Update On “Calendar Of Local Genealogy Events” As Part Of This Blog

Hi Everyone!

Google LogoHopefully, many of you are utilizing the recently added Google Calendar I incorporated into the blog that you can access from the top of the homepage identified as “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”.

Here is also a direct link to the “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events At Tony’s Genealogy Blog”.

You may remember that I activated the calendar in February 2014 with an initial amount of upcoming programs from a small group of libraries, genealogical societies and genealogy groups.  I wanted to see how the “experiment” was going.

So far, I guess I would be calling it a “smashing” success!

So much of a success that I have been busy adding more and more genealogy societies, genealogy groups and library genealogy programs to the calendar.

Here is my initial list of genealogy program providers that I started with:

  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Casa Italia Chicago Genealogy
  • Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)
  • Elgin Genealogical Society
  • Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL.
  • Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG)
  • Schaumburg Township District Library

We started with 7.

Now I have 17 organizations for whom I include upcoming genealogy programs in my calendar on this blog.  I guess word of mouth really spreads fast!  I was receiving many additional requests to include genealogy programs for other libraries and other groups and societies.

Here is my current list of participants for whom I am sharing information on genealogy programs:

  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Casa Italia
  • Chicago Genealogical Society
  • Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)
  • Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI)
  • DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS)
  • Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS)
  • Fountaindale Public Library
  • Fox Valley Genealogical Society(FVGS)
  • Indian Trails Public Library District
  • Kane County Genealogical Society
  • McHenry County Genealogical Society
  • Mount Prospect Public Library
  • North Suburban Genealogical Society
  • Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG)
  • Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA)
  • Schaumburg Township District Library

This is who is included today.  Tomorrow, maybe even more??

All of the entries above include website links and even phone numbers when applicable.  All you have to do is click on the “more details” at the bottom of the event once you have opened it up.  You can also always look at the “Map” function to know where you can connect to the group if you are not familiar with the location.

I am glad that I have heard so many good comments about what the calendar offers to genealogists over and above our own monthly genealogy program.  A researcher can connect to many groups and participate in genealogy programs just about every day of the week to advance their skills!

Thank you for your interest in the calendar.  There are even more entries to look through now than there was just about 6 weeks ago.

Enjoy the calendar as it continues to grow and grow!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At Ancestry.com March 2014″ YouTube Video

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a March 2014 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com March 2014″.

The video is an approximate 15 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.  This is a short presentation because Crista has been “on the road” for a good amount of time.  Normally her presentations are in the 25 minute range.

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – National Genealogical Society in Richmond, VA (May 7-10, 2014), Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA (Jun 6-8, 2014)
  • New Content! – 3 Million new records added for 4 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • New Content! – Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930
  • New Content! – Munich, Germany, Nazi Documentation Regarding Jews, 1919 – 1946.  Data is in German.  Images linked to indexed results can only be obtained with a direct request to the Holocaust Museum.  No charge to obtain the images.
  • New Content! – Iowa Marriage Records, 1923 – 1937; Images available
  • New Content! – California Marriage Records for Select Counties, 1850 – 1941; Images available

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

Very Funny Genealogy Video On YouTube; Very Creative And Technology Savvy Family Creation Effort; Put A Smile On Your Face!

Hi Everyone,

YouTube LogoBruce C. , a frequent participant at our genealogy programs, shared a link to an incredibly funny and innovative “genealogy” oriented video on YouTube.

Thank you Bruce!!

It is about 5 minutes of a family using the rock hit ” Bohemia Rhapsody” as background to create an impressive YouTube genealogy hit video.

I really think you are going to like it a lot!

Hit a brick wall?  Just tired of genealogy for the moment!  Fed up with this lousy Chicago winter weather?  Pick your own reason to give yourself 5 minutes where you can put on a smile and say to yourself “How in the world were they able to do all that they did in this video?”

Here is the YouTube video you can view right here:

Wasn’t it great!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, April 5, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “The Care and Handling of Material of Enduring Value” By Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. 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 Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana.    The speaker will present a program titled “The Care and Handling of Material of Enduring Value.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) April 5, 2014 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for March 11, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2014 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 March 2014 Handouts for your convenience:

March 2014 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, March 11, 2014 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

March 2014 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for March 11, 2014 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2014 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 March 2014 Newsletter for your convenience:

March 2014 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, March 11, 2014 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 March 11, 2014

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, March 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 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