Monthly Archives: September 2012

Newberry Library Of Chicago Will Be Having A Full Day Series Of “Free” Genealogy Programs On Saturday, October 13, 2012; 3 Speakers; Registration Required

Hi Everyone!

The Newberry Library of Chicago, IL will be offering an all-day, FREE series of genealogy programs on Saturday, October 13, 2012 between 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

You can look at the following link that will provide you with the “flyer” I received about this day:

October 13, 2012 Newberry Library “Free” Genealogy Programs

Also, after the following break line and in Italics, is the text I received in the e-mail that gives further descriptions of this day’s events:


Greetings from the Newberry!

We’d love to share the information about our FREE fall workshop with your patrons. The basics are below and I’ve attached a flyer as well. Please feel free to distribute it to anyone who may be interested.  Note advance registration is required to assure we have enough seats. Thanks for your assistance in spreading the word!

High Tech – Low  Tech: Old-fashioned Genealogy Meets the 21st Century

Saturday, October 13, 2012

9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Newberry Library Ruggles Hall

The genealogical fundamentals of evidence, analysis  and documentation don’t change whether you’re using online tools or not. Join Marsha Peterson-Maass, Matt Rutherford and Thomas MacEntee for a free full-day workshop discussing these low tech fundamentals plus ways to use high tech online tools to make your research easier.

9:30 – 10:45 Low-Tech Fundamentals (Peterson-Maass)
10:45 – 11:00 break
11:00 – 11:45 Repositories and Archives (Rutherford)
11:45 – 1:00 (Brown bag lunch)
1:00 – 2:30 Building a Research Toolbox (MacEntee)

Bring a bag lunch and join informal discussions with the speakers and Newberry staff during the noon-time break.

Cost: Free

Registration: Advance registration is required. Register online (  )or by calling the Public Programs office at (312) 255-3700.

Directions to the library and parking information is available at:


The programs certainly look interesting.  The speakers are top-notch.  And best of all, you can’t beat FREE!

If it fits your schedule and the programs have a match to your research interests, then by all means give it a try!

Thanks to Ginger Frere of the Newberry for sharing this upcoming program date with me.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Great Blog Post By Dick Eastman About Using WorldCat, A Popular Library Research Resource, To Help You Find Genealogy Books

Hi Everyone!

I just came across a wonderful September 17, 2012 posting at Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter blog that I really wanted to make you aware of.

The posting focuses on describing the wonderful library research resource called WorldCat.

Genealogists should have this resource foremost in their minds when they are trying to hunt down book, or other media material, that exists in libraries throughout the world.  If you know a book exists you can use WorldCat to discover what libraries have the book in their collection.  You may discover the resource is available to you in local public library that you can get to quickly to see if the book can help you.

The article by Dick Eastman is very extensive and very informative.

So in this blog post, I am not going to include the full-text of the post.  Instead, I am going to provide you with a direct link to the Dick Eastman posting of the information.

You can’t go wrong with WorldCat.

Keep this genealogy resource right at your fingertips when you are trying to search for book material outside of your own libraries individual catalog.

Here is a direct link to Dick Eastman’s article on WorldCat:

WorldCat Genealogy Resource September 17, 2012 Post From Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Enjoy the comprehensive post.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary


Our New Breakout “Table” On Sharing How You Did Your Family History Book Started Out With A “Bang” At Our September 11, 2012 Breakout Program!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that at our last genealogy program we had our quarterly “Breakout” groups at which researchers sit together with other researchers interested in the same area of ethnic research e.g. Irish researchers, Polish researchers, German researchers etc.

This was the evening we were going to replace an older breakout table with a new one.  The new table group was intending to have those that have actually created a family history book or report on their research share with others how they went about creating this wonderful book achievement.

I was a little nervous prior to the program because I simply did not know how many people would be interested in participating.  Even more so I was a little concerned if I had everyone at the table wanting to learn how to create your book and have no one actually at the table who may have created a book.

But to my pleasant surprise this new table started out with a “bang”.  There must have been at least 10 people around the table (seating for 6 is what I set up!).  Of the 10, it looked like about 5 of the participants had created an actual family history book of their research!  WOW!  What a great way to start this quarterly table exchange of creative information!

This group was highly active and very animated during the course of the evening, something I really like to see as fellow researchers help out other fellow researchers in areas one researcher may be familiar with while another just wants to know.

I want to say thank you to those that brought their family history books to share with those at the table.  I had hoped that maybe 1 person with a book might be present, but to see 5 present during the inaugural startup of this new table was just wonderfully over the top!


We will do this overall program again in December 2012 and again include this new table at that program.  I will still be seeking those that have created a family history book to come out again and share their expertise.

What a great start to a new table at which research ideas are shared!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Recommended European Researchers Based On Someone’s Personal Experience; Yorkshire, England Research; Schleswig-Holstein German Research

Hi Everyone!

One of the attendees at our monthly genealogy programs wanted to share some good information regarding the hiring of professional genealogy researchers from Europe.  He was in need of professional research help for the Yorkshire, England area and the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany.

He was able to make connections with researchers for the area and feels their efforts were outstanding in obtaining results albeit at a pricey cost.

He was very happy with the results and feels he could easily recommend these professionals to others who may have research interests in the same area.

Here is the content of the e-mail text sent to me by our attendee that provides the e-mail addresses of each of the two researchers that were hired.


Hi Tony,

Here are the two contacts I used for my German&English research.

For Yorkshire only research I used Brian Jones, of Bradford, Yorkshire, England. 

For my German Research Schleswig-Holstein only, I used Klass Struve of Kiel, Germany      

Both are not cheap, but both are worth the money.


So if you happen to have research interests in the same narrow geographical area as our attendee then you can feel good about possibly using the same researchers that can help you if you are stuck in the same areas.

Thanks to RJ for the glad tidings and strong recommendations for these two European researchers.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

History/Genealogy Events From The Swedish American Museum During The Week Of September 17, 2012

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.

I thought I would share with you what I have been receiving as a link to what I received via e-mail.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing during the week of September 17, 2012 at the Swedish American Museum:

Activities And Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago During The Week Of September 17, 2012

Please note that Saturday, September 22, 2012, is specifically noted as “genealogy day”.  From 10 AM to Noon on that day there will be volunteers at the museum to assist you with your genealogical research.

Sounds like a great opportunity!

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Saturday Morning, October 6, 2012 At 10:00 AM; “Skeletons In Our Closets” by Robin Seidenberg

Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

The speaker for the morning program will be Robin Seidenberg.  The speaker will present a program titled “Skeletons in Our Closets.

Researchers can arrive as early as 9:30 AM to have informal conversations and share knowledge and seek research advice.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) October 6, 2012 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Robin Seidenberg, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists Has Published An Updated Program Guide For 2012-2013; Brochure Available As PDF For Your Use In this Post; May 4, 2013 Program Information Added

Hi Everyone!

I just received an updated brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG).   Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society and the programs they will offer during their upcoming 2012-2013 “season”.

The brochure has been updated to reflect the information about their May 4, 2013 program that is titled “Medical DNA”.  The speaker for that program will be Marsha Peterson-Maass.

Here is the newly updated NWSCG brochure for the society that includes their 2012-2013 programs:

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Society Brochure (Updated) That Includes The 2012-2013 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print it off and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.  Give the society a try and try out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG)

Enjoy the brochure and plan on attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society Is Having A Bus Tour Of The “Dark Alleys” Of Chicago On Saturday, October 6, 2012 Guided by Craig Pfannkuche; Reservations Needed By September 28, 2012

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 6, 2012  that will take participants to many of the locations that are known as having had “dark” events occur at the location.

Have you heard of the Haymarket Square bombing?  Have you heard of the Irish mobster Dion O’Banion and the locations where events happened in a nasty way?  Or how about Al Capone and some of the sites in Chicago associated with him?

Sounds interesting!  The above just whet your appetite.

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 4:00 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.

Please take a look at the following link which is a PDF copy of the flyer/registration sheet that contains all of the details 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 6, 2012 Dark Alleys Bus Tour

Reservations need to be submitted by September 28, 2012 to the society.  All of the details are on the flyer in the above PDF.

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 events 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 to actually see the sites where many of Chicago’s “dark” events occurred.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Pointers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Research Group To Meet At The Oak Brook Heritage Center in Oak Brook, IL On Saturday, September 22, 2012, From 10:00 AM to Noon

Hi Everyone!

I just received a notice of an upcoming Pointers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Group meeting that will take place at the Oak Brook Heritage Center in Oak Brook, IL on Saturday,  September 22, 2012, from 10:00 AM to Noon.

The Heritage Center is located in the Old Butler School Building.

The group has not been active over the last couple of years.  It looks like they are trying to re-connect and become active again and share all they can about Italian genealogical research.

Details of the upcoming PIP program follow in the PDF file sent to me by the group:

September 22, 2012 POINTers In Person (PIP) Italian Genealogy Research Program

This does appear to be a new meeting location for the group.  They had been meeting previously at the Schaumburg Township District Library as well as the Italian Cultural Center.

New “revived” group, new meeting location!

The flyer does include a link so participants can get a better insight into the meeting location.  The flyer notes to check out the following link:

Oak Brook History

If you are doing Italian genealogical research and were not aware where to connect, then this is a great opportunity to attend and help reactivate the PIP group that is geared to Italian genealogical research.

Check them out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for September 11, 2012 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the September 2012 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 September 2012 Handouts for your convenience:

September 2012 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, September 11, 2012 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.

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