“What’s New At Ancestry.com July 2015″ YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a July 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com July 2015″.

The video is an approximate 15 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at Ancestry.com for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from Ancestry.com that you can access at:

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – Ancestry Days, November 7, 2015, Raleigh, NC; Ancestry Days, November 14, 2015, Indianapolis, IN.; Salt Lake Institute, January 10 to 15, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT., infouga.org; RootsTech 2016, February 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT; National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry.com beta site is still being worked.  Visit the blog post at Announcing the New Ancestry WebsiteScroll down and look for the “Try the new site Click Here” phrase.  Once there you will need to be a subscriber to Ancestry.com  If you  enter in your information you will get connected to the new site for you to experiment with.   Crista mentioned that Ancestry is very appreciative of all of the feedback being provided to Ancestry from Beta users.  Look for a list of “updates” in progress appearing in the “Community Forum” that is located under the HELP menu.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry DNA has about 850,000 submissions in the database.  Ancestry DNA is now available to users in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  The database is expected to grow even more with the addition of more and more countries in which users can submit their DNA.
  • New Databases – Australia Newspaper Vital Notices database.  Includes Births, Marriages and Deaths appearing in 3 Australian newspapers from 1851 to 1997.
  • New Databases –  Many new Romanian databases have been added during this recent period.  Many more International oriented databases added to Ancestry’s databases.
  • New Databases – Nevada Naturalization Petitions, 1956-1991 database recently added.
  • New Databases – Alabama Burial Index, 1835-2014 has been added.  This database is a web-based one outside of Ancestry that was created by the Lawrence County Alabama Genealogical Society.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at Ancestry.com that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to Ancestry.com.

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on Ancestry.com.  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 14, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the July 2015 Handouts for your convenience:

July 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, July14, 2015 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 14, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the July 2015 Newsletter for your convenience:

July 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow July 14, 2015

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here is a summary of the information about the program:

June 2015 Dan Niemiec PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Niemiec. Dan will present a program titled “Chicago Cemetery Research”.

After years of traveling all around the area and elsewhere to find grave markers of his relatives, Dan can give everyone tips galore on what to expect and what not to expect when dealing with Chicago’s cemeteries.

Dan Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi for 10 years. He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given many presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid- 1700s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found over 73,000 relatives, the result of 23 years of original research.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Illinois Online Historical Newspapers Noted At A Blog Titled “The Ancestor Hunt”; Link Included

Hi Everyone!

Digital Newspaper ImageThanks again to Tom, one of my colleagues, who previously contributed information to me about the smallest cemetery in Illinois.  He has also just sent me some information on Illinois Online Historical Newspapers.  Thank you Tom!

A site called the Ancestor Hunt has posted information on the update to the Illinois Online Historical Newspapers.  As the site notes, over 8,000 newspapers have been published in Illinois throughout its history.  Granted, all are not available online.  But many are and more come online as remnants of paper copies that still exist are being digitized.

The blog post has a long list of links to these various online historical newspapers.  They are not really all organized by geographical areas.  They are not really all organized by name of newspaper or the town in which it may have been published.  Do you see what I am saying?  You almost have to just peruse the long list within the categories to see if you discover something that might be for a town of interest in your genealogical research.

My one gripe on digital newspapers in general is how they are presented.  Most of us that lived in a large city like Chicago should be able to come up with the names of the top papers of the city.  But if you are from a rural area or researching a rural area, the generic name of a newspaper often does not connect you to a geographic location for you to know it might have a connection to an ancestor you are researching.

Does the name of a newspaper titled “The Prairie Farmer” help you know what geographic areas it serves?  Rock Island?  Decatur?  Springfield?

Does the “Daily Gazette” help you know from where it was published?  Rockford?  Peoria?  Carbondale?

So unfortunately, you just have to peruse and open up some of the links to these newspapers to see if they might have a connection geographically to the area of your Illinois ancestors.

These are fun to just open and peruse through some newspapers that might have been published as far back as the 1830s.  Remember, there is very little “white” space in these papers.  Ink is everywhere which can make it tiring on the eyes to read through a good amount.  And these pages are full, beyond full with the news of the day.

Here is a link to the site of many lists to Illinois Online Historical Newspapers:

The Ancestor Hunt Blog: Illinois Online Historical Newspapers

Also, don’t be surprised to discover that where you think you hit the jackpot and found a paper for a town of an ancestor, you might sadly find that there are only 3 issues of the paper online rather than multiple years worth for you to really dig deep into.  It could be that only those particular physical paper copy issues still existed.  Or it could be that more will be digitized and will appear at a later date.  My guess, it is likely that only the 3 issues may be known to exist at all.  Sad but true.  Storing old copies of old newspapers took up a lot of space.  At some point you ran out of storage and chose to not save such material for historical purposes down the road.  Who knows?

So enjoy what you can find that can help you expand your own research on ancestors connected to some of the newspapers that are online.  Even if a newspaper does not connect you to an ancestor,  it is enjoyable to browse through just as a picture of history and the words that were contained on that very day of the issue.

You will know more about your ancestor and what their lives may have been like just by knowing the news of the day for these localized areas.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Sunday Evening, July 26, 2015, At 8 PM Central Time On TLC; Check TLC Website For Show Information

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that the new season for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be starting on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, July  26, 2015, at 8 PM Central time.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Currently, there is little detail at the TLC website for the show about the upcoming episodes other than mentioning the date and time for the season premier.  Your best bet is to just visit the TLC website as the date approaches.

Four of the “stars” have been identified for this season.  Here are the four “stars” identified so far in a Dick Eastman Online Newsletter blog post that will appear on the show during the  run for the season on TLC.  The order is alphabetical and does not represent the order of the shows as they appear to the best of my knowledge:

  • Tom Bergeron
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Alfre Woodard

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch these shows in their original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)  Last year if you did not watch the original airing or did not DVR the show, your alternative was to purchase a copy from iTunes to catch up on shows missed and not recorded by yourself.

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, July 26, 2015 at 8 PM Central Time on TLC on cable.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 14, 2015 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, July 14, 2015:

June 2015 Dan Niemiec PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Niemiec. Dan will present a program titled “Chicago Cemetery Research”.

After years of traveling all around the area and elsewhere to find grave markers of his relatives, Dan can give everyone tips galore on what to expect and what not to expect when dealing with Chicago’s cemeteries.

Dan Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi for 10 years. He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given many presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid- 1700s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found over 73,000 relatives, the result of 23 years of original research.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library