Monthly Archives: May 2019

Our Library Has Just Added A 1948 Chicago White Pages Residential Telephone Directory To Our Reference Collection; We Also Have A 1944, 1953 Chicago White Pages Residential Telephone Directories In Our Reference Collection

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our library, through the hard work of our Local History Librarian Jane Rozek, has added a 1948 Chicago White Pages Residential Telephone Directory to our Reference Collection.  The “white pages” category included residential customers and generally did not include business listings.  Business listings were generally shown in the “yellow pages”.

The book is located on the 2nd floor of our library on the Reference shelves.  The call number of the book is R 384.6025 CHICAGO 1948.  You can always do an online catalog search for this book just using “Chicago Telephone Directory” as your search term.  You will see the 1948 directory listed among a few others we have.  You can then look at all of the bibliographic information for this book.

It cannot be checked out.

But …. you can certainly call our library’s main phone number at 847-985-4000, ask for the Reference Desk, and ask who is at the desk if they can do a lookup for you from this directory.

For genealogical purposes, any time you can have a source of names in-between the decennial U.S. Census years can be extremely helpful to determine if an individual may still be at the same address as in the previous census.

Also remember that individuals with phone service could pay a small fee to the local Telephone Company and limit access to their listing of their phone service and not have it printed in these large directories.  Sometimes the listing was only available to a phone operator to share through Directory Assistance.  There was also a level of privacy service the individual could subscribe to for a fee in which his phone number was not listed at all and therefore not printed in the directory AND not available to Directory Assistance.  Keep this in mind if you do not find someone in the phone directory when you think they lived in Chicago at this time period.  Don’t forget that it is also possible they did not yet have phone service at all!

I am also including as part of this post the previous post I created to let readers know that we also have a 1944 and 1953 Chicago Residential  Telephone Directories as well as a 1958-59 Chicago Suburban Residential Telephone Directory in our Reference Collection.  The post about that information is shown below after the separator line in this post as a refresher to you.

If you have Chicago ancestors that were in Chicago in the 1944 to 1953 time period, consider using the directories we have covering this period in our library.  If you think you had ancestors living in the Chicago Suburban area in 1958-1959 consider using that directory we have.  Can’t make it into our library?  Give our Reference Desk a call and ask if they can do a look-up for you.

I am so happy that Jane Rozek, our Local History Librarian, was able to purchase this directory to add to our Reference Collection.

Thank you Jane!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library 

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Hi Everyone!

STDL Central Summer LgSometimes I surprise myself on discovering research resources we have that I did not even know our library had.

I was asked to help someone on a research request that was related to searching through telephone directories.  Yes, that is right, printed, large-size, heavy paper phone directories from days past.  You remember those, don’t you?  Printed by RR Donnelly with updated directories dropped off at your doorstep year after year after year!

In going through our material in our collection to help answer a genealogy research question, I actually discovered that our library has on our Reference shelves 3 helpful “old” print telephone directories that can be of help to the genealogical researcher digging into ancestors that may have been in Chicago or the Suburbs of Chicago within the last 50 to 75 years.

Here is a description of the 3 items in our 2nd floor Reference Collection I want you to be aware of:

  • 1944 Chicago Telephone Directory (Commonly referred to as “White Pages”)  (R 384.6025 CHICAGO 1944)
  • 1953 Chicago Telephone Directory (Commonly referred to as “White Pages”)  (R 384.6025 CHICAGO 1953)
  • 1958-59 Chicago Suburban Telephone Directory (Commonly referred to as “White Pages”)  (ILLINOIS COLL R 384.6025 CHICAGO)

These can be very helpful to do look-ups in if you have Chicago ancestors that lived in Chicago proper during the time periods covered by these resources.

The 1944 directory is helpful to track any ancestor migration since the 1940Phone Book Stock Photo Census that is currently available (in the 1940 Census in Chicago, not present in the 1944 Chicago Telephone Directory); the 1953 directory is helpful because the 1950 Census has not been made public at this time.

I actually looked at the 1944 directory for my name and found no one listed under KIERNA.  I guess my more recent ancestors did not have any money to have telephone service??  But by 1953 the name KIERNA does appear in that directory.

Your ancestor might not appear in these directories if they chose to have their information “Non-Published”.  They paid for the privilege of not having their name published in the print directory.  They may also not be in the directory if they did not have telephone service.

Just know that these resources are available in our library for you to use as a research tool.  These books in print are on the 2nd floor Reference Shelves.  Use the Call Number of the books noted above to find them.   If you can’t come in to our library to take a look at these directories, you can always call our library at 847-985-4000 and ask for the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor.  They would be able to do a look-up for you in the directory.

Hopefully, the surname you seek is not a common one like “SMITH” or “JONES” because the directories cover the City of Chicago where these names are very common in the directory.

Also, since many of our ancestors may have originally settled in Chicago back in the late 1890s and early 1900s, it was not uncommon for them and their children to also “migrate” out of the city into the suburbs as the suburbs started growing in the 1940s and 1950s.  This is where the Chicago Suburban Telephone Directory might be of more help to you to track down these early ancestors that might have moved out to the Chicago suburbs and were listed in the 1958-1959 Suburban Directory we have.

I am glad that my research effort made me aware of these nice resources that I have available right at my fingertips at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Perhaps it can help you too for your Chicago ancestral research, especially the part that is a little more current in time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Happy Days Are Here Again Thanks To Cook County Illinois Vital Records Group!!; They Have Reinstated The Birth, Marriage, Death Index That Was Taken Down Around April 20, 2019; Thank You Cook County Vital Records!!

Hi Everyone,

New Revised Cook County Vital Records Site With The “New” Genealogy Index Lookup Link Box

I mentioned in a recent post that the team from the Cook County Illinois Vital Records group had contacted me via a telephone call.  The good news that emerged from that conference call with them was that they had heard much from the genealogical community about their recent removal of the search index they had for searching for Birth, Marriage and Death record information. I think the feedback they were receiving was not pleasant.  They listened to all the feedback they received and committed to making the system “BETTER”.

When they removed the index they substituted an “order” template in which you would create an order to request a birth, marriage or death record.  You were in essence being asked to fill in the blanks of the template without really knowing what was in their system.  It could work that way but not seeing an index just made it that much more difficult to submit a request and payment for something you were not even sure existed.

Well ….. get your “Happy Dance” shoes on and be prepared to yell out a “Hip, Hip, HOORAY” because the Cook County Illinois Vital Records group has in fact reinstated the familiar Birth, Marriage and Death Certificate database we all came to love and cherish while at the same time instituting their more detailed ordering template.  The Vital Records Index was put back online as of Friday, May 10, 2019.

If you go to the Cook County Illinois Vital Records Index and Order site at:

https://genealogy.cookcountyclerk.com/

you will now see two link boxes at the bottom of the screen.  The first one will link you to the “template” to start your order for a vital record.  However, now right next to that link box, you will see another one that says “Genealogy Index Lookup”.  That link will take you back to the familiar index we all became used to using for our genealogical research of ancestors from Cook County Illinois.

One new thing you will also notice with the link back to the index is that you no longer have to supply a username and password to get to the details of the index search.  So … you can pitch that Username and Password if you previously created one and used it.  Or …. if you are new using the site, you can just use it for the index without creating a Username and Password.  You will supply any information about yourself in order to obtain a Vital Record through the order template should you use the “template” to request a genealogical copy of a Cook County Illinois Vital Record.

Another “new” feature you will see is that when you are using the index and do a search, you will notice that at the top of the page of the results is a link called “Genealogy Online” that will take you to the new order “template”.  You may want to take notes on any record of interest of you to see if that is something that will go into one of the new “template” order fields.

The Cook County Vital Records team was very responsive to the feedback they received when the index searching capability disappeared.  I could tell from the call I participated in that they were committed to making the system better for researchers to use.  It does appear that has happened.  Researchers have the searchable index back and Cook County Vital Records now has their new order template online within the same site.

I think that a big “Thank You” is due to the Cook County Illinois Vital Records group for listening to the community and reinstating the old beloved Vital Records searchable index.  I want to personally thank them for taking the time to listen to me and many others about the importance of the searchable index.

It truly is a “Happy Day” for me to be able to share this with the genealogical community.

Visit the site above.  Check it out, especially the side for ordering a Vital Record.  I cannot speak for that part of the site because I have not used it.  The index is the big part of the site for me at this time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 18, 2019 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates; “Genealogy Trivia Game”; Presented By Robert Allen

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, May 18, 2019 starting at 10:30 AM at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates.

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 “Genealogy Trivia Game”.  Speaker for the program is Robert Allen.

Program description is:

Here’s a chance to find out how much you and others know about the world of genealogy. We’ll look at DNA, Resources, Databases, Internet sites, Terms, Organizations and Special Secrets about the hobby we all love so much.

Speaker information is:

Bob received a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas. He then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas.

He held positions with Container Corporation of America and Baxter Healthcare.

Bob lives in Barrington with his wife, Audrey. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

He is the co-leader for CAGGNI’s Colonial America SIG and recently served as treasurer of CAGGNI. He has been conducting genealogical research for 30+ years.

For more information: Genealogy Trivia Game

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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

May 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for May 14, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the May 2019 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 May 2019 Handouts for your convenience:

May 2019 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, May 14, 2019 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

May 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for May 14, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the May 2019 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 May 2019 Newsletter for your convenience:

May 2019 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, May 14, 2019 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 May 14, 2019

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, May 14, 2019:

Debra Dudek

Our program is titled “Using Fold3 Library Edition for Genealogy”.  Our guest speaker for the evening will be Debra Dudek.

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m., guest presenter Debra M. Dudek, Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL, will show you how to navigate Fold3, browse resources effectively and find hidden gems on this user-friendly database.

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.

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 program by 9:30 pm.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Update On Recent Cook County Vital Records Change To Their Online System

Hi Everyone!

I need to share with you some updated information on the recent change that was made to the Cook County Vital Records Online system that I recently posted about.

Many in the genealogical community were upset over the changes that were made to their system e.g. elimination of the online searchable index and the institution of the online set of “template” forms to be used to submit a request to obtain a Vital Record.

I was recently contacted by phone by the Cook County Vital Records team regarding the changes that were made.  I was pleasantly surprised they actually reached out to me as a result of my previous blog post about the matter.  I do believe they were receiving much feedback from the genealogical community on the changes that were made.  We had a very good exchange of information.  I was able to share with them why their previous website and data were so valuable to the genealogical community.

The end result of the call that we had is that Cook County Vital Records is going to make their online vital records system BETTER!

The feedback they have received from so many individuals has not fallen on deaf ears.

They are taking the feedback received and will be reviewing their system.

I was very happy to hear that they are truly committed to making the system better.

I guess as researchers we will just see what that means and what can be done.

Crossing my fingers.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library