Monthly Archives: December 2012

December 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for December 11, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

December 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, December 11, 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

December 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for December 11, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the December 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 December 2012 Newsletter for your convenience:

December 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, December 11, 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 December 11, 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, December 11, 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:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 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 and a “new” breakout group at which those that have actually created a Family History Book or Report can share with others at the table how they went about doing that.  In order to make this new table successful I am in need of those that have created a Family History Book to attend this program and be willing to share their successes with others in a small group setting.  We are going to give this new “table” a try and see if we can make it work over time.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance.  Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

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 DVD Collection Of Our Recorded Speaker Genealogy Programs Is Growing; We Now Have 5 DVDs You Can Check Out If You Missed The Program

Hi Everyone!

DVD Clip ArtThis is just a reminder to make you aware of a growing resource we are adding to our DVD collection on the 1st floor of our library.

You may be aware if you have attended any of our library’s monthly genealogy programs that when we have a speaker that you often see me in the back of the room videotaping the speaker’s program.  We just started doing this in February 2012.

A big thank you to all of the speakers we have had in 2012 that have allowed me to videotape the program in order to create a DVD and add that into our DVD collection.  The speaker does not have to allow me to videotape the program.  So far, all of the speakers for 2012 have given me permission to videotape the program!!  This means that you can check out the DVD from our collection to view at home if you missed the program or if the topic is one that interests you.

You can find these DVDs in our collection by searching our library catalog using the search words “genealogy program”.  You will find these videotaped programs in the list of hits returned from the search.  If you click on the title of the returned hit and then click on the link for “catalog record”, you will see more details for the program such as the date the program was recorded, the length in time of the recorded program,  and my name “Anthony H. Kierna” should be shown as the one that videotaped the program.

So far we have 5 programs recorded that are available for you to check out from our library for viewing at home on DVD.  One additional recorded program from November 13, 2012 is in the “pipeline” being cataloged.

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.

So if you routinely attend our monthly genealogy program but happened to miss one this year, chances are good it is one in the list above.   You can now check it out for an “encore” presentation in your own home.

Or if the title just sounds like a good one even if you have never attended our program, then by all means it is now available for you to check it out and view at home on DVD.

I am so glad I have been able to make these recordings and then make them available via DVD to check out and view at home.

Take advantage of this additional resource to advance your own research by viewing, or re-viewing, a program presented by one of our genealogy speakers.

Even if you attended the program yourself in person, perhaps you might have missed an important point.  Here is your chance to view it again and hear the major points again.  I sometimes find hearing it a second time is when you clarify something you may not have understood the first time in person.  You can always rewind back to look again!

Enjoy the DVDs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Has Added “Polish Surnames: Origins And Meanings, 3rd Ed.” To Our Reference Collection; Wonderful Resource To Discover Origin And Meaning Of Polish Surnames

Book Stack Clip ArtHi Everyone!

I have added to our library’s Reference Collection a new updated resource to help Polish genealogical researchers uncover much about the origins and meanings of the Polish surnames they are researching.  We have had the 2nd edition in our collection for some time now.  The author, William F. Hoffman, has chosen to update the book with a brand new 3rd Edition.

This is not a small update to this wonderful work.  This is now a 2 volume set.  Volume I consists of 247 pages.  Volume II consists of 935 pages.  Volume I includes history of surname development, typical name origins, name suffixes and more.  Volume II, arranged by root names, offers translations, derivations, data on the number of Polish citizens bearing each name and more.

You can now browse through this wonderful work to see what is the meaning of your Polish surname.  For myself, the name KIERNA , has a meaning of “butter dish”.  The book also notes there are 31 Polish citizens living in Poland with that name, almost all are located in one Province.  That province is the province of origin for my great-grandfather.  One of his children was the only one that stayed in Poland.  His descendants are in fact those that now comprise the 31 living Poles in Poland with the name KIERNA.

This 2 volume set iPGSA Logo Clip Arts hot off the press as they say!  I was able to receive this newly published work on November 11, 2012 when we hosted a meeting of the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) at our library.  They were kind enough to bring a copy for me knowing that I would want to add it to our collection and remove the older edition from our shelves.

The books now reside on the 2nd floor of our library on the Reference shelves.  The call numbers of the books are R 929.42 HOFFMAN, W V. 1 and R 929.42 HOFFMAN, W V. 2.

This newly published work can also be purchased for your own personal use directly from the PGSA whether you are a member of their organization or not.  If you are not a member, the cost may be slightly higher for you to purchase.  You can link directly to the PGSA Store to find out more details about purchasing the book for your own personal library.  You can connect to them at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Store

Here is a PDF description file of the work from the PGSA that you can look at for more detailed description of the what the books are all about:

Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, 3rd Ed. By William F. Hoffman

If you have any interest in Polish research, then this is a must-see book.  The older edition was one of the first genealogical resources I ever looked into when I started doing genealogy.  Just out of simple curiosity I wanted to see if my name was in the book.  And so my first discovery in genealogy was made when I saw that my name had a meaning of “butter dish”.

Who would have thought??

It is the discovery of these kinds of information that stirs us up to go even farther into research on our family history.

If you are in our library and have an interest in discovering the origin and meaning of Polish surnames, then stop by our Reference shelves and take a look at this wonderful work.

Who knows what you will discover about that Polish surname of interest to you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening December 11, 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, December 11, 2012:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 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 and a “new” breakout group at which those that have actually created a Family History Book or Report can share with others at the table how they went about doing that.  In order to make this new table successful I am in need of those that have created a Family History Book attend this program and be willing to share their successes with others in a small group setting.  We are going to give this new “table” a try and see if we can make it work over time.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance.  Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research. 

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

National Genealogical Society 2013 Annual Conference Brochure And Program Information Available; May 8-11, 2013 In Las Vegas, Nevada; “Building New Bridges”

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

Next year’s program is scheduled for May 8, 2013 through May 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.  And bring plenty of money if you like to gamble as a diversion in between attending the sessions of the NGS Annual Conference!

You can view the full-color 16 page registration brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

Also just visit the main NGS website to take a look at much more information and material that they have at the site.  There is much more information about this conference available through their main website.  Browse their site and see what other great resources they may have available online that can help you in your own research efforts.

You can visit their main website at www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

NGS Logo Clip ArtThis brochure is one that in the past I would have made a copy for distribution to our genealogy program  participants.  However, now that I am writing this blog, it is more appropriate to direct you to the National Genealogical Society website directly for you to take a look at their full 16 page color brochure they have put together.

The above link will take you directly to this 16 page incredible brochure.

Even if you do not go to this program or another one down the road, I always recommend that you should take a look at the variety of programs being offered.  You may very well find a program with a great speaker that fits right in with your own research aspirations.  You will then possibly have a contact to make with the speaker to see if they can help answer a question you may have on the genealogical topic of interest.

Also take a look at the long list of world-renowned genealogical speakers that are in the brochure.

These are the best of the best!

Your paths may cross with them through material they may have already published.  Some may even be local to our own area.  Some may very well be speakers we have had at our library offering some great genealogical programs for you to learn from!

Take a look through the brochure to gain a sense of magnitude of what a national genealogical conference looks like.  It is amazing.  These conference are often attended by anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 fellow researchers.  Vendors are also present selling their wares.

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out the brochure.  Check out the NGS Program.  Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library