Monthly Archives: October 2014

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Will Present Genealogy Program On Saturday November 8, 2014 From 10 AM To 12 Noon; “Guide To Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866, On Microfilm At The Family History Library”; Presented By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Hi Everyone!

Hanover Military Records Book CoverI received a program notice from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on an upcoming genealogy program they will offer on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

The program is titled “Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library”.  The presenter will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG,  the author of the book upon which the presentation is based.

Registration is required through the library website at  Or you can call the library directly at 847-392-0100 for help to register.

Here is the text description of the program provided to me by Michael Mulholland, the Genealogy Librarian at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library:


Cardinal Room

11/08/2014 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist and German research expert will discuss her research and publication of Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514–1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library. Military records for the former Kingdom of Hanover in Germany can include a soldier’s date and place of birth, his father’s name, and widows’ pensions. This publication is the only English-language guide to this gold mine of information for genealogists. With this guide, a researcher can quickly determine all available records for a regiment and time period and know where to find them in the Family History Library’s (FHL) microfilm holdings in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Presenter Teresa S. McMillin, C.G.
No Library Card Required


Teresa is an outstanding genealogy speaker.  We have had her at our own library making genealogical presentations.  She will return back to our library for a future presentation in April 2015.

We have added her recently published book to our own circulating collection to help you  in your own Germanic research.

If you have any research that connects you to the Hanover area of Germany for your own ancestors, this might be a good opportunity to hear Teresa share her knowledge about the military records that exist for this area of Germany.  Your own German ancestors may have served in the Hanover military and you might be able to be found in the records Teresa has written about in her book.

Just knowing what resources exist for your own research needs is often half the battle!

You can also visit the website for Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG to see further information related to her and her book at:

Hanover Military Records by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

Check out her upcoming program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


“Beginner’s Guide To Genetic Genealogy”; Series Of 16 Lessons; Can Help You Better Understand The Process From A Layman’s Point Of View; From The Wheaton Surname Resources Website

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoI was browsing through the October 2014 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) newsletter and saw what looked like a very interesting suggested Internet link they identified in their “Around the Web” part of the newsletter.

The link will get you to the “Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy”.  This guide is part of the Wheaton Surname Resources blog that you can access directly at:

Wheaton Surname Resources Blog “Beginner’s Guide To Genetic Genealogy”

Let’s be honest.  If you are not scientifically oriented, DNA for genealogy can make your head spin and your eyes glaze over!  Most of us get lost in the weeds when we try to better understand the background of a DNA test and how it can improve your understanding of your genealogy connections to others in the test pool of other DNA submitters.

Here is another chance for you to improve your understanding of DNA and genealogy.

The site itself provides some good general DNA background information before you even get to the lessons.

The guide consists of 16 Lessons.  The lessons are presented as text lessons.  They are not audio or video lessons.  You just have to get comfortable and work your way through them by reading.

The 16 Lessons are titled as follows:

  • LESSON 1: An Overview of the Types of DNA Used By Genetic Genealogists
  • LESSON 2: Which DNA Test
  • LESSON 3: YDNA Exploring the Y Part 1
  • LESSON 4: YDNA Part 2
  • LESSON 5: Introduction to atDNA
  • LESSON 6: atDNA Nuts and Bolts
  • LESSON 7: atDNA Ancestral Origins Part 1
  • LESSON 8: atDNA Ancestral Origins Part 2
  • LESSON 9: atDNA Matches
  • LESSON 10: atDNA More with Matches
  • LESSON 11: Deeper Exploration by Subject
  • LESSON 12: Chromosome Mapping
  • LESSON 13: Privacy, Paranoia, Patience and Persistence
  • LESSON 14: More With the Y
  • LESSON 15: The Future of Y Testing is Here
  • LESSON 16: Using Third Party Tools for Medical Implications

Even I was beginning to get a better understanding of the overall process.

I think this is a site that can really help you better understand DNA and genealogy.  The lessons are not overwhelmingly long.  You will find further resources at the end of each lessons as links to other aids.  Many of the lessons include charts and other visuals.

I would recommend taking a real good look at Lesson 2 that identifies and compares the top DNA testing companies that are available to pick from.  The companies noted in Lesson 2 are:

  • Family Tree DNA(FTDNA)
  • National Genographic 2.0

Sometimes just selecting a DNA tester is the hardest part.  The “Pros” “Cons” and the “DNA Tester Future” are very handy to help you through ultimately choosing a DNA tester.

It was sure timely for me to notice this great link mentioned in the October 2014 CAGGNI Newsletter!

I think you will like what you see when browse through the lessons.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 1, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “Why My Austro-Hungarian Ancestors Were Neither Austrian Nor Hungarian” By Paul Valasek

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, November 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road 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 Paul Valasek.    The speaker will present a program titled “Why My Austro-Hungarian Ancestors Were Neither Austrian Nor Hungarian.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) November 1, 2014 Program Notice

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

You can always visit the website of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society to see what they are all about at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At October 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 October 2014 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At October 2014”.

The video is an approximate 17 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 – Oklahoma City Ancestry Day, November 7-8, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK; Roots Tech 2015 and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) (Combined Conferences), February 12 to 14, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • New Database – Birmingham, England Rate Books 1831-1913.  This database can give you information about owners of property and renters of property in Birmingham, England.  The value of a property is noted.  Who lived at the location.  Who owned the property and even what the rental amount was if it was rented out.
  • New Database – FindAGrave International Indexes Updated to reflect content by Country of origin rather than just being in one large database.  You can now see the magnitude of records if they exist in a country’s database.  Canada shows over 2 million FindAGrave records while Sweden and Norway show only about 20,000 records in their database files.
  • New Database – Canadian National Railway Immigrant Records, 1937-1960.  As Canada expanded westward with population, immigrants’ information was obtained as they used the railway to move westward.  You can find completed immigrant questionnaires that can contain multiple pages/images of data.
  • New Database – Tennessee Valley Cemetery Relocation Files, 1933-1990.  During the construction of dams in the Tennessee Valley Authority it became necessary to relocate both living individuals and those that were deceased and buried in cemeteries because flooding of old habitats was an end result of the project.  There are about 400,000 records in this database of names of grave sites that were moved during this project.
  • New Database – New England Select United Methodist Church Records, 1787-1922.  These are select records and do not represent the totality of all the records.  Can discover birth, marriage, death records and membership records of individuals in the church.
  • 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

Re-Post Reminder: October 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; “Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs In Chicago’s History” On Saturday, October 25, 2014 From 10:00 AM To 12 Noon

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to send out a reminder “Re-Post” on the upcoming genealogy program being offered by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL.

They will be having their upcoming program this Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10 AM at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL.

The program being offered is titled “Ties That Bind–Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History“.  The speaker for the program will be Veronica Robinson of the Swedish American Museum.

All of the details of the event that were previously posted follow after the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


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 issue of the October 2014 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

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

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

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

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during October 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

“Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History”  And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago October  2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday October 25, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History”.   From their website, here is a description of the program:



Genealogy Session Explores Swedish Club History in Chicago

Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m. – noon

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center’s October genealogy session will focus on the rich stories and heritage of Swedish clubs and organizations in Chicago. 

 The session, titled “Ties That Bind–Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History,” will be led by Swedish American Museum curator Veronica Robinson. Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members; non-members pay $10. Reservations are appreciated and can be made via  email. To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center click here.


See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of October 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Try-It! Illinois 2014” Free Database Access Available Through November 30, 2014; Request Log-In ID/Password From Illinois Secretary Of State; Approximately 29 Genealogy And Family History Databases Available To Try

Hi Everyone!

Try It Illinois LogoThe Illinois Secretary of State makes available on an annual basis access to a variety of electronic databases that are available for libraries to add to their collection for a fee.  Trying the databases can give the user feedback as to whether the database is good and useful to that user.

The Illinois Secretary of State calls the trial “Try-It! Illinois 2014”.

The Illinois Secretary of State will provide you with a Log In ID and Password that will allow you to visit the databases and give them a test run to see if there is material of interest to you.  If you find a database of interest that your local library is currently not subscribing to you can then provide your input to that library to see if the database access can be obtained by that library for ongoing use.

You can go to the site where Try-It Illinois 2014 information can be found.  At this site you can also submit a request to obtain a Log-In ID and Password that will allow you access to the databases available during the trial.  Here is the site to begin your trial access to a multitude of databases:

Try-It! Illinois 2014

This trial is open to users through November 30, 2014.

Here is a little write-up at the Try-It Illinois 2014 website describing more about this Try-It Illinois 2014 access:

About Try-It!

Welcome to Try-It! Illinois 2014, the fourteenth annual statewide database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers the staffs and library users of the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.

Once I logged in to the trial, I was able to select the “subject” category and it presented me with a list of subjects one of them being “Genealogy and Family History”.  I think selecting the “subject” category will be your best manner of looking for databases rather than the other categories.  Within that category I saw there was a list of 29 databases that had been categorized with this grouping.  You can select a database of interest that will get you to the provider of the database.  With a few more clicks you will ultimately get yourself to the database to actually try it out.

Many of the databases within this list are databases our library currently subscribes to.  Many of the databases on the surface are named in a manner that would make you wonder how it got categorized as a genealogy type database!  e.g. “Visual Thesaurus”.  But, nonetheless, it is in the list of 29 databases.  Many seem to be more “pure” history databases and not so much genealogy databases as we are more familiar with.  But at least the “subject” category narrows down your choices over and above the hundreds of databases made available overall.

You also have access to the hundreds of other databases available during the trial, not just the genealogy databases.  The list of databases will be presented to you in alphabetical order by name (Product).  You can also look at the list by “Company” or “Library Type” or by “Subject” as I did to find the Local History and Genealogy Databases. ( I recommend using the “Subject” method to find databases of interest within a subject category.)

So just head on out to the Try-It! Illinois link I provided above and submit your request to obtain a Log In ID and Password from the Illinois Secretary of State to begin accessing this multitude of databases, 29 of which are identified as being Genealogy and Family History oriented.

We should give a big “thank you” to Jessie White, the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian for making this access available for trial on a recurring basis each year for a rather lengthy period.  This trial is open from October 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014.

Check out the databases, especially ones that you have not previously accessed or even knew about.  There are literally hundreds of databases to sample across a myriad of subjects.  You have access to all of these not just the 29 databases categorized as being for Genealogy and Family History.

See what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for October 14, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

October 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, October 14, 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