Monthly Archives: July 2014

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Has Published An Updated Brochure For 2014-2015 Including Programs That Will Occur During 2014-2015; Brochure Available As PDF For Your Use In this Post

Hi Everyone!

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received an updated brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS).

Please know that this society was formerly known by the name Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists. They renamed themselves as of August 1, 2014.

Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society, membership benefits, meeting location, programs they will offer during their upcoming 2014-2015 “season” and membership application.

Here is the newly updated NWSGS brochure for the society that includes their 2014-2015 programs:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Brochure That Includes The 2014-2015 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print it off and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.  Give the society a try and check out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS)

Enjoy the brochure and plan on attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Jesse Tyler Ferguson Airs Tonight On TLC At 8 PM Central Time; Links To Preview And Photographs Provided By TLC; “Encore” Episodes Of Originally Aired Episodes Will Also Appear On TLC

Hi Everyone!

The Learning ChannelI wanted to remind you that the 2nd “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs tonight on TLC at 8 PM Central time.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson from TLCJesse Tyler Ferguson is featured on tonight’s new episode.

Try to watch the original airing on TLC tonight if possible.

TLC kindly provided me with links to get you to the preview of tonight’s episode, as well as a link to some photographs associated with the episode.

Here are those links provided to me directly from TLC:

Preview of July 30, 2014 Jesse Tyler Ferguson Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Preview Photographs of July 30, 2014 Jesse Tyler Ferguson Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

TLC also provided me with some other descriptive information about this episode as well as indicating that TLC now has the ability to also air episodes of the series that were formerly on NBC.  So it appears viewers on TLC will now see the current “new” episodes as well as be able to see many of the “encore” episodes when they are scheduled for viewing on TLC.

Based on the text from TLC, you can view “encore” episodes of the series at 7 PM Central time tonight and also another one at 9 PM Central time tonight.  The “new” episode is sandwiched between the two encore episodes tonight.

So you can actually make a night of “Who Do You Think You Are? tonight.  Whet your appetite and view an “encore” episode featuring Lisa Kudrow at 7 PM Central time.   Then watch the brand new episode at 8 PM Central time tonight.   Then cap off your evening viewing with an “encore” episode featuring Rob Lowe at 9 PM Central time.  A “mini-marathon” it is!!

Here is the text shown in Italics from TLC (I did change the reference to the airing of this episode from “tomorrow” to “tonight” since the information was sent yesterday.)


“TLC’s Emmy-nominated series premiered last week, and this week actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson will dig into his family roots tonight, July 30 at 9/8c. In his episode, Jesse Tyler Ferguson follows the life of his great-grandfather, whom trouble seemed to follow at every turn. Throughout his journey, Jesse discovers a shocking crime within his family, and comes to learn that his great-grandfather led an unprecedented expedition to the Alaskan Klondike in search of gold.”

 “In addition to this season’s new premieres, TLC has also acquired episodes from previous seasons of the series, marking their first debut on cable. Alongside Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s episode, encores of Lisa Kudrow’s episode airs at 8/7c and Rob Lowe’s episode airs at 10/9c.”

 “Future encores include Gwyneth Paltrow on 8/6, Brooke Shields on 8/13, Vanessa Williams on 8/20, Rita Wilson on 8/27, and Reba McEntire and Tim McGraw on 9/3.”


Get yourself in the rhythm of the day and the time the show airs for both “new” episodes as well as the “encores”.  View the new episode when it is happening so you can start gathering the tips you view and put them into practice the very next day on your own research.

Thanks to TLC for providing me with the information and the links above.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” tonight!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists Will Be Undergoing A Name Change On August 1, 2014; The New Society Name Will Be The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society; Same Website Address; Same Location For Programs

Hi Everyone!

NWSCG LogoThe Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, a local genealogy society that holds its meetings/programs in Arlington Heights, IL, will be undergoing a name change effective August 1, 2014.

(Their logo still shows the old name of the society.  That will probably be updated in the future.)

The new name of the society will be the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.

You can still find the society at their current web address of

Their website is already reflecting their changed society name.

You can visit them at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

It appears that nothing else is changing for the society except the name.  They will be having their meetings/programs at the Arlington Heights Senior Center in Arlington Heights, IL.  Their web address is still the same as before at

It appears to be business as usual for the society.  There is no need to think that there is a new society in the area when you start hearing and seeing the new name of Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.  You just need to start putting the new name of the society in your head and start using it in your discussions and in your own writing.  I know, old habits die hard, especially with a name change.

Just remember, that it is still the same great society local to our Northwest Suburban area that you have always known about.

I have already started making changes to where I have referred to it in my various calendars.  Hopefully, I won’t slip up and refer to it as its former name.

Congratulations to the Society.  Be understanding as the new name takes a foothold.  Same great society with the same great members!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


DuPage County Genealogical Society Will Be Offering 4 Genealogy “Classes” That Will Be Held At The Wheaton Public Library; Saturdays; October 4, October 18, November 1, and November 15; 1 PM to 3 PM; $10 Fee Per Class; PDF “Flyer” Included

Hi Everyone!

DCGS LogoAs I troll  a variety of genealogy society websites local to our area in search of new calendar dates for programs, I did happen to notice that the DuPage County Genealogical Society has updated their Calendar of Events with some new “classes” that I had previously not seen.

The society will be offering a series of 4 genealogy “classes” that will take place at the Wheaton Public Library at two-week intervals starting on October 4, 2014.  Classes will be held on Saturdays from 1 PM to 3 PM.

There is a $10 fee per “class”.  Registration with the library is kindly requested for planning purposes and handout purposes but is not required.

The information at the society webpage does not indicate who the instructor(s) will be for the programs.

It also appears you can pick and choose any of the classes to attend and you do not have to attend all of them.

Here is the upcoming Fall schedule of the 4 classes:

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “Get Ready To Climb Your Family Tree”
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “File Organization”
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “ – The Ultimate Free, On-Line Genealogy Resource”
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “Making Ancestry Work for You”

These “classes” look as if they are intended for the beginning genealogist.  The fact that you can attend all 4 if you choose within about 6 weeks can provide the beginning researcher with a nice “Kick-Off” as they embark on their research activity.    However, it sure looks like the topics can apply to just about any level of researcher.  If the subject interests you and you consider yourself an established researcher, then by all means consider attending!

I am so glad I happened to come across this nice offering by the society with plenty of time to go for your planning purposes.  If you think you are interested, please consider registering in advance so the providers can be sure they have enough handout material for those that actually participate.

You can actually take a look at the details of the above events by looking at the PDF “Flyer” of the upcoming programs at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) “Classes” For 2014

I have also added the events to my Google Calendar as part of this blog located at the top of the homepage as “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”.

Consider attending.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


“What’s New At July 2014” YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a July 2014 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At July 2014”.

The video is an approximate 26 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of should be aware of.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from that you can access at: Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) in Salt Lake City, UT  (July 27 – August 1, 2014); Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas August 27 – August 30, 2014).
  • New Content! – 75  Million new records added for 17 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • Database with Expanded Records – Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906 – 1944 (Added Records)
  • New Data Base – U.S. Register of Civil, Military and Naval Services, 1863-1959
  • If you have a country specific subscription to only (you do not have full world-wide subscription), you can always look at the card catalog for countries of interest to you to see if it is worth your while to upgrade your subscription to a worldwide access to gain access to those records from that country.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

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

Updates On New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” And TLC Network; New Episode Featuring Cynthia Nixon Airs Tonight On TLC At 8 PM Central Time

Hi Everyone!

The Learning ChannelI was pleasantly surprised today to have received an e-mail from the Publicity Group of TLC, the cable and television network where the genealogy TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” airs.

TLC was thankful about how I have made my readers aware of the popular genealogy TV series that starts out tonight with another new episode for this season on TLC at 8 PM Central Time.

The Publicity Group also wanted me to let my readers know of two corrections regarding the network and the show.  The first is that TLC is now only known as TLC.  I have always referred to it as TLC, also known as “The Learning Channel”.  That is no longer applicable.  TLC is now just known as TLC without using the added description of “The Learning Channel”.

In addition the Publicity Group of TLC wanted to let me know that there has been a slight change in one of the upcoming episodes that will air.  Originally, Lauren Graham, a Hollywood actress was going to be featured in one of the new episodes that will air this season.  That is no longer going to happen.  Instead of Lauren Graham appearing in an episode this season, there will be an episode that will feature Minnie Driver.

So there you go.  You now have the latest scoop direct from TLC on their name as just TLC as well as seeing Minnie Driver featured in an upcoming episode instead of Lauren Graham.

Thanks to Danielle of TLC for the update.

Don’t forget that tonight is the season premier of “Who Do You Think You Are?” featuring Cynthia Nixon.  The show will air on the cable network TLC at 8 PM Central time.

You can always visit TLC directly and see what is all going on with “Who Do You Think You Are?” at:

TLC/Who Do You Think You Are?

Tonight is the night to set yourself in front of your TV after what always feels like a long wait!  Set your DVR if you are not going to be able to see the show while it airs.

It’s BACK!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Mini-Marathon Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On The Learning Channel (TLC) July 20, 2014 And Also On July 23, 2014; Last Season’s Episodes Will All Be Re-Broadcast One After The Other

Hi Everyone!

The Learning ChannelAre you getting yourself geared up for the new season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” on the Learning Channel (TLC)?  The new season starts on July 23, 2014 when Cynthia Nixon will be showcased as the celebrity having her ancestors rolled out before her.

What better way than to get your excitement level up than by watching the entire previous season’s episodes all in one day during consecutive hours before the new episodes are unveiled on July 23, 2014!

A mini-marathon it is!

There appear to be 7 one-hour episodes from last year that will be rebroadcast both on July 20, 2014 as well as on July 23, 2014, the start of the new season.

Dick Eastman had a post about this topic that included more details about the rebroadcast material and when it will be rebroadcast.  You can see the details of this mini-marathon in Dick Eastman’s post at:

July 13, 2014 Dick Eastman Post About the “Who Do You Think You Are?” Marathon on The Learning Channel (TLC)

Based on Dick Eastman’s post it does appear that you will have to pay $1.99 to view old episodes online from the previous season in their entirety.  I did look at the TLC website where normally you would have been able to view a previously broadcast episode in its entirety for free.  Today, you can only view a 5 minute highlight of the episode for free.  WOW!  That is a change and a big change to boot.  We will need to see as the new season episodes unfold if the $1.99 charge will apply to watch full episodes online for this new season.

You can visit the part of The Learning Channel (TLC) website that pertains to “Who Do You Think You Are?” at:

The Learning Channel (TLC) – Home of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

So rev up your excitement level for the new season while catching up with last year’s material.  These marathon’s can be fun while you can catch up on all of last year in one 7 hour stretch.  If you can’t catch the rebroadcast of all the material on July 20, 2014 you have another chance on July 23, 2014 before the new season starts.

Mark your calendar.  Set your DVR.

The new season.

It’s almost back!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 24, 2014 And Saturday, October 25, 2014 In O’Fallon, IL; Conference Brochure Now Available

Hi Everyone,

illinoisgensoc-logoI have looked at the website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society and noticed they have the brochure for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2014.  The “theme” title of this event is called “Illinois: Land of Opportunity”.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 24, 2014 and Saturday, October 25, 2014.  The conference will be held at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, IL.  Lodging is being mentioned at the Hilton Garden Inn.   O’Fallon, IL is about 290 miles from Chicago and is about a 4 hour 30 minute drive.  It is south of Springfield, IL.  It is near St. Louis, MO.

Here is a PDF of the brochure available from the ISGS:

October 24-25, 2014 Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Fall Conference Brochure For Registration, Programs and Speakers

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

ISGS 2014 Annual Conference Program Description

There will be a total of 5 speakers for the 2 day program.  There will be a total of 16 programs taking place over the 2 days from among the 5 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.

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 24, 2014 and Saturday, all-day, October 25, 2014.

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

FamilySearch Indexers “Start Your Engines!”; Worldwide Indexing Event To Take Place On July 20 and July 21, 2014; FamilySearch Needs 50,000 Indexers To Submit 1 Batch During This Period; New Indexers Also Being Sought

Hi Everyone,


Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman

I just saw an item from a Dick Eastman blog post that indicated that there is an up and coming Worldwide Indexing Event that will occur on July 20 and July 21, 2014 (right around the corner!).

What is this all about?

What is the goal?

For 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period! Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record!


To break the record previously set on July 2, 2012, when a total of Logo49,025 FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators joined together to set the all-time record for the most indexing participants in a single day!

Are you an indexer?  If so, mark your calendar to do one batch of records and submit them on that day.  One batch might only be 25 records.

Not an indexer?  Now might be the time to help contribute to a record by becoming an indexer, not only to break a record, but also to keep contributing your newly found indexing skills and talent!

Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s post about the topic from his blog:

Dick Eastman June 29, 2014 Post On FamilySearch Worldwide Index Event

Within Dick’s post is a link to the FamilySearch blog that provides even more information about this upcoming effort to break an existing indexing record.  You can read all about this event in the FamilySearch blog at:

Worldwide Indexing Event July 20, 2014 and July 21, 2014 From FamilySearch

Are you up for a challenge?  Would you like to be part of a record-setting effort?  Are you an indexer that has not indexed in a little while?  Have you never become an indexer but like challenges?

Mark your calendars and start your engines!

For those that need to refresh their indexing participation or for those that would simply like to find out about indexing, you can take a look at what is all involved through FamilySearch at:

FamilySearch Indexing Information

Take a look at the various links noted above.

Start your indexing engine or re-start your indexing engine!

Help break a record.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 8, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2014 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 July 2014 Handouts for your convenience:

July 2014 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, July 8, 2014 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  “highlight” 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