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

The video is an approximate 25 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 –  Midwest African-American Genealogical Institute, July 12-14, 2016, Fort Wayne, IN; BYU Family History Conference, July 26-29, 2016, Provo, UT;  IAJGS Conference, August 7-12, 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 31-Sept 3, 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry DNA – New matching algorithm created to improve ancestor discoveries.
  • Ancestry Academy – New videos.  “Science Behind Ancestry DNA Results (Free); “Researching Railroad Workers” (Subscription); “War of 1812 Records” (Subscription)
  • New Databases – Hesse, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, 1661-1875This new database 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 database is also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  Records are in German.  There are no images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, event type, event date, event place and relatives noted in search results.  Will find even more pieces of information if you open up the “View Record” link.
  • New Databases – Frankenberg, Germany, Residence Records, 1809-1928.  This new database contains about 52,000 records.  Records are in German.  Citizens in this town had to register their location and their moves, whether moving within the town or outside of the town.   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 image sets are available (not very well described as to contents, B7a bd 01 etc.!).  Or just search the entirety of the file.  Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided.
  • New Databases – New Mexico, Land Records of New Spain, 1692-1846.  This new database contains about 2,230 records.  Records are in Spanish.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the categories.  Categories for this database are by different kinds of land activities.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  Searchable by keyword and not by surname.  Browse the right side of the database to see from what lists of land related groupings of information exist.  Images of the scanned handwritten pages are available to see as to what is linked to the index.
  • New Databases – U.S. Applications for Seaman’s Protection Certificates, 1916-1940.  This new database contains about 315,000 records.  Application served as a “passport” for the seaman for both ocean travel and great lakes travel in the U.S.  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.    Choose from a variety of U.S. states.  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 states.  Index results will give you Name of the person, Birth Place, Birth Date, Application Date, Application Place.  Images of the handwritten scanned pages are linked to the indexed surname.  Images are generally typed documents and may contain picture of the individual making application as well as signature.
  • New Databases – Arizona Territorial Censuses, 1864-1882.  This new database contains about 85,000 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 listing will give you a choice to select a particular Arizona Territorial Census to select to search or you search all of them.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.    Index results give the Name of the Person, Birth Year, Birth Place, and Residence Year related to the census.
  • New Databases – Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972.  This new database contains about 1.3 million records.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    Browse right side of database to see what counties of Arizona are contained 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 birth date, affidavit or marriage date, license or marriage county, name of spouse.  Image of marriage record is linked to index item.
  • 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 12 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

June 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for June 14, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

June 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, June 14, 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

June 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for June 14, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

June 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, June 14, 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 June 14, 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, June 14, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Accessed And Used The New And Improved Wiki At FamilySearch?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

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.

“Have You Accessed And Used The New And Improved Wiki At FamilySearch?”  Yes or No

One of the best resources to use to help you with your genealogy questions is the Wiki at FamilySearch that you can find at FamilySearch.org Wiki.  This online encyclopedia is searchable with keywords to help you find a topic of interest or to give you some insights into a new research process you will shortly embark on.  Are you going to be researching Indiana records for the first time because an ancestor you discovered was born in Indiana?  See what exists in the Wiki on Indiana resources so you will know what you can tap into to add information to that Hoosier ancestor.

Are you going to embark on Polish research?.  Do the same as above in the FamilySearch Wiki to learn more about the geographic area of ancestors and what resources exist to add for that Polish ancestor.

Just like with the FamilySearch “Search” area for data, just look at the world map the Wiki presents first rather than entering in a search topic or keyword in the search box.  Use the maps for continents, countries, states, counties etc. to drill down to see what exists for Indiana or Poland or whatever geographic area of interest there is for you.  You do not even have to use the search box to get you to your area of interest.

The topic of interest for you will also be full of links to get you to other areas for your new topic.  Topics as “How to Find Birth Records”, or “How To Find Marriage Records” may be present whether you are looking for them within Indiana or Poland.  Just click and learn your way to make your research efforts productive and fulfilling.

The FamilySearch Wiki is a resource I share with new researchers if they are just beginning their research.  It is as valuable a tool for seasoned researchers also if you have not visited it lately in its new and improved format and process.  It is always a good idea to use the resources for a particular state or country and compare it to your own research you may have already done.  It would not surprise me that you would find information that you maybe never previously pursued.

So ……………………. “Have You Accessed And Used The New And Improved Wiki At FamilySearch?”  Yes or No?

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

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Viewed Any Of The Program Videos From The Annual RootsTech Conference Available At www.RootsTech.Org?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  3 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since March 9, 2016.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Viewed Any Of The Program Videos From The Annual RootsTech Conference Available At www.rootstech.org?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 52 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 13 responses (25%) noted they have viewed videos from RootsTech  while 39 responses (75%) indicated they have not viewed any of the RootsTech videos .

I actually thought that there would be a higher percentage of readers that had actually tried looking at the RootsTech videos.  I personally have found these videos to be motivational for me while I learn a lot more about a genealogical topic.  Plus, I am simply a big believer in learning more about genealogy via these resources at your fingertips.  These RootsTech videos are professionally put together so they just look stunning to me.  The speakers are top-notch world-renowned genealogy speakers.  The videos generally run for about 1 hour.

I always come away with a good feeling after having viewed one of these videos.

Sometimes, in genealogy, I don’t want to learn something very specific about a resource or how to do something.  Many times I just want to be motivated or know what the future of genealogy will be just around the next corner.  The keynote speeches at RootsTech provide me with that kind of dose of motivation and curiosity to view one of these videos and get even more excited about what new things the world of genealogy will have to offer not that far down the road.

For the 25% of you that responded with a positive that you have viewed some of the videos from RootsTech, I salute you.  I hope your experience with these videos has been as positive as my own.  For those of you that have not viewed any, I would encourage you to give one or a few a try.  I do not think you will be disappointed.  I would especially encourage you to view a Keynote speech that will be motivational and may very well jump-start your genealogy engine if it had not been running well lately.

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 24 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 14, 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, June 14, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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