Category Archives: Program Notices

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow April 8, 2014

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

Dr. Dan Hubbard PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Daniel Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard will present a program titled “Researching At Appomattox Court House: Genealogy through the Lens of the Civil War”.

This talk reviews how Civil War era records aren’t just about soldiers and sailors. Before, during and after the war, a wealth of different types of unusual records were produced that speak of that time and tell the story of a whole generation.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer, strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation, he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history. Daniel now combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry, analysis of 19th century letters and photographs, and extensive research into colonial families.

His goal as a speaker is always to inform in a memorable and entertaining way. He likes to come at his topics from slightly unusual angles making speaking more fun and he hopes this technique encourages people to take a fresh look at each subject.

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

April 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday April 26, 2014; “The Viking Discovery Of America”

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 April 2014 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.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during April 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago April 2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Viking Discovery of America”.  From their website, here is a description of the program:

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THE VIKING DISCOVERY OF AMERICA

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – noon

 Intrepid Viking seafarers leapfrogged their way across the North Atlantic from the 9th century CE. Their voyages led them to settle Iceland and Greenland; and forge contacts in Canada and North America. This presentation about the Viking discovery of America will be given by Dr. James Borg, Swedish-American scholar, university professor, businessman and collector of Viking antiquities. He will have some of his Viking and Eskimo artifacts from his extensive collection on display at this lecture hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center. Cost to attend the lecture for non-NFGC members is $10 that can be paid at the event. You may email or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer with any questions or to RSVP.

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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 April 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening April 8, 2014 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, April 8, 2014:

Dr. Dan Hubbard PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Daniel Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard will present a program titled “Researching At Appomattox Court House: Genealogy through the Lens of the Civil War”.

This talk reviews how Civil War era records aren’t just about soldiers and sailors. Before, during and after the war, a wealth of different types of unusual records were produced that speak of that time and tell the story of a whole generation.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer, strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation, he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history. Daniel now combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry, analysis of 19th century letters and photographs, and extensive research into colonial families.

His goal as a speaker is always to inform in a memorable and entertaining way. He likes to come at his topics from slightly unusual angles making speaking more fun and he hopes this technique encourages people to take a fresh look at each subject.

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

Special Upcoming Program By The Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists Will Be Held On June 7, 2014; This Is A Make-Up Program For The February 1, 2014 Genealogy Program That Was Cancelled Due To Bad Snowy, Wintry Weather

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a Special Program announcement from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG).  They will be offering a “make-up” program that will be held on June 7, 2014.  On this day the guest speaker Jane Haldeman will be presenting a program titled “From Land Records to Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Place”

More details will be coming as they become available.

Here is a PDF copy of the flyer I received from the society.

June 7, 2014 Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Special Program Notice

The society does not normally offer programs during the months of June, July and August.  That is why this program is considered a “special” program that will be held during one of the normal non-event months.

I will provide you with more details of the programs as I hear back from the society as we get closer to this date.

Mark your calendars for this “make-up” program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Has Schedule Of Offered Webinars For 2014 At Their Site; Great Way To Learn More About Genealogy

Hi Everyone!

Webinars Clip ArtI just came across the 2014 schedule of Webinar classes being offered by the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Webinars are a fantastic way to hone your genealogical research skills by hearing about a topic of interest from a well-known genealogist about the topic.

The Webinars are all being offered on the 2nd Tuesday night of the week starting at 8 PM Central Time.  (Just a side note – The 2nd Tuesday evening of the month is our own monthly scheduled genealogy program at the Schaumburg Township District Library!  Make your choice, I know you will choose wisely!)

The topics on the schedule for 2014 look fascinating with some great presenters being offered through the year.

You do need to register in order to participate.  The Webinars are open to theISGS Logopublic.  You do not need to be a member of the ISGS in order to register or participate for the live Webinar.  As a benefit for members of the ISGS, they can then go into the archive vault to take a look at past Webinars.  Non-members of the ISGS can register for the “live” presentation but cannot go in to the archives to look at the past Webinars.

Here is a link to a PDF from the ISGS where you can look at the scheduled Webinars for 2014 as well as see a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” that pertains to the Webinars.  (The January through March 2014 Webinars have already occurred.):

2014 Webinars Being Offered By The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS)

It is really nice being able to view webinars that are in an archives.  But as you can see, you may want to become a member of ISGS just to be able to access these wonderful learning exercises to increase your genealogy research skills.

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to become a better genealogist?   What better way to do that genealogically speaking than  to check out and connect with these Webinars offered by the ISGS.

Check out the topics on the above schedule.  There may be some that are just perfect for you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, April 5, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “The Care and Handling of Material of Enduring Value” By Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana

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, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, April 5, 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 Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana.    The speaker will present a program titled “The Care and Handling of Material of Enduring Value.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) April 5, 2014 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow March 11, 2014

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, March 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

2014 Genealogy Programs Offered By The Chicago Genealogical Society At The Newberry Library In Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone!

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the Chicago Genealogical Society that lets me know what the balance of their upcoming programs are for 2014.  Unfortunately, a couple of the programs have already taken place.  There are still the programs upcoming for April, May and June 2014 for you to look at.

Here is a link that shows the material provided to me listing the programs and describing what can be learned from the presentation.

2014 Programs From The Chicago Genealogical Society

All programs meet at the Newberry Library on the Saturdays noted from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  The library is located at 60 W. Walton St in Chicago, IL.

I have also entered the still to take place program events in the “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events” that is part of this blog as a “Page” link at the top of this blog.  You can look at the calendar events for the society for other details and a link to Google Maps to help you see where the Newberry Library is located in Chicago.

See if the programs are of interest to you.  It might be a great experience to connect with the society and the Newberry Library and pick up some genealogy tips on a Saturday outing to downtown Chicago!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society Will Present 2014 Genealogy Seminar At Arlington Heights Memorial Library On Saturday, September 13, 2014, From 9:30 AM To 4 PM; Judy G. Russell, “The Legal Genealogist”, Is The Featured Speaker

Hi Everyone!

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoI received a notice from the Chicago Genealogical Society about an upcoming all-day genealogical seminar they will be having.  The society will present their 2014 Fall Genealogy Seminar on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.  The library is located at 500 N. Dunton Ave. in Arlington Heights, IL.

The key speaker for the all-day program is Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.

Judy will present 4 programs through the day.  The program titles are:

  • “Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law”
  • “ABCs of DNA”
  • “Beyond X and Y; The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing”
  • “Staying Out of Trouble – The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists”

Judy is known as “The Legal Genealogist”.  She authors a blog that you can reach at:

Judy G. Russell, “The Legal Genealogist” Blog

I think this is the first time I am aware that the Chicago Genealogical Society has had a meeting/program in our neck of the woods in the Northwest Suburbs .  Correct me if anyone knows different.

Here is a link to the complete 1 Page PDF flyer I received from the CGS.  In it, you will find all of the details for this all-day event at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, including the programs Judy will be presenting and the registration form with the different fees that will apply.  Different fees are based on whether you are a member of the society or not, your post-marked registration date and whether you want to purchase the lunch that will be offered.

2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Fall Genealogy Seminar with Judy Russell, “The Legal Genealogist”

I have also entered this program event into the “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events” page of this block at the top of the homepage.

Here is a link to get you to the Chicago Genealogical Society to check out what they are all about and what resources they have available to you to help you in your Chicago ancestral quest.  You can reach them:

Chicago Genealogical Society Website

Once again you have the opportunity to hear a top-notch genealogical speaker in our area.  You can spend the day and learn some new insights about the “legal” aspects of your genealogy research as well as learn some insights into the ever-expanding aspect of “DNA” as part of genealogical research.

Mark the date down.  Review the PDF flyer containing the program  information and the registration information.  Connect with the Chicago Genealogical Society.

This looks to be a great program on aspects of genealogy that we really may not be as aware of as we should be.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Family History Fair 2014 Event to Take Place At The Naperville, IL Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center On Saturday, April 26, 2014, From 8:15 AM To 4 PM; Free To Attend; Registration Required

Hi Everyone!

indexI just recently became aware that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in Naperville, IL will be holding an all-day Family History Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:15 AM to 4 PM.  On-site registration will take place from 8:15 AM t o 9 AM for walk-ins.  Keynote speaker will present at 9 AM.   Program events will be held at 10 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:30 PM and 2:45 PM.

The all-day event will take place at 1320 Ridgeland Avenue  in Naperville, IL.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.  You will be able to register yourself in advance and note the programs you will attend via an online registration form that you can access through the Naperville Family History  Center website below.

A lunch break will occur but no lunch will be provided.  You can either “brown bag” a lunch or you can check out some of the local restaurants near the Family History Center.

Here is a link to get you to the Naperville Family History Center website where you can find out about this all-day program:

April 26, 2014 Family History Fair At Naperville, IL Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center

I have not personally been to the Naperville Family History Center (FHC) at the LDS church location in Naperville.  I have been to both the Schaumburg FHC and the Wilmette FHC.  So I cannot speak for the set-up of the facility although I am sure the presentations will take place in a much larger room setting within the LDS church.

There is a mixture of both “live” speaker presentations and also recorded “video” presentations from some major presenters at the just recently completed 2014 RootsTech Annual Conference that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Video presentations will have a moderator so that questions can be asked about the program.  The link above provides all the details on the programs being offered for the day.

One of the programs will be provided in Spanish for those wanting to start their genealogical research journey using the Spanish language.

Mark this date and give it a try regardless of your skill level of doing genealogy research.  Spend some time looking through the lengthy amount of information provided within the above link to the Naperville FHC about this all-day program.  If you are a true Beginner, this fair may be especially helpful to you as you begin your research journey.  If you want to gauge the level of programs presented at a national conference, then seeing some of the RootsTech videos will be worth checking out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library