November 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for November 10, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the November 2015 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 November 2015 Handouts for your convenience:

November 2015 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, November 10, 2015 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

November 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for November 10, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the November 2015 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 November 2015 Newsletter for your convenience:

November 2015 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, November 10, 2015 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 November 10, 2015

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, November 10, 2015:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jennifer Holik. Jennifer will present a program titled “Stories of the Lost: Researching World War II Military Records”.

A continuation of “Finishing the Story,” we will explore the records available to tell the stories of those who died in service. We will also discuss those who took care of our Soldier Dead, the Graves Registration Service men. Learn about their job and the reasons it took so long to have our soldiers repatriated and what happened to the personal effects during the course of recovery and repatriation.

Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional and the owner of Generations and co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist. Jennifer has over twenty years of research and writing experience. She has authored articles for local and national genealogical publications; authored and published a set of kids’ genealogy curriculum books in 2012; is an Expert Author for Archives.com; and writes for several blogs.

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

National Archives Of The United States Presented A Virtual Genealogy Fair On October 21-22, 2015; Approximately 9 Hours Of YouTube Videos Of The Programs Presented; Presentation Slides And Handouts Available; Link To Online Material In This Post; Access Previous Fairs Information From 2005 To 2014

Hi Everyone!

National Archives LogoOne of my librarian colleagues and participants at our program made me aware that the National Archives of the United States just recently held a 2 day Virtual Genealogy Fair.  The fair was just held on October 21, 2015 and October 22, 2015.

Thank you Celeste!

Did you miss it?

Yep, me too!

However, we have a chance to see what this was all about by taking a look at the material that was uploaded to YouTube by the National Archives.

Are you ready for this?  You can view Day 1 and Day 2 proceedings of the presentations online at YouTube.  Day 1 YouTube material is about 4 hours and 30 minutes.  Day 2 proceedings of the event on YouTube are about 5 hours.

Pretty lengthy?  Yep!

Presentation topics for Day 1 were:

  • “Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives” presented by Claire Kluskens
  • “Preserving Your Family Records: Conversation and Questions” presented by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler
  • “Personnel Records of the National Archives – St. Louis” presented by Bryan K. McGraw
  • “It’s in the Cards: Finding Family Members in National Archives–St. Louis’ Card Series”  presented by Daria Labinsky & David Hardin
  • “Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records”  presented by Ashley Mattingly

Presentation topics for Day 2:

  • “Where’d They Go? Finding Ancestral Migration Routes”  presented by Jean Nudd
  • “Access to Archival Databases (AAD): Looking Down, From Above, to Look it Up!” presented by John LeGloahec
  • “Finding Your World War I Veteran at the National Archives at St. Louis” presented by Theresa Fitzgerald
  • “Women in War Time Civilian Government Employment” presented by Cara Moore
  • “Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy Research” presented by Jessica Hopkins

Take a look at the program guide at the following link that identifies what each presentation is.  Within each description you will be able to access the slides of the presentation as well as any handouts that accompanied the presentation.

Here is the link:

October 21-22, 2015, National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair Program Guide

Within the program guide you will see the links that will get you to the actual online YouTube videos of Day 1 and Day 2 of the event plus the program description and links to the handouts and slides of the program.

The National Archives did a great job in including so much in the summary sheet of the program you will see within the link above.

If a program interests you just move the slider for the video forward to try to find where the program approximately starts.  Each program should be about 1 hour.  You do not have to patiently view the video waiting for your program of interest to start.

All of this is especially helpful if you will be focusing on researching materials held by the National Archives of the United States.

The National Archives also makes available access to the previously held Virtual Genealogy Fairs it has presented.  You can find those at the following link where you just need to scroll down the page to the end to gain access to online material for the fairs going back to 2005:

National Archives of the United States Virtual Genealogy Fairs 2005-2015

Congratulations to the National Archives for putting on such a large-scale 2-day program.  Thanks to the National Archives for making all of this material available to the researcher to allow them to get a better understanding of how to use the National Archives to assist them in their research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 10, 2015 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, November 10, 2015:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jennifer Holik. Jennifer will present a program titled “Stories of the Lost: Researching World War II Military Records”.

A continuation of “Finishing the Story,” we will explore the records available to tell the stories of those who died in service. We will also discuss those who took care of our Soldier Dead, the Graves Registration Service men. Learn about their job and the reasons it took so long to have our soldiers repatriated and what happened to the personal effects during the course of recovery and repatriation.

Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional and the owner of Generations and co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist. Jennifer has over twenty years of research and writing experience. She has authored articles for local and national genealogical publications; authored and published a set of kids’ genealogy curriculum books in 2012; is an Expert Author for Archives.com; and writes for several blogs.

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

November 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Writing Your Family History” On Saturday, November 21, 2015, From 10 AM To Noon

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 November 2015 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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2015 titled “Writing Your Family History” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the newsletter for the event:

Join us for this session with Dr. Dan Hubbard who will instruct guests on how
to go about writing your family history.

Cost is free for Genealogy Center members; non-member cost is $10.
Reservations appreciated.

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 November 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago November 2015

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of November 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Downloaded A Genealogy E-Book That You Used Rather Than An Available Genealogy Book In Print?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Ever Downloaded A Genealogy E-Book That You Used Rather Than An Available Genealogy Book In Print?”  Yes or No

E-Books abound everywhere that you can download to your smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.  Many people use E-Books for reading fictional material such as mysteries, love stories and the like.  Yet, more and more non-fiction material may find its way to E-Book format such as reference book material, historical material and yes, genealogy books.

In fact, when I research adding new genealogy books to our collection, I am often finding that the only available format for a new genealogy book may be in E-book format only!  As a library, I still want to add hardbound paper books to our collection but it makes it difficult to add an E-Book format only in digital format to our collection.

So what has been your experience?  Have you come across any genealogy books in E-Book format that you were able to download and view on your device electronically??  E-Books can be great when it comes to having so much more readily available at your fingertips as you read such as links to websites or embedded videos.  You won’t find those electronic features available when you flip that real page to the next page in your paper copy of the book!!

I really look forward to hearing your experience on this topic!

So ……………………. “have you ever downloaded a genealogy E-Book that you used rather than an available genealogy book in print”??

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library