“What’s New At Ancestry.com December 2015” YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a December 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com December 2015”.

The video is an approximate 33 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at Ancestry.com for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from Ancestry.com that you can access at:

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – Salt Lake Institute, January 10 to 15, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT., infouga.org; RootsTech 2016, February 3-5, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT; National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 2016, Springfield, IL.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – All Ancestry.com members will be moving to the “new” Ancestry.com on December 15, 2015.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Crista noted that in the New Ancestry that the Member Connect capability is back in Tools.  You would get a notification if you and someone else share the same person and the other party makes a change to the information for that person.
  • New Databases – Kentucky Divorce Records 1962-2005.  Contains 516,000 searchable records.  Searchable but with no images available.  Contains birth year, marriage, names, divorce year, divorce location, divorce certificate number that can be used to request copies of the actual records from the county where divorce occurred.
  • New Databases – English/Irish Freemason Membership Registers, 1751-1921.  Searchable and with images of original records.  Can often discover name of the member, when joined, with who joined, how long a member, lodge name, lodge number, lodge location, occupation, age, address.  Record images look very well-written and clear.  Look for any notations that might have been made to the 2-page entries.
  • New Databases – Pennsylvania WW I Veterans Service Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1948.  Searchable and with images.  About 700,000 records.  You can find birth info and birth location info of the person.  Residence of the person when filing the claim and the military branch served in.  Record images are typed and readable and also may contain other support documents provided by the veteran making the claim.
  • New Databases – Tulare County, California Sheriff’s and Jail Records.  Data is searchable and with images.  Can see the name of the person, court date, age, place of record and record type.  Data looks like a computer printout plus there are pages of “mugshots” associated with the page that have the inmate jail number.  The computer printout shows the name of the individual, the crime, physical description of the person, fingerprint classification and miscellaneous notes.  About 236,000 total records.
  • New Databases – Australasia Medical Directories, 1883-1915.  Searchable and browseable by year.  Years are not continuous.  Gaps exist. Images show an index of names within a community, their address and what the medical specialty was of the person.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at Ancestry.com that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to Ancestry.com.

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on Ancestry.com.  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2014 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2015

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2014  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2015 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2015.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2016 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2015”, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2015:

2002 – 2015 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2015 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2016 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2016 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2016 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2016 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2016 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2016 from right within this post at:

2016 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2016!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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