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“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Melissa Etheridge Airs Sunday, April 26, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time; Final Premiere Episode For This Season’s Shows

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 26, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

Melissa Etheridge is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit; a turbulent relationship entangled with tragedy; and an adventuresome ancestor who prospered in colonial America.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  This is the final “premiere” airing for this season’s episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are?” .

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 26, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring Melissa Etheridge on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2015″ YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a April 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2015″.

The video is an approximate 23 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at Ancestry.com for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from Ancestry.com that you can access at:

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Conference, May 13-16, 2015 at St. Charles, Missouri; Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, June 4-7, 2015, Burbank, CA, www.genealogyjamboree.com.; IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies) July 6-10, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – updates and recaps of “Who Do You Think You Are?” can be found at Ancestry.com if you missed an episode.  Search Ancestry blog using “Who Do You Think You Are?” search phrase.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry DNA is noting that there are “new ancestor discoveries”.  If you submitted DNA to Ancestry.com you may want to go revisit your information because approximately 30% of those that submitted DNA may discover that there are “new” discoveries you may see associated with your DNA.
  • New Databases – Pennsylvania Birth Records – 1906-1908 – About 638,000; could be more records but access is  limited by Pennsylvania due to privacy restrictions to the small year range.
  • New Databases –  Australia – World War I Service Records – 1914-1920 – About 375,000 records; indexed with images.
  • New Databases – New York Guard Service Records for both World War I and II – About 286,000 records; indexed with images.
  • New Databases – Hungary – Civil Records – 1895-1980 in Hungarian – About 472,000; indexed with no images.
  • New Databases – North Carolina Marriages – 1741-2011 – About 10.8 Million records; indexed with images; very helpful for those doing African-American research because marriages may have been forbidden for African-Americans but the records show “cohabitation” status.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at Ancestry.com that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to Ancestry.com.

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on Ancestry.com.  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Bill Paxton Airs Sunday, April 19, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 19, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

Bill Paxton is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“Actor/Director Bill Paxton researches his paternal lineage, uncovering the captivating life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle and who shaped politics and society during a turbulent era.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  You can see that there are only 2 more “new” shows scheduled.

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 19, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring Bill Paxton on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing America Ferrera Airs Sunday, April 12, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 12, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

America Ferrera is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“America Ferrera searches for a connection to a father she barely knew, and discovers a great grandfather who led multiple revolts against the government and left an enduring mark on Honduran history.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 12: America Ferrera
  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  You can see that there are only 3 more “new” shows scheduled.

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 12, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring America Ferrera on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Tony Goldwyn Airs April 5, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time; Mini-Marathon Of Other Episodes Starts At 3 PM Chicago Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 5, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

Tony Goldwyn is featured on this episode.

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 5: Tony Goldwyn
  • April 12: America Ferrera
  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 5, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring Tony Goldwyn on TLC!

You can also catch a “mini-marathon” of some of the previously aired shows starting at 3 PM Chicago time on Easter Sunday April 5, 2015 on TLC.  Here is that schedule:

  • Sunday April 5, 2015 3 PM – Angie Harmon
  • Sunday April 5, 2015 4 PM – Sean Hayes
  • Sunday April 5, 2015 5 PM – Julie Chen
  • Sunday April 5, 2015 6 PM – Josh Groban

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Take A 6 Week Online Introductory Genealogy Class Or A Write Your LIfe Story Class Through Our Library From A Database Called “Gale Courses”; Many Other Online Courses To Take For Schaumburg Township District Library Cardholders; View Program Description, Syllabus, Requirements, Student Reviews, And Demos

Hi Everyone!

STDL Central Summer LgYou can find genealogy educational material in many locations.

You can find informal genealogy teaching videos via YouTube videos.  You can find video learning resources through FamilySearch and Ancestry.com.

But if you are looking for a more formal online program with real classes and real tests and a real instructor you can turn to an online database we have at our library.  It is called Gale Courses and is available for those who have been issued a library card through the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Only those having a card issued by us can get access to this nice material regardless if you are accessing it from home or from inside our library building.

If you are not part of our library, check with your own local library that issued you your card to see if they have the online database called “Gale Courses”.

Gale Courses is far more than genealogy.  Just try entering in any topic you can think of related to learning something new in a more formal manner and see if they have it.  Think of Accounting, Microsoft Word, Photography, eBay, Teaching or whatever topic comes to your mind.  There is an entire listing of topics of subjects they have that you can browse through when you gain access to Gale Courses.

I noticed there is also a course titled “Write Your Life Story” that can go hand-in-hand with Genealogy.

Here are the steps to follow to get you to the Gale Courses part of our database resources to access the Genealogy Course that is part of the database:

  • Go to our home page at www.schaumburglibrary.org
  • Select the “Research and Genealogy” Tab at the top of the home screen.
  • On the right side of the screen look for the “Alphabetical List of Databases” descriptor and select the letter “G”.
  • “Gale Courses” will be the first database in the “G” listing of databases.  Select it.
  • When you are now in the Gale Courses database just enter “Genealogy” as your search term in the search box.
  • You will then see one result that is noted as “Genealogy Basics”.  Click on the course to obtain the “Detail”, “Syllabus”, “Requirements”, “Student Reviews” and “About the Instructor”
  • Take a look at the “View Demo” link for each class.  It provides you with a sample of the “Lessons”, “Resources”, “Quizzes”, “Assignments”, and “Discussions” for you get a real feel of what you can expect to encounter should you enroll.
  • If you want to take a course, click on “Enroll Now” and it will take you through the process of registering and providing your Schaumburg Township District Library card information.

A colleague of mine from another library is actually enrolled in this program through her own library.  I hope to hear updates from her on her experience in taking this online Genealogy course.

I hope she passes!!

Take a look at this wonderful resource we offer at our library that is also available to home users.  It is only available to cardholders from our library whether you are using it in our library or from home.

Just wanted to let you know of this wonderful resource especially in light of the fact it contains a Basic Genealogy Program.

Explore the resource just to see what it is all about.  Anyone can do that whether you are  in our library or from home via our web per the above database selection process noted above.  You only need to prove you are a Schaumburg Township District Library cardholder when you want to actually enroll.

See if there is a class there that perhaps you have always wanted to take.  Explore the database.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Finding A Needle In A Haystack?; It Can Happen When You Least Expect It And Are Not Even Looking For It!!; A Couple Of Pictures And A YouTube Video Included In This Post

Hi Everyone!

Tony Kierna 022415 4As genealogical researchers we can work extremely hard and not make any headway.  Records are not there for us to discover but we do just keep working our research efforts in back door ways to overcome our brick walls.

We all wish for genealogy Karma.  We all wish for miracles.  We all want those serendipity moments to come in our direction.

I just want to relate to you one of those moments that happened to me.  This moment was not related to discovering an ancestral record but was rather related to me just seeing a book on display on one of our library counters and then putting “2 and 2″ together to discover something  related to my life.

First off you know I work at the Schaumburg Township District Library and am surrounded by literally hundreds of thousands of books.  One day I was walking past one of our book displays and one particular book caught my attention.  It was a book titled “The Archdiocese of Chicago: A Journey of Faith”.  The call number of the book in our collection is ILLINOIS COLLECTION 282.773 KANTOWIC, E.  The author of the book is Edward R. Kantowicz.  It is a large size book that might be referred to as a “coffee table” book.

The book literally provides some great pictures of the many Roman Catholic churches that are in the city of Chicago and the suburbs that are in the Chicago Roman Catholic Archdiocese.  It also provides some small summary information about the history of the parish.  It also provides background information on the Archdiocese of Chicago.

I kept staring at the cover of the book because something just looked familiar that at first I could not put my hands on.  It was the statues of the angels that made me look deeper.  The more I looked the more I realized that the cover picture of the book was taken from the rooftop area of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic church in Chicago looking eastward towards the Loop.  That was my parish church for what seemed a lifetime!  It is a massive church when I was growing up and it still is.  You can see the church if you are going eastbound on the Kennedy Expressway at Armitage Avenue (2000N at 1600W) going into Chicago.  It is on the right side of the expressway.  The church has a giant dome and looks somewhat like St. Peter’s Church in Rome!

That was my church on the cover of this book with a picture being taken from the rooftop of the church probably about 150 feet in the air!

 Cover Picture Of The Book “Archdiocese of Chicago: A Journey of Faith”

I flipped through some more of the pages of the book and found another rooftop picture from the top of the church facing a little more eastward to the city.  This picture made me even look still deeper because the homes in the background a few streets away looked familiar.

Yep!  I could actually see the rooftop and back porch area of the 3 flat that I grew up in as a child!

Added Picture From “Archdiocese of Chicago: A Journey of Faith” Showing Rooftop Of House Where I Grew Up (Circled)”

What are the chances of just walking by a book in our collection that highlights on the front cover my own church I went to for many years and then to see another picture in the book in which I can see the house I grew up as a child!

It is like really discovering the missing needle in the haystack!  Or, finding the one grain of sand among millions.  What are the chances I would see that book at that moment, put “2 and 2″ together and then actually see the house where I grew up visible in the background of the many houses surrounding this church.

I asked our Graphics Department to capture the cover image of the book as well as the other interior page image of the book that shows the house I grew up in marked with a “circle”.  I wanted to share this unlikely and unexpected discovery with all of you.

It does not add anything to my personal research but it amazes me how I was at the right place at the right time and genealogy karma flowed over me!

Here is a full picture of the church that you can compare to the rooftop views from the church I discovered in the book.  Note the angels at the rooftop level near the midpoint of the bell towers!  The photographer must have been standing at the roof level in between the bell towers looking down at the street right in front of the church!

St. Mary of the Angels Church

I guess it is true, you never know what will just jump out at you when you are not even looking for something.  One book being displayed among thousands is all it took in this case!

In addition to all of the above pictures I found an amazing 4 minute video on YouTube of what I believe is someone flying a drone to an incredible height to take a video of the church posted back in July 2014.

You can see the video right here:

Karma, serendipity or just plain luck!

Who knows what waiting around the corner for you to discover in an unexpected way related to your own life!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library