April 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for April 11, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the April 2017 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 April 2017 Newsletter for your convenience:

April 2017 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, April 11, 2017 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 April 11, 2017

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, April 11, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Barbara Peterson. Barbara will present a program titled “Ancestral Stories, Fact or Fiction?: Researching the Legends”.

We all have great stories of our ancestors. Military heroes? Scoundrels? Stowaways? Sea Captains? Sounds good. But are they real? Maybe we just want to let the stories exist. Maybe you really want to know. Barbara will provide us with a case study review on just such an ancestor. Hear how she went about substantiating the story or perhaps even refuting it.

Barbara Peterson has been an active participant at our monthly genealogy programs. Her research skills have developed over time from a novice researcher to a highly skilled researcher. She has also become an expert on genealogical DNA and has previously presented a program on that topic at our library. This program’s case study is based on research she provided to a client.

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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering A Special Interest Group (SIG) For Apple Mac Users That Use “Reunion” As Their Lineage Program; Saturday, April 15, 2017, From 12:45 PM To 2:30 PM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email notice from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) that the next meeting of the  Reunion (Mac Lineage Software) Special Interest Group (SIG) is coming up soon.

The meeting of this SIG group will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2017, between 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.  Our library is located in the Town Square complex at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road.

All are welcome to attend.

Bruce Christopher of the CAGGNI group will be acting as facilitator for the group.

Here is a description of the program from the CAGGNI email:

Reunion Special Interest Group

Calling all Apple users!  Reunion is a genealogy software designed specifically for Macintosh and also available as an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Learn the tips and tricks that will have you utilizing this highly regarded program to its fullest.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. Learning software is enhanced in a hands-on environment.

Facilitator:  Bruce Christopher

Mac users using Reunion, now is your chance to really learn a lot more about your own program from others that are also using the product.  Maybe you are already a good user of the product.  Consider sharing your skills with others using the Mac system and Reunion.

More and more computer users have been switching over to Apple products over the last few years and this includes the desktop/laptop machines as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to really become more skilled at using an incredibly well-rated lineage product on your Macintosh.

Check out more about the CAGGNI organization itself and all that it offers.  Keep in touch with them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, April 9, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Smokey Robinson 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, April 9, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature singer Smokey Robinson.

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

Five episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.  The third episode featured Jennifer Grey.  The fourth was Noah Wylie.  The fifth was Jessica Biel.

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.

You can see these first five episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

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!)

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 9, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about singer Smokey Robinson.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April 15, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Researching Italian Records” Presented By Dan Niemiec

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next program at our library on Saturday, April 15, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM.

The program is open to any and all interested in learning more about genealogy as well as learning more about this wonderful genealogy group and meeting its members in attendance.

The title of the program is “Researching Italian Records”.  Speaker for the program is Dan Niemiec.

Program description is:

Many people with Italian ancestors don’t read Italian, and thus they don’t try to research Italian civil or church records.  Dan will show you that you can learn to find the genealogical information without reading every word on every page.  He will show you an overview of common document formats and indexes so you can work with them easily.

Speaker information is:

Daniel Niemiec has been the monthly Italian genealogy columnist for Fra Noi for the past 12 years. He has researched his family for 26 years and has traced his Italian roots back to the mid 1600’s. By tracing the descendants of those ancestors he has well over 80,000 known relatives.

Find out more about the CAGGNI group and all that they do.  Visit them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “How Long Have You Been Researching Your Genealogy?”; Select Answer From List Provided

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.

“How Long Have You Been Researching Your Genealogy?”

A) Less Than 1 Year

B) 1 To 5 Years

C) 6 To 10 Years

D) 11 To 15 Years

E) More Than 15 Years

Many of my recent poll questions were based on looking for a simple “Yes” or “No’ response to choose.  This poll is a lot different because I am asking you to pick one of the answers from the list offered.  Sometimes these can be too complicated and the responder may not know how to respond or there may not be a response from the provided list that applies.  I still wanted to take another chance with this poll format this time to see what happens.  So read through the question and all the provided choices before selecting your answer.

I think this is a simple and direct question even with the choice of responses.

Genealogy has been identified as being the 2nd most popular hobby, only being superseded by Gardening.  I am just curious what the results of this poll will show.  Lots and lots of “beginners” that have just started doing their genealogy in the last year?  Or, maybe lots and lots of “seasoned” researchers that have been researching their genealogy for over 15 years?  Or maybe I will see an equal distribution of responses across all of the responses.  Or maybe this blog attracts more “beginners” rather than “seasoned” researchers?  Or vice versa?

So where do you fit into the responses posed?

Let the poll speak for itself

Lets see how the responses go to the question at hand with the list of answers to pick from.

So ……………………. “How Long Have You Been Researching Your Genealogy?

A) Less Than 1 Year

B) 1 To 5 Years

C) 6 To 10 Years

D) 11 To 15 Years

E) More Than 15 Years

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 “Where Does Your Family Tree Exist?”; 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 December 21, 2016.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Where Does Your Family Tree Exist?”

A) Only Online And Not In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

B) Only In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop And Not Online

C) Both Online And In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

D) Neither Location. I Have Not Created A Family Tree Either Online Or On My Desktop Or Laptop In A Lineage Program. I Have No Family Tree Anywhere.

E) My Family Tree Only Exists in Paper Format, Not Online and Not in a Lineage Program

The results of the poll showed the following from the 48 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their response to the question.  The numbers show that:

  • 28 (58.33%) both in lineage program and online
  • 7 (14.58%) only in lineage program
  • 5 (10.42%) neither, not created
  • 4 (8.33%) only online
  • 4 (8.33%) neither, only on paper

I was actually thinking that most responses would indicate their family trees existed both in a lineage program as well as online.  Although there was no statistics related to how long someone has been researching, it is my thought that the longer you have been researching, the more likely your data will exist in a lineage program as well as online.  I say this because lineage programs existed solely before the ease of online family trees became so popular.

The numbers also aligned to my beliefs for the statistic that came in 2nd highest.  This was the response that a person’s family tree existed only in a lineage program.  I believe there are still plenty of researchers that due to privacy concerns simply do not upload their material online.  They prefer to share their material to other known researchers.  Unfortunately, with no exposure online, there is no chance to make discoveries of new cousins via online contact methods.

The third highest response of no family tree created in a lineage program or online did surprise me somewhat, although these researchers might have theirs in paper format only.  I hope so rather than they have no tree anywhere in a lineage program, online or on paper.  Where are they keeping their research … in their head only?

I was surprised in a good way that the 4th highest response category was that researchers have their family tree only online.  Those who have more recently started their research may simply be leaning more to this option.  They also do not have the lengthy interval of researching when lineage trees on your desktop were the only choice.

Tied for last was the response that researchers were just keeping their research on paper and not in a formal lineage tree program or a tree online.  I did believe this question and response would hopefully be near or at the bottom.  There are so many desktop lineage choices that can do so much with your data that I often wonder why someone would not try this method for housing their research.  I do hope they have multiple copies of their paper research in their home but more importantly outside of their home with other cousins as a backup protection.

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 or select from a list of choices to answer the question.  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 (48) 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 26 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