Monthly Archives: July 2011

“Who Do You Think You Are?” 2011 Episodes Are Being Rerun on NBC on Friday/Saturday Nights Starting on July 16, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Did you miss the original presentation on NBC of the hit genealogy series “Who Do You think You Are?” when it took place in February to April of 2011 on TV?

You do know you can watch the episodes on your computer at the NBC website?

However, if you want to see the 2011 season episodes on TV rather than on your computer, you can mark down Friday nights and Saturday nights, starting July 16, 2011 (Sorry, I missed letting you know of this rerun episode!).

You will have to look at the TV schedules to see if you need to look for a Friday evening program or a Saturday evening program.  Sorry about that!  It would be nice if we as creatures of habit could look for the program on one evening rather than on two evenings.  But such is life!

You can also visit the “Who Do You think You Are?” website to get better clarification on when the reruns are appearing on either Friday or Saturday via the NBC website at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website

Dick Eastman had a post in his online blog of the “resurrection” of this series in rerun fashion on TV.

Check out Dick Eastman’s blog post for all of the details, especially the flip-flopping between Friday evenings and Saturday evenings at:

2011 “Who Do You think You Are” Series in Rerun on NBC

The 8 original episodes were very well received during their original airing.

During the summer hiatus of many local genealogy societies, consider re-connecting to your genealogy research via this series, especially if you missed it when originally presented earlier this year.

I really enjoyed the 2011 original episodes.  They were entertaining, informative and emotional.

Check out the links above to Dick Eastman’s post on the subject and the NBC site for the show.

These reruns during the summer may be well worth looking at again!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society Is Having A 140th Anniversary Bus Tour of the Chicago Fire Area on Saturday, October 8, 2011 Guided by Craig Pfannkuche

Hi Everyone!

In the recently received Newsletter from the Chicago Genealogical Society, I noticed they had an insert flyer that highlighted an upcoming bus tour the society will be having on Saturday, October 8, 2011 to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the infamous Chicago fire that took place on October 8, 1871.

The bus tour will be led by one of our favorite speakers, Craig Pfannkuche.

The tour will start at 9:30 AM from the Ogilvie Transportation Center at Madison and Clinton streets and will return to the same location by 4:30 PM.

Tour cost is as follows:

  • $35 for CGS members
  • $45 for non-members of CGS
  • $15 per person for a box lunch (if you choose)

Box lunches will be prepared by Panera.

You can bring your own bagged lunch if you prefer.  You do not have to take the lunch from Panera.

Bottled water will be available on the bus.

Please take a look at the following link which is a PDF copy of the flyer/registration sheet for the program should you choose to participate.  The flyer is available at the Chicago Genealogical Society website.  The flyer can be viewed and/or printed at:

Chicago Genealogical Society Program Flyer/Reservation Form for the October 8, 2011 140th Anniversary Chicago Fire Bus Tour

You do not have to be a member of the society in order to participate.

Craig is a fantastic speaker so I would anticipate he will be providing outstanding historical background of the event while acting as a guide for the program.

Please visit the general website for the Chicago Genealogical Society at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

This sounds like a great outing on such a historical anniversary date.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Has Finalized Their Plans for Their Annual Conference in DesPlaines, IL on Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hi Everyone!

The PGSA has finalized their Annual Conference meeting plans for their upcoming October 1, 2011 conference in DesPlaines, IL.

Visit the conference part of their website to get all of the details on the program, the speakers, the optional bus tour of Polish Chicago on Friday, September 30, 2011, the cost and other things related to the program.

Speakers for the program will be Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan Shea, both well-known and published experts in Polish genealogy.

Topics they will discuss at this all-day event will be:

  • Starting at Home: The Basics of Polish-American Genealogical Research
  • Gazetteers, Maps, Geographical Dictionaries for Polish Genealogical Research
  • Three Ring Circus: Researching Roots Across Poland and It’s Three Partitions
  • Vital Genealogy: A Tour of Vital Records Across Poland
  • Websites for the Polish Researcher/Beyond Vital Records – What Else Awaits You in the Polish Archives

You can get to these details at the following link:

PGSA October 1, 2011 Annual Conference Details

I am also including a link to the actual “flyer” of this program that was supplied by the PGSA.  You can see the flyer at:

PGSA October 1, 2011 Annual Conference Flyer

It does appear that payment for the conference and the optional bus tour of Chicago Polonia can all be paid for directly through the PGSA web site.  Payment is acceptable through PayPal or directly from your own credit card.  There are “early bird” discounts for members of the PGSA.  Non-members can attend at a higher cost or can become members to take advantage of the lower costs for members.

Please visit the links above to get all of the details on the program.

The PGSA does have a fantastic Annual Conference.  They are doing something unique in this conference in that both of the  key speakers will be providing a “collaborative” program so that the attendee does not have to choose one speaker over another.  This can be referred to as “team teach”.  You will get both of the speakers who will speak on each topic at the conference.

If you have any Polish ancestral connection, this will be a great opportunity for you to jump in with both feet to attend this all-day conference conveniently located close by in DesPlaines.

You will not be sorry participating in this annual event!

Check out all of the links above for all of the details.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Can’t Get Enough of Local Area Genealogy Programs? Consider Attending the “Second Saturday Workshops” Being Offered by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Hi Everyone!

The CAGGNI group uses our library meeting facilities both at our main branch at also occasionally at our branches to have their monthly meetings/programs. 

They normally meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at our main library starting at 10:30 AM.

The group has had such great success that the leadership of the group has actually began adding on a “second” monthly program to their meeting/program agenda.  This second “program” is a real bonus for the organization.  It may not occur in every month which is why it is a “bonus”!

So far the group has the following “Second Saturday Workshops” on their agenda:

  • September 10, 2011 – “Creative Memories Digital Scrapbooks”
  • October 8, 2011 – “Getting the Most Out of a Visit to the Newberry Library”

So if you can’t get your fill out of the already existing genealogy programs that occur in our library and elsewhere throughout the Northwest Suburbs, then consider attending one of the “bonus” programs being offered by CAGGNI that meets at our library.

These “bonus” programs meet at the same time on these Saturdays as their normal programs from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM at our library.

My hats off to the CAGGNI group and their leadership.

It is not too often that you hear of “bonus” offerings being offered by genealogy groups and societies.

Here is your chance to take advantage of these bonus programs.

Don’t forget to visit the CAGGNI website routinely to see all that is on their upcoming schedule for programs and all kinds of other genealogical help and resources.  Visit their site at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Enjoy these “bonus” programs and don’t forget to thank the leadership of CAGGNI for this great addition to their program/meeting schedule.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Wisconsin Historical Society Adds New “Wisconsin in the Civil War” Segment to Their Website

Hi Everyone!

I was browsing through the recent July 2011, Volume 19, Number 7 Newsletter that was published by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) and came across a nice article in the newsletter.  The article informs the reader as to the newly created website segment of the Wisconsin Historical Society that focuses on the historical connection of Wisconsin to the Civil War.

This is the 150 year celebration of the beginning of the American Civil War.  The Wisconsin Historical Society has created a vast amount of information on the Wisconsin involvement in the Civil War at their website.

One very nice feature of the site contains many of the actual stories of the times of Wisconsites and their involvement in the Civil War.  At this portion of the website you can discover many newspaper stories, photos, books and actual letters written by Wisconsites serving in the Civil War.  Actual images of the documents are available at this part of the site.

To see some of these stories, newspaper account and letters take a look at the following link:

Wisconsin Civil War Stories from the Wisconsin Historical Society

At the main part of the Wisconsin Civil War site, you will also find links to the following categories created by the Wisconsin Historical Society:

  • Stories
  • People
  • Places
  • Regiments
  • Battles
  • Search
  • Help
  • About

If you have any ancestral connection to Wisconsin during the time of the Civil War then you will definitely want to tap into this great resources to see what you can possibly discover about your ancestor, your ancestor’s military regiment, battles fought by Wisconsin military personnel and much, much more, especially the “Stories” part where you may find images of original letters penned by Wisconsin Civil War soldiers.

The general link to this information can be found at”

Wisconsin Historical Society Civil War Collection

There is a great deal of information that you can access through the society.

If you are just interested in the Civil War and have no ancestral connection to Wisconsin I do feel that you will still enjoy the material from this website.

Try the above links and then just work your way around the Wisconsin Historical Society Civil War website.

You will not be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 12, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2011 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 July 2011 Handouts for your convenience:

July 2011 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, July 12, 2011 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 have started “highlighting” 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.

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

July 2011 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 12, 2011 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 2011 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 July 2011 Newsletter for your convenience:

July 2011 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, July 12, 2011 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