Monthly Archives: December 2016

Our January 10, 2017 Genealogy Program Speaker Has To Cancel Her Appearance; Sarah A. V. Kirby Was Going To Present “Finding Newspapers Online”; Instead, Tina Beaird Will Be Presenting “Newspaper Necessities” In Place Of The Originally Scheduled Speaker And Program; Our Printed Program Guide For This Program Will Not Be Accurate

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library

I need to make you aware of an upcoming genealogy program change.  Our January 10, 2017 genealogy program was going to originally have Sarah A. V. Kirby make a presentation titled “Finding Newspapers Online”.  Sarah has had to cancel her appearance at our library.

Instead of the original program we will be having Tina Beaird make a presentation titled “Newspaper Necessities”.

Different speaker than originally intended but I have tried to keep the subject category on using newspapers for your research the same.

Here is a little description of the program as well as some information about Tina Beaird:

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Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local history information other than obituaries. Learn how to find the hidden gems in newspapers like claim day notices, cards of thanks, society news, tax notices and more. Learn how to locate digital copies of original newspapers as well as what online indexes and abstracts exist.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member and an Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

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Unfortunately, the cancellation we received was done after our Program Guide was going to print which meant we could not make a correction at that time.  For those of you that receive our printed program guide you will still see reference to Sarah A. V. Kirby making a presentation titled “Finding Newspapers Online”.

I have made an updated change to our online library calendar of events on our website.  If you select the January 10, 2017 program for genealogy from the calendar you will see it has been updated to reflect that Tina Beaird will be our program speaker for the evening.

This blog post will also spread the word about the change in programming for the January 10, 2017 Genealogy Program.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  I am certain that Tina’s presentation will be well recieved.

Thank you for understanding the change that had to be made.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on January 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm for “Newspaper Necessities” presented by Tina Beaird.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At Ancestry.com December 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 December 2016 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com December 2016”.

The video is an approximate 16 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.

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

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences –  Large conference dates for 2017 have been set.  These are:  February 8-11, 2017, RootsTech in Salt Lake City; May 10-13, 2017, National Genealogical Society in Raleigh, NC; June 9-11, 2017, Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA; July 23-28, 2017, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations, Orlando, FL; August 30-September 2, 2017, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • New Databases – Callao, Peru, Civil Registrations, 1874-1996 (In Spanish)The new database contains about 360,000 records of civil birth, marriages and deaths.  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 database is indexed and searchable.  Records are in Spanish.  Browse the list of kinds of records to narrow down your search.  Province of Callao with many municipalities of Callao available.  There are images associated with the data that can be browsed by individual municipality name to select.  Kind of event is noted.
  • New Databases – U.S. Presbyterian Records, 1743-1970This  new databases contains about 760,000 records for births, marriages and deaths.  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.  You can filter and search records by state, church, record types and years.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, event date and place, and relatives mentioned.
  • New Databases – Japan, Clan Genealogies, 850-2012 database (in Japanese)This new databases contains about 87,000 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 database is not searchable, browseable only of the images.  Records are in Japanese.  You can select records to browse by family name, prefecture, county or city, town and village.  Yes, some of the records date back to 850.
  • New Databases – Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2009 (in Korean)This new database 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 database is not indexed and images are browseable.   Records can be filtered for browsing by Family name, country, province, city or county, town and village.
  • New Databases – Oklahoma, County Marriages,1890-1995.  This new database contains about 2.6 million records.   The database is  indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.   You can discover the name of the individual, birth year, marriage date, marriage location and spouse name.  The indexed item will lead you to an image of the actual record.
  • New Databases – New Jersey, Birth Index, 1901-1903, New Jersey, Marriage Index, 1901-1914, New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903.  The birth index database contains about 360,000 records; the marriage index contains about 758,000 records; the death index contains about 92,000 records.    Each database is  indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.   Image linked to indexed name.  You can discover the name of the individual, and other information specific to the kind of vital record.  You can view the original image.
  • 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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” 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 Ancestry.com.

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 Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” 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 Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, 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 Ancestry.com.  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

RootsTech 2017 Will Take Place February 8- 11, 2017 In Salt Lake City, UT; Some Classes To Be Available For Online Streaming From Upcoming 2017 Conference

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoJust a reminder that the 2017 version of RootsTech will take place on February 8 to February 11, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dick Eastman had a post about the upcoming 2017 conference.  You can see that post with the information here:

September  15, 2016 Dick Eastman Post Reporting On Upcoming 2017 RootsTech

This has proven to be  a wildly successful major genealogical conference that brings together genealogy researchers and genealogy software developers under one roof.  Dick Eastman reported in a March 18, 2015 blog post that 23,918 people attended the 2015 RootsTech conference.  Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s blog post reporting on information from the previous 2015 conference:

March 18, 2015 Dick Eastman Blog Post About RootsTech 2015

You can view the conference website for information about this 2017 RootsTech Conference at:

RootsTech 2017

There is a very large and detailed “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” part of the RootsTech website.  It is well worth browsing through the variety of questions about the conference.  The FAQ can really give you some good insights about the overall conference.  Here is a link to the RootsTech 2017 FAQ:

2017 RootsTech Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

RootsTech generally makes available a multitude of some of its recorded programs from the previous year for online viewing.  Unfortunately, as I write this post, the window for viewing those videos is no longer open.  Wish I could provide a link to these because they really provide an incredible insight into what RootsTech is all about through the programs they provide.  If I see that the window opens up and these are viewable again, even if only for a short time, then I will make another post letting you know they are available.

Consider going to Salt Lake City, UT to connect with the soon to take place 2017 version of RootsTech!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

“2017 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2017 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2017 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2017 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2017 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2017 from right within this post at:

2017 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2017!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2015 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2016

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2015  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2016 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2016.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2017 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2016”, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2016:

2002 – 2016 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2016 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Where Does Your Family Tree Exist?”; Select Answer From List Provided

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Where Does Your Family Tree Exist?”

A) Only Online And Not In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

B) Only In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop And Not Online

C) Both Online And In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

D) Neither Location.  I Have Not Created A Family Tree Either Online Or On My Desktop Or Laptop In A Lineage Program

All of my recent poll questions were based on looking for a simple “Yes” or “No’ response to choose.  This poll is a lot different because I am asking you to pick one of the answers from the list offered.  Sometimes these can be too complicated and the responder may not know how to respond or there may not be a response from the provided list that applies.  I still wanted to take a chance with this poll format this time to see what happens.  So read through the question and all the provided choices before selecting your answer.

I am just curious if more recent researchers to genealogy have only been creating their family tree online and are not even working with a desktop or laptop based lineage program like Family Tree Maker.  Many newcomers in genealogy seeking help from me seem to be leaning to just putting up all the research in a family tree online and not even working with a lineage program on their desktop or laptop.

Yet, many researchers that have been working on their family tree for quite a while seem to still be working with a lineage product on their desktop or laptop.  I have evidence of this from the feedback I received when Family Tree Maker was going to be discontinued.  Many researchers were upset with this development which gave me evidence that lineage programs on your desktop or laptop are still in vogue.

For many of us who have been researching for quite a while, the ease of uploading family trees online did not exist years ago.  What existed for us then were lineage programs you put on your desktop or laptop and then entered in your research data into such a program like Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, Legacy Family Tree, Reunion and others.  Things change over time just like vinyl records went to CDs which went to downloading.  No different in the world of genealogy over time with lineage programs morphing into online family trees.

I thought that looking into online trees vs. trees on your desktop or laptop in a lineage program would be a good question to elicit some response.

Lets see how the responses go to the question at hand with the list of answers to pick from.

So ……………………. “Where Does Your Family Tree Exist?”

A) Only Online And Not In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Similar Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

B) Only In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Similar Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop And Not Online

C) Both Online And In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Similar Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

D) Neither Location.  I Have Not Created A Family Tree Either Online Or On My Desktop Or Laptop In A Lineage Program

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, January 7, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “German Immigration to the United States” Presented By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

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, January 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2017 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 Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “German Immigration to the United States.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) January 7, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, 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