Monthly Archives: February 2010

Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference Information Now Available from FGS

Hi Everyone!

It seems like information on various local, regional and national genealogy programs is becoming available in a fast and furious manner of late!

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is now making available all of the information related to its upcoming Annual Conference.

This year’s 4-day program will take place from August 18, 2010 through August 21, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The program is being co-hosted by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society.

The title of the event is “Rediscovering America’s First Frontier”.

Please take a look at the following link to the FGS web site that contains all of the information on the conference:

2010 FGS Annual Conference

Once you get to the FGS Conference site for information, take a look at the left side of the initial page for a list of sub-links that will take you to the various pieces of conference information that will be at your fingertips.  I did not see where the FGS was providing the entirety of the conference information via a PDF file.  Instead you can work your way through the conference information section by section via the links for each section.

You will find the following components of the program and the links to get to those pieces of information:

  • Registration
  • Program
  • Focus on Societies
  • Speakers
  • Keynote
  • Special Lectures
  • Banquet
  • Special Events
  • Librarians Day
  • APG PMC (Association of Professional Genealogists and Professional Management Conference)
  • Hotels and Travel
  • Exhibits
  • Partners
  • Blog

Everything you need to know about this great annual conference is available at your fingertips from the above 2010 FGS Annual Conference link.

I would always encourage fellow genealogists to attend, at some point in their research career, a national genealogical conference of such magnitude.  Learning from other researchers is the key to advance your own skills and to be more productive and effective in your own research efforts.  The program topics that you will discover at these conferences can be very narrowly “niched”.  But that “niched” topic may be exactly what you are looking to learn!

A large mult-day conference such as this will be overwhelming.  But I can tell you that it will be overwhelming in a very good way!

Even if you do not plan on attending this particular conference I would still encourage you to take a look at all f the conference information, especially the individual programs.  It is by doing this that you will see if there is a topic out there that may be of special interest to you that may be the topic that might make your brick wall tumble-down!  Take note of it and put it on your “to-do” list to maybe even contact the speaker about the information being presented.

The FGS does a great job in offering such a large annual event.

Take a look at the material.  Consider registering.  You can register for the entire 4 day program or you can register for anyone of the individual day’s programs if you don’t or can’t be there for all the days.  You can save a good amount of program costs if you register for the entire program or for a day’s programs by June 1, 2010.  After June 1, 2010 the registration costs increase for both the entire conference as well as for the individual day registration.

Take a little bit of time and see all there is about this upcoming FGS Annual Conference in August 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Even if you can’t go this time, you will plant the seed in your head to consider future programs

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 16, 2010 Genealogy Program for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to make you aware of an upcoming genealogy program that will be presented by the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists that  is local to our area.

Craig Pfannkuche will be giving a program titled “Non-Federal Civil War Sources for Family History Research”.

Check out all of the program information details at the following link:

March 16, 2010 Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists Program Notice

We have had Craig as a speaker at many of our own genealogy programs at STDL.  If you have never seen him give one of his genealogy presentations, then I can only say that you will be in for a treat.

Take advantage of this upcoming genealogy program that is local to our area.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 23, 2010 Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference

Hi Everyone!

Make a note on your calendars for this year’s Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference that will take place on October 23, 2010 in Peoria, Illinois from 8 AM until 4 PM.  If I remember correctly, this annual conference had been local to our area over the previous years but it is moving  to downstate Illinois for this year.  I can certainly understand that this program needs to be in more Illinois locations than just in the Chicagoland area.

The conference is being hosted by the Peoria Genealogical Society.

Please visit the following links to obtain much more detailed information on the program as well as to see information from the Peoria County Genealogical Society:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Peoria County Genealogical Society

There is plenty of time to see how this program would work out for you, especially knowing the fact that it will take place some distance from our Northwest Suburban location.

Take a look at the details that can be found within the above links.

A good annual conference is good no matter where it occurs if you can take away some great lessons to assist in your own research efforts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 9, 2010 Canceled Genealogy Program Has Been Re-Scheduled for October 12, 2010

Hi Everyone!

Our canceled program from February 9, 2010 has been re-scheduled to October 12, 2010.

Better late than never!

I had been working to finalize a program for October 12, 2010 but as you can see on the schedule it was still open.  So maybe it was meant to be that this opening existed.  This will allow me to move the canceled program from February 9, 2010 to this October 12, 2010 date.

Larry Olson had the October 12, 2010 open on his calendar and was gracious to offer that date to come back and give his presentation.

We were all looking forward to seeing Larry’s great program on the Social Security Death Index until another big storm of the Winter of 2010 decided to rear its ugly head on another one of our program nights.

Mark your calendars for Larry’s return to our library on Tuesday evening, October 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM to learn about the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and how to best use it with all the unique nuances it has among the various locations you can access it.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 9, 2010 Genealogy Program Is CANCELED

Hi Everyone,

OUR GENEALOGY PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT AT 7:30 PM AT THE SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP DISTRICT LIBRARY HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE HEAVY SNOWSTORM THAT WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT.

Larry Olson was going to be our guest speaker and he was going to present a program titled “Social Security Death Index (SSDI) – What’s New?”

Old man winter just has it in for us over the last few years with major storms seeming to occur on the very night of our program.

It just makes more sense to cancel this program early so that no one has to worry whether they will try to make the program later on as the weather continues to worsen.

It appears that many of the library’s other programs scheduled at the library for tonight will be canceled because the speakers have called in indicating they will not be able to make the programs they were going to present.

So it just looks like it is not meant to be.

I apologize for this cancellation and wish we could go on but it just becomes an eventual safety issue for anyone driving to get to the program as the weather worsens and even more snow accumulates by the time of the program.

I will talk to our speaker and see when we might be able to re-schedule him with his great program on the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

I will also be informing the operators at the library that this program is canceled should anyone call in to check to see if it will still occur.

I would also ask any of you that are regular visitors to the blog to let other friends and researchers know the program is canceled if they do not visit the blog regularly.

Please remember to take a look at the newest newsletter that was uploaded yesterday.

Also look at the newest set of “handouts” that was uploaded yesterday that was intended for tonight’s program.

I suggest that everyone just hunker down safely and let the storm pass by our area.

Just think, you now have been given the gift of some free time that you can do more research!!

We will see you at next month’s program.

 

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

February 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded as PDF File for February 9, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Take a look at if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, February 9, 2010 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.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded as PDF File for February 9, 2010 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2010 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Take a look at if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, February 9, 2010 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.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library