Monthly Archives: January 2018

“What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2018” 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 January 2018 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2018”.

The video is an approximate 24 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 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 – None noted by Crista during this video.

>  New Databases – Canada, 16 new individual Canadian databases added to Ancestry.com (too many to name individually); 5.8 million records; variety of kinds of records; many searchable; many browseable; most in English but could have some in French for Quebec.  To find databases, go Ancestry.com or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Canada” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>  New Databases – Germany, 14 new individual Germanic databases added to Ancestry.com (too many to name individually); 1.8 million records;  variety of kinds of records; many searchable ; many browseable; expect records to be in German.  To find databases, go Ancestry.com or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Germany” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

> New Database – United States, Montana, 4 new individual databases added to Ancestry.com (too many to name individually);  5.0 million records;  variety of kinds of records; many searchable ; many browseable; records are in English.   To find databases, go Ancestry.com or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Montana” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>  New Database – U.K., Electoral Registers, 2003-2010;  65.0 million records; searchable ; transcribed records, no images of original records; can discover name, birth date, residence date, address, residence place; records are in English.  To find databases, go Ancestry.com or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Electoral Registers” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>  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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 3, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “Funeral Homes And Family History: They Are Dying To Meet You!” Presented By Daniel Earl (Presented Remotely Via Webinar)

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, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 3, 2018 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 Daniel Earl.    The speaker will present a program titled “Funeral Homes and Family History: They Are Dying to Meet You!.

The speaker will be presenting the program from an off-site location as a webinar.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) February 3, 2018 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Daniel Earl, 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

Good YouTube Video That Explains In Understandable Terms The Various DNA Tests For Genealogy And What They Can Do For You

Hi Everyone!

One of our participants shared a very nice YouTube video with me that can de-mystify some of the complexity about the various DNA tests that are available for  genealogical testing.

Basically, DNA testing companies offer three main DNA tests:

  • Autosomal DNA
  • Y-DNA
  • Mitochondrial DNA

We are immediately faced with which one do I choose?  They are all priced differently so we often make a choice first based on cost and not on what the test will actually do for us.

DNA can still be plenty wonky.  You will always have to deal with the scientific terms that are bandied about.  Some of you may have your eyes glaze over trying to absorb all of these DNA items.  Some of you may thrive on this material if you are already scientifically oriented.  To each their own!

The YouTube video is about 1 hour in length.  I think it can really help you gain a better understanding of the  tests and what to do with the test results.  The first 8 minutes of the video you will hear some discussions about what sounds like European research as well as some preliminary DNA science information.  The discussion of the actual DNA tests starts at about the 8 minute mark.   This topic was presented at a conference but the presenter wanted to do this YouTube video because he thought the first presentation was done in a room that must have had other competing background noise that took away from the clear sound of the presentation.

You can watch the YouTube video right here in this post below:

Give it a try.  See what you think.  I thought it was worth the watch.

A big thank you to Francis H. for sharing the YouTube video with me.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their February 18, 2018 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Fountaindale Public Library In Bolingbrook, IL.; The Program Title Is “Haller’s Polish Army In France” Presented By Paul Valasek ; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement via a Program Flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL on Sunday, February 18, 2018 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program for free at the library and meet other members of the society in attendance.  You do not have to be a PGSA member to attend in person.

The formal presentation is titled “Haller’s Polish Army in France”.  The presenter is Paul Valasek.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.  Again, you do not have to be a member of the PGSA in order to participate via the webinar.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-PGSA members to participate via the Webinar itself.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For February 18, 2018 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 20, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Brick By Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History” Presented By Tina Beaird

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next program on Saturday, January 20, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

The program is open to any and all interested in learning more about genealogy as well as learning more about this wonderful genealogy group and meeting its members in attendance.

The title of the program is “Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History”.  Speaker for the program is Tina Beaird.

Program description is:

If walls could talk … was your home moved, damaged by fire or enlarged to accommodate a growing family? Tina will provide strategies for researching the history of your home using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources. Every home tells a story – what does yours say?

Speaker information is:

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a midsized Chicagoland public library and owner of Tamarack Genealogy.  She provides lectures on genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences. She is a governing board member of the Oswego Heritage Association and also volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies.

Find out more about the CAGGNI group and all that they do.  Visit them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 9, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2018 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 January 2018 Handouts for your convenience:

January 2018 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, January 9, 2018 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

January 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for January 9, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the January 2018 Newsletter for your convenience:

January 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

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, January 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library