Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening October 10, 2017 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program that will take place at the main location of the Schaumburg Township District Library at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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, October 10, 2017:

Dr. Daniel Hubbard

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday October 10 2017 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Daniel Hubbard. Dr. Daniel Hubbard will present a program titled “Developing a Sixth Census: Finding More in the “Census” Than Meets the Eye”.

This presentation is designed to help you really squeeze as much as you can from census data of many shapes and sizes.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history.

Daniel now combines his skills in technology genealogy complex research the organizing of large amounts of information writing editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry analysis of 19th century letters and photographs and extensive research into colonial families.

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


“What’s New At Ancestry.com September 2017” 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 September 2017 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com September 2017”.

The video is an approximate 24 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 2018 have been set.  These are:  Feb 28 – Mar -3, 2018, RootsTech in Salt Lake city, UT; May 2-5, 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 Database
 – Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1818-2011; 1.8 million records; Birth, Marriage and Death Records; Indexed; Searchable; Images of documents can be browsed; select the city or municipality, parish, record type; browse images as if it were a microfilm.

>  New Database – New York, Death Index, 1880-1956; 5 million records; Death Records; Indexed; Searchable; No Images; 1880-1889 data is also browseable; searchable by last name and other search limitations that can be entered via the template.  Can discover the name of the individual, birth date, death date, event location.  Records are in English.  The images are not of the actual death record but are rather pages of master death indexes in which the name you search appears. You would use the discovered death certificate number to go back to the county to ask for copy of full death record.

>  New Database – Virginia Colonial Records, 1607-1853; 112,000 records;   Stories, Memories and History Records; Indexed; Searchable; Images are of pages where resource resides; searchable by last name that can be entered via the template.  Results of search will lead you to the resource where the information can actually be obtained.  Page images are in English.

>  New Database – Shropshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1812;  1.3 million records;  Birth, Marriage and Death Records; Indexed; Searchable; searchable by last name and other search limitations that can be entered via the template.  Can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, event location, parish and possible naming of other relatives plus other information.  Records are in English.  No images of original records.

>  New Database – Saskatchewan, Canada, Catholic Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1867-1932 ; 164,000 records; Indexed; Browseable Images;  Can browse by parish and year range of records;   Can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, event location, parish and possible naming of other relatives plus other information.  Records are in English.  Image linked to indexed name you search.

>  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

Lots Of Podcasts At RadioPublic; Some Genealogy Podcasts Also Included; Can Search For All Kinds

Hi Everyone!

Like many of you, you start out searching for one thing, discover something else and then forget what your initial searching was for.

Yep, that can happen to me also, especially if the unexpected discovery is actually better than what you were initially looking for.

I happened to come across a nice website called “Radio Public” that is all about podcasts.  The site gives you information about connecting to this service via an app to access over 250,000 podcasts for free.  I was able to discover a link that allows you to search through this massive amount of podcasts for those that can be of interest to you without getting the app initially to gauge what material exists accessible within the app.

I was able to do a search of the material via a different website that goes by:


The main website without a search function (as best as I can see) is:


I did a search of the site using the “search” site name above for “genealogy” and “family history” and found some hits for podcasts in this area.  Some of the podcast episodes for some podcasters were copious, some not so.

While there is some genealogy podcast material you can find here, I wanted to share this resource for being able to search it for any kind of podcast topic of interest to you over and above genealogy.

Give it a try.

If you try searching using  “genealogy”, you will see 3 podcast creators, 2 of which are really genealogy and the other being more religious/bible oriented keying off of the term genealogy as it applies more biblical.

Try searching using  “family history” and you will also see 3 podcast creators to select from.  The one having the most episodes is “Family History Genealogy Made Easy Podcasts” created by Lisa Louise Cooke with 44 episodes.  The most recent episode is September 2014.  However, you can easily visit her website for the full amount of the podcasts (207 episodes going back at least to 2007-2008) she has on genealogy on her own website at:

Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems Podcasts 

You are not always going to hit a “home run” in finding what you are searching for relative to podcasts.  But Radio Public can sure open you up to searching for so much more than pure genealogy.  I had fun exploring and discovering genealogy material as well as just fun searches for all kinds of subject podcasts.

On the topic of “home runs” read on!

Try “Chicago Cubs” and find 239 episodes to pick from about “game recaps”.

Try “Chicago White Sox” and find 375 episodes of a variety of kinds to listen to, including game recaps.

Try “Chicago Bears” and find 5 separate podcast creators to select from to get all you want to know about the Chicago Bears.

Yes, some genealogy but you can find so much more here for your enjoyment.

Hope this resource makes you curious for what you can find.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Upcoming Lake County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place On Saturday, November 11, 2017 In Lake Villa, IL; John Phillip Colletta, Ph.D Is Featured Speaker; Link To PDF Brochure Included In Post

Hi Everyone!

Lake County Genealogical Society LogoOne of my counterpart genealogy librarians made me aware of the upcoming Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society Annual Conference.  It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Lake Villa Township West Campus, 37850 N. Ill. Rt. 59  in Lake Villa, IL.

The title for the society’s 25th Annual Genealogical Workshop is “The Rank and File: Seeking Our Military Ancestors”.

The speaker for the 4 of the 7 programs offered for the day will be John Phillip Colletta, Ph.D

The speaker for the other 3 programs that will be offered will be Michelle Bray Wilson.

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After visiting the Lake County Genealogical Society website, I see that at this time they have current online information regarding this upcoming 25th Annual Genealogical Workshop that will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

I have a link to the online brochure for this event down below.

Registration and browsing of materials starts at 8 AM.

Programs run from 9 AM until 3:30 PM.

Main guest speaker for the day is John Phillip Colletta, Ph.D..

It looks like the costs for the program are:

  • $35.00 if you are a member of the society (program registration prior to November 1, 2017)
  • $40.00 if you are not a member of the society  (program registration prior to November 1, 2017)
  • $45.00  (program registration after November 1, 2017 or as a walk-in on the day of program)

“Walk-ins” on the day of the program are OK  but you are on your own for lunch.  Lunch is not guaranteed for “walk-ins”.  You would pay the highest fee on that day.

Please use the following link that will get you directly to the PDF file that has all of the information about the day including the registration material, program titles and times, speaker biographies and directions:

November 11, 2017 Lake County Genealogical Society 25th Annual Conference Program/Registration Brochure

I have been to their programs some time back and I always felt that they had top-notch speakers.  I would definitely recommend attending this annual event.

I know you will enjoy the day.

The society puts on a great annual conference with top-notch speakers and topics.  You will not be disappointed.  If you have not attended a local, all-day conference, this is a good one to attend.

You can always decide at the last-minute and be a “walk-in” to attend the conference (unfortunately, at the highest cost to you).  I have attended conferences as a “walk-in” and I usually find that it was well-worth the added cost to attend at the last-minute if pre-scheduling was a problem for you.

You can visit the general website for the society at:

Lake County Genealogical Society (IL) Website

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 7, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “Ireland’s Griffith’s Valuation: Using the Tables and Maps” Presented By Paul Milner

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 7, 2017 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.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 Paul Milner.    The speaker will present a program titled “Ireland’s Griffith’s Valuation: Using the Tables and Maps.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 7, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Paul Milner, 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

Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 27, 2017 And Saturday, October 28, 2015 In Moline, IL; Conference Brochure Now Available

Hi Everyone,

illinoisgensoc-logoThe program brochure for the upcoming 2017 Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference is now available from the Illinois State Genealogical society website.

The conference will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Conference will be held at the iWireless Center at 1201 River Drive in Moline, IL.  Lodging is available at the Radisson located at 1415 River Drive in Moline.  Phone number of the facility is 309-764-1000.  Room rates are between $115-$130.

You can choose to participate in one day or the other if that is better for you or you can obviously fully participate in both days’ events.

Here is a direct link to the brochure that contains all of the information of the events for the two-day conference in addition to the costs.

2017 Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

You can also visit the general website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

It really looks like a conference that will have many top-notch speakers from the genealogical community.  Speakers noted are:

  • Karen Stanbary
  • J. H. “Jay” Fonkert
  • Tony Burroughs, FUGA
  • Ginger Frere
  • Dr. Daniel Hubbard
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass
  • Rachel M. Popma

Our Fall season in Illinois is not that far away.  Look at the full brochure in the link above.  Conferences generally rotate locations between Chicago area locations and downstate locations.  This year’s program is not right in our own backyard, so you have to drive to Moline this year if interested in attending.  The great speakers and topics can make it worth your while to get yourself to Moline, IL.  Google tells me it is about 165 miles from our Chicago area and estimates a drive time of about 3 hours.

Give this annual conference a try.  Treat yourself to a nice Fall weekend with lots of learning opportunities and the chance to meet some great speakers and researchers.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For September 23, 2017; “Swedish Immigration In Argentina And Brazil” Presented By Jane Florine

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities maybe 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 September 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 September 23, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon.  This program is titled “Swedish Immigration in Argentina and Brazil” and is presented by Jane Florine.

Here is the text from the program description contained in the Cirkular:

Swedish Immigration in Argentina and Brazil

“Presented by Jane Florine, ethnomusicologist who lived and worked in Argentina for many years.

In this talk, Jane Florine will discuss the Swedish immigration that took place to Brazil and Argentina in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Oberá, located in the northeast area of Argentina, was the largest Swedish colony in Latin America. To this day, Swedish culture – especially Scandinavian folk dance – is preserved in Oberá, the home of Argentina’s National Immigration Festival, along with an interest in Swedish genealogy.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. Non-members pay $10 per presentation. Payment is accepted at the door. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.”

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 September 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September 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 September 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library