Monthly Archives: February 2013

RootsTech 2013 Will Take Place March 21 – 23, 2013 In Salt Lake City, UT; See What It Is All About By Viewing Selected Videos From The 2012 Conference On Various Programs; Video Quality Is Excellent; “Big Picture View” Of Technology/Genealogy

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech LogoJust a reminder that the 2013 version of RootsTech will take place on March 21 to March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, UT.

This has proven to be  a wildly successful major genealogical conference that brings together genealogy researchers and genealogy software developers under one roof.

You can view their website for information about this 2013 RootsTech Conference at:


If you want to know more about what RootsTech in general is all about, visit the following link to a series of 14 Videos produced by RootsTech from their 2012 program.   These are videos of stunning quality!  I think you may want to look at what the videos showcase about what RootsTech is all about.  They may not all be at a very specific research level, they are often at a “larger view” of what technical developments are occurring that connect to genealogical research.

You can really get the “big picture” by looking at any one of the videos.

Take a look at these videos at:

2012 RootsTech Videos

Enjoy the 2012 videos.

Consider going to Salt Lake City, UT to connect with the soon to take place 2013 version of RootsTech!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


It Appears “Who Do You Think You Are?” Will Be Resurrected On The Learning Channel (TLC); Dick Eastman Has A Post About The Re-Birth!

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?It does appear that all good things do come to those that are patient.

I hope you are missing the TV Genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” as much as I am.  This is the time of the season when the episodes were formerly broadcast on NBC before it cancelled the show in May 2012.

Rumors abounded late last year that the show would find a new home on another network.  We all hoped.  But those hopes were dashed.  No new episodes.  No new network.

However, Dick Eastman has a post in his online newsletter that seems to indicate with more certainty than before that the show will see the light of day.  He bases this on the connection of some filming taking place that highlights singer Kelly Clarkson’s ancestral connections.  This is good.  That means new episodes are being created for future airing.

Dick’s post even mentions that it is definitely The Learning Channel (TLC) that will be carrying the episodes.

No air dates are mentioned at this time.  But at least this is positive news.

Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s blog post that makes note of this developing story:

Dick Eastman February 25, 2013 Post Indicating the Return of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

This is great news for all of us that have missed this wonderful and informative program!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy CoordinatorSchaumburg Township District Library

Personal Digital Scanning Tips From The National Archives; Concise And Helpful Guide To Answer Your Questions About Scanning Your Personal Photos

Hi Everyone!

National Archives LogoSometimes knowing what to do with our genealogically valuable photographs is problematic.  We know we need to digitize them, but it can be a daunting task.  Sometimes you just throw a picture on the scanner and know enough to hit the “scan” button or the scan command.  Sure it may give you a digitized image but is it the right way to go using default settings?

I did come across a very nice, informative and concise guide that may help you in your own personal digitization project of scanning your own genealogically valuable photos.  It is about 2 pages in length and sheds light on the mysteries that surrounds the scanning process.  It even touches bases on how to digitize slides.

The guide was put together from our own United States National Archives.

If you are about to embark on digitizing your genealogical photos then you will definitely want to take a look at this guide.  If you want to digitize correctly the first time around then this guide is definitely for you.  Nothing worse than digitizing a 100 pictures only to realize you could have done it better from the start!

If you have already digitized your own photos, take a look at the guide to see if you can improve even more if you will be doing more scanning in the future.

Take a look at the following link that will get you to a PDF guide on digitizing your photos:

National Archives Digitization Scanning Guide

The more we know about correct scanning, file creation and archiving of this data, the better will be able to use it and share it with our other cousins!

In fact, here is another link to the National Archives that is specific to their “Preservation” page from their website.  There are many tips among a variety of media that you may have in your own collection for which you can preserve the media.  Visit the National Archives “Preservation” page at:

United States National Archives “Preservation” Page

I hope the above clarifies the scanning process for you as well as giving you some insights into the preservation process from the National Archives.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

We Have Received Some Recent And Older Genealogical Journals That We Can Add To Our “Freebies” Basket For Our Monthly Genealogy Program; A Big Thank You To Jennifer Holik, Our Recent Speaker, For Bringing The Materials; Inventory Of These Materials Included In This Post

Hi Everyone!

Stack of MagazinesWhen we have our monthly genealogy program at the library, I often put out a basket that contains old journals, book advertisements and the like that allows the participant to browse through the material and take whatever catches their interest.  That is why we call it our “freebies” basket.

Perhaps we had an older edition of the journal Ancestry.  Or maybe we even had some older versions of Heritage Quest.  Maybe even some older versions of Internet Genealogy or the like.  Perhaps the participant was not aware of these journals or items and might want to actually read through one to gauge what it is or was about.  Maybe that would trigger the participant to subscribe to a current journal or look in our collection for past issues to read.  This basket offered the opportunity to find material like this that you were welcome to take and become familiar with.

The basket over the last year has looked a little empty and undernourished!!

Translation:  We were not getting any new material given to us to showcase in the basket!

Jennifer Holik, our recent guest speaker for our February 12, 2013 Genealogy Program brought a large, heavy box of new material that we can now feed to our undernourished “Freebies” basket.

Jennifer, I don’t know how you carried it from your car and delivered it to our 2nd floor meeting room.  Man, that was heavy!!

You truly are skilled in the intelligentsia of genealogy as well as the physicality of genealogy to lug that box of material as far as you did!

We offer you a big “Thank You” for giving us this material to share and recycle to other genealogists that might have a direct interest in some of the material you provided.

Rather than just put this box out with all of its materials, I actually went through the material and did a “simple” inventory of what was all there.  That way I could give an advance “heads up” as to what will be in our “freebies” basket at our next program on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013.

Here is all of what is in the new “freebies” material in no particular order:

  • NGS Magazine – 3 issues – Oct/Dec 2009, Apr/Jun 2009, Jan/Mar 2010.
  • Beginner’s Guide to Genealogical Research from the Southern California Genealogical Society
  • GSNJ Newsletter (Genealogical Society of New Jersey) – 6 issues – Spring 2010, Summer 2010, Fall and Winter 2010, Spring/Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2011
  • Show Me State Genealogical News (Missouri State Genealogical Society) – 2 issues – Summer 2011, Fall 2011
  • Indiana Genealogist (Indian Genealogy Society) – 3 issues – June 2010, Sep 2010, Dec 2010
  • The Review (DuPage County Genealogical Society Quarterly) – 2 issues – Feb 2012 and May 2012
  • Crossroads (Utah Genealogical Society) – 2 issues – Dec 2010, Autumn 2011
  • California Nugget (California Genealogical Society) – 4 issues – Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010
  • Gleamings (McClean County Genealogical Society, IL) – 4 issues – Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010
  • Saga of Southern Illinois (Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois) – 2 issues – Fall 1991, Jan/Mar 2006
  • Journal (Missouri State Genealogical Society) – 5 issues – All 4 for 2011, 1st issue for 2012
  • The Professional’s Voice (Association of Professional Genealogists) – 4 issues – Dec 2009, Sep 2010, Dec 2010, Dec 2011
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly – 3 issues – Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2011
  • New England Ancestors (New England Historic and Genealogy Society) – 3 issues – Holiday 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009
  • American Ancestors (New England, New York and Beyond) – 3 issues – Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011
  • Family Tree Magazine – 10 issues – Sep 2009, March 2010, August 2010, Jan 2011, Mar 2011, Jul 2011, Sep 2011, Dec 2011, Jan 2012, Mar/Apr 2012
  • National Genealogical Society Quarterly – 3 issues – June 2009, Sep 2009, Dec 2009
  • Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey (Genealogical Society of New Jersey) – 8 issues – 2010 List of Articles, 2011 List of Articles, Jan 2010, May 2010, Sep 2010, Jan 2011, May 2011, Sep 2011
  • The Searcher (Southern California Genealogical Society) – 1 issue – Winter 2012
  • Austin Families Association of America Newsletter – 11 issues – Mar 2009, Oct 2009, Feb 2010, May 2010, Nov 2010, Aug 2010, Feb 2011, May 2011, Aug 2011, Nov 2011, Feb 2012

Wow!  That is a big list.  I did want to itemize the material and provide a preview in case anyone sees something from the list that might interest them.

All of the above material will be in its own box on a table in the room where our March 12, 2013 program will take place.

You are encouraged to browse through all of this material and help yourself to anything in the box that catches your eye.

Once again, a very big thank you to Jennifer Holik for lugging this heavy box of material to make available to all of you that attend our monthly program.

Maybe there is something of note for you in the above.

Maybe there is nothing.

But at least it gets the chance to recycle through and catch someone’s eye pertinent to their own genealogical interests.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 2, 2013 At 10:00 AM; “Polish Genealogy – Where To Start” By Steve Szabados

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, March 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:30 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

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 Steve Szabados.  The speaker will present a program titled “Polish Genealogy – Where To Start.

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

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

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for February 12, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2013 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 February 2013 Handouts for your convenience:

February 2013 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, February 12, 2013 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

February 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for February 12, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2013 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 February 2013 Newsletter for your convenience:

February 2013 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, February 12, 2013 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 February 12, 2013

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, February 12, 2013 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:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jennifer Holik. Jennifer will present a program titled “Engaging the Next Generation: Parents and Grandparents Inspiring Children About Genealogy”.

This presentation will look at ways that parents and grandparents can instill the love for family history research into the next generation of family history researchers. Encourage children to join you as a family history researcher. Jennifer will share how we can best connect living generations in the pursuit of family history.

Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional and the owner of Generations and co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist. Jennifer has over twenty years of research and writing experience. She has authored articles for local and national genealogical publications; authored and published a set of kids’ genealogy curriculum books in 2012; is an Expert Author for; and writes for several blogs.

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

Germans to America Index, 1850-1897; Famine Irish Passenger Index, 1846-1851; Italians to America Index, 1855-1900; Russians To America Index, 1834-1897; Available Within Databases At FamilySearch; Links To Databases Included

Hi Everyone! LogoYesterday I provided information that was like a stab in the heart when I indicated that the images of Birth, Marriage and Death data from Cook County, IL were no longer available to see from FamilySearch.

Well, maybe today I can alleviate some of that pain you may be experiencing by letting you know that there are some key pieces of genealogical material that are available from within FamilySearch that you may not be aware of.

Years ago when we were searching for ancestors in passenger records we often had a choice of two routes.  One, look at microfilm records of passenger records with the hope of making a discovery.  Or two, take a look at some printed editions of transcribed passenger records that were contained in multi-volume sets that often only resided in libraries specializing in genealogical materials.

These multi-volume passenger record editions were often for a certain ethnic area of research such as Germans, Italians, Russian or Famine Irish.

I am happy to let you know that these “print” multi-volume sets are now residing as searchable indexed databases within FamilySearch.

Ann M. made me aware of these and I am happy to share some “good” news after having reported the “bad” news yesterday of images no longer being available.

The following sets of passenger records data are now available within FamilySearch:

Germans to America Index, 1850-1897

Famine Irish Passenger Index, 1846-1851

Italians to America Index,  1855-1900

Russians to America Index,  1834-1897

To access them, go to the home page of FamilySearch at FamilySearch, select “United States” from all of the world choices, and type in your choice in the search box of one of the above if you just want to limit your search exclusively to any one database.  If you just do a global search across all of the data, you will still make discoveries but you will have to screen through the hits to find those specifically for the above databases.

I personally used Germans to America at the Wheaton Public Library about 10 years ago.  The set had 54 volumes at that time.  The entire set was one big index broken out into various years.  If you did not a specific year, you just browsed the index book by book looking for a surname of interest.  If the person’s surname was spelled as you thought and it was transcribed that way, lo and behold, you would have found them.  With that information you could have taken the ship information, the port information and the date and actually try to see the microfilm image from wherever you could view that associated microfilm.

I have to remind those that started their research in the day of the “internet” that researching using print materials mentioned above was often done in the manner described!!  There was no “search box” on a screen.  There was a printed index and the books were all scattered about as we went through them one by one looking for the name of that elusive immigrant!

Here we are today when the giant sets of volumes are now available at your fingertips via FamilySearch.

So as they say “The Lord Giveth, and the Lord Taketh Away”.

Today, I am happy we score one for “Giveth” to make up for yesterday’s “Taketh”.

If you want to go directly to any of the 4 databases follow the following links that will get you there:

Germans to America Index, 1850-1897 At FamilySearch

Famine Irish Passenger Index, 1846-1851 At FamilySearch

Italians to America Index, 1855-1900 At FamilySearch

Russians to America Index,  1834-1897 At FamilySearch

These were great and unique resources pre-internet databases.  Now, they are within the reach of your fingers.

Enjoy searching through the material.  There is some great information you can obtain if you find who you are looking forward.  Read the descriptions of the data contained in the databases.  Take it all in!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Digital Copies Of “The Chicago Genealogist” From 1969 To 2007 Are Available Online; Browseable And Searchable; Free To Access; Made Available From The Chicago Genealogical Society

Hi Everyone!

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoI just became aware that the journal of the Chicago Genealogical Society titled Chicago Genealogist is now available digitally online for issues created from 1969 to 2007.  The journal is created quarterly.  The years that are available span Volumes 1 to 39 of the publication.

The journals are viewable in browse mode.  Just flip through the material page by page and read about what genealogical research life was like “back in the day” in the 1970s when our world was not accessed at our fingertips as we do today with the internet.

The journals are also searchable.  Use a keyword.  Use a surname.  You can limit your search to one particular journal.  Or, you can actually search across all of the data.  Consider searching for a surname if you have Chicago ancestral connections because these journals often published information about projects the society did.  Names associated with these projects were simply printed as part of the reporting article.  Remember, think pre-internet!  Just as you search the internet today and discover names of your ancestors, the printed media back in the 1970s was still the method to make these discoveries.

Check out these digitized journals from the local Chicago Genealogical Society.  You can browse through the material at:

Chicago Genealogist Digitized Issues, Volumes 1 To 39, From 1969 To 2007

I actually did a “test search” using POLISH as my search term across all of the issues in the digitized collection.  The search worked wonderfully and I received many “hits”.  Great news!  The “hits” are all color-coded in a light blue for easy finding in the actual text page.  In the left side-bar of the search page is a list of the individual pages for that particular journal.  Any “hit” for your search will cause the page of the journal on the left side to be highlighted in red, giving you a clue your search term is contained within that page.  You can just look at the left side for all “red” pages, click on that page and then look on the right side for the “blue” highlighted hit in the text of the page itself.

The total number of hits is identified at the top where all the pages are listed for that particular journal containing the hits.  You can also click on a “next hit” tab at the top of this listing of pages section.  Or, you can just scroll down the list looking for the “red” for that page containing a hit.

Don’t forget to be aware of the total number of hits within the journal so you do not forget to look at the remainder after viewing the first page with the hit!

This is great!

Here is a link to a sample page of a hit for me using POLISH as a search term:

Search Result Using POLISH Keyword From Digital Chicago Genealogist Material

Now you have the capability to tap into these digitized journals in today’s search environment to see if maybe an ancestor of yours from Chicago might have been identified in one of the older journals of the Chicago Genealogical Society.

The materials have been made available through a cooperative effort with Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois Digital Collections site (CARLI).

Thank you Chicago Genealogical Society and CARLI for “highlighting” the found search term hits!

Newer issues of the journal are available through membership in the society.  Newer issues are also available through local libraries that are also members themselves of the society and receive the journal for their collections.

A big “high-five” to the Chicago Genealogical Society for making this voluminous amount of printed material spanning 38 years available to all genealogical researchers.

Happy hunting among all of these issues!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library