Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow November 8, 2016

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, November 8, 2016:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 8 p.m. international researcher and author Jennifer Holik shares her expansive knowledge of genealogy, especially using the historical military records of Fold3.

Jennifer Holik has rare expertise in military history records. She knows just how to connect the dots to follow a soldier’s personal story. Jennifer will explain how to navigate Fold3’s digital records to find the exact pieces of information you’re seeking.

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

Our Most Recently Recorded Genealogy Program Titled “Find Your Roots In Naturalization Records” By Steve Szabados Is Now Available To Check Out From Our 2nd Floor Circulating Shelves

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our most recently held Genealogy Program that was held on October 11, 2016 was able to be video recorded thanks to the permission of Steve Szabados, our guest speaker for the evening.  The title of Steve’s program was “Find Your Roots in Naturalization Records”.

This DVD has been internally processed for cataloging and shelving.  It is now available to check out from our genealogy material on the 2nd floor circulating shelves of our library.

The call number of the DVD is 929.1072 GENEALOGY FIND

The run time of the program is 1 hour and 16 minutes.

If you missed out on attending the program,  here is your opportunity to catch up on learning about Naturalization records and how they can help your own genealogical research.  Steve Szabados is a wonderful presenter and when you see the DVD you will know that he knows his stuff!

If you attended the program on the actual day of presentation, here is your chance for an encore viewing.  Perhaps you were not able to take down a note quick enough.  Now you can play the DVD  and get a second chance to pick up a tip that you initially missed.

All of our previously recorded Genealogy Programs are on the 2nd floor of ourGenealogy Program DVDs On Shelf library on the circulating shelves in the 929.1 to 929.3 range of call numbers for genealogy.  Browse these DVDs on the shelves and see what interests you.  Or, do a search in our catalog and enter in the search term “genealogy program” to find a listing of all of these programs that you can check out and view at home.  We have an on-shelf archive of about 31 DVDs of these previously recorded programs.

You can now add one more to this total collection of genealogy videos.

Check this one out.

Browse all of our others on-shelf or in the catalog for topics that may match your genealogy research needs.

Some topic will catch your eye.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 8, 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, November 8, 2016:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 8 p.m. international researcher and author Jennifer Holik shares her expansive knowledge of genealogy, especially using the historical military records of Fold3.

Jennifer Holik has rare expertise in military history records. She knows just how to connect the dots to follow a soldier’s personal story. Jennifer will explain how to navigate Fold3’s digital records to find the exact pieces of information you’re seeking.

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

November 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; November 13, 2016 Genealogy Program; “Meet One-On-One With Swedish Experts”

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 November 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 Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 11 AM to 4 PM. (Probably scheduled on this date and time to not coincide with the Thanksgiving period when the 4th Saturday would fall.)   The title of this month’s program is “Meeting One-on-One with Swedish Experts”.  Help will be provided by knowledgeable members of the society as well as 2 expert researchers from Sweden and Kathy Meade, a well-known Swedish researcher expert at using ArkivDigital.   Reservations for attendance are appreciated.

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

“Meet one-on-one with experts for help with genealogy research, translations, and more! In addition to the Museum’s own researchers, two genealogists from Sweden, Elisabeth Thorsell and Ingrid Nilsson and the North American representative of ArkivDigital, Kathy Meade, will be present to answer your questions about Swedish research. Cost is $10 to participate and all participants will be entered in a raffle to win special prizes.

Reservations recommended. Walk-ins will be accommodated if time permits. Call the Museum at 773.728.811 to schedule your appointment.”

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 November 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Free Online Webinar Program Titled “How To Use FamilySearch.org For Beginners” Is Available; Program Presented By Devin Ashby; Created By Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Hi Everyone!

legacy-family-tree-webinars-logoWhile going through a recent newsletter of the Chicago Genealogical Society, I noticed that they had a page of links to various genealogical items of note.  On that page was a highlight of a link to access a “free” online webinar titled “How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners”.  Program was presented by Devin Ashby and was originally produced by Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

It is an almost 2 hour presentation that contains “chapters” within the webinar to get you to specific topics covered within the webinar that may be of interest to you regarding FamilySearch.

Don’t be misled by the title noting it is for “Beginners”.  I believe any genealogist can and will benefit from learning more about using FamilySearch.org regardless of their skill level.

FamilySearch.org is a wonderful resource that contains far more than just searching for surnames within records.  The fact that this is an almost 2 hour presentation speaks to how much there is at FamilySearch that the presenter makes us aware of.

You can get access to this free online webinar program at:

“How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners” from Legacy Family Tree Webinars

You can also visit the website for Legacy Family Tree Webinars at:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

to see all that they have to offer and how to go about gaining access to the genealogy webinar programs they have to offer.

Their subscription information link notes the following:

“Learn genealogy at your own pace with a monthly or annual webinar membership. All live webinars are free to the public. With a webinar membership, you get on-demand access to our entire video archives, and access to the instructors’ handouts. Watch via your computer or mobile device. New videos are added monthly at no additional cost.”

Subscription costs to access all of these webinars is $49.95 for an annual subscription or $9.95 for a monthly subscription.

Spend some time exploring all of the webinars offered by Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  While you can subscribe, there are also plenty of “free” webinars noted among a variety of genealogical topics.

Our library also recently had Dan Niemiec as a presenter on this very topic at our July 2016 genealogy program.  We were able to record his program (“Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch”) and the program is now on a DVD in our collection that can be checked out of our library for viewing on your home or computer DVD player.  The call number for our own DVD of  this program is DVD 929.1072 Genealogy Tips.  It is available on the 2nd floor of our library on the circulating shelves at the noted call number location.

The one thing I am not sure of this particular “free” webinar is whether it is “free” forever or for a limited time.  I accessed it yesterday and was able to  view it with no problem.  Just don’t know if it will stay like that or revert back to being accessed only with a subscription to the webinars offered by Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Check it out while you can see it.  Learning about all of the functionality within FamilySearch can greatly assist your genealogy skills and allow you to more effectively do searching, create memories and upload family trees.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 5, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Sound Research Practices: Sources And Citations” Presented By Ginger Frere

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, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 5, 2016 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.

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 Ginger Frere.    The speaker will present a program titled “Sound Research Practices: Sources and Citations.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) November 5, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Ginger Frere, 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

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

The video is an approximate 12 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 –  October 29, 2016, Fairfax Virginia Genealogical Society.  All major national conferences are completed for 2016.
  • New Databases – A variety of Netherlands Civil Registration DatabasesThe new databases contain about 18 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 databases are not yet indexed and searchable.  There are images associated with the data that can be browsed by individual municipality name to select.  The records are in Dutch.
  • New Databases – A variety of Oxfordshire, England, Church of England, Birth, Marriage and Death DatabasesThese new databases contains about 4 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 databases are also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, event date, parish name, relatives mentioned.
  • New Databases – A variety of Peru Civil Registration databasesThese new databases 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 databases are not searchable at this time but images can be browsed.  Records are in Spanish.  You can browse with sub-geographical areas within Peru.
  • New Databases – Variety of Germany, Civil Registration, Birth, Marriage and Death databasesThis new database contains about 4.8 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.  It will help to know the geographic area location of your ancestors before searching.  The databases are also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  Records are in German.  There are images associated with the indexed text results that are printed text.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, event type, event date, event city and relatives mentioned.
  • New Databases – Variety of South Africa Parish Records.  These new databases contain about 1.5 million records.   The databases are also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  You can choose from a list of town names within the diocese to search.  It is linked to images of the original records that for the most part are handwritten.   You can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, event location and relatives noted in the record.
  • 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