Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 9, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

July 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, July 9, 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 July 9, 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, July 9, 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:

Robin SeidenbergThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Robin Seidenberg. Robin will present a program titled “Skeletons in Our Closets: Researching A Family Scandal”.

Robin B. Seidenberg reveals an intriguing tale of wealth, romance, betrayal, jealousy and murder. After investigating rumors of an old family scandal that took place during the Roaring Twenties in Chicago, Robin uncovered a sensational story that made newspaper headlines across the entire nation.

While Robin expected to find information in Chicago, she was amazed to discover sensational news stories from New York to California, Wyoming to Texas. She even learned of one great aunt’s career on Broadway and in Hollywood. Robin will tell the fascinating story of the scandal and explain how she found the information about these beautiful sisters.

Discover the identity of the “Kissing Blonde” and learn how Robin researched historical newspapers to unravel this family mystery.

While researching a family scandal involving her great aunt, “the kissing blonde”, Robin B. Seidenberg realized historical newspapers were a fantastic resource.  No one remembered or was willing to tell her much.  People again seemed to have some form of amnesia when she started asking questions about her movie producer uncle.

Robin is executive vice president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, is its co-president designate. She currently serves as president of Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts and vice president of Personal Computer Business Users Group, and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

In addition to lecturing in the Midwest and Florida, Robin spoke at the 32nd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Paris, France last summer, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain’s Northern Conference in Manchester, England in May.

Robin specialises in using historical newspapers to research family history, and frequently lectures about “family skeletons”.

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

Upcoming Events From The Swedish American Museum In Chicago For July 2013; Genealogy Program, Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10 AM To Noon Visit To The Wilmette Historical Museum

Hi Everyone!

Swedish American Museum LogoI recently received the July 2013 Newsletter from the Swedish American Museum.  The Newsletter is called the “Cirkular”.

Here is the July 2013 newsletter I received from the Swedish American Museum:

July 2013 Swedish American Museum Newsletter “Cirkular”

The newsletter highlights many of the upcoming programs and events that will be occurring at the Swedish American Museum.  There are many programs that are more cultural in nature than genealogical.  But if you are doing Swedish genealogical research, these cultural events are still important to you.

The museum does present genealogy programs.  The one mentioned in this newsletter notes that there will be a genealogy program on Saturday, July 27, 2013 that will take place at the Wilmette Historical Society between 10 AM to Noon.

Here is the text description from the newsletter about this genealogy program to the Wilmette Historical Society:

“The Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on Saturday, July 27. Tentative plans for this session include a visit to the Wilmette Historical Museum. To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center visit our Swedish American Museum/Nordic American Genealogy Center. You may also e-mail the Center or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.”

I also noted another program on the same date, July 27, 2013 at 11;00 AM that is titled “A Dream of America – Swedish Immigration to Chicago”.  While not formally noted as a genealogy program in the newsletter, the topic is certainly one of interest to genealogists with Swedish ancestral connections to immigrants arriving into Chicago.  Here is the text description of this program as noted in the newsletter:

A DREAM OF AMERICA – SWEDISH IMMIGRATION TO CHICAGO

Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m.

permanent exhibit pic 2

“Please join the Museum for a guided tour of our permanent exhibit, A Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27. This fascinating tour starts in the mid-1800s in Sweden and takes the visitor on a journey from Sweden to the New World, providing insights into the struggles and triumphs of Swedish immigrant life in Chicago. Cost for the tour is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, and Museum members are free. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended.  Please call 773.728.8111 or e-mail Museum@samac.org to reserve your spot.”

The Swedish American Museum is very active in all things Swedish, including genealogy.  You can visit their website directly from the link above within the description of the program that will take place on July 27, 2013.

If you have Swedish ancestral connections, you want to make a connection with the Swedish American Museum located in Chicago, IL to see what resources they have that can help in your own Swedish research.

Look through the newsletter for the many and varied programs and events being offered by the museum during July 2013.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“How To Find A Revolutionary War Patriot?” Posting By Dick Eastman; Very Concise And Informative To Help You Discover Revolutionary War Patriots And “Loyalists”

Hi Everyone!

Revolutionary War 1776I was looking through Dick Eastman’s Online material today and saw that he had a very wonderful post on “How To Find A Revolutionary War Patriot?” at his site.

Here is the link to the Dick Eastman post:

“How To Find A Revolutionary War Patriot?” Post By Dick Eastman

For my own personal research my ancestral connections will never take me back to the Civil War or the Revolutionary War.  I wish that could happen but I need to deal with reality.

For many of you, there may be a wonderful ancestral connection leading you back to ancestors that may have already been born by 1760 and who were living in our original 13 colonies at that time.  Male ancestors that fit that requirement are often prime candidates for some involvement in the Revolutionary War period activities.

Congratulations if you have already established the Revolutionary War connection to your ancestors!  If you have not yet made the connection, then the Dick Eastman article is a nice short, sweet and concise guideline full of tips in a short amount of text space that can help you uncover your Revolutionary War connections.

The article also presents some information about how to pursue discovering information on Revolutionary War ancestors of the time that may have been identified as “Loyalists”, those that still gave their allegiance to the King of England and did oppose the Colonial Revolution.

You know genealogy research can take you down paths that produce results that may not be to your liking.  Your ancestor  may have been one that did not want to gain freedom from England but one that rather wanted to still be connected under the terms and conditions of the “colonial” mindset.

Have an open mind in your research.  Let the facts create the story for your ancestral connection.

Revolutionary or Loyalist!

You make the discovery.

Military Pension records are often the best source to discover on ancestors and their connection to the Revolutionary War.  The posting by Dick Eastman is loaded with insights into the military pension process in 1778, 1818, 1823 and 1832 and 1848 all of which are important to be aware of and how they may have affected a Revolutionary ancestor of yours.

I enjoyed the posting by Dick Eastman a great deal and wanted to make you aware how much good research help is packed into such a short post.  It is a fast read that really provides a great deal of information to help you in your pursuit of uncovering information about your Revolutionary War ancestor.

I only wish I had the ancestral connection to that time period!

Maybe you do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Tuesday Evening, July 23, 2013, At 8 PM Central Time On The Learning Channel (TLC); Check TLC Website For Show Information

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to remind all of you that the new season for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be starting on the cable channel The Learning Channel (TLC) on Tuesday evening, July 23, 2013, at 8 PM Central time.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show and view online videos of the shows that had been broadcast.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At The Learning Channel (TLC)

You will find some “teaser” videos on some of the upcoming “stars” that will appear on the show this season, as well as some “biographical” information on two of the upcoming stars to make an appearance on the show, Kelly Clarkson and Christina Applegate.

There will only be 8 episodes of the show for this new season on TLC.  NBC for a season previously had about 12 episodes.  Maybe the lesser amount of shows for this season is because of the transition to the new cable channel as they get their feet planted firmly in the ground for this show!  I hope if all goes well this season that there will be another season and that season will hopefully be “fuller”
with more episodes.

Only time and viewership ratings will tell for what happens next year!

Here are the “stars” that will appear on the show during the 8 episode run for the season on TLC.  The order is alphabetical and does not represent the order of the shows as they appear to the best of my knowledge:

  • Christina Applegate
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Chelsea Handler
  • Chris O’Donnell
  • JIm Parsons
  • Trisha Yearwood

It has been over 1 year since we saw the “last” episode of this wonderful genealogy show in May 2012.  That seems like an eternity ago.

It has now been “raised from the dead” and given new life on this cable channel.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to DVR it.  If you miss that, it looks like the website for the show will allow you to revisit it and view it online.  It appears you will also be able to see each episode on the website after it views initially on TLC.

Now is the time to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday evening, July 23, 2013 at 8 PM central time on the The Learning Channel (TLC) on cable.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Am Now Located In The Reference Department Office At Our Library; I Am No Longer Located In The Extension Services Department/Office

Hi Everyone!

STDL ImageAs of July 1, 2013 I have been transferred from the Extension Services Department to the Reference Department.

I am no longer located in the Extension Services Department on the 2nd floor.  My desk is now located in the Reference Department Office on the 2nd floor of our library.

The Reference Department Office is located on the far north side of the building on the 2nd floor.  It is right near the Illinois Collection area.

If you are not familiar with that office location, just walk on to the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor and they will gladly point you to the Reference Office.

If you do plan to drop in and see me, make sure you head over to the Reference Department Office.  Look through the glass window on the door to get someone’s attention because the door is locked.  Just let them know you are here to see me and they will point you to my desk area.

Everything else remains the same.

I have the same phone number.

I have the same e-mail address.

I have the same hours.

Currently, I have been busy transitioning my materials from the one office to my present location.  It has been time-consuming because the space arrangements are not the same.  So I have been juggling re-arranging my materials as best as possible.

You know how it can be when you change something in your home setting.  Sometimes I just don’t remember where my stuff that was located in my old setting is now residing in my new location!  Oh well, old habits die hard!

Things should be running smoothly with me over the next few weeks as I get used to my new digs!

I am sure you too will be on automatic pilot if you come in to see me.  You will probably also head over to the Extension Services Office.  Your first clue something is different is that you will see an empty desk (at least as of now) where I used to be.  If someone is in that office they can redirect you to my new location.

Even I have to be sure I do not head directly to the Extension Services Office when I arrive in the morning!  Again, old habits do die hard!

So to those of you that often drop in, I will see you next time in the Reference Office.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 9, 2013 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, July 9, 2013:

Robin SeidenbergThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Robin Seidenberg. Robin will present a program titled “Skeletons in Our Closets: Researching A Family Scandal”.

Robin B. Seidenberg reveals an intriguing tale of wealth, romance, betrayal, jealousy and murder. After investigating rumors of an old family scandal that took place during the Roaring Twenties in Chicago, Robin uncovered a sensational story that made newspaper headlines across the entire nation.

While Robin expected to find information in Chicago, she was amazed to discover sensational news stories from New York to California, Wyoming to Texas. She even learned of one great aunt’s career on Broadway and in Hollywood. Robin will tell the fascinating story of the scandal and explain how she found the information about these beautiful sisters.

Discover the identity of the “Kissing Blonde” and learn how Robin researched historical newspapers to unravel this family mystery.

While researching a family scandal involving her great aunt, “the kissing blonde”, Robin B. Seidenberg realized historical newspapers were a fantastic resource.  No one remembered or was willing to tell her much.  People again seemed to have some form of amnesia when she started asking questions about her movie producer uncle.

Robin is executive vice president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, is its co-president designate. She currently serves as president of Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts and vice president of Personal Computer Business Users Group, and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

In addition to lecturing in the Midwest and Florida, Robin spoke at the 32nd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Paris, France last summer, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain’s Northern Conference in Manchester, England in May.

Robin specializes in using historical newspapers to research family history, and frequently lectures about “family skeletons”.

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