Monthly Archives: November 2013

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 12, 2013 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 12, 2013:

Marsha Peterson-Maass PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Marsha Peterson-Maass. Marsha will present a program titled “Compiling Your Medical Family Tree”.

Compiling your Medical Family Tree might be easier than you think — in fact most genealogists are surprised to discover that they already possess most of the skills and possibly even the records necessary to do so! This lively talk will give you an understanding of what’s crucial in compiling a MFT chart and Predispostion Results Sheet plus explaining the tools and computerized resources you’ll want to use. This could be one of the most valuable gifts of “family” information you ever give to yourself, your children, and other relatives.

Marsha will be bringing copies of her accompanying textbooks Medical Family Tree Workbook and the Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone for lecture participants to peruse during the lecture and optionally take home for $20 per book (this is a 20% discount price).

Marsha got her start in genealogy during her junior year of high school when a history class required a paper on family history . . . it was then that her paternal grandmother dubbed her the “Family Genealogist.” Grandma gave her a box of 19th Century family photos plus a handwritten family history detailing how in 1770 her original Sisler immigrant ancestor was contracted from Germany to teach the school children of Boston. (She got an “A” on the paper.) As a senior in high school, Marsha entered a family history project in the annual State of Illinois High School History competition and tied with one other person for State Champion. She also received a DAR scholarship that year.

Marsha’s first formal training in genealogy was at the Newberry Library-Chicago, in the beginner’s class that she now teaches called “Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone” (with accompanying textbook that she wrote). This is a 13-hour class that Newberry offers for three consecutive Saturdays every March, schedules at

Her own U.S. genealogical journey includes discovering direct ancestors who were part of the Mayflower passage in 1620, the 17th Century Old Dominion plantation indenture system, the Revolutionary War, the Pennsylvania Deutsch settlements, the War of 1812, the early Midwest pioneer migration, the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the late 19th Century wave of Swedish immigration to the U.S., and in 2012 a once-MIA World War II cousin’s remains repatriated to Illinois.

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 2013 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday November 16, 2013; “Exploring Your Swedish Roots”; Open House

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 2013 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.

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

There is a genealogy “open house” scheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The title of the extended session is “Exploring Your Swedish Roots”.  Quoting from the newsletter, participants on this day can expect the following:

The Museum is once again opening its main gallery to the Nordic Family Genealogy Center for this day of family research. Attendees will obtain one-on-one attention to help them get started or advance their efforts to explore their Swedish or Scandinavian roots.

  Our Genealogy Center volunteers will be on hand to translate old letters, obituaries, newspaper clippings and other documents; discuss research with beginners as well as advanced genealogists; assist if you have hit a genealogical brick wall; help map a pilgrimage to visit ancestral homes and places of interest; and shed light on the origins and uses of strange objects that have been found in one’s attic.

Members of the Swedish American Museum can attend the genealogy program at a cost of $10.  Non-members of the organization can also attend for the same $10 cost.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during October 2013 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago November 2013

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 2013.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library