Monthly Archives: October 2017

Program Registration Required For Our Upcoming November 14, 2017 Genealogy Program; Our Guest Speaker Gail Lukasik Will Present Program Titled “Genealogy Roadshow Solved My Family Mystery”

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Just a reminder to anyone that is interested in attending our Tuesday evening, November 14, 2017 Genealogy Program, that we are asking you to register your intent to attend the program at our library.  You can do so by accessing our online calendar via our website at  If you are more comfortable calling your registration in, you can contact our main library phone number at 847-985-4000 and ask to be connected for program registration.

Gail Lukasik

Our guest speaker is Gail Lukasik who will present a program based on her own experience participating on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow during which an important family history mystery was solved!  Gail in her own right is a well-known published mystery writer from our Chicago suburban area.  Mystery books she is well-known for are:

  • Peak Season for Murder
  • The Lost Artist
  • Death’s Door
  • Destroying Angels

Our monthly genealogy programs do not normally require program registration.  However, because of the topic of the program and the popularity of our guest speaker, we may get a higher than normal turnout for the program.  Because of that we thought it best to have intended attendees register with us in advance of the program.

So please go ahead and register yourself with our library if you are intending to attend this fascinating program and hear what the “mystery” was that was solved for Gail’s family history.

Thanks in advance for helping us with your registration.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Nice PDF Guide From FamilySearch To Help You Understand How To Find Digital Images Of Records; Title Of Guide Is “Finding Digital Images Of Records On”

Hi Everyone!,

While browsing through a recent copy of the magazine “Internet Genealogy” I came across a very nice handy link from FamilySearch that can help us all better understand the hunt for digital images of records within FamilySearch.

FamilySearch has put together a very nice 2-page PDF titled “Finding Digital Images of Records on”.

It basically tells the reader to go to the main website for FamilySearch at and to look for the “Search” tab at the site’s home page.  (The current website structure does not show “Records”, “Books” and “Catalog” under the main “Search” Tab on the homepage.  Find these under the “More” Tab. Under “More”, look for “Search”.  Under the “Search” tab you will find “Records”, “Books” and “Catalog”.  )

Since the discontinuance of the microfilm lending process from FamilySearch effective on September 1, 2017, many researchers may not be aware of how they can easily access digital image material online that was once on microfilm.

I have previously shared my thoughts on using the online catalog of FamilySearch to look for your geographic areas of interest related to your ancestors.  It is in the catalog you will discover films of interest that may be available to you online in two methods.  The first, and the best, is that you will see a “camera” icon with no “lock” associated with the film.  When you click on it, you will have no access restriction associated with the film allowing you to view it directly online wherever you want to.  However, you may be slightly unlucky to discover a film of interest that has a “camera” icon with a small lock above it.  When you click on the link you will see a message that notes that while the film is digitally available for viewing, it can be viewed only at a Family History Center (FHC) that is generally a facility within a Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints church building OR at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library like a participating public library.  (The “lock” part of the camera icon is a new and welcome visual that let’s you know there are viewing restrictions associated with the digital microfilm.  A few months ago you only saw a camera icon and only upon opening it did you see that there was a viewing restriction associated with it.)

Here is the link to this nice handy 2-page PDF that give you a better sense of how to connect to the myriad of digital images of records from FamilySearch.  Keep in mind to click on the “More” tab of the main site and keep in mind you will see an icon of a camera with or without a small lock above it to signify it is a digital microfilm available for viewing.

“Finding Digital Images of Records on”

See what you think.  This is your alternative to microfilms.  Know what you can find digitally online.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At October 2017” 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 2017 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At October 2017”.

The video is an approximate 18 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 –  Large conference dates for 2018 have been set.  These are:  Feb 28 – Mar -3, 2018, RootsTech in Salt Lake city, May 2-5, NGS, Grand Rapids, MI; May 31-June 2, 2018, So Cal Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA; Aug 6-10, 2018, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations, Warsaw, Poland; August 22-25, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Fort Wayne, Ind.

>New Ancestry Functionality – Quick Edit access to key fields.  Hover over any individual and you will see an “EDIT” box where you can make key changes to record but not have access to the fully editable fields.

>  New Database
 – California, County, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1849-1980; 3.0 million records; Birth, Marriage and Death Records; Indexed; Searchable; Images of documents can be browsed; select the county, record type and year range of records; browse images as if it were a microfilm.

>  New Database – Derbyshire, England, Baptism, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1991; 6.5 million records; Baptism, Marriage and Burials among 4 separate new Derbyshire databases; Starting with 1813, there is a separate database for baptisms, marriages and burials; Indexed; Searchable;  Select the Parish name within Derbyshire; Select the year range of records.  Can discover the name of the individual, baptism date, burial date, event location.  Records are in English.

>  New Database – Montana Birth Index, 1870-1986;  1.0 million records;  Birth record index; Indexed; Searchable; searchable by last name and other search limitations that can be entered via the template.   Records have been transcribed to create the index; Records are in English.  No images of original records.

>  New Database – Scotland, Extracted Parish Records, 1571-1997 ; 247,000 records; Indexed;   Records are in English.  Records have been extracted and transcribed; there are no images in the database.

>  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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 4, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “Chicago Research: Planning Is The Key To Success” Presented By Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, 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, November 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 4, 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 Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.    The speaker will present a program titled “Chicago Research: Planning is the Key to Success.

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

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

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, 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

Honors And Awards To Be Presented By The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) At Their Fall 2017 Annual Conference; Awards To Be Presented On October 28, 2017; Conference Occurs October 27-28, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I received a press release from the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announcing honors and awards that will be presented at their Fall 2017 Annual conference.  The conference occurs October 27, 2017 and October 28, 2017.  The honors and awards will be presented on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The ISGS bestows Community Service Awards, Special Recognition Awards and an Individual Writer’s Award.

I thought you might like to see this list because of the wide scope of activities mentioned by the ISGS that were notable for award recognition.  Plus, you may see some groups you are familiar with as well as some individuals you may know.

The individuals and groups noted are from all around the state of Illinois.

Big congratulations to all the groups and individuals that were noted in the release.  A big “thank you” to them for all the hard work they performed that was award notable!

You may see some familiar names of speakers we have had at our library making genealogy presentations.  I see the names of Marsha Peterson-Maass, Caron Primas Brennan and Matt Rutherford as award recipients specifically in what they have done for the Purple Hearts Reunited Project.

The  release was provided to me by Jaymie Middendorf,  Marketing & Publications Chair of the ISGS.

The release follows after the separator line in italics:


Press Release: Illinois State Genealogical Society to Present Honors & Awards at 2017 Fall Conference

SPRINGFIELD, IL, 6 October 2017 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their annual Honors and Awards. ISGS President Dawn Carey Henry will present the Honors & Awards during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

Community Service Awards:

Dr. Greg Langan of Dixon, IL and Duane Paulsen of Grand Detour, IL, nominated by the Lee County Historical Society, will receive Community Service Awards for their service to LCHS and helping to keep history alive.

Donald Schmidt and Floyd Ham both of Toulon, IL, nominated by Stark County Genealogical Society, will receive a Community Service Award for their work to record and preserve the genealogy and history of Henry, Stark, Bureau counties.

Casey Historical Society, nominated by Linda White, will receive a Community Service Award for the restoration of 149 of the 250 headstones in the Pioneer Section of the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery and continues support of the project.

Members of the Chicago Genealogical Society and the Scottish Genealogy Group of the IL St. Andrews Society, nominated by Marsha Peterson-Maass will receive a Community Service Award for their work on the Purple Hearts Reunited “WW I Anniversary Tribute” project. Purple Hearts Reunited is a charitable foundation that rescues and reunites lost Purple Heart medals and Wound Certificates with the veteran and or their family. The group of volunteer researchers have worked on 46 of the 100 World War I veteran’s cases that were submitted to the Purple Hearts Reunited Foundation.

Individuals receiving the honor are: Caron Primas Brennan, Cindy Cady, Stephanie Pierce Carbonetti, Kathleen Craine, Janet Desaulniers, Ann Tice, Larry Klauser, Devin Payne, Marsha Peterson Maass, Matthew Rutherford, Laura Scalzitti, Theresa Toms, Jill Weiss, Jean Zack, Felicia Ziomek, Carol Zsolnay

Members of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois, nominated by Riverside Public Library, will receive a Community Service Award for the vast number hours they donate, for their commitment to researchers, the preservation of Illinois history and to library patrons they so willingly assist.  Individual members receiving the honor are Marianne Miklas, Mary Kamin, Victor Kos, Paul Nemecek, Dolores Benes Duy, and Beverly Scheer.

Special Recognition Awards

Joseph Ginger, nominated by Stephenson County Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for his service and leadership to SCGS over the last 18 years.

Clyda Ogle of Gilberts, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her efforts and leadership of ISGS Physicians Register and Licensing indexing project in conjunction with the State Archives.

Susan Scoville Pope of Normal, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her dedication, service, and leadership as part of the ISGS Governing Board over the past 12 years.

Marcia Stang of Bradley, IL, nominated by Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her service on the KVGS board and society projects.

Individual Writer’s Award

Kenneth Ross Alexander of Evanston, IL, nominated by ISGS Quarterly Advisory Committee, will receive the Individual Writer’s Award for his article “The Ross Brothers of Fulton County and Their Roles in Illinois and American History” which was published in Summer 2017, Volume 49, Number 2, p. 88-94 of the Quarterly.

Media Contacts:
Dawn Carey Henry
Illinois State Genealogical Society
PO Box 10195
Springfield, IL 62791-0195

Jaymie Middendorf
Marketing & Publications Chair

About ISGS: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization.

ISGS was established for the following purposes:

• To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
• To seek, preserve and make available information pertaining to individuals, families and groups who lived in Illinois, recognizing the events that affected them.
• To inform people about the value of and the need for preserving family and local history for future generations.
• To encourage and support local and regional genealogical societies


Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For October 28, 2017; “Immigration Trivia”

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities maybe 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 October 2017 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 program scheduled for Saturday October 28, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon.  This program is titled “Immigration Trivia”.

Here is the text from the program description contained in the Cirkular:

Immigration Trivia

Join a team, answer immigration trivia, and have fun. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. $10 fee for non-members.  Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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 October 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago October 2017

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 October 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for October 10, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the October 2017 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 2017 Handouts for your convenience:

October 2017 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 10, 2017 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