Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 27, 2014 (Saturday)

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 27, 2014 date on your calendars.  This is the date for the Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Sleuthing Strategies to Solve Family History Mysteries”

The guest speaker for the day will be Lisa Louise Cooke, producer and host of Genealogy Gems Podcast and much more.  She will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
  • Ultimate Google Search Strategies and Tips
  • Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
  • Genealogy on the Go with the iPad and Tablets

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program.  You can access this PDF at:

2014 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2014 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Federation Of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Now Has Annual Conference Program Guide Available And Online Registration Activated For The Upcoming August 27 – August 30, 2014 Conference In San Antonio, Texas

Hi Everyone!

2014 FGS Conference LogoThe FGS now has the Annual Conference Program Guide available to look at and save as a PDF file for the upcoming August 27 – August 30, 2014  Annual conference that will take place in San Antonio, Texas.

The title of the Conference is “Gone To Texas”.

The FGS has also activated the online registration process to get yourself registered for this conference.

You can view the 16 page conference program guide here at:

2014 FGS Annual Conference Guide

The society will take online registration but will also take registration by mail.  You can just download and print the online form, fill it out and mail it back to the FGS.

It appears the costs are as follows:

  • Early registration prior to July 1, 2014 for full conference is $195
  • Late registration after July 1, 2014 for full conference is $250.
  • Early registration prior to July 1, 2014 for a single day of the conference is $85
  • Late registration after July 1, 2014 for a single day of the conference is $99

In addition to the basic fees noted above, the conference brochure notes that there are other fees related to the conference syllabus and a host of other workshop fees should you choose to participate.  There are also separate fees for individual luncheons on each day of the conference should you choose to participate in these programs.

Take a look at the link I provided to the full program guide.  All of the programs, registration material, fees, special programs, keynote speeches are noted.

I encourage the genealogical researcher to at least once in their lifetime attend one of these multi-day national genealogical conferences.  You will be in genealogy research/education heaven!

Here is a link to 2014 conference information from the FGS website at:

2014 FGS Conference Information

Please take a look at the above link.

While at the site, see all of the other resources and materials that are offered by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  You can even find information about past conferences.

Enjoy the program material, see what interests you, and make your plans to go to this annual conference.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Are You A Paid Member Of A Genealogy Society/Group?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Are You A Paid Member Of A Genealogy Society/Group?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Been Contacted By An “Unknown” Relative That Discovered You In Their Genealogy?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since February 24, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Been Contacted By An “Unknown” Relative That Discovered You In Their Genealogy?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 60 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 34 responses (56.67%) noted they had been contacted by an unknown relative while 26 responses (43.33%) indicated they have not been contacted by an unknown relative.

I actually think that those are some good results and may be indicative of the easier ability to be discovered and connect to unknown relatives.  We have so many social media outlets that allow searches to be made for participants.  You often just search through member lists looking for surnames of interest to you.  There are also so many outlets online for uploading family trees through which ancestral connections and discoveries can be made.  These trees allow the ability to contact those that have uploaded the information.  So discoveries should appear to me to be easier now as long as you have some visibility on the internet.

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 14 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Swedish American Museum Genealogy Program On Saturday April 26, 2014; “The Viking Discovery Of America” Presented By Dr. James Borg; Free For Members, $10 Cost For Non-Members

Hi Everyone!

Swedish American Museum LogoI received a reminder announcement for an upcoming Genealogy Program that is being  hosted by the Swedish American Museum through the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.

The Swedish American Museum is located at 5211 N. Clark St. in Chicago, IL.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 AM to 12 Noon, Dr. James Borg will present a program titled “The Viking Discovery of America”.

Here is a link to the Swedish American Museum description of the program along with all of the details associated with the program:

April 26, 2014 Swedish American Museum Genealogy Program; “The Viking Discovery of America” by Dr. James Borg

It sounds like a very interesting program.

Take a look at the website for the Swedish American Museum for all that they offer to help you with learning more about Swedish culture and Swedish genealogy.  You will also be able to discover more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.  You can visit the museum at:

Swedish American Museum

Consider attending the program to learn more about the Vikings connection to the eastern shore of the United States.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 3, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “Have You Ever Thought About Joining A Lineage Society?” By Joan E. Murray

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

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

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Joan E. Murray.    The speaker will present a program titled “Have You Ever Thought About Joining A Lineage Society?.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) May 3, 2014 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Steve Szabados Has Authored Another Genealogy Help Book; The Title Is “Write Your Family History: Easy Steps to Organize, Save and Share”; Available At Amazon.com

Hi Everyone!

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados, a recurring genealogy program presenter at our library, has informed me that he has another new genealogy help book that has been published.

The book tries to explain the process he uses to go from his research to pages that he shares with family members. These pages turn into a family history that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The title of the book is Write Your Family History: Easy Steps to Organize, Save and Share.

I plan on adding this book to our library’s circulating collection so it can be checked out.

Steve is an avid Polish genealogy researcher and wants to share his publication successes with all other researchers regardless of what they are researching.

Steve informs me the book is available through Amazon.com.  Here is a link to Amazon.com providing information about Steve’s new book:

Steve Szabados Newly Published Genealogy Help Book; “Write Your Family History: Easy Steps to Organize, Save and Share” At Amazon.com

Steve also offers personal help to those doing Polish genealogical research through his volunteer efforts at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  Steve is there on each Friday morning from 9 AM to 12 Noon.

Steve knows his stuff about all things “genealogy”.  He also knows his stuff about “Polish genealogy”.

Consider picking up a copy of this new book through Amazon.com.  Let Steve’s words and guidance allow you to take your genealogical research material from what you have to a more polished, publication-ready document that can easily wind up in the hands of all of your extended family members giving them the chance to get a better picture of where everyone came from!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library