April 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Swedish Organizations … Alive And Kicking” On Saturday, April 23, 2016, 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 April 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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016 titled “Swedish Organizations … Alive and Kicking!” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the newsletter for the event:

Learn more about Swedish organizations around Chicagoland!; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.”

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 April 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On October 1, 2016 (Saturday); David McDonald, CG, Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, October 1, 2016 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2016 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Church or Court: Where Did Grandma Go?”

The guest speaker for the day will be David McDonald, CG,.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Illinois Migration & Settlement Patterns
  • Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where did Grandma’s Church Go?
  • Reach for the Power Tools: Record Transcriptions & Analysis
  • The Other Side of the Courthouse: Criminal & Civil Court Records

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program.  You can access this PDF at:

2016 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2016 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Sunday Evening, April 3, 2016, 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, April 3, 2016, 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

Six of the “stars” have been identified for this season.  Here are the six”stars” identified so far from 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:

  • Scott Foley
  • Lea Michele
  • Chris Noth
  • Molly Ringwald
  • Katy Sagal
  • Aisha Tyler

According to the TLC website for the show, the premiere episode for this new season will feature Aisha Tyler.

When a new season starts, TLC often shows the previous season’s shows as a refresher prior to the start of the new season episodes.  According to the TLC website under their schedule link for April 3, 2016 programs, it notes there is a mini-marathon of five previously aired “Who Do You Think You Are Episodes?” that will be presented on TLC from 2 PM to 7 PM Central Time.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch this season’s new 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.  Your cable provider may make these shows available as “ON-Demand” for viewing when you want to.

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, April 3, 2016 at 8 PM Central Time on TLC on cable for the premiere episode of this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” featuring Aisha Tyler.  Watch the “mini-marathon” of previously presented programs from 2 PM to 7 PM Chicago time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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 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    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • ChicagoAncestors.org    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • FindMyPast.com    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • Newspapers.com    (10:00-10-30, 12:20-12:50)

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

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

The video is an approximate 32 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 –  National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry Site – “continuing searching” feature returns; Life Story and Facts tutorials now available.
  • Ancestry DNA – Ancestry DNA testing is now available in 29 more countries.  Full listing of the countries is available in the Ancestry Blog.  Test results from someone taking the test in a foreign country are compared to all of the entries in the total Ancestry DNA database.
  • Ancestry Academy – new tutorials on Italians, Females, School Records, Timelines and African-Americans.
  • Desktop Software – Family Tree Maker acquired by MacIev software, original developers of the product.  Future updates and new releases will continue through them; RootsMagic lineage software will be integrated with Family Tree Maker functions.
  • New Databases – United States, Definitive List of Slaves and Property, 1827-1828.  This new database contains about 5 thousand 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 of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.  The most important part of this database regarding slave information is that the name of the slave is actually included in this database.  Slave names were rarely noted on records.
  • New Databases – Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records, 1870-1930.  This new database contains about 206,000 records.      The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.  You can find the name, age, place of birth, date of application, place of residence at application, homestead location and marital status of applicant.
  • New Databases – California Mortuary Records of Chinese Dissidents, 1870-1933.  This new database contains about 26,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the date intervals of these records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data when it is available.  I saw both handwritten records and typed records.
  • New Databases – Sydney, Australia, Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions, 1867-2002.  This new database contains about 285,000 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 database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  No actual images of headstones to see.  Only transcribed data is shown.  You can often see the religious denomination of the deceased.
  • New Databases – Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915This new database contains about 26  million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the counties and the towns/cities (very long list) and date intervals of parish records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a large size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.   It would be helpful for you to know a more exact geographic location to search if you know it and select it from the large list of towns/cities.
  • New Databases – Indiana, United Methodist Church Records, 1837-1970 (434,000 records; searchable with images); New Jersey, United Methodist Church Records, 1800-1970 (721,000 records; searchable with images); U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1707-1995 (400,000 records; searchable with images)
  • 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

Check Out The Video Library Of The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illininois (CAGGNI); Fun Times Had By All Through A Variety Of Programs Photographed Or Recorded

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoWhile browsing through the website of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI), I just happened to stumble across a part of the website that I did not know even existed.

It is the CAGGNI Videos part of the website.

Here is a link to the CAGGNI Videos from their website:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Videos

This very active genealogy group has a good time among their programs and the special programs they offer.  Many of the members take photos of the events or even videorecord parts of the event.  These images are now flowing through the CAGGNI Videos part of the website.  These videos reside on YouTube.  You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to access them.

Currently, there are 17 videos/photo videos/slide show videos for you to enjoy for events that occurred within the organization from as recent as the November 2015 Holiday Program and Speaker to the 2010 CAGGNI Planning and Holiday party and all kind of programs in between!

This is a great opportunity to see what the group is all about through looking at these videos, slide shows, photos and the like.  They are an incredibly active genealogy group that certainly exhibits great camaraderie among its members.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 9, 2016 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL; Discounts Available For Early Registration

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