FREE Access To All Irish Resources On AmericanAncestors.org From March 15-22, 2017

Hi Everyone!

While perusing through some online material at Dick Eastman’s blog website, I came across this very timely notice.

From March 15, 2017 through March 22, 2017, in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, the databases commonly referred to as American Ancestors at AmericanAncestors.org will be allowing FREE access to the Irish records in their database collections.  These databases are offered through the New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS).

March 15, 2017 Through March 22, 2017 FREE Access To Irish Records At AmericanAncestors.org From The New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS)

Access will require registration with NEHGS as a free guest user.

Check out all of the details in the link above to Dick Eastman’s article.

Our library subscribes and provides access to all of the American Ancestors databases all of the time.  You need to be present in our library in order to access these databases.  License agreements with NEHGS does not allow us to provide access to the databases to our library card holders at home.

So, take advantage of the free access to the Irish databases from home for this short window of free access.

Also take advantage of the American Ancestors databases offered by our library for in-house use. Use the computers located behind the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor of our library.  Ask our librarians at that desk for any help to access our American Ancestors database when you are in our library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

There Will Be No Genealogy Program Tonight, March 14, 2017; Our Entire Main Library Location Has Closed For The Balance Of The Rest Of The Day And Night Due To A Nearby Water Main Break

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I am sorry to report that there will not be a Genealogy Program this evening as is normally scheduled.

OUR MAIN LIBRARY BUILDING AT 130 S. ROSELLE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE BALANCE OF THE DAY AND EVENING TODAY DUE TO A NEARBY WATER MAIN BREAK!

I was actually just in my car starting to drive in to work when I received a call from my Reference Department manager.  She told me what was just occurring at the library.  Plans were being made to close the main library down for the rest of our normally scheduled open hours.  I was told not to come into work tonight because our facility will soon be closed.

Our main library web site is sharing this news also that our main library building is now closed.

Since our Genealogy Program is categorized as a “drop in” program with no registration required to attend, this blog post will have to serve as the best method of getting the word out to subscribers to the blog that there will be no genealogy program tonight because our library building is  closed for the rest of the day due to the water main break.  We do not know who would be intending to come to the program since there is no registration and consequently no way we could contact those to let them know the library will be closed.

I apologize in advance for this disappointing news and I do hope this will not be disruptive for those of you that were planning on dropping in tonight.  I also apologize in advance to those that may try to attend our Genealogy Program tonight only to discover upon arrival that our building is closed due to the water main break emergency.

We will just make the best of it and reconvene next month.

Thanks for understanding.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Family History Library Classes And Webinars Schedules Via FamilySearch Wiki; Can Attend Programs In Person (Salt Lake City) Or Online Via Registration; Some Previously Recorded Webinars Available To View; Handouts From Past Classes/Webinars Available

Hi Everyone!

One of my genealogy librarian colleagues shared some information about some upcoming British Isles research classes being offered by the Family History Library.  These classes will occur between March 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017.  There are 2 classes scheduled for each of the above dates in the range.  First class for the day starts at 1 PM (Mountain Time), followed by the second class at 2 PM (Mountain Time).

The British Isles Research Seminar for the above days is currently highlighted when you access it from the link below.

These are classes that you can attend in person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT OR you can attend these programs ONLINE.

My point here is that for the immediacy of any interest in British Isles research check out these programs since the dates are coming up very soon.

More importantly, all of this information about Family History Library classes and webinars that are coming up as well as those previously presented can be found from within the Family History Library Wiki for this topic at:

Family History Library Classes and Webinars

They currently are showing the programs they have coming up for March and April 2017.  There are literally programs each and every day.  The classes are identified by “skill level” for the researcher.  Just about all of the classes are noted as intended for “Beginners”.  For April 2017 there are about 4 of the scheduled programs identified as for “intermediates”.

The topics span all aspects of genealogical research that you can learn from.  Some are of a broader nature such as how to use the FamilySearch Catalog effectively.  Some are what I would categorize as being for a very small niche such as “The Value of Danish Military Levying Rolls”.

You can also access information on the description of the class as well as who is presenting it and their background biography.

This looks like a wonderful source of classes/webinars that could really help you with your research.  This Wiki entry is well-worth bookmarking for future use when the urge strikes you to want to learn something more about a genealogical topic relative to your own research needs.

Also, the Family History Library has grouped their previously presented classes/webinars under broader terms such as “Scandinavian Research Webinars”, “British Isles Research Webinars” etc. to allow you to easily discover what are the programs under this broader topic category.

And there is more!  You can access all of the handouts associated with any of these previously presented classes/webinars.  Just looking under my own personal interest for “Polish Research Webinars” I saw that there are handouts currently for 15 classes/webinars on the subject.  It does note that it takes about 4 weeks after a program/webinar is presented for it to become available in the previously presented grouping of these programs.

And you can even view some of the previously presented classes themselves.

I am very impressed with the wealth of material for these programs/webinars that spans a broad range of genealogical topics.

Even if you cannot or do not want to participate in one of these programs in person or online, you should definitely check out some of the previously presented ones just to see the handouts associated with the program.  The handout alone could be very helpful to you.

Still, there is nothing like being able to hear a fully presented program from a knowledgeable presenter and also then receive their handouts.

Check out this Wiki entry on all of the upcoming programs offered by the Family History Library as well as check out the previously presented programs under the categories that pertain to your own research interests.

I think you will like what you see.

See what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having A PGSA Workshop On Saturday May 20, 2017 From 11 AM To 4PM At The NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL.; One Program Is A Webinar From Poland Presented By Tadeusz Pilat; 2nd Program Will Be Presented By Jason Kruski On Site

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received a program flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming PGSA Workshop that will take place at the NIU Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL on Saturday, May 20, 2017 between 11 am to 4 pm.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the workshop and meet other members of the society in attendance.

The first presentation will be a “live” webinar consisting of two topics presented by Tadeusz Pilat from Poland.  He will have a program on “Notary Records in Poland” as well as a program on “Cadastral Maps”.

A second presentation will take place on-site at the conference center.  Jason Kruski will present an on-site program titled “Technological Advances in Polish-American Genealogy”.

The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register either for the webinar (if you will not be attending the conference in person) or the live on-site presentation .  Those physically in attendance at the NIU Center will be participating in both the live webinar and the live program on-site.

You can just participate in the online webinar if you choose and not attend the Workshop in person.

The fee structure is also based on being a member of the PGSA or not being a member of the society.

Attendance on-site is limited to 50 people and registration ends May 10, 2017.

Attendance to participate on the webinar if you will not be at the Conference Center itself has unlimited numbers to attend and no registration deadline.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For May 20, 2017 PGSA Workshop

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this workshop and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topics being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for March 14, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2017 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 2017 Handouts for your convenience:

March 2017 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 14, 2017 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 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for March 14, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2017 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 2017 Newsletter for your convenience:

March 2017 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 14, 2017 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 14, 2017

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 14, 2017:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Schaumburg Library’s Genealogist Tony Kierna will give a brief review of genealogical topics, then you can work in small groups based on nationality, skill level or project type to share your findings and learn more about your heritage.

Small groups include Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, Colonial American, DNA/Adoption and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.)

Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet to share your information and research with others, or use the laptop connected to our projector.

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.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library