Monthly Archives: September 2013

New Episode Of “Genealogy Roadshow” On Your Local PBS Station Tonight; Nice Review Of The First Episode Of “Genealogy Roadshow” Provided By Dick Eastman

Hi Everyone!

Genealogy Roadshow PBS LogoJust a reminder that the second installment of “Genealogy Roadshow” will air tonight, Monday, September 30, 2013, on your local PBS stations.  For those of you local to the Chicago area that means you will be able to see the show on WTTW tonight at 9 PM Chicago time.  The show runs for 1 hour.

The very first show aired last week and originated in Nashville, TN.  Only 4 episodes are currently on tap to air for the brand new series this season.

Tonight’s show was made in Detroit, MI.

Make a note of the time of the show tonight if you want to watch it in its live broadcast slot.  If you miss it or want to watch it later, you can view it from the national PBS website when it becomes available:

Genealogy Roadshow From PBS

According to the buzz from Dick Eastman’s blog, it appears the show has a “Thumbs Up!” and is worth watching.  Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s blog post in which he provides his views and opinions on the first show that was aired:

Dick Eastman Blog Post With His Review And Opinion About The Premier Episode Of “Genealogy Roadshow”

I would especially take a look at the very long list of thoughtful comments left on Dick Eastman’s blog post about the show in the above link.  You can really get a better feel of the show from these comments as well as from Dick’s original post.

See what you think about the show yourself.

It is different from “Who Do You Think You Are?”!

Give it a try either in watching when it broadcasts tonight or take a look at the past episode from the above PBS link in case you miss the original airing tonight.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Electronic Reference Product (ERP) Computers Behind The “Ask Us” Desk On The 2nd Floor Now Allow You To Access FamilySearch

Hi Everyone!

STDL ImageWe have made another change to make your genealogy research a little easier, especially if you are not bringing in your own laptop or tablet computer that you would connect to our internal WiFi system.

Our library offers for in-house use only the Ancestry Library Edition product.  You can access this genealogy research database from Ancestry on our Electronic Reference Product (ERP) computers that are in the area behind the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor.  “Ask Us” was formerly known as the Reference Desk in days past!

These computers allow you to access a variety of electronic databases that our library offers.  These computers are not set up for general internet access and will allow the user to access only within the confines of the electronic product.  So if you wanted to search Ancestry Library Edition you could do so at these computers.  If while using Ancestry Library Edition you wanted to switch over and access FamilySearch you would have discovered that you could not because FamilySearch is not a purchasable electronic database and was just considered as trying to access the internet in general.  Our library has an entire different area on the 2nd floor dedicated to those that want general access to the internet.

We have now made this a little easier for your genealogy research to now allow you to access FamilySearch from these ERP computers in addition to allow you to normally access Ancestry Library Edition.  Just enter in the URL for FamilySearch (  within the Browser you are using (either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) on the ERP computer.  You will be taken to FamilySearch and can begin your searching of FamilySearch material from the ERP computers.

You will still not be able to use these computers for just general internet access.  We still have a separate area on the 2nd floor to use the internet.

But at least now you can combine your genealogy searching using two key resources all from the same ERP computer.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Premiered “Genealogy Roadshow” On Monday, September 23, 2013; More Genealogy TV For You To Enjoy; Link To Video Of First Episode Included

Hi Everyone!

Genealogy Roadshow PBS LogoCan’t get enough of “Who Do You Think You Are?”.  Probably not since the 8 episode schedule for this season has run its course and is over except for viewing re-runs of the 8 episodes.

Well, just in the nick of time to feed your genealogy habit, Public Broadcasting System (PBS) just premiered its own genealogy TV series titled “Genealogy Roadshow”.  It is somewhat liken to the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow” in style.  PBS tours various US locations and interacts with various individuals in that area and gives them answers to their own genealogical questions they may have.  It is like genealogy for the general public and not for a “star” as happens with “Who Do You Think You Are?”.

Here is a description of the program as offered by Public Broadcasting from their website that follows below in Italics:


About the Program
Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow will combine history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of diverse Americans. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America.

Genealogy Roadshow premiere season will feature participants from four American cities — Nashville, Detroit, San Francisco and Austin — who want to explore unverified genealogical claims, passed down through family history, that may (or may not) connect them to an event or a historical figure. These cities were chosen as American crossroads of culture, diversity, industry and history, with deep pools of potential participants and stories.  After participants are chosen, experts in genealogy, history and DNA will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information.

These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery. Residents of Nashville, Detroit, San Francisco and Austin are invited and encouraged to submit their personal stories as Genealogy Roadshow will unearth family and community secrets, reveal notable relatives and discover unexpected stories that connect the past to the present. Many answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the cities’ – and the participants’ – histories.


The first episode of the series just premiered last night, Monday, September 23, 2013.  It took place in Nashville, TN.

I have not yet watched the first episode and I plan do so by connecting to PBS and watching it online.  Unfortunately, I cannot give you any initial feedback about the show since it just broadcast last night.  I wanted to be able to make you aware of this new show.

In fact, you can get to the premier episode at the PBS website at the following link:

“Genealogy Roadshow” Premier Episode September 23, 2013 From Nashville, TN

The show runs for an hour.

Here is the link to the show information in general and access to this video and the future ones when they occur:

Genealogy Roadshow on PBS

There you go!  More genealogy TV.  As you can see from the above, there are only going to be a total of 4 shows originating this season from the above noted cities.

If anyone has seen this new show, feel free to leave your comments on this post.  Give me your insights into what you thought about this new show.  I will hopefully have some posts about the show once I see the Nashville episode.


Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Home Page Has Changed Slightly; Note Where You Can Get To My Blog And Genealogy Databases

Hi Everyone!

STDL ImageIf you have been using our library’s genealogy databases from home as well as accessing my blog, you need to be aware of a slight change in our website in order to get to the above resources.  This change has just occurred in the last few days.  Our library’s website can be found at or at

Our genealogy databases and my blog could previously be accessed through a link at the top of our home page that used to say “Local History and Genealogy”.  That link is now gone.

Instead of that link you will now see at the top of our home page that the “Research” category to access databases has been changed to now say “Research and Genealogy”.  You can now click on that link to get to the next page.

On the next page just look for the link category titled “History and Genealogy”.  Click on that link.

On the next page you can select the link that says “Genealogy” that will now get you to the genealogy databases that our library has for you to help with your research.  Nothing has changed on what databases we have for genealogy or which ones you can access from home or only from in the library.

From our redesigned home page you can get to my blog in either of 2 ways.  On our home page at or, just look on the right side of the home page, scroll down a little bit and look for the identifier that says “Library News”.  In this category you will see a link to “Library Blogs”.  Click on that link and you will find a listing of links to 5 library blogs.  One of the links is mine and it is titled “Genealogy With Tony”.

Another way to get to my blog via our library’s website is to select the “Research and Genealogy” link at our home page.  Then select “History & Genealogy”.  On the next page just look on the right side and you will see the pictorial icon you could click on that says “Tony’s Genealogy Blog”.

Independent of our library’s website,  you can always get to my blog directly via the WordPress URL at

I know change can be hard when the familiarity of accessing resources is altered.

Our changes to get you to the genealogy databases are not all that massive and are somewhat intuitive from the wording used to change the “Research” link for database access to “Research & Genealogy”.  But, nonetheless, the pathways you were familiar with are now slightly different.

This post will also give you that added insight into moving about our site to find your familiar genealogy databases as well as my blog.

New pathways, same great resources!

I know you will be able to adapt quickly to the new pathways to get to these resources.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, February 15, 2014 At Hilton Garden Inn In St. Charles, IL

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 39th Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL from 8 AM until about 4 PM.  At 8 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered, have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 3 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “Find It…Prove It…Share It”.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own programs and have provided those in attendance with a paper handout of the conference details.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the Hilton Garden Inn and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:30 PM and one at 3 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring (except the last segment at 3 PM has 3 programs to pick from).   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear four unique programs among the 15 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Debbie Mieszala, CG
  • Paul Milner
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass
  • Steve Szabados

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.  To date at our own library we have had 2 of the speakers present individual programs at our own monthly genealogy program and one speaker who will shortly present.  Paul, Steve and Marsha (will present on November 12, 2013) have presented here or soon will.

I attended this conference in February 2012 as a walk-in.  The 2012 program was one of the largest in attendance for the society.  I was actually nervous that I would not get in as a walk-in!  (I made it,  otherwise I would not be telling you about my attendance!)  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the link I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear four presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Submitted Your DNA For Genealogical Testing?”; “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.

“Have You Submitted Your DNA For Genealogical Testing?  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point!

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 Watched An Episode Of The American Genealogy TV Show “Who Do You Think You Are?””; 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 July 23, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Watched An Episode Of The American Genealogy TV Show “Who Do You Think You Are?”.

That poll question was sort of a trick one on my part.  But I thought I still had to ask it.  Genealogists I deal with all certainly seem to indicate to me that they watch the show and look forward to new episodes.  It almost sounded like a slam-dunk.  Who in genealogy does not watch the show?  Is that even possible that there are a substantial number of genealogists that have never watched an episode of this popular show?  That is why I asked!

The results of the poll showed the following from the 60 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers overwhelmingly show that 57 responses noted they had definitely seen at least one episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (95%) while 3 responses indicated they have not watched an episode of the show (5%).

The show is almost coming to the end of its 8 episode season on The Learning Channel.  It was booted off NBC in May 2012 and found its way to The Learning Channel during the summer of 2013.  I also wanted to ask the poll during the time the “new” episodes were running on TLC.  The overwhelming “yes” results is sort of what I anticipated, but I still thought there would be even more than just 3 responses indicating they had not watched the show.  Oh well, remember these are not scientific polls!

I am always 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 12 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

Upcoming Genealogy/Cultural Events From The Swedish American Museum For September To December 2013

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent update on some genealogy programs and activities that the Swedish American Museum is publicizing.

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

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history and ancestry.

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The title of the program is “The Most Helpful Genealogical Tools You’ve Never Used” presented by Marsha Peterson-Maass.

Members of the Swedish American Museum can attend the genealogy program at no cost.  Non-members of the organization can also attend but there will be a $10 cost.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during September to December 2013 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Programs And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September To December 2013

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 5, 2013 At 10:00 AM; “Oh Where, Oh Where Are My Ancestors From?” By Teresa McMillin

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, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 5, 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 Teresa McMillin.  The speaker will present a program titled “Oh Where, Oh Where Are My Ancestors From?.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) October 5, 2013 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2013 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for September 10, 2013 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

September 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, September 10, 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