Monthly Archives: August 2012

Time For A New Poll; Current Poll On If You Have A Facebook Account Has Run Its Course! – Results Included

Hi Everyone!

I have been looking at the results of the current poll that exists on the blog that has been up there since about June 20, 2012.  I think it is time to end that poll and replace it with a new one.

To date I have received about 59 responses on the poll over about a 7 week appearance on the blog.  That has been a pretty good turnout of responses to a basic question on whether you have an account with Facebook.

Here is what you have said as to whether you have an account with Facebook:

Of the total of 59 respondents, 38 of you have indicated that “Yes” (64.41%) you do have an account with Facebook and 21 of you have indicated “No” (35.59%) that you do not have an account with Facebook.

My own “anecdotal” opinion indicates to me that there are a good number, roughly one-third of you that do genealogy research that do not have a Facebook account.  Sometimes we think that with Facebook being the “in” thing that  80% or 90% of you might have Facebook accounts with few researchers not having an account.  One-third is a pretty high percentage that do not have a Facebook presence with an account!

There can be some good advantages in research to having an account.  You can  place yourself out there in the “ethernet” with the idea that your research will be advanced by “relatives” and “descendants” discovering you on Facebook that you were unaware of.  Once discovered, you can collaborate your research and obtain more information after that than you had before.

I certainly welcome poll suggestions about genealogy from readers of this blog.  Leave a comment on a blog post or use the “Contact” form from the Pages at the top of the blog home page.

Thanks to those that did participate and expressed their views on the most recent poll on having a Facebook account.

Keep watching.  Some new poll will appear soon.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for August 14, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 2012 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 August 2012 Handouts for your convenience:

August 2012 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, August 14, 2012 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

August 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for August 14, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the August 2012 Newsletter for your convenience:

August 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

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, August 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow August 14, 2012

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, August 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

Mike Karsen

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Mike Karsen. Mike will present a program titled “Liven Up Your Family History with Images”.

A professional speaker, Mike Karsen is a member of the Association of  Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and is currently President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. He speaks on family legacy topics locally and nationally, presents conference programs and has presented at Newberry Library and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. Mike is the author of the JewishGen website “Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland” and has published articles on genealogy.

He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics/computer science and a master’s in operations research alongside 30 years in telecommunications management.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any 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 guest speaker’s presentation will start 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

“Union Ridge Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois” Book Has Been Added to Our Library’s Circulating Collection; Published By The Chicago Genealogical Society; Cemetery Is Located At 6700 W. Higgins

Hi Everyone!

Our library has added Union Ridge Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois to our circulating collection.  The book was published by the Chicago Genealogical society in 1995.  It consists of 134 pages.  It was added to our circulating collection in July 2012.  The call number of the book in our library is ILLINOIS COLL 929.3 UNION.  It is available to check out from our library.

The book includes some introductory information about the Norwood Park area of Chicago where the cemetery is located.  There is some good historical information, including historical maps, of the cemetery.  Here are some of the Introductory items contained in the book:

  • Early History of Norwood Park
  • Maps
  • The History of Union Ridge
  • 1941 Map of Union Ridge Area
  • 1917 rules & Regulations of Union Ridge
  • The Reading
  • Some Early Settlers in Cook County, IL
  • Civil War Burials in Union Ridge
  • Photographs
  • Abbreviations

The balance of the book consists of “Chapters” that are really listings of each of the individual sections of the cemetery and the names of those that are buried in those sections.  There is burial name information for the 20 sections enumerated in the book.

The end of the book does contain an all-name index that will point you to where a person is buried.  You do not have to know in advance where a person you seek is buried in order to find the details.  The all-name index will lead you to the correct section.

At the end of the book you will also find the following “chapters’ that have been identified as:

  • Miscellaneous Stones Removed from Graves
  • Danish Old People’s Home Markers
  • Select Bibliography

On a personal level, the book interested me once I saw there was an “Early History of Norwood Park” section.  My aunt was a nun within the Congregation of the Resurrection (C.R.).  The “mother house” of this order was located in Norwood Park on Talcott Avenue.  She was involved as a nun in that area from the 1920s through her death in the 1975 time period.  So for me, I can gain some further insights perhaps about the mother house located in Norwood Park.  If not, I will just know a little bit more of an area that played such a big part in my aunt’s life.

The beauty of books like this is not only the wonderful surname searching capability you can do but also all the little historical tidbits of information you can obtain about the cemetery and the area itself.  You won’t know that is there just by looking at the title.  That is why I feel good being able to note that such historical information is contained in this book over and above the listing of the deceased buried at this cemetery.

A big “thank you” is owed to the Chicago Genealogical Society and many of its members listed in the book that were so instrumental in doing the research at the cemetery, compiling the information on the grave sites and creating the all-name index that makes researching so easy to do.

I may not have anyone in my research that is buried at the cemetery,  but I do note the value of the historical information provided on Norwood Park where my Aunt lived for so much of her life as a nun.

I do hope having this book in our collection can help with someone’s research on those buried at this cemetery.

The book is currently checked out to me.  I should have it back on the shelves by about August 13th.

Enjoy the book and all that it can provide to you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

1940 Census Data Completely Searchable At Ancestry.com; You Will Need To Establish A “Free” Account In Order To Access The Data If You Do Not Have An Account With Them

Hi Everyone!

You can access and search by Surname 100% of the 1940 Census at Ancestry.com.

You can access the material at the following link:

1940 Census Data At Ancestry.com

However, if you have not been looking at the data at Ancestry.com, you do need to establish a “free” account at Ancestry.com in order to actually use the 1940 Census if you currently do not have an account with Ancestry.com.  If you have any “qualms” about sharing anything with Ancestry.com then you will want to take a good look at the Privacy Policy at the Ancestry.com 1940 Census data site.

Here is what you will see when you try to access the 1940 Census data at Ancestry.com and you do not have an account with them:

Ancestry.com “Free” Account Page To Access 1940 Census Data

For many of us, we already have an account with Ancestry.com and are familiar with accessing their data and providing information about ourselves.

If you want 100% access to Surname searching the 1940 Census now, then tap into the “free” account with Ancestry.com if you do not have an account.

Or if you can wait a little bit longer and do not want to share anything with Ancestry.com, then FamilySearch will have 100% of the 1940 Census data available in about 2 weeks.  You do not need to establish any kind of account with FamilySearch in order to access the 1940 Census data.

Loosen up your fingers.  Do some finger-stretching.

Now is your time to dig into the 1940 Census, 100% Surname Searchable, at Ancestry.com.

Enjoy.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

FamilySearch Has Completed Indexing The 1940 Census; 13 States Are Awaiting Finalization Before Being Open To Surname Searching; All Data Should Be Surname Searchable Within A Few Weeks

Hi Everyone!

I just took another look at FamilySearch and the 1940 Census data.

There is a big CONGRATULATIONS posted at the site indicating that the indexing part of the project is complete.  However, you cannot Surname search the data completely as of yet.  There are 13 states that are indicated as still being finalized for Surname searching.  You can look at all of the 1940 Census images for all of the states but they are finalizing 13 states before surname searching capability will be completed for all the states.

Here are the 13 states at FamilySearch for which you cannot yet search by Surname:

  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

All of the above should be able to be searched by surname within a couple of weeks.

Keep checking back at FamilySearch as each of the remaining 13 states will be finalized over the next two weeks.  You can visit the site and keep yourself up to date on the status at:

1940 Census Indexing Project At FamilySearch

If you have ancestors in the other searchable states then by all means have at it!!

For many of us the wait will still last just a wee bit longer before we can have at it into the states listed above via FamilySearch.

When you access FamilySearch for the 1940 Census data, you do not have to sign in to create an account in order to search.  The data is free from the get go to whoever accesses the material, so far many of you the wait is not a problem.

It does seem remarkable that such an incredible number of records has been indexed in such a short time.  Congratulations to all of the indexers that helped make this fete possible.  Congratulations to all of the arbitrators that helped make this fete possible.  Congratulations to FamilySearch on a job well done!

Enjoy searching the 1940 Census at FamilySearch for the 37 states that are fully Surname searchable.  Here is wishing all of you the best of luck in discovering your 1940 ancestors.  You may wind up with more questions than answers as I have!  But then again it is the thrill of the hunt.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Saturday Morning, September 8, 2012 At 10:00 AM; “Write Your Family History NOW!” by Mike Karsen

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, September 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, September 8, 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 Mike Karsen.  The speaker will present a program titled “Write Your Family History NOW!.

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) September 8, 2012 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening August 14, 2012 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, August 14, 2012:

Mike Karsen

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Mike Karsen. Mike will present a program titled “Liven Up Your Family History with Images”.A professional speaker, Mike Karsen is a member of the Association of  Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and is currently President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. He speaks on family legacy topics locally and nationally, presents conference programs and has presented at Newberry Library and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. Mike is the author of the JewishGen website “Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland” and has published articles on genealogy.
 
 He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics/computer science and a master’s in operations research alongside 30 years in telecommunications management.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any 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 guest speaker’s presentation will start 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

We Have Added “Chicago Cemetery Records 1847-1863: Sexton’s Reports And Certificates, Treasurer Receipts, Deeds, And Undertakers’ Reports” To Our Circulating Collection; Book Was Created By The Chicago Genealogical Society

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that we have added “Chicago Cemetery Records 1847-1863: Sexton’s Reports And Certificates, Treasurer Receipts, Deeds, And Undertakers’ Reports” to our circulating collection.

The book was published by the Chicago Genealogical Society in 2008.

The call number for the book in our library is ILLINOIS COLL 929.3 CHICAGO.

You can find it on the 2nd floor of our library in the Illinois Collection.  It will be available to check out and review at home.

Here is a description of the book that exists on the website of the Chicago Genealogical Society:

“Chicago Cemetery Records 1847-1863: sexton’s reports and certificates, treasurer receipts, deeds, and undertakers’ reports. (hardcover).
Between 1842 and 1866 the city of Chicago owned and operated the Chicago City Cemetery near Clark Street and North Avenue, now the site of Lincoln Park. The sale of lots was a major revenue source for the city. Monthly reports were filed with the Committee on Wharves & Public Grounds. These reports included the amount of the sale, the purchaser, and the location of the lot. Undertakers were required to file reports in 1863. Among the information in these reports was the name of the decedent, the day of death, age, residence, cause of death, and place of birth. This publication includes transcriptions of the records, maps, an index of names, Oak Woods Cemetery removals, and old Catholic cemetery records.”

The book does contain an all-name index that points the researcher to what page in the book the name occurs and with what category of record the name is associated with.

Many of us that live out in the Chicago suburbs may have an ancestral connection to the City of Chicago.  This book can be of use and value to the researcher residing in the suburbs but researching Chicago ancestry.

The book also serves a value as showing what amounts to be pre-1871 Chicago Fire records of events that may have been lost through the fire itself.  It can be of great help to the researcher having pre-Chicago Fire ancestral connections.

I also noticed a blog post about the book from Cynthia at ChicagoGenealogy.blogspot.com that contained much of the title and chapter information that showed samples of the entries of information you will encounter.  You can take a look at this online information about the book at:

ChicagoGenealogy Blog Post Describing The Book

I am currently looking through the book right now that is checked out to me.  It should be on our shelves available for checkout by August 6, 2012.

Look for after that date.  I am glad we have been able to add this book to our collection.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library