Monthly Archives: May 2018

Re-Post Reminder – Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering All Day Genealogy Conference On Saturday June 23, 2018; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2018; Building Your Genealogy Skills”; Program Location Is The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates, IL

Hi Everyone!

The upcoming all-day Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) conference called GeneaQuest is coming up quickly on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates.

CAGGNI just sent me a notice that there is still a discount available to attend if you get yourself registered before June 1, 2018.  Here is what they sent:


Only 30 hours before the price goes up at midnight June 1 for GeneaQuest 2018 – Building Your Genealogy Skills!
23 Jun 2018, NIU Conference Center, 5555 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates 

  • Early Registration for CAGGNI Members – $55.00 (on or before May 31)
  • Early Registration for non-members – $60.00 (on or before May 31)
  • GeneaQuest 2018 Registration – $70.00 (anyone registering June 1-June 12)

For more information and to register, visit: GeneaQuest 2018 


Please take a look at the full post I previously published about this conference.  It is below after the separator line.  All the links to the program are contained down below.

Take advantage of the discount noted above if you were still planning on attending but have not yet registered.

Looks like a great conference from a great local genealogy group!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoI am happy to announce that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be holding an upcoming all-day genealogy conference.

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2018: Building Your Genealogy Skills”.

The conference will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the NIU Conference Center at 5555 Trillium Boulevard, Hoffman Estates IL between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Featured speakers for the day will be:

  • James M. Baker
  • Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Jane G. Haldeman
  • Marty Acks
  • Robert Allen
  • Liz Ross
  • Jacqueline Krieps Schattner

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that can provide you with all the information regarding the conference speakers, programs, and location:

June 23, 2018 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Programs, Speakers Location

Visit the following part of the CAGGNI site to find out information about the conference registration, cost etc.

June 23, 2018 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Registration and Cost Information

So mark your calendar for this upcoming event being held by a great local genealogical society.

Congratulations to the CAGGNI group!

This organization is really clicking on all cylinders!

You can visit the organization at their main website to find out even more about the organization and the resources they have available at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

If you have never attended a local, all-day genealogy conference, this is certainly one to consider.   Non-stop genealogy all day!

Best wishes for a truly great all-day local genealogy conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At May 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 May 2018 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At May 2018”.

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:  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 Database – Ireland, Index to Prerogative Wills, 1536-1810; 38,000 records; searchable and browseable; it is an Index only so you will see a surname only in the index with no access to the actual will directly.  You will see the surname, first name of the deceased, year probated and probate location.  To find database, go or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Ireland” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>  New Database – New Zealand, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920; 383,000 records;  searchable with image.  Image is combination of print form with hand writing on it;  One example of a form I looked had 18 questions responded to by the person that also included their signature; To find databases, go or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “New Zealand” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>New Databases – Jankoping, Sweden, Church Records, 1633-1860143,000 records;  Jankoping is one of 6 new Swedish locality databases added this month; searchable but no actual image but does contain a text record description ; records are in Swedish.   To find databases, go to or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Sweden” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>New Database – U.S; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-1946 (Includes Canadian Records);   3.5 million records; searchable by country, state, province, city and browseable ; transcribed records with images of original records; can discover name, event, residence date, address, residence place; records are in English.  To find databases, go or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Evangelical Lutheran” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>New Database – Victoria, Australia, Death Index, 1836-1988;   5.0 million records; searchable by surname ; no image of original record but a text transcription of the record shown; can discover name, event, residence date, parents, certificate reference number; records are in English.  To find databases, go or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Victoria” 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 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

Entertaining And Informative Set (Part 2) Of More Teaching Genealogy Videos From GenealogyMagazine.Com; Think Of Monty Python; Thank You James Pylant!

Hi Everyone!

Back in October 2017 I made a blog post about some very informative and hilarious “mini videos” that were created by James Pylant.  For those of you that go back to the 1960s and 1970s think “Monty Python” to grasp the style of humor and entertainment.

Here is a link to that original posting I made of the discovery of these wonderful little videos:

October 2017 Blog Posting Of James Pylant Monty Python-like Genealogy Videos

The videos were really, really, informative and funny at the same time, a difficult accomplishment to say the least.

Looking at those videos really made my day.  I am still smiling about what I saw and still remembering the major “lessons” to be learned from within the subject covered in each video.

James Pylant actually contacted me via my blog and was very thankful of the blog post I had put together in October 2017 highlighting his original series of “mini” videos on genealogical topics.

James has also shared with me links to 4 more of his entertaining genealogical videos on a variety of genealogical topics.  The visual creativity he exhibits with photos, vintage movies and Monty Pythonesque visuals is stunning.  Do you need to put a smile on your face? …. having a bad day? …. then just click on one of these videos and all your cares of the moment will disappear for the length of each video.

Here are the links to the next 4 original genealogical videos created by James Pylant:

#4) Episode 4: Longevity Lies (4 mins)

#5) Episode 5: Graphology for Genealogists (4;30)

#6) Episode 6: Celebrity Research Pitfalls (5:24)

#7) Episode 7: Interlibrary Loan (4:57)

Additionally, James has shared a much longer informative and entertaining genealogical video that reflects on the research of one of his ancestors.  This latest video is titled “Titanic Widow: The Mystery of Addie Bracken,” which is the story of the search for his elusive great-grandaunt.

You can find this 15 minute video here:

“Titanic Widow: The Mystery of Addie Bracken” by James Pylant

Words from my first blog post describing these creative videos still apply to this 2nd set of videos from James Pylant.

“Sometimes our research efforts create more stress than we can imagine.  These videos will help alleviate that tension and also give you some insights to improve your genealogy research skills.”

“View the videos … enjoy … get tense again …. view the videos again … and again … and again!  Smiles and laughs will soon follow!”

Thank you for the creative and informative work done by James Pylant, editor of  Check out at:

Thank you James Pylant for sharing links with me to this new set of incredibly entertaining yet informative videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Recorded Webinar With Thomas MacEntee On May 8, 2018 Is Available For Online Viewing Via The Link In This Post; Thomas MacEntee Has Also Granted Permission To Post A PDF Of His Lengthy Handout; Thank You Thomas!

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

On May 8, 2018 our library conducted its first ever Genealogy Program via a live webinar.  Thomas MacEntee was our off-site presenter of a program titled “How To Deal with Other Genealogists without Going Crazy!”

We initially had some glitches in getting our internal laptop connected to our projector to project the audio through the room’s speakers.  But thanks to our great internal IT staff we were able to resolve the issue just before we started.

Thomas’ presentation was presented via a PowerPoint slide show.  Once we got started the entire program went off without any problems of sight or sound.

Normally when we have a speaker and that speaker has given us permission to video record the program I do the recording in the back of the room and make the recording available on DVD as a part of our collection for customers to check out.

Thomas MacEntee

In this case Thomas was recording the program and has kindly made it available for viewing as a mp4 file on Vimeo.  He has taken steps to protect his intellectual property while still allowing the regular user to view the recording.

Additionally, Thomas has also granted permission for me to include a PDF copy of his lengthy handout that is associated with the program.  Thank you Thomas for allowing our readers to view the handout.

Here is a link to the recorded webinar program from Thomas MacEntee titled “How To Deal with Other Genealogists without Going Crazy!”

Here is a link to the 6 page handout provided by Thomas for the webinar:

Handout for “How To Deal with Other Genealogists without Going Crazy!”

I asked our audience what they thought of our first ever webinar for a Genealogy Program and they thought it was a big “thumbs up”.  I was so happy to have heard that from our audience.  There just may be more genealogy program webinars on the drawing board for some of our future programs.

I can’t say enough about the generosity of Thomas MacEntee allowing access to the recorded program as well as online access to the handout for the program.

If you were unable to attend you now have the chance to view the program and review the handout.

If you were in attendance, you now have a chance for an “encore” viewing of the program and pick up some tips that perhaps escaped you during the presentation itself.

Check out the material and feel more comfortable dealing with other genealogists without going crazy!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Special Edition” Of American Ancestors In Our Library; Contents Of The Magazine Highlights 400th Anniversary Of The Mayflower Arrival; Magazine On 2nd Floor On Magazine Shelves

Hi Everyone!

Per our library’s subscription to the American Ancestors genealogical database through the New England Historic Genealogical Society, we do receive the quarterly journal that they also publish titled “American Ancestors”.

The society and the journal are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrim ship Mayflower.

As part of the celebration the entirety of the contents of this issue of the magazine (Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2018) is dedicated to all things pertaining to this historic event of 400 years ago.

For those of you lucky enough to know you have an American Colonial genealogical connection that perhaps goes all the way back to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, then check out this special edition to see if any of the articles gives you even deeper meaning to your own Mayflower connection.

Here are just a few of the article titles within this issue:

“Following in the Pilgrims’ Footsteps in England” by Martin Jackson

“Following in the Pilgrims’ Footsteps in Leiden” by Jori Zijlmans, Ariela Netiv and Michael Roumen

“A Guide To Proving Mayflower Ancestry” by Scott Andrew Bartley, Katrina Fahy and Lindsay Fulton

“Intellectual Baggage: Examining the Books of Pilgrims” by Jori Zijlmans

“Notable Mayflower Descendants: A List of 100, with Sources” by Gary Boyd Roberts

There are many, many more articles worth taking a look at if you are connected to the Pilgrims arrival on the Mayflower.

If you come to our library to check out this special edition magazine, also check out the “American Ancestors” genealogical database that our library subscribes to.  This database is only available for use in the library building itself by anyone.  This database is restricted to access from outside the library so Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders cannot access this database from home through the use of their library card.  The database is available via the Internet computers by Computer Assistance or from the database computers behind the “Ask Us” desk.

Alas, I know I do NOT have a connection to any Mayflower ancestor to the best of my research.  My Polish ancestors were probably  digging in the fields for whatever they could scrounge up back in 1620.  Still looking to see if I have any connection to Thadeus Kosciuszko, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Boleslaw I The Brave or “Killer” Kowalski!!

Check out this issue of “American Ancestors” on the 2nd floor of our library on the Magazine shelves.

See what you think of all these wonderful Mayflower articles.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library



Re-Post Reminder: Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their May 20, 2018 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library; The Program Title Is “Cook County Circuit Court Archives” Presented By Ray Johnson ; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

Just thought I would send out a re-post reminder for an upcoming program.  The Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) will be having their next meeting/program this coming Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  Program starts at 2 pm.  Lasts until 4 pm.

If you plan on attending in person, please get yourself registered for the program with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  The program is open to everyone.  You do not need to be a cardholder with the library.  You do not need to be a member of the PGSA.

Ray Johnson will make a presentation titled “Cook County Circuit Cork Archives”.

Check out all the details from my original post down below the separator line.


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 Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, IL on Sunday, May 20, 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.  You do not have to be a cardholder with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  There is no charge incurred to attend the program in person.  If you do plan to attend in person at the library please contact the library and register for the program.  You can call the library at 847-392-0100 and ask to register for the program.

The formal presentation is titled “Cook County Circuit Archives”.  The presenter is Ray Johnson.

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 as well as has information about the speaker:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For May 20, 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

May 19, 2018 Genealogy Day At The Fountaindale Public Library In Bolingbrook; Free 3-Program Online “Streaming” Available; No Registration Needed To Participate In Online “Streaming” Access

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek, genealogy librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, has made me aware that they will be having a Genealogy Day this Saturday, May 19, 2018 that starts at 9:30 am and lasts until 4:30 pm CST.  They will be offering 3 genealogy programs that day.  The day’s programs as of this post today still shows 7 openings for those that would be interested in participating on site at the library.  The library is located at 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440.  The phone number of the library is (630) 759-2102.  Give them a call for help to register yourself for the few remaining openings.

However, Debra has noted that all three programs are available for “live” streaming access online for anyone that is interested in attending “online”.

You do not have to register in advance for these “streaming” sessions.  There is no cost to you to view the streaming sessions.

The overall “theme” for the day’s programs is “In Sickness, In Health and In Handwriting”.

The three programs that will be taking place and their “start” and “end” times are:

  • Session 1 – 10:00 am to 11 am – “Dropsy, Quincy, or Consumption: Just Exactly What Did My Ancestor Have” presented by Kimberly Nagy
  • Session 2 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – “Death Demystified: Understanding Coroner and Undertaker Records” presented by Tina Beaird
  • Session 3 – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – “Your Predecessor’s Personality on Paper: Using Handwriting Analysis in Genealogical Research” presented by Gina Pommier

You can go directly to the webinar link on May 19, 2018 and just scroll down slightly to the May 19, 2018 webinar post at:

May 19, 2018 Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Day Free Online “Streaming” To 3 Genealogy Programs

Also, Debra has made me aware that even if you cannot participate in the free “streaming” of these programs you will have yet another opportunity to view this material after the fact on YouTube.  Just come to the Fountaindale Genealogy Blog a few days after the program and look for access to these YouTube program videos at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog

You will be able to then see the videos of the programs that you were not able to attend in person or participate in during the “live streaming”.

There is even more!

You can go to the Fountaindale Genealogy “streaming” link above now (scroll down slightly to the May 19, 2018 Genealogy Day post) and you will be able to access the multi-page PDF handouts for at least 2 of these programs RIGHT NOW!  So even if you cannot participate in person, or participate in live streaming or have no time to view the recorded videos after the event is over, you can still at least go now and capture the handouts for review at some convenient time for you in the future!

Sounds like you can’t lose!

Sounds very simple!

Participate in the “live” streaming on May 19, 2018.

Thank you Debra for sharing all of this and working your magic to make this event so accessible in so many different formats!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library