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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

 

“NEW” Genealogy Tutorial Video I Created; “How To Determine If Digital Data Is Available From FamilySearch”; 5 Minute Quick Tip!; View The Video Right In This Post; CHECK IT OUT!

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I am starting to create some new genealogy tutorial videos on a variety of subjects.  It has been a while since my last creation.  Since then some of our own internal library guidelines for creating such videos have changed.  Our guideline now expects a limitation of about 5 minutes for the length of these videos.

This is not a problem and actually is a good thing.  First, it allows me to really hone in to a key topic.  Previously, I tried to cover all bases on a topic.  If I were speaking about Newspaper Archive.com., I wanted to review each and every component of that databases.  I accomplished that but it may have taken 30 minutes of recording tutorial to do that.  So with a 5 minute target limitation, I can now pick one key component and create a 5 minute tutorial.  I can then select another key component of the product and create still another tutorial.  See the picture here.  Many short videos are better than one long video!

Second, your time is valuable.  If I can provide a solution to a problem or an insight to a resource to help you create a solution and I can do it in 5 minutes then that shows that your time is valued.

This is the new model under which I will be creating these tutorial genealogy videos.

The video on YouTube follows just below!

So ……. what is the first video that you can see right in this post going to cover?

Well, I wanted to be sure you know what digital data you can access at FamilySearch that was previously in microfilm format.  Not only WHAT digital data but WHERE you can access the material.  FamilySearch is now out of the microfilm lending business.  But they are not leaving you high and dry for lack of data.  Now your home computer can be a microfilm reader.  But some data, while digitally converted, is not available to you at home because the data has certain restrictions on it that FamilySearch must honor.  So where do you find this data?

Check out the tutorial and learn what digital data you can access from FamilySearch and where you can access it.

On the drawing board for me is to also modify the home page of this blog to create a new “page” where this material can reside.  That way you can go right to that page to view all of the video tutorials I have created in one place.

I will still announce a “new video” via a blog post, but then I can move the video to a new page where you can find all of them together.

Check out the video above.

I would greatly appreciate any comments you have about it.

Just head on down to the “Leave a comment” link at the bottom of the post and create your comment there.

Enjoy the video.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Be Held On March 10, 2017; Conference Is Sold Out

Hi Everyone,

I see that the website for the DuPage County Genealogical Society is noting that their upcoming March 10, 2018 Annual Conference is SOLD OUT!

So …. if you thought you were going to register at the last moment, think again.  That chance is now gone.

Additionally, you cannot think of taking a chance as a “walk-in” on the day of the event hoping to get in that way.  The society has stopped accepting “walk-ins” a few years back.

Only registered in advance participants will be let in.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but better to hear it now than make a trip to the conference only to be turned away.

Here is a link to the part of the society website that notes that registration is closed, conference is sold out and that no walk-ins are accepted.

2018 DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Is “Sold Out”; No Walk-Ins

I used to be one of those “take a chance” “walk-ins” and always had luck being able to get into the conference years ago at the last-minute.  But that is no longer possible since the society chose to only go with admission for those who registered in advance.

Check out more about the society over and above the conference information.  Visit their main site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Jennifer Holik, World War II Genealogy Research Expert, Has A Beautiful Introductory YouTube Video Worth Seeing; She Can Do World War II Research For You

Hi Everyone!

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik has been a frequent genealogy speaker at our monthly programs.  Over the years she has created a specialty research knowledge about all things related to researching your World War II veteran.

She has made me aware that she has an “Introductory” YouTube video to showcase her World War II genealogy research skills as well as her own personal stories that connect her research to World War II.

I will say, it is a touching video.  In 3 minutes and 21 seconds it packs a lot of knowledge and emotion.

It is a “plug” for her services but you could not find a better, more knowledgeable person to help you uncover your World War II veteran’s military history.

You can view the video right here in this post.  It is only 3 minutes and 21 seconds.  I think you will like it!

The magical video was created by Scott Potter and his company Hidden Catalyst (  http://hiddencatalyst.com  ).

It truly does amaze me of the magic that can be done in a short amount of video time by those that are skilled in capturing the video story and then weaving it together.

Feel free to leave any comments regarding your thoughts about the video.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

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

February 10, 2018 (Saturday), Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering A Special Interest Group (SIG) For Apple Mac Users That Use “Reunion” As Their Lineage Program; From 12:45 PM To 2:30 PM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email notice from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) that the next meeting of the  Reunion (Mac Lineage Software) Special Interest Group (SIG) is coming up soon.

The meeting of this SIG group will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, between 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.  Our library is located in the Town Square complex at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road.

All are welcome to attend.

Bruce Christopher of the CAGGNI group will be acting as facilitator for the group.

Here is a description of the program from the CAGGNI email:

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Reunion Special Interest Group

Calling all Apple users!  Reunion is a genealogy software designed specifically for Macintosh and also available as an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Learn the tips and tricks that will have you utilizing this highly regarded program to its fullest.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. Learning software is enhanced in a hands-on environment.

Facilitator:  Bruce Christopher

For more information: Reunion Special Interest Group 

Best regards, 
CAGGNI

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Apple Mac users using Reunion, now is your chance to really learn a lot more about your own program from others that are also using the product.  Maybe you are already a good user of the product.  Consider sharing your skills with others using the Apple Mac system and Reunion.

More and more computer users have been switching over to Apple products over the last few years and this includes the desktop/laptop machines as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to really become more skilled at using an incredibly well-rated lineage product on your Apple products.

Check out more about the CAGGNI organization itself and all that it offers.  Keep in touch with them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your Mac genealogy lineage software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library