“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing America Ferrera Airs Sunday, April 12, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 12, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

America Ferrera is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“America Ferrera searches for a connection to a father she barely knew, and discovers a great grandfather who led multiple revolts against the government and left an enduring mark on Honduran history.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 12: America Ferrera
  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  You can see that there are only 3 more “new” shows scheduled.

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 12, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring America Ferrera on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening April 14, 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, April 14, 2015:

Sandra Trapp Feb 24 2014The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Sandra Trapp. Sandra will present a program titled “Using FamilySearch.org”.

FamilySearch.org is the largest, free genealogy resource on the internet. This program will cover why you want to have an account; tips for searching the records; creating and editing your Family Tree; adding photos, stories and documents, accessing FamilySearch’s digitized books, how to get help, searching the catalog and ordering film and a few other features of interest.

Sandra Trapp has provided genealogy programs for various local genealogy organizations and libraries. She volunteers at the Naperville Family History Center as its Resource Chairman and is a former Director of the Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst and CAGGNI program chair. Sandra has been researching her ancestors, her husband’s son-in-law’s and friends’ families for 16 years.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any 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 guest speaker’s presentation will start 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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Watched Any Genealogy Teaching Videos On The Ancestry.com YouTube Channel?”; “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 Watched Any Genealogy Teaching Videos On The Ancestry.com YouTube Channel?”  Yes or No

There are great opportunities to improve your genealogy research skills that are available right at your fingertips.  One of these resources is the large amount of informative videos that exist on the Ancestry.com “channel” on YouTube.  If you connect to YouTube at www.youtube.com all you have to do is enter the search term of AncestryCom as the channel name (note the channel name spelling) in the search box.  That term will get you to their channel where you will notice that there are approximately 675 videos of all varieties and lengths.  You can select the “Playlists” link in the channel that will identify the various “subjects” for the variety of videos.  It can still be overwhelming with what you will see here.  Sometimes try searching for a more specific topic of interest to you directly.  That will narrow down your results.

Here is a direct link to the Ancestry.com YouTube Channel

Ancestry.com YouTube Channel

You can find videos in their channel that can help you use Ancestry.com better.  There are general videos in their channel to help you in your research efforts outside of Ancestry.com.  There has certainly got to be something here from the large amount that can help you rev up your genealogy skills.

So ……………………. have you tapped into the great learning resource of the Ancestry.com channel on YouTube??

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 Taken A Formal Online Genealogy Course For Which You Paid To Participate?”; 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 January 26, 2015.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Taken A Formal Online Genealogy Course For Which You Paid To Participate”?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 52 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 9 responses (17.31%) noted they have taken online courses for which they paid  while 43 responses (82.69%) indicated they have not taken any online courses for which they paid.

I am actually surprised at the rather high number of “Yes” responses indicating individuals that have actually taken more formal online genealogy courses for which they paid money to participate.  I was actually thinking there might be  fewer individuals that might have actually taken more formal genealogy online programs.  Congratulations to all of those that have actually taken the step to more formalize a genealogy educational program!  You stuck to the program of participation, assignments and tests to prove your genealogy mettle.

Our own library now offers a series of formal online educational programs from within a database titled “Gale Courses”.  You do need to be a library cardholder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to avail yourself of this resource.  The “Gale Courses” database is available to access from home for Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders as well as being present on our Reference Computers on the 2nd floor behind the “Ask Us” desk.

Check with your own library that issued you your library card to see if they also offer “Gale Courses” if you do not have a library card from our library.

There is actually one formal class in their for genealogy.  See a recent post I made about this wonderful database of programs that is far more than just genealogy.  Pick a topic or subject, and I am sure you have a good chance of seeing a course present in Gale Courses.  See my post on this subject here:

Schaumburg Township District Library Offers Gale Courses To Its Library Cardholders; Check Out The Genealogy Class

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 20 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

April 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; April 25, 2015 Genealogy Program; “Complete Photo Restoration In Four Easy Steps”

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 April 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

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 April 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago April 2015

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015 between 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The program is titled “Complete Photo Restoration in Four Easy Steps”.  The program will be presented by Eric Basir.   The program is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members.  Non-members are also welcome but there is a $10 fee to attend this program.  Reservations appreciated via email at genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111

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 April 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Tony Goldwyn Airs April 5, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time; Mini-Marathon Of Other Episodes Starts At 3 PM Chicago Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 5, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

Tony Goldwyn is featured on this episode.

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 5: Tony Goldwyn
  • April 12: America Ferrera
  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 5, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring Tony Goldwyn on TLC!

You can also catch a “mini-marathon” of some of the previously aired shows starting at 3 PM Chicago time on Easter Sunday April 5, 2015 on TLC.  Here is that schedule:

  • Sunday April 5, 2015 3 PM – Angie Harmon
  • Sunday April 5, 2015 4 PM – Sean Hayes
  • Sunday April 5, 2015 5 PM – Julie Chen
  • Sunday April 5, 2015 6 PM – Josh Groban

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Take A 6 Week Online Introductory Genealogy Class Or A Write Your LIfe Story Class Through Our Library From A Database Called “Gale Courses”; Many Other Online Courses To Take For Schaumburg Township District Library Cardholders; View Program Description, Syllabus, Requirements, Student Reviews, And Demos

Hi Everyone!

STDL Central Summer LgYou can find genealogy educational material in many locations.

You can find informal genealogy teaching videos via YouTube videos.  You can find video learning resources through FamilySearch and Ancestry.com.

But if you are looking for a more formal online program with real classes and real tests and a real instructor you can turn to an online database we have at our library.  It is called Gale Courses and is available for those who have been issued a library card through the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Only those having a card issued by us can get access to this nice material regardless if you are accessing it from home or from inside our library building.

If you are not part of our library, check with your own local library that issued you your card to see if they have the online database called “Gale Courses”.

Gale Courses is far more than genealogy.  Just try entering in any topic you can think of related to learning something new in a more formal manner and see if they have it.  Think of Accounting, Microsoft Word, Photography, eBay, Teaching or whatever topic comes to your mind.  There is an entire listing of topics of subjects they have that you can browse through when you gain access to Gale Courses.

I noticed there is also a course titled “Write Your Life Story” that can go hand-in-hand with Genealogy.

Here are the steps to follow to get you to the Gale Courses part of our database resources to access the Genealogy Course that is part of the database:

  • Go to our home page at www.schaumburglibrary.org
  • Select the “Research and Genealogy” Tab at the top of the home screen.
  • On the right side of the screen look for the “Alphabetical List of Databases” descriptor and select the letter “G”.
  • “Gale Courses” will be the first database in the “G” listing of databases.  Select it.
  • When you are now in the Gale Courses database just enter “Genealogy” as your search term in the search box.
  • You will then see one result that is noted as “Genealogy Basics”.  Click on the course to obtain the “Detail”, “Syllabus”, “Requirements”, “Student Reviews” and “About the Instructor”
  • Take a look at the “View Demo” link for each class.  It provides you with a sample of the “Lessons”, “Resources”, “Quizzes”, “Assignments”, and “Discussions” for you get a real feel of what you can expect to encounter should you enroll.
  • If you want to take a course, click on “Enroll Now” and it will take you through the process of registering and providing your Schaumburg Township District Library card information.

A colleague of mine from another library is actually enrolled in this program through her own library.  I hope to hear updates from her on her experience in taking this online Genealogy course.

I hope she passes!!

Take a look at this wonderful resource we offer at our library that is also available to home users.  It is only available to cardholders from our library whether you are using it in our library or from home.

Just wanted to let you know of this wonderful resource especially in light of the fact it contains a Basic Genealogy Program.

Explore the resource just to see what it is all about.  Anyone can do that whether you are  in our library or from home via our web per the above database selection process noted above.  You only need to prove you are a Schaumburg Township District Library cardholder when you want to actually enroll.

See if there is a class there that perhaps you have always wanted to take.  Explore the database.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library