Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog (Also In The Library Edition Of Ancestry.com); Nice YouTube Video To Help You Learn More About This Powerful Resource; You Can View The Video Right In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoYou may remember that at our most recent genealogy program at our library on the evening of February 10, 2015, our guest speaker spent some time making us aware of the “card catalog” feature that exists both in a personal subscription to Ancestry.com as well as in the Library edition of that product.

At the Ancestry.com home page, click on the “search” box on the right which will take you to the search page.  Do not start searching immediately!  Hover your cursor over the “Search”Tab at the top of the page.  You will see a drop down menu.  The “card catalog” is the last item in the list.

The card catalog does what it implies.  It is a database that contains all of the Ancestry.com genealogy databases.  It can be searched by your keywords so you can discover what databases might exist for your own research needs.  If you were interested in what databases might exist that could help your Polish research, you could do a search of the card catalog maybe using search terms such as “Poland” or “Polish” to see what exists at a high level for the country.

I also like finding a database of interest and then selecting it individually to do your searching.  This can allow you to get “hits” in numbers that are not overwhelming because the hits are limited to just that database.  Sometimes this may seem meaningless to search in this manner but your hits are only in a specific database of interest.

You can also view the components of the card catalog by using other filters.  You can view the contents of the card catalog by:

  • Popularity (default)
  • By Title of the Database
  • By Date Updated
  • By Date Added
  • By Record Count

You can easily determine which databases have recently been added by viewing them by “Date Added”; you can see which databases have been recently updated by viewing them by “Date Updated”; you can the databases presented in alphabetical order by “Title of the Database”; you can see the databases in order of number of records contained within the databases from highest count to lowest by “Record Count”.

Knowing what has been added and what has been updated is a good way to make your research searches more meaningful rather than just using the basic search template over and over and expecting different results.  Know that a database has been added that connects to your  own research is important.  Know that a database you have previously used has been updated is important to know because there may be more records in it that now apply to your research.  Knowing that a database contains only 500 records when using the “By Record Count” filter can help you understand that your chances of discovering something on your ancestors might be limited simply because the base number is so small.

I also noticed that there is a nice YouTube video on the Ancestry.com YouTube channel that speaks to the very issue of the card catalog.  I feel knowing about the Ancestry card catalog is important because it can make your searching more productive.  I think you will like this 31 minute video.

You can view this video right here:

I am so glad that our recent speaker made note of this Ancestry.com feature at our program via her PowerPoint slide.  I too believe it is important for genealogy researchers to know that this feature not only exists in Ancestry.com but to know how to use it to their research advantage.

Enjoy the above nice Ancestry.com teaching video on their Card Catalog.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 7, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Irish Emigrants To North America: Before, During And After The Famine” By Paul Milner

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Paul Milner.    The speaker will present a program titled “Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March  7, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Paul Milner, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

You can always visit the website of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society to see what they are all about at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for February 10, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

February 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, February 10, 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

February 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for February 10, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

February 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, February 10, 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 February 10, 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, February 10, 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:

Teresa McMillin PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG. Teresa will present a program titled “Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory”.

This lecture encourages one to go beyond the obvious use of a city directory-locating an ancestor. The directory provides an opportunity to understand our ancestor’s historical context. Pictures, advertisements, maps of the city and many more items are often included. The audience will be encouraged to understand each directory’s unique qualities. Examples will be used to illustrate various points.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified genealogist who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and currently has many pleased clients. She presents quality genealogical lectures for local societies and national conferences.

Teresa will also have available for purchase at a discounted price to those in attendance copies of her recently published book titled “Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library”.

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 State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 23, 2015 And Saturday, October 24, 2015 In Oak Lawn, IL

Hi Everyone,

ISGS LogoI just noticed that there are dates noted for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2015.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn in Oak Lawn, IL.

Details for the conference are still being worked out, but the dates are now set as is the location.

The blog of the Illinois State Genealogical society notes that room rates at the hotel are noted as $119 per night.

You can look at the blog posting describing the upcoming event here at:

http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com/2014/11/save-date-2015-fall-conference.html

Mark your calendar for these dates and see what the details will be unfolding for the programs and the speakers when they become available.

Check back with the Illinois State Genealogical Society in the future for details of the 2015 conference as they become available at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

You now have the dates and the location.  The location is certainly much closer to all of us rather than being outside the Chicago Metropolitan area.  This conference will be right in our own backyard (relatively speaking!).

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Newberry Library Of Chicago Will Be Presenting Genealogy Saturday With D. Joshua Taylor (From The Genealogy Roadshow) On March 7, 2015; 4 Programs Presented By The Speaker

Hi Everyone!

Newberry Library LogoI just received some publicity information from the Newberry Library that they will be having a Genealogy Saturday program that will feature D. Joshua Taylor on March 7, 2015.

You will hopefully recognize the name of the presenter.  D. Joshua Taylor is one of the prominent genealogists showcased on the PBS series “Genealogy Roadshow”.

The program is free.  Registration is required.  Walk-Ins are not allowed under any circumstances.  Seating capacity is limited.

Doors open at 8:30 AM.  The program starts at 9 AM.  Lunch (not included) will be from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM.  A list of nearby restaurants will be provided at the event.  Balance of the program will be from 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

D. Joshua Taylor will present:

  • Go West! Beginning Midwestern Research
  • Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends
  • On and Off the Net: Locality Searching
  • Putting It together: A Case Study

You can view a copy of the “flyer” provided to me by the Newberry Library here:

March 7, 2015 Genealogy Saturday at the Newberry Library with D. Joshua Taylor

Here is also the text provided to me from the Newberry in their e-mail notification to me:

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Join us on March 7th for a very special event sponsored by the Newberry and the Chicago Genealogical Society – four lectures by popular genealogist D. Joshua Taylor, of Who Do You Think You Are (NBC and TLC) and Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) fame.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Director of Family History at Findmypast, a global leader in the family history industry. Passionate about the future of family history, Joshua is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe.

This is a free event, however registration is required. Be sure to register early, as seats are limited. Bring your registration receipt with you the day of the event. No walk-ins will be accepted. You can register at: https://go.newberry.org/page.aspx?pid=1341

Doors will open at 8:30. Lunch is not provided, however a list of area restaurants will be available.

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Think of spending a day with an incredibly talented genealogy persona!

Check out one of the recent “Genealogy Roadshow” episodes if you are not familiar with D. Joshua Taylor.  You can view these shows at :

Genealogy Roadshow Website at PBS

Sounds like a great day, with a great speaker and some great programs to advance your genealogy research knowledge!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library