Category Archives: Program Notices

Re-Post Reminder: October 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; “Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs In Chicago’s History” On Saturday, October 25, 2014 From 10:00 AM To 12 Noon

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to send out a reminder “Re-Post” on the upcoming genealogy program being offered by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL.

They will be having their upcoming program this Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10 AM at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL.

The program being offered is titled “Ties That Bind–Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History“.  The speaker for the program will be Veronica Robinson of the Swedish American Museum.

All of the details of the event that were previously posted follow after the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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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 October 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.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

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

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

“Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History”  And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago October  2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday October 25, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History”.   From their website, here is a description of the program:

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GENEALOGY SESSION: 

Genealogy Session Explores Swedish Club History in Chicago

Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m. – noon

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center’s October genealogy session will focus on the rich stories and heritage of Swedish clubs and organizations in Chicago. 

 The session, titled “Ties That Bind–Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History,” will be led by Swedish American Museum curator Veronica Robinson. Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members; non-members pay $10. Reservations are appreciated and can be made via  email. To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center click here.

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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 October 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow October 14, 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, October 14, 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:

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Steve Szabados. Steve will present a program titled “Genealogy Research – Beyond the Basics”.

Learn techniques to solve your brick walls. Overcome problems with the spelling of surnames; learn to search in the correct location and review cases that will help unlock the early U.S. census records. Steve reviews various advanced search techniques that he has used to find the documents for his family histories

Steve Szabados is a retired project manager. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and a MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

He has been researching his ancestors for about ten years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. His goal is to share his passion for Family History.

He is a board member for the Polish Genealogical Society of America and is a member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society and he is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Illinois Library. He is the author of multiple genealogy books that are must have books for the beginning genealogist as well as for looking for European heritage. Steve also is the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.

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

Upcoming Lake County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 In Round Lake Beach, IL; Paula Stuart-Warren Is Featured Speaker; PDF Brochure Included In Post

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtAfter visiting the Lake County Genealogical Society website, I see that they have current online information regarding their upcoming 22nd Annual Genealogical Workshop that will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

The title for the Conference is “Old Books, New Pages”

You can visit the general website for the society at:

Lake County Genealogical Society (IL) Website

This is an all-day conference that is taking place at the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach that is located at 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach, IL.

Registration and browsing of materials starts at 8 AM.

Programs run from 9 AM until 3:30 PM.

Guest speakers for the day are Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, Debbie Mieszala, CG and Dr. Daniel Hubbard.

Phone contact for information is 847-201-9032.

It looks like the costs for the program are:

  • $35.00 if you are a member of the society (program registration prior to October 25, 2014)
  • $40.00 if you are not a member of the society  (program registration prior to October 25, 2014)
  • $45.00  (program registration after October 25, 2014 or as a walk-in on the day of program)

“Walk-ins” on the day of the program are OK  but you are on your own for lunch.  Lunch is not guaranteed for “walk-ins”.  You would pay the highest fee on that day.

Please use the following link that will get you directly to the PDF file that has all of the information about the day including the registration material, program titles and times, speaker biographies and directions:

November 8, 2014 Lake County Genealogical Society 22nd Annual Conference Program/Registration Brochure

I have been to their programs some time back and I always felt that they had top-notch speakers.  I would definitely recommend attending this annual event.

I know you will enjoy the day.

The society puts on a great annual conference with top-notch speakers and topics.  You will not be disappointed.  If you have not attended a local, all-day conference, this is a good one to attend.

You can always decide at the last-minute and be a “walk-in” to attend the conference (unfortunately, at the highest cost to you).  I have attended conferences as a “walk-in” and I usually find that it was well-worth the added cost to attend at the last-minute if pre-scheduling was a problem for you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening October 14, 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, October 14, 2014:

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Steve Szabados. Steve will present a program titled “Genealogy Research – Beyond the Basics”.

Learn techniques to solve your brick walls. Overcome problems with the spelling of surnames; learn to search in the correct location and review cases that will help unlock the early U.S. census records. Steve reviews various advanced search techniques that he has used to find the documents for his family histories

Steve Szabados is a retired project manager. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and a MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

He has been researching his ancestors for about ten years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. His goal is to share his passion for Family History.

He is a board member for the Polish Genealogical Society of America and is a member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society and he is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Illinois Library. He is the author of multiple genealogy books.  These books are a must have for the beginning genealogist as well as for anyone looking for their European heritage. Steve is also the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.

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

October 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; “Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs In Chicago’s History” On Saturday, October 25, 2014 From 10:00 AM To 12 Noon

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 October 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.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

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

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

“Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History”  And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago October  2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday October 25, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Ties That Bind: Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History”.   From their website, here is a description of the program:

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GENEALOGY SESSION: 

Genealogy Session Explores Swedish Club History in Chicago

Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m. – noon

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center’s October genealogy session will focus on the rich stories and heritage of Swedish clubs and organizations in Chicago. 

 The session, titled “Ties That Bind–Swedish Clubs in Chicago’s History,” will be led by Swedish American Museum curator Veronica Robinson. Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members; non-members pay $10. Reservations are appreciated and can be made via  email. To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center click here.

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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 October 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; New Location Than In Past Years

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 40th Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 4 PM.  (Please note that this is a new location for the society’s annual conference; previous conferences have recently been held in St. Charles, IL.  This is a change in venue for the 2015 conference.)  At 7:30 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered, have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The Opening Comments will take place at 8:30 AM.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 3 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “Connecting Past to Present Through Educating, Preserving and Publishing”.

Please note that the society is noting in their brochure that there will be a limit of 250 people who will be able to register.  So if you are interested you might want to take action by registering in advance while there are openings rather than taking a chance as a walk-in on the day of the event and be turned away because capacity has been reached.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own program.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the NIU Conference Center and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome assuming the 250 limit on capacity has not been reached.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:30 PM and one at 3 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear 4 unique programs among the 16 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Stephen P. Morse (Creator of “One-Step” Website)
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass
  • Katherine R. Willson

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.  To date at our own library we have had 1 of the speakers present an individual program at our own monthly genealogy program.  Marsha Peterson-Maass has previously presented one program at our library and will soon present another program on November 11, 2014.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014 as a walk-in.  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the link I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear 4 presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

(Updated) Newberry Library Offers Genealogy And Local History Tours And Orientations On First Saturdays Of The Month In 2014 – 2015

Hi Everyone,

Newberry Library LogoGinger Frere, a frequent speaker at our own genealogy programs and a librarian at the Newberry Library, has made me aware that the Newberry offers an introductory genealogy orientation and tour of the Newberry on Saturdays.

She has just provided me with an updated schedule of these events for the balance of 2014 and for the full year 2015.

Here are the dates for the balance of 2014:

  • October 4, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
  • November 1, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
  • December 6, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

There are times when the library needs to change the date from the 1st Saturday of the month to the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Oftentimes it is as a result of a holiday occurring in the first week time period.  Please be aware that this can happen.  Such changes are always noted by the Newberry.

Here are the dates for 2015:

  • January 3, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • February 7, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • March 14, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • April 4, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • May 2, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • June 6, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • July 11, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • August 1, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • September 12, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • October 3, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • November 7, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • December 5, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

The Newberry is located at 60 West Walton in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the Newberry is 312-255-3700.

The program/orientation on using the Newberry’s collection starts at 9:30 AM.  The initial orientation takes about 1 hour.  A short tour of the library follows the orientation.

There is no pre-registration.  There is no cost.

The program is aimed at those new to using the Newberry and those new to the genealogical process.

Here is a link to the flyer that you can read from the Newberry that provides a description of the event:

2014/2015 Genealogy and Local History Tours and Orientation Programs of  the Newberry Library

If you have never been to the Newberry but are an experienced genealogy researcher, you may want to take advantage of these programs for the balance of 2014 and for 2015 to learn about the collections and resources of the Newberry.

If you are a new genealogy researcher, this orientation is also geared for you to learn how to begin your research plus you too will also learn about the Newberry and how it can  help your research.

I have placed these event dates into the Google Calendar that is also part of this blog.

Read the full flyer that is linked above.

Sounds like a great opportunity to visit the Newberry if you have never previously been there and then be able to get a nice orientation and tour of the facility.

Something to consider!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library