New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, August 16, 2015, At 8 PM Central Time On TLC; “Into The Archives”; Highlights From Many Of The Previous Aired Shows Plus “Out-Takes” From Previous Shows Never Aired Before

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, August 16, 2015, at 8 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season is titled “Into the Archives”.  It features highlights of the show through the years that have previously aired as well as some “out-takes” of the show through the seasons that have never aired.

Here is a description of this unique airing that was found at the TLC website for the show:

This special episode digs into its archives and features highlights throughout the seasons including triumphs and tragedies, delightful discoveries and sobering moments. It also unveils outtakes and never-before-seen footage from the “Who Do” vault.

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

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “special” episode in its 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, August 16, 2015 at 8 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see the special new “Who Do You Think You Are?” episode titled “Into the Archives”.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for August 11, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 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 August 2015 Handouts for your convenience:

August 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, August 11, 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

August 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for August 11, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 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 August 2015 Newsletter for your convenience:

August 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, August 11, 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 August 11, 2015

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, August 11, 2015:

Jeff Bockman PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jeffrey Bockman. Jeffrey will present a program titled “Start Your Digging in 1940: Examine the 1940 Census for Information and Clues”.

This lecture will present information to the researcher about the data that can be found in the 1940 US Federal Census. Examine the 1940 Census for information and clues. Learn how to find them. Use them with: other records, directories, and maps; and to help find living people.

Jeffrey Bockman is a Genealogy Lecturer & Writer. He was a contributing editor for the former Everton’s Genealogical Helper and a feature writer for the former Heritage Quest Magazine. His articles have also appeared in various other publications. He was the President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society for 5 terms. He is the author of Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy, a book that encourages people to record and preserve their family’s history.

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

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, August 9, 2015, At 8 PM Central Time On TLC; Alfre Woodard Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, August 9, 2015, at 8 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature actress Alfre Woodard.

You can see an almost immediate “encore” presentation of the Alfre Woodard show at 10 PM if you miss the premier showing at 8 PM.

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

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its 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, August 9, 2015 at 8 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about actress Alfre Woodard.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Check Out The “U.S., Social Security Applications And Claims Index, 1936-2007” File At Ancestry.com As Well As Ancestry Library Edition; Could Help You Greatly With Added Information Not Contained In The Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

Hi Everyone!

Social Security Card Clip ArtDuring one of my “browsing” endeavors on Ancestry Library Edition, I did a search for my ancestors using my last name as the search.  I happened to notice some new results in what is a newly added file at Ancestry titled “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007”.  The file was in fact made available in Ancestry on July 22, 2015.  (TIP: Keep re-visiting major sites to see what may have been newly added that gives you new hits when you search for your ancestors!)

Here is a link to get you to this specific file at Ancestry.  Take the time to read the full description as to what this file is and what is contained in it.

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 At Ancestry.com

The Social Security Death Index gives information on those deceased with minimal amounts of information.  Still valuable, but minimal.

A genealogy researcher can attempt to obtain more detailed information on a deceased individual by submitting a request to obtain a copy of the original application made by an individual to obtain a Social Security Card.  This original application is known as an SS-5.  There is a $27.00 fee required to Social Security to obtain this information.  You can find more about requesting an SS-5 at:

Social Security SS-5 Application Form Request

For many of us it is a very hefty fee charge to obtain this information.

With this newly added file in Ancestry you can obtain much more informationancestry-logo about a deceased individual than in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), but maybe not quite the original application information that might be found in the SS-5.  What I was seeing in this new file pertaining to my ancestors was in some cases more than I had previously known about them and their parents.  In fact, if there was a good amount of activity related to Social Security for a particular individual you may see a nice chronology of these events documented by Social Security available in this new file.

I was seeing chronological events in some cases related to the marriage of a woman when a name change is involved.  I was seeing chronology events of name changes where a persons full middle name that was used perhaps in the original application change to just an initial.  I have seen what are referred to as “claim” dates for individuals which appear to be the date when an individual started receiving Social Security.

These are not earth shattering major discoveries but I am amazed at how much is out there in this new file.

I am excited at the contents of this new file!

Check it out yourself and search it with your surnames.  Read the detailed description of the database as provided by Ancestry.com.  Know what is in it and then do a search on a name that perhaps you know something about and see what added information might be present for you to add to that person.

And to think, all I was doing was just “browsing” and trying my surname search again.  And up popped results in this newly added file.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

August 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “National Archives Great Lakes Region” On Saturday, August 22, 2015, From 10 AM To Noon

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 August 2015 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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2015 titled “National Archives Great Lakes Region” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the website of the museum for the event:

Join us for this presentation about the national archives with Ellen Kondrot. Cost is free for Genealogy Center/Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated. You may genealogy@samac.org to RSVP or ask any questions you may have about this session or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the genealogy volunteer.

Note: The Nordic Family Genealogy Center is changing its name to the Swedish American Genealogical Society.

Reservations appreciated.  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 August 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago August 2015

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of August 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library