under your wings to help them with individual one on one time while I was busy assisting others.  You are so sharing!  You know who you are!  Thank you so much again for offering such personal assistance.

Two Of Our Researchers Interested in Italian Research

Based on an observation, I would certainly encourage future participants at these quarterly sessions to consider bringing in a laptop or a notebook to have to use at the table you choose to participate at.  Because of our wonderful Wi-Fi setup, you can easily tap into our Internet setup directly from your laptop or notebook and not have to worry about using our own laptop/projector set up to show someone some piece of information.  It looked like at least one person at each of the major tables had a laptop.  It looked like it worked out quite well.  Please bring your laptop or notebook to these special sessions in the future because it looks like the work at the tables can be even more productive using the laptop or notebook to tap into the Internet via our own Wi Fi setup.

Please remember that we have these special “break out” sessions in the months of March, June, September and December on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month.

Our Always Active Irish Researchers Sharing Ideas

We certainly had a good turnout of very highly motivated researchers who were craving to learn new things and to share the things they know with others.  My hats off to all of you for such enthusiasm you brought to the program.

Thank you again to all of you that came out to participate.

We hope to see you again at our upcoming programs.

Our German Researchers Intermingling Prior To Our Start

Keep coming back to this blog to stay in touch with what is going on about our

genealogy programs as well as other genealogy programs in our general area.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

REMINDER: Chicago Genealogical Society Is Having A 140th Anniversary Bus Tour of the Chicago Fire Area on Saturday, October 8, 2011 Guided by Craig Pfannkuche

Hi Everyone!

Here is another reminder of another upcoming event being held by the Chicago Genealogical Society.

The society will be having a unique 140th Anniversary bus tour of sites connected to the great Chicago Fire of 1871.

I previously published a post on July 17, 2011 regarding this upcoming event.

What follows in Italics is the text from that orignal post.  Please follow the links within the post if you interested in participating in this event.  There is still time for you to make arrangements with the society.

Craig Pfannkuche is a fantastic speaker!  We have had him speak many times at our genealogy programs.  Just to hear Craig will be worth the price of admission, and especially on this historic topic!

A reservation to this event needs to be received by the society by October 1, 2011 if you are interested!


Hi Everyone!

In the recently received Newsletter from the Chicago Genealogical Society, I noticed they had an insert flyer that highlighted an upcoming bus tour the society will be having on Saturday, October 8, 2011 to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the infamous Chicago fire that took place on October 8, 1871.

The bus tour will be led by one of our favorite speakers, Craig Pfannkuche.

The tour will start at 9:30 AM from the Ogilvie Transportation Center at Madison and Clinton streets and will return to the same location by 4:30 PM.

Tour cost is as follows:

  • $35 for CGS members
  • $45 for non-members of CGS
  • $15 per person for a box lunch (if you choose)

Box lunches will be prepared by Panera.

You can bring your own bagged lunch if you prefer.  You do not have to take the lunch from Panera.

Bottled water will be available on the bus.

Please take a look at the following link which is a PDF copy of the flyer/registration sheet for the program should you choose to participate.  The flyer is available at the Chicago Genealogical Society website.  The flyer can be viewed and/or printed at:

Chicago Genealogical Society Program Flyer/Reservation Form for the October 8, 2011 140th Anniversary Chicago Fire Bus Tour

You do not have to be a member of the society in order to participate.

Craig is a fantastic speaker so I would anticipate he will be providing outstanding historical background of the event while acting as a guide for the program.

Please visit the general website for the Chicago Genealogical Society at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

This sounds like a great outing on such a historical anniversary date.


Mark your calendars for this fascinating bus tour.  Read through the above and follow the links to the society to get further information if you want to participate in this tour.

October 8, 2011 is right around the corner.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

REMINDER: Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their Annual Conference in DesPlaines, IL on Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hi Everyone!

Conference dates appear to be coming up fast and furious at this time of the year.

Here is another reminder for an upcoming Annual Conference for the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) that will occur on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

I previously created and published a post in this blog on July 13, 2011 of this upcoming program. 

If you have not registered it appears from looking at their material that “late registration” can occur at the conference itself.  I interpret this to mean you are a “walk-in”.  So it sure looks like you can show up at the Conference and participate.  However, it does appear that you will not be able to participate in the Bus tour on Friday, September 30th, unless you still register in advance. 

What follows in Italics is the text from the original post on this upcoming program being offered by the PGSA.  Please click on the links that follow and also click on the “Register” link once you are within the PGSA website for further information about the Bus Tour and the Conference and late registration that can still occur.


Hi Everyone!

The PGSA has finalized their Annual Conference meeting plans for their upcoming October 1, 2011 conference in DesPlaines, IL.

Visit the conference part of their website to get all of the details on the program, the speakers, the optional bus tour of Polish Chicago on Friday, September 30, 2011, the cost and other things related to the program.

Speakers for the program will be Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan Shea, both well-known and published experts in Polish genealogy.

Topics they will discuss at this all-day event will be:

  • Starting at Home: The Basics of Polish-American Genealogical Research
  • Gazetteers, Maps, Geographical Dictionaries for Polish Genealogical Research
  • Three Ring Circus: Researching Roots Across Poland and It’s Three Partitions
  • Vital Genealogy: A Tour of Vital Records Across Poland
  • Websites for the Polish Researcher/Beyond Vital Records – What Else Awaits You in the Polish Archives

You can get to these details at the following link:

PGSA October 1, 2011 Annual Conference Details

I am also including a link to the actual “flyer” of this program that was supplied by the PGSA.  You can see the flyer at:

PGSA October 1, 2011 Annual Conference Flyer

It does appear that payment for the conference and the optional bus tour of Chicago Polonia can all be paid for directly through the PGSA web site.  Payment is acceptable through PayPal or directly from your own credit card.  There are “early bird” discounts for members of the PGSA.  Non-members can attend at a higher cost or can become members to take advantage of the lower costs for members.

Please visit the links above to get all of the details on the program.

The PGSA does have a fantastic Annual Conference.  They are doing something unique in this conference in that both of the  key speakers will be providing a “collaborative” program so that the attendee does not have to choose one speaker over another.  This can be referred to as “team teach”.  You will get both of the speakers who will speak on each topic at the conference.

If you have any Polish ancestral connection, this will be a great opportunity for you to jump in with both feet to attend this all-day conference conveniently located close by in DesPlaines.

You will not be sorry participating in this annual event!

Check out all of the links above for all of the details.


It is not too late to participate in this conference if you have previously forgotten it .  I think it offers an interesting twist to conference presentations in that you do not have to lose out on sitting in on topics of interest because BOTH speakers will presenting material jointly

Usually you have to make a choice because you can only be in one room at a time.  In this case both speakers will be presenting the material together.  So everyone will be together all of the time for all of the topics in the conference.

Check out the material and mark your calendar for last-minute attendance of this program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

REMINDER: September 24, 2011 (Saturday) Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Program To Be Held in Naperville, IL

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would provide a reminder to all that the Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville, IL will be having their Annual Conference this Saturday, September 24, 2011.

I previously created and published a post on May 11, 2011 making readers aware of this event.  What follows below in Italics is the text from that post and the embedded links that will allow you to get to the society’s web site to find more information about this event that will occur this Saturday.

Based on what I see at their web site regarding the conference, walk-ins are welcome to attend if you have not yet pre-registered and you want to attend this program at the last minute.


Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 24, 2011 date on your calendars.  This is the date for the Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The guest speaker for the day will be Christine Rose.  She will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case
  • Local Land Records in Depth
  • Avoid the Crooked Path! Genealogical Problem Solving
  • “Solving” the Problem Onsite in 25 Hours or Less

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Look for the “Annual Conference” link on the left side of the web page.  Click on the link and it will get you to information about the program as well as a  PDF of material that is associated with the annual conference, including registration material.  Browse around in the material for the conference that will tell you more of location, time, cost etc.  All of the information is here.

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program with a great speaker providing some great topics on genealogical research.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!


You still have time to attend this annual program as a last minute walk-in.

Contact the society if you have any questions about this program from information at their web site contained in the above program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

IMPORTANT POST: Online LDS Film Ordering Coming To All Illinois Family History Centers (FHC) on September 21, 2011

Hi Everyone!

I received specific information that indicates that the Naperville, IL Family History Center (FHC) will be activated on September 21, 2011 for On-Line Microfilm Ordering for those that use the center for research.

I received a callback from the Schaumburg Family History Center that indicated they also will activate the new policy on this day and ALL Illinois Family History Centers will be activating this new policy on this day.


The LDS has been and is activating this new film ordering procedure on a region-by-region basis across the country.  The Central region of the United States now falls under this September 21, 2011 date for online microfilm ordering.

I am including the text from an e-mail that came from someone associated with the Naperville FHC.  The same procedures should apply to the Schaumburg Family History Center and to all Illinois FHCs.  The e-mail provides some nice embedded links that can offer you some very helpful insights from the LDS on how to make this new method of ordering films work for you.  CHECK OUT THE LINKS AND BECOME INFORMED ON HOW TO ORDER LDS MICROFILMS.  The text of the e-mail follows in Italics:


 On-line Film Ordering Information

On-line film ordering for patrons of the Naperville Family History Center will begin on Sept. 21, 2011. On-line ordering will not be an additional way to order films; it will be the only way on September 21 and thereafter. It will require the use of a Visa or Master card debit, credit card or PayPal account. Discover card and American Express will not be accepted. A PayPal account creates more security for an on-line purchase. You can find more about creating a PayPal account at:

You will need to create a LDS account if you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or a Family Search account if you aren’t LDS. To create an account if you don’t already have one or to use one if you do, go to At this address, you will be able to access information and help documents regarding on-line ordering.

The information available at will guide you in using the new system but does not cover the transition to the new online ordering. The following information is what you need to know about the transition to the new system and how it affects films you currently have at the Naperville Family History Center.

The last day to order films with an order form card or renew films at the Family History Center will be September 16.

Please do not send in new mail-in requests for film orders. If you have recently sent in a request by mail, if it arrives in time we will process it under the old system. Otherwise, it will be returned to you and you can place the order on-line.

Short-term film rental online order will cost $5.50 and will be about a 90 day loan. An online short-term renewal will extend the loan for an additional 60 days and cost $5.50. An extended loan rental will cost $13.75. Under this new system, a film can be ordered as an extended loan initially. Please note: 2 short-term renewals WILL NO LONGER equal an extended loan. To extend a short-term film and make it an extended loan, you will have to pay for an extended loan renewal.

All extended films you have at the Naperville Family History Center will remain at the Center at no additional cost.

If you currently have a film that you have renewed once and anticipate you will extend the film with another renewal, if you extend the film by September 16, making the film an extended loan will cost just $5.50 because we will still be operating on the current system. If you wait until September 21, you will have to pay $13.75 for an extended loan. In other words, there will be no allowance in the new system to what you have already paid in the old system.

All short-term films currently in the center will receive a new return date of December 20, 2011 when we switch to the new system on September 21. Short-term films currently in the Center that are due to go back after September 9th will not be returned but kept so that they can receive the bonus 90 days. Please note also that the staff members of the Naperville Family History Center have decided to that the Center will remain open until December 17, 2011 this year. Our Christmas closing will be from December 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012. We will reopen on Tuesday January 3, 2012

In summary, if you have a short-term film and you think that you will have finished with by December 20th, you don’t need to do anything. If you have a short-term film that you are sure that you will extend, it will be cheaper to do it on September 16 or before. If you haven’t renewed the film for the first time, extending it now will cost $ 11.00, if you have renewed it once; extending it will cost $5.50. If you wait until September 21 or after, making that film an extended loan will cost $13.75

As always, please e-mail me if you have any questions,

Christine Bell


Please carefully read the full contents of the e-mail.  It will apply to ALL Family History Centers in Illinois where you order your microfilms for research.  You will need to establish a Family History account in order to order films in the future.  It is easy to set up this account if you do not currently have one.  I have one from my indexing of microfilm data and I can attest that it is very easy and also useful to use when you are accessing online material at FamilySearch related to online microfilm images they upload.

Your online film order will simply not involve anyone from the staff of the local FHC.  You order the film online.  You direct it to which FHC you will want it to go.  The film arrives at that FHC and your research using the film at their site continues as before.  The ordering of the film, directing it to the FHC of your choice and the paying for the rental is all in your hands.  Using the film at the FHC is as it is today.

Please also note the new “short-term” loan period and the “extended-term” loan periods and procedures.  Two short-term loan extensions will not automatically convert to a “long-term” loan.  If you will want to keep a film on “long-term” loan you will need to pay the price over and above any series of “short-term” loans you may have done.

As they say “These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls” when new things begin outside of the norm we are used to.  If you frequently order LDS microfilms it appears you will not have much choice in the future other than establish an account with FamilySearch and order your microfilms online directing them to the center of your choice.

Electronic payments will be the only method for paying for the films.  Hopefully, that will not present a problem for any of us in the future, since they do appear to provide many methods of electronic payment, most of which we use routinely today.

So buckle up your seatbelts for the inevitable short-term choppy ride!

We will all get through this change simply because I think genealogy researchers are so flexible and adaptable.  Just remember, it was only about 5 years ago when microfilm orders were the only way to research.  Somehow, we have also survived that change and grown in our research skills as so much more data became available online.  That was a challenge, albeit a pleasant one, to do more of our research online rather than from films.

We can and we all will adapt to these changes being offered by Family Search!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library