New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Taken A Formal Online Genealogy Course For Which You Paid To Participate?”; “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  Ever Taken A Formal Online Genealogy Course For Which You Paid To Participate?”  Yes or No

As an example, these would be courses as those offered by the National Genealogical Society or Pharos Tutors Genealogy Online Courses or the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research or other for fee genealogy online centers.

There is a nice link on Cyndi’s List that identifies many of the online courses that researchers can take.  Some are for free to anyone, some are free as being a member of a group and some are for a fee.  You can see these links for educational online genealogy courses at:

Cyndi’s List For Online Genealogy Courses; Some “Free”, Some For A “Fee”

I just want to know if anyone has taken any online genealogy courses for which they paid to participate.

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 Ordered A Microfilm Reel Using The Online Ordering Process Through (Mormon Website)?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  2 1/2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since November 3, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ordered A Microfilm Reel Using The Online Ordering Process Through (Mormon Website)”?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 47 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 19 responses (40.43%) noted they have ordered films through the online order process with FamilySearch   while 28 responses (59.57%) indicated they have not ordered any films through the online process with FamilySearch.

I am actually surprised at the rather high number of “Yes” responses indicating individuals have ordered microfilms through the online process with FamilySearch for their research.  I was actually thinking that maybe even fewer individuals might have ordered films than what the results show.  Microfilms are still very important and if you realize data is not available online but is available on films, then you order the film to move your research forward.

Do not exclude using microfilms if data is available only that way.

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 19 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

Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) Announces 2015 First Tuesday Morning Programs And Third Thursday Evening Programs; Programs Will Take Place At The Gail Borden Public Library In Elgin, IL

Hi Everyone!

EGS LogoI recently received a 2015 Program List from the Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) that highlights both the morning programs they will be offering during the year as well as the evening programs.

The daytime programs occur on the first Tuesday morning of each month starting at 9:30 AM.  The evening programs occur on the third Thursday evening of the month starting at 7 PM.

These programs are held at the Gail Borden Public Library,   270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL.   It is always best to check the society website or call the Gail Borden Public Library at 847-742-2411 to check if schedule changes have occurred.

Here is a link to a PDF file that identifies these programs as well as what speaker is presenting it:

2015 Elgin Genealogical Society Genealogy Programs

Take a look at the schedule to see if there are programs of interest to you.  Consider attending.  Even better, considering becoming a member of the society, especially if any of your ancestral research has any connection to the Elgin area.

Don’t forget to visit the Elgin Genealogical Society website to learn more about the society and what they offer to visitors at their site as well as to registered members of the society.  You can find them at:

Elgin Genealogical Society

Please note that these EGS programs have also been included in the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  Just look for the “page” at the top of this home page that says “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”.

I want to make our readers are well aware of not only our own library genealogy programs but also those that are occurring in the nearby area.

Check out the society at the above link and see what programs are of interest to you to attend.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Season 2 Of Genealogy Roadshow Back On Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) On Tuesday Evenings At 10 PM Chicago Time On Local WTTW; Plan To Watch The January 20, 2015 Program To See A Participant Connected To The Northwest Suburbs Present Their Story

Hi Everyone,

Genealogy Roadshow PBS LogoJust a reminder to all of you that the Genealogy Roadshow is now back on PBS with new episodes.  You can find information about the show at the following PBS website:

Genealogy Roadshow Website At PBS

Please take a look especially at the upcoming January 20, 2015 program.  I have been told that there is a local suburban connection that will be part of the program.  Someone local to our area will be appearing on the show with their story that has to do with the Confederacy, New Orleans and the Civil War.

The nice thing about this series of genealogy shows is that you can view the entire episodes for free at the above PBS website.  So if you have missed an episode you can always view it from within the above website.

Let these wonderful episodes motivate you in your own genealogical research.

Feel even more connected to someone local to our own area and the story they will tell about their own personal genealogical mystery.

Don’t miss this show!!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Taking A “Road Trip” To The Wisconsin Historical Society In Madison, WI From April 23, 2015 To April 25, 2015

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoJust received some “road trip” information from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI).

The group has plans to make a “road trip” to the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, WI from April 23, 2015 to April 25, 2015.

Here are the details of the trip as provided to me from CAGGNI:


Wisconsin Historical Society
2015 Road Trip
April 23 – 25, 2015

Join us for CAGGNI’s 4th Road Trip, this year to the Wisconsin Historical Society in the heart of the UW Campus in Madison. WHS boasts some of finest genealogical holdings on the continent, including exceptional French-Canadian and Midwestern resources.

Activities commence Thursday pm, April 23rd for an informal dinner. On Friday, the library and archives are open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. A 30 minute orientation of the library by a WHS genealogist will take place at 9:00AM. A CAGGNI dinner will be held at Porta Bella’s just off campus. On Saturday, library and archives open at 8:00AM; library closes at 5:00PM, archives at 4:00PM.

An optional pre-trip to the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library on Thursday April 23 is encouraged for those with Norwegian roots. Non-members of the Naeseth will pay an additional $15 fee directly to the Naeseth upon arrival.

Attendees are encouraged to attend the companion preparation events, “The Wisconsin Historical Society Library & Archives: What’s in it? Everything!” by George Findlen on February 21, 2015 and the April 11, 2015 WHS Preparation Workshop.

Travel, hotel, meals and parking fees are not included. CAGGNI will facilitate car pooling for those interested. A block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison, 525 West Johnson Street, telephone: 608-251-5511, request reservation code CGI.

For complete information including library preparation tips, alternate accommodations, restaurants, and parking options see the Information Sheet.
$10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members. No refunds after Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Additional Information:

Address: Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706. Tel: 608.254.6400. Map.

Porta Bella’s Restaurant: 425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53715. Map.
Information Sheet Link.
Nearby Parking.

Best regards,


Please note that transportation and all costs are your responsibility should you want to participate.  Non-members are welcome to participate for a $15 fee.

Take a look at the CAGGNI website for information about the group and the CAGGNI Registration Page for this special Road Trip to the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Visit the registration page at: Registration Page

Browse around the rest of their website if you are not familiar with them and their activities.  CAGGNI is a very vibrant genealogy group that offers many diverse programs for its members and those who would like to become members.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their February 8, 2015 Meeting/Program at 2 PM at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL; The Program Will Be A Free Screening Of A Documentary Film, “The Fourth Partitition”

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL on Sunday, February 8, 2015 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program and get to meet other members of the society.

The formal presentation will be a free screening of the documentary film “The Fourth Partition, “Czwarta Dzielnica”.  The documentary is about Polish-American immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, directed by Adrian Prawica and written by Rafal Muskala and Adrian Prawica.

Over 4 million Poles immigrated to the U.S. between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. Chicago was the center of Polish culture and political activism in
America. Here Poles built communities, churches, and most of all, aided their
beloved Poland in her fight for independence. They worked in some of the most
dangerous factories and mills in the United States. Learn more about your
immigrant ancestors’ daily lives. The film features rarely shown photographs and film of the period. (Shown in English with Polish subtitles.)

Director, editor, and cinematographer Adrian Prawica will be in attendance to
answer your questions after the screening. Born in Lodz, Poland, Adrian
immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, he started in event videography and public access television at age 25, then moved into advertising and documentary work.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For February 8, 2015 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership.  Also take the opportunity to discover the Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL and how it connects to the Polish presence in Chicago..

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 13, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2015 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 January 2015 Handouts for your convenience:

January 2015 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, January 13, 2015 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