May/June 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Online Newsletter Available To All; 30 Pages; Many Different Topics; Archive To Previous Newsletters From 2008-2016

Hi Everyone!

ISGS LogoJust want to let you know that the May/June 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Online Newsletter is available for you to read.  You do not need to be a member of the society in order to access this material.

You can find it here:

May/June 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletter

Some of the things you could expect to see in this newsletter are:

  • President’s Column
  • Book Reviews
  • New Members List
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Upcoming Conference News
  • Webinars Offered by the Society
  • Governing Board Meeting Schedule
  • Calendar of Genealogy Events
  • Tips
  • Resources

Lots of good material throughout the newsletter to keep you informed on many genealogical topics applicable to the state of Illinois.  Plenty of embedded links for you to access from the PDF file of the newsletter.

You can also access the archive of previously published Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletters from 2008-2016 at:

2008-2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Online Newsletters

Check out the current newsletter as well as the archive of newsletters spanning 2008-2016.

You can visit the main website of the society at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

The video is an approximate 30 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 –  Southern California Jamboree, June 2-5, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 7-12, 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 31-Sept 3, 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry Site – Enhancement to the media uploader.  Can paste to the media file.  Look at April 21, 2016 blog post for more about this.  Also enhanced the Life Story feature by adding the ability to add Facts to the Time Line.  You previously had to switch over to Facts to do this.
  • Ancestry DNA – 1.5 million participants.  Standard time for getting submitted results is 6 to 8 weeks.
  • New Databases – Sutton, Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1931-1970This new database contains about 3.8 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.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  This database can help you find ancestors in-between the census years.  View the parliamentary areas contained in the database and then choose the year of interest on the right side.  Images of documents available as nice printed pages of text with the surname of your search  highlighted in yellow.
  • New Databases – Sutton, Surrey, England, Tax Collection Rate Books, 1783-1914.  This new database contains about 320,000 records.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  It is linked to images of the original records.  Browse on the right side to see what parishes are included and then select the file of interest to you for this parish by category of tax and years covered.  Or just search the entire of the file.  Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided.
  • New Databases – UK , Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths From British Consulates, 1810-1968.  This new database contains about 20,000 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.  Browse the right side of the database to see from the list as to what consulates are included in this data.  Images of the scanned handwritten pages are available to see as to what is linked to the index.
  • New Databases – UK, British Army and Navy, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960.  This new database contains about 437,000 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.  Browse the right side of the database to select from the list of sub-files contained in the information and then select from the years of data available.  Images of the handwritten scanned pages are linked to the indexed surname.  Helpful if an ancestor was in the British military and the event occurred outside of Britain.
  • New Databases – Web: Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920.  Published by the National Archives of Ireland.  This new database contains about 519,000 records.  You will leave Ancestry.com to visit the site for your search results.    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.    Index results name deceased person, date and place of death and primary beneficiary.  The web data did not seem to show much more.
  • New Databases – Sweden, Emigrants Registered in Church Books, 1783-1991.  This new database contains about 1.4 million records that are in Swedish.    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.   The index results will give you the name of the person, the date and location from which they left Sweden and the destination going.  I did not see a town level mentioned but rather a destination such as “Nord America” or “Denmark”.  You can view the transcribed text of the full record that contains more information but I did not see that you will link to an original image of the record.
  • New Databases – Crista also mentioned that were many databases added for German records.  There was no one big database file added but rather many databases containing smaller numbers of German records.  Looks like about 11 new German databases added.
  • 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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Has Published An Updated Brochure For 2016-2017 Including Programs That Will Occur During 2016-2017; Brochure Available As PDF For Your Use In this Post

Hi Everyone!

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received an updated brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS).

Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society, membership benefits, meeting location, programs they will offer during their upcoming 2016-2017 “season” and membership application.

Here is the newly updated NWSGS brochure for the society that includes their 2016-2017 programs:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Brochure That Includes The 2016-2017 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print it off and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.  Give the society a try and check out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS)

Enjoy the brochure and plan on attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for May 10, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the May 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the May 2016 Handouts for your convenience:

May 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

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, May 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for May 10, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the May 2016 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 May 2016 Newsletter for your convenience:

May 2016 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, May 10, 2016 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 May 10, 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, May 10, 2016:

Tina Beaird PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Tina Beaird. Tina will present a program titled “Mapping Your Migrating Ancestors”.

Our ancestors traveled so much, if not more, than we do today. Explore what types of maps and property records exist for pinpointing your ancestor’s whereabouts across the United States, from plat maps to Sanborn Fire Insurance maps to Google maps!

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member and an Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

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

May 7, 2016 Genealogy Day At The Fountaindale Public Library In Bolingbrook; Free 3-Program Online “Streaming” Available; No Registration Needed To Participate In Online “Streaming” Access

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek, genealogy librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, has made me aware that they will be having a Genealogy Day this Saturday, May 7, 2016 that starts at 9:30 am and lasts until 4 pm CST.  They will be offering 3 genealogy programs that day.  The day’s programs have reached on site capacity, so you cannot attend in person.

However, Debra has noted that all three program are available for “live” streaming access online for anyone that is interested in attending “online”.

You do not have to register in advance for these “streaming” sessions.  There is no cost to you to view the streaming sessions.

The overall “theme” for the day’s programs is “Hunting Down Sensational Stories”.

The three programs that will be taking place and their “start” and “end” times are:

  • Session 1 – 9:30 am to 11 am – “Using HistoryLines to Tell Your Family Story” presented by Adam Allgaier
  • Session 2 – 11:30 am to 1 pm – “Sensational Deaths and Where to Find Them” presented by Tina Beaird
  • Session 3 – 2:15 pm to 4 pm – “Tracking Infamous Ancestors in Court Records” presented by Ray Johnson

You can go directly to the webinar link on May 7, 2016 at:

May 7, 2016 Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Day Free Online “Streaming” To 3 Genealogy Programs

Also, Debra has made me aware that even if you cannot participate in the free “streaming” of these programs you will have yet another opportunity to view this material after the fact on YouTube.  Just come to the Fountaindale Genealogy Blog a few days after the program and look for access to these YouTube program videos at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog

You will be able to then see the videos of the programs that you were not able to attend in person or participate in during the “live streaming”.

There is even more!

You can go to the Fountaindale Genealogy blog in the above link now and you will be able to access the multi-page PDF handouts for each of these programs RIGHT NOW!  So even if you cannot participate in person, or participate in live streaming or have no time to view the recorded videos after the event is over, you can still at least go now and capture the handouts for review at some convenient time for you in the future!

Sounds like you can’t lose!

Sounds very simple!

Participate in the “live” streaming on May 7, 2016.

Missed that or couldn’t then access the recorded videos on YouTube through the Fountaindale Genealogy Blog.

Thank you Debra for sharing all of this and working your magic to make this event so accessible in so many different formats!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library