National Genealogical Society 2016 Annual Conference Brochure And Program Information Available; May 4-7, 2016 In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; “Exploring The Centuries: Footprints In Time”

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

The 2016 program is scheduled for May 4, 2016 through May 7, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  The title of the 2016 conference is “Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time”.

You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.

You can view the full-color 16 page registration brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

Especially take a look at the registration material in the above program guide.  You can get discounts for early bird registration as well as even further discounts if you are a member of the National Genealogical Society.  You can also sign up for a 1-day series of programs only.  Registration by March 31, 2016 will get you an early bird discount if you are a member of the society.  Check out all of the registration costs as well as all of the costs if you will choose to participate in any of the special programs being offered by the society that generally occur in the evening.

Also just visit the main NGS website to take a look at much more information and material that they have at the site.  There is much more information about this conference available through their main website.  Browse their site and see what other great resources they may have available online that can help you in your own research efforts.

You can visit their main website at www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

NGS Logo Clip ArtThis brochure is one that in the past I would have made a copy for distribution to our genealogy program  participants.  However, now that I am writing this blog, it is more appropriate to direct you to the National Genealogical Society website directly for you to take a look at their full 16 page color brochure they have put together.

The above link will take you directly to this 16 page incredible brochure.

Even if you do not go to this program or another one down the road, I always recommend that you should take a look at the variety of programs being offered.  You may very well find a program with a great speaker that fits right in with your own research aspirations.  You will then possibly have a contact to make with the speaker to see if they can help answer a question you may have on the genealogical topic of interest.

Also take a look at the long list of world-renowned genealogical speakers that are in the brochure.

These are the best of the best!

Your paths may cross with them through material they may have already published.  Some may even be local to our own area.  Some may very well be speakers we have had at our library offering some great genealogical programs for you to learn from!

Take a look through the brochure to gain a sense of magnitude of what a national genealogical conference looks like.  It is amazing.  These conference are often attended by anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 fellow researchers.  Vendors are also present selling their wares.

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out the brochure.  Check out the NGS Program.  Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Newberry Library Offers Genealogy And Local History Tours And Orientations On First Saturdays Of The Month In 2016; PDF Flyer Of The Announcement Included

Hi Everyone,

Newberry Library LogoMatt Rutherford, curator at the Newberry Library, has made me aware that the Newberry offers an introductory genealogy orientation and tour of the Newberry on the first Saturdays of each month.

He has just provided me with an updated schedule of these events for 2016.

 

There are times when the library needs to change the date from the 1st Saturday of the month to the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Oftentimes it is as a result of a holiday occurring in the first week time period.  Please be aware that this can happen.  Such changes are always noted by the Newberry.

Here are the dates for 2016:

  • January 9, 2016 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:00 AM
  • February 6, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
  • March 5, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
  • April 2, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
  • May 7, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
  • June 4, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
  • July 9, 2016 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:00 AM
  • August 6, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
  • September 10, 2016 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:00 AM
  • October 1, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
  • November 5, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
  • December 3, 2016 @ 9:00 AM

The Newberry is located at 60 West Walton in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the Newberry is 312-255-3700.

The program/orientation on using the Newberry’s collection starts at 9:00 AM.  The initial orientation takes about 1 hour.  A short tour of the library follows the orientation.

There is no pre-registration.  There is no cost.

The program is aimed at those new to using the Newberry and those new to the genealogical process.

Here is a link to the flyer that you can read from the Newberry that provides a description of the event:

2016 Genealogy and Local History Tours and Orientation Programs of the Newberry Library

If you have never been to the Newberry but are an experienced genealogy researcher, you may want to take advantage of these programs for 2016 to learn about the collections and resources of the Newberry.

If you are a new genealogy researcher, this orientation is also geared for you to learn how to begin your research plus you too will also learn about the Newberry and how it can  help your research.

I have placed these event dates into the Google Calendar that is also part of this blog.

Read the full flyer that is linked above.

Sounds like a great opportunity to visit the Newberry if you have never previously been there and then be able to get a nice orientation and tour of the facility.

Something to consider!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

December 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for December 8, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

December 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, December 8, 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

December 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for December 8, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the December 2015 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 December 2015 Newsletter for your convenience:

December 2015 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, December 8, 2015 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 December 8, 2015

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, December 8, 2015:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 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

FamilySearch Has Added Illinois, Northern District Petitions For Naturalization, 1906-1994 Database To Its Collection; Un-Indexed, Images Only; Could Still Be Very Helpful To Your Research

Hi Everyone!

FamilySearch.org LogoI was looking through the recent Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter (December 2015) and saw there was a small article authored by Ginger Frere, a librarian at the Newberry and a frequent speaker at our genealogy programs.  She wrote an article that stated that a new online database was available at FamilySearch that could have much use for those of us doing Chicago-area research on naturalizations.

The database title is “Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1994”.

You can access this free database at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2212212

I do not see the name of the database above in the list of the 68 existing databases noted for Illinois.  That is because those databases are all searchable.  This database is visible in a list of those databases that FamilySearch has for Illinois that are at this time still only browseable.

One big caveat initially is that the data is un-indexed. You cannot yet search it for names of any individuals that filed these petitions.  Images are available to browse through and are based on a year-by-year entry.  There are over 2 million images.  You can select sub-files for Cook County, IL that are identified such as “Petitions, 1906-1908, v. 1, no. 1-50″ or Petitions, 1912, v. 17, no. 1501-1600”.  Cook County is the only county noted at this time in this file.

It was in 1906 that Naturalizations started taking place under the Federal government as opposed to being done within local non-Federal courts.  The good news from this is that the process was very well documented by the officials.  Great details were often provided by the person petitioning for naturalization.  Prior to 1906 naturalizations were done in local courts with very little personal detail provided in the documents.  You might just see that the person renounces allegiance to the King of “XXXXX” with no other information noted such as when immigrated, from where etc.

If you had an ancestor for whom you either know of a year of naturalization that was after 1906 and who lived in the Chicago area then perhaps it might be worth your effort to look through some of the images for a particular year.  Look for an image at the beginning of one of the “books” that is an index of surnames. These are generally in alphabetical order, sometimes only by first letter of the surname.  Find your surname and note the associated page where the document can be seen.  Then just try to find the page you need by entering in a guestimate image number.  Just keep checking this way until you find the “page number” on the right “image number”.

The details are very impressive of what exists.  You might even discover the exact birth town location of this ancestor.  I saw many of these noted in just browsing through some of the images.  You may see what ship they arrived on into which port.  So while this data is not indexed it can be helpful to you if you can narrow down a naturalization year after 1906 you may have discovered via a census record or some other family documents you may have.

It is likely that at some point in the future this data will become indexed and searchable.

It is well worth browsing through a few of these images just to see what information you can capture.  I wish I had some ancestors that I could discover here.  My ancestors were all naturalized pre-1906 in local Chicago courts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Swedish American Genealogical Society (Formerly Known As Nordic Family Genealogy Center) Has Announced Programs For January, February And March 2016

Hi Everyone,

Swedish American Museum LogoI did receive an announcement from the Swedish American Genealogical Society (formerly known as the Nordic Family Genealogy Center) of their upcoming genealogy programs for January, February and March of 2016.

Programs are held at the Swedish American Museum located at 5211 N. Clark St. in Chicago, IL.  Program is free for members of the society.  Non-members of the society can also attend the program for a $10 cost.  Reservations are appreciated if you plan to attend.  You can contact the society about your interest in attending the program via email or by phone.

Here is a PDF copy of the program flyer provided to me by the society:

Jan-Mar 2016 Upcoming Programs Of The Swedish American Genealogical Society

You can also connect with the Swedish American Museum website to see what they are all about at:

Swedish American Museum Website

There is a subsection of the Swedish American Museum at which you can connect with the Swedish American Genealogical Society at:

Swedish American Genealogical Society

Check out the sites and consider connecting with the society and the museum if you have any Swedish ancestral research plans.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library