Category Archives: Blog Functionality

Recent Additions Have Been Made To The “Favorite Links” Page Of This Blog; Added A Significant Number Of Blog Links; Added A New Category For Family History Centers (Local); Direct Link To “Favorite Links” Included

STDL Central Summer LgHi Everyone!

I have just recently updated the “Favorite Links” Page of this blog that you can access from the home page of this blog.

You can get to the “Favorite Links” part of my blog at:

“Favorite Links” At Genealogy With Tony Library Blog

A very good article by Tony Bandy has just appeared in the recent issue of Internet Genealogy (August/September 2014, Volume 9, Number 3) in which Tony wrote about the “Top Blogs of 2014”.  I looked at some of the blogs I provided links to in my “Favorite Links” part of my blog and noticed that I did have many that Tony had indicated.  However, his current 2014 list was so good that I thought I would re-visit my own list and add a good amount of the blogs mentioned in the article by Tony Bandy.

I added about 14 new blog links for you to take a look at.  You will find these under the category “Genealogy Blogs” in my Favorite Links page of the blog.

I have also created a written overview of what was contained in the recent Internet Genealogy issue we received mentioned above.  That will appear in the September 2014 Genealogy Newsletter I author as well as appearing as one of the “handouts” in the September 2014 package that will be uploaded on Monday, September 8, 2014.  The Tony Bandy article overview will be included in the September 2014 Handouts package  and all of the Top 2014 blogs mentioned by him will be included along with their web link.

If you have not seen my “Favorite Links” part of the blog, now would be the time to take a look at it to see all of the links that are there for you to visit and experiment with.

Also, while I was in the “Favorite Links” part of the blog, I thought it would also be advantageous for me to create a new section for “Family History Centers”.  Each local Family History Center has its own web address.  Each local Family History Center website is a great place to visit to check out the location, phone number, directions, hours, e-mail address,  calendar of events and anything that might pop up related to that particular local Family History Center.

I have provided links for each center that is geographically near our library.  You will now be able to find links to the following local Family History Centers noted below and now included in the Favorite Links part of this blog:

You may read about descriptions of what is unique to each center both in terms of hours open as well as resources held by any one of them different from any other.  It is well-worth taking a look at the website of any Family History Center you use.

I thought I would share this piece of updated information made to the blog.

Enjoy the new blog links as well as the newly created local Family History Center links.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


I Have Added A “Calendar Of Local Genealogy Events” Page To The Top Of The Blog Using Google Calendar; It Will Show Events For Other Local Genealogy Groups And Societies All In One Calendar Via This Blog

Hi Everyone!

Google LogoFor readers of this blog you are well aware that I create blog posts providing information on the genealogy programs being offered by other groups and societies.

I also include a “Calendar of Events” in each monthly edition of the genealogy newsletter I create and post in the right sidebar of this blog each month.  Unfortunately, I am not sure how frequently anyone looks at that material for the calendar of local genealogy events.  I know the material is helpful, but I think I can present this calendar information in a little better way and give readers a better “birds eye” view of what local genealogy groups are offering for programs in a real “calendar” view.

Using this WordPress blog I discovered that I can actually bring in a Google Calendar.  In the Google Calendar I can add as many of the events that I become familiar with from the various local genealogy groups and societies.  Right now, I am looking to incorporate into the calendar genealogy events for the following organizations:

  • Schaumburg Township District Library
  • Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)
  • Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG)
  • Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL.
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Casa Italia Chicago Genealogy
  • Elgin Genealogical Society

My intent is not to be a universal clearing house for any genealogy program from any group.  I am targeting events to be included as somewhat local to our own Schaumburg area.  The list above is my starting point.

But I am open to consider how this will all happen.

I am not sure how this will evolve over time and what more may be included, but I wanted to give this Google Calendar a try.

To check out this new calendar, just look at the top of the blog homepage where all of the other “special” points of interest can be found such as “Favorite Links”, “Poll Archive” and “Contact Me”.  The “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events” will be added just before the existing “Contact Me” page at the top of the blog.

One quick suggestion.  Y0u can look at the calendar in a multitude of ways such as a monthly view, by week, by day or in an agenda view.  I actually like looking at it using the “agenda” view because it is presented in “list” form and you can read more fully the name of the group offering the program.  I noticed that if you view the calendar on a monthly basis, the box for the date is too small and you can not easily know the name of the group offering the program without opening the event itself because much of the group name is truncated.

You can then click on the event to open up the full description information for the program.

As with so much with Google, when you open the event to fully read the description, you will also see a link for a Google map for the location.

You do not have to have a Google account in order to view the calendar.  It is not intended to be an interactive calendar where anyone can add items.  But that is why I am going to trial this to see how it works.

If you do use a personal Google account yourself, you can add the events in my blog calendar to your own Google calendar if you so choose.

Like anything else with this blog, I am willing to give it a try.  If it does not work in a meaningful way then it will be “Goodbye!”

Take a look at it and see what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Blog Page Added At Top Of The Homepage Of The Blog; National Archives Research Aids; Provided By Kathryn Barrett, Our May 8, 2012 Genealogy Program Speaker

Hi Everyone!

The new blog Page has been added.  Look at the top area of the Home Page of this blog for the new page item that is titled “National Archives Research Aids”.

This new page consists of the 22 handouts that were provided by Kathryn Barrett, our genealogy program speaker for May 8, 2012.  Kathryn volunteers at the Great Lakes Regional office of the National Archives that is located at 7358 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago, IL.

All of the research aids were provided to me in paper format.  I was able to convert the paper of each one to a PDF file that has been uploaded to the blog.

The research aids run the gamut of a variety of topics that can be used by yourself to better understand a topic or process that may actually apply to your own research efforts.

A big thank you to Kathryn for sharing these with me!

The best thing to do is to just click on the link to the new page and then browse through what I wrote as an overview.  Then take a look at the list of 22 items, some with rather lengthy titles, some much shorter.  Open up the PDF.  Take a gander at what is there.

It may not be of direct importance to you at this time but just make a mental note that these research aids from the Great Lakes Office of the National Archives exists on this blog for your future reference.

Enjoy the new material!

A big thank you again to Kathryn Barrett for sharing this material with us.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Page Will Be Added To The Blog Showcasing The Research Aids From The National Archives Great Lakes Region Provided By Kathryn Barrett As Her Handouts From Her May 8, 2012 Genealogy Program At Our Library

Hi Everyone!

You may remember that back on May 8, 2012 Kathryn Barrett was our featured speaker for our genealogy program for that month.  She provided the audience with a large amount of handouts on that evening.  These handouts were from the Great Lakes Regional office of the National Archives Records Administration (NARA) that she was familiar with at that location as part of her volunteer work she does there.

I have finally been able to process all of these documents into PDF format with the intent of making them available on this blog under a new Page that I will be creating titled “National Archives Research Aids”.

By no means is this the totality of material that is available from NARA, but it does represent a good amount of the handout material that you can find at the local Great Lakes Regional office in Chicago, IL.

You will find 22 documents that Kathryn provided to me under this new page at the top of the blog.  It did take me some time to get these into PDF and into the draft new page I have been working on.  I am almost ready to create the final version of this new page.

So you will soon have another part of the blog to refer to when it will come to some interesting Aids/Guides from NARA that are worth taking a look at to make you more aware of material that is in the possession of the Great Lakes Regional Archives.

I will let you know via a new post that the new page exists and is ready for you to access.

Right now, I guess you would call this a “teaser” that indicates it is coming!

I am so thankful that Kathryn provided me with this massive amount of paper that I was able to convert to PDF format, especially since I really did not see these same documents already in existence at the NARA or Great Lakes Regional websites.

I will let you know when you can jump in with both feet and look at them under the new blog page name.

Thank you Kathryn for thinking of me and providing me with all of the paper copies.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Trial “Surnames Being Searched” Page Added To this Blog; You Need To Give Me An OK to Include Your Data In This List

Hi Everyone!

I have just activated the “trial” Surnames Being Searched page at the top of the blog homepage.

To get your names in this PDF listing of an Excel spreadsheet, you must explicitly give me your OK for me to include the surnames of interest to you.  I ask for this explicit direction because I am including your e-mail contact address in the listing to facilitate a contact point between you and a fellow researcher that may be researching the same surname.

The following information will be included in the “Surnames Being Searched” Page of this blog:

  • Your own First Name
  • Your own Surname
  • The Surname of your research interest
  • Your own e-mail address
  • The geographic areas of interest you have e.g. Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Poland etc.

I must limit this listing of surnames to those that have been participating at our library genealogy program.   I can’t accept surnames from researchers who may have just discovered this functionality but do not participate in our library’s genealogy program.

I need to see how this process will work out for me as well as for those who have contributed their names and e-mail addresses for more visibility in their research effort.

If it does not work out, then I will just pull the page and leave it at that.

I am happy to say that 8 participants have initially given me their OK to post this information to share.

Take a look at the “new” page and see how the material is being presented as a spreadsheet in PDF format for those that have given me the OK to include their data.

If anyone else local to our library area who has attended our programs and provided me with a filled-out questionnaire about their research wants to have their surnames being researched more visible, you need to contact me through this blog.  Use the “Contact” page at the top of this blog to do so.  That is the most efficient manner.

Let’s give this a try to see how it works out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

For Those That Attend Our Genealogy Program That Want Their Research Surnames Listed In My New “Surnames” Blog Page On This Blog, I Will Need A Positive “Yes” Provided To Me By You

Hi Everyone!

For those of you that have attended our monthly genealogy programs and have previously provided to me a listing of the surnames you are researching, this post is for your attention.

I am in the process of creating a new “page” on this blog that will be titled “Surnames Being Researched”.  It will appear at the top of the homepage along with the other “pages” that exist there for this blog.   In it will be the surnames you are researching.  It will look similar to the current Excel paper report I create and bring to our programs for you to look at and update.  Your information was included in the listing when you returned a questionnaire that contained the names as well as indicating you were OK in sharing the names.

The “new” page is still not yet visible in this blog at the top of the homepage.  I would term it as being “under construction”.

I am trying to move the “paper” report to an electronic page in this blog.  However, instead of a phone number as your contact point, I will be including an e-mail address from you as the point of contact should anyone see your surname of interest and want to contact you.

In order to get the names into the new “Surnames Being Researched” page I will need you to contact me via the blog’s “Contact” page.

You can get directly to my “Contact” Page at the following link:

In the e-mail, I will need you to state the surnames you want me to include, your e-mail address and the geographic areas of your interest e.g. Illinois, DuPage County in Illinois, Poland, etc.

This way I will have positive confirmation you want your surnames and your e-mail address out there visible for any other researcher to possibly make a connection with you who happens to peruse the new “Surnames Being Searched” Page of this blog.

I am not going to automatically transfer your names from the paper report to the electronic report!

So far I have received the OK from at least 6 of you.  The data from those 6 will be the basis of the first report in the new page when I activate it.

It is necessary that you contact me with a positive OK.

I will still continue to update and bring in to our programs the paper report that you may have initially contributed to when you returned the questionnaire to me.  But that one is only visible to those attending our program and is not visible electronically as this new proposed blog surname page will be.

So if you want electronic exposure of your research names, you will need to positively confirm with me that fact and supply me with the e-mail address I would use in the new online report for anyone contacting you.

Thank you so much for your help to launch this new page with your research information and contact information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Check This Blog During the Winter Months In Case Bad Weather Forces Us To Cancel A Genealogy Program; I Would Post That Cancellation Notice Here

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to remind readers of this blog, especially those of you that often attend our monthly Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL), that I would post a notice here if a Genealogy Program on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month would have to be cancelled due to bad, wintry weather.

A few cancellations have happened in the recent past and I believe posting the cancellation of that program in this blog proved helpful and beneficial to those who thought of coming out on a bad wintry night.  I believe that our most recent cancellation of our genealogy program was in February 2010 just a few months after I started this blog.

It does not happen often but this blog can easily get the word out that a genealogy program is being cancelled due to inclement weather.

So far the December 2011 program was completed with flying colors weather-speaking.  The 2011-201 winter season has been unbelievably mild so far as of this writing.  Perhaps the January and February programs will occur in routine manner should our winter continue along its mild course.

But I also believe in Karma and realize we have had an exceptionally good November and December for weather and the “weather gods” have their way of “pay back”.  Whatever the “weather gods” do for our program nights, I can get the word out via the blog that we may be a “no go”.

So keep checking back here especially on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month if you may be planning on attending our genealogy program.  If the weather is dicey and we cancel the program, you will hear it here!

Let’s hope I have not jinxed anything weather-wise for our upcoming January 10, 2012 by talking about problematic weather in this post!

See you on January 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM at the main library building for our next program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library