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“NEW” Entertaining And Informative Teaching Genealogy Video From GenealogyMagazine.Com; Think Of Monty Python; Thank You James Pylant!; Links Included For Previously Produced Genealogy Videos By James Pylant

Hi Everyone!

Back in October 2017 and in May 2018 I made a blog post about some very informative and hilarious “mini videos” that were created by James Pylant.  For those of you that go back to the 1960s and 1970s think “Monty Python” to grasp the style of humor and entertainment.

Here is a link to another original video from James Pylant:

August 2019 Blog Posting Of James Pylant Monty Python-like Genealogy Video On “The Private Family Tree”

The video is really, really, informative and funny at the same time, a difficult accomplishment to say the least.  It runs about 3 minutes and 32 seconds.

Looking at this video really made my day.  I am still smiling about what I saw and still remembering the major “lesson” to be learned from within the subject covered in this video.

I am sure you can all relate to getting a “match” to your DNA testing and only discovering non-exisiting family history information for you to use as a tool to determine how you are related.  Well, James feels the same and the video shares the frustrations we have with our matches!

Here are the links to some of the genealogical videos previously created by James Pylant:

#1) GenealogyMagazine.com, Episode 1, “Courthouse Research”

#2) GenealogyMagazine.com, Episode 2, “Family Bible Records”

#3) GenealogyMagazine.com, Episode 3, “Diaries and Journals”

#4) Episode 4: Longevity Lies (4 mins)

#5) Episode 5: Graphology for Genealogists (4;30)

#6) Episode 6: Celebrity Research Pitfalls (5:24)

#7) Episode 7: Interlibrary Loan (4:57)

#8) “Titanic Widow: The Mystery of Addie Bracken” by James Pylant

“Sometimes our research efforts create more stress than we can imagine.  These videos will help alleviate that tension and also give you some insights to improve your genealogy research skills.”

“View the videos … enjoy … get tense again …. view the videos again … and again … and again!  Smiles and laughs will soon follow!”

Thank you GenealogyMagazine.com for the creative and informative work done by James Pylant, editor of GenealogyMagazine.com.  Check out GenealogyMagazine.com at:

GenealogyMagazine.com

Thank you James Pylant for sharing links with me to all of the incredibly entertaining yet informative videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

We Have Added Material For Elgin, IL Area Obituaries To Our Reference Collection; Contains Both Online And Print Index Of Deaths; Can View The Material But Cannot Check It Out

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Local History Librarian Jane Rozek made our library aware of some newly donated material about Elgin, IL Area Obituaries that has been added to our Reference Collection.

The obituaries cover the time period from the mid- 1970s to 2011 so they are obviously more current than older which can be a good thing.

There is an online index of surnames contained in this Elgin Area Obituary data.  Included in the index are only the names of the DECEASED person and not the names of others that may have been mentioned in the obituary as survivors.

Here is a link to the online index.

Elgin, IL  Area Obituaries Mid 1970s to 2011

Search the online index for the surname of interest.  Find the one you want.  Note the “page number” for the associated obituary in our Reference Volumes.  Call in to our Reference Desk with the surname of interest and more importantly, the “page number”.  A reference librarian can then find the obituary for you in the massive printed set of volumes of the obituary material from the Elgin Courier News newspaper by the associated page number.

Select “Browse Documents” in the online index first web page.
Select “Surname and Obituary Indexes” from the 2nd web page
Select “Elgin Area Obituaries from the 3rd web page.

Elgin Area Obituaries 1970s To 2011 Print Volumes 2nd Floor Reference

If you are in our library and want to use this material head on up to the 2nd floor and go to the “Ask Us” desk and ask for Reference.  The massive binders of both the surname index and the obituaries themselves are available at that desk.

Here is the internal email that Jane Rozek sent to us informing us of this nice resource, especially for those of you that may have had ancestors in the Elgin, IL area whose obituaries may have been listed in the Elgin Courier News that is the source for these obituaries for the time period noted above:

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Hello Everyone,

Our library has a new multi-volume addition called Elgin Area Obituaries that was compiled by a local gentleman.

These obituaries stretch from the mid-1970s to 2011. He collected them largely from the Elgin Courier-News and other Elgin newspapers. We do have access to the Courier-News on the Access World News database but only back to 1997. That’s what makes this collection so unique.

He also created his own alphabetical index to all of the obits.

Patrons or librarians can also access the Index on our library’s Local History Digital Archive.

http://knowvation.stdl.org/knowvation/app/consolidatedSearch/

>Browse Documents

>Surname and Obituary Indexes

>Elgin Area Obituaries

Jane   

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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A big thank you to Jane Rozek for obtaining this wonderful material on Elgin, IL area obituaries from the mid-1970s to 2011.

Take advantage of this resource if you have Elgin, IL area ancestors during the time period noted.  Use the online index link noted above to make your discoveries.  Give us a call at our main number of 847-985-4000 and ask for the Reference Desk who can help you with finding the obituary from the “page number” you found in the online index.

Or just come on in to our library, head up to the 2nd floor Reference Desk and ask the librarian to use the massive print index for the obituary material to make your discoveries.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday August 10, 2019 From 10:30 AM To 12:30 PM At NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates, IL

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHave you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has a DNA special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the NIU Conference Center at 5555 Trillium Blvd. in Hoffman Estates, IL.

This program is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the CAGGNI group in order to participate.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming DNA SIG:

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DNA Special Interest Group

CAGGNI’s genomic genealogy group continues into its fourth year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. We study topics such as autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third party tools for analyzing your raw data and comparing DNA and gedcom data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how.

The SIG will often combine lectures with interactive workshop-style activities and/or extensive Q&A periods.

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!

SIG Leads Dr. David Stumpf and Alan Wilson

For more information: DNA Special Interest Group

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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Consider connecting with this special interest group local to our area.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Has Added Some Language Translation Books To Our Circulating Collection Geared To Polish Genealogical Research; Set Of 4 Books; Polish, Russian, Latin, German

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I have added some language translation books geared for genealogical research to our collection, especially for Polish researchers.  For some reason we had 1 of the 4 books in this set on our circulating shelves but not the entire set.  We now have the complete set on our shelves.  The Latin book noted below is currently on our circulating shelves as I write this.

Here are the book details:

All 4 books were authored by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman.

The titles of the books are:

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume 1; Polish, 2018, 376 pages, 929.3 HOFFMAN, W.

 

 

 

 

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume 2; Russian, 2014, 509 pages, 929.3 HOFFMAN, W.

 

 

 

 

 

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume 3; Latin, 2013, 411 pages, 929.3 HOFFMAN, W.

 

 

 

 

 

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume 4; German, 2017, 655 pages, 929.3 HOFFMAN, W.

 

 

 

 

These are some massive tomes full of document analysis, maps, word lists, handwriting insights, and on and on!

I feel good that I was able to obtain the 3 volumes of the set that we did not have on our shelves.  As you can see, all 4 books will be located at the same call number area on our 2nd floor circulating shelves.

I wish such books existed for so many other languages in the style these were written.  Because of my interest in Polish research, I am aware that the authors have focused on creating these volumes with Polish researchers in mind.  Poland back to 1792 was a country that lost its own identity and was taken over by Germany, Russia and Austria, hence the languages in this series because Polish researchers may very well encounter them when researching documents that were created under one of the political entities of German or Russian.  Yes, you can still find documents written in Polish in the German or Russian controlled political entities.  Latin has often been the language of Polish Catholic Church records so you will find that language in the Polish documents you research.  In fact you could probably find documents that contain combinations of the languages covered by this series.

The southern boundary area of Poland was also controlled by Austria.  Perhaps there is an Austrian version of this series in the works by the authors??

If you have been struggling with Polish documents simply because of the scope of the languages they could be in, it may be worth looking at these books and see if they can help with your research.

Hope you find these helpful.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Check Out The Video Section Of “The History Cop” Online Website!; Ray Johnson Has Made A Genealogy Program Presentation At Our Library; He Has A Growing Number Of Chicago Related Historical Videos To View

Hi Everyone!

While starting to work on Genealogy Programs for 2020 for our library, I was checking out the site of one of our previous speakers, Ray Johnson, to contact him again with an invitation to return to our library with another one of his informative and entertaining genealogy presentations.

I was perusing his site to obtain some genealogy program information and happened to notice a new part of his site he has categorized as “Videos”.  I had to see what that was all about!  And am I glad I went to satisfy my curiosity.

He has 3 videos currently on the site.  They are not pure genealogy subject matter videos.  They are more like “local history” videos related to the City of Chicago and events that occurred there.  I was not aware of the subject matter of any of them which made me even more curious.

I thought perhaps you would like to check out the videos yourself.  The titles of the videos are:

  • “Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire” (18 minutes)
  • “A Hanging in the Chicago Water Tower” (11 minutes)
  • “The Grimes Murders” (11 minutes)

Ray does an incredible job with the inclusion of photos, narration and analysis.  I took the time to view in its entirety the video on “A Hanging in the Chicago Water Tower”.  It was an impressive video production to say the least.  Ray, as a former police officer, is really perfectly matched to create these videos using his own investigative skills used as a police officer.  Hence the name of his website as “History Cop”!

Here is a link  to the part of the “History Cop” website where you can find the 3 existing videos Ray Johnson has created:

Local History Videos Related To Chicago At The History Cop Website

While there, you may want to explore more of the website overall for Ray Johnson the “History Cop”.  You can visit his website at:

Ray Johnson’s “History Cop” Website

We previously had Ray give a genealogy presentation at our library in May 2017.  Ray will be coming back to our library on July 14, 2020 and will be presenting a genealogy program titled “Investigating Your Infamous Ancestor”.

But Ray has so much more to offer on local history events of Chicago to view at his site.  One of his specialties is about the 1893 Columbian Exposition held here in Chicago.

See all that Ray Johnson has on his website.

I think you too will be impressed with the scope of his knowledge on so many aspects of local history regarding major events in Chicago.

Enjoy!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Upcoming July 9, 2019 Genealogy Program Presenter Dan Niemiec And His Genealogy Articles Published In Fra Noi

Hi Everyone!

Dan Niemiec

In anticipation of our upcoming Genealogy Program at our library on Tuesday evening, July 9, 2019, I wanted to make you aware of the writings of Dan Niemiec, our program presenter, in Fra Noi (Amongst Us), an Italian online magazine dedicated to all things about the Italian American community.

Dan has been writing for the magazine for a long, long time, creating genealogical articles of interest for the community.

There is a nice link within the Fra Noi magazine that allows you to see the many, many articles that Dan has had published over the years.

Archives In Fra Noi To The Genealogical Articles Written By Dan Niemiec

His most recent article is at the top of the very first page within the link contents above.  Scroll down to the bottom and you can keep selecting the next series of articles and on and on.

I did read through the entirety of the 2 most recent articles written by Dan (May 20, 2019 and April 11, 2019).  They are lengthy and will pull you in to read the entirety of the article because the story of each article is that good!  And I guarantee you will pick up the lesson to be learned about some aspect of genealogy that can undoubtedly help you in your own research.

Dan certainly knows his genealogical material.  See what you think of all that he has written about on so many different genealogical topics.

What a goldmine of great articles to discover via the link above to the articles written by Dan Niemiec!!

We should have a great presentation from Dan Niemiec at our July 9, 2019 Genealogy Program at our library.  Looking forward to seeing Dan next Tuesday evening.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday June 8, 2019 From 10:30 AM To 12:30 PM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHave you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has a DNA special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Schaumburg Township District Library. (This is NOT a library sponsored program; the CAGGNI group is offering the program and is using our meeting room facilities.)

This program is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the CAGGNI group in order to participate.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming DNA SIG:

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DNA Special Interest Group

CAGGNI’s genomic genealogy group continues into its third year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. We study topics such as autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third party tools for analyzing your raw data and comparing DNA and gedcom data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how.

The SIG will combine short 15-20 minute lectures with interactive workshop-style activities.

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!

Facilitators Dr. David Stumpf and Alan Wilson

For more information: DNA Special Interest Group

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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Consider connecting with this special interest group local to our area.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library