RootsTech 2017 Will Take Place February 8- 11, 2017 In Salt Lake City, UT; Some Classes To Be Available For Online Streaming From Upcoming 2017 Conference

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoJust a reminder that the 2017 version of RootsTech will take place on February 8 to February 11, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dick Eastman had a post about the upcoming 2017 conference.  You can see that post with the information here:

September  15, 2016 Dick Eastman Post Reporting On Upcoming 2017 RootsTech

This has proven to be  a wildly successful major genealogical conference that brings together genealogy researchers and genealogy software developers under one roof.  Dick Eastman reported in a March 18, 2015 blog post that 23,918 people attended the 2015 RootsTech conference.  Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s blog post reporting on information from the previous 2015 conference:

March 18, 2015 Dick Eastman Blog Post About RootsTech 2015

You can view the conference website for information about this 2017 RootsTech Conference at:

RootsTech 2017

There is a very large and detailed “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” part of the RootsTech website.  It is well worth browsing through the variety of questions about the conference.  The FAQ can really give you some good insights about the overall conference.  Here is a link to the RootsTech 2017 FAQ:

2017 RootsTech Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

RootsTech generally makes available a multitude of some of its recorded programs from the previous year for online viewing.  Unfortunately, as I write this post, the window for viewing those videos is no longer open.  Wish I could provide a link to these because they really provide an incredible insight into what RootsTech is all about through the programs they provide.  If I see that the window opens up and these are viewable again, even if only for a short time, then I will make another post letting you know they are available.

Consider going to Salt Lake City, UT to connect with the soon to take place 2017 version of RootsTech!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

“2017 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2017 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2017 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2017 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2017 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2017 from right within this post at:

2017 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2017!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2015 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2016

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2015  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2016 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2016.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2017 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2016”, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2016:

2002 – 2016 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2016 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Where Does Your Family Tree Exist?”; Select Answer From List Provided

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Where Does Your Family Tree Exist?”

A) Only Online And Not In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

B) Only In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop And Not Online

C) Both Online And In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Other Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

D) Neither Location.  I Have Not Created A Family Tree Either Online Or On My Desktop Or Laptop In A Lineage Program

All of my recent poll questions were based on looking for a simple “Yes” or “No’ response to choose.  This poll is a lot different because I am asking you to pick one of the answers from the list offered.  Sometimes these can be too complicated and the responder may not know how to respond or there may not be a response from the provided list that applies.  I still wanted to take a chance with this poll format this time to see what happens.  So read through the question and all the provided choices before selecting your answer.

I am just curious if more recent researchers to genealogy have only been creating their family tree online and are not even working with a desktop or laptop based lineage program like Family Tree Maker.  Many newcomers in genealogy seeking help from me seem to be leaning to just putting up all the research in a family tree online and not even working with a lineage program on their desktop or laptop.

Yet, many researchers that have been working on their family tree for quite a while seem to still be working with a lineage product on their desktop or laptop.  I have evidence of this from the feedback I received when Family Tree Maker was going to be discontinued.  Many researchers were upset with this development which gave me evidence that lineage programs on your desktop or laptop are still in vogue.

For many of us who have been researching for quite a while, the ease of uploading family trees online did not exist years ago.  What existed for us then were lineage programs you put on your desktop or laptop and then entered in your research data into such a program like Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, Legacy Family Tree, Reunion and others.  Things change over time just like vinyl records went to CDs which went to downloading.  No different in the world of genealogy over time with lineage programs morphing into online family trees.

I thought that looking into online trees vs. trees on your desktop or laptop in a lineage program would be a good question to elicit some response.

Lets see how the responses go to the question at hand with the list of answers to pick from.

So ……………………. “Where Does Your Family Tree Exist?”

A) Only Online And Not In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Similar Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

B) Only In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Similar Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop And Not Online

C) Both Online And In A Lineage Program Like Family Tree Maker Or Similar Lineage Program On My Desktop Or Laptop

D) Neither Location.  I Have Not Created A Family Tree Either Online Or On My Desktop Or Laptop In A Lineage Program

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, January 7, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “German Immigration to the United States” Presented By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

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, January 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 7, 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.

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 Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “German Immigration to the United States.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) January 7, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, 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

December 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for December 13, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the December 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 December 2016 Handouts for your convenience:

December 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, December 13, 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

December 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for December 13, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

December 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, December 13, 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