National Archives Researcher News Newsletter; Subscribe To It Or Just Access It At Included Website; It Provides Information On How To Research At The National Archives

Hi Everyone!

National Archives LogoJust wanted to let you know that if you are considering using the National Archives of the United States as a research resource, you may want to connect with them via their website at:

National Archives of the United States

Or even better, you may want to take a look at a series of newsletters they have been creating at irregular intervals that is geared for the National Archives researcher.  The most recent newsletter publication date is May 2015.  A couple of the prior ones were published in July 2014.  Hence the term “irregularly” published.  You can submit your email to them and subscribe to receive the issues when they are published.

The inaugural newsletter started in 2006.

They seem to be published less frequently in the most recent years than they were when first started.  There is one for 2015, one for 2014,  and before 2014 there often were 3 to 4 per year.

The size of the newsletter also varies in size.  Some are in the 12 page range.  Some have been as much as 24 pages.

So publication intervals varies as does size of the newsletter itself.

I think it is worth making you aware of this resource so that you simply become more knowledgeable about using the National Archives materials in a more effective manner to advance your own research.  Their newsletter is a very good vehicle for you to become aware of key National Archives developments.

You can reach the newsletter page of the National Archives at:

National Archives Researcher News Newsletter

Check out the newsletters that are currently online.  Learn a lot more about the National Archives.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 9, 2015 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 9, 2015:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 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

June 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; No Genealogy Program Scheduled For June 2015

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 June 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 no genealogy program scheduled for the month of June 2015.  There will be a genealogy program for July 2015.  I will share those program details when they become available.

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 June 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago June 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 June 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Wauconda Area Public Library Genealogy Program On June 11, 2015 At 7 PM; Steve Szabados Will Present A Program On “Polish Genealogy”

Hi Everyone,

Wauconda Area Public LIbraryThe Wauconda Area Public Library will be having an upcoming Genealogy Program on Thursday evening June 11, 2015 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.  Steve Szabados will be presenting a program titled “Polish Genealogy”.

The library is located at 801 N Main St, Wauconda, IL 60084.  The phone number for the library should you need to contact them about this program is (847) 526-6225.

Steve Szabados will be speaking about Polish genealogy. As board member for the Polish Genealogical Society of America, genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal and author of books on Polish and wider European genealogical research, Steve is a knowledgeable source of information about researching ancestors from this part of the world. Come hear what he has to say!

Steve has been a genealogy program presenter at our library several times.  He is one of the best in the area!  He is knowledgeable about all aspects of genealogical research but one of his specialties is Polish research.

You can visit Steve’s genealogy website to learn more about him and his programs he offers at:

Steve Szabados Genealogy Website

You can visit the website of the Wauconda Area Public Library at:

Wauconda Area Public Library

If you have Polish ancestry and have never heard Steve speak about that area of genealogical research, you might want to consider catching the program in Wauconda.  You won’t be disappointed plus you will walk away with a great deal of information to help you in your Polish ancestral research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Revisit FamilySearch.org For Updated Illinois Databases; 5 Illinois Databases Have Been Updated In The Last 4 Months

Hi Everyone!

FamilySearch.org LogoI was browsing around FamilySearch.org today.  I happened to notice that 5 of the total of 25 Illinois databases in the collection are noted as having been updated in the last 4 months.  Updated dates are being shown as for February and April 2015.

One thing I emphasize is that you must make return visits to your database resources because these are added to over time with new information, some of that information may be for your ancestors!

Illinois databases I noted that have been recently updated are:

  • Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 updated on April 24, 2015.  It contains 1,026,354 searchable records at this time.  Here is a direct link to the database Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934.

If you are doing Illinois, Cook County, Chicago research and have not visited these databases of late, then now would be a good time to say hello again to these wonderful databases that are geared directly to your own research.  4 of the 5 updated databases are searchable.  One of them is only browseable by looking through the images.  This is still very useful to your search.  Don’t just use databases that are only indexed and searchable.  You can still make great headway in your research in the browseable only databases.  These are not that impossible to look through as you might think.

Generally, your research may be across many more states and counties.  So if I am able to report 5 of the Illinois databases have recently been updated, it is a good idea to check the other geographic areas of searching interest for any updating activities.

And also don’t forget to check on the international databases for the various countries you are researching.  They too are often updated.

Keep tuned in to your resources.  They may not change for a while and then all of a sudden new data appears!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Oral Interviews Are Critical To Your Genealogy Research; Watch/Listen To A 1 Hour Previously Recorded Webinar Presented By Barry Ewell Titled “Conducting Oral Interviews: The Most Important Research You’ll Ever Do”

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STDL Central Summer LgI receive an e-mail update on the blog activities of Barry Ewell who has a blog called “Genealogy with Barry”.  He forwards to me a blog newsletter titled “Genealogy By Barry Newsletter”.

I would highly recommend connecting to his online blog just to explore.  He has an incredible amount of content on the blog as well as an incredible amount of content in his newsletter.

You can visit his blog at:

Genealogy By Barry

In the December 1, 2014 newsletter, I noticed he had a “Webinar” subject category in the newsletter that contained a link to a webinar he created on a very important topic in genealogy research that I feel we often tend to overlook too much.  His webinar topic is called “Conducting Oral Interviews: The Most Important Research You’ll Ever Do”.

Interviews are so important early on in your genealogy research because the person you want to interview may not be available years after your  interest has started.  These relatives are generally elderly when you start your interest in genealogy.  You may think that you have time down the road to conduct an interview.  However, we all have our own personal stories of our relatives passing away due to an illness that may have taken their lives quickly.  These relatives may hold incredible family history stories for your research that can be gone in the blink of an eye as they age.

The availability of online data has made us turn away far too easily from conducting these important interviews.  We seem way too inclined to start tapping away at the keyboard rather than spending some serious time with a relative capturing their stories.  Sometimes we search online because we think what we know is enough to pursue genealogy.  Yet golden opportunities are wasted to get even more information from our elderly relatives because so much is at our fingertips.

Don’t pass up these wonderful opportunities to capture these stories before they are lost forever.

Barry Ewell has created a 1 hour and 8 minute online webinar of how to go about conducting these very important oral histories.  You want to make the most out of your time with an elderly relative to capture these moments.  Barry provides a nice webinar that will give you the roadmap you want to successfully conduct your own oral history interviews.

You can view Barry’s webinar at his web site at:

“Conducting Oral Interviews” Webinar by Barry Ewell

It may be one of the best hours you can spend to establish a good foundation for your family history research efforts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Recipes And Food Connect Us To Our Past; Over 2,600 Recipe Links At “Genealogy By Barry” Blog To Check

Hi Everyone!

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I routinely receive a newsletter update from a blog titled Genealogy By Barry. He does put together a wonderful resource for all genealogists.  If you are not familiar with his blog, just click on the above link to take a look at all that is there.  I think you will like what you see.

One of the things that caught my eye was a category he highlighted titled “2,679 Recipes”.  You can find the link to the “2,679 Forgotten Recipes” at Genealogy By Barry here:

Forgotten Recipes At Genealogy By Barry Blog

Food and recipes may have a spot in the heart of every genealogist.  I do notRecipes Photo1 mean from a nutritional point of view but rather from a “memory” creation view.  Let’s be honest.  No matter how old you are doing your genealogy, I will bet you that you can remember the food experiences of yourself as a child growing up.  These may be good experiences like when you overloaded eating some candy bought in the local candy store for 10 cents (bought after returning 5 Coke bottles to the store for a 2 cent per bottle deposit refund) or for that horrible food memory of having to eat a Polish soup dish called Czarnina (duck blood soup!  My personal experience!  Nothing against the Polish as I am one by ancestry!)  Remember, as a kid, you simply did not have all of the appreciation for food flavors then as we perhaps do now!!

Genealogy is about facts on births, marriages and deaths and other record related data.

But it is also memories and stories that should be captured to pass on to the next generations.  That is why this topic at Genealogy By Barry caught my eye.

When you look at some of the recipes contained in Genealogy By Barry, some might look and sound familiar.  Some may even sound gross!  Remember, these are the recipes of our ancestors from 1832 to 1928.

Recipe box with apple. Apple fritter recipe card showing.

But think of the story and memory you can add to your genealogy whether it is a specific recipe you find in Genealogy By Barry or you start remembering your own early life food experiences at home growing up!

See what the recipes at Genealogy By Barry triggers in your mind.  Add those thoughts to your own genealogy research.  It will add a lot to your own life story.

I still think about the Czarnina and even the Kiszka (a Polish sausage dish also known as

graphic hand-drawn illustrations. national Mexican soup and ingredients

“blood” sausage”).  Additionally, if you also let your brain take over in this exercise you will also probably begin remembering the “smells” of all of those food experiences.  I can actually smell the aroma of the raisins that were an ingredient of Czarnina made by my mother that made the soup somewhat palatable to me over and above the duck blood!

Include all of these things in your own genealogy and your story will be rich beyond just your date of birth!

Give yourself a little time as you peruse the 2,679 “Forgotten” recipes!  Enjoy.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library