“What’s New At Ancestry.com March 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 March 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com March 2015″.

The video is an approximate 31 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 – National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Conference, May 13-16, 2015 at St. Charles, Missouri; Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, June 4-7, 2015, Burbank, CA, www.genealogyjamboree.com.
  • Ancestry Blog Post –  There will be a series of blog posts within the Ancestry blog about identifying old photos from the clothing styles in pictures.  Betty Shubert is in an expert in this specialty will be creating these informative blog posts to help researchers identify photo time periods from the clothing worn by those in the picture.  Search the blog using “Betty Shubert” as your search term to find the 4 blog posts already there.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – There is a “sneak peek” blog post from Ancestry that provides visuals of what the current “beta” web site for Ancestry.com will look like in the future.  The original “sneak peek” was made available at the recently concluded Roots Tech conference.  You can see examples in the Ancestry blog post of how certain parts of the newly designed web site will look.  You can even submit yourself to be a beta tester of the site and provide information back to Ancestry on your likes/dislikes/wishes/problems.  You must be a subscriber to Ancestry.com in order to submit yourself as a beta tester.  You may have to wait until you are selected by Ancestry before you can start testing.  Here is the blog post link for the “sneak peek” http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/02/19/sneak-peak-new-ancestry-website-coming/
  • Ancestry Blog Post – The Ancestry Mobile App has been updated for iOS.  It will now allow you to actually search Ancestry.com for records.  However, from the mobile app, you are only limited to searching for birth, marriage, death and census records.  There is also an “inline” search suggestion for your timeline that prompts you to consider searching a database that may have records for your research.  See the blog post here http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/02/09/mobile-search/
  • New Databases – Gloucestershire, England resources added consisting of 5 databases with 3 million records.
  • New Databases –  Germany – 16 new databases added containing 1.2 million records.  Mainly church records.  Sometimes just indexed with no images.  Mid to late 1800s to early to mid 1900s.
  • New Databases – Canada – Quaker meeting records. Meticulous and detailed records.  1786 to 1988.
  • New Databases – United Kingdom – Royal Navy Service Records covering 1900 to 1928.
  • New Databases – Michigan Marriage Records 1867 to 1952.  Indexed and generally includes original image.  5 million records.
  • 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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, April 4, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Swab Your Cheek: How To Make The Most Of DNA Kinship Results” By Marsha Peterson-Maass

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Marsha Peterson-Maass.    The speaker will present a program titled “Swab Your Cheek : How To Make the Most of DNA Kinship Results.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) April  4, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Marsha Peterson-Maass, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

You can always visit the website of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society to see what they are all about at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Fountaindale Public Library District In Bolingbrook, IL Will Be Having A Genealogy Day On Saturday , May 2, 2015, From 9:30 AM To 4:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoI did receive a notice from the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL that they will be offering a “Genealogy Day” on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Fountaindale Public Library.

You do need to register in advance with the library in order to attend the program.  You can register yourself through the library website below or you can call the library at 630-685-4176 for registration.

You can visit the website of the Fountaindale Public Library District at:

Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL

The program is free and open to the public.

The program title is “Movers, Quakers, and Rockbreakers”.

Presentation Titles and Speakers are:

  • Researching Religious Records” by Maureen Brady
  • Digging for Coal Mining Genealogy Resources” by Richard Joyce
  • Gifting Genealogy Research to the Next Generation” by an expert panel led by Mark Hayes

Door Prizes, Society Booths and Photo Restoration will also be part of the program.

You can bring your own “brown-bag” lunch or you can pre-order a sandwich, side and drink from the Brooks Cafe that is a cafe within the library.

Take a look at the “flyer” I received from the library providing information on the program as well as information on ordering your lunch from the Brooks cafe if you choose not to bring in your own brown-bag lunch.

May 2, 2015 “Genealogy Day” Program At the Fountaindale Public Library Plus Lunch Order Form

Debra Dudek of the library can be contacted for any further information about the event at ddudek@fountaindale.org .

I just wanted to share this opportunity with my readers, especially to those that may be more closely located to the Fountaindale Public Library District  in Bolingbrook, IL.

Take the opportunity to participate in this all-day program.  Take the time to learn about how to discover your family tree!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for March 10, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

March 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, March 10, 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

March 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for March 10, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

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

March 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, March 10, 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 March 10, 2015

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 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

Update Post: Registration Is Now Open For National Genealogical Society 2015 Annual Conference; Brochure And Program Information Available; May 13-16, 2015 In St. Charles, Missouri; “Crossroads of America”

Hi Everyone!

NGS Logo Clip ArtI have an update to a previous post regarding the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference.  The registration process is now open for the conference that will take place between May 13, 2015 and May 16, 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Take advantage of “early-bird” registration now through March 30, 2015 and get some lower prices for the conference.  Being a member of the National Genealogical Society will also get you some further discounts.

You can get to the main part of the NGS website where conference information and conference registration can be found at:

2015 National Genealogical Society Conference Information

What follows after the separator line is what I originally posted back on November 25, 2014 when news of the 2015 conference became known.

You can use all of the links in the original to find out further info about the conference.

Attending a national genealogical conference of one sort another should be on your once in a lifetime “bucket” list.  I crossed that item off of my bucket list a while ago.  This conference is so to speak in our own back yard.  It is about 319 miles away and is about a 5 hour drive.  As national conferences go this one is fairly close by.  So you can forego the costly expense of airline tickets and take advantage of the lowered cost of gas for your car!

Think about immersing yourself in all things genealogy over a 4 day period!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Hi Everyone!

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

The 2015 program is scheduled for May 13, 2015 through May 16, 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.  The title of the 2015 conference is “Crossroads of America”.

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 sign up for a 1-day series of programs only.  Registration by March 30, 2015 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