“FREE” Access To Irish Records, Including The Newly Indexed Irish Catholic Parish Registers, From FindMyPast From March 1, 2016 To March 8, 2016

Hi Everyone!

FindMyPast LogoOne of our avid participants at our monthly genealogy programs made me aware that FindMyPast is offering “FREE” access to Irish records (110 million), including the newly released Irish Catholic Parish Registers (10 million registers that include 40 million names that are indexed and searchable), from March 1, 2016 to March 8, 2016 (Note the small window!).

You can get to FindMyPast directly here at FindMyPast or read much more about this free one week offering through a posting by the Gleeson Clan Gathering 2016 site at:

FREE Access To Irish Records From FindMyPast From March 1, 2016 To March 8, 2016 Including The Recently Released Indexed Irish Catholic Parish Registers

Initially, the Irish Catholic Parish Registers data was made available as un-indexed data that you could browse through the images to do research.  Now, the data has been indexed and is searchable.

Spanning over 200 years of Ireland’s history from 1671-1900, the Irish Catholic Parish Registers contain over 40 million names from over 1,000 parishes and cover 97% of the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

For anyone doing Irish research, this is a great opportunity to access the Irish Catholic Parish Registers in addition to the other Irish data within FindMyPast that would normally not be free.

It is a short window of time to access this material for free.  Consider taking advantage of this access through FindMyPast.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 8, 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, March 8, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 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

Massive Polish Research Outline Available From FamilySearch From Within Their Wiki; Link Included To 115 Page Guide; Great All-In-One Reference Guide; Link Included To Research Outlines For Many Other Countries And U.S. States

Hi Everyone,

FamilySearch.org LogoOne of my colleagues at work shared a wonderful genealogy resource with me that can be a great resource for those genealogy researchers that are researching their Polish roots.

The resource is available from within the FamilySearch Wiki.  If you search the Wiki using “Research Outlines” you will not only come across the one specific to Poland, but you will also find research outlines for many other countries that you may be researching ancestral lines.

Thank you Tom for sharing this link with me allowing me to dig a little deeper into the myriad of all the other Research Outlines that are available.

Here is the link that will get you specifically to the Research Outline for Poland ancestry research:

Poland Research Outline From FamilySearch

For those of you doing genealogy research applying to other countries, here is a link to the general Research Outline material in which you will see a listing of countries from which you can select the Research Outline:

FamilySearch Research Outlines

The United States is included in the Research Outlines in the above link.  Each state within the US has a Research Outline.  Think of this resource as both a help for international country research that your research is moving into as well as for any state within the US that your research is engaged in.

The FamilySearch Wiki is a wonderful resource.  These Research Outlines can attest to one component of all that you can find within the Wiki.

Polish genealogy researchers, check out the link to the Research Outline applicable to your interests.

Anyone else, check out the other link above to gain access to the totality of all of the Research Outlines available to you on a country basis as well as on a state by state basis for the United States.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Is Offering “Beginners Help In Genealogy” Sign-Ups Throughout 2016; 2nd Thursday Of The Month Between 7-9 PM; Program Flyer In This Post

Hi Everyone!

AHML LogoI just received a program flyer from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library that notes the library will be offering “Beginners Help in Genealogy” sign-up programs throughout 2016.

Beginner’s help in genealogy will be offered on the 2nd Thursday evening from March through November 2016 between 7 and 9 PM from volunteers at the library that specialize in genealogy.

Programs are offered to the general public.  You do not need a library card that was issued by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in order to participate in these “help” sessions.

Registration is required in order to participate.  You can register through the general website of the library at www.ahml.info.  Or you can always call them at 847-392-0100 to express your interest to register or to seek help in registering yourself online.

Here is the “flyer” I received from the library with all the pertinent information on the sessions, library location, dates, library rooms etc.  (The first program offered in 2016 in March will actually occur on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  This is correct.  All of the other programs for the balance of 2016 will be on the 2nd Thursday evening.)

Arlington Heights Memorial Library “Genealogy Beginners 2016 Help Sessions”

For those of you new to genealogy, this is a great opportunity to seek assistance and learn the process of genealogy to help you in your further research.  It is also great that this opportunity for beginning genealogists is open to the public.

Check out the flyer.  If you are a beginner at genealogy, see if the day/dates fit your schedule to get some great assistance as you begin your research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 5, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Researching At The Wisconsin Historical Society Library And Archives” Presented By George Findlen

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, March 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 5, 2016 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 George Findlen.    The speaker will present a program titled “Researching at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March 5, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about George Findlen, 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

“What’s New At Ancestry.com February 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 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