Monthly Archives: August 2016

Re-Post Reminder: Family Tree DNA Has Sale Of Many Of Its DNA Products; Family Finder Product Normally $99 On Sale For $69

Hi Everyone!

Family Tree DNAI received an email from Family Tree DNA, the company to which I submitted my own DNA, stating that the big summer sale on their DNA products is soon to come to an end.  The Family Finder product that I used has been on sale for the last month at a price of $69.  Normally it is $99.  I purchased it at what I thought was a great price of $79.

The last day of the current $69 sale price of this product ends at midnight, central standard time on August 31, 2016.

The clock is running out quickly at this great sale price of $69.  You have got to act quickly if you want to save an immediate $30 off of the normal price for this DNA product that many use as the “entry” level product when you take the plunge to have your DNA tested.

I am so happy that I made the decision to get my DNA tested.  If you are on the fence, a $69 price for the basic DNA test with this company should really not only make you get off the fence but jump over the fence!

See the original blog post below the insert line with all of the details as well as a link to Family Tree DNA.

Read fast!

Get off that fence!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Hi Everyone!

Family Tree DNAHopefully, you have seen me making some recent blog posts about my entering the world of Genealogy DNA with the submission of my DNA for testing.  I submitted my DNA to Family Tree DNA for analysis.

I was able to submit when there was a sale of Family Finder, the “entry” level DNA product offered by Family Tree DNA.  Normally the product sells for $99.  I was able to obtain the product for $79.  I was very happy with that price.

Here is the link to Family Tree DNA:

Family Tree DNA Website; 2016 Summer Sale On Their DNA Products

Well guess what?  That same product from Family Tree DNA is now on sale for:


So if you are on the fence for having your DNA testing as it pertains to your genealogical research but were still holding out for lower price testing, it looks like your ship has come in from Family Tree DNA.  At $69 the price represents a 30% discount off of the normal pricing.

This product has never been offered previously at the $69 price!  I had been monitoring it for sale prices and had always previously seen it discounted to the $79 purchase price I was able to get.

Many of their other DNA testing products that are significantly more expensive are also on sale with some great discounts.

When I look at the website for Family Tree DNA, I cannot find an “end” date for this fabulous sale.  I did find some other material on the web that noted this could be an “open-ended” sale meaning it will last for a while or it could mean that the next time you visit the web site thinking you will purchase a kit you discover that the sale prices reverted back to their higher.

I guess that is the perfect tease!!

I thought I got a great bargain when I purchased the Family Finder kit from Family Tree DNA for $79.  Now you have an opportunity to make a purchase for this same product for $69.  The web site as of my writing this post is still showing this product and many others still on sale.

Don’t wait!  If you have been considering testing your DNA now is the time at such a great price for this entry-level DNA product.

The $79 price sale when I purchased did not last long, maybe 2 weeks.  I was so happy with that discount.  You can get the same thing I got for even less at $69!!

Act now.  Don’t take a chance and think you can visit the site in a week to make your sale purchase.  It could be gone just that fast.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Recorded Genealogy Program DVDs Have Been Moved From Our Audio Visual Group To Our 2nd Floor Circulating Shelves

Hi Everyone!

Good news!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library

The project for re-cataloging and relocating our Genealogy Program DVDs has been completed.  When we have had a program with a genealogy speaker who has given me permission to record the program, you may have seen me in the back of the room with our camcorder on a tripod recording the program.  Once recorded, I have transferred the program to DVD and make it available to check out from our library for viewing at home on your DVD player.  I started recording our library’s Genealogy Programs (with speaker)  in February 2012.  So that is as far back as we have.  There have also been occasions when a speaker has not given me permission to record their program.  So there will be gaps where a program with a speaker does not exist on DVD.  These DVDs originally were on the first floor of our library in the Audiovisual location.  Due to pending remodeling of the area we needed to relocate these DVDs to our 2nd floor circulating collection.

We have now completed that process.

The two most recent recorded programs for the July 12, 2016 genealogy program and the August 9, 2016 genealogy program are in processing for cataloging and packaging.  They should be available very soon.  I had to hold these off for processing until the previously recorded DVDs were redone.

The Genealogy Program DVDs are now cataloged as the following call number style:

929.1072 GENEALOGY (  Plus the 2nd word of the call number is the first word of the title of the video)

As a real life example, the catalog entry for the recorded DVD titled “Archivist’s Notebook: Gleaning Genealogical Evidence From Ephemera” is cataloged and is labeled on the shelf as:


If searching our online catalog, you can search for these DVDs using the search term “genealogy program“.  You may discover a few “strays” that are selected with that term that are NOT Genealogy Program DVDs, but for the most part your search will give a nice list of these recorded programs we have on shelf.

You can see by the picture how the DVDs look on the shelf.   TheGenealogy Program DVDs On Shelf cataloging number we gave them has grouped them all together for easy viewing in one spot on the shelves.  The title of the DVD has also been placed on the spine of the case.  Yes I know you have to turn your head to look at it that way OR you can take a handful off the shelf and turn them sideways in your hand to read in routine!!  They are very lightweight.  Spine label reading problem solved!

Having them on the 2nd floor with the genealogy books that are available to check out just makes it that much easier to browse the shelves and see both book and DVD material together for the same subject of genealogy.

You know my library mantra about checking out library material!  I encourage you to check them out of our library so I can be sure they stay there and do not have to be removed for lack of circulation!  You can help me with this by checking them out!

Thanks for being patient while these were unavailable and they were being re-processed.

Head on up to the 2nd floor of our library to the tall circulating shelves.  Look for the 929.1 to 929.3 section and browse our genealogy books as well as the recently added DVDs of previously recorded Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

I am sure there must be a program of interest for you among these DVDs that perhaps you did not see or you want to view an encore presentation if you did see it!

While looking at the DVDs see what other genealogy book material might be of interest to you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Took The Genealogy DNA Plunge (Continued)!; Revealing My Results That Were Processed By Family Tree DNA

Hi Everyone!

Family Tree DNAI have made some previous posts describing my participation with Family Tree DNA ( to have my DNA analyzed with their Family Finder product.

I made a post describing how the information was provided to me from Family Tree DNA and how you as a submitter would see and understand the process of what takes places when you submit for DNA analysis.

The one thing I previously did not share was my actual results!  Yes, I guess I fall into the media specialization of including “teasers” to bring you back for the “reveal”.  Please forgive me for that tactic!

Over the recent years many of you have actually shared with me some of your own DNA results that you submitted through Family Tree DNA.  Now that I have my results, it will be like comparing “Oranges to Oranges” for those of you that also tested through Family Tree DNA.

I cannot speak for how results are presented to a submitter from Ancestry DNA, 23 And Me or any other DNA testing company.

Many of you have told me of the variety of your DNA analysis among many different ethnicities  as identified by the DNA testing company.  No two companies come up with the same analysis.  The analysis of DNA ethnicity is based on company specific algorithms to make that determination.  So someone might be shown as being 84% Eastern European in the results from one testing company while being shown as 80% Eastern European from another testing company.

The results that many of you have shown me indicated significant multipleDNA Clip Art geographic and ethnic areas of origin spread around the world for your own DNA.  Some of your results might have said Eastern European, Scandinavian, British Isles and many other areas of the world.  Maybe you had percentage breakouts for 5, 6, or 7 different world/ethnic areas.

So where am I going with this?  I am going to my big reveal of my DNA analysis from Family Tree DNA that said:

I am 100% European with a breakdown of that showing me as having 98% Eastern European plus 2% British Isles.  That’s it!  No 5, 6,  or 7 different percentage components of ancestral origins as so many of you have had in your own testing that you shared with me.

That’s it!  No big mysteries to uncover among many unexpected ethnicities as so many of your own results have shown, although I do consider the 2% (small though it is) for British Isles as the most intriguing aspect of these results.

So I guess all of my family stories and research showing me as being of Polish origin fits quite well with the DNA analysis that says Eastern European is my dominant ethnicity.

But I was actually quietly hoping for some other ethnic breakdowns just for the fun of it and the mystery it would have conveyed.  Oh well, maybe at some point I will knock on the door of DNA and purchase a kit from them to see what their analysis would tell me about my origins.

I am sure you each had your own quizzical looks on your face when you first saw your own results.  Mysterious, puzzling, intriguing or even what the heck is this report telling me!!

The next item to note for my own DNA results with Family Tree DNA is that the “Matches” part of the overall report connects me to about 300 other Family Tree DNA testers to whom I have some genetic connection.  The highest match shown in the list of these 300 is someone noted as a “2nd cousin – 4th cousin” relationship!  That sure is not a close connection to anyone.  I only have 4 people noted as a match to me at the 2nd-4th cousin level.  Most of my matches are noted as being “3rd cousin – 5th cousin” matches as well as “4th cousin – remote cousin” and “5th cousin – remote cousin” matches.

One major item to note is that you have to be prepared to possibly discover a very close relationship to someone else that submitted DNA to this company, a person you simply may not even know existed!!  One of the report items is something categorized as”Close and Immediate”.  You could be in for the shock of your life if perhaps you discovered an unknown sibling or half-sibling who also submitted DNA for testing with Family Tree DNA.

I did not have any surprises in this regards but was surprised how distantly related I was to the 300 matches I had.  Maybe you experienced similar results and was hoping to have someone much more closely related genetically to come up that you did not know about.  I just note that none of my known cousins has submitted their DNA to Family Tree DNA for testing based on my not having any “Close Relative” results.

Now I have a list of people to contact and see how we might be related.  Now I can also submit my results to GedMatch to see if I have matches to others that submitted to GedMatch but did not test with Family Tree DNA.  They may have tested with or 23 And Me or any other testing service.  Who knows how many more matches I can add to the 300 I already have.

Still more to do related to uploading family tree material to Family Tree DNA.  By including data in your myFamilyTree component of your myFTDNAHome it will make it easier to compare your family tree data to those from the “match” list to maybe be able to better analyze what family connection exists between me and them.  Many individuals take the test and do not upload or create any family tree data.  With no family tree data it becomes difficult to see how you might be connected to someone that is a match genetically.

Lots more to do and lots more to write about to share with you via future blog posts as I start working with my results and matches.  Still plenty to learn about the process.

At least wanted to do my big reveal here and now!  Thought I would have more interesting data results but they are what they are!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, August 27, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Tapping The Power Of FamilySearch” Presented By Maureen Brady

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, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, August 27, 2016 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 Maureen Brady.    The speaker will present a program titled “Tapping the Power of FamilySearch.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) August  27, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Maureen Brady, 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

August 20, 2016 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Meeting At A Location Other Than The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will NOT be having their normal meeting at our library this coming Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Instead, they will be meeting at:

HYATT Place Schaumburg
1851 McConnor Pkwy
Schaumburg, IL
10:30 AM
Meeting Room 5

Please check out the CAGGNI website for any clarification at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

Please make note of this change if you were thinking the meeting was going to be at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

The title of the program is “Creating and Sustaining Your Family Newsletter: Genealogy-Rich Source Material”.  Speaker for the program is Janis Minor Forte.

Program description is:

“Creating a Family Newsletter is a dynamic way of maintaining contact with and communicating to family members.  A newsletter also documents the past legacy of the family while preserving family events for future generations.  This presentation chronicles the development of a now 18-year family newsletter.  The lecture presents a variety of administrative and policy issues to be considered.”

Speaker information is:

Janis Minor Forté is an experienced genealogists, writer and lecturer.  She has presented at FGS, NGS, OGS, Roots Tech, ISGS  and local conferences.  In 2014 she was the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecturer at the FGS Conference.  In 2013  she won First Place in the ISFHWE  Excellence-in-Writing Competition and her family newsletter won Honorable Mention in the Genealogy Newsletter Category.  She is a member of CAGGNI. 

Please note the different location for this August 20, 2016 CAGGNI program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Took The Genealogy DNA Plunge (Continued)!; Received My DNA Results Analysis

Hi Everyone!

Family Tree DNAWell, my Family Tree DNA results are now available!

My previous posting of this process noted that I should have my DNA results from Family Tree DNA ( sometime between  July 4, 2016 and July 20, 2016.

I am happy to report that my results actually came back more on the early side for FTDNA reporting rather than the later estimated time.  FTDNA did send me an email telling me that my Family Finder results had been uploaded for the Kit Number that was assigned to me.  The email gives clear directions on how to log in to your FTDNA account to access the results.  But, you were probably logging into the system all along to see the status of the kit processing .  The email also provides a lot of information about Autosomal DNA (as this is related to the nature of the Family Finder test I used), as well as some Help Page links to help you to understand how to start interpreting your results.  The email also tells you about downloading your raw data for future use.  FTDNA also within the email re-states some of the wording related to Privacy of your results and cautions you about Privacy if you decide to export some of your raw data.

My results actually came back on July 2, 2016.  Perhaps FTDNA gives you a longer time interval to expect your results but perhaps they generally deliver them faster than they anticipated within the time range they have estimated for you.

It is important that you utilize your online access to your myFTDNA to follow the progress of all of these reported items.  Log in with your kit number and password to your myFTDNA at FamilyTreeDNA.  If your results are completed, as mine are now, you will see more links for you to explore related to your test results.  Some of these are:

  • Family Tree (myFamily Tree)
  • Family Finder (Matches)
  • Family Finder (Chromosome Browser)
  • Family Finder (Known Relationships)
  • Family Finder (myOrigins)
  • Applications (Partner Applications)

You can also click on the link on your signed in myFTDNA homepage that saysDNA Clip Art “Complete Order History” to see all of the activities related to your DNA processing.  For me I received a timeline from FTDNA that showed the following activities leading up to my results:

  • Ordered (Date Given)
  • Batched (Date Given)
  • Completed (1) (Date Given)
  • Completed (2) (Date Given)

The Batch number for processing was linked to each of the above activities.

If you wanted a timeline of all of your activities with Family Tree DNA, you get it here!

I am very happy with the information provided to me from FTDNA via emails as well as via the myFTDNA webpage you access when you log in.  But like anything else, lots of information may simply not yet be too helpful as your mind is spinning with scientific information about the DNA process.  It will take some time on reading FTDNA help material as well as some time looking at the FTDNA series of online videos to help you through the process of learning about how to work with and understand results from each of their various tests.

Soooooooooooooooooooooooo … my results are in BUT I will be providing that information in a new post soon.  Sorry for the ultimate “tease” of this post as to the specific results, but I at least wanted to share with you how FTDNA provides you with notifications about receiving your results and where to go look at the myFTDNA site for these results.

Lots of learning for me to do about beginning to make sense of what you receive.  Lots to learn about downloading your raw results so you can post them in an online product called GedMatch where you should see even more matches from others that have been tested with other services such as Ancestry DNA and 23andMe that have uploaded their data to this aggregator site.  It is daunting but what an opportunity to learn all about this process and how to use it to further expand your family history!

Till next post on my DNA experience!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Permission Granted From Dan Niemiec, Our August 9, 2016 Genealogy Program Presenter, To Post A PDF Copy Of His Handout “Tips And Tricks For Using”

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library

What a great genealogy program we had last night!

We had a total of 60 participants in attendance last night and of those 60, 18 were noted as being first time attendees at our program!  In all the years I have been doing this I have never had that many first time attendees at any of my previous programs!


Additionally, Dan Niemiec, our presenter for his program titled “Tips and Tricks for Using” was on fire last night with his presentation.  He really knows his stuff and presented the internet material in a way that was eye-opening, especially on how to use all of the search filters.  He also gave us many fun-filled laughs with his humorous comments made throughout.

See, genealogy can be and should be fun!  Thanks Dan!

Dan has also been kind enough to allow me to include in this post a PDF copy of his 12 page handout from last night’s programs.  For those of you that attended and picked up the paper handout this has little impact on you.  But for those of you that are regular attendees (or for anyone else that comes across this post out in the blogosphere) and were unable to attend last night,  this will be very helpful to you to have access to it electronically.

Here is the link to this 12 page handout:

August 9, 2016 “Tips and Tricks for Using” Handout From Presenter Dan Niemiec

Thank you to all that came out to our program last night.  Thank you to Dan Niemiec for allowing me to include the PDF version of the handout from last night.

I hope the program left you with a lot more knowledge on how to use the website at:


Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library