March 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; March 25, 2017 Genealogy Program; “Swedish Monarchy Genealogy: The Bernadotte Dynasty” By Robert Johnson

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 March 2017 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 program scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10am to 12 noon.  Program is titled “Swedish Monarchy Genealogy: The Bernadotte Dynasty” by Robert Johnson.  Cost to attend for members of the society is free.  Cost to attend for non-members is $10.  The society does ask that you contact them via email to let them know if you are attending.  Here is a small description of the program from the newsletter:


The origins of the current Swedish royal family, the House of Bernadotte, lie not in Scandinavia, but in 19th century France and a Napoleonic marshal called Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte. Come learn about the French Connection and other interesting royal connections with the House of Bernadotte
since 1810. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; non-members pay $10. 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

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 March 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago March 2017

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 March 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Irish Genealogy Workshop And Webinar From Fountaindale Public Library March 15, 2017 And March 16, 2017 In Bolingbrook; Free And Open To The Public; Registration Required; Recorded Programs Will Be Available Online At A Later Date For A Short Time Interval

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek,  librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library, has made me aware that there is a wonderful Irish Genealogy Workshop and  Webinar that is coming up and was put together by the Fountaindale Public Library of Bolingbrook and the  Ulster Historical Foundation.

Ulster Historical Foundation LogoThe program will take place over two days on March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017.  The March 15, 2017 all-day program, between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, is titled “Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success!”.  The March 16, 2017 program takes place between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm and is titled “Irish Famine and Emigration Records”.

The programs will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library District located at 300 W. Briarcliff Rd. in Bolingbrook, IL

The event is free and is open to the public.

It does appear you can register for either program or both.  You are not required to participate in both programs.

For all of the details regarding these programs connect via the Fountaindale Public Library  Genealogy Blog at:

March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017 Irish Genealogy Workshop and Webinar from the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL

Registration is required.  Walk-Ins may not be allowed.

Please note that as of this blog post, registration is already full if you wanted to participate in-person for the workshops.  However, there is ample space remaining to register to participate via the online streaming of either of the webinars.

From the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog, please note the following regarding the on-site program as well as the on-site Webinar overflow:


The program is free, however in-person attendee space is limited to 75 participants in Meeting Room A, and an overflow webinar area for 35 in the 2nd Floor Board Room.

Due to the popularity of this event, walk-in registration may not be available. Reserve your space in the program online or call the Fountaindale Public Library 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.

In-person participants will enjoy light snacks, handouts, door prizes, and the opportunity to purchase Ulster Historical Society books during the program. Participants are asked to bring a seat cushion and a brown bag lunch or to pre-order a box lunch from Brooks Cafe or by calling  (630) 685-4295.  Download the lunch order form here: brooks-cafe-genealogy-box-lunch

Register online for Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success Live Workshop
Register online for Famine Era Records and Emigration Live Workshop

Online Webinar Available!
Can’t attend the presentation in person? No problem! Both programs will be available for free as a streaming webinar on YouTube!  Free reminder event and registration for the webinar is available on our site.

Register for Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success online webinar reminder
Register for Famine Era Records and Emigration online webinar reminder


If you cannot attend in person, you will have the capability to view the recorded programs online.  As in the past, the online access to the recorded programs is only made available for about 1 month after the programs take place.  You will need to view them during this short window of availability.

Just stay connected to the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog

for further information regarding this 2 day Irish Genealogy event as well as the ability to access the recorded programs via Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog or YouTube.

If you are interested in attending then get yourself registered.  (Online streaming webinar access only available as of this blog post.) If you can’t attend get a reminder when the recorded programs will be available online for you to view during a limited time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 4, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “On And Off The Net: Locality Searching (Live Webinar)” Presented By D. Joshua Taylor

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, March 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 4, 2017 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.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 D. Joshua Taylor.    The speaker will present a program titled “On and Off the Net: Locality Searching.  This program will be a “live” webinar.  The speaker will not be physically present in the room.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March 4, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about D. Joshua Taylor, 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

Videos From Recent RootsTech 2017 Conference Are Now Available Online; Link Included In This Post For 2017 RootsTech Videos

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoYou know I am a big believer in online training sessions to further educate yourself as a genealogy researcher.

I am happy to announce that online video sessions from the recently held 2017 RootsTech conference that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah are now available from the RootsTech web site.  There are currently an incredible 42 videos available in total for you to view from among the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday video sessions.

Please be aware that while these videos are available right now, historically in the past, RootsTech has only made them accessible for a limited time after the end of that years’ conference.  You may want to check them out in the near term rather than wait a few more months and then realize they have been pulled down.

If you cannot attend these large-scale conferences, then it is a great pleasure to be able to see online a smattering of the programs that were held.  By no means is what is made available online representative of the total amount of overall programs presented over four days, but it is sure great to see a good amount of the material.

Here is a listing of some of the topics and the named presenter(s) from the online videos from the recently held 2017 conference from RootsTech below:

  • “Metadata—Writing on the Back of a Digital Photo” by Alison Taylor (Wednesday)
  • “Family at the Center: Making the FHC a Sacred Place” by Tamra Stansfield (Wednesday)
  • “Grandma’s Syrup: Fortifying Your Home with Family History” by Allison Kimball, Crystal Farish, Risa Baker. Rhonna Farrer (Wednesday)
  • “Getting Started in Genealogy” by Kelli Bergheimer (Thursday)
  • “DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together” by Diahan Southard (Thursday)
  • “DNA Matching on MyHeritage” by Dana Drutman (Thursday)
  • “Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available” by Lara Diamond (Thursday)
  • “My Ancestors are in MY DNA!” by Angie Bush (Thursday)
  • “Family History Is Anything but Boring” by Crystal Farish, Rhonna Farrer (Thursday)
  • “FamilySearch and Partners: Using All the Resources to Find Your Ancestors” by Brian Braithwaite, Linda Gulbrandsen, Ryan Koelliker, Stephen Shumway (Friday)
  • “Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines” by Judy G. Russell (Friday)
  • “Censational Census Strategies”   by Mary Kircher Roddy (Friday)
  • “Next Steps in British Research” by Amy Harris (Friday)
  • “Understanding Your Family History Calling” by Rod DeGiulio (Friday)
  • “Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage” by Sunny Morton (Friday)
  • “You Found it Where? Unusual Records” by Rorey Cathcart, D. Joshua Taylor, Rich Venezia (Friday)
  • “Begin at the Beginning 2017: Helping Others Love Family History” by Diane Loosle (Friday)
  • “Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records” by Jen Baldwin (Friday)
  • “How to Preserve Your Family Heirlooms” by Anna Graff, Jennifer Hadley, Katie Smith, Andrew Thomas, Tyler Thorsted (Friday)
  • “Journaling Principles that Work” by Steve Reed, JRNL, Inc. (Saturday)
  • “Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher” by Crista Cowan (Saturday)
  • “Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy” by Katherine R. Willson (Saturday)
  • “Getting Started with Finding Your Ancestors” by Anne Metcalf, Gregg Richardson (Saturday)

You will also see at the RootsTech Video site below that there are also Keynote videos, General Session Videos and Innovator Showdown videos.  The ones I noted in the list above are more like traditional genealogy programs.

You can see  the programs themselves directly at the RootsTech website at:

2017 RootsTech Annual Conference Online Videos

You will see you can pick the videos from the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday videos sessions.

Spend some time and really enjoy these and come away even more motivated.  Most videos are generally at least 1 hour in length.  Some Keynote videos are from about 70 minutes to 90 minutes.

Sometimes it is good to take a step back and take a look at the “big picture” in the world of genealogy.  The above programs seem to do that very thing, especially when you view the “keynote” speeches.  It is important to know what is ahead for us down our genealogical research paths.  What are the “new” things that will make our research faster, easier, intuitive, collaborative, more accurate, and with fewer errors.

I always get a good feeling about the RootsTech Annual Conference.  I have not attended any of the previously held conferences, but I still feel very connected through their site and these fabulous videos that are educational and inspirational!

I am very happy to say the new set of videos are at your fingertips via the RootsTech website indicated at the above link.  Take advantage of viewing them now while they are available.  Their availability online is limited.

So if you want to have an approximate 24 hour “marathon” weekend viewing of RootsTech videos, you can easily do so through the above link.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Sunday Evening, March 5, 2017, At 9 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, March 5, 2017, at 9 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

Eight of the “stars” have been identified for this season.  Here are the eight “stars” identified so far from a February 15, 2017 Dick Eastman Online Newsletter blog post (New Season Coming Up For “Who Do You Think You Are?”) 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:

  • Jessica Biel makes surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage.
  • Julie Bowen uncovers the story of two relatives whose moral codes are from opposite ends of the spectrum.
  • Courtney Cox traces her maternal line back seven centuries to the Medieval times to discover royalty in her lineage and an unbelievable tale of family drama.
  • Jennifer Grey uncovers new information about the grandfather she thought she knew, learning how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community.
  • Smokey Robinson searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy.
  • John Stamos digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime.
  • Liv Tyler learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.
  • Noah Wyle unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America’s bloodiest battles.

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

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.

You can view previous episodes of this show for previous seasons directly at the TLC website when you supply your cable TV account number and sign in with your password.  So you do have alternative viewing options if you miss the original airing.

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, March 5, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable for the premiere episode of this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” featuring Courtney Cox.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At February 2017” 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 February 2017 video posted from that is titled “What’s New At February 2017”.

The video is an approximate 17 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of should be aware of.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from that you can access at: Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences –  Large conference dates for 2017 have been set.  These are:  May 10-13, 2017, National Genealogical Society in Raleigh, NC; June 9-11, 2017, Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA; July 23-28, 2017, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations, Orlando, FL; August 30-September 2, 2017, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • New Databases – Province of Gerona, Spain, Municipal Records, 1566-1956 (in Spanish); 390,000 records; Birth, Marriage and Death Records; Not indexed; Not Searchable; Images of documents can be browsed; select the city or municipality, parish, record type; browse images as if it were a microfilm.  Records are in Spanish.
  • New Databases – Prussian Provinces, Selected Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1661-1944 (in German); 2.4 million records; Birth, Marriage and Death Records; Indexed; Searchable; No Images; searchable by last name and other search limitations that can be entered via the template.  Can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, event location and possible naming of other relatives.  Records are in German.
  • New Databases – Jersey. Church of England, 4 New Databases; 1.0 million records among the 4 databases; Use “Jersey” as search term to find the databases plus select by “date added”.  Birth, Marriage and Death Records; Indexed; Searchable; Images; searchable by last name and other search limitations that can be entered via the template.  Can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, event location, parish and possible naming of other relatives plus other information.  Records are in English.
  • New Databases – A series of newly added Civil Registration Belgium databases; search the card catalog using “Belgium” and then select “date added” to pull these up.  8 new databases.  5.5 million records among the 8 databases;  Records are from Namur, Brabant, Antwerp, Liege, East Flanders, Limburg, Hainut, West Flanders; Birth, Marriage and Death Records; Indexed; Searchable; Images; searchable by last name and other search limitations that can be entered via the template.  Can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, event location, parish and possible naming of other relatives plus other information.  Records are in French.
  • New Databases – Delaware,  Marriage Records, 1750-1954 ; 650,000 records; Use “Delaware” as search term to find the databases plus select by “date added”. Marriage Records; Not Indexed; Not Searchable; Browseable Images;  Choose images by year range groupings and then section to limit images.  Can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, event location, parish and possible naming of other relatives plus other information.  Records are in English.  Images did not seem to be in any order either by name of groom or bride, or by certificate number or date. Looks difficult to find who you are looking for based on what looks like random order of images for a particular year grouping.  Looks like you would have to browse through a certain year grouping image by image to find what you are looking for.

Crista did emphasize to scroll down to the end of the card catalog database description and look to see if there is a link to FamilySearch that will take you to the FamilySearch Wikipedia entry for the database for a full description of what is all contained and what is not included.  The database description is basic highlighting what is contained in the database.  See the FamilySearch description for a complete description.

  • 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 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 site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At” 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

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

“What’s New At” 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 and where they are located.

Because so many of us use, 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  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

Irish Genealogy Research Session Offered By The Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago On The Last Sunday Of Each Month; 1 To 3 PM; Led By Brian Donovan

Hi Everyone!

iahc-logoI just saw a Calendar entry in the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) February 2017 Newsletter.

The entry notes that the Irish American Heritage Center, located at 4626 N. Knox Ave. in Chicago, IL, is offering an Irish Genealogy Research Session on the last Sunday of each month.  The program is offered between 1 to 3 pm in the library of the facility.  It is being led by Brian Donovan.

These sessions are open to the public.  You do not need to be a member of the Irish American Heritage Center, although once you see the facility and get some help from these genealogy sessions you might be open to become a member.   It might be well-worth considering becoming an individual member because it costs a reasonable $30 per year.

They even have a pub in the facility!!

To learn more about the sessions, call the Center office at 773-282-7035, ext. 10.

Here is a text description of the program that comes from the website of the Irish American Heritage Center:



Are you interested in tracking down information about your ancestry?

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Wondering just where and how to begin your search? Not sure what resources are available or how to locate them?

The Center offers a genealogy session with genealogist Brian Donovan on the last Sunday of each month from 1pm to 3pm in the Library. All sessions are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring relevant documents that could help in their search. We do not offer sessions any other times during normal Library hours, but appointments can be made for those who cannot attend the monthly sessions.

To learn more about the sessions, call the Center office at 773-282-7035, ext. 10.


Here is a link to the part of the site containing genealogy information where I found the above program description:

Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL/Genealogy

Just so you can get a scale of the magnitude of this organization and its facility, the following description also comes from the website of the organization:


Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Located on the city’s northwest side in a renovated, turn-of-the-20th century building that sprawls over a full city block, the IAHC is dedicated to fostering Irish heritage, culture and traditions in America.

The Center boasts a 658-seat theatre, library, museum, art gallery, authentic Irish pub, dance practice studios, meeting rooms and banquet rooms for parties. The building is wheelchair-accessible.  We provide a broad selection of quality educational programs in traditional Irish music, dance, theatre, film, literature, language, Irish customs and more.


I highly recommend just visiting the organization at their main website and take a tour of all that is being offered there.  Lots and lots of Irish programs of all kinds.  When you look at the calendar you will be amazed at all they are offering related to Ireland and the Irish culture, including the program I am describing related to genealogy.

You can stop by the website at:

Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL

The center is housed in what at one time was Mayfair Junior College.  I actually went to the center one time.  It has an expansive on site parking lot that certainly makes it easy to drive there and be able to park your car.

Another wonderful resource to consider tapping into for your Irish genealogy research efforts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library