Check Out The “U.S., Social Security Applications And Claims Index, 1936-2007” File At Ancestry.com As Well As Ancestry Library Edition; Could Help You Greatly With Added Information Not Contained In The Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

Hi Everyone!

Social Security Card Clip ArtDuring one of my “browsing” endeavors on Ancestry Library Edition, I did a search for my ancestors using my last name as the search.  I happened to notice some new results in what is a newly added file at Ancestry titled “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007”.  The file was in fact made available in Ancestry on July 22, 2015.  (TIP: Keep re-visiting major sites to see what may have been newly added that gives you new hits when you search for your ancestors!)

Here is a link to get you to this specific file at Ancestry.  Take the time to read the full description as to what this file is and what is contained in it.

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 At Ancestry.com

The Social Security Death Index gives information on those deceased with minimal amounts of information.  Still valuable, but minimal.

A genealogy researcher can attempt to obtain more detailed information on a deceased individual by submitting a request to obtain a copy of the original application made by an individual to obtain a Social Security Card.  This original application is known as an SS-5.  There is a $27.00 fee required to Social Security to obtain this information.  You can find more about requesting an SS-5 at:

Social Security SS-5 Application Form Request

For many of us it is a very hefty fee charge to obtain this information.

With this newly added file in Ancestry you can obtain much more informationancestry-logo about a deceased individual than in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), but maybe not quite the original application information that might be found in the SS-5.  What I was seeing in this new file pertaining to my ancestors was in some cases more than I had previously known about them and their parents.  In fact, if there was a good amount of activity related to Social Security for a particular individual you may see a nice chronology of these events documented by Social Security available in this new file.

I was seeing chronological events in some cases related to the marriage of a woman when a name change is involved.  I was seeing chronology events of name changes where a persons full middle name that was used perhaps in the original application change to just an initial.  I have seen what are referred to as “claim” dates for individuals which appear to be the date when an individual started receiving Social Security.

These are not earth shattering major discoveries but I am amazed at how much is out there in this new file.

I am excited at the contents of this new file!

Check it out yourself and search it with your surnames.  Read the detailed description of the database as provided by Ancestry.com.  Know what is in it and then do a search on a name that perhaps you know something about and see what added information might be present for you to add to that person.

And to think, all I was doing was just “browsing” and trying my surname search again.  And up popped results in this newly added file.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

August 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “National Archives Great Lakes Region” On Saturday, August 22, 2015, From 10 AM To Noon

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the August 2015 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2015 titled “National Archives Great Lakes Region” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the website of the museum for the event:

Join us for this presentation about the national archives with Ellen Kondrot. Cost is free for Genealogy Center/Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated. You may genealogy@samac.org to RSVP or ask any questions you may have about this session or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the genealogy volunteer.

Note: The Nordic Family Genealogy Center is changing its name to the Swedish American Genealogical Society.

Reservations appreciated.  You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at genealogy@samac.org.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during August 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago August 2015

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of August 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, August 15, 2015 in LaGrange, Illinois; “Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted” Presented By Jeanne Larzalere-Bloom

Hi Everyone!

CSAGSI (Czech) LogoI just received a notice from the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) of an upcoming program they will be having very soon.  The program will occur on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, Illinois.  The church is located at 150 S. Ashland Rd. in LaGrange, IL.

Here is a Google Map showing the location of the church in LaGrange, IL:

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, IL Google Map

The topic of the program is “Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Surrendered, Adopted”.  The speaker for the program will be Jeanne Larzalere-Bloom.

This presentation covers the period of 1729, when the first home for orphans was opened in New Orleans, through the current period. Learn how the views of society changed regarding these lost children from the Pre-humanist era before 1851 through the late 20th century. Sources for locating records includes the government, archives, historical societies, libraries, newspapers, WPA inventories and the Family History Library catalog.

Jeanne, is a full-time professional genealogist who specializes in Chicago and Cook county Research. She is also an author and lecturer. There will be a four page handout at this presentation. Please join us for this interesting program and find out that lost children can be found.

I did notice at the website for the society that they do have a large Calendar of Events of upcoming programs of interest to those researching Czech genealogy and Czech culture.  Genealogy items on the calendar are just one of many different kinds of Czech events you can find on the calendar.  It looks like the calendar is updated monthly with additions, deletions and changes.  You can view this calendar from their website here:

2015 Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Calendar of Events

Mark the date and location down on your calendars.  For those doing Czech and Slovak research, you may want to connect with fellow researchers at this program.

Admission is free.  You do not have to be a member of the society to attend.

Check it out.

You can visit the web page of the society to obtain information and resources available from the society for interested Czech researchers at:

Czech and Slovak American  Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Website

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, August 29, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Genealogical Research Strategies” By Bob Allen

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice 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, August 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, August 29, 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 speaker for the morning program will be Bob Allen.    The speaker will present a program titled “Genealogical Research Strategies.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) August 29, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Bob Allen, 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

National Library of Ireland Adds Catholic Parish Registers Online For Free That Can Go Back As Far As The 1740s; Use The Maps At The Site To Find Parishes Within Ireland When You Do Not Know The Parish Name

Hi Everyone!

National Library of Ireland LogoIf you are doing Irish research on Catholic ancestors in Ireland, you may want to definitely take a look at some recently released free online database of Catholic Parishes in Ireland.  Data contained in this database can go back as far as the 1740s and continues through around the 1880’s.  The data is free through the National Library of Ireland.  You don’t need to register to access it.

Here is a link to the site that you can access the online data:

National Library of Ireland Online Catholic Parish Registers

Here is a quote from Dick Eastman’s blog post about the topic back on July 8, 2015:

The National Library of Ireland in Dublin today (Wednesday) has placed the entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) online. Involved are over 370,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers are recorded and which will be accessible free of charge.

These parish register records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover 1,086 parishes throughout the island of Ireland, and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records. The NLI has been working to digitise the microfilms for over three years under what is had described as its most ambitious digitisation programme to date.

The parish registers provide evidence of direct links between one generation and the next (via baptismal registers) and one family and another (via marriage registers). The NLI holds copies of the registers for most Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland (including the counties of Northern Ireland) up to 1880. These registers consist primarily of baptism and marriage records.

WOW! If you are doing Irish research on Roman Catholic ancestors it sure looks like you have struck a gold mine to access these Catholic Parish records images online and for free. Use the above link to get access to the site at the National Library of Ireland and the images.

Please note. The data is just the images of generally Births and Marriages, some going back to the 1740s. This means that you will not be able to do an indexed search of the names of your ancestors within the data. To make this data more meaningful to you it would help greatly that you have localized a location in Ireland of your ancestors and then determine the Parish associated with the area. You can simply input the parish name into the search box if you know the name.

There are 1,142 Parishes in the data. You can click your way through some maps at the site if you know that general location of your ancestors in Ireland based on the map and then click down even further to see the Parishes included. If you think you are in the right geographic area you can then click on the Parish you may want to explore. This is the best way to find an approximate parish of an ancestor if you know a general geographic area in which they lived. The general clickable maps are a great resource and really make it easy for you to get to the Parish of possibility without having to know the name of the Parish.

When you click on a Parish name from within the map you will be taken to a part of the site that gives you some microfilm information about the records e.g. Parish Name within the County Name, Microfilm Number, Number of images, Dates of the records included, other suggested resources to look at. If you click on the image of the film you will gain access to the images to view. You can magnify, download, print, increase brightness, decrease brightness, increase contrast and many other tools to help you navigate and improve the readability of the image.

Like any other microfilm, you will be at the mercy of the handwriting itself from the original document. But at least you will not be dealing with a foreign language of document images if English is your language! I clicked through some and yes some may be easier to read than others. But that is research! Sometimes your ancestors are just jumping off the page at you with very readable writing. Sometimes, they are saying “not so easy buddy, work a little harder!”.

Remember that you are not using the resource with a searchbox for a name search. You are using the resource as an online microfilm reader with the ability to select the specific parish of interest and its records. This is valuable “free” data that can be of great importance to you in your research even if you have to look at the data as just images. I guarantee if you make that magic discovery of an ancestor you will be doing a “happy dance” plus you will have really sharpened your own research skills when accessing non-indexed data.

Check out this valuable resource for your Irish Catholic research. You won’t be sorry.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, August 2, 2015, At 8 PM Central Time On TLC; J. K. Rowling Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, August 2, 2015, at 8 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature author J. K. Rowling.

You can see an “encore” presentation at 7 PM of the episode featuring Ginnifer Goodwin that previously aired on July 26, 2015.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)  Last year if you did not watch the original airing or did not DVR the show, your alternative was to purchase a copy from iTunes to catch up on shows missed and not recorded by yourself.

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, August 2, 2015 at 8 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about author J. K. Rowling.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Don’t Forget To Take Advantage Of Accessing “Ancestry Academy” If You Have An “All Access” Subscription To Ancestry.com

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoJust a reminder to all of you that are personally subscribed to Ancestry.com’s “All Access” subscription.  This subscription gives you access to all of the data at Ancestry.com in addition to providing you access to Newspapers.com, Fold3.com and Ancestry Academy.

With “All Access” you have access to additional searchable databases such as Newspapers.com and Fold3.com.

Do not forget that you also have access to Ancestry Academy, a wonderful online video learning experience.  These online tutorials are tremendous learning tools on an incredible amount of varied genealogical topics.  Plus, if you have already subscribed as an “All Access” customer, you have in essence already paid for these so why not take advantage of all that is there.

I just today received an email from Ancestry Academy letting me know that there are now 4 more new courses you can view online.

New courses noted as of today are:

  • “Mysteries of Manuscripts” taught by Pamela Boyer Sayre
  • “Tracing French-Canadian Ancestors and Telling Their Stories” taught by David Ouimette
  • “How Do I Know When I Am Right?” taught by Anne Gillespie Mitchell
  • “Seek and Ye Shall Find: Become An Ancestry Search Expert” taught by Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Ancestry Academy currently has 5 featured programs.  In addition, there are 23 other programs among four different subjects for you to choose from.

Ancestry Academy also indicates that there are 9 more courses currently in development.

These are polished programs led by very knowledgeable individuals with great presentation skills.  Each course is broken down by topics within the overall presentation.  You can start viewing at the beginning and the subsequent topics will start automatically after completion of the previous topic.

Each topic within the multi-part program may run 3 to 12 minutes.  The overall time for any program is targeted to be about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

You can even take a test after completion of what you viewed to judge your understanding and retention of what was shown!

Don’t leave a paid for resource on the table with your “All Access” subscription to Ancestry.com.  These are wonderful learning tools that can help you become a better genealogist in all aspects of your research.  They are insightful, full of great tips and very well presented in a professional studio atmosphere.

There are some completely “free” Ancestry Academy courses available for Ancestry.com subscribers that do not have a “Full Access” subscription.  You must have some kind of subscription with Ancestry to access this material.  These are clearly marked for anyone to access from Ancestry Academy.  With the “Full Access” subscription you gain access to ALL of the courses.

Check out Ancestry Academy at:

Ancestry Academy

Take full advantage of your “Full Access” subscription.  Explore the Academy.  Get comfortable.  Find a topic of interest for you.  Start viewing.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library