Monthly Archives: February 2018

“NEW” Genealogy Tutorial Video I Created; “How To Determine If Digital Data Is Available From FamilySearch”; 5 Minute Quick Tip!; View The Video Right In This Post; CHECK IT OUT!

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I am starting to create some new genealogy tutorial videos on a variety of subjects.  It has been a while since my last creation.  Since then some of our own internal library guidelines for creating such videos have changed.  Our guideline now expects a limitation of about 5 minutes for the length of these videos.

This is not a problem and actually is a good thing.  First, it allows me to really hone in to a key topic.  Previously, I tried to cover all bases on a topic.  If I were speaking about Newspaper Archive.com., I wanted to review each and every component of that databases.  I accomplished that but it may have taken 30 minutes of recording tutorial to do that.  So with a 5 minute target limitation, I can now pick one key component and create a 5 minute tutorial.  I can then select another key component of the product and create still another tutorial.  See the picture here.  Many short videos are better than one long video!

Second, your time is valuable.  If I can provide a solution to a problem or an insight to a resource to help you create a solution and I can do it in 5 minutes then that shows that your time is valued.

This is the new model under which I will be creating these tutorial genealogy videos.

The video on YouTube follows just below!

So ……. what is the first video that you can see right in this post going to cover?

Well, I wanted to be sure you know what digital data you can access at FamilySearch that was previously in microfilm format.  Not only WHAT digital data but WHERE you can access the material.  FamilySearch is now out of the microfilm lending business.  But they are not leaving you high and dry for lack of data.  Now your home computer can be a microfilm reader.  But some data, while digitally converted, is not available to you at home because the data has certain restrictions on it that FamilySearch must honor.  So where do you find this data?

Check out the tutorial and learn what digital data you can access from FamilySearch and where you can access it.

On the drawing board for me is to also modify the home page of this blog to create a new “page” where this material can reside.  That way you can go right to that page to view all of the video tutorials I have created in one place.

I will still announce a “new video” via a blog post, but then I can move the video to a new page where you can find all of them together.

Check out the video above.

I would greatly appreciate any comments you have about it.

Just head on down to the “Leave a comment” link at the bottom of the post and create your comment there.

Enjoy the video.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Be Held On March 10, 2017; Conference Is Sold Out

Hi Everyone,

I see that the website for the DuPage County Genealogical Society is noting that their upcoming March 10, 2018 Annual Conference is SOLD OUT!

So …. if you thought you were going to register at the last moment, think again.  That chance is now gone.

Additionally, you cannot think of taking a chance as a “walk-in” on the day of the event hoping to get in that way.  The society has stopped accepting “walk-ins” a few years back.

Only registered in advance participants will be let in.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but better to hear it now than make a trip to the conference only to be turned away.

Here is a link to the part of the society website that notes that registration is closed, conference is sold out and that no walk-ins are accepted.

2018 DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Is “Sold Out”; No Walk-Ins

I used to be one of those “take a chance” “walk-ins” and always had luck being able to get into the conference years ago at the last-minute.  But that is no longer possible since the society chose to only go with admission for those who registered in advance.

Check out more about the society over and above the conference information.  Visit their main site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Jennifer Holik, World War II Genealogy Research Expert, Has A Beautiful Introductory YouTube Video Worth Seeing; She Can Do World War II Research For You

Hi Everyone!

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik has been a frequent genealogy speaker at our monthly programs.  Over the years she has created a specialty research knowledge about all things related to researching your World War II veteran.

She has made me aware that she has an “Introductory” YouTube video to showcase her World War II genealogy research skills as well as her own personal stories that connect her research to World War II.

I will say, it is a touching video.  In 3 minutes and 21 seconds it packs a lot of knowledge and emotion.

It is a “plug” for her services but you could not find a better, more knowledgeable person to help you uncover your World War II veteran’s military history.

You can view the video right here in this post.  It is only 3 minutes and 21 seconds.  I think you will like it!

The magical video was created by Scott Potter and his company Hidden Catalyst (  http://hiddencatalyst.com  ).

It truly does amaze me of the magic that can be done in a short amount of video time by those that are skilled in capturing the video story and then weaving it together.

Feel free to leave any comments regarding your thoughts about the video.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Upcoming Monthly Programs February 2018 To October 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just received a very nice forward-looking flyer from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society.  It provides a nice schedule of their upcoming genealogy programs they host monthly.  The first program on their list has already occurred but the upcoming programs that will occur are noted for March 2018 all the way through October 2018.

I do plan on also adding this list of programs to my Google Calendar for Local Genealogy Events that is also part of this blog.  You can easily find this calendar at the top of the homepage of the blog.

The flyer also notes that on July 7, 2018 the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society will be hosting their Annual Conference at the McHenry County College Conference Center in Crystal Lake, IL.  More details will be coming on this annual conference in the future.

Here is the link to the PDF flyer of all of the society’s upcoming genealogy programs from February 2018 to October 2018:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Upcoming Genealogy Programs February 2018 to October 2018

You can also visit the general website for the society at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Check out the society and what they are all about.  Mark your calendars for any programs of interest, especially if you are out in the farther Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 3, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “Learning Your Way Around Ancestry DNA!” Presented By Karen Stanbary, 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, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 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 Karen Stanbary, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “Learning Your Way Around Ancestry DNA!.

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

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

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Karen Stanbary, 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

February 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for February 13, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

February 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, February 13, 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

February 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for February 13, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 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 February 2018 Newsletter for your convenience:

February 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, February 13, 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

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow February 13, 2018

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, February 13, 2018:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday February 13 2018 at 7:30 PM in The Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin. Teresa will present a program titled “The Voyages of Our German Immigrants”.

Germans began immigrating to the United States in 1683 according to documented history. This talk will highlight significant aspects of the first four major waves of migration through 1910. The areas from which they came and motivations that typified each wave will be detailed. Available immigration and emigration records help tell the immgrants’ story. Laws changed over time and impacted various aspects of the immigration experience.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin Certified GenealogistSM author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library is the owner of Lind Street Research a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national regional and local genealogical societies.

Reading German gothic script found in Germanic records prior to the mid-1900’s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresas specialty areas.

She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has taken college-level German classes. Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as many Germanic and local genealogical societies. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna the STDL genealogist will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM. For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390

 

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 17, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Tracing Your World War I Immigrant Ancestors In “Alien” Papers” Presented By Debra Dudek

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, February 17, 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 “Tracing Your World War I Immigrant Ancestors in “Alien” Papers “.  Speaker for the program is Debra Dudek.

Program description is:

Learn what primary and secondary sources have become available and how to access them. Keep up to date on the constantly changing face of British Isles research by learning about recently released original records, new indexes, books and web sites.

Speaker information is:

Debra Dudek is head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.  Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics.  She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

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

Help Us With Our Quest To Better Serve Those That Attend Our Library’s Genealogy Program During February, March And April 2018; We Will Be Scanning The Schaumburg Library Cards Of Those In Attendance; It Is Optional; Your Information Will Be Kept Private

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

During the months of February, March and April of 2018 our library will be doing some research on our program attendees that have a Schaumburg Township District Library Card. It will be for more programs than just our monthly Genealogy Program.

We’ll be scanning Schaumburg Library cards at some of our regular programs to help us learn more about who attends our programs and the types of programs our community wants and needs.

While it’s not required that we scan your card to participate in the program, we do encourage it so we can continue to learn and grow and meet the needs of our community.

Your information will be kept private.

At our genealogy programs for February, March and April, I will have my laptop with me and a bar code scanner attached to the laptop.  Sometime before we start the actual program and while everyone is seated, I plan on just moving through the aisles of tables and scanning only those cards that are from Schaumburg Township District Library. It is OPTIONAL, but it would be very helpful if you would allow me to scan your Schaumburg library card.

I really hope that you can help our library with this project.  It is painless and it will not disrupt the program.

Thank you in advance for helping us better serve you!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library