Monthly Archives: March 2017

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, March 26, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Noah Wylie Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, March 26, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature actor Noah Wylie.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Three episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.  The third episode featured Jennifer Grey.

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

You can see these first three episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, March 26, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about actor Noah Wylie.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, April 1, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “What’s New On The Internet?” Presented By Caron Primas Brennan

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, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, April 1, 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.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 Caron Primas Brennan.    The speaker will present a program titled “What’s New on the Internet?.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) April 1, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Caron Primas Brennan, 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

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 8, 2017 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL; Discounts Available For Early Registration; Top Notch Speakers And Programs; Program Links Included

Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day all four of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from.

There will be 4 speakers making presentations:

  • Mary M. Tedesco (hostess, Genealogy Roadshow on PBS)
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Paul Milner
  • Michael Lacopo

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

The society will actually be trying something new for this conference.  A “Genealogy Help Desk” will be staffed by members of the McHenry County Genealogical Society during session breaks and lunch to help those in attendance who might have genealogical questions.  You will even be able to sign up for a 15 minute session with one of the volunteers to seek research help.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration to members of the society  if registration is done prior to April 1, 2017.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2017 – $50
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2017 – $60
  • All registration between April 2, 2017 through June 15, 2017  – $70
  • Registration after June 15, 2017 and Walk-Ins – $80

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 16, 2017.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 17, 2016 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 8, 2017 “MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference”

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

Time flies on our calendars!  The details are all here with this society for this annual conference.  They put on a great program with fantastic speakers plus they are not that far away in Crystal Lake, IL.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, March 19, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Jennifer Grey Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, March 19, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature actress Jennifer Grey.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Two episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

You can see these first two episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, March 19, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about actress Jennifer Grey.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FREE Access To All Irish Resources On AmericanAncestors.org From March 15-22, 2017

Hi Everyone!

While perusing through some online material at Dick Eastman’s blog website, I came across this very timely notice.

From March 15, 2017 through March 22, 2017, in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, the databases commonly referred to as American Ancestors at AmericanAncestors.org will be allowing FREE access to the Irish records in their database collections.  These databases are offered through the New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS).

March 15, 2017 Through March 22, 2017 FREE Access To Irish Records At AmericanAncestors.org From The New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS)

Access will require registration with NEHGS as a free guest user.

Check out all of the details in the link above to Dick Eastman’s article.

Our library subscribes and provides access to all of the American Ancestors databases all of the time.  You need to be present in our library in order to access these databases.  License agreements with NEHGS does not allow us to provide access to the databases to our library card holders at home.

So, take advantage of the free access to the Irish databases from home for this short window of free access.

Also take advantage of the American Ancestors databases offered by our library for in-house use. Use the computers located behind the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor of our library.  Ask our librarians at that desk for any help to access our American Ancestors database when you are in our library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

There Will Be No Genealogy Program Tonight, March 14, 2017; Our Entire Main Library Location Has Closed For The Balance Of The Rest Of The Day And Night Due To A Nearby Water Main Break

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I am sorry to report that there will not be a Genealogy Program this evening as is normally scheduled.

OUR MAIN LIBRARY BUILDING AT 130 S. ROSELLE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE BALANCE OF THE DAY AND EVENING TODAY DUE TO A NEARBY WATER MAIN BREAK!

I was actually just in my car starting to drive in to work when I received a call from my Reference Department manager.  She told me what was just occurring at the library.  Plans were being made to close the main library down for the rest of our normally scheduled open hours.  I was told not to come into work tonight because our facility will soon be closed.

Our main library web site is sharing this news also that our main library building is now closed.

Since our Genealogy Program is categorized as a “drop in” program with no registration required to attend, this blog post will have to serve as the best method of getting the word out to subscribers to the blog that there will be no genealogy program tonight because our library building is  closed for the rest of the day due to the water main break.  We do not know who would be intending to come to the program since there is no registration and consequently no way we could contact those to let them know the library will be closed.

I apologize in advance for this disappointing news and I do hope this will not be disruptive for those of you that were planning on dropping in tonight.  I also apologize in advance to those that may try to attend our Genealogy Program tonight only to discover upon arrival that our building is closed due to the water main break emergency.

We will just make the best of it and reconvene next month.

Thanks for understanding.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Family History Library Classes And Webinars Schedules Via FamilySearch Wiki; Can Attend Programs In Person (Salt Lake City) Or Online Via Registration; Some Previously Recorded Webinars Available To View; Handouts From Past Classes/Webinars Available

Hi Everyone!

One of my genealogy librarian colleagues shared some information about some upcoming British Isles research classes being offered by the Family History Library.  These classes will occur between March 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017.  There are 2 classes scheduled for each of the above dates in the range.  First class for the day starts at 1 PM (Mountain Time), followed by the second class at 2 PM (Mountain Time).

The British Isles Research Seminar for the above days is currently highlighted when you access it from the link below.

These are classes that you can attend in person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT OR you can attend these programs ONLINE.

My point here is that for the immediacy of any interest in British Isles research check out these programs since the dates are coming up very soon.

More importantly, all of this information about Family History Library classes and webinars that are coming up as well as those previously presented can be found from within the Family History Library Wiki for this topic at:

Family History Library Classes and Webinars

They currently are showing the programs they have coming up for March and April 2017.  There are literally programs each and every day.  The classes are identified by “skill level” for the researcher.  Just about all of the classes are noted as intended for “Beginners”.  For April 2017 there are about 4 of the scheduled programs identified as for “intermediates”.

The topics span all aspects of genealogical research that you can learn from.  Some are of a broader nature such as how to use the FamilySearch Catalog effectively.  Some are what I would categorize as being for a very small niche such as “The Value of Danish Military Levying Rolls”.

You can also access information on the description of the class as well as who is presenting it and their background biography.

This looks like a wonderful source of classes/webinars that could really help you with your research.  This Wiki entry is well-worth bookmarking for future use when the urge strikes you to want to learn something more about a genealogical topic relative to your own research needs.

Also, the Family History Library has grouped their previously presented classes/webinars under broader terms such as “Scandinavian Research Webinars”, “British Isles Research Webinars” etc. to allow you to easily discover what are the programs under this broader topic category.

And there is more!  You can access all of the handouts associated with any of these previously presented classes/webinars.  Just looking under my own personal interest for “Polish Research Webinars” I saw that there are handouts currently for 15 classes/webinars on the subject.  It does note that it takes about 4 weeks after a program/webinar is presented for it to become available in the previously presented grouping of these programs.

And you can even view some of the previously presented classes themselves.

I am very impressed with the wealth of material for these programs/webinars that spans a broad range of genealogical topics.

Even if you cannot or do not want to participate in one of these programs in person or online, you should definitely check out some of the previously presented ones just to see the handouts associated with the program.  The handout alone could be very helpful to you.

Still, there is nothing like being able to hear a fully presented program from a knowledgeable presenter and also then receive their handouts.

Check out this Wiki entry on all of the upcoming programs offered by the Family History Library as well as check out the previously presented programs under the categories that pertain to your own research interests.

I think you will like what you see.

See what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library