Monthly Archives: October 2011

“Who Do You think You Are?” NBC TV Program on Genealogy Has Some Nice Wiki Information and Statistics About Season 1 and Season 2

Hi Everyone,

I tried to find any current information on the upcoming Season 3 hit genealogy TV show on NBC called “Who Do You Think You Are?” but I only found notice from the NBC web site that the show “returns in 2012”.

I did find some reference that also provides a hint that Marisa Tomei is expected to be one of the guests for the series return in 2012.

I did however find a nice Wiki entry on the NBC American series that did provide some interesting information and statistics (ratings) about the American series.

Take a look at the following link that gives you further information about this fascinating genealogical TV series:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Wiki Show Information and Statistics

While we all await Season 3 in 2012, it is interesting to see some of the TV ratings information for this great series.

I thought you might be interested in the statistics while you are awaiting the 2012 series start.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

4 Easy Tips from the Library of Congress To Help You Preserve Your Digital Photos

Hi Everyone,

In browsing through Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, I saw an item in there about “4 Easy Ways To Help Preserve Your Digital Photos”.

Photos we often work on from our ancestors are on some variety of paper, produced from non-digital cameras and developed through a chemical process that has long seen its day with the advent of digital photography over the last ten years.

More often than not,  these photos are in picture albums at best, and maybe even written on the back with great pieces of information describing who, what, when, where, why of the picture.  At worse, you just have piles of pictures stacked in boxes with no insights into making heads or tails of what the pictures are.

Dick Eastman notes that in an October 24, 2011 posting that Butch Lazorchak of the Library of Congress has put together a nice and simple list of 4 easy tips on how to go about preserving your digital photos in a meaningful way.

Why is this important to know now?

Because you probably curse each and every time you are looking at your “piles” of paper photos from years past,  asking why Grandma Mary or Grandpa John did not make any notes about the picture so that YOU would have a nice easy process in working with the photos.

Guess what?

YOU are now that version of Grandma Mary or Grandpa John for your descendants!

Don’t let your descendants curse you every time they are attempting to look at pictures from your generation if they are even lucky to know where your digital pictures are.  Oh, you left all of your pictures on your memory card in the camera!  Oh that memory card was full and you replaced it with an unfilled one.  Now where did I put that memory card with all of those pictures??


The article by Butch Lazorchak can help you begin the process of organizing your digital photos in a manner that will be helpful and meaningful to the budding genealogists of the future that may be interested in your life.

Here is the link to the article:

“Four Easy Tips For Preserving Your Digital Photographs” by Butch Lazorchak of the Library of Congress

Now is the time to organize these valuable digital photos you have been creating over the recent years.  I know you do not want your descendants to curse you out in the far future.  Don’t be like Grandma Mary and Grandpa John of the past and their paper photos you are trying to decipher.

Now is the time to step up to the plate.

Enjoy the article.  Become inspired!  Follow the Tips from Butch!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Upcoming Lake County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in Round Lake Beach, IL

Hi Everyone!

After visiting the Lake County Genealogical Society website, I see that they have current online information regarding their upcoming 19th Annual Genealogical Workshop on Saturday, November 5, 2011.

This is an all-day conference that is taking place at the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach that is located at 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach, IL.

Registration and browsing of materials starts at 8 AM.

Programs run from 9 AM until 3:30 PM.

Guest speakers for the day are Laura G. Prescott and Harold Henderson.

Phone contact for information is 847-201-9032.

It looks like the costs for the program are:

  • $35.00 if you are a member of the society (program registration prior to October 12, 2011)
  • $40.00 if you are not a member of the society  (program registration prior to October 12, 2011)
  • $45.00  (program registration after October 12, 2011 or as walk-in on the day of program)

“Walk-ins” on the day of the program are OK  but you are on your own for lunch.  You would pay the highest fee on that day.

Please use the following link that will get you directly to the PDF file that has all of the information about the day including the registration material, program titles and times, speaker biographies and directions:

November 5, 2011 Lake County Genealogical Society 19th Annual Conference Program/Registration Brochure

I have been to their programs some time back and I always felt that they had top-notch speakers.  I would definitely recommend attending this annual event.

I know you will enjoy the day.

The society puts on a great annual conference with top-notch speakers and topics.  You will not be disappointed.  If you have not attended a local, all-day conference, this is a good one to attend.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Some Great Feedback About Our Most Recent Genealogy Program Held on October 11, 2011 From 2 New Attendees – I Think I Am Going To Get A Big Head From Their Kind Words!

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share some great feedback I received from 2 new attendees from our recent October 11, 2011 Genealogy Program.

Both are heavily involved in Social Media and Blogging within the Genealogy Community.  Their comments are embedded in what is known as a “Pingback” in the world of blogging and are not that obvious unless you are reading “Comments” left by visitors to my blog or subscribe to the RSS Comments feed.

So rather than steer you to where you would need to find these kind accolades embedded in a Comment left on one of my “Pages” (more blog talk), I thought I would just make a blog post and give you some links to where you can read what was written about myself and our recent program.

Thank you so much Jennifer Holik-Urban and Terri O’Connell!

Jennifer is herself a Professional Genealogist in the Woodridge, IL area and has a business you can find on the web at

I sincerely appreciate your kind words and the time you spent creating those words.

Please take a look at the words written by Terri O’Connel in her own blog.  Her comments can be found at:

Terri’s Comments About Our October 11, 2011 STDL Genealogy Program

Please take a look at the words written by Jennifer Holik-Urban from the Examiner that can be found at:

Jennifer’s Comments About Our October 11, 2011 STDL Genealogy Program

I am truly humbled by the kind words!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Is Having a Local Program on Sunday, November 13, 2011 At 2 PM in Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone!

I just received a notice that the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) is having a program on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 2 PM.  The program will take place at the Social Hall of the Polish Museum at 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, IL.

The title of the program is:

Political and Social Changes in Poland After Communism

The speaker for this program is Lucyna Migala, artistic director/general manager of the Lira Ensemble, and former journalist/reporter for NBC News.

Please click on the link that follows to see the program notice provided by the PGSA and all of the details about the program.

PGSA November 13, 2011 Program Notice

This is a great opportunity to meet and work with fellow Polish genealogical researchers in the building that has an incredible historical connection to those Poles that came to Chicago starting in the 1870s.

You can also visit the home page for the PGSA at their website to get a better understanding of the society itself.  Take a look at Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website.

Check it out!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Maureen Brady, Our Originally Scheduled Speaker for the October 11, 2011 Genealogy Program at STDL, Will NOT Be Able To Speak At Our Program; Tony Kierna Will Instead Have a General Discussion on “All Things Genealogy”

Hi Everyone!

It is with sadness that I must let you know that Maureen Brady, our scheduled speaker for our October 11, 2011 Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library, will NOT  be able to make her presentation due to a death in her family.  Maureen was going to present a program titled “Family History Research in Illinois and Wisconsin”.

We wish Maureen all of our dearest thoughts during her time of family sadness.

I apologize for this very short notice of change of plans but the change is beyond the control of myself or our speaker.

I will work with Maureen on re-scheduling this program at a future date.

Instead, Tony Kierna, myself, will just conduct a general discussion on “all things genealogy”.  I hope to be able to review information on materials in our collection, our online databases etc. and just take questions from those in attendance about genealogical matters.

Hopefully, the change in program plans will not change your mind about coming out to our library for an “altered” program different from what was originally scheduled.

I look forward to seeing all of you for our “changed” program.

I hope I will not disappoint you with this changed “program on the fly!”.

Thanks for your understanding.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for October 11, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the October 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the October 2011 Handouts for your convenience:

October 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

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, October 11, 2011 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.

You will also note that I have started “highlighting” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of 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