Category Archives: Program Notices

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, June 7, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Place” By Jane Haldeman; Special “Make-Up” Program For February 2014 Program Canceled Due To Bad Weather

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, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

This is a special “make-up” program.  This program was originally scheduled for presentation in February 2014.  It was canceled at the time due to bad weather.  The society normally does not offer presentations in the month of June.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, June 7, 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 Jane Haldeman.    The speaker will present a program titled “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Place.

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

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

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jane Haldeman, 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 May 13, 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, May 13, 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:

Matt RutherfordThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Matt Rutherford. Matt will present a program titled “Using Non-Population Census Schedules”.

When genealogists refer to “the census,” we usually mean the population census, in which households are enumerated. Invaluable though these are, we short-change ourselves if don’t use all the other census information that is available for our research. If you have ancestors who were farmers, slaves, or manufacturers, you’ll want to avail yourself of the non-population census schedules. Even those Americans who had other occupations often had a farming or manufacturing business on the side. Don’t lose out on all the census has to offer.

Matt Rutherford, MLIS, is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library. In addition to managing the Newberry’s renowned genealogy collection, Matt has also answered thousands of questions on a wide range of genealogy topics. He has spoken at the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Conference on Illinois History, as well as several local genealogy societies, including the North Suburban Genealogical Society, the Elgin Genealogical Society, Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst, and the Illinois St. Andrew Society.

In addition, Matt teaches seminars on a variety of genealogy topics, including beginning genealogy, researching at the Newberry Library, using respositories and archives, researching pre-fire Chicago, adoption searches, non-population census schedules, and the history of the federal census.

He is the co-author of A Bibliography of African American History at the Newberry Library (2005).

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

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 19, 2014 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL

Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “Genealogy Inside Out”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day two of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from while two other sessions will provide a choice of 3 programs to choose from.

Cyndi Ingle (from Cyndi’s List) and Thomas MacEntee (from Geneabloggers and High-Definition Genealogy) are two nationally known genealogy experts who will be providing presentations.  There will be 5 other speakers also presenting programs.

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration is done prior to June 15, 2014.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before June 15, 2014 – $40
  • Non-members registering before June 15, 2014 – $50
  • All registration after June 15, 2014 including walk-ins – $60

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to July 5, 2014.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after July 5, 2014 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 19, 2014 “Genealogy Inside Out” Conference

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

July is not that far away!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

 

 

 

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 13, 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, May 13, 2014:

Matt RutherfordThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Matt Rutherford. Matt will present a program titled “Using Non-Population Census Schedules”.

When genealogists refer to “the census,” we usually mean the population census, in which households are enumerated. Invaluable though these are, we short-change ourselves if don’t use all the other census information that is available for our research. If you have ancestors who were farmers, slaves, or manufacturers, you’ll want to avail yourself of the non-population census schedules. Even those Americans who had other occupations often had a farming or manufacturing business on the side. Don’t lose out on all the census has to offer.

Matt Rutherford, MLIS, is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library. In addition to managing the Newberry’s renowned genealogy collection, Matt has also answered thousands of questions on a wide range of genealogy topics. He has spoken at the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Conference on Illinois History, as well as several local genealogy societies, including the North Suburban Genealogical Society, the Elgin Genealogical Society, Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst, and the Illinois St. Andrew Society.

In addition, Matt teaches seminars on a variety of genealogy topics, including beginning genealogy, researching at the Newberry Library, using respositories and archives, researching pre-fire Chicago, adoption searches, non-population census schedules, and the history of the federal census.

He is the co-author of A Bibliography of African American History at the Newberry Library (2005).

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

May 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday May 24, 2014; “Rune Stones and Research”; PROGRAM IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY

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 May 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, culture and ancestry.

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

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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday May 24, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Rune Stones and Research”.  This program is intended for existing members of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.  It does not appear to be open to the public or to non-members of the society.  From their website, here is a description of the program:

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GENEALOGY SESSION: RUNE STONES AND RESEARCH

Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.

Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Come hear about “Cracking the Runic Code: What were the Vikings thinking?” and spend some time afterwards doing your own research. This genealogy session is for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members only. RSVPs encouraged and can be made via email.

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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 May 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

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

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