July 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 14, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

July 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, July 14, 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 July 14, 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, July 14, 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:

June 2015 Dan Niemiec PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Niemiec. Dan will present a program titled “Chicago Cemetery Research”.

After years of traveling all around the area and elsewhere to find grave markers of his relatives, Dan can give everyone tips galore on what to expect and what not to expect when dealing with Chicago’s cemeteries.

Dan Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi for 10 years. He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given many presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid- 1700s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found over 73,000 relatives, the result of 23 years of original research.

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 Online Historical Newspapers Noted At A Blog Titled “The Ancestor Hunt”; Link Included

Hi Everyone!

Digital Newspaper ImageThanks again to Tom, one of my colleagues, who previously contributed information to me about the smallest cemetery in Illinois.  He has also just sent me some information on Illinois Online Historical Newspapers.  Thank you Tom!

A site called the Ancestor Hunt has posted information on the update to the Illinois Online Historical Newspapers.  As the site notes, over 8,000 newspapers have been published in Illinois throughout its history.  Granted, all are not available online.  But many are and more come online as remnants of paper copies that still exist are being digitized.

The blog post has a long list of links to these various online historical newspapers.  They are not really all organized by geographical areas.  They are not really all organized by name of newspaper or the town in which it may have been published.  Do you see what I am saying?  You almost have to just peruse the long list within the categories to see if you discover something that might be for a town of interest in your genealogical research.

My one gripe on digital newspapers in general is how they are presented.  Most of us that lived in a large city like Chicago should be able to come up with the names of the top papers of the city.  But if you are from a rural area or researching a rural area, the generic name of a newspaper often does not connect you to a geographic location for you to know it might have a connection to an ancestor you are researching.

Does the name of a newspaper titled “The Prairie Farmer” help you know what geographic areas it serves?  Rock Island?  Decatur?  Springfield?

Does the “Daily Gazette” help you know from where it was published?  Rockford?  Peoria?  Carbondale?

So unfortunately, you just have to peruse and open up some of the links to these newspapers to see if they might have a connection geographically to the area of your Illinois ancestors.

These are fun to just open and peruse through some newspapers that might have been published as far back as the 1830s.  Remember, there is very little “white” space in these papers.  Ink is everywhere which can make it tiring on the eyes to read through a good amount.  And these pages are full, beyond full with the news of the day.

Here is a link to the site of many lists to Illinois Online Historical Newspapers:

The Ancestor Hunt Blog: Illinois Online Historical Newspapers

Also, don’t be surprised to discover that where you think you hit the jackpot and found a paper for a town of an ancestor, you might sadly find that there are only 3 issues of the paper online rather than multiple years worth for you to really dig deep into.  It could be that only those particular physical paper copy issues still existed.  Or it could be that more will be digitized and will appear at a later date.  My guess, it is likely that only the 3 issues may be known to exist at all.  Sad but true.  Storing old copies of old newspapers took up a lot of space.  At some point you ran out of storage and chose to not save such material for historical purposes down the road.  Who knows?

So enjoy what you can find that can help you expand your own research on ancestors connected to some of the newspapers that are online.  Even if a newspaper does not connect you to an ancestor,  it is enjoyable to browse through just as a picture of history and the words that were contained on that very day of the issue.

You will know more about your ancestor and what their lives may have been like just by knowing the news of the day for these localized areas.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Sunday Evening, July 26, 2015, 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, July  26, 2015, 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

Currently, there is little detail at the TLC website for the show about the upcoming episodes other than mentioning the date and time for the season premier.  Your best bet is to just visit the TLC website as the date approaches.

Four of the “stars” have been identified for this season.  Here are the four “stars” identified so far in 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:

  • Tom Bergeron
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Alfre Woodard

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch these 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.

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, July 26, 2015 at 8 PM Central Time on TLC on cable.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 14, 2015 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 14, 2015:

June 2015 Dan Niemiec PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Niemiec. Dan will present a program titled “Chicago Cemetery Research”.

After years of traveling all around the area and elsewhere to find grave markers of his relatives, Dan can give everyone tips galore on what to expect and what not to expect when dealing with Chicago’s cemeteries.

Dan Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi for 10 years. He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given many presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid- 1700s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found over 73,000 relatives, the result of 23 years of original research.

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

July 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “The Meaning Of Home” On Saturday, July 25, 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 July 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, July 25, 2015 titled “The Meaning of Home” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

What does “home” mean to you – a place, a person, or a feeling? What did “home” mean to your ancestors? View the current Museum exhibit titled Chicago’s Families: Finding Home; then join a member discussion about how your ancestors/relatives and you view home. Did your relatives discuss their Swedish home? What did they miss? How did they make their American home Swedish? What makes your house a Swedish home?

Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center/Swedish American Genealogical Society members; non-members pay $10.

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 July 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago July 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 July 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Will Present Genealogy Program On Sunday August 9, 2015 From 1PM To 3:30 PM; “Stepping Stones To Researching Your Family’s Jewish Roots”; Presented By Harriet Rudnit

Hi Everyone!

AHML LogoI received a program notice from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on an upcoming genealogy program they will offer on Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.

The program is titled “Stepping Stones to Researching Your Family’s Jewish Roots”.  The presenter will be Harriet Rudnit.

Harriet Rudnit, member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will discuss Jewish research challenges, relevant documents, plus important online sources including Jewishgen.org, and Ancestry.com.

Registration is required through the library website at www.ahml.info.  Or you can call the library directly at 847-392-0100 for help to register.

Here is the text description of the program provided to me by Michael Mulholland, the Genealogy Librarian at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library:

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Hendrickson Room

8/9/2015 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm

“Stepping Stones to Researching Your Family’s Jewish Roots”

Presented by Harriet Rudnit

Harriet Rudnit, member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will discuss Jewish research challenges, relevant documents, plus important online sources including Jewishgen.org, and Ancestry.com.

No Library Card Required

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Check out her upcoming program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library