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Posted by susanmayer on 03/20/17
The month of March has been designated “Try A Pod” Month by a large group of podcasters and producers. Podcasters are encouraging current listeners to introduce their friends, coworkers, and relatives to this lively platform for keeping up with everything from new books to niche interests. Using the hashtag #trypod, loyal listeners can share their favorite podcasts and point to why they love listening.

Dictionary.com defines podcasts as “a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer.” Genealogy podcasts are a wealth of information for every level of researcher. From product updates to what is new on FamilySearch, you will be able to find something that will spark your interest. Here is a short list of my current favorites, but you can find a more complete list at the Podcast page on Cyndi's List. You can download podcasts using Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher on your mobile device or tablet. You can also directly download a podcast to your desktop computer by saving the podcast file. Happy listening!

Susan’s Favorite Podcasts (in alphabetical order)
Ancestral Findings-Genealogy Gold: New episodes are published every Tuesday.
Backstory: Backstory takes current events and looks at them through an historical eye. It is fascinating and a good way to gain social history research.
Ben Franklin’s World: This podcast about early American history provides wonderful information “about historical people and events that have shaped current events.” Unless you have a famous ancestor, or one who left behind written records, this podcast can help you gain insights to what your ancestor may have experienced.
The Genealogy Gems with Lisa Louise Cooke: Lise Louise Cooke offers insightful and useful techniques for family history research.
The Genealogy Guys Podcast & the Genealogy Connection: The Genealogy Guys George G. Morgan and Drew Smith discuss a range of genealogy topics and interview leaders of the genealogy community.
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips: This is a great resource to improve your family history writing. Podcasts cover tips on grammar, punctuation, and usage in a fun and helpful manner.
Twice Removed: Hosted by A.J. Jacobs, the man behind the biggest family reunion in 2015. He says, we are all one big family and his podcast is the show that proves it. Twice Removed began episodes in December 2016.
Posted by susanmayer on 01/30/17
 
Do you have ancestors from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, or Australia and New Zealand? The Arlington Heights Memorial Library now has access to a fantastic database called “FindMyPast.” Using this database, you can search over 2 billion records that focus on U.S., British Isles, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand resources. FindMyPast is a different database than Ancestry or FamilySearch and has different searching capabilities. To get you started, here are the nine categories of information available on the database: 1) Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish records 2) Census, Land, & Substitutes 3) Military Service & Conflict 4) Immigration & Travel 5) Newspapers & Periodicals 6) Institutes & Organizations (including prison and workhouse records) 7) Education & Work 8) Directories & Social History 9) Churches & Religion Follow this link for more information: https://blog.findmypast.com/search-genealogy-records-2197630079.html Or watch this brief tutorial : https://youtu.be/AIVRfueJxeU FindMyPast is available in the Arlington Heights Memorial library on your laptop or any public computer: http://www.ahml.info/research/databases
Posted by susanmayer on 12/02/16
The holiday season, when families come together, is a perfect time for telling and retelling family stories and sharing memories of loved ones. Learn techniques for gathering these stories for future generations from personal historian Diane Dassow, who will lead you through the process of conducting successful interviews. Come share your favorite holiday stories, listen to others, and enjoy cider and cookies on Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m. Bring the family!
Posted by susanmayer on 09/22/16
Publishing Your Genealogical Writing
 
You’ve worked hard on getting your genealogy research together. What’s next? Come hear our three panelists, Mike Karsen, Teresa McMillin and Steve Szabados, tell their journeys of taking their research into a published book or article. If you have been wondering about how to self-publish your research, you are sure to come away with new ideas and clarity. The panel will be held in the Cardinal Room Saturday October 8 from 1 – 3 pm. Register online at www.ahml.info
or by calling 847-392-0100.
Posted by susanmayer on 07/26/16
Our podcast series concludes today with the story of Ludmilla Strangul Schneider. Born in Tomsk, Russia in 1923, she traveled across the country while the winds of World War II were blowing. Ludmilla continued her migration into Germany. After getting married, she crossed the Atlantic to start a new life in Chicago. Her daughter, Lucy Sears, shares with us the story of her mother's perserverance.
 
Special thanks to Michael Weiss for composing the music; Sydney Jarol of Programs and Exhibits for editing; and of course Diane Pellettiere, Steve Szabados, Ron Andermann and Lucy Sears for sharing their family heroes.
 
Please share your thoughts about The Stories of Family Heroes podcast. Thanks for listening! 
 
Posted by susanmayer on 07/19/16
Ron Andermann joins us for episode three to relate how his father's service in the US Army Signal Corps helped with the development of radar during World War II. Ron brought some of his father's medals, insignia, documents and his uniform in on recording day. It was interesting to see these items up close. I hope you enjoy this interesting look at how the Army served the nation and the world on the home front.
Posted by susanmayer on 07/12/16
In today's episode of Stories of Family Heroes, Steve Szabados shares the story of his grandmother, Anna Chmielewska, who lived through the devastation of Poland during World War I, family tragedies, a journey to a new country, and an arranged marriage.
 
Posted by susanmayer on 07/05/16
Welcome to the first episode of Stories of Family Heroes, where we learn about an exceptional person in our guest's family tree. Today's episode is the story of Lemuel Olmstead who is the 4th great-grandfather of Diane Pellettiere. Diane describes Lemuel as the definition of a patriot. He was a soldier from Connecticut in the Revolutionary War, was taken prisoner during the battle at Fort Washington. Sit back and enjoy listening to his story.
 
Posted by susanmayer on 05/03/16
 
Everyone has someone in their family history who could and should qualify as a hero. Whether they faced overwhelming obstacles, exhibited great bravery, inspired you, or simply taught you important lessons, they are all deserving of having their story told. We are looking for community members who would be willing to share these stories with us, and allow us to share them with the wider community.
 
Schedule an appointment to share the story of your favorite family hero in a one-on-one interview. We will be collecting stories during the months of May and June, and then broadcasting these conversations as podcasts throughout the month of July. A podcast is similar to episodic radio shows, found on the Internet for listening whenever desired.
Participants will receive a copy of their interview.
 
If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan Mayer, Specialty Services Advisor at smayer@ahml.info.
 
Posted by susanmayer on 12/04/15
If you missed our class on Finding Your Ancestors Online this morning, you can check out the Powerpoint here.
 
 
 
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If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
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Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
 
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