Monthly Archives: April 2013

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Actively Collaborated Your Research With A Fellow Researcher On Some Common Family History Research?”; “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.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Are You Actively Collaborating With Other Researchers On Some Common Family History Research”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Researching “solo” had been the traditional method of research for many years probably because the technology that facilitated ease of communication did not exist.  Research of the 1980′s and earlier meant a lot of dedicated time to making calls, writing letters, visiting libraries and archives.  Cousins you knew of may have lived far from you and even communicating by phone at that time meant incurring “long distance” charges on your phone bill!  So you just did not readily have the ability to inexpensively communicate.

Then the Internet was born for general users in the early 1990s.  WOW!  An explosion of communicating was soon to take place, firstly by using e-mail.  If you had a computer and a cousin had a computer you could now bypass the post office and share information.  You could even add “cc” recipients or multiple direct recipients.  No longer were you going to incur postage charges, paper charges or envelope charges to connect with cousins.

Social Media was born.  Facebook.  Twitter.  YouTube.  Skype.

Our relatives and potential “collaborators” are now right at our fingertips, whether they live next door to you or half way around the world.  You can connect instantly through technology.

You can now feel more connected to “family” than ever before.  The more family members engage on solving family history problems, the more can be discovered and the more old problems can be put to rest in terms of research!

Have you connected with a “cousin”?  Are two of you or three of you or ten of you now working together to expand your family history research exponentially?

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 Uploaded Your Family History Research To Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, Geni.com etc.?”; 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 March 6, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have uploaded your Family History research to Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, Geni.com etc.?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 34 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 24 responses noted they had uploaded their Family History research (70.59%) while 10 responses indicated they had not uploaded their Family History research (29.41%).

I will say, there were fewer respondents in this just closed poll than there were in the previous poll before this!  YIKES!  I don’t like to see DECLINING numbers.

I am still looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  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 10 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.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Are You Having A “Bad” Genealogy Day? Do You Need To Have A Little Laugh And Put On A Smile? Check Out Some Great Humorous YouTube Videos From Lisa Louise Cooke That Will Be The Antidote For A Bad Genealogy Day!

Hi Everyone!

Lisa Louise Cooke WebsiteLisa Louise Cooke is a well-known personality in the genealogy world.  She is a blogger, speaker, author and has her hands in many more things genealogy.  I was looking at YouTube in some genealogy material and just happened to come across 2 very humorous 3 minute videos put together by Lisa.

I thought I would embed her videos directly into the post for you to view and have some good laughs.  I think all genealogy researchers can relate to what Lisa is sharing!

If you are having a “bad” genealogy day, then just park your “blueness” and watch and listen to Lisa.  I think your “blueness” will disappear after viewing the very short and humorous videos!

Enjoy the videos!  Both videos will play automatically.

Thank you Lisa for your incredible creativity!

Here is a link to the web site for Lisa Louise Cooke’s “Genealogy Gems”.  Take a look at all that she has at her site.  I know you will be pretty busy just exploring her site!

Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems Website

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

LDS Video Showing New Capabilities At FamilySearch.org

Hi Everyone,

FamilySearch.org LogoI saw this blog post at Dick Eastman’s site regarding the “new” things you will find at FamilySearch.org.

Quoting directly from Dick Eastman’s blog post and also including the FamilySearch produced embedded video (3 minutes 25 seconds) itself:

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FamilySearch has now released a video and a written description of changes announced recently at RootsTech. You can watch the video below and also you might want to read the text that follows.

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

New Online Tools Help Preserve and Share Precious Family Photos and Memories

April 16, 2013

Features create connections and bring family stories to life

SALT LAKE CITY — FamilySearch International, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven genealogy organization, announced the release of significant new enhancements to its web services that allow visitors to collaboratively build their family tree online, preserve and share precious family photos and stories, and receive personal research assistance—all for free. Find out more at FamilySearch.org.

“Every person who has ever lived has a right to be remembered and is a story waiting to be told,” said Dennis C. Brimhall, CEO for FamilySearch. “Every family is a story in progress.” Brimhall explained that the new FamilySearch.org features help move family history beyond research to appeal to a larger audience of people who are very interested in their family’s stories, but who don’t consider themselves genealogists or researchers. “We all treasure memorable family photos and ancestral stories that inspire, amuse, or connect us. Families can now share and preserve for posterity those social heirlooms that help vitalize their family history,” Brimhall added.

The enhancements include Family Tree, an online application where users begin by adding information about themselves and then start to add information about their ancestors to collaboratively build, manage, and share their family history. The tree is already populated with over 900 million records contributed by patrons. And there are billions of historic records that can be searched for free to help further expand your family tree.

The Photos and Stories feature lets you preserve favorite family photos of ancestors and share them through social media. You can tag people in a photo to identify who they are and connect them to respective ancestor profiles in the Family Tree. The photos can then be easily shared with the online community. You can also upload your favorite stories about an ancestor to preserve them for future generations.

Julie Lowe from Missouri is the proverbial photo archivist of her family. She has albums of ancestral photos. Between her and her siblings, they are also walking libraries of countless stories and memories of their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, some great-grandparents, and other ancestors. They will be using the Photos and Stories feature to begin preserving their favorite photos and stories for future generations. Each person can save and share up to 5,000 ancestral photos in Family Tree.

“When a parent or grandparent takes the time to tell you a story, there’s a bonding that occurs there,” Brimhall said. “Likewise, a family photo and story preserved and shared in the context of one’s family tree, in an instant, can personally touch us and teach us time-honored principles by those who have gone on before us, like the value of hard work, dealing with life’s ups and downs, and the impact of choices.”

Other features added include the interactive Fan Chart, a tool used by millions to create a colorful fan chart of their ancestry; the Family Tree Wizard, a tool that asks questions to help you begin to build your personal family tree and get you started; and Live Help, a global online community that provides free product help and personal research assistance by phone and web chat 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The help website and services are available in 10 languages.

About FamilySearch International

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Video About The New Family Tree Function At FamilySearch; Program Originated From Recent RootsTech 2013; Speaker Is Ron Tanner Of FamilySearch

Hi Everyone!

FamilySearch.org LogoYou know I am a big believer in online tutorials and training videos.

FamilySearch just recently activated its new Family Tree capability that allows registered users with FamilySearch to upload their family trees and much more.

I just recently made a blog post that provided a link to a very nice detailed 160 + page PDF document that can be used as a guide for how to use the new Family Tree function at FamilySearch.  You can find this PDF at:

Family Tree Learning Guide From FamilySearch (April 2013)

Today, I am glad to be able to provide you with a link to a video from the recently completed RootsTech 2013 Conference that will share even more information about this new functionality.

Ron Tanner of FamilySearch makes a humorous and informative presentation about the Family Tree capability from within FamilySearch.    Be ready for a few smiles and laughs while you still learn about the new Family Tree.  You can view this presentation at the following link below :

Ron Tanner Family Tree Functionality At FamilySearch Presentation From RootsTech 2013

Many of us use FamilySearch frequently.  Now we have the capability to upload our family history trees to FamilySearch.  So hopefully the PDF Family Tree manual and the video presentation by Ron Tanner mentioned above will provide you with the information to become comfortable with the process.

Your online family trees can certainly open you up to be discovered by other researchers having the same family lines.  These connections can facilitate more collaboration between researchers on common ancestral connections.

Now you can spend some time learning more about the new Family Tree capability at FamilySearch, both in print and from a well-versed speaker, Ron Tanner of FamilySearch.

Check them both out!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

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

Hi Everyone!

NGS Logo Clip ArtI thought I would just make a re-post about the soon to take place National Genealogical Society Annual Conference that will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 8, to May 11, 2013.

I previously made a post on this upcoming event in December 2012.

The time is now here for the actual conference.

What a combination of Las Vegas and Genealogy!

If you have any interest and want to be a last second participant,  I am sure both the city of Las Vegas, NV and the National Genealogical Society will welcome you with open arms!

Refresh yourself with what is coming up from my previous post.  The information follows after the separator line:

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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

FamilySearch PDF Training Guide To Learn About The New Family Tree Function At FamilySearch

Hi Everyone!

FamilySearch.org LogoFamilySearch has activated the Family Tree function at their website that will now allow you to upload your family trees.

You will need to register yourself with FamilySearch in order to avail yourself of this new functionality.  Registering is painless and costs nothing.  If you have been a volunteer indexer, you would have already registered yourself with them.  By registering, you will also have the capability of viewing database material for some databases that you would not be able to view without being registered.  Registering with FamilySearch is also a necessity for you to order online any microfilms you want to review for your own research.

So there is very little, if any, downside to registering.

When there are new functions we may be hesitant to try them out.  However, I like to look for any new “training” material via a video or screen shots of how an application works or even some online manuals that can at least provide some insight into the new process.

I was able to find a recently released 160 + page PDF document put together by FamilySearch that will help guide you through the process of using this new Family Tree  feature at FamilySearch.

You can find this wonderful learning resource directly at FamilySearch at:

Family Tree Learning Guide From FamilySearch (April 2013)

Save the file as a PDF for easy access when you need to use it.

Or just find it at FamilySearch within the “Help” section of the site within the Product Support section for Family Tree.  (As much as I love FamilySearch, finding this material was not a very direct route.  I think FamilySearch could make this pathway to this learning resource a lot more direct!)

Spend some time learning about this new feature via this manual put together from FamilySearch.

Once you feel more comfortable knowing about how the Family Tree function works, you may then want to actually start loading up your own Family Tree material.

Enjoy the guide.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

WiFi Access In Our Library Plus A Correction On WiFi Access To Ancestry Library Edition From Within Our Library Using Your Laptop, Portable Devices etc.

Hi Everyone!

Oops! Road SignI need to make our readers of this blog that use our library aware of 2 items that pertain to WiFi access from within our library.

One is an update.  One is an “OOOPs” correction on my part.

If you have previously come into our library and set your laptop or portable device WiFi to automatic connection to our library network, please note that our WiFi connection for the general public has changed from “STDL” to “LIBRARY”.  In simple terms this means that your device would have detected a local WiFi network (the library) and in order to have established that connection you would have selected “STDL” as the network connection.  Today, the “STDL” designation no longer exists.  It has been replaced with “LIBRARY”.

You will simply have to reset your automatic WiFi connection on your laptop to this new network identity we are using of “LIBRARY”.  If you do not reset it, your laptop will no longer connect via WiFi within our library because the previous network you used of “STDL” no longer exists.

I think you will easily be able to make this change on your own when you come to our library.  If in doubt, just walk on over to our Computer Assistance (CA) area on the 2nd floor and speak to them about it so you can be sure you are connected to our WiFi when visiting us.

The second item related to WiFi in our library is my “OOOOPs” correction.

It was my previous understanding that if you brought in your laptop or portable device and wanted to use Ancestry Library Edition within the library via the WiFi network we have, access would have been denied.  You would have had to use our own internal computers to access Ancestry Library Edition.

That may have been true in the past at one point, but it is no longer true.

Many of the genealogy researchers I work with here were easily showing me that they were indeed connected to Ancestry Library Edition from within our library with their laptop or portable device over our WiFi network.  Initially, I thought that was a mistake and should not have happened.

However, upon further discussions with our internal staff, I stand corrected.

Yes, you can access Ancestry Library Edition from within our library using your own laptop or portable device over our internal WiFi network!

I am actually very happy to share this corrected information.  It obviously makes your research that much easier being able to connect internally to Ancestry Library Edition using your own device.  You have been able to do that and probably did do that in spite of me telling you that you could not!!  Seeing is believing, and I saw plenty of laptops connected to Ancestry Library Edition over WiFi from within our library.

Enjoy your visits within our location accessing our incredible WiFi network.  Make sure you access us internally by connecting to “LIBRARY” as the network that will be detected by your laptop or portable device.  If you have not been here for a while accessing our WiFi, just be sure you re-establish the connection using “LIBRARY” as the network and NOT “STDL”.

And yes, access Ancestry Library Edition within our library over our WiFi network using your laptop or portable device.

Enjoy.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 4, 2013 At 10:00 AM; “Compiling Your Medical Family Tree” By Marsha Peterson-Maass

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, May 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 4, 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 Marsha Peterson-Maass.  The speaker will present a program titled “Compiling Your Medical Family Tree.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) May 4, 2013 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Marsha Peterson-Maass, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Teresa McMillin Will Be Our Genealogy Program Speaker For The April 9, 2013 Program; There Was A “Typo” Error In The April PDF Newsletter Advertising Our May Program Speaker

Hi Everyone!

Oops! Road SignA very good eagle-eye made me aware that the Online April 2013 Genealogy Newsletter I upload shows some conflicting information in the section of the Newsletter that identifies our speaker information for May 2013.

I must have forgotten to change the date in the text of that description to the proper May date.  It reads as if Sarah A. V. Kirby will be the speaker for the April 9, 2013 program.  I should have changed that date to May 14, 2013 for Sarah’s program.

For tomorrow’s program, April 9, 2013, our speaker will be Teresa McMillin as my blog post publicizing the program indicates.  She will present her program on “Hunting For Henry: A Case Study on Sibling Research”.

Sarah A. V. Kirby will be our genealogy speaker for our May 14, 2013 program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library