Monthly Archives: August 2019

“NEW” Entertaining And Informative Teaching Genealogy Video From GenealogyMagazine.Com; Think Of Monty Python; Thank You James Pylant!; Links Included For Previously Produced Genealogy Videos By James Pylant

Hi Everyone!

Back in October 2017 and in May 2018 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 another original video from James Pylant:

August 2019 Blog Posting Of James Pylant Monty Python-like Genealogy Video On “The Private Family Tree”

The video is really, really, informative and funny at the same time, a difficult accomplishment to say the least.  It runs about 3 minutes and 32 seconds.

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

I am sure you can all relate to getting a “match” to your DNA testing and only discovering non-exisiting family history information for you to use as a tool to determine how you are related.  Well, James feels the same and the video shares the frustrations we have with our matches!

Here are the links to some of the genealogical videos previously created by James Pylant:

#1) GenealogyMagazine.com, Episode 1, “Courthouse Research”

#2) GenealogyMagazine.com, Episode 2, “Family Bible Records”

#3) GenealogyMagazine.com, Episode 3, “Diaries and Journals”

#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)

#8) “Titanic Widow: The Mystery of Addie Bracken” by 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 GenealogyMagazine.com for the creative and informative work done by James Pylant, editor of GenealogyMagazine.com.  Check out GenealogyMagazine.com at:

GenealogyMagazine.com

Thank you James Pylant for sharing links with me to all of the incredibly entertaining yet informative videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

We Have Added Material For Elgin, IL Area Obituaries To Our Reference Collection; Contains Both Online And Print Index Of Deaths; Can View The Material But Cannot Check It Out

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Local History Librarian Jane Rozek made our library aware of some newly donated material about Elgin, IL Area Obituaries that has been added to our Reference Collection.

The obituaries cover the time period from the mid- 1970s to 2011 so they are obviously more current than older which can be a good thing.

There is an online index of surnames contained in this Elgin Area Obituary data.  Included in the index are only the names of the DECEASED person and not the names of others that may have been mentioned in the obituary as survivors.

Here is a link to the online index.

Elgin, IL  Area Obituaries Mid 1970s to 2011

Search the online index for the surname of interest.  Find the one you want.  Note the “page number” for the associated obituary in our Reference Volumes.  Call in to our Reference Desk with the surname of interest and more importantly, the “page number”.  A reference librarian can then find the obituary for you in the massive printed set of volumes of the obituary material from the Elgin Courier News newspaper by the associated page number.

Select “Browse Documents” in the online index first web page.
Select “Surname and Obituary Indexes” from the 2nd web page
Select “Elgin Area Obituaries from the 3rd web page.

Elgin Area Obituaries 1970s To 2011 Print Volumes 2nd Floor Reference

If you are in our library and want to use this material head on up to the 2nd floor and go to the “Ask Us” desk and ask for Reference.  The massive binders of both the surname index and the obituaries themselves are available at that desk.

Here is the internal email that Jane Rozek sent to us informing us of this nice resource, especially for those of you that may have had ancestors in the Elgin, IL area whose obituaries may have been listed in the Elgin Courier News that is the source for these obituaries for the time period noted above:

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Hello Everyone,

Our library has a new multi-volume addition called Elgin Area Obituaries that was compiled by a local gentleman.

These obituaries stretch from the mid-1970s to 2011. He collected them largely from the Elgin Courier-News and other Elgin newspapers. We do have access to the Courier-News on the Access World News database but only back to 1997. That’s what makes this collection so unique.

He also created his own alphabetical index to all of the obits.

Patrons or librarians can also access the Index on our library’s Local History Digital Archive.

http://knowvation.stdl.org/knowvation/app/consolidatedSearch/

>Browse Documents

>Surname and Obituary Indexes

>Elgin Area Obituaries

Jane   

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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A big thank you to Jane Rozek for obtaining this wonderful material on Elgin, IL area obituaries from the mid-1970s to 2011.

Take advantage of this resource if you have Elgin, IL area ancestors during the time period noted.  Use the online index link noted above to make your discoveries.  Give us a call at our main number of 847-985-4000 and ask for the Reference Desk who can help you with finding the obituary from the “page number” you found in the online index.

Or just come on in to our library, head up to the 2nd floor Reference Desk and ask the librarian to use the massive print index for the obituary material to make your discoveries.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, September 7, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “Genealogy Cloud Computing” Presented By Thomas MacEntee; Program Takes Place At The Mt. Prospect Public Library; Registration Required

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, September 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Mt. Prospect Public Library in Mt. Prospect, IL.

Registration with the library is required if you plan on attending the program.  There is no fee to attend.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 Thomas MacEntee.    The speaker will present a program titled “Genealogy Cloud Computing.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) September 7, 2019 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Thomas MacEntee, 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

August 17, 2019 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Untying The Knot: Divorce Records”; Presented By Kimberly Nagy

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, August 17, 2019 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 “Untying the Knot: Divorce Records”.  Speaker for the program is Kimberly Nagy.

Program description is:

There is a wealth of information to be found in divorce records including marriage dates, birth dates of the couple and their children, and locations. Beyond this, these records offer an insight into their personalities ad possessions. This session will explore the process of finding divorce records and how to get the most information from those records.

Speaker information is:

Kimberly Ormsby Nagy, MD PLCGS has been researching her ancestry for over forty years. Now retired from her career as a Trauma Surgeon she can devote all her time to her passion – Genealogy! She is very involved in lineage societies and has served as Registrar for several – either preparing or approving applications for membership. 

For more information: Untying the Knot: Divorce Records

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

August 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for August 13, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

August 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, August 13, 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

August 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for August 13, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

August 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, August 13, 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 August 13, 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, August 13, 2019:

Julia Johnas

The title of our program is “When Was It Taken?: Dating Genealogy Photos”.  Our guest speaker is Julia Johnas.

Old family photos can be a great source of clues to help your genealogy research. But you have to be able to unlock the mysteries that lie in the photo. Learn how to unlock those mysteries in this program. Our guest speaker will provide the “key” for you to extract valuable information from the photo to help you move your genealogy research forward.

Program attendees are encouraged to bring photographs to the program for which they are attempting to determine a time frame when the photo was taken.

Julia Johnas is a local historian and author of “Highland Park: Settlement to the 1920s”.    She has a Master of Arts in Library Science and holds certificates in archival studies and photographic collection preservation. She served for more than 20 years as the research liaison to the Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission and continues to provide research assistance on local and architectural history and genealogy for authors and historians.  Her interest in the study of historical evidence in portrait photography began in 2011.

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