March 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for March 8, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2016 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 2016 Newsletter for your convenience:

March 2016 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 8, 2016 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 8, 2016

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, March 8, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 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

March 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Let’s Visit Sweden” On Saturday, March 19, 2016, 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 March 2016 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, March 19, 2016 titled “Let’s Visit Sweden” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the newsletter for the event:

“Listen to Swedish American Genealogical Society members give their best tips for visiting Sweden and get inspired to take your own journey.; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.”

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 March 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago March 2016

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 March 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Videos From Recent RootsTech 2016 Conference Are Now Available Online; Link Included In This Post For 2016 RootsTech Videos

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoYou know I am a big believer in online training sessions to further educate yourself as a genealogy researcher.

I am happy to announce that online video sessions from the recently held 2016 RootsTech conference that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah are now available from the RootsTech web site.  There are currently an incredible 30 videos available in total for you to view.

It is possible that there may be even more videos from the conference posted in the next few weeks.  You will want to check back to see if more than the 30 I saw have been added.

If you cannot attend these large-scale conferences, then it is a great pleasure to be able to see online a smattering of the programs that were held.  By no means is what is made available online representative of the total amount of overall programs presented over three days, but it is sure great to see a good amount of the material.

Here is a listing of some of the topics and the named presenter from the online videos from the recently held 2016 conference from RootsTech below:

  • “Closing Death Records: Silver Bullet or Dead End?” by Fred Moss
  • “What’s New in Family Tree for 2016” by Ron Tanner
  • “7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries” by Mike Mansfield
  • “Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success” by James Ison
  • “Best Websites and Apps for Finding Local History” by Amy Crow
  • “Virtual Family Reunions” by Joseph Richardson
  • “Scottish Genealogy – Finding People” by Dr. Bruce Durie
  • “5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo” by Maureen Taylor
  • “Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy” by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • “Homespun and Calico: Finding Our Foremothers” by Peggy Lauritzen
  • “A Digital Treasure: PERSI and Your Family History” by D. Joshua Taylor
  • “Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org” by Robert Kehrer
  • “My Ancestors Are From Britain – What Do I Do Next?” by Myko Clelland
  • “Family History in a Digital Future” by Sharleen Reyes
  • “Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry” by Anne Mitchell
  • “Photos – Emerging Technologies in Photography” by Jens Nielsen
  • “Cemetery Crowdsourcing” by Michael Cassara

You will also see at the RootsTech Video site below that there are also Keynote videos, General Session Videos and Innovator Showdown videos.  The ones I noted in the list above are specific to a topic to learn.

You can see  the programs themselves directly at the RootsTech website at:

2016 RootsTech Annual Conference Online Videos

Spend some time and really enjoy these and come away even more motivated.  Most videos are generally at least 1 hour in length.  Some Keynote videos are from about 70 minutes to 90 minutes.

Sometimes it is good to take a step back and take a look at the “big picture” in the world of genealogy.  The above programs seem to do that very thing, especially when you view the “keynote” speeches.  It is important to know what is ahead for us down our genealogical research paths.  What are the “new” things that will make our research faster, easier, intuitive, collaborative, more accurate, and with fewer errors.

I always get a good feeling about the RootsTech Annual Conference.  I have not attended any of the previously held conferences, but I still feel very connected through their site and these fabulous videos that are educational and inspirational!

I am very happy to say the new set of videos are at your fingertips via the RootsTech website indicated at the above link.

So if you want to have an approximate 24 hour “marathon” weekend viewing of RootsTech videos, you can easily do so through the above link.  Sounds like a good thing to do on these still cold and snowy March days!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“FREE” Access To Irish Records, Including The Newly Indexed Irish Catholic Parish Registers, From FindMyPast From March 1, 2016 To March 8, 2016

Hi Everyone!

FindMyPast LogoOne of our avid participants at our monthly genealogy programs made me aware that FindMyPast is offering “FREE” access to Irish records (110 million), including the newly released Irish Catholic Parish Registers (10 million registers that include 40 million names that are indexed and searchable), from March 1, 2016 to March 8, 2016 (Note the small window!).

You can get to FindMyPast directly here at FindMyPast or read much more about this free one week offering through a posting by the Gleeson Clan Gathering 2016 site at:

FREE Access To Irish Records From FindMyPast From March 1, 2016 To March 8, 2016 Including The Recently Released Indexed Irish Catholic Parish Registers

Initially, the Irish Catholic Parish Registers data was made available as un-indexed data that you could browse through the images to do research.  Now, the data has been indexed and is searchable.

Spanning over 200 years of Ireland’s history from 1671-1900, the Irish Catholic Parish Registers contain over 40 million names from over 1,000 parishes and cover 97% of the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

For anyone doing Irish research, this is a great opportunity to access the Irish Catholic Parish Registers in addition to the other Irish data within FindMyPast that would normally not be free.

It is a short window of time to access this material for free.  Consider taking advantage of this access through FindMyPast.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 8, 2016 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, March 8, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 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

Massive Polish Research Outline Available From FamilySearch From Within Their Wiki; Link Included To 115 Page Guide; Great All-In-One Reference Guide; Link Included To Research Outlines For Many Other Countries And U.S. States

Hi Everyone,

FamilySearch.org LogoOne of my colleagues at work shared a wonderful genealogy resource with me that can be a great resource for those genealogy researchers that are researching their Polish roots.

The resource is available from within the FamilySearch Wiki.  If you search the Wiki using “Research Outlines” you will not only come across the one specific to Poland, but you will also find research outlines for many other countries that you may be researching ancestral lines.

Thank you Tom for sharing this link with me allowing me to dig a little deeper into the myriad of all the other Research Outlines that are available.

Here is the link that will get you specifically to the Research Outline for Poland ancestry research:

Poland Research Outline From FamilySearch

For those of you doing genealogy research applying to other countries, here is a link to the general Research Outline material in which you will see a listing of countries from which you can select the Research Outline:

FamilySearch Research Outlines

The United States is included in the Research Outlines in the above link.  Each state within the US has a Research Outline.  Think of this resource as both a help for international country research that your research is moving into as well as for any state within the US that your research is engaged in.

The FamilySearch Wiki is a wonderful resource.  These Research Outlines can attest to one component of all that you can find within the Wiki.

Polish genealogy researchers, check out the link to the Research Outline applicable to your interests.

Anyone else, check out the other link above to gain access to the totality of all of the Research Outlines available to you on a country basis as well as on a state by state basis for the United States.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library