Category Archives: Blog Functionality

Another “Remodeled” Part Of The Blog Home Page Appearance; Created A New “Page” For “Newsletter Archive” and “Handout Archive”; Removed Many Of The Sidebar Links To Older Newsletters And Handouts

Hi Everyone!

I just want readers to know that you will see another view of a slightly “remodeled” Home Page of this blog.

Over the years I have been adding monthly “Newsletters” and “Handouts” to the Sidebar of the blog under a Links category.  They were added month by month in chronological order so that you would have to scroll down a long list of previous Newsletters and Handouts to get to the more current ones.  I did not think I had the ability with the blog theme to change the order of these uploads to latest first and earliest last.

In order to streamline the appearance, I decided to create 2 new Pages at the top of the blog home page where many other pages exist e.g. 2020 Programs, 2002-2019 Previous Programs etc.  I created a new page for a “Newsletter Archive” and one for a “Handouts Archive”.  Within each of these new pages I have moved links from the older Newsletters and Handouts for the years 2018 going back to 2009.  This will allow me to remove the links to the older Newsletters and Handouts from 2018 back to 2009 that were in the right sidebar listing of these documents.

Here is a direct link to the “Newsletter Archive” page of the blog:

“Newsletter Archive” Page of Tony’s Genealogy Blog”

Here is a direct link to the “Handouts Archive” page of the blog:

“Handouts Archive” Page of Tony’s Genealogy Blog

On the regular right sidebar of the blog you will continue to see links to the more recent Newsletters and Handouts starting with the year 2019 and now adding in links for 2020 Newsletters and Handouts as they are added.

Visually, you will not need to scroll down the massive lists of these documents to get to the current one.

For many of you it may not make a difference since you accessed the most current Newsletter and Handout via a blog post I did each month that included a link to where the document was located.

I just felt the need to tidy up the appearance of the blog home page and allow access to the older Newsletters and Handouts from within the new “Archive” pages at the top of the blog homepage.

Explore the site and especially the new “Newsletter Archive” and “Handouts Archive” pages at the top of the blog homepage.

All the data is there, just in a different location.

Over the years, this update has been a “New Year Resolution” that has gone unfulfilled.  No longer.  My 2020 New Year Resolution for the blog appearance has come to fruition!

Hope you like the cleaner looking and shorter looking blog homepage, especially on the right sidebar!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I “Remodeled” A Part Of The Blog Home Page; You Can Use A Drop Down Menu Function Within The Archive Of Blog Posts To Look At An Individual Month’s Postings

Hi Everyone!

Yes, after many, many years I have decided to finally follow through on a New Year Resolution!

This blog has been active for about 10 years.  Within the WordPress.com visual appearance of this blog page, I created an “Archive” capability on the right sidebar of the blog page years ago.  In this “Archive”, on a month-by-month basis identified by year, you could see the total number of posts that existed within that given month for that given year.

Each month a new “archive” item is created with the total number of blog posts for that month.  In the early years of a blog, the list of these months is fairly small.  In the case of this blog, the list now contained 120 months of this information.  It just gave the blog a very congested appearance with a long list to scroll through.

WordPress.com provides the capability for me to streamline the appearance of this “Archive” of blog posts by month.  It allows me to create a “Drop-Down” menu for the Archives.  So instead of seeing a long list of 120 individual months on the right sidebar of blog post activity, you will now see just the title of “Archives” with the ability to click it open and select from the list of months/years of blog posts contained in the Archives.  This visually frees a lot of space on the right sidebar of the blog where the list was contained.

It just looks cleaner.

The best thing is that I continue to highlight the most recent 20 blog posts I create.  This is the spot where readers look to see what topics or information has been recently posted.

You also always have the ability to use the “Search” function of the blog on the blog homepage to search through the entirety of all blog posts using a keyword search for all posts I have created since the beginning of the blog.

See what you think about the improved visibility of the basic homepage.  The right sidebar simply looks cleaner.

I have a few more “New Year Resolutions” related to the blog appearance that you will be seeing shortly.  These too will add to a better visual appearance and make the right sidebar of the blog less cluttered with long lists of items to scroll down through.

I will let you know when these changes also occur.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

 

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2018 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2019

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2018  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2019 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2019.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2020 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2019”, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2019:

2002 – 2019 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2019 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2020 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2020 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2020 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2020 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2020 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2020 from right within this post at:

2020 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2020!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2014 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2015

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2014  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2015 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2015.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2016 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2015”, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2015:

2002 – 2015 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2015 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2016 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2016 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2016 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2016 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2016 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2016 from right within this post at:

2016 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2016!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

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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