Monthly Archives: December 2012

Our November 13, 2012 Genealogy Program Is Now Available On DVD To Check Out And View At Home

Hi Everyone,

DVD Clip ArtOur November 13, 2012 Genealogy Program is now available as a DVD to check out and view at home if you missed the program or would like to see an “encore” presentation.

The program was titled “The “New” FamilySearch”.  It was presented by Maureen Brady.

These DVD recordings would not be available without the kind graciousness of our speakers that have given me permission to record the program and add it to our collection.  Again, a big “Thank You” to our speakers!

The call number of this newly added DVD Genealogy Program recording is DVD 929.10285 NEW.  It was recorded by me on November 13, 2012.  It is 1 hour and 34 minutes in length.  You will find this and our other recordings on the 1st floor of our library in our DVD collection.  Feel free to ask our AV Staff on the 1st floor for any help you may need to find this material for you to check out and view it at home.  They will be more than glad to assist you.

This DVD now makes 6 that we have in our collection that represents the video recording of our monthly Genealogy Programs when we have a guest speaker.

The other 5 DVDs I noted from a previous posting are:


Here is a summary of what is in our library to check out in case you missed the program and would like to see it:

  • Using Railroad Records in Your Family History Research” by Craig Pfannkuche.  Recorded on February 14, 2012.  1 Hour 13 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.1072 USI.
  • Making Sense of the English Census” by Paul Milner.  Recorded on April 10, 2012.  1 Hour 12 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.3 MIL.
  • Military Records” by Kathryn Barrett.  Recorded on May 8, 2012.  1 Hour 22 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.3 MIL.
  • Hiring A Professional Genealogist” by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.  Recorded on July 10, 2012.  1 Hour 44 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.1072 HIR.
  • Organize and Share Your Family History” by Steve Szabados.  Recorded on October 9, 2012.  1 Hour 20 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.20973 ORG.


Enjoy all of our recordings, especially the one we have just added from Maureen Brady’s presentation on November 13, 2012.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference to Take Place on Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind every one of the upcoming 38th Annual Conference that is held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL from 8 AM until about 4 PM.  At 8 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered, have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 3 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “Discovering America’s Early Roots”.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own programs and have provided those in attendance with a paper handout of the conference details.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:


  • 2013 Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Program Guide


At their site in the above link you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the Hilton Garden Inn and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Vendor Information
  • Other Societies Information
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:30 PM and one at 3 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 3 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear four unique programs among the 12 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Jeanne Larzalere Bloom
  • Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck
  • Billy Stone Fogarty
  • Jennifer Holik

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.

I attended this conference in February 2012 as a walk-in.  The 2012 program was one of the largest in attendance for the society.  I was actually nervous that I would not get in as a walk-in!  (I made it,  otherwise I would not be telling you about my attendance!)  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the link I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear four presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flys.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Take Advantage of Holiday Family Gatherings as the Family Historian (Originally Posted in November 2009)

Hi Everyone!

Chistmas Holiday Clip ArtNow that the holidays are upon us again, I wanted to re-post a blog entry I made in November 2009 (actually one of my first posts to the new blog at that time) because the holiday times and family gatherings provide the perfect opportunity to the family historian to share previously researched information and also to gather new information to compile into the family history.

What follows in Bold and Italics is the post I published back in 2009.  The message to family historians is as important today as it was then.  Take a look at the message and take advantage of your time with family during the holidays of 2012-2013.


The Holiday Season is one of the best times of the year to move your genealogy research forward!  You are circled by family members who may be very interested to know of your research.  Not only can you share what you have discovered but you may have willing family members that can’t help but share more with you during this season of sharing!

Now is the time that family members will really see how serious you take your family research.  They may not open up to you as a willing participant at this time.  But you may have planted the seed in their mind that will come to grow at a future date when their assistance will become invaluable.

Bring some copies of research documents you may have uncovered to date as well as copies of pictures to share with the family members present at the gathering.  Keep the originals at home for safety and security!  If you have digitized your discoveries as .JPG images then bring your laptop with the data or your netbook if you have one that contains the images.  Even having the images on a flash drive will help because you can plug that into a computer that may exist in the house.  Even new HDTV sets often have a USB connection to the HDTV that you can plug into.  You can then look at the images on the TV screen!

What a great time to share family information as well as to gather more if you can.  Bring a digital recorder or a camcorder with to document the new information family members will be willing to share.  Don’t leave all of the stories to your memories.  Get the stories in the voice of the original provider for further analysis down the road.  Ask their permission to audio or videotape what they have to say.  Respect their wishes if they choose not to be recorded.  Then take notes.

Always remember to be a good guest if you are visiting.  It is the Holiday Season after all and not necessarily a genealogical convention!  Don’t make yourself a genealogical nuisance at this time but see if you can arrange a time in the future to revisit with key family members to obtain further information in a non-holiday pressured setting.

Share your family history stories and research.

Keep an ear open for other family history stories.

Plant those seeds among family members for future help.

But most importantly, enjoy your family during this Holiday Season!


Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post: Check This Blog During the Winter Months In Case Bad Weather Forces Us To Cancel A Genealogy Program; I Would Post That Cancellation Notice Here

Hi Everyone!

Winter Weather Clip ArtI just wanted to remind readers of this blog, especially those of you that often attend our monthly Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL), that I would post a notice here if a Genealogy Program on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month would have to be cancelled due to bad, wintry weather.

A few cancellations have happened in the recent past and I believe posting the cancellation of that program in this blog proved helpful and beneficial to those who thought of coming out on a bad wintry night.  I believe that our most recent cancellation of our genealogy program was in February 2010 just a few months after I started this blog.

It does not happen often but this blog can easily get the word out that a genealogy program is being cancelled due to inclement weather.

So far the December 2012 program was completed with flying colors weather-speaking.  The 2012-2013 winter season has been unbelievably mild so far as of this writing.  Perhaps the January and February programs will occur in routine manner should our winter continue along its mild course.

But I also believe in Karma and realize we have had an exceptionally good November and December for weather and the “weather gods” have their way of “pay back”.  Whatever the “weather gods” do for our program nights, I can get the word out via the blog that we may be a “no go”.

So keep checking back here especially on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month if you may be planning on attending our genealogy program.  If the weather is dicey and we cancel the program, you will hear it here!

Let’s hope I have not jinxed anything weather-wise for our upcoming January 8, 2013 by talking about problematic weather in this post!

See you on January 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the main library building for our next program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in LaGrange, Illinois

Hi Everyone!

CSAGSI (Czech) LogoI just received a notice from the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) of an upcoming program they will be having very soon.  The program will occur on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, Illinois.  The church is located at 150 S. Ashland Rd. in LaGrange, IL.

The topic of the program is “Keeping Track of People: The 1940 Census”.  The speaker for the program will be Jane Haldeman, President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Please look at the attached link for all of the details regarding the program:

CSAGSI January 26, 2013 Program Notice

Mark the date and location down on your calendars.  For those doing Czech and Slovak research, you may want to connect with fellow researchers at this program.  The above program notice has other information about the society, the program and the program location.

Admission is free.  You do not have to be a member of the society to attend.

Check it out.

You can visit the web page of the society to obtain information and resources available from the society for interested Czech researchers at:


Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FamilySearch Continental Europe Databases By Country Listing How Many Databases Available For That Country

Hi Everyone, LogoI was just browsing through some of the databases at FamilySearch located in their category of what they call “Continental Europe”.  I was personally looking to see what new additions might have occurred specifically for Poland.

No luck!  The same 2 databases now as when I last looked.

However, I did want to make note to you of some of the countries that are being shown by FamilySearch as well as the number of databases they have for each of the identified countries.

While I was disappointed with the small number for Poland, I was amazed to see that Italy led the way with 89 databases online for that country.  2nd most was for Germany with 40.  3rd most was for Spain with 38.  Portugal and Sweden each had 27.

If any of you have ancestral connections to these countries it really helps to become familiar with what the databases are for these countries.  Perhaps there is something among the databases that zeroes in right on your geographic area of research interest.  You will not know unless you keep revisiting and seeing what is available to use.

What follows after the separator line in Italics is the list of the Continental European countries having databases for you to access at FamilySearch:


Continental Europe (321)


Like Murphy’s Law, the country of interest to you will probably have the least number of databases, while the country you did not even know exists has a large number!!  Good old Murphy strikes again!

Remember, some of the databases of interest to you may be 100% indexed with images.  Some may be 100% indexed without indexes.  Some may not be indexed at all but may have indexes for you to browse through.

Clicking on the links to the country will take you to the databases in FamilySearch for more detailed information that may be of interest to you.

Oh well, I sure know what my Christmas wish would be.  More databases for Poland!

Maybe next time I revisit.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Mobile App Now Available For Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

STDL ImageOur library has announced that we now have a Mobile App that is available for you to add to your Android devices, iOS iPad and iPhone devices, Blackberry and Windows Mobile as a mobile site.

What follows after the separator line is the announcement we are using.

I wanted to share this information with our readers so you can now be fully connected to our library from all of your mobile devices.

Here is the announcement in Italics:


A mobile app for the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL) is now available. The app, which is compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices, can be downloaded at STDL Mobile App.

With the new app, library users can access their account to check due dates and renew items, search the catalog and place holds, and download eBooks or eAudiobooks directly to a smartphone or tablet. It also allows users to easily get library hours, locations and directions, ask a librarian for help, check the library’s schedule of events, and connect with the library on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

The STDL app is also available for Blackberry, Windows Mobile and as a mobile site.

Find out more about the mobile app and other library services and programs at


Enjoy being connected to us even more!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library