Monthly Archives: January 2013

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Registered For And Participated In A “LIVE” Genealogically Oriented Online Webinar?” “; “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.

“Have You Ever Registered For And Participated In A “LIVE” Genealogically Oriented Online Webinar?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Webinars are becoming a growing part of advancing your genealogy skills.  Many of us have participated indirectly in these programs by looking at Webinars that are in an archives.  We are lucky when we can find these for the topic of interest to us.  There are plenty of places to find these archived Webinars.  Legacy Family Tree has them.  The Illinois State Genealogical Society has them for their members but not for the general public.  Roots Magic has them.

But I know you can find archived Webinars that are still incredibly informative and educational for us to advance our genealogy skills.

What I want to know is if anyone has actually registered for and participated in the original “LIVE” first time offering of such a Webinar.  These require registration and calendar and time management so that you participate on the day and at the time of the actual event.  There is no margin for error!  It really takes scouting, discipline, time management and other good skills for you to hook up for the live event.

Let me know who of you are at the leading edge in participating in these live events!

I think you are a unique breed of researcher.  Many of us do just look for the archived ones and hope we can access them without necessarily being a member of the organization.  Even these organizations often allow a few “free” ones to view without becoming a member.  Seeing a “free” Webinar at a site that creates them may give us an idea of the quality of the programs being offered.  Once we feel good about that, we might just keep coming back.  Hence, membership to gain access to all Webinars may be just what we want.  Membership does in fact have its rewards!

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

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Been To The Great Lakes Location Of The National Archives In Chicago, IL”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since November 26, 2012.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have ever been to the Great Lakes Location of the National Archives in Chicago, IL.

The results of the poll showed the following from the 52 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 31 responses noted they had been to the facility in Chicago, IL to do their Family History Research (60%) while 21 responses indicated they had not been to the facility to do on-site research in Chicago, IL (40%).

I personally have been to the Chicago, IL location of the Great Lakes location of the National Archives to research family history.  It has been a while since I have been there.  My own thought on the question is that I would have expected more who indicated they have never been there than have been there.  But I think that the 60% who responded they have been to the Great Lakes location of the National Archives  to research was more than I would have guessed.

So there you go.  A little bit more information to file away in your dusty archive vaults to compare your own experience to on researching at the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Archives.

I will say, there were about  the same number of respondents in this just closed poll as there were in the previous poll before this!  Could it be the same interested readers responded to that poll as they did to this just recently closed poll!

I am still looking for a larger response than even that!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 8 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Has Schedule Of Offered Webinars For 2013 At Their Site; Great Way to Learn More About Genealogy As A New Year’s Resolution

Hi Everyone!

Webinars Clip ArtI just came across the 2013 schedule of Webinar classes being offered by the Illinois State Genealogical Society for 2013.

Webinars are a fantastic way to hone your genealogical research skills by hearing about a topic of interest from a well-known genealogist about the topic.

The Webinars are all being offered on the 2nd Tuesday night of the evening starting at 8 PM Central Time.  (Just a side note – The 2nd Tuesday evening of the month is our own monthly scheduled genealogy program at the Schaumburg Township District Library!  Make your choice, I know you will choose wisely!)

The topics on the schedule for 2013 look fascinating with some great presenters being offered through the year.

You do need to register in order to participate.  The Webinars are open to theISGS Logopublic.  You do not need to be a member of the ISGS in order to register or participate for the live Webinar.  As a benefit for members of the ISGS, they can then go into the archive vault to take a look at past Webinars.  Non-members of the ISGS can register for the “live” presentation but cannot go in to the archives to look at the past Webinars.

Here is a link to a PDF from the ISGS where you can look at the scheduled Webinars for 2013 as well as see a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” that pertains to the Webinars.  (The January Webinar has already occurred.):

2013 Webinars Being Offered By The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS)

It is really nice being able to view webinars that are in an archives.  But as you can see, you may want to become a member of ISGS just to be able to access these wonderful learning exercises to increase your genealogy research skills.

The beginning of a new year often brings the commitment to make resolutions to better yourself in the upcoming year.  What better way to do that genealogically speaking than  to make yourself a better genealogist.  These Webinars can certainly help you with that goal.

Check out the topics on the above schedule.  There may be some that are just perfect for you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Have Their Next Meeting/Program On Sunday, February 10, 2013, At 2 PM In Chicago; Program Title Is “Mining For Gold: Online Historical Newspapers” Presented By Robin Seidenberg

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received word from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) that they will be having their next meeting on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 2 PM in Chicago at the Social Hall of the Polish Museum of America located at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, IL.

Robin Seidenberg will present a program titled “Mining for Gold: Online Historical Newspapers”.

Take a look at the following link that provides you with the program notice information that I received from PGSA, along with some other information the society is sharing about its Annual Conference on September 13 and 14, 2013 and the recently published Polish Surnames, 3rd Ed. book:

February 10, 2013 Polish Genealogical Society of America Meeting/Program

Please mark your calendar for this upcoming meeting.  Doing Polish research?  Here is your chance to connect to the PGSA in Chicago and all of the rich historical items that exist within the Polish Museum of America.

Check out this wonderful organization and all that it has to help you in your own Polish research.

Visit the PGSA website to find out all about them and the wonderful resources they have to facilitate your Polish genealogical research.  You can find them at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 2, 2013 At 9:30 AM; “CSI: Cemetery Search And Investigation” By Tina Beaird; PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME FOR THIS PROGRAM

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, February 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM.


The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9:30 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. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Tina Beaird.  The speaker will present a program titled “CSI: Cemetery Search & Investigation.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) February 2, 2013 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Use Geneabloggers To Search For Your Surnames Of Interest Among Over 3,000 Blogs; Comprehensive Search Engine For The Site

Hi Everyone!

Geneabloggers LogoIf you are reading this then you are very aware that my thoughts are contained in a blog post that I author.  Geneabloggers has noted my blog and also has it in its list of what it considers genealogy blogs of note within the Archives and Libraries Category.  There are over 3,000 blogs of note you can look through to find a favorite writer about genealogy issues that you may want to follow.

Thank you Geneabloggers for the recognition!

Geneabloggers is even better than the recognition it provides for this variety of genealogy bloggers.  If you visit the Geneabloggers website at, you will find a very nice tool that will allow you to enter in a surname of interest to you and be able to search that surname among the over 3,000 blogs in the Geneabloggers system with the click of just one “Search” command.

Look for this “tool” on the home page of Geneabloggers at the very top in the right sidebar area.  Look for “Search Your Surnames In Over 3,000 Genealogy Blogs”.  Look right there for the search box.  Enter in your name of interest and see what results you receive.

There may be a blogger out there that you are not aware of or have yet to discover.  Perhaps that blogger is writing about his own research that might overlap with your own.  Perhaps the blogger is writing about a geographic area that matches with your own geographic area of interest.  The point is that this powerful search engine that spans the 3,000 + blogs might actually help you uncover a lead to your own research by discovering a surname in a blog that actually is one you are researching.

It will even discover hits of interest to you that are contained in PDF links within an individual blog post!

This search capability may be of more value to you if the surnames of interest to are more unique than a “Smith” or “Jones”.

You can combine your surname of interest with another search term such as “Kierna and Poland” to narrow down your results even more.  You can use a search term that is not necessarily a Surname.

The key in research is to “discover” as well as “to be discovered”.  Give this nice tool a try if you were not aware of it reaching across over 3,000 genealogy blogs.

Without a doubt, the best place to find something that can help your own research is to tap into information of genealogical interest.  What better place to tap into than 3,000 + blogs all written by someone who certainly has a burning interest in genealogy just as you do!

Now start searching the genealogy blogs at Geneabloggers!

I hope you find your connection within a Geneablogger’s blog!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Casa Italia Chicago Creates New Genealogy Department

Hi Everyone!

Casa Italia Chicago LogoFor those of you that are doing Italian Genealogy research in the Chicago area, I think you will want to take notice of the following piece of information that I received from Jennifer Holik (our guest speaker for our February 12, 2013 genealogy program).

Casa Italia Chicago is a non-profit organization in Stone Park, Illinois, where people meet to pursue common goals, preserve our past, celebrate our heritage and ensure passage of values to future generations. Casa Italia offers a children’s summer camp, Italian language classes, and cultural programs throughout the year.

Take a look at the full press release provided to me by Jennifer that notes the creation of the new Genealogy Department within Casa Italia Chicago.  You can look at the release here:

Casa Italia Chicago Creates New Genealogy Department

It sure sounds like the Italian genealogical research community in our area is really ramping up the resources available to help the Italian Genealogical researcher.

Take a look at the above detailed press release as it may give you some good insight into new things that are taking shape with the formation of this new Genealogy Department.

It also sounds like this new department will be presenting programs of interest to the Italian genealogical researcher in the near future.

Jennifer Holik will be the new Genealogy Department Manager for Casa Italia Chicago.

Check it out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library