Re-Post Reminder: McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 9, 2016 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL

Hi Everyone,

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoJust wanted to remind you that the McHenry  County Genealogical Society will be having their annual all-day Conference this Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.  I went to their website and did not see anything that would indicate the program has reached its attendance limit.  For those that would be walk-ins to attend it would be good to know if registration levels had been reached.  They could turn you away in such a case because there is simply no room left.

I have attended many conferences as a walk-in and always was able to get in without a problem.  Of course you pay a higher fee but that is the trade-off for coming in at the last-minute.  All of the discounted fees occurs months before the actual event during registration.

What follows after the separator line is my original posting with all of the information regarding this soon to be conference this Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2016 Summer Conference”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day all four of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from.

There will be 5 speakers making presentations:

  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Jennifer Holik
  • Tony Burroughs
  • Tina Beaird

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration is done prior to April 1, 2016.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2016 – $40
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2016 – $50
  • All registration between April 2, 2016 through June 15, 2016  – $60
  • Registration after June 15, 2016 and Walk-Ins – $70

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 16, 2016.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 16, 2016 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 9, 2016 “MCIGS 2016 Summer Conference”

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

Time flies on our calendars!  The details are all here with this society for this annual conference.  They put on a great program with fantastic speakers plus they are not that far away in Crystal Lake, IL.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 12, 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, July 12, 2016:

Caron Primas Brennan

Caron Primas Brennan

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 8 p.m. Association of Professional Genealogists’ Caron Primas Brennan shares her expansive knowledge of genealogy, especially Ancestry.com’s family trees.

Guest presenter CaronPrimas Brennan loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy! Caron has been researching her family history since a 6th grade school project got her interested. She uses Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.com to share with others in her family. Caron is the former Newsletter Editor for CAGGNI and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; July 23, 2016 Genealogy Program; Get Help To Get Past Your Research Problems

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 July 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.  There is a Genealogy Program scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  It does not look to be  a speaker program but rather a session designed to help you overcome your research dilemmas in your Swedish research.  Members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society can attend for free.  Non-members can attend for a $10 fee.  Reservations for attendance are appreciated.

From the newsletter, here is a description of the program:

“Hitting brick walls in your genealogy research? We might have the solutions you need! This session will focus on providing help for your genealogical quandaries. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated.”

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 July 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago July 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 July 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday July 9, 2016

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHave you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has a DNA special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming DNA SIG:

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CAGGNI genomic genealogy group continues into its second year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. Throughout the year we will study autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third party tools for analyzing your raw data and comparing DNA and gedcom data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how.

The SIG will combine short 15-20 minute lectures with interactive workshop-style activities. 

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!

Facilitators:  Al & Michelle Wilson

More information: DNA Special Interest Group

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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Consider connecting with this special interest group local to our area.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Genealogy Roadshow 2016 Season 3 ; Episodes 3-7 Available For Free To Watch

Hi Everyone!

Genealogy Roadshow PBS LogoGenealogy Roadshow has been up and running on PBS this summer.  The successful genealogy TV show is currently in Season 3.

Perhaps you have missed some of the episodes that have been aired.  Normal original airing on the local PBS station of WTTW is Tuesday evenings at 8 PM Chicago time.

If you want to do a mini-binge watch to catch up with the 5 most recently aired episodes of Season 3, you can connect with PBS to see them.  Episodes for 2016 that have so far aired based on origin of city where they took place are:

  • Season 3 Episode 1 2016 Albuquerque (Available Only Through PBS Membership)
  • Season 3 Episode 2 2016 Miami (Available Only Through PBS Membership)
  • Season 3 Episode 3 2016 Houston (View for Free)
  • Season 3 Episode 4 2016 Favorite Stories (View for Free)
  • Season 3 Episode 5 2016 Boston (View for Free)
  • Season 3 Episode 6 2016 Providence (View for Free)
  • Season 3 Episode 7 2016 Los Angeles (View for Free)

You get to view the above noted full hour shows for free at PBS at the following:

2016 Genealogy Roadshow Episodes To View For Free

You can view the 5 most recently aired episodes for the current season for free.  You will see that there are previous season episodes of the show in full-time viewing length at the website.  However, you would need to be member of PBS in order to view these.

So, if you want to catch up with season 3 episodes 3 to 7 you can do so for free.  Previous season episodes can only be viewed  through membership.

Here is a great opportunity to view shows you may have never seen while so much else on TV is in rerun versions.

Have a mini-binge watch!  It will make you feel good!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 24, 2016 Genealogy Program At The Swedish American Museum; Gail Lukasik Will Present “How PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow Solved Author’s Family Mystery”

Hi Everyone,

Swedish American Museum LogoI just received a notice from the Swedish American Genealogical Society of an upcoming Genealogy Program that will take place on Saturday morning, September 24, 2016 at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL between 10 am to 12 noon.

Members of the society can attend at no cost.

Non-members of the society are invited to attend.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-members of the society to attend.

Gail Lukasik will present a program titled “How PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow Solved Author’s Family Mystery”.

You can see all of the details for this upcoming program in the included PDF “flyer” for the program provided to me by the society including background information about the presenter right below:

September 24, 2016 Genealogy Program From the Swedish American Genealogical Society

It is never too early to mark your calendar for such an event.

Check out the website for the Swedish American Museum where you can connect to the Nordic Family Genealogy Center that is part of the museum at:

Swedish American Museum

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At Ancestry.com June 2016” 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 June 2016 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com June 2016”.

The video is an approximate 25 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 –  Midwest African-American Genealogical Institute, July 12-14, 2016, Fort Wayne, IN; BYU Family History Conference, July 26-29, 2016, Provo, UT;  IAJGS Conference, August 7-12, 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 31-Sept 3, 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry DNA – New matching algorithm created to improve ancestor discoveries.
  • Ancestry Academy – New videos.  “Science Behind Ancestry DNA Results (Free); “Researching Railroad Workers” (Subscription); “War of 1812 Records” (Subscription)
  • New Databases – Hesse, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, 1661-1875This new database contains about 2.5 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  Records are in German.  There are no images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, event type, event date, event place and relatives noted in search results.  Will find even more pieces of information if you open up the “View Record” link.
  • New Databases – Frankenberg, Germany, Residence Records, 1809-1928.  This new database contains about 52,000 records.  Records are in German.  Citizens in this town had to register their location and their moves, whether moving within the town or outside of the town.   The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  It is linked to images of the original records.  Browse on the right side to see what image sets are available (not very well described as to contents, B7a bd 01 etc.!).  Or just search the entirety of the file.  Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided.
  • New Databases – New Mexico, Land Records of New Spain, 1692-1846.  This new database contains about 2,230 records.  Records are in Spanish.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the categories.  Categories for this database are by different kinds of land activities.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  Searchable by keyword and not by surname.  Browse the right side of the database to see from what lists of land related groupings of information exist.  Images of the scanned handwritten pages are available to see as to what is linked to the index.
  • New Databases – U.S. Applications for Seaman’s Protection Certificates, 1916-1940.  This new database contains about 315,000 records.  Application served as a “passport” for the seaman for both ocean travel and great lakes travel in the U.S.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    Choose from a variety of U.S. states.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  Browse the right side of the database to select from the list of states.  Index results will give you Name of the person, Birth Place, Birth Date, Application Date, Application Place.  Images of the handwritten scanned pages are linked to the indexed surname.  Images are generally typed documents and may contain picture of the individual making application as well as signature.
  • New Databases – Arizona Territorial Censuses, 1864-1882.  This new database contains about 85,000 records.   Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    The listing will give you a choice to select a particular Arizona Territorial Census to select to search or you search all of them.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.    Index results give the Name of the Person, Birth Year, Birth Place, and Residence Year related to the census.
  • New Databases – Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972.  This new database contains about 1.3 million records.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    Browse right side of database to see what counties of Arizona are contained in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.   The index results will give you the name of the person, the birth date, affidavit or marriage date, license or marriage county, name of spouse.  Image of marriage record is linked to index item.
  • New Databases – Crista also mentioned that were many databases added for German records.  There was no one big database file added but rather many databases containing smaller numbers of German records.  Looks like about 12 new German databases added.
  • Tip From Crista – A particular database may have no connection to your research but you may still benefit from knowing about it.  As an example, there may be an Australian Outbound Passenger List database.  You may not have an Australian connection, but discovering that Outbound passenger records exists may allow you to consider to see if such records exist for the country associated with your ancestor.
  • 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 has noted on past videos 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