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New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, March 26, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Noah Wylie Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, March 26, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature actor Noah Wylie.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Three episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.  The third episode featured Jennifer Grey.

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

You can see these first three episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, March 26, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about actor Noah Wylie.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, March 19, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Jennifer Grey Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, March 19, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature actress Jennifer Grey.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Two episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

You can see these first two episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, March 19, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about actress Jennifer Grey.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FREE Access To All Irish Resources On AmericanAncestors.org From March 15-22, 2017

Hi Everyone!

While perusing through some online material at Dick Eastman’s blog website, I came across this very timely notice.

From March 15, 2017 through March 22, 2017, in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, the databases commonly referred to as American Ancestors at AmericanAncestors.org will be allowing FREE access to the Irish records in their database collections.  These databases are offered through the New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS).

March 15, 2017 Through March 22, 2017 FREE Access To Irish Records At AmericanAncestors.org From The New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS)

Access will require registration with NEHGS as a free guest user.

Check out all of the details in the link above to Dick Eastman’s article.

Our library subscribes and provides access to all of the American Ancestors databases all of the time.  You need to be present in our library in order to access these databases.  License agreements with NEHGS does not allow us to provide access to the databases to our library card holders at home.

So, take advantage of the free access to the Irish databases from home for this short window of free access.

Also take advantage of the American Ancestors databases offered by our library for in-house use. Use the computers located behind the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor of our library.  Ask our librarians at that desk for any help to access our American Ancestors database when you are in our library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Family History Library Classes And Webinars Schedules Via FamilySearch Wiki; Can Attend Programs In Person (Salt Lake City) Or Online Via Registration; Some Previously Recorded Webinars Available To View; Handouts From Past Classes/Webinars Available

Hi Everyone!

One of my genealogy librarian colleagues shared some information about some upcoming British Isles research classes being offered by the Family History Library.  These classes will occur between March 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017.  There are 2 classes scheduled for each of the above dates in the range.  First class for the day starts at 1 PM (Mountain Time), followed by the second class at 2 PM (Mountain Time).

The British Isles Research Seminar for the above days is currently highlighted when you access it from the link below.

These are classes that you can attend in person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT OR you can attend these programs ONLINE.

My point here is that for the immediacy of any interest in British Isles research check out these programs since the dates are coming up very soon.

More importantly, all of this information about Family History Library classes and webinars that are coming up as well as those previously presented can be found from within the Family History Library Wiki for this topic at:

Family History Library Classes and Webinars

They currently are showing the programs they have coming up for March and April 2017.  There are literally programs each and every day.  The classes are identified by “skill level” for the researcher.  Just about all of the classes are noted as intended for “Beginners”.  For April 2017 there are about 4 of the scheduled programs identified as for “intermediates”.

The topics span all aspects of genealogical research that you can learn from.  Some are of a broader nature such as how to use the FamilySearch Catalog effectively.  Some are what I would categorize as being for a very small niche such as “The Value of Danish Military Levying Rolls”.

You can also access information on the description of the class as well as who is presenting it and their background biography.

This looks like a wonderful source of classes/webinars that could really help you with your research.  This Wiki entry is well-worth bookmarking for future use when the urge strikes you to want to learn something more about a genealogical topic relative to your own research needs.

Also, the Family History Library has grouped their previously presented classes/webinars under broader terms such as “Scandinavian Research Webinars”, “British Isles Research Webinars” etc. to allow you to easily discover what are the programs under this broader topic category.

And there is more!  You can access all of the handouts associated with any of these previously presented classes/webinars.  Just looking under my own personal interest for “Polish Research Webinars” I saw that there are handouts currently for 15 classes/webinars on the subject.  It does note that it takes about 4 weeks after a program/webinar is presented for it to become available in the previously presented grouping of these programs.

And you can even view some of the previously presented classes themselves.

I am very impressed with the wealth of material for these programs/webinars that spans a broad range of genealogical topics.

Even if you cannot or do not want to participate in one of these programs in person or online, you should definitely check out some of the previously presented ones just to see the handouts associated with the program.  The handout alone could be very helpful to you.

Still, there is nothing like being able to hear a fully presented program from a knowledgeable presenter and also then receive their handouts.

Check out this Wiki entry on all of the upcoming programs offered by the Family History Library as well as check out the previously presented programs under the categories that pertain to your own research interests.

I think you will like what you see.

See what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Irish Genealogy Workshop And Webinar From Fountaindale Public Library March 15, 2017 And March 16, 2017 In Bolingbrook; Free And Open To The Public; Registration Required; Recorded Programs Will Be Available Online At A Later Date For A Short Time Interval

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek,  librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library, has made me aware that there is a wonderful Irish Genealogy Workshop and  Webinar that is coming up and was put together by the Fountaindale Public Library of Bolingbrook and the  Ulster Historical Foundation.

Ulster Historical Foundation LogoThe program will take place over two days on March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017.  The March 15, 2017 all-day program, between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, is titled “Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success!”.  The March 16, 2017 program takes place between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm and is titled “Irish Famine and Emigration Records”.

The programs will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library District located at 300 W. Briarcliff Rd. in Bolingbrook, IL

The event is free and is open to the public.

It does appear you can register for either program or both.  You are not required to participate in both programs.

For all of the details regarding these programs connect via the Fountaindale Public Library  Genealogy Blog at:

March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017 Irish Genealogy Workshop and Webinar from the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL

Registration is required.  Walk-Ins may not be allowed.

Please note that as of this blog post, registration is already full if you wanted to participate in-person for the workshops.  However, there is ample space remaining to register to participate via the online streaming of either of the webinars.

From the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog, please note the following regarding the on-site program as well as the on-site Webinar overflow:

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The program is free, however in-person attendee space is limited to 75 participants in Meeting Room A, and an overflow webinar area for 35 in the 2nd Floor Board Room.

Due to the popularity of this event, walk-in registration may not be available. Reserve your space in the program online or call the Fountaindale Public Library 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.

In-person participants will enjoy light snacks, handouts, door prizes, and the opportunity to purchase Ulster Historical Society books during the program. Participants are asked to bring a seat cushion and a brown bag lunch or to pre-order a box lunch from Brooks Cafe or by calling  (630) 685-4295.  Download the lunch order form here: brooks-cafe-genealogy-box-lunch

Register online for Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success Live Workshop
Register online for Famine Era Records and Emigration Live Workshop

Online Webinar Available!
Can’t attend the presentation in person? No problem! Both programs will be available for free as a streaming webinar on YouTube!  Free reminder event and registration for the webinar is available on our site.

Register for Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success online webinar reminder
Register for Famine Era Records and Emigration online webinar reminder

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If you cannot attend in person, you will have the capability to view the recorded programs online.  As in the past, the online access to the recorded programs is only made available for about 1 month after the programs take place.  You will need to view them during this short window of availability.

Just stay connected to the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog

for further information regarding this 2 day Irish Genealogy event as well as the ability to access the recorded programs via Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog or YouTube.

If you are interested in attending then get yourself registered.  (Online streaming webinar access only available as of this blog post.) If you can’t attend get a reminder when the recorded programs will be available online for you to view during a limited time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Videos From Recent RootsTech 2017 Conference Are Now Available Online; Link Included In This Post For 2017 RootsTech Videos

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoYou know I am a big believer in online training sessions to further educate yourself as a genealogy researcher.

I am happy to announce that online video sessions from the recently held 2017 RootsTech conference that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah are now available from the RootsTech web site.  There are currently an incredible 42 videos available in total for you to view from among the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday video sessions.

Please be aware that while these videos are available right now, historically in the past, RootsTech has only made them accessible for a limited time after the end of that years’ conference.  You may want to check them out in the near term rather than wait a few more months and then realize they have been pulled down.

If you cannot attend these large-scale conferences, then it is a great pleasure to be able to see online a smattering of the programs that were held.  By no means is what is made available online representative of the total amount of overall programs presented over four days, but it is sure great to see a good amount of the material.

Here is a listing of some of the topics and the named presenter(s) from the online videos from the recently held 2017 conference from RootsTech below:

  • “Metadata—Writing on the Back of a Digital Photo” by Alison Taylor (Wednesday)
  • “Family at the Center: Making the FHC a Sacred Place” by Tamra Stansfield (Wednesday)
  • “Grandma’s Syrup: Fortifying Your Home with Family History” by Allison Kimball, Crystal Farish, Risa Baker. Rhonna Farrer (Wednesday)
  • “Getting Started in Genealogy” by Kelli Bergheimer (Thursday)
  • “DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together” by Diahan Southard (Thursday)
  • “DNA Matching on MyHeritage” by Dana Drutman (Thursday)
  • “Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available” by Lara Diamond (Thursday)
  • “My Ancestors are in MY DNA!” by Angie Bush (Thursday)
  • “Family History Is Anything but Boring” by Crystal Farish, Rhonna Farrer (Thursday)
  • “FamilySearch and Partners: Using All the Resources to Find Your Ancestors” by Brian Braithwaite, Linda Gulbrandsen, Ryan Koelliker, Stephen Shumway (Friday)
  • “Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines” by Judy G. Russell (Friday)
  • “Censational Census Strategies”   by Mary Kircher Roddy (Friday)
  • “Next Steps in British Research” by Amy Harris (Friday)
  • “Understanding Your Family History Calling” by Rod DeGiulio (Friday)
  • “Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage” by Sunny Morton (Friday)
  • “You Found it Where? Unusual Records” by Rorey Cathcart, D. Joshua Taylor, Rich Venezia (Friday)
  • “Begin at the Beginning 2017: Helping Others Love Family History” by Diane Loosle (Friday)
  • “Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records” by Jen Baldwin (Friday)
  • “How to Preserve Your Family Heirlooms” by Anna Graff, Jennifer Hadley, Katie Smith, Andrew Thomas, Tyler Thorsted (Friday)
  • “Journaling Principles that Work” by Steve Reed, JRNL, Inc. (Saturday)
  • “Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher” by Crista Cowan (Saturday)
  • “Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy” by Katherine R. Willson (Saturday)
  • “Getting Started with Finding Your Ancestors” by Anne Metcalf, Gregg Richardson (Saturday)

You will also see at the RootsTech Video site below that there are also Keynote videos, General Session Videos and Innovator Showdown videos.  The ones I noted in the list above are more like traditional genealogy programs.

You can see  the programs themselves directly at the RootsTech website at:

2017 RootsTech Annual Conference Online Videos

You will see you can pick the videos from the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday videos sessions.

Spend some time and really enjoy these and come away even more motivated.  Most videos are generally at least 1 hour in length.  Some Keynote videos are from about 70 minutes to 90 minutes.

Sometimes it is good to take a step back and take a look at the “big picture” in the world of genealogy.  The above programs seem to do that very thing, especially when you view the “keynote” speeches.  It is important to know what is ahead for us down our genealogical research paths.  What are the “new” things that will make our research faster, easier, intuitive, collaborative, more accurate, and with fewer errors.

I always get a good feeling about the RootsTech Annual Conference.  I have not attended any of the previously held conferences, but I still feel very connected through their site and these fabulous videos that are educational and inspirational!

I am very happy to say the new set of videos are at your fingertips via the RootsTech website indicated at the above link.  Take advantage of viewing them now while they are available.  Their availability online is limited.

So if you want to have an approximate 24 hour “marathon” weekend viewing of RootsTech videos, you can easily do so through the above link.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Sunday Evening, March 5, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Check TLC Website For Show Information

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that the new season for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be starting on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, March 5, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Eight of the “stars” have been identified for this season.  Here are the eight “stars” identified so far from a February 15, 2017 Dick Eastman Online Newsletter blog post (New Season Coming Up For “Who Do You Think You Are?”) that will appear on the show during the  run for the season on TLC.  The order is alphabetical and does not represent the order of the shows as they appear to the best of my knowledge:

  • Jessica Biel makes surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage.
  • Julie Bowen uncovers the story of two relatives whose moral codes are from opposite ends of the spectrum.
  • Courtney Cox traces her maternal line back seven centuries to the Medieval times to discover royalty in her lineage and an unbelievable tale of family drama.
  • Jennifer Grey uncovers new information about the grandfather she thought she knew, learning how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community.
  • Smokey Robinson searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy.
  • John Stamos digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime.
  • Liv Tyler learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.
  • Noah Wyle unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America’s bloodiest battles.

According to the TLC website for the show, the premiere episode for this new season will feature Courtney Cox.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch this season’s new shows in their original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)  Last year if you did not watch the original airing or did not DVR the show, your alternative was to purchase a copy from iTunes to catch up on shows missed and not recorded by yourself.  Your cable provider may make these shows available as “ON-Demand” for viewing when you want to.

You can view previous episodes of this show for previous seasons directly at the TLC website when you supply your cable TV account number and sign in with your password.  So you do have alternative viewing options if you miss the original airing.

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, March 5, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable for the premiere episode of this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” featuring Courtney Cox.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library