Monthly Archives: October 2016

November 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; November 13, 2016 Genealogy Program; “Meet One-On-One With Swedish Experts”

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 November 2016 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

The Swedish American Genealogical Society has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  There is a Genealogy Program scheduled for Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 11 AM to 4 PM. (Probably scheduled on this date and time to not coincide with the Thanksgiving period when the 4th Saturday would fall.)   The title of this month’s program is “Meeting One-on-One with Swedish Experts”.  Help will be provided by knowledgeable members of the society as well as 2 expert researchers from Sweden and Kathy Meade, a well-known Swedish researcher expert at using ArkivDigital.   Reservations for attendance are appreciated.

From the newsletter, here is a description of the program:

“Meet one-on-one with experts for help with genealogy research, translations, and more! In addition to the Museum’s own researchers, two genealogists from Sweden, Elisabeth Thorsell and Ingrid Nilsson and the North American representative of ArkivDigital, Kathy Meade, will be present to answer your questions about Swedish research. Cost is $10 to participate and all participants will be entered in a raffle to win special prizes.

Reservations recommended. Walk-ins will be accommodated if time permits. Call the Museum at 773.728.811 to schedule your appointment.”

You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:

Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events

You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at

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 November 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago November 2016

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of November 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Free Online Webinar Program Titled “How To Use For Beginners” Is Available; Program Presented By Devin Ashby; Created By Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Hi Everyone!

legacy-family-tree-webinars-logoWhile going through a recent newsletter of the Chicago Genealogical Society, I noticed that they had a page of links to various genealogical items of note.  On that page was a highlight of a link to access a “free” online webinar titled “How to Use for Beginners”.  Program was presented by Devin Ashby and was originally produced by Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

It is an almost 2 hour presentation that contains “chapters” within the webinar to get you to specific topics covered within the webinar that may be of interest to you regarding FamilySearch.

Don’t be misled by the title noting it is for “Beginners”.  I believe any genealogist can and will benefit from learning more about using regardless of their skill level. is a wonderful resource that contains far more than just searching for surnames within records.  The fact that this is an almost 2 hour presentation speaks to how much there is at FamilySearch that the presenter makes us aware of.

You can get access to this free online webinar program at:

“How to Use for Beginners” from Legacy Family Tree Webinars

You can also visit the website for Legacy Family Tree Webinars at:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

to see all that they have to offer and how to go about gaining access to the genealogy webinar programs they have to offer.

Their subscription information link notes the following:

“Learn genealogy at your own pace with a monthly or annual webinar membership. All live webinars are free to the public. With a webinar membership, you get on-demand access to our entire video archives, and access to the instructors’ handouts. Watch via your computer or mobile device. New videos are added monthly at no additional cost.”

Subscription costs to access all of these webinars is $49.95 for an annual subscription or $9.95 for a monthly subscription.

Spend some time exploring all of the webinars offered by Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  While you can subscribe, there are also plenty of “free” webinars noted among a variety of genealogical topics.

Our library also recently had Dan Niemiec as a presenter on this very topic at our July 2016 genealogy program.  We were able to record his program (“Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch”) and the program is now on a DVD in our collection that can be checked out of our library for viewing on your home or computer DVD player.  The call number for our own DVD of  this program is DVD 929.1072 Genealogy Tips.  It is available on the 2nd floor of our library on the circulating shelves at the noted call number location.

The one thing I am not sure of this particular “free” webinar is whether it is “free” forever or for a limited time.  I accessed it yesterday and was able to  view it with no problem.  Just don’t know if it will stay like that or revert back to being accessed only with a subscription to the webinars offered by Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Check it out while you can see it.  Learning about all of the functionality within FamilySearch can greatly assist your genealogy skills and allow you to more effectively do searching, create memories and upload family trees.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 5, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Sound Research Practices: Sources And Citations” Presented By Ginger Frere

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 5, 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 Ginger Frere.    The speaker will present a program titled “Sound Research Practices: Sources and Citations.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) November 5, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Ginger Frere, 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 2016” 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 2016 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At October 2016”.

The video is an approximate 12 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 –  October 29, 2016, Fairfax Virginia Genealogical Society.  All major national conferences are completed for 2016.
  • New Databases – A variety of Netherlands Civil Registration DatabasesThe new databases contain about 18 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The databases are not yet indexed and searchable.  There are images associated with the data that can be browsed by individual municipality name to select.  The records are in Dutch.
  • New Databases – A variety of Oxfordshire, England, Church of England, Birth, Marriage and Death DatabasesThese new databases contains about 4 million  records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The databases are also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, event date, parish name, relatives mentioned.
  • New Databases – A variety of Peru Civil Registration databasesThese new databases contains about 2.5 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The databases are not searchable at this time but images can be browsed.  Records are in Spanish.  You can browse with sub-geographical areas within Peru.
  • New Databases – Variety of Germany, Civil Registration, Birth, Marriage and Death databasesThis new database contains about 4.8 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  It will help to know the geographic area location of your ancestors before searching.  The databases are also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  Records are in German.  There are images associated with the indexed text results that are printed text.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, event type, event date, event city and relatives mentioned.
  • New Databases – Variety of South Africa Parish Records.  These new databases contain about 1.5 million records.   The databases are also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  You can choose from a list of town names within the diocese to search.  It is linked to images of the original records that for the most part are handwritten.   You can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, event location and relatives noted in the record.
  • Tip From Crista – A particular database may have no connection to your research but you may still benefit from knowing about it.  As an example, there may be an Australian Outbound Passenger List database.  You may not have an Australian connection, but discovering that Outbound passenger records exists may allow you to consider to see if such records exist for the country associated with your ancestor.
  • 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 has noted on past videos 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

Upcoming Lake County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place On Saturday, November 12, 2016 In Lake Villa, IL; Juliana Szucs Is Featured Speaker; PDF Brochure Included In Post

Hi Everyone!

Lake County Genealogical Society LogoOne of my counterpart genealogy librarians made me aware of the upcoming Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society Annual Conference.  It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Lake Villa Township West Campus in Lake Villa, IL.

The title for the society’s 24th Annual Genealogical Workshop is “Using Ancestry for Your Ancestry”.

The speaker for the 4 programs for the day will be Juliana Szucs.

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After visiting the Lake County Genealogical Society website, I see that at this time they do not have current online information regarding this upcoming 24th Annual Genealogical Workshop that will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

A link to the online brochure I have for this event follows down below.

You can visit the general website for the society at:

Lake County Genealogical Society (IL) Website

Registration and browsing of materials starts at 8 AM.

Programs run from 9 AM until 3:30 PM.

Guest speaker for the day is Juliana Szucs.

It looks like the costs for the program are:

  • $35.00 if you are a member of the society (program registration prior to November 4, 2016)
  • $40.00 if you are not a member of the society  (program registration prior to November 4, 2016)
  • $45.00  (program registration after November 1, 2016 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 12, 2016 Lake County Genealogical Society 24th 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

The Book “The Stranger In My Genes” By Bill Griffeth Is In Our Circulating Collection And Available To Check Out; You Never Know What Your Genealogy DNA Testing May Uncover!

Hi Everyone!

stranger-in-my-genes-book-imageAt our most recent Genealogy Program on Tuesday evening October 11, 2016, I mentioned to the audience that we have added the book titled “The Stranger in My Genes” authored by Bill Griffeth.  Bill is one of the anchors on the CNBC cable channel business show “Closing Bell” that airs Monday through Friday at 3 PM Eastern time (2 PM Chicago time).  I mentioned that I was just in the process of reading it and that it would be available for routine checking out very soon.

That time is now.  It is now being processed back into the circulating collection and will soon be available for you to check out.

It is a very good book for any genealogical researcher that has submitted their DNA or is thinking about submitting their DNA for testing.

Bill Griffeth was just like each of us doing his genealogical research.  His brother suggested that he submit his DNA for testing to enhance further genealogical research once the DNA test results were in.  Sounded just like each of us would do until the test results turned Bill Griffeth’s world upside down!

I have finished the book and it is now being processed back onto our shelves.

The call number of the book is 921 GRIFFETH, B.

I highly recommend reading this book.

Check out our online catalog for availability.  Visit our library website at and look in the upper right corner of the home page for access to our library catalog.  Pick it off the shelf area of New Nonfiction books on the 2nd floor of our library where it will reside.  Or even place a hold on it for yourself.  This could be one of those books that will be very popular among genealogists leading to the need to place it on hold for yourself for reading when it becomes available.

So glad I read it.  It is a fast read.  You won’t need 3 weeks to finish it.  It just confirms that you need to have your DNA tested for genealogy with an understanding that you could get life-changing results!

Enjoy the book.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for October 11, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the October  2016 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 2016 Handouts for your convenience:

October 2016 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 11, 2016 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