Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 10, 2017 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, January 10, 2017:

Tina Beaird

Tina Beaird

Our originally scheduled speaker Sarah A. V. Kirby has had to cancel her appearance and program for January 10, 2017. Sarah was originally going to present a program titled “Finding Newspapers Online”. We have scheduled a different speaker for the evening who will present a program in the same subject area as was originally scheduled. Tina Beaird will be our genealogy program speaker for the evening and will present a program titled “Newspaper Necessities”.

Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local history information other than obituaries. Learn how to find the hidden gems in newspapers like claim day notices, cards of thanks, society news, tax notices and more. Learn how to locate digital copies of original newspapers as well as what online indexes and abstracts exist.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member and an Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.  The speaker is expected to start the presentation between 7:45 and 8 p.m..  Program will end approximately 9:15 p.m.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; January 28, 2017 Genealogy Program; Book Discussion “When I Was A Child: An Autobiographical Novel” By Vilhelm Moberg

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 January 2017 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

The Swedish American Genealogical Society has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  There is a program scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10am to 12 noon.  There will be a book discussion on a book titled “When I Was A Child: An Autobiographical Novel” by Vilhelm Moberg.  Cost to attend for members of the society is free.  Cost to attend for non-members is $10.  The society does ask that you contact them via email to let them know if you are attending.  Here is a small description of the program from the newsletter:

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Join us for a book discussion of “When I was a Child: an Autobiographical Novel” by Vilhelm Moberg. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; non-members pay $10. Reservations are appreciated.

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You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:

Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events

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 January 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago January 2017

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of January 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

National Genealogical Society 2017 Annual Conference Brochure And Program Information Available; May 10-13, 2017 In Raleigh, North Carolina; “Family History Lives Here”

Hi Everyone!

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

The 2017 program is scheduled for May 10, 2017 through May 13, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The title of the 2017 conference is “Family History Lives Here”.

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 and do early bird registration.  You can also sign up for a 1-day series of programs only.  Registration by March 27, 2017 will get you an early bird discount if you are a member of the society or not.  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.

Being a member of NGS AND doing early bird registration will get you the biggest discount on price overall.

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

Our January 10, 2017 Genealogy Program Speaker Has To Cancel Her Appearance; Sarah A. V. Kirby Was Going To Present “Finding Newspapers Online”; Instead, Tina Beaird Will Be Presenting “Newspaper Necessities” In Place Of The Originally Scheduled Speaker And Program; Our Printed Program Guide For This Program Will Not Be Accurate

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library

I need to make you aware of an upcoming genealogy program change.  Our January 10, 2017 genealogy program was going to originally have Sarah A. V. Kirby make a presentation titled “Finding Newspapers Online”.  Sarah has had to cancel her appearance at our library.

Instead of the original program we will be having Tina Beaird make a presentation titled “Newspaper Necessities”.

Different speaker than originally intended but I have tried to keep the subject category on using newspapers for your research the same.

Here is a little description of the program as well as some information about Tina Beaird:

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Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local history information other than obituaries. Learn how to find the hidden gems in newspapers like claim day notices, cards of thanks, society news, tax notices and more. Learn how to locate digital copies of original newspapers as well as what online indexes and abstracts exist.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member and an Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

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Unfortunately, the cancellation we received was done after our Program Guide was going to print which meant we could not make a correction at that time.  For those of you that receive our printed program guide you will still see reference to Sarah A. V. Kirby making a presentation titled “Finding Newspapers Online”.

I have made an updated change to our online library calendar of events on our website.  If you select the January 10, 2017 program for genealogy from the calendar you will see it has been updated to reflect that Tina Beaird will be our program speaker for the evening.

This blog post will also spread the word about the change in programming for the January 10, 2017 Genealogy Program.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  I am certain that Tina’s presentation will be well recieved.

Thank you for understanding the change that had to be made.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on January 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm for “Newspaper Necessities” presented by Tina Beaird.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“What’s New At Ancestry.com December 2016” 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 2016 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com December 2016”.

The video is an approximate 16 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 –  Large conference dates for 2017 have been set.  These are:  February 8-11, 2017, RootsTech in Salt Lake City; May 10-13, 2017, National Genealogical Society in Raleigh, NC; June 9-11, 2017, Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA; July 23-28, 2017, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations, Orlando, FL; August 30-September 2, 2017, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • New Databases – Callao, Peru, Civil Registrations, 1874-1996 (In Spanish)The new database contains about 360,000 records of civil birth, marriages and deaths.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is indexed and searchable.  Records are in Spanish.  Browse the list of kinds of records to narrow down your search.  Province of Callao with many municipalities of Callao available.  There are images associated with the data that can be browsed by individual municipality name to select.  Kind of event is noted.
  • New Databases – U.S. Presbyterian Records, 1743-1970This  new databases contains about 760,000 records for births, marriages and deaths.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The databases are also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  You can filter and search records by state, church, record types and years.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, event date and place, and relatives mentioned.
  • New Databases – Japan, Clan Genealogies, 850-2012 database (in Japanese)This new databases contains about 87,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is not searchable, browseable only of the images.  Records are in Japanese.  You can select records to browse by family name, prefecture, county or city, town and village.  Yes, some of the records date back to 850.
  • New Databases – Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2009 (in Korean)This new database contains about 2.5 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is not indexed and images are browseable.   Records can be filtered for browsing by Family name, country, province, city or county, town and village.
  • New Databases – Oklahoma, County Marriages,1890-1995.  This new database contains about 2.6 million records.   The database is  indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.   You can discover the name of the individual, birth year, marriage date, marriage location and spouse name.  The indexed item will lead you to an image of the actual record.
  • New Databases – New Jersey, Birth Index, 1901-1903, New Jersey, Marriage Index, 1901-1914, New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903.  The birth index database contains about 360,000 records; the marriage index contains about 758,000 records; the death index contains about 92,000 records.    Each database is  indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.   Image linked to indexed name.  You can discover the name of the individual, and other information specific to the kind of vital record.  You can view the original image.
  • Tip From Crista – A particular database may have no connection to your research but you may still benefit from knowing about it.  As an example, there may be an Australian Outbound Passenger List database.  You may not have an Australian connection, but discovering that Outbound passenger records exists may allow you to consider to see if such records exist for the country associated with your ancestor.
  • 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 has noted on past videos 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

RootsTech 2017 Will Take Place February 8- 11, 2017 In Salt Lake City, UT; Some Classes To Be Available For Online Streaming From Upcoming 2017 Conference

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoJust a reminder that the 2017 version of RootsTech will take place on February 8 to February 11, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dick Eastman had a post about the upcoming 2017 conference.  You can see that post with the information here:

September  15, 2016 Dick Eastman Post Reporting On Upcoming 2017 RootsTech

This has proven to be  a wildly successful major genealogical conference that brings together genealogy researchers and genealogy software developers under one roof.  Dick Eastman reported in a March 18, 2015 blog post that 23,918 people attended the 2015 RootsTech conference.  Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s blog post reporting on information from the previous 2015 conference:

March 18, 2015 Dick Eastman Blog Post About RootsTech 2015

You can view the conference website for information about this 2017 RootsTech Conference at:

RootsTech 2017

There is a very large and detailed “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” part of the RootsTech website.  It is well worth browsing through the variety of questions about the conference.  The FAQ can really give you some good insights about the overall conference.  Here is a link to the RootsTech 2017 FAQ:

2017 RootsTech Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

RootsTech generally makes available a multitude of some of its recorded programs from the previous year for online viewing.  Unfortunately, as I write this post, the window for viewing those videos is no longer open.  Wish I could provide a link to these because they really provide an incredible insight into what RootsTech is all about through the programs they provide.  If I see that the window opens up and these are viewable again, even if only for a short time, then I will make another post letting you know they are available.

Consider going to Salt Lake City, UT to connect with the soon to take place 2017 version of RootsTech!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

“2017 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 “2017 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2017 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 2017 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 2017 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2017 from right within this post at:

2017 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2017!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library