New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Accessed And Used The New And Improved Wiki At FamilySearch?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Accessed And Used The New And Improved Wiki At FamilySearch?”  Yes or No

One of the best resources to use to help you with your genealogy questions is the Wiki at FamilySearch that you can find at FamilySearch.org Wiki.  This online encyclopedia is searchable with keywords to help you find a topic of interest or to give you some insights into a new research process you will shortly embark on.  Are you going to be researching Indiana records for the first time because an ancestor you discovered was born in Indiana?  See what exists in the Wiki on Indiana resources so you will know what you can tap into to add information to that Hoosier ancestor.

Are you going to embark on Polish research?.  Do the same as above in the FamilySearch Wiki to learn more about the geographic area of ancestors and what resources exist to add for that Polish ancestor.

Just like with the FamilySearch “Search” area for data, just look at the world map the Wiki presents first rather than entering in a search topic or keyword in the search box.  Use the maps for continents, countries, states, counties etc. to drill down to see what exists for Indiana or Poland or whatever geographic area of interest there is for you.  You do not even have to use the search box to get you to your area of interest.

The topic of interest for you will also be full of links to get you to other areas for your new topic.  Topics as “How to Find Birth Records”, or “How To Find Marriage Records” may be present whether you are looking for them within Indiana or Poland.  Just click and learn your way to make your research efforts productive and fulfilling.

The FamilySearch Wiki is a resource I share with new researchers if they are just beginning their research.  It is as valuable a tool for seasoned researchers also if you have not visited it lately in its new and improved format and process.  It is always a good idea to use the resources for a particular state or country and compare it to your own research you may have already done.  It would not surprise me that you would find information that you maybe never previously pursued.

So ……………………. “Have You Accessed And Used The New And Improved Wiki At FamilySearch?”  Yes or No?

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Viewed Any Of The Program Videos From The Annual RootsTech Conference Available At www.RootsTech.Org?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  3 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since March 9, 2016.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Viewed Any Of The Program Videos From The Annual RootsTech Conference Available At www.rootstech.org?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 52 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 13 responses (25%) noted they have viewed videos from RootsTech  while 39 responses (75%) indicated they have not viewed any of the RootsTech videos .

I actually thought that there would be a higher percentage of readers that had actually tried looking at the RootsTech videos.  I personally have found these videos to be motivational for me while I learn a lot more about a genealogical topic.  Plus, I am simply a big believer in learning more about genealogy via these resources at your fingertips.  These RootsTech videos are professionally put together so they just look stunning to me.  The speakers are top-notch world-renowned genealogy speakers.  The videos generally run for about 1 hour.

I always come away with a good feeling after having viewed one of these videos.

Sometimes, in genealogy, I don’t want to learn something very specific about a resource or how to do something.  Many times I just want to be motivated or know what the future of genealogy will be just around the next corner.  The keynote speeches at RootsTech provide me with that kind of dose of motivation and curiosity to view one of these videos and get even more excited about what new things the world of genealogy will have to offer not that far down the road.

For the 25% of you that responded with a positive that you have viewed some of the videos from RootsTech, I salute you.  I hope your experience with these videos has been as positive as my own.  For those of you that have not viewed any, I would encourage you to give one or a few a try.  I do not think you will be disappointed.  I would especially encourage you to view a Keynote speech that will be motivational and may very well jump-start your genealogy engine if it had not been running well lately.

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 24 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 14, 2016 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, June 14, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

June 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; I Do Not See A Formal Genealogy Program Scheduled For The 4th Saturday For June 2016

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the June 2016 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

The Swedish American Genealogical Society has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  However, I did not see a formal Genealogy Program on the group’s calendar of events from within the website.  The June 25th calendar entries show a Swedish Festival in Geneva, IL and a Gallery Walk looking at crystal pieces on that day.

You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:

Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events

You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at genealogy@samac.org.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during June 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago June 2016

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of June 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Season 3 Of Genealogy Roadshow Back On Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) On Tuesday Evenings At 7 PM Chicago Time On Local WTTW; 3 Episodes Of Season 3 Already Aired; Do Some Binge Watching!

Hi Everyone,

Genealogy Roadshow PBS LogoJust a reminder to all of you that Season 3 of the  Genealogy Roadshow is now back on PBS with new episodes.  You can find information about the show at the following PBS website:

Genealogy Roadshow Website At PBS

The nice thing about this series of genealogy shows is that you can view any missed  entire episodes of Season 3 for free at the above PBS website.  So if you have missed an episode you can always view it from within the above website.

You can also go back and view in entirety all of the Season 1 and Season 2 episodes right here with a caveat.  WTTW makes Season 1 and Season 2 available for viewing only to WTTW Passport Members.

PBS Genealogy Roadshow  , Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 Episodes

The list of full video episodes appears in most recently aired order of original episodes for Season 3, Season 2 and Season 1.  You will see a total of 14 episodes to select from.  Great link to find all of the shows that have aired all in one place!  However, only WTTW Passport Members are allowed to view the Season 1 and 2 episodes.  These will be marked with “+” sign by that episode.

You can sort of do a workaround and go to YouTube.com and do a search using “Genealogy Roadshow”.  It looks many of the previously aired Season 1 and 2 episodes can be found here for viewing.  Just look for the episodes that are about 50+ minutes in length and not the preview videos which are only a few minutes in length.  You can visit the Genealogy Roadshow channel on YouTube at:

Genealogy Roadshow on YouTube

The audio quality of some of these videos is not the best.

Let these wonderful episodes motivate you in your own genealogical research.

Don’t miss this show!!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Re-Post Reminder: Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering All Day Genealogy Conference On Saturday June 18, 2016; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2016; Genealogy Detectives: Investigating Photos, DNA And Databases For Evidence”; Program Location Is The ASA Conference Center In Schaumburg, IL

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust a reminder that the GeneaQuest 2016 Program offered by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will soon take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

This is a wonderful program put on by this outstanding organization.

This one is well-worth attending!  If you register before June 8, 2016 you will still obtain a price discount and be able to obtain a lunch.  If you register after June 8, 2016 you will pay the highest fee and will not be able to get a lunch as part of registration.  It does look like they will accept walk-ins (without lunch and at highest registration ) if you are so inclined to want to attend at the last-minute.  It is always good to check out the website for the society below to see if capacity has been reached and no walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the event.

Below the separator line is my original posting about this program.

Check out the link from within the original posting to get you to parts of the CAGGNI website that provides more information about this program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoI am happy to announce that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be holding an all-day genealogy conference.

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2016: Genealogy Detectives: Investigating Photos, DNA and Databases for Evidence”.

The conference will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)  Conference Center at 1061 American Lane in Schaumburg, IL between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Featured speakers for the day will be:

  • Maureen Taylor (On Photos)
  • Diahan Southard (On DNA)
  • Juliana Szucs (On Ancestry.com)
  • Maureen Brady (On FamilySearch.org)

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that can provide you with all the information regarding the conference:

June 18, 2016 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference

All the details about the conference programs, discounts, registration, speakers, location, exhibitors and door prizes can be found within the above link.

So mark your calendar for this upcoming event being held by a great local genealogical society.

During the all-day conference,  CAGGNI is even having an informal  “GeneaUs” Bar lasting 30 minutes in-between conference segments during which you can have conversations with expert researchers on the following topics:

  • Legacy Family Tree Software    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • Reunion Software    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • RootsMagic Software    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • ChicagoAncestors.org    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • FindMyPast.com    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • Newspapers.com    (12:20-12-50, 2:00-2:30)

Congratulations to the CAGGNI group!

This organization is really clicking on all cylinders!

If you have never attended a local, all-day genealogy conference, this is certainly one to consider.  Not only do you see great topics given by great speakers, but you can fill the time in-between program segments by sitting down with experts present at the “GeneaUs” Bar on the variety of topics noted above.  Non-stop genealogy all day!

Best wishes for a truly great all-day local genealogy conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township district Library

We Have Added The 6 Volume Set Of The “Bohemian National Cemetery” Indexes Covering 1877-1902 To Our Library’s Reference Collection; Helpful For Czech Chicago Ancestral Research

Hi Everyone!

STDL Central Summer LgJust want to let you know that our library has added the 6 volume set of “Bohemian National Cemetery” Indexes to our Reference Collection.  The material can be found on the 2nd floor of our library on the Reference shelves behind the “Ask Us” desk. For those of you coming to our library to use this set you will find it is cataloged with the Call Number of R 929.3 BOHEMIAN.

The cemetery itself is located in the northwest part of the City of Chicago at the intersection of Foster Ave (5200 North) and Pulaski (4000 West).   You can obtain further information about the Bohemian National Cemetery at the following website:

Bohemian National Cemetery

The volumes cover the following year spans:

  • Volume I: Burials 1877-1887
  • Volume II: Burials 1888-1892
  • Volume III: Burials 1893-1895
  • Volume IV: Burials 1896-1899
  • Volume V: Burials 1900-1902
  • Volume VI: 1877-1902, Indexes

Volumes I through V would generally be used if you have the surname of a person of interest for research and the year they died.  If you do not know a year of death use Volume VI because it has all the names included for the total years covered by the set.  Find the name here and it will point you to which of the first five volumes where it can found.

Each of the first five volumes has about 11 pages of introductory information on some good insights into the history of the cemetery as well as some translation aids to help with Czech words.  There is also a map of the cemetery as well as a map of the City of Chicago that shows the location of the cemetery within the city in relation to the entire city.  Well worth looking at this if you want some good background information on the cemetery and the history surrounding it.

All of these indexes and all of the information contained within were created by the Chicago Genealogical society.

If you have a name of interest and you find it in one of the indexes, you will be able to obtain the following information for that name from within Volumes I to Volume V:

  • Burial number
  • Year of Burial
  • Month of Burial
  • Day of Burial
  • Name of the person, surname first followed by given name
  • Grave Location consisting of Row, Number, Lot, Block, Section
  • Age of the deceased showing Year, Month and Day if applicable
  • Birth Place of the Deceased basically at a high level such as Moravia, Chicago, Bohemia but not at a Town or Village level.
  • Place of Death noted as a street address
  • Death date consisting of Year, Month, Day
  • Undertaker name
  • Remarks that might include moving of the body from one section to another or any other remarks of note or interest.

Volume VI is like and Index of Indexes.  This volume is good to use first if you have a surname of interest because all the years from 1877-1902 are covered for surnames.  Find a name here and it will point you to the specific volume it occurs in where you can obtain all of the above mentioned details.

Volume VI also contains a Grave Location Index.  This information is within Lot, Block order within the alphabetical sections of A through Z.  Nice to use if you know your ancestor and want to see who is buried around.

Volume VI also contains a Numerical Sections index.  It is in Section order first and then within Lot order.

All of the information contained in this set is Bohemian National Cemetery information on grave sites and who is buried at the cemetery.  There is no connecting information on obituaries.

For those of you coming to our library to use this set you will find it is cataloged with the Call Number of R 929.3 BOHEMIAN.  It is located on our Reference shelves on the 2nd floor of our library behind the Ask Us desk.

If you can’t come to our library to view the material, you can always call us at 847-985-4000.  Ask for the “Ask Us”  Desk.  A librarian should be able to do a quick lookup for you using Volume VI where all the surnames covering 1877 to 1902 can be found.

The books are on the shelf now.

Hope the information contained in them can be of help to your Czech/Bohemian genealogical research for those ancestors that may have lived in Chicago and that may be buried there.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library