Monthly Archives: June 2012

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Announces Its Genealogy Programs for 2012-2013; View The Schedule From The Embedded PDF

Hi Everyone!

I just received a notice from the DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) announcing their genealogy program schedule for September 2012 through May 2013.  Included in the announced schedule is also high-level information about the society’s Annual conference that will take place in February 2013.

The “Dog Days” of Summer appear to already be here in June, so why not take the time to review their schedule of the upcoming programs for 2012-2013 and see what is of interest to you during the “cooler” months of the year.

You can view their upcoming schedule on the following embedded link to a PDF  at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Genealogy Program Schedule For 2012-2013

Also, just visit the DCGS website to see what they are all about and what nice resources they have at their site for you to discover.  If you have any DuPage County, IL ancestral connection, you may want to consider joining the society to access even more resources through the society’s site.  You can visit the DCGS web site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society

Cool down a little, plan your genealogy program attendance at DCGS starting in September 2012.

They have many interesting programs on their schedule.  Increase your genealogy knowledge and skills.  Attend one of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Nice Insights Into Using Google Even More Powerfully For Your Genealogy Research

Hi Everyone!

One of my colleague librarians shared a link with me to an article about how to use Google in an even more powerful way than we think we may already do.

There is even a teaser puzzle at the beginning of the article that on the surface we would think would have no way to solve it.  Yet, not only is there a solution to the puzzle, but someone from Google shares insights into how the puzzle can be solved using Google!

Google is the Go To Tool of the Genealogist!

Why not take a look at the article to see if you are using Google in the most effective manner possible to provide you with good, meaningful genealogy searches.

See if you are familiar with all of the powerful capabilities of Google mentioned in the article.

Take a look at the full article at the following link:

Daniel Russell’s Awesome Google Search Techniques

Enjoy the article and see how your skills and techniques with Google stack up.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 25, 2012 Genealogy Program Being Offered By The Nordic Family Genealogy Center; “Google For Genealogists” By Thomas MacEntee; Program Will Take Place At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone!

I just received notice from the Swedish American Museum located in Chicago, IL that the Nordic Family Genealogy Center will be offering a Genealogy Program on Saturday, August 25, 2012 titled “Google for Genealogists”.  The speaker for the program will be Thomas, MacEntee.

Registration for the program will occur at 10:15 AM on the day of the program.  The program itself will start at 10:30 AM and will last until 12:00 Noon.

Interested participants are being asked to contact the Swedish American Museum at 773-728-8111 to make a reservation to attend the program.

The program cost is free to Museum and Nordic Family Genealogy members.  Non-members can also attend for a $10 fee.

Please look at the following PDF flyer for more details of the program.

August 25, 2012 “Google For Genealogists” Program Offered By The Nordic Family Genealogy Center

You can also visit the web site for Nordic Family Genealogy Center as part of the Swedish American Museum at:

Nordic Family Genealogy Center/Swedish American Museum

Mark your calendars for this upcoming event at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Elgin Genealogical Society And Their 1940 Census Transcription “Parties”; Consider Transcribing Data At A “Party” And Not Alone!

Hi Everyone!

I received an e-mail from the Elgin Genealogical Society that conveyed some interesting information on their approach as a society to be involved in the 1940 Census Indexing effort that is taking place around the world at this time.

Unfortunately, I was unable to post this in advance of their most recent “party” that just took place on last Wednesday evening, June 20, 2012.

However, they are still busily engaged in indexing the 1940 Census so the following overview of their effort can still allow you to contact them and offer your services at any future indexing “parties” the society will have.

What follows after the separator line in Italics is the text of the e-mail I received from describing their efforts:


Hi All,

 I can’t remember when I’ve had such a good time working with a group of people as I had yesterday morning. We met at Gail Borden for our first indexing party and, I think, fun was had by all. I know I had a great time.

 We went through the process of getting started, from setting up a family search account to indexing a page from the 1940 census and everyone had success. The more experienced indexers were more than happy to help the newbies and it’s always nice to have someone around when you have a question.

 If you’ve thought about getting involved with the indexing but have been reluctant to try it on your own, now’s you chance to jump in!! We’d love to have you come to our next party.  (If you’ll be setting up a family search account at the party, you’ll need to access your email account to accept an activation email, so be sure to remember or bring the username and password for your email account.)

 The party will be held at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove, in Elgin from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the computer class room. You’re welcome to use the computers in the class or bring your own laptop. All levels of indexers are welcome!!

 Since we started in April the ISGS group (EGS is working within this group) has indexed 226,042 names and arbitrated 44,703 and Illinois is now 38% complete. We still have a lot of work ahead but we’ve come a long way so far.

 If you are not in the area and want to help out, drop me a note and I can email you the instructions so we can get Illinois indexed quickly.

 Come along and join us in this important effort.

 Sincerely, Becky


Becky Higgins is the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) 1940 Census Indexing Administrator working within her own genealogical society which she is a member, the Elgin Genealogical Society.  She even asked me to share her e-mail address if anyone wants to contact her directly to find out more about all the fun and indexing “parties” that are taking place out in Elgin, IL.

Becky can be reached at

You can also visit the website of the Elgin Genealogical Society to find out information about them as a society at:

Elgin Genealogical Society

It really is amazing about what is taking place with the indexing of the 1940 Census and the creative ways in which it is occurring.

While you may have missed the opportunity to “party” at the last session, contact Becky Higgins to find out more about what will be happening in the future regarding any more indexing “parties” that will be held by the society in Elgin, IL.

Congratulations to the society and the creative ways they have devised to make indexing the 1940 Census a lot more fun!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Some Interesting Statistics On The Use Of The Internet, E-Mail, Social Media And Cell Phones By Senior Citizens; How Do You Compare?

Hi Everyone!

One of our Reference Librarians here made me aware of a very interesting Internet site that is put together by the Pew Internet Organization.  This group does frequent surveys on a variety of topics.  This particular survey caught my attention because it focused on statistical results generated by Senior Citizens and their Internet/E-Mail/Social Media/Cell Phone usage and habits.

Here is a short summary of some of the highlights of the findings of the survey:

Older Adults and Internet Use – from Pew Internet & American Life Project. As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email.  As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, email use continues to be the bedrock of online communications for seniors. As of August 2011, 86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day. A growing share of seniors own a cell phone. Some 69% of adults ages 65 and older report that they have a mobile phone, up from 57% in May 2010. Report also compares usage in various age groups.

You can visit the following web site for even more details of the actual survey itself:

Pew Internet and American Life Project (Older Adults and Internet Use)

I find these studies fascinating because I like to compare the results obtained in the studies to my own personal habits as they apply to my Internet activity, E-mail activity and the like.

How do you compare?  Similarly or just the opposite?

While this is not directly related to genealogy, in  a way it is because our research efforts are often so dependent on our Internet access to find answers to our own research.  Social Media use, Cell Phone use and E-Mail use are key ingredients today in our genealogy research efforts.

Check out the above link to the full survey to see how your own habits fit in with the results of this interesting study.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DVD Recordings Of Our Genealogy Programs From February 2012 And April 2012 Have Been Added To Our Library’s Audio Visual Collection; You Can Check These Out For Home Viewing

Hi Everyone!

For those that have been recently attending our monthly genealogy programs since February 2012, you may have noticed that I have been in the back of the room with our library’s camcorder recording the programs of our speakers.  I have started doing this, when permission is given to me by our speaker, so that the program can be recorded, transferred to a DVD and then made available to check out from our library as a DVD for viewing at home.

So if you were unable to attend one of our genealogy speaker programs from February 2012 going forward, there is a good chance that the program will have been recorded for you to view at home and catch up on the material presented by the speaker.  Or perhaps you did attend the program but may have missed a critical point emphasized by the speaker.  Now you have the chance to view an “encore” performance of the program in the comfort of your home.  You can “rewind” and “replay” key points made by the speaker over and over.

The program presented by Craig Pfannkuche on February 14, 2012 titled “Using Railroad Records in Your Family History Research” is now available as a DVD to check out from our Audio Visual (AV) circulating collection.  The call number of this DVD is:

DVD 929.1072 PFA

The program presented by Paul Milner on April 10, 2012 titled “Making Sense of the English Census” is now available as a DVD to check out from our Audio Visual (AV) circulating collection.  The call number of this DVD is:

DVD 929.3 MIL

I plan on making future recordings as long as I have the permission of the speaker to do so for a particular program.

I currently have the most recent speaker program that was held on May 8, 2012 from Kathryn Barrett titled “Military Records” in the process of being added to our AV circulating collection.  I will let our readers know when this DVD is available in our library to check out.

I hope this availability of these recorded programs for checkout will further assist you in advancing your genealogy research skills by affording you the opportunity to see programs that you may have missed or that you simply want to see again.

Enjoy these new DVDs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Do You Have A Facebook Account?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

This time I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Do You Have A Facebook Account?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Facebook is such a world-renowned Social Media platform that can serve as a connecting point for many genealogists doing research.  So I wanted to see how many of the readers of the blog have an account on Facebook.

One would think that just about everyone is on Facebook.  Let us see what the readers of the blog say as to their own participation on Facebook with an account they set up.

Facebook can be that perfect point where family connect.  Genealogists can connect.  Collaborators on Family History can connect.  New, undiscovered descendants can connect to someone actively researching a particular family line.  Facebook provides a great tool for the Family Historian to expand their research simply by allowing a meeting of the minds full of family knowledge to connect and share.

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library