Update Post Regarding March 7, 2015 Genealogy Program With D. Joshua Taylor At The Newberry Library; Program Is Full; Registration Is Closed; Walk-Ins Not Accepted

Hi Everyone,

Newberry Library LogoI previously made a post that the Newberry Library in conjunction with the Chicago Genealogical Society was having a genealogy program on Saturday, March 7, 2015 that featured D. Joshua Taylor as a program presenter.  Registration to attend the program was necessary.  Walk-ins are not allowed.

I have seen that the Chicago Genealogical Society website is now making note that the program is indeed “full” and closed for any further attempted registration.

Unfortunately, if you did not register yourself soon after my original posting, it is now too late to do so.

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoD. Joshua Taylor is a “hot” genealogy commodity at this time with him being one of the lead genealogists on the PBS show “Genealogy Roadshow”.

I am at least glad that I noticed the program is full and I can report that information back to you now in case you were still thinking about it.  Look at the Chicago Genealogical Society webpage under their “Upcoming Events” link to see the program is full and closed for any further registration.

I guess it is true, “You gotta strike when the iron is hot!”.

You can visit the Newberry Library website at:

Newberry Library

You can visit the Chicago Genealogical Society website at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

My original posting of the program follows below the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Hi Everyone!

Newberry Library LogoI just received some publicity information from the Newberry Library that they will be having a Genealogy Saturday program that will feature D. Joshua Taylor on March 7, 2015.

You will hopefully recognize the name of the presenter.  D. Joshua Taylor is one of the prominent genealogists showcased on the PBS series “Genealogy Roadshow”.

The program is free.  Registration is required.  Walk-Ins are not allowed under any circumstances.  Seating capacity is limited.

Doors open at 8:30 AM.  The program starts at 9 AM.  Lunch (not included) will be from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM.  A list of nearby restaurants will be provided at the event.  Balance of the program will be from 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

D. Joshua Taylor will present:

  • Go West! Beginning Midwestern Research
  • Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends
  • On and Off the Net: Locality Searching
  • Putting It together: A Case Study

You can view a copy of the “flyer” provided to me by the Newberry Library here:

March 7, 2015 Genealogy Saturday at the Newberry Library with D. Joshua Taylor

Here is also the text provided to me from the Newberry in their e-mail notification to me:


Join us on March 7th for a very special event sponsored by the Newberry and the Chicago Genealogical Society – four lectures by popular genealogist D. Joshua Taylor, of Who Do You Think You Are (NBC and TLC) and Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) fame.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Director of Family History at Findmypast, a global leader in the family history industry. Passionate about the future of family history, Joshua is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe.

This is a free event, however registration is required. Be sure to register early, as seats are limited. Bring your registration receipt with you the day of the event. No walk-ins will be accepted. You can register at: https://go.newberry.org/page.aspx?pid=1341

Doors will open at 8:30. Lunch is not provided, however a list of area restaurants will be available.


Think of spending a day with an incredibly talented genealogy persona!

Check out one of the recent “Genealogy Roadshow” episodes if you are not familiar with D. Joshua Taylor.  You can view these shows at :

Genealogy Roadshow Website at PBS

Sounds like a great day, with a great speaker and some great programs to advance your genealogy research knowledge!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Take A Genealogy Cruise! Federation Of Genealogical Societies Offering 2015 Alaskan Cruise August 28, 2015 To September 4, 2015

Hi Everyone!

FGS LogoAs I was reviewing one of our recent journals I noticed that the back page had an ad for an upcoming genealogy cruise.

Genealogy cruises have become very popular over the recent years.  Some have been one week cruises, some longer.  Some have been to the Caribbean.  Some have been to Europe.

What caught my eye on this one is that it is a cruise to Alaska.  I don’t think I have seen that destination noted for a genealogy cruise.

The cruise is being sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  It will take place from August 28, 2015 to September 4, 2015 sailing from Seattle, WA.  The cruise will take place on the Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas.

The following 4 noted genealogy speakers will be on the cruise:

  • Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Conference registration opens April 1, 2015.

Further information about the conference rates, the cruise rates, the program scheduled times and other news can be obtained at:

2015 Alaskan Genealogy Cruise Sponsored By Federation Of Genealogical Societies

Here is also the 1 page back cover I noticed when reviewing a genealogy journal:

2015 Alaskan Genealogy Cruise Ad Found In “Internet Genealogy”

Sounds like an interesting cruise to a destination  that is certainly for those with a taste for a somewhat cooler climate!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Please Note Program Topic Change And Speaker Change For Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 7, 2015 At 10:00 AM; New Topic Is “18th And 19th Century English Parish Records”; New Speaker Is Sandra Trapp

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice update from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 7, 2015 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 original topic and speaker for the morning program has been changed.    The new speaker for this program, Sandra Trapp,  will present “18th & 19th Century English Parish Records.

Paul Milner will not be presenting the program originally scheduled that was titled “Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March  7, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Sandra Trapp, 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 February 2015″ 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 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com February 2015″.

The video is an approximate 28 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 – Roots Tech 2015 and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) (Combined Conferences), February 12 to 14, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT (Just Ended); National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Conference, May 13-16, 2015 at St. Charles, Missouri; Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, June 4-7, 2015, Burbank, CA, www.genealogyjamboree.com.
  • Updated Product – Ancestry DNA now has over 700,000 submissions; also, Ancestry DNA is now available in the United Kingdom and Ireland to allow potential cousins of yours to submit their DNA for matching.
  • Updated Service – The Barefoot Genealogist (Crista Cowan)  program that is part of Ancestry.com will only be airing once per week instead of twice per week.  Program will be “live” on Tuesdays and once completed will be available at the Ancestry.com YouTube Channel for viewing.  A live viewing can be seen of Crista at 1 PM (eastern) on Tuesday via LiveStream at http://livestream.com.
  • New Databases – many German databases recently added of various record content numbers.
  • New Databases – Some individual state passenger list databases added for Alabama, Indiana and Colorado.
  • 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 spent a good time on this video noting 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

Videos From Recent RootsTech 2015 Conference Are Now Available Online; Link Included In This Post For 2015 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 2015 RootsTech conference that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah are now available from the RootsTech web site.  There are currently 7 videos available in total for you to view.

It is possible that there may be even more videos from the conference posted in the next few weeks.  You will want to check back to see if more than the 7 I saw have been added.

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 three days, but it is sure great to see a good amount of the material.

You will find the following topics and the named presenter from the online videos from the recently held 2015 conference from RootsTech below:

  • “Opening Keynote Speech” by Dennis Brimhall, Mike Malin and Tan Le
  • “Thirty Pieces of Tech I Can’t Live Without” by D. Joshua Taylor
  • “You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Research, Now What?” by Karen Auman
  • “What’s New At FamilySearch” by Devin Ashby
  • “Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy” by Diahan Southard
  • “Building A Genealogy Research Toolbox” by Thomas MacEntee
  • “Bring Your Ancestor Back To The Future” by Anne Leishman

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

2015 RootsTech Annual Conference Online Videos

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.  Some of the presenter programs are about 40 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.

So if you want to have an approximate 7 hour “marathon” weekend viewing RootsTech videos, you can easily do so through the above link.  Sounds like a good thing to do on these still cold and snowy February days!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episodes To Return Sunday March 8, 2015 At 9:00 PM Central Time On Cable Station TLC; All 8 Episodes Have Been Identified As To Who Is The Celebrity Star

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just saw in a recent Dick Eastman blog post that the “new” 8 episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are” will be airing starting on Sunday evening, March 8, 2015 at 9 PM Central time on cable station TLC.

Also, all of the “celebrity” stars and their genealogical stories have been identified for these new episodes.  The dates of the programs as well as which celebrity that is the “star” have been noted.

Here are the air dates and the stars that will be appearing in the new episodes starting on Sunday evening, March 8, 2015 at 9 PM central time:

  • March 8 Julie Chen
  • March 15 Josh Groban
  • March 22 Angie Harmon
  • March 29 Sean Hayes
  • April 5 Tony Goldwyn
  • April 12 America Ferrera
  • April 19 Bill Paxton
  • April 26 Melissa Etheridge

You can visit the TLC cable channel for “Who Do You Think You Are?” at:

TLC; Who Do You Think You Are?

You can even watch some of the full episodes of the show at the TLC website above from the original creation of the shows when they were on NBC.

If you miss seeing the original airing and you don’t DVR it, you will probably be able to view those episodes only by purchasing them from iTunes.

Get ready for a new set of genealogy TV shows!  Watch the show as it is occurring when it is originally shown to help with good ratings.  If you can’t watch it live, then plan to DVR the show for a future viewing.

Get ready for March 8, 2015 and the return with new episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog (Also In The Library Edition Of Ancestry.com); Nice YouTube Video To Help You Learn More About This Powerful Resource; You Can View The Video Right In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoYou may remember that at our most recent genealogy program at our library on the evening of February 10, 2015, our guest speaker spent some time making us aware of the “card catalog” feature that exists both in a personal subscription to Ancestry.com as well as in the Library edition of that product.

At the Ancestry.com home page, click on the “search” box on the right which will take you to the search page.  Do not start searching immediately!  Hover your cursor over the “Search”Tab at the top of the page.  You will see a drop down menu.  The “card catalog” is the last item in the list.

The card catalog does what it implies.  It is a database that contains all of the Ancestry.com genealogy databases.  It can be searched by your keywords so you can discover what databases might exist for your own research needs.  If you were interested in what databases might exist that could help your Polish research, you could do a search of the card catalog maybe using search terms such as “Poland” or “Polish” to see what exists at a high level for the country.

I also like finding a database of interest and then selecting it individually to do your searching.  This can allow you to get “hits” in numbers that are not overwhelming because the hits are limited to just that database.  Sometimes this may seem meaningless to search in this manner but your hits are only in a specific database of interest.

You can also view the components of the card catalog by using other filters.  You can view the contents of the card catalog by:

  • Popularity (default)
  • By Title of the Database
  • By Date Updated
  • By Date Added
  • By Record Count

You can easily determine which databases have recently been added by viewing them by “Date Added”; you can see which databases have been recently updated by viewing them by “Date Updated”; you can the databases presented in alphabetical order by “Title of the Database”; you can see the databases in order of number of records contained within the databases from highest count to lowest by “Record Count”.

Knowing what has been added and what has been updated is a good way to make your research searches more meaningful rather than just using the basic search template over and over and expecting different results.  Know that a database has been added that connects to your  own research is important.  Know that a database you have previously used has been updated is important to know because there may be more records in it that now apply to your research.  Knowing that a database contains only 500 records when using the “By Record Count” filter can help you understand that your chances of discovering something on your ancestors might be limited simply because the base number is so small.

I also noticed that there is a nice YouTube video on the Ancestry.com YouTube channel that speaks to the very issue of the card catalog.  I feel knowing about the Ancestry card catalog is important because it can make your searching more productive.  I think you will like this 31 minute video.

You can view this video right here:

I am so glad that our recent speaker made note of this Ancestry.com feature at our program via her PowerPoint slide.  I too believe it is important for genealogy researchers to know that this feature not only exists in Ancestry.com but to know how to use it to their research advantage.

Enjoy the above nice Ancestry.com teaching video on their Card Catalog.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library