“What’s New At Ancestry.com February 2016” YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

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ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a February 2016 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com February 2016”.

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 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
  • New Databases – Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812.  This new database contains about 4.5 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the parishes and types and date intervals of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a large size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.
  • New Databases – U.S.,  Departing Passenger and Crew Lists, 1914-1962.  This new database contains about 7.6 million records.  It contains data for those that left by either ship or airline.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the states of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a large size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.  I actually searched this for KIERNA and found some included.  It showed them on a list of passengers on a named airline noting where they were leaving from and what their destination was.  Also included the home address of the person.  Images I saw were typed lists and very readable.
  • New Databases – Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950.  This new database contains about 8.4 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the date intervals of these records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a large size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data when it is available.  Due to privacy considerations, some actual original certificates are not available to view.  So you will often get results, some having actual images to look at and others just noting the death in the indexed result as transcribed text.
  • New Databases – Queensland and Victoria, Australian Directories, 1859-1947.  This new database contains about 26.3 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  In this case, you can select Queensland or Victoria to narrow down the search.   The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.  Many of the listings include the occupation of the individual in the directory and the town they reside.  I did not see an exact address provided for anyone listed.
  • New Databases – Wurttemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1597-1959 (in German).  This new database contains about 50.7  million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the towns/cities (very long list) and date intervals of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a large size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.  But remember, the records are in German.  It would be helpful for you to know a more exact geographic location to search if you know it and select it from the large list of towns/cities.
  • New Databases – Mexico, Select Church Records, 1537-1966 (in Spanish).  This new database contains about 41.6  million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the Mexican states, then towns, then parishes to see the date intervals of records before you search within a particular parish.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a large size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at when available.  But remember, the records are in Spanish.  It would be helpful for you to know a more exact geographic location to browse if you know it and select it from the listings within Mexican state, city and parish.
  • 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

January To June 2016 Upcoming Genealogy Programs At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Hi Everyone!

AHML LogoI have just received a listing of the upcoming January to June 2016 Genealogy Programs that will take place at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) located at 500 N. Dunton Ave. in Arlington Heights, IL.  Phone number for the library is 847-392-0100.

Please note two important items:

  • The programs will require you to register with your intent to attend.  You can do so directly from within the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Calendar of Events at http://www.ahml.info/attend/events or you can call them directly at 847-392-0100 and ask them to register you or ask them for assistance to register yourself online.
  • Some of the programs are noted as being ONLY for those that have had their library card issued to them from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (4 of the 11 programs on the list).

Here is the link to a PDF document that identifies these upcoming genealogy programs at the AHML:

January to June 2016 Genealogy Programs at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

There is a varied amount of genealogy programs from writing your family history to finding your ancestors online to researching a cemetery.  The link above will provide you with the details for each program, including the date, day, time and location within the library where the program will occur.  More importantly, you will also see if it is open to the public or open only to those that have had their library card issued to them by AHML.

I see a total of 11 upcoming programs.  Four of the programs require that a card was issued to you by the AHML.  The other seven programs are open to the general public.

I do not think I have ever seen such a vast amount of genealogy programs being offered by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library overs such a short period of time!  Yippee!

I have also entered these programs into the Google Calendar I have as part of this blog.  You can access this calendar on my home page at the top as a link noted as “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”  You can reach it directly via the following link:

Tony’s Genealogy Blog at the Schaumburg Township District Library – Calendar of Local Genealogy Events

Lots for you to do to add to your genealogy skill set as a researcher.

Check out all of the above links.  Mark your calendars!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their February 21, 2016 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Fountaindale Public Library In Bolingbrook, IL.; The Program Title Is “The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments Into The Genealogical Narrative” Presented By Jeanne Larzalere Bloom; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL on Sunday, February 21, 2016 starting at 2 PM.

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

The formal presentation is titled “The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments into the Genealogical Narrative”.  The presenter is Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.

If you plan to attend the program in person, please note that you will need to register that intent with the Fountaindale Public Library either by registering through their website at Fountaindale Public Library Program Registration or by calling them at 630-759-2102 and have someone from the library assist you with the registration process.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.

As family researchers we often encounter problems. There can be conflicting information about identity, dates, and places. We encounter situations where no one document plainly states a parent-child relationship. We need to use multiple documents that, after thoughtful analysis, lead us to a conclusion. After a reasonably exhaustive research for records and information, we must assemble the evidence into a proof argument. Using a case study, this presentation demonstrates how to successfully weave a proof argument into a family tapestry.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom is a certified genealogist and full-time
researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. Her clients are international.

On behalf of the Department of the Army, Ms. Bloom also searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

There is ample parking and light refreshments will be served.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

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 February 21, 2016 Program

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 program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for February 9, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2016 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 February 2016 Handouts for your convenience:

February 2016 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, February 9, 2016 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

February 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for February 9, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2016 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 February 2016 Newsletter for your convenience:

February 2016 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, February 9, 2016 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 February 9, 2016

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.  Seating capacity in the room is limited to 80.   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, February 9, 2016:

MilnerPaulThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Paul Milner. Paul will present a program titled “Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland”.

This program provides a good overview of procedures to follow in performing Irish research. Lots of examples illustrate the wide variety of records that can be utilized in the research process.

Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research.

Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening February 9, 2016 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, February 9, 2016:

MilnerPaulThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Paul Milner. Paul will present a program titled “Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland”.

This program provides a good overview of procedures to follow in performing Irish research. Lots of examples illustrate the wide variety of records that can be utilized in the research process.

Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research.

Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

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