Monthly Archives: August 2013

Our DVD Collection Of Our Recorded Speaker Genealogy Programs Is Growing; We Now Have 12 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.

If you have attended any of our library’s monthly genealogy programs when we have a speaker,  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 and 2013 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 we have had since February 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.

If our library is not your local library, you can register yourself with us and then be able to check these DVDs out.  These DVDs are also available via inter-library loan.  Just work with your own local library and request the DVD through them if that is more convenient.

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.

All of these DVDs can be found on the 1st floor of our library in Audio Visual (AV).  Our staff in this department can certainly point you to the location where they reside on the AV shelves.

So far we have 12 programs recorded that are available for you to check out from our library for viewing at home on DVD.

Here is a summary of the genealogy program DVDs 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.
  • The “NEW” FamilySearch Website” by Maureen Brady.  Recorded on November 13, 2012.  1 Hour 34 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.10285 NEW.
  • Where Did I Put Great-Grandpa? – Organizing for Genealogists” by Caron Primas Brennan.  Recorded on January 8, 2014.  54 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.1 WHE.
  • “Hidden Treasures At – And How To Find Them!” by Loretto Szucs and Julianna Smith.  Recorded on January 19, 2013.  1 Hour and 44 Mins.  Call number is 929.1 HID.
  • “Engaging the Next Generation: Parents and Grandparents Instilling Children About Genealogy” by Jennifer Holik.  Recorded on February 12, 2013.  1 Hour and 12 Mins.  Call number is
  • “Hunting for Henry: A Case Study in Sibling Research” by Teresa S. McMillin, CG.  Recorded on April 9, 2013.  1 Hour and 1 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.1072 HUN.
  • “Free Digital Books: More Than Just Google” by Sarah A. V. Kirby.  Recorded on May 14, 2013.  1 Hour 12 Mins.  Call number is DVD 929.1072 MOR.
  • “Skeletons in Our Closets: Researching A Family Scandal” by Robin Seidenberg.  Recorded on July 9, 2013.  1 Hour 6 Mins.  Call number is 929.1072 SKE.

So if you routinely attend our monthly genealogy program but happened to miss one since February 2012, chances are good it is one in the list above.   You can now check it out for an initial viewing or even 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

Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 25, 2013 And Saturday, October 26, 2013 In Sandwich, IL; Conference Brochure Now Available

Hi Everyone,

illinoisgensoc-logoI just received the brochure  for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2013.  The “theme” title of this event is called “The Way They Were”.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 25, 2013 and Saturday, October 26, 2013.  The conference will be held in Sandwich, IL.  Sandwich, IL is about 60 miles from Chicago and is even closer from the Northwest Suburbs.  You can probably expect a drive time of about 1 hour from our area.

Here is a PDF of the brochure I received from the ISGS:

October 25-26, 2013 Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Fall Conference Brochure For Registration, Programs and Speakers

Here is what is posted at the website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society regarding information about the upcoming conference:


Friday, October 25 through Saturday, October 26

ISGS 2013 Fall Conference  (ISGS Events)

Timber Creek Inn & Suites 3300 Drew Ave Sandwich, Illinois 60545

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces its 2013 Fall conference to be held on October 25 and 26 in Sandwich, Illinois, at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center.

Using The Way They Were as this year’s theme, a variety of presenters will offer lectures to assist attendees in identifying the “they” in genealogical research. In addition, a focus on “were” will explore the importance of capturing family stories and ancestor anecdotes to round out a family’s history.

Besides attending genealogy focused lectures and social events, conference goers can visit the Sandwich area which offers a variety of venues for historical sightseeing. These include area museums, tours of the Naper Settlement in Naperville, and the world famous Mies van der Rohe glass home, as well as the Farnsworth House, on the banks of the nearby Fox River.

Conference details will be available soon at the ISGS website at For room reservations, contact the Timber Creek Inn & Suites at (866) 992-7335 or visit the ISGS conference to secure the group rate).

Questions about the ISGS 2013 Fall Conference can be emailed to the Conference Chair, Howard Manthei, at

Mark your calendar! We look forward to seeing you in Sandwich this Fall!


George Morgan, a power house in the world of genealogy, will be one of the main speakers at this 2 day program.  George, along with Drew Smith, are well-known as being the originators of the “Genealogy Guys Podcasts”.  George is also a well-known genealogy author in his own right.

Thomas MacEntee, another power house speaker in the world of genealogy, will also be a speaker.  Thomas is well-known for educating us about the world of social media and technology as they apply to genealogy.

There will be a total of 8 speakers for the 2 day program.  There will be a total of 16 programs taking place over the 2 days from among the 8 total speakers.  Take a look at the link at the beginning of this post to the PDF that highlights all of the programs and the biographies of the speakers.  The registration forms are included as well as the program costs (not including your hotel costs if you stay).  Costs vary as to whether you are a member of the ISGS or not.

The roster of speakers certainly looks good.  The variety of the programs looks to have something for everyone that is doing genealogical research.  And it is only about 1 hour drive time from our area.

Check out all of this current information about this annual program put on by the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

There is plenty of time to consider attending this 2-day program on Friday afternoon, October 25, 2013 and Saturday, all-day, October 26, 2013.

Check out all of the information from the ISGS!  Consider attending this great annual 2-day conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Has Finalized Their Upcoming Programs For 2013 – 2014

Hi Everyone!

NWSCG LogoI have noticed that the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) has finalized their upcoming programs for the 2013 – 2014 “genealogy season” of programs they offer.

You can always visit the society website directly to find out news, events and activities of the society and all other good things they have at their website.  You can visit them at:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists

The following are now the programs the society has indicated will occur for the 2013 – 2014 “genealogy season”.  Meetings are held at:

Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL

Program starts at 10:00 AM.

There are informal discussions, help and Q & A offered prior to the program from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Here are the society’s programs for 2013 – 2014:

  • September 7, 2013 – “Dating Photographs Through Clothing” – Elizabeth “Ellie” Carlson
  • October 5, 2013 – “Oh Where, Oh Where Are My Ancestors From?” – Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
  • November 2, 2013 – “The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude”  – Debra Mieszala, CG
  • January 4, 2014 – “Space-Time for Family Historians: Timewarps and Curved Space Aren’t Just For Physicists”  – Dr. Daniel Hubbard
  • February 1, 2014 – “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Place” – Jane Haldeman
  • March 1, 2014 – “French Genealogy Is Easy – Merci, Napoleon!” – Jacquie Schattner
  • April 5, 2014 – “Preserving Your Family History Materials”  – Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana
  • May 3, 2014 – “Have You Ever Thought About Joining A Lineage Society?” – Joan E. Murray

For further information about the program contents and speaker biographies just visit the society’s “Meetings” link at:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists Program Information for 2013-2014

Mark your calendars for those programs of interest to you and plan on attending.

It certainly looks like there is great variety in the topics being offered.  Surely, you will find a topic of interest for you.

If you are unaware of this local genealogy society, attending a program would be a great way to become familiar with the society and its members.  Consider joining the society and reap all that membership can provide to you!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, September 7, 2013 At 10:00 AM; “Dating Photographs Through Clothing” By Elizabeth “Ellie” Carlson

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, September 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, September 7, 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 9:00 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 Elizabeth “Ellie” Carlson.  The speaker will present a program titled “Dating Photographs Through Clothing.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) September 7, 2013 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Elizabeth “Ellie” Carlson, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Upcoming Events From The Swedish American Museum In Chicago; Upcoming Genealogy Programs August To December 2013; Genealogy Program August 24, 2013, 10 AM To Noon; “Viking Women” By Dr. James Borg

Hi Everyone!

Swedish American Museum LogoI recently received an update on newly added programs being offered by the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

Here are the updates I received from the Swedish American Museum.  Please note they have indicated upcoming genealogy programs they will offer for September, October, November and December 2013 as well as the upcoming genealogy program for this Saturday, August 24, 2013.

Swedish American Museum Program Update; Genealogy Programs Noted For August 2013 To December 2013

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

The main website for the Swedish American Museum is:

Swedish American Museum

The update 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 highlighted in this update notes that there will be a genealogy program on Saturday, August 24, 2013 that will take place at the Swedish American Museum from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

Here is the text description from the update about this genealogy program:


Tales of Brave-Hearted Viking Women 
Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to noon

Are you interested in Vikings? Maybe you have a Viking as an ancestor! History buff or genealogist–the Swedish American Museum has a treat for you. Come to the Nordic Family Genealogy Center’s session “Brave-Hearted Viking Women” and learn about the role of women in the violent Viking society. Original Viking artifacts will be on display.
Dr. James Borg, Swedish-American scholar, university professor, businessman, and collector of Viking antiquities will be the speaker. Dr. Borg’s Swedish ancestors emigrated from Waldemarsvik and rose from sharecroppers to inventors and founders of many corporations: Borg and Beck disk clutch, Borg-Warner Corporation, and Borg Scale Corporation. Dr. Borg cofounded a game corporation but is more interested in history, literature, and religion.

Cost for this event for Nordic Family Genealogy members is free; non-members pay $10. To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center, please click here. You may also email or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.


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 update for the many and varied programs and events being offered by the museum.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Indian Trails Public Library Genealogy Program On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 7 To 8:30 PM; “Genealogy Begins At Home: Jump-Start Your Genealogy Research” By Steve Szabados

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtI received a notice from the Indian Trails Public Library that they will be having a Genealogy Program on Wednesday evening, September 11, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 PM.  The program notice indicates that registration for the program is required.

The program is titled “Genealogy Begins At Home: Jump-Start Your Genealogy Research”.  The speaker will be Steve Szabados.

The library is located at 355 Schoenbeck Road in Wheeling, IL.  The phone number of the library is 847-459-4100.

Here is a PDF “flyer” I received from their library with information about the program:

September 11, 2013 Genealogy Program At Indian Lakes Public Library

Mark your calendars for what looks like a very good program.  We have had Steve at our library presenting genealogy programs.  He is a great speaker and the depth of his knowledge will come through for all to see.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

“What’s New At August 2013” YouTube Video

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now an August 2013 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At August 2013”.

The video is a 27 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of should be aware of.

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • The return to TV of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
  • New introduction of “Story View” functionality for public trees on
  • Upcoming genealogy conferences
  • Updated content for 98 million records and the addition of 3 million new records to
  • Oregon Adoptions and Name Changes Database
  • Tarrant County, Texas, Probate Index Database
  • New York Naturalization Petitions Database

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at

“What’s New At” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at and where they are located.

Because so many of us use, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library