Monthly Archives: December 2011

“What Is A Second Cousin, Once Removed” And All Things As They Pertain To Kinship

Hi Everyone!

I came across a Dick Eastman post at his blog on a topic that, frankly, I personally find to be one of the most confusing aspects of genealogy.  We often hear such phrases bandied about such as “2nd Cousin, Twice Removed” or “5th Cousin, 4 Times Removed”.  This kind of description gives us some concept of how we are related to someone else in our ancestral chain.  This method of description has never been easy for me to try to peel back the layers and really understand exactly what all this genealogy gobbledygook really means as to how I relate to someone.

Sometimes it seems so difficult I tell myself that it is not really important for me to figure out that nth degree of relationship that exists.  Furthermore, for myself, or for anyone else this cryptic methodology has generally been incorporated into all of the various lineage programs you have on your computer.  You simply find the part of the program that allows you to create a “relationship” view of two people in your own lineage database.

In a magic moment when you enter in the two names and push your “enter” key you instantly see that you are a 2nd Cousin, Twice Removed to another person in your database.

I have taken the path of least resistance using my lineage program to identify how I relate to someone rather than trying to do it in a manual manner and doing it incorrectly or with great uncertainty.

Once you let your lineage program do it, you can then manually yourself look at your tree showing the two people and see how the program calculated the relationship.  The concept will be clearer using real life examples of relationships in your own trees as well as looking at the information posted by Dick Eastman on the subject via the link within this post.

The article by Dick Eastman was a fantastic article that sheds much light on this complicated process of kinship identification.

I wanted to provide a direct link to Dick Eastman’s blog post on this topic because it is so well written and informative at the level that kinship relations becomes a lot easier to understand.

You can read Dick’s “Kinship/Second Cousin Once Removed” post at

Dick Eastman Blog Post on “Second Cousin, Once Removed”

I think you will enjoy looking at the entirety of the post from Dick Eastman.  Be sure to also look at all of the Comments left on this blog post in addition to reading the blog post itself.

For me, I will continue to let my own lineage program tell me what the relationship is between Person A and Person B!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening December 13, 2011 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, December 13, 2011:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 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 connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance.

I would also encourage participants that attend to consider bringing in their own laptop or notebook to connect with our WiFi network. Using these devices during the session at your table is a great way to show someone the work you may have done or key resources that you are using they may not be aware of.

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 the handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Has Added “Tracing Your East End Ancestors” To Our Circulating Collection; Applicable For English Family Research

Hi Everyone!

Our library has just recently added to our circulating collection a book titled “Tracing Your East End Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians“.  The author of the book is Jane Cox.

The book was published in 2011.  It has been added to our collection in November 2011.  The call number of the book in our collection is 929.1 COX, J.  It is available on the 2nd floor of our library on the circulating shelves. 

Here is a Book Description provided by

‘East Enders are a very special breed and tracing your East End ancestry is going to be tremendous fun. Everyone has got some East End ancestors – and if they haven’t they invent them, rollicking chaps, larky and resourceful, talking a funny language to keep “them” guessing, eating at eel and pie shops, shouting out their wares in clattering, colourful markets. Their wives and masters (” ‘er in doors”) are brazen lassies, smart as paint, tough as their men folk, presiding over an undoubted matriarchal society where Mum rules OK? The good tales are of bright little kids, unshod and street-wise, rising above their origins and making a mint. The bad ones are of indescribable horror – children dying in diseased heaps, infant sex for sale and gangs of armed bandits terrorising the neighbourhood.’

As author Jane Cox writes in the preface, the East End of our great grandparents’ days was another world, and her fascinating and accessible guide to East End ancestry will help you find out about it. She takes readers through the maze of courts and alleys that was the home of their ancestors, bringing to life that vibrant, polyglot society, and describing the many sources researchers can consult – archives, records, books, the internet – in order to discover the lives of individuals who lived in the area or passed through it.

An extensive review of this book can be found at the blog of John D. Reid titled “Anglo-Celtic Connections”.

You can find this extensive review at:

“Tracing Your East End Ancestors” Extensive Book Review

The review includes a short description of the topic of each of the chapters in the book.

For those of you having English ancestral connections, especially to this famous East End area, this is a book to consider to check out from our library.  The Table of Contents consists of the following 9 high-level Chapter titles.  Each chapter is divided into many more smaller descriptive segments of the contents of each chapter far too numerous to detail here:

Chapter 01     –     Our Ancestors in Context: A Summary History of Tower          Hamlets
Chapter 02     –     Research
Chapter 03     –     The Prime Sources
Chapter 04     –     Other Major Sources
Chapter 05     –     Records of Groups
Chapter 06     –     Occupational Groups
Chapter 07     –     The Second World War – the Blitz
Chapter 08     –     The Street/House They Lived In
Chapter 09     –     Maps
Appendix 1     –     The Borough and Administrative Units
Appendix 2     –     Parish Registers
Appendix 3     –     Nonconformist Chapel Registers
Appendix 4     –     Marriage Venues for East Enders
Appendix 5     –     Summary List of Records at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Appendix 6     –     Medieval Ancestors
Appendix 7     –     Select Bibliography
Appendix 8     –     Organizations

You can get the drift of the book’s resources by looking at the high-level chapter titles.  Each chapter is subdivided into about 10 to 15 more categories of the kinds of records you might expect to find to use in your East End genealogical research.

I find that looking through a book like this can be very helpful to identify categories of records to consider that are not as obvious as Census records, Military records, Estate records etc.  How about thinking of such records as Voter records, Hearth Tax records, Apprenticeship System records, Charities and records, Hospital records, Death Duty records, Orphanage records and many more that are not often considered for research.

The author provides great details on the many and varied records that the researcher should consider when researching their East End ancestor.

The call number of this wonderful, current resource to help you research your London ancestor is 929.1 COX, J.  Take a look at it on the shelves of the 2nd floor of our library in the circulating collection.  Consider checking it out after I complete looking through it.  It should be back on the shelves by about December 5, 2011.

Enjoy the new material.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Saturday Morning, January 7, 2012 At 10:00 AM – “Organizing and Writing Your Family History” by Steve Szabados

Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, January 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

Please remember that the society will be meeting on a new day, at a new time and at a new location starting with programs in August 2011.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

The speaker for the morning program will be Steve Szabados.  The speaker will present a program titled “Organizing and Writing Your Family History“.

Researchers can arrive as early as 9:30 AM to have informal conversations and share knowledge and seek research advice.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) January 7, 2012 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Steve Szabados, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library