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“Who Do You Think You Are?” Season 3 Premier Episode With Martin Sheen; What Did You Think About This Show?; I Am Looking For Comments

Hi Everyone!

Well, the Season 3 Premier episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” just aired this last Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7 PM Chicago time.  I hope all of you had the chance to view it while it was airing or after you recorded it.  Maybe you even viewed it online at the NBC website. 

What’s the buzz level?  Maybe as intense as the picture above with a lot of conversation? 

 If you have not yet seen it, you can view it on the NBC site.  You need Adobe Flash 11.1 to view the video at the following NBC website link: 

Season 3 Premier of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Online Video Link

NBC will be airing 12 episodes this year.  In the past seasons NBC aired about 8 or 9 episodes.  So I guess you can take it that 12 episodes is good because viewership is good and profitable for NBC. 

I would sure like to hear some feedback from readers of the blog as to what you thought of this episode!

Keep your comments clean and on-topic!

Please leave your comments as part of this blog post so others can see them.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

(Incorrect Empty Post – Ignore) Handout Material From Caron Brennan’s Program On Social Media And Genealogy on January 10, 2012 Now Accesible In This Post As PDF Files; You Can Access All Of The Links She Reviewed

“I Seek Dead People” Genealogy T-Shirt – Get People’s Attention Regarding Your Hobby!

Hi Everyone!

A fellow researcher that attends our monthly genealogy program came into the office one day to see me. 

I immediately noticed a great-looking T-shirt she was wearing that had a very powerful phrase emboldened across the top of the T-shirt.  A phrase that a fellow genealogist could certainly appreciate.  For someone not into genealogy, one might certainly expect the question to be asked by that person would be “What is the meaning of that phrase that is on your T-shirt?”.

How would you react if you saw a black T-shirt with the phrase “I Seek Dead People” as the message on the T-shirt? 

With an opening like that you could certainly provide some insights into the addictive habit you have developed to research your “dead” ancestors!

The T-shirt looked like a quality shirt that certainly makes a bold statement to whoever sees it or it will at least elicit a strange look at you that you should be prepared to receive. 

Small phrases make powerful statements.  This phrase certainly sums up all of your genealogical endeavors into a few powerful words emboldened on your chest for the world to see!

My fellow researcher provided me with the website where the T-shirt was obtained.  I thought I would share that site with all of you should you also want to go out into the world and make a statement on your fantastic hobby.

I have no connections to this company nor am I endorsing the company or the shirt.  I am just passing down some information for all of you to check out.

The company that provides the shirt is called Gene Tree.

You can find them at:

GeneTree/I Seek Dead People

The company also has a lot of material at its site about DNA testing for genealogy.  They are more than just a T-shirt company!

Check out the shirt and check out all of the products and services this company offers, especially all of the information on DNA and genealogy.  I think the shirt only comes in one color – black with the white lettering of the phrase.  Basic shirt price is $12.99 with an additional $2 charge if you start ordering the X-X-X larger size shirts.

Do you want to make a genealogy statement to others?  There is no better way than to tell everyone what interests you than for them to see you with your new T-shirt on.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Oooooops! Our Library Printed Program Guide Is Mistakenly Indicating You Will Need To Register for Our Genealogy Programs for October and November 2011 – YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER!

Hi Everyone!

I received a call from a frequent attendee to our genealogy programs indicating to me that they saw our upcoming genealogy programs for October and November 2011 listed in our printed Program Guide as requiring “registration”.  The printed Program Guide is now showing a red “R” after any programs that require advance registration.  This was intended as a visual clue for anyone reviewing the guide to provide a “heads up” that registration is required for that program.

Unfortunately, the “R” notice was inadvertently inserted in the program description for genealogy for the October and November 2011 genealogy programs we are having.

You do NOT have to pre-register for the genealogy programs we will be having in October and November 2011.

That is a mistake.

All you need to do for our genealogy programs is “come on in” like we have always been doing in the past.

I apologize for any confusion this may initially cause, especially for all of you who regularly attend our program and know that I have never had any pre-registration for the genealogy programs.

I guess we can attribute this whole thing to a big:


Thanks for being understanding.  This will be corrected for any future  genealogy program descriptions we show in the printed Program Guide.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Here Is A Challenge (Easy I Think!) To Readers of My Blog – What Is Different Between My July 2011 and August 2011 “Newsletter” and “Program Handouts”???

Hi Everyone!

Here is a really simple challenge to readers of this blog. 

Trust me, it is simple!

Why is this simple?  Because I know as genealogy researchers, looking at documents and looking for subtle things within documents is a genealogy researchers’ specialty.  Plus I know the high level of skills of the people I interact with.  You are all the best.

Open up the PDF files for the July 2011 and August 2011 “Newsletter” and “Program Handouts” and tell me what you see that is different in the August 2011 issues.


——There is one difference for the Newsletter.  There are two differences for the Program Handouts.

——There is visually something new in the August 2011 issue of the “Newsletter” and the “Program Handouts” and the difference can be found in the first 5 pages.

——One of the differences is related to a recent post I made in the last month.

I brought this up as a quick challenge at our most recent program on August 9, 2011 and I want to give a hearty congratulations to Sue R. who immediately was able to tell me what she discovered.  Sue, you caught me off guard because I did not think anyone would know as quickly as you did.  I thought I could have made it more dramatic but you burst that bubble way too quickly.

Sue’s answer sure made me feel good that there are readers of the blog that are in fact reading through the posted Newsletter and Program Handouts!

So it would not be fair for anyone who attended the program to leave me a comment with the answer to my challenge because you already know the answer.  This challenge is obviously intended for someone not at our last program that reads my blog.

But I did want to congratulate Sue R. again and leave her with her “15 minutes of fame” moment.

For those of you up to this challenge, please leave your answer as to what you see different as a “comment” response on this blog post.

Perhaps your “15 minutes of fame” moment is right around the corner with correct answers.

Give it a shot. 

Use the tips. 

Compare the issues.

Leave your answer within the “Comments” part of the blog post.

I patiently await your responses.

Thanks for participating.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library.

Sandra Hargreaves Luebking Passed Away on February 17, 2011

Hi Everyone!

It is with great sadness that I am informing our readers of the recent death of Sandra Hargreaves Luebking.  Sandra passed away on February 17, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

Sandra had been a past speaker at two of our genealogy programs.  She had presented programs in May 2005 and in August 2006 at our library.

I felt so honored that Sandra presented us with two of her great programs.  I had wanted her to routinely return to our library to present more of her genealogy programs but that is when I was made aware of her illness.  She chose to withdraw from presenting her genealogy programs while she battled with the cancer diagnosis she had received.

Sandra was a “genealogy giant”.  She was very well-known at the national level in the field of genealogy.

We were so lucky to have Sandra be local to our area and to benefit by her being able to do her presentations in person within our geographic area.

She will truly be missed by all of us.

Dick Eastman had a very well detailed description of Sandra’s contributions in the world of genealogy that was put together by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  The following text in italics was created by the FGS describing all of the accomplishments of Sandra:

Sandra_Hargreaves_Luebking Noted Genealogist and Former FGS FORUM Editor Passes

17 February 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, noted genealogist and one of the genealogy community’s best leaders who died on Thursday, 17 February 2011 at Lemont, Illinois, surrounded by her family. Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time.

A nationally known author, editor, instructor, lecturer, and researcher, Sandra was the editor of the FGS FORUM for over 22 years. Known for her radiant smile and helpful ways, almost everyone who was a member of or worked with a genealogical society, or attended a conference knew Sandra. In nearly three decades as a professional genealogist, she presented over one thousand lectures.

Beginning in 1979, Sandra taught annually at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical  Research (IGHR) and twice accompanied their British Research tour. From 1990 to 2007 she was Course I Coordinator for IGHR. From 1994 until its close in  2005, Sandra was Intermediate Studies Coordinator for the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (at the University of Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society). With Loretto Dennis Szucs, Sandra co-edited three award-winning books, including two editions of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy; and The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. Sandra also wrote two chapters for Professional Genealogy (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor) titled “Genealogical Education” and “Fee Setting.”

Helping thousands of people to find their Chicago/Cook County roots, Sandra conducted research projects for the Smithsonian Institute, numerous publishers and attorneys, and an international clientele from Australia, England, Finland, Germany and Sweden. She was a past trustee for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and a volunteer research assistant at the National Archives—Great Lakes Region.

Sandra’s honors included the Professional Achievement Award from the APG (2008); the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award from FGS (2008); lecturer for the Richard Slatten Lecture Series by the Friends of the Virginia State Archives (2003) and, lecturer for the Willard Heiss Memorial Lecture at the 79th Annual Indiana History Conference (Indiana Historical Society) (1999). She was a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (1996) and was named Outstanding IGHR Alumni by Samford University in 1995.

Sandra was truly a treasure.

Sandra your programs here will always be remembered for the passion, energy, knowledge and happiness that you brought to our library when you shared your knowledge with all of us to help make us better researchers.

May you rest in peace.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Musings Over the Last 4 Years of Bad Weather for Our Genealogy Program!

Hi Everyone!

Now for sure I know I am NOT crazy!!

I have been the Genealogy Coordinator at the library for 12 years.  For the first 8 years of having our monthly genealogy programs, I actually felt our weather was uneventful for our program night, be it winter, spring, summer or fall.  The programs went on one after another after another for those first 8 years without any sense of pending weather doom.

Then it seemed starting about 4 years ago that winter weather really started having a nasty effect for the evening of our genealogy program.  Programs had to be cancelled, and others just seemed to be on the edge of being cancelled listening to weather reports that were targeting our program night for the night of another storm be it snow, rain or ice! 

Things just seemed out of whack based on my first 8 years working this program.

Ah ha!  As I said,  I knew I felt this bad karma during the last 4 years and I knew something was out of whack!  Was it out of whack or was I crazy.

Now I know I am not crazy because our local weather stations just confirmed with facts what I knew I have been experiencing with our monthly program for the winter months over the last 4 years. 

Our weather forecasters just said that our Chicagoland has just set a record. 

We have had at least 50 inches of snow in EACH OF THE LAST 4 YEARS!!!

Our normal annual snowfall is supposed to be in the 36 inch range.

So I wasn’t crazy about how I felt over the last 4 years.  Our weather has been that bad during the winter months these last 4 years.

I feel vindicated.

Tonight’s program is not jeopardized by any snow.  No, we got that last Tuesday evening.  Tonight’s program only faces another subzero night that those who attend will have to cope with as they arrive and leave.

Well I guess I will just wait until our local weather forecasters announce that the last 4 consecutive years have also been our coldest winters!  Come on guys just announce this bad succession of winters as it pertains to temperature.

Oh well, we can’t do anything about it!  Just hunker down, tough it out and try to attend another one of our lively genealogy programs under what are not the most optimal winter conditions.

Dress warmly.  See you later tonight.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library