Hoping that everyone reading this blog post is safe and healthy and is just chomping at the bit to get back into our library building to continue your genealogy research.
Perhaps the research interest you have is to access more of the FamilySearch digital microfilms that are accessible to you when you are logged into FamilySearch while being in our library buildings. That is the deal from FamilySearch, you must be in our library buildings, using your computer connected to our Wi-Fi or using our computers in our buildings for our Affiliate status to kick in. Affiliate status grants access to view more digital microfilm data than you can access from home.
It is a little hard to continue your research when our library buildings are closed due to COVID-19 and you cannot be in our buildings taking advantage of our FamilySearch Affiliate status.
BUT, THERE IS A WORKAROUND FOR YOU DIE-HARD RESEARCHERS TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE YOU ARE IN OUR LIBRARY BUILDING AND THEREFORE HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE OUR FAMILYSEARCH AFFILIATE STATUS!!
During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic while our library is closed, we actually have increased the power of our Wi-Fi signal that would allow you to tap into it while you are in your car in our parking lot that surrounds our building.
For all practical purposes, connecting to our Wi-Fi from our parking lot will allow you to take advantage of our Affiliate status with FamilySearch. Anyone can connect to our Wi-Fi from the parking lot. You do not need to be a cardholder with the Schaumburg Township District Library. Have a Roselle library card? You can connect. Have a Palatine library card? You can connect.
Therefore, you could park near our building, and connect to the Library Wi-Fi from the relative comfort of your car. Just look in your Internet Access icon for what networks are being picked up. You should see one for the Library. Select that one. Then connect to FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org) using your FamilySearch account username and password and sure enough you will gain access to more digital microfilm data from FamilySearch under the umbrella of our Affiliate status.
I can’t tell you how many times I was going to do some research from home recently using some of the FamilySearch data I could have easily accessed 2 months ago while being in the library. Then the realization kicks in that I need to be connected from within our library building or through our Wi-Fi.
Because I have not tried connecting to our Wi-Fi while in our parking lot, I am not sure if there is a better spot to make the connection from our parking lot. Try it from the North parking area (the side where the Marathon gas station is), the West side of the parking lot (the side where our main entrance is located, or the South side of the parking lot (area where the drive-up window is located) to see if any one of those areas is better than the other.
Are you a die-hard researcher? Do you miss accessing the extra digital microfilm data that exists from a FamilySearch Affiliate library? Here is your chance to get going again, albeit in a rather different and unusual manner!!
Try connecting to our Wi-Fi network from our parking lot and then connect to FamilySearch for some of your index searching or to locate those digital microfilms that are not available for you to access from home but can be accessed from an Affiliate library. Advance your research from our parking lot while our doors are shuttered due to COVID-19.
Give it a try. I would love to hear back from you if you did try and what your experience was from our parking lot.
Stay safe and healthy!
Schaumburg Township District Library