Monthly Archives: November 2018

New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Monday Evening, December 3, 2018, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Check TLC Website For Show Information

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that the new season for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be starting on the cable channel TLC on Monday evening, December 3, 2018, at 9 PM Central time.

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

You will even be able to see for free and with no sign-in some complimentary full-length episodes at the website above from previous seasons.

There will be 4 episodes of the show for this new season on TLC.

The four “stars” have been identified for this season.

  • December 3, 2018 – Mandy Moore -Actress Mandy Moore is shocked to discover ancestors who lived in Australia and travels far, determined to unlock the mystery of how they got there. Moore is touched by the courage of those who made THE JOURNEY and the sacrifice of those who were left behind.
  • December 10, 2018 – Josh Duhamel -Actor Josh Duhamel travels to England to investigate the extraordinary life of his twelve times great-grandfather and uncovers an astonishing, dark twist of interrogation and torture that rocks his belief system to the core.
  • December 17, 2018 – Matthew Morrison -Actor Matthew Morrison explores his American roots for the first time and is surprised to discover his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. He learns of the bold lengths his ancestor went through to protect his allegiances and the brutality he faced on the battlefield.
  • December 17, 2018 – Regina King -Actress Regina King investigates her maternal FAMILY TREE and uncovers an ancestor who was a passionate civil rights activist in Alabama; a man who came out of slavery, endured horrific violence, but never stopped fighting for his people.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch these shows in their 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 Monday evening, December 3, 2018 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Take Advantage Of Holiday Family Gatherings As The Family Historian (Originally Posted In November 2009 And Still Applicable!)

Hi Everyone!

Roast Turkey and StuffingNow that the holidays are upon us again, I wanted to re-post a blog entry I made in November 2009 (actually one of my first posts to the new blog at that time) because the holiday times and family gatherings provide the perfect opportunity to the family historian to share previously researched information and also to gather new information to compile into the family history.

What follows in Bold and Italics is the post I published back in 2009.  The message to family historians is as important today as it was then.  Take a look at the message and take advantage of your time with family during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays of this year .

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The Holiday Season is one of the best times of the year to moveChistmas Holiday Clip Art your genealogy research forward!  You are circled by family members who may be very interested to know of your research.  Not only can you share what you have discovered but you may have willing family members that can’t help but share more with you during this season of sharing!

Now is the time that family members will really see how serious you take your family research.  They may not open up to you as a willing participant at this time.  But you may have planted the seed in their mind that will come to grow at a future date when their assistance will become invaluable.

Bring some copies of research documents you may have uncovered to date as well as copies of pictures to share with the family members present at the gathering.  Keep the originals at home for safety and security!  If you have digitized your discoveries as .JPG images then bring your laptop with the data or your smartphone or your tablet computer if you have one that contains the images.  Even having the images on a flash drive will help because you can plug that into a computer that may exist in the house.  Even new HDTV sets often have a USB connection to the HDTV that you can plug into.  You can then look at the images on the TV screen!

What a great time to share family information as well as to gather more if you can.  Bring a digital recorder or a camcorder or your smartphone with to document the new information family members will be willing to share.  If you have a smartphone you probably have an App that can function as a digital recorder.  Don’t leave all of the stories to your memories.  Get the stories in the voice of the original provider for further analysis down the road.  Ask their permission to audio or videotape what they have to say.  Respect their wishes if they choose not to be recorded.  Then take notes.

Always remember to be a good guest if you are visiting.  It is the Holiday Season after all and not necessarily a genealogical convention!  Don’t make yourself a genealogical nuisance at this time but see if you can arrange a time in the future to revisit with key family members to obtain further information in a non-holiday pressured setting.

Share your family history stories and research.

Keep an ear open for other family history stories.

Plant those seeds among family members for future help.

But most importantly, enjoy your family during this Holiday Season!

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Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Upcoming Genealogy Programs At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago; January 2019 To March 2019

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago in which they provided to me the schedule of the upcoming genealogy programs that will take place from January 2019 to March 2019.

Oftentimes I become aware of their programs on a more short-term basis as they publish the information in their monthly newsletter Cirkular.  Glad to see they have a much longer series of scheduled programs.

Take a look at the upcoming genealogy programs at the Swedish American Museum in the link below:

January to March 2019 Genealogy Programs at the Swedish American Museum

The specific upcoming dates are all on Saturdays.  The program takes place between 10 am to 12 noon.  The dates are January 26, 2019 (“The American Dream (video)”, February 23, 2019 (“Swedish Military Research – A Wealth of Records” by Kathy Meade and Bengt Sjogren), March 23, 2019 (“Seeking A Better Life” by Sue Nordstrom).

The programs are free to attend for members of the Swedish American Genealogy Society.  Non-members are welcome to attend for a $10 fee.  The museum does ask that you contact them in advance if it is your intention to attend a program.  Many of the programs appear to be oriented for those doing Swedish genealogical research.  Can be very helpful to you if you are doing Swedish research.

You can visit the web site of the Swedish American Museum in Chicago at:

Swedish American Museum

You can also visit the Swedish American Genealogy Center website that is part of the museum at:

Swedish American Genealogy Center

Enjoy the museum and the programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

Hi Everyone!

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

November 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, November 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

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

Hi Everyone!

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

November 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, November 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 November 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.

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

Dr. Daniel Hubbard

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Dr. Daniel Hubbard will help you look at different types of maps and how to use them to understand your ancestors’ towns and migrations; changing borders and extracting data and even names from maps.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher. Inspired by family stories, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. Daniel combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.  We will end the session by 9:30 p.m.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

November 17, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “WWI General Charles G. Dawes” Presented By Chicago Actor RJ Lindsey; Also CAGGNI Will Be Having Its Annual Potluck Dinner

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, November 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.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  This is not a program sponsored by our library.  CAGGNI is using our meeting room to conduct their own program.  All are welcome to attend.

The title of the program is “WWI General Charles G. Dawes”.  Speaker for the program is Chicago actor RJ Lindsey.

Program description is:

Chicago actor RJ Lindsey portrays WWI General Charles G. Dawes narrating a slide program detailing European royal families’ lineage, their politics and alliances which plunged the world into the Great War.  With animated battle maps Dawes examines major Western Front battles including the critical American victories.   The General relates stories of several important political and military participants who will return for WWII.   

Speaker information is:

With a repertoire of 17 historical characters, RJ Lindsey has been presenting programs for 35 years.  From England to Israel and across the United States, history has come alive.

In this year 2018, we are in the 100th anniversary year of the conclusion of the Great War.  To relate the causes, major battles and America’s participation, please welcome former general  now vice-president of the United States, Charles Gates Dawes.

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

November 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Scheduled Genealogy Program For November 17, 2018 Is Titled “Exploring Your Swedish Roots”; No Speaker; Knowledgeable Researchers Will Be Offering Assistance

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 November 2018 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 normally has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018 between 11 am and 4 pm.  This is not the normal 4th Saturday program.  They may have moved it up due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The title of the program is “Exploring Your Swedish Roots”.  There is NO presenter for this program.  Rather you come in to work with someone knowledgeable with Swedish genealogy.  There is a $10 fee to participate and work with a knowledgeable researcher.  Here is a description of the topic to be covered:

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Exploring your Swedish Roots

Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Want to discover where your ancestor came from in Sweden?

Have you reached a brick wall in your Swedish research and need some help?

Do you have some old documents written in Swedish and you would love to have them translated?

Attend our genealogy day, “Exploring Your Swedish Roots” on Saturday, Nov. 17. Sign-up for a session with a genealogist to discover more about your family heritage or sign up for a meeting with a translator to discover the treasures of history hidden in the old family documents!

Reservations are required. Call the Museum at 773.728.8111 to schedule your appointment.

Walk-ins will be accommodated if time permits. Cost: $10 to participate. All participants will be entered in a raffle. Refreshments will be available for sale.

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The newsletter also notes that genealogy researchers can schedule themselves for one-on-one research help on the right sidebar.  Times noted are on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 pm, 1 pm to 2 pm, and 2 pm to 3 pm.  Also on Saturdays from 1 to 2 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm.

Here are the stated costs for the one-on-one research help:

Genealogical Society members: No fee for first hour; $10 for each additional hour on the same day.

Museum member only: $10 for first hour and $30 for each additional hour on the same day.

Non-member: $30 fee for each hour

Please call the Museum at 773.728.8111 or e-mail genealogy@samac.org to make an appointment. Individuals with appointments have priority over walk-ins.

Please fill out a genealogy research request form here if you are unable to attend an in-person genealogy research session. Forms can be returned to us electronically to genealogy@samac.org or faxed to 773.728.8870.

Based on the information you provide, we will research using the resources available at the Genealogy Center. Information might be available within three weeks. If we are unable to assist you, we will try to refer you to other possible sources.

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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 genealogy@samac.org.

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 November 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago November 2018

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 November 2018.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 13, 2018 At 7:30 PM

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.

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

Dr. Daniel Hubbard

Our genealogy program will be held on Tuesday evening, November 13, 2018.  Our guest speaker Dr. Daniel Hubbard will present a program titled “Navigating Your Family History with Maps”.

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Dr. Daniel Hubbard will help you look at different types of maps and how to use them to understand your ancestors’ towns and migrations; changing borders and extracting data and even names from maps.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher. Inspired by family stories, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. Daniel combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.  We will end the session by 9:30 p.m.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Experienced A Rejection Of A Genealogy DNA Submitted Sample That Could Not Be Processed By One Of The Major Testing Companies? If Yes, Which Company?”; Pick From A Multiple-Choice List

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Experienced A Rejection Of A Genealogy DNA Submitted Sample That Could Not Be Processed By One Of The Major Testing Companies? If Yes, Which Company?”

A) No Problem At All In Processing The Submitted DNA

B) Yes, Rejected By Ancestry DNA

C) Yes, Rejected By Family Tree DNA

D) Yes, Rejected By 23 And Me

E) Yes, Rejected By MyHeritage DNA

F) Yes, Rejected By National Geographic Genome Project

G) Yes, Rejected By A Company Not In The Above List

It was just brought to my attention from Steve Szabados, one of our frequent genealogy program speakers we bring to our library,  that his own wife’s genealogy DNA submission to Ancestry DNA has been rejected not once but 5 times!  No explanation has been given as to the cause of the rejection.  No additional and erroneous charging for each additional kit has been created.  But it is just strange that this kit cannot be successfully processed by Ancestry DNA.  They basically say to just keeping submitting a new kit if the previous one has been rejected, supposedly until it can be processed.

DNA samples were also submitted to Family Tree DNA and to MyHeritage DNA.  These submissions were processed with no problem and no rejection.

Now this is even stranger!

Steve was just curious if anyone else out there has ever experienced having a genealogy DNA kit rejected for processing just because it could not be processed on the receiving end by the DNA processor.

So, just as I was going to go to press with another new poll, I thought I would stop the presses and put this new poll out there that asks the very thing Steve is interested in discovering related to DNA kit rejections.

Rather interesting question.  Personally, I have submitted 2 tests to Family Tree DNA and both have been processed the first time after submitting without any rejections.

I think this is a simple and direct question.

So where do you fit into the responses ?  Take your pick from the multiple choice list of answers.

Let the poll speak for itself

Let’s see how the responses go to the question at hand with just a simple selection from the list of answers.

So …………………….“Have You Experienced A Rejection Of A Genealogy DNA Submitted Sample That Could Not Be Processed By One Of The Major Testing Companies? If Yes, Which Company?”

A) No Problem At All In Processing The Submitted DNA

B) Yes, Rejected By Ancestry DNA

C) Yes, Rejected By Family Tree DNA

D) Yes, Rejected By 23 And Me

E) Yes, Rejected By MyHeritage DNA

F) Yes, Rejected By National Geographic Genome Project

G) Yes, Rejected By A Company Not In The Above List

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library