Monthly Archives: September 2015

Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) Offering A Genealogical Bus Tour That Focuses On “Chicago Neighborhoods thru the Eyes of the City’s Great Writers”; Craig Pfannkuche Will Be The Guide; Saturday, October 3, 2015 From 9:30 AM to 4 PM; Also Open To Non-Members Of The Society

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoHi Everyone!

The Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) will be offering a genealogical bus tour on Saturday, October 3, 2015 between 9:30 AM and 4 PM.

The theme of the tour will be “Chicago Neighborhoods thru the Eyes of the City’s Great Writers”.

The tour will be led by Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago Genealogical Society who specializes in Chicago family history research.

The tour bus will be ready for boarding at 9:30 AM and will depart from and return to the northwest corner of the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Madison and Clinton Streets) in Chicago.

You do not have to be a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society in order to participate.  However, your cost will be slightly higher than for members ($50 non-members; $40 members).

You can choose to purchase a box lunch for an added fee of $15  if you so choose or you can even brown bag your own lunch for the day.

Take a look at the link to a PDF of a full-page description of the event that contains even more background and details about the events of the day.

Here is a link to the one page PDF with all of the details:

October 3, 2015 Chicago Genealogical Society Genealogy Bus Tour – “Chicago Neighborhoods thru the Eyes of the City’s Great Writers”

You may also want to visit the home page of the society to check on the status of this bus tour if you are interested in participating.  These bus tours often fill up quickly and are then closed when capacity has been reached.  I see that you can register online for this event through the society.  Here is a link to the part of the society website where the program is contained.  You will see a link with the program description that allows you to register online:

October 3, 2015 Chicago Genealogical Society Bus Tour Online Registration Information

I have had Craig as a speaker at our genealogy programs.  He is fantastic in that setting.  I can’t even imagine how good he will be at being a guide for an all-day event.

If interested, you must submit payment using the form that is the PDF above by September 25, 2015.  Space is limited.

Sounds like another great bus tour put together by the Chicago Genealogical Society on a topic that always connects to genealogical research!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; 300 Person Capacity Limit

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 41st 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, March 12, 2016 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 3:30 PM.   At 7:30 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered (assuming they have not reached their 300 person registration limit), 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 2:30 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “A Tradition of Excellence in Education of Genealogists”.

Please note that the society is noting at the society website and in the program brochure that there will be a limit of 300 people who will be able to register.  So if you are interested you might want to take action by registering in advance while there are openings rather than taking a chance as a walk-in on the day of the event and be turned away because capacity has been reached.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own program.

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 NIU Conference Center and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome assuming the 300 limit on capacity has not been reached.  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 1:00 PM and one at 2:30 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear 4 unique programs among the 16 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A
  • Antje Petty
  • Judy G. Russell
  • Katherine R. Willson

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014 as a walk-in.  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 4 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

Upcoming Lake County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 In Round Lake Beach, IL; Billie Stone Fogarty Is Featured Speaker; PDF Brochure Included In Post

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtAfter visiting the Lake County Genealogical Society website, I see that they have current online information regarding their upcoming 23rd Annual Genealogical Workshop that will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

The title for the Conference is “Retracing Their Journeys”

You can visit the general website for the society at:

Lake County Genealogical Society (IL) Website

This is an all-day conference that is taking place at the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach that is located at 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach, IL.

Registration and browsing of materials starts at 8 AM.

Programs run from 9 AM until 3:30 PM.

Guest speakers for the day are Billie Stone Fogarty, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG and Jane Haldeman.

Phone contact for information is 847-201-9032.

It looks like the costs for the program are:

  • $35.00 if you are a member of the society (program registration prior to November 1, 2015)
  • $40.00 if you are not a member of the society  (program registration prior to November 1, 2015)
  • $45.00  (program registration after November 1, 2015 or as a walk-in on the day of program)

“Walk-ins” on the day of the program are OK  but you are on your own for lunch.  Lunch is not guaranteed for “walk-ins”.  You would pay the highest fee on that day.

Please use the following link that will get you directly to the PDF file that has all of the information about the day including the registration material, program titles and times, speaker biographies and directions:

November 21, 2015 Lake County Genealogical Society 23rd Annual Conference Program/Registration Brochure

I have been to their programs some time back and I always felt that they had top-notch speakers.  I would definitely recommend attending this annual event.

I know you will enjoy the day.

The society puts on a great annual conference with top-notch speakers and topics.  You will not be disappointed.  If you have not attended a local, all-day conference, this is a good one to attend.

You can always decide at the last-minute and be a “walk-in” to attend the conference (unfortunately, at the highest cost to you).  I have attended conferences as a “walk-in” and I usually find that it was well-worth the added cost to attend at the last-minute if pre-scheduling was a problem for you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post: Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 26, 2015 (Saturday); George G. Morgan Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Fox Valley Gen Soc LogoJust a reminder.  The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will be having their upcoming Annual Conference on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in Naperville, IL.

George G. Morgan, famous genealogist and co-host of the Genealogy Guys Podcast, will be the featured speaker at this event.  He will be the only presenter for the day and will offer 4 lectures on a variety of topics noted in the brochure for the event that you can access in my original post that follows.

You can still go to the program as a walk-in on the day of the event if you have not already scheduled yourself for the event.  The cost as a walk-in would be $50.

Please take a look at the text of my original posting of this event below the separator line for all of the details related to this annual conference.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary


Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 26, 2015 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Alternative Search Strategies in Genealogy”

The guest speaker for the day will be George G. Morgan, President of Aha! Seminars, Inc. and co-host of the Genealogy Guys Podcast.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online
  • Five Reasons the Records Aren’t in the Courthouse (and Where to Look)
  • Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered
  • Sidestep Genealogy

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program.  You can access this PDF at:

2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2015 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 3, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Cemetery Sleuthing” By Kathy Kult

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, October 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 3, 2015 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 Kathy Kult.    The speaker will present a program titled “Cemetery Sleuthing.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 3, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Kathy Kult, 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 September 2015” 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 September 2015 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At September 2015”.

The video is an approximate 31 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 – Ancestry Days, November 7, 2015, Raleigh, NC; Ancestry Days, November 14, 2015, Indianapolis, IN.; Salt Lake Institute, January 10 to 15, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT.,; RootsTech 2016, February 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT; National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June, 2016, Burbank, CA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 2015, Springfield, IL.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – beta site is still being worked.  Visit the blog post at Announcing the New Ancestry WebsiteScroll down and look for the “Try the new site Click Here” phrase.  Once there you will need to be a subscriber to  If you  enter in your information you will get connected to the new site for you to experiment with.   Crista mentioned that Ancestry is very appreciative of all of the feedback being provided to Ancestry from Beta users.  Look for a list of “updates” in progress appearing in the “Community Forum” that is located under the HELP menu.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry DNA has crossed the 1 million mark in submissions in the database.  Look for new Shared Matches feature.
  • New Databases – West Yorkshire, England, Removal and Settlement Records, 1689-1866.  Database contains about 14,000 records and is both searchable and browseable.  Crista pointed out that this is the perfect example to review the description of the database contents because researchers need to know what the meaning of “Settlement” records means about this database.  Always read the database description information.  In this case “settlement” applies to those that were poor and indigent in this area of England and were noted when moved from one community to another.
  • New Databases –  Ansbach, Germany, Lutheran Parish Register Extracts, 1550-1920.  Database contains about 2.8 million records and is both searchable and browseable.  You will be looking at transcriptions of original records but not the original record.  The records are in German.
  • 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

September 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for September 8, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the September 2015 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 2015 Handouts for your convenience:

September 2015 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 8, 2015 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