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To Our Schaumburg Township District Library Cardholders; You Will Continue To Be Able To Access Ancestry Library Edition FROM HOME Until June 30, 2020; This Is Another Extension!; Our Provider Is Making Access To Home Users Due To Corona Virus Pandemic; THANK YOU ANCESTRY AND PROQUEST!

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Even during our temporary closing of the library due to the Corona Virus pandemic, I am still keeping in touch with library operations while at home.

Just heard that Ancestry Library Edition will continue to be available to Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders FROM HOME  THROUGH AT LEAST JUNE 30, 2020.

Temporary access for home users is being granted by Ancestry.com to ProQuest, our supplier of the service.  So now you have access from home that will be allowed through June 30, 2020.

If you have not taken advantage of the opportunity to access this material from home in the last 9 weeks, you now have another opportunity extended to June 30, 2020.

Access to this service is available to our own cardholders who will sign in with their library card and PIN number.  If you are from another library, please take a look at your library website for information on availability through them.  Such availability appears to be happening for all libraries that take advantage of this opportunity to make the service available to users from home.

You can access Ancestry Library Edition from our library here:

Direct Link To Log In To Ancestry Library Edition At Schaumburg Township District Library

If you are a current personal subscriber to Ancestry.com then this permitted access to us does not matter since your personal subscription provides you access from anywhere.  However, if you are NOT a personal subscriber to Ancestry.com, then this is a wonderful opportunity for you to access this material FROM HOME during the next approximately 5 weeks.  Prior restrictions placed on our library from Ancestry.com only allowed access to the Library edition from within any one of our library buildings while you were present in them.  You could not access the material from home due to restrictions placed on us.

Life has changed for all of us in the short-term.  Gaining access to this material from home during our limited ability to leave our homes is a wonderful opportunity for your own research to continue during the time our library is closed.

Enjoy access to Ancestry Library Edition from home with your Schaumburg Township District Library card through June 30, 2020.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Would You Like To Know About The Newberry Library In Chicago And What A Great Genealogical Resource It Is?; Check Out The Video Recording Of The Program On This Topic That Was Presented At Our Library By Becky Lowery Of The Newberry Library

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Many of you participate at our monthly genealogy programs.  Unfortunately, participation is now on hold as we struggle through COVID-19 as our library is closed.

You may also have seen that there are many times when we have a guest speaker for a program that you often see me in the back of the room recording the program.  Our speakers have been gracious to allow us to video record the program.  Once recorded, the program is converted to a DVD and is added to our circulating collection.  The program on DVD is then available to check out and view at home by those who may have missed it that evening or for those that just want to see an “encore” performance.

With our library currently closed it becomes quite hard to check out these recorded videos for viewing at home.

I have reached out to some of our speakers who made recent presentations and who also allowed me to video record their program.  I have asked them for permission to take the raw video footage and convert it to an MP4 video format.  With this format it can be uploaded to our library’s YouTube Channel.

I am happy to announce that Becky Lowery of the Newberry Library, who presented a program at our library on February 12, 2019, has allowed us to make her recorded program available for viewing from our YouTube Channel.  The program is titled “Genealogy Research at the Newberry Library”.  The Newberry Library is one of the world’s most famous and best genealogical libraries.  Plus, it is located right in our back yard in downtown Chicago.  Here is a link to the website of the Newberry Library for you to gain a perspective on what it is:

The Newberry Library in Chicago, IL

Thank you Becky so very much to allow us to make your previously recorded program available to view online!

For anyone who did not have the opportunity to be present on-site for the program, you now have the opportunity to view the approximate 1 hour 20 minute program using the link right here in this blog post.  Anyone can view the program.  You do not have to have an affiliation with the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Here is the link to this wonderful program on “Genealogy Research at the Newberry Library” presented by Becky Lowery, a librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL:

“Genealogy Research at the Newberry Library” Presented By Becky Lowery On February 12, 2019 At The Schaumburg Township District Library”

Do you miss our monthly genealogy programs in a “face-to-face” setting?  Did you miss coming to our February 12, 2019 Genealogy Program when Becky presented her program on “Genealogy Research at the Newberry Library”?  Try the next best thing and view the recorded program instead with the link to our YouTube Channel where the program exists.  You can learn about an incredible resource that you may never have previously visited and see what a valuable resource it could be for your research, both onsite and online.

Get comfortable.  Have a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice!) and learn about using the Newberry Library as a genealogical resource from an expert.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Would You Like To Know How To Use The Library Edition Of The Genealogy Database Called “Fold3”?; Check Out The Link To The Recorded Video Recording Of The Program On This Topic That Was Presented At Our Library By Debra Dudek

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Many of you participate at our monthly genealogy programs.  Unfortunately, participation is now on hold as we struggle through COVID-19 as our library is closed.

You may also have seen that there are many times when we have a guest speaker for a program that you often see me in the back of the room recording the program.  Our speakers have been gracious to allow us to video record the program.  Once recorded, the program is converted to a DVD and is added to our circulating collection.  The program on DVD is then available to check out and view at home by those who may have missed it that evening or for those that just want to see an “encore” performance.

With our library currently closed it becomes quite hard to check out these recorded videos for viewing at home.

I have reached out to some of our speakers who made recent presentations and who also allowed me to video record their program.  I have asked them for permission to take the raw video footage and convert it to an MP4 video format.  With this format it can be uploaded to our library’s YouTube Channel.

I am happy to announce that Debra Dudek, who presented a program at our library on May 14, 2019, has allowed us to make her recorded program available for viewing from our YouTube Channel.  The program is titled “Using Fold3 Library Edition”.  Fold3 is often known for having a large amount of military records in the database.  It is so much more than that.  It also has a large collection of City Directories from across the country that can also be helpful in your genealogical research.

Thank you Debra so very much to allow us to make your previously recorded program available to view online!

For anyone who did not have the opportunity to be present on-site for the program, you now have the opportunity to view the approximate 1 hour 20 minute program using the link right here in this blog post.  Anyone can view the program.  You do not have to have an affiliation with the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Here is the link to this wonderful program on “Using Fold3 Library Edition” presented by Debra Dudek who is a librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL:

“Using Fold3 Library Edition” Presented By Debra Dudek On May 14, 2019 At The Schaumburg Township District Library”

Our library does have a subscription to Fold3.  View the video and give Fold3 a try.  You will need to be a Schaumburg Township District Library cardholder to gain access to the Fold 3 database that is in our collection.  If you are not a cardholder with our library, check with your home library that issued your card and see if they have Fold3.  If they do, you can access it through their home page.  Fold 3 is a database that is generally accessible to view from home through your home library.

Here is a link to the sign-in page where this database can be accessed by our Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders.  You will need your library card number and your PIN number to gain access to it from home:

Link to Fold3 Library Edition of the Schaumburg Township District Library

Do you miss our monthly genealogy programs in a “face-to-face” setting?  Did you miss coming to our May 14, 2019 Genealogy Program when Debra presented her program on “Using Fold3 Library Edition”?  Try the next best thing and view the recorded program instead with the link to our YouTube Channel where the program exists.  You can learn about a database that perhaps you have not previously tried.

Get comfortable.  Have a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice!) and learn about using Fold3 Library Edition from an expert.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Parking Lot Will Be Closed For Traffic On Friday, May 22, And Saturday May 23; Plan Ahead If You Were Going To Use Our Parking Lot To Gain Access To Our Wi-Fi

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I made a recent blog post letting you know that it is feasible to use our parking lot to connect to our Wi-Fi if you wanted to access our library database that are not available for home access.  Also, as a FamilySearch Affiliate, you could access our Wi-Fi from the parking lot to further along your genealogy research using the many more digital microfilms you can access in that manner with us being an Affiliate.

We have been told by our maintenance staff that our parking lot will be closed to access on both Friday, May 22, 2020 and also on Saturday, May 23, 2020.  On Friday, a major seal coating of the parking lot surface will be done.  On Saturday May 23, 2020, the lot will be re-lined for the parking spaces.

I do believe if the weather becomes a factor then the work will not be done which adds another uncertainty to the lot being closed.

So lets go with the May 22 and May 23 as days for you NOT to come to our parking lot to gain access to our Wi-Fi.

If all goes according to plan, access should be available on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Screencast On How To Use “Illinois, Archdiocese Of Chicago Cemetery Records, 1864-1989” Database In FamilySearch.Org

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

During the COVID-19 pandemic while our library has been closed, I have been active with this blog highlighting many of the databases available within Ancestry Library Edition.  I also wanted to make you aware of a wonderful, easy to read database in FamilySearch.

One of the previous blog posts I created was on using the “Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records, 1864-1989” database within FamilySearch.org.  Here is where you can find the this blog post and read through it in its entirety:

Blog Post Highlighting “Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records, 1864-1989” in FamilySearch.org

I decided to create a 17 minute screencast showing researchers the highlights of this database and how to use it with some real life examples of searching and reviewing results.

This screencast has been published on our library’s YouTube Channel.

You can access this tutorial screencast at:

“Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records, 1864-1989” Screencast At The Schaumburg Township District Library YouTube Channel

This is a fun database that can be accessed from within FamilySearch.org.  You will need an account with FamilySearch with a username and password to access the images that exist in this database.  The account is free if you do not have one.  The blog post above will give you information on creating an account.

Reading the blog post on this database is one thing.  Seeing a visual description is another thing on how to access it and use it to help you in your own research. This is a fun database containing tons of images of your Catholic ancestors’ cemetery records from the Archdiocese of Chicago records, almost all of them as index cards that are very readable.

Check out the links above if you missed my previous blog post on this wonderful database.  Check out the newly updated screencast to see how to best use this wonderful and fun database.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Screencast On How To Use “World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947” Database In Ancestry Library Edition And Subscribable Ancestry.Com

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

During the COVID-19 pandemic while our library has been closed, I have been active with this blog highlighting many of the databases available within Ancestry Library Edition.  The same use of these databases also applies to those who have a personal subscription to Ancestry.com as the databases I highlight are accessible under both settings.

Two of the previous blog posts I created were on using the “World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 ” database within Ancestry Library Edition/Ancestry.com.  Here is where you can find these blog posts and read through them in their entirety:

Original Posting Highlighting “World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947” in Ancestry/Ancestry Library Edition

Updated Blog Post Highlighting “World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947” in Ancestry/Ancestry Library Edition

I wanted to share the importance as a resource on this database and created a 14 minute screencast showing researchers the highlights of this database and how to use it with some real life examples of searching and reviewing results.

This screencast has been published on our library’s YouTube Channel.

You can access this tutorial screencast at:

“World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947” Screencast At The Schaumburg Township District Library YouTube Channel

This is a fun database that can be accessed from within Ancestry Library Edition during the time this product is available for home users who have their library card issued to them from our library.  If you are from another library, check with your own library on availability of Ancestry Library Edition through your home library.

As of the creation of this blog post, Ancestry Library Edition is available to access through a person’s home library website at least until May 31, 2020.  It is unknown if this access will continue past May 31, 2020.  So, if you do not have a personal subscription to Ancestry.com, consider access to Ancestry Library Edition as a great opportunity to access billions of records that can help in your genealogical research while access is still available from home.

Reading the blog post on this database is one thing.  Seeing a visual description of how to access it and use it is another thing.  It is a wonderful resource to help you in your own research.  Plus, this database is a fun database containing tons of images of draft cards that may apply to your ancestors.  And best yet is that these cards contain the signature of the person filling out the card.  Ancestral signatures are often hard to come by!

Check out the links above if you missed my previous blog post on this wonderful database.  Check out the newly updated screencast to see how to best use this wonderful and fun database.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Screencast On How To Use “U.S. School Yearbooks, 1900-1999” Database In Ancestry Library Edition And Subscribable Ancestry.Com

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

During the COVID-19 pandemic while our library has been closed, I have been active with this blog highlighting many of the databases available within Ancestry Library Edition.  The same use of these databases also applies to those who have a personal subscription to Ancestry.com as the databases I highlight are accessible under both settings.

One of the previous blog posts I created was on using the “U.S. School Yearbooks, 1900-1999” database within Ancestry.  Here is where you can find the this blog post and read through it in its entirety:

Blog Post Highlighting “U.S. School Yearbooks, 1900-1999” in Ancestry/Ancestry Library Edition

I wanted to share the importance as a resource on this database and created a 20 minute screencast showing researchers the highlights of this database and how to use it with some real life examples of searching and reviewing results.

This screencast has been published on our library’s YouTube Channel.

You can access this tutorial screencast at:

“U.S. School Yearbooks, 1900-1999” Screencast At The Schaumburg Township District Library YouTube Channel

This is a fun database that can be accessed from within Ancestry Library Edition during the time this product is available for home users who have their library card issued to them from our library.  If you are from another library, check with your own library on availability of Ancestry Library Edition through your home library.

For those of you that are personal subscribers to Ancestry.com, this database is also available to you through your own subscription account.

As of the creation of this blog post, Ancestry Library Edition is still available to access through a person’s home library website at least until May 31, 2020.  It is unknown if this access will continue past May 31, 2020.  So, if you do not have a personal subscription to Ancestry.com, consider access to Ancestry Library Edition as a great opportunity to access billions of records that can help in your genealogical research while you still can.

Reading the blog post on this database is one thing.  Seeing a visual description of how to access it and use it is another thing.  It is a wonderful resource to help you in your own research.  Plus, this database is a fun database containing tons of images of possible ancestors of yours back to 1900.

I am sure you will probably try to find your own yearbook photos!

Check out the links above if you missed my previous blog post on this wonderful database.  Check out the newly updated screencast to see how to best use this wonderful and fun database.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library