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Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate Program In 2018 From The Illinois State Genealogical Society; Honoring Illinois Families That Arrived In Illinois Before 1818 And Still Have Successive Families Currently Living In Illinois; Celebrating 200 Years Of Illinois Statehood

Hi Everybody!

Just received some information from the Illinois State Genealogical Society regarding a special one year only (2018) program that will be taking place.  The special program coincides with the bicentennial celebration of 200 years of Illinois statehood (1818-2018).

The program is called the Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate Program.  A certificate associated with this program will only be available in 2018.

It is intended to honor those families of ours that were in Illinois prior to statehood in 1818 and have had successive families over the years continue to reside in Illinois.

Here is the full text of the press release that I received from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.  Read through it, especially if you already are aware that perhaps you have successive families living in Illinois since before 1818:

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Contact: Laura Kovarik President isgspresident@ilgensoc.org

Illinois State Genealogical Society Introduces: Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate Program

SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 30, 2018 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces the introduction of the Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate program, an official project of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration.

Available only during the Bicentennial year, the Illinois State Genealogical Society will issue Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificates to honor those who contributed to our state’s rich history to direct descendants of early pioneers who were living in Illinois in the year of Statehood (1818) and whose family has continued to be proud residents of our State for each generation since that time, with the applicant being a current resident of Illinois.

The Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate program supports part of the Society’s purpose: • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois. • To seek, preserve, and make available all information pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois, recognizing the events that affected them. • To inform people of the value of and the need for preserving family and local history for future generations.

Honor your Illinois ancestors and apply today. Visit the ISGS website at www.ilgensoc.org for more information, including the application and fees. Applications must be submitted to the Society by December 31, 2018.

About the Illinois State Genealogical Society: ISGS was founded in 1968 to stimulate a public interest in the people and families that contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization.

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Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

NEW Page Added To The Top Of The Blog Homepage; Look For “Tony’s Genealogy Video Tutorials” Page; Variety Of Genealogy Topics To Help You Use Resources

Hi Everyone!

Just want to let all of you know that I created a NEW “page” at the top of the blog homepage.  Look for “Tony’s Genealogy Video Tutorials” page.  You can’t miss it at the top.  It is in the area where you will see a page for “2018 Programs”, “Previous Programs”, “Favorite Links” and many others.  It is right after the link to “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”.

This new page is the repository of all of the various genealogy tutorial videos I created over the last few years.  Previously, as each new video was created I wrote a blog post making mention of that new release.  Great for those of you that take a look at it right away.  Not so good if you want to look at it later down the road.  Then you have to search for it and hopefully find it with some good search techniques (I know all of you are great searchers, otherwise you would not be great genealogists!).

I thought it was finally time for me to corral in all  of the older videos as well as the very current ones I have been creating and put them all in one place for you to find as well as for you to view immediately in that spot rather than having to leave it to go to still another location.  That is the beauty of WordPress and YouTube videos.  YouTube videos can easily be embedded in WordPress material and viewing is done right there.

Here is a direct link to the new page:

Tony’s Genealogy Video Tutorials

All of the videos still exist on our library’s YouTube Channel.  Now they exist within the blog for easier discovery and connecting you better to the topic of all things genealogy.

Enjoy the new page!

Enjoy the videos!

Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Jennifer Holik, World War II Military Records Research Expert; Her Online Video Presentation At RootsTech Titled “Finding The Answers: The Basics Of World War II Research”

Hi Everyone!

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik, professional genealogist and genealogy program speaker, is an incredible World War II military records expert.  She has presented many genealogy programs at our library on researching World War II records.

She recently made multiple presentations at the recently held RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.  She has made me aware that one of her presentations is available for viewing online.  It is titled “Finding the Answers: the Basics of World War II Research”.

For those of you that have ancestors that had military service in World II, you may be trying to research the military records of that ancestor.  I think this online video  tutorial from Jennifer Holik can be of great help to you.

Her knowledge of how to research World War II military records is incredibly deep.  We also have her book titled “Stories from the World War II Battlefield: Reconstructing Army, Air Corps and National Guard Service Records” in our circulating collection.  The call number of the book is 929.1 HOLIK, J.  Her book is another great resource for World War II Military record research over and above the video you can link to below.

Here is the link to Jennifer’s presentation:

February 28, 2018 Jennifer Holik RootsTech Presentation Titled “Finding the Answers: The Basics of World War II Research”

I have looked at some of Jennifer’s presentation as I write this post.  The link is still working fine.  However, be aware, that over the years, videos from RootsTech are not always available all the time.  If you go to the link in a few months you will find that it no longer works.

Make sure you access this video sooner rather than later to help you with your World War II military records research before it becomes unavailable at a future date.

Enjoy the video!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“NEW” Genealogy Tutorial Video I Created; “Word Lists At FamilySearch.org”; 5 Minute Quick Tip! CHECK IT OUT!; View The Video Right In This Post

Hi Everyone,

 

 

Here is a new genealogy video tutorial that I created for your enjoyment that you can view right below.

Are you discovering all kinds of documents that pertain to your ancestors?  Such documents as Church Records or Civil Records?  Are you tracing your ancestors back to a different country?

If you are like me, your answer may very well be “YES”.  My personal ancestral research is Polish.  That means that I will undoubtedly make discoveries of ancestral records that are in Polish (for me they could also  be in German or even Latin!).  For a church record I might easily be able to discover the name of KIERNA written on one of the church records I am exploring.  Maybe it is a Baptism record?  Maybe a marriage record?  Maybe a death record?  In any case seeing my ancestral name of KIERNA on one of these documents is a great discovery.  Unfortunately, how do I figure out what is contained in all of the various columns of information in any one of these records if I do not know Polish?

In this case always consider using FamilySearch.org as a resource, particularly the FamilySearch Wiki.

Check out the 5 minute video tutorial I put together right below that shows you how to use this incredible resource for the various “Word Lists” that exist for a multitude of nationalities.  These word lists can move your research right along since so many keywords appear on these foreign language documents that are included in these word lists.  These keywords may be the various words you are seeing on the documents you are researching.

You can view the video right here:

Check out the various word lists that may exist for the language of your own ancestral research.  Eliminate much of the frustration you encounter trying to understand what is on these documents that pertains to your own ancestor.

Thanks for checking it out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

“Relative Race” On BYU TV; When “Genealogy” Meets The “Amazing Race”; Totally Different Twist On Genealogy TV Shows

Hi Everyone!

I came across something interesting that came to my attention via the Dick Eastman blog.  Thought I would share this with you.  I actually included my description of this interesting topic  in the March 2018 Handouts document that you can read from the Handout document in the right sidebar of the blog.  Thought the topic was so interesting that I wanted to get it out to you via this blog post.  I never had an idea such a thing existed!

Had enough of the Genealogy TV shows?  For some of you maybe “yes”, for others, “can’t get enough”.  That is what follows below … check it out

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Are you tired of seeing genealogy TV shows that only feature Hollywood celebrities?  They just show up, speak to someone, travel to an exotic destination and are given all the research all while posing for the camera and sounding interested.  What if that Hollywood celebrity could be an “average Joe”.  Genealogy Roadshow caters to the “average Joe” but in a way different .  And now, you can even find another source to see similar “average Joe” genealogy discovery shows, but in a really different way!

“Relative Race” is just now starting Season 3.  “Relative Race” by BYU TV seems to have twists along the way.  I did not realize that the show is being conducted like a race.  I did look at the “teaser” link from the Dick Eastman blog post.  Not only is it a race, but one of the four teams will win $50,000 if they are the first to find their “unknown” cousins and out score their race opponent teams.

Apparently, both of the contestants on a two-person team submits their DNA to Ancestry DNA.  The show’s production company then researches and “finds” a cousin that matches their DNA.  The discovery of the cousin then becomes the goal for that team somewhere in the United States over the 10 day period of searching.  During the ten days the two person team does receive clues to help them narrow down their searching.

Does any of this sound familiar?  How about the CBS show called “Amazing Race” in which two person teams travel the world with the goal to be the last surviving couple that did not come in last on solving puzzles and completing tasks along the way for the events of the day.  Sure does to me!

How can you watch the show?  The show is on a station called BYU TV.  It does appear to be a channel that is available within cable and dish companies.  However, it may not be part of a “package” of stations that you currently subscribe to.  So you would need to determine what new “package” structure you would need to get that includes BYU TV.  There is a Wiki entry for BYU TV that does seem to indicate through which cable and dish companies the channel is available.  Check out the Wiki entry here:

 Wikipedia Entry for BYU TV

Also, you can go directly to the website for the show and see what it is all about at  “Relative Race” on BYU TV.

I saw that the website does have Season 1 and Season 2 programs available to view.  I clicked on the Season 1 Episode 1 program and got connected to viewing without any problems.  No registration, no subscription.  How nice is that.  In viewing parts of Season 1 Episode 1 the twists in the show start immediately.  All 4 couples had to give up their smart phones and instead were given the resource we used for traveling 20 years ago …. an old-fashioned paper map. The couples do receive a “burner phone” from the host before traveling.  The “burner phone” will be used by the host to provide the couples with a text message having clues to help them find their newly discovered cousin in that city they are in. Just like “Amazing Race”, you do not want to be the last couple to discover your new cousin in the city of your destination for that couple.  Come in last and you get a strike.  Get 3 strikes and the game is over for you.  It also looks that each couple uses a car for the traveling. No airplanes.  The start of the race is in San Francisco for Episode 1 and the end destination is New York City.  So, it is a 4,000 mile race over 10 days!

If you like the “Amazing Race” and you are into genealogy, this show sure could be a perfect fit for your viewing likes.  My biggest surprise was just seeing so many young couples in the race.  Contestants are not predominantly older by any stretch.  Plus, many couples tell you upfront that they are in it for the “money”, the “adventure” and not necessarily the “family”.  Maybe they are not in it for the “family” but for many of the contestants background information is revealed that indicated they may have been adopted or lost one or both of their parents when they were still young and have no idea about family that is out there related to them.

I did not have the time at work to view the entire one-hour episode that I started.  I do think that I am going to return to it and view the show in its entirety just to gauge how an entire episode works.

This show has raised my curiosity to at least see one full episode.  Never knew it existed.  Never heard about it.  Maybe you want to check it out also.

I can’t wait to view a full episode just to get the full flavor of what an episode is, especially the discovery of family!

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Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post: Help Us With Our Quest To Better Serve Those That Attend Our Library’s Genealogy Program During February, March And April 2018; We Will Be Scanning The Schaumburg Library Cards Of Those In Attendance; It Is Optional; Your Information Will Be Kept Private

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

Just a reminder to those that will be attending our Genealogy Program tomorrow, March 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm.  Our library marketing study will still be taking place during the months of March and April.  I want to thank all of you who attended our February 2018 Genealogy Program and helped us with the study by allowing us to “scan” your library card issued by the Schaumburg Township District Library.  If you attend tomorrow’s program we would ask for your help again to allow us to scan your card again.

Those who attend the program and have a library card issued from another library are not included in this study.

The information we capture from the card is only used by our library.

It is voluntary to participate by allowing us to scan your Schaumburg Township District Library card.

Details from a previous post about this study are down below the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

During the months of February, March and April of 2018 our library will be doing some research on our program attendees that have a Schaumburg Township District Library Card. It will be for more programs than just our monthly Genealogy Program.

We’ll be scanning Schaumburg Library cards at some of our regular programs to help us learn more about who attends our programs and the types of programs our community wants and needs.

While it’s not required that we scan your card to participate in the program, we do encourage it so we can continue to learn and grow and meet the needs of our community.

Your information will be kept private.

At our genealogy programs for February, March and April, I will have my laptop with me and a bar code scanner attached to the laptop.  Sometime before we start the actual program and while everyone is seated, I plan on just moving through the aisles of tables and scanning only those cards that are from Schaumburg Township District Library. It is OPTIONAL, but it would be very helpful if you would allow me to scan your Schaumburg library card.

I really hope that you can help our library with this project.  It is painless and it will not disrupt the program.

Thank you in advance for helping us better serve you!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“NEW” Genealogy Tutorial Video I Created; “Using Google Translate For Genealogy”; 5 Minute Quick Tip! CHECK IT OUT!

Hi Everyone,

 

 

Here is a new genealogy video tutorial that I created for your enjoyment that you can view right below.

How many of you deal with documents in a language that are not in English?  Probably most of you.  And that includes me when I encounter documents that are in Polish,  especially Catholic Church records.  Additionally, as you focus on your research solutions, you may discover what looks like a good possible internet website to help with your dilemma only to discover it is in a language you cannot read.

So what can you do?

Try Google Translate!

It can do an amazing amount of work for you that can help you break through on your language translation research challenges.

“Using Google Translate for Genealogy” video tutorial was created just to make you aware of Google Translate and how to use it so you can make some genealogy research progress.  The video is about 5 minutes in length (that is our internal library guideline for video uploads).  I know your time is valuable.

You can view the video right here:

Google Translate can help.  It is simple to use and the amount of languages that can be translated is incredible.

Thanks for checking it out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library